Driven by Music, MTV.com, VH1.com and CMT.com Deliver 1.2 Billion Video Streams in 2007
Women Ruled, Country Crossed Over and VMA Artists Rocked in MTV Networks
Music Group's Top 30 Most-Streamed Music Videos of 2007
NEW YORK, Dec. 27 -- Driven by music, MTV.com, VH1.com and
CMT.com video streams topped more than 1.2 billion in 2007, 30 percent more
than 2006 -- an all-time record for the collective brands within MTV
Networks' Music Group, which now attracts nearly 30 million unique visitors
every month. Music videos accounted for nearly half of the streams, as
viewers sought out their favorite artists and discovered new ones from a
cross-section of genres, including pop and hip hop, country and rock. Music
videos also drove MTV Mobile, VH1 Mobile and CMT Mobile into triple-digit
growth in 2007. In fact, music videos accounted for every single one of the
top 10 most-streamed videos on the three services.
"Music was at the core of everything we did in 2007," said Van Toffler,
President of MTV Networks' Music Group. "And, once again, MTV, VH1 and CMT
produced the year's most memorable events in music."
In the first-ever ranking of the 30 most-popular music videos streamed
on MTV.com, VH1.com and CMT.com, women ruled, country crossed over and VMA
artists tore it up in 2007. Female acts dominated the year-end chart,
accounting for eight of the Top 10 songs. Britney Spears took the trophy
for the most-streamed video with her live performance of "Gimme More"
during the 2007 Video Music Awards. Avril Lavigne came in second with
"Girlfriend" and Rihanna, another VMA performer, came in third with
"Umbrella." Fergie placed three singles in the Top 10 alone -- "Glamorous"
(#4), "Big Girls Don't Cry" (#5) and "Fergalicious" (#7) -- and was the
artist with the most appearances on the chart.
New artists like Paramore -- a band that gained notoriety through MTV's
52/52 initiative -- stormed this year's chart with "Misery Business" at
#22. The Plain White T's, which earned the "Breaking Woodie" at the 2006
mtvU Woodie Awards, lived up to the their expectations in 2007, claiming
the #27 spot with their smash "Hey There Delilah." And throughout the year,
VH1's "You Oughta Know" franchise made artists such as Feist and Colbie
Caillat household names.
The year's biggest crossover hit belonged to Carrie Underwood, a
fixture on CMT. Her signature smash, "Before He Cheats," landed at #15.
MTV's VMAs, VH1's Hip Hop Honors and CMT's Music Awards inspired
viewers to go online and see their favorite artists. At MTV's VMA's Chris
Brown solidified his place in music with Michael Jackson-esque moves. VH1's
Hip Hop Honors, the most important event in the hip-hop community, this
year celebrated the works of Snoop Dogg, WHODINI, Missy Elliot and others.
And CMT's Music Awards saw Sugarland and Bon Jovi deliver stirring
Soulja Boy's "Crank Dat (Soulja Boy)" was the most-streamed video on
both MTV Mobile and VH1 Mobile. Sugarland's "Stay," which the group
performed live during the CMT Music Awards, clinched the top spot on CMT
Mobile. MTV Mobile streams grew 90 percent over 2006, while VH1 streams
grew by 100 percent and CMT recorded a 252 percent surge.
Curated music programming also performed well. MTV Mobile's most-viewed
show content was the original made-for-mobile series, Dances From the Hood.
VH1 launched "Pop Up Mobile to Go," a made-for-mobile version of the hugely
popular VH1 series, featuring music videos from Janet Jackson, the Beastie
Boys, Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas and Nelly. And MTV Tr3s Mobile, introduced
this year, has grown 65 percent every month since March, making it the
fastest- growing mobile brand ever in the MTVN portfolio.
Throughout the year, MTV, VH1 and CMT also introduced new experiences
to drive deeper engagement with music.
-- At MTV.com, viewers used the new Video Remixer to create more than
8,200 remixes of Britney Spears' latest single, "Piece of Me."
Throughout the year, viewers could also remix videos from Kelly
Clarkson, Common, Nelly Furtado and Paramore.
-- MTVN in 2007 also was the first media/entertainment company to begin
threading lyrics throughout its programming on all platforms,
beginning with MTV.com. Viewers who search for lyrics on MTV.com,
VH1.com, or CMT.com will get the full lyrics, as well as links to
music videos, links to purchase the song, and comprehensive artist
information, such as bios and discographies.
-- VH1Classic.com, which re-launched in May with an on-demand library of
thousands of classic music videos, has seen time spent surge by 30
percent. VH1Classic.com was just one of a dozen new vertical Web sites
and blogs launched by the Music Group in 2007.
Here are the top 30 most-streamed videos across MTVN Music Group's
MTV.com, VH1.com and CMT.com.
Position Song Title Artist Label
1. Gimme More (Live) Britney Spears BMG
2. Girlfriend Avril Lavigne BMG
3. Umbrella Rihanna Universal
4. Glamorous Fergie Universal
5. Big Girls Don't Cry Fergie Universal
6. This Ain't a Scene,
It's an Arms Race Fall Out Boy Universal
7. Fergalicious Fergie Universal
8. The Sweet Escape Gwen Stefani Universal
9. Candyman Christina Aguilera BMG
10. Don't Matter Akon Universal
11. Makes Me Wonder Maroon 5 Universal
12. What I've Done Linkin Park Warner
13. Wall to Wall/
Kiss Kiss Medley
(Live) Chris Brown Sony
14. Rockstar Nickelback Warner
15. Before He Cheats Carrie Underwood BMG
16. Lipgloss (No Music) Lil Mama BMG
17. Say It Right Nelly Furtado Universal
18. Never Again Kelly Clarkson BMG
19. It's Not Over Daughtry BMG
20. Famous Last Words My Chemical Romance Warner
21. Beautiful Liar Beyonce Sony
22. Misery Business Paramore Independent Label
23. When You're Gone Avril Lavigne BMG
24. The Way I Are Timbaland Universal
25. Kiss Kiss Chris Brown Sony
26. Crank That (Soulja Boy) Soulja Boy Universal
27. Hey There Delilah Plain White T's Independent Label
28. No One Alicia Keys Sony
29. Stronger Kanye West Universal
30. Get Me Bodied Beyonce Sony
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