by Variance Staff
December 10, 2010
It's been a busy week. The holiday season is in full swing and most people can hardly keep up. So, allow us to get you up to speed on what you missed while you braving the malls, crawling up the attic to get the Christmas lights, or working overtime to prepare for a chaotic time of year.
Everyone in the music industry is tallying up scores to figure out who broke records and who topped special lists in 2010. For starters, Eminem had the top-selling album on iTunes--although Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" surpassed every other song in downloads this year. Katy Perry saw three of her new tracks skyrocket to Number One on Billboard's Hot 100--an accomplishment not seen by a female artist in over 11 years.
While most mainstream artists (including the Black Eyed Peas, whose new album squeaked out a #6 debut) were focused on selling records, multi-platinum Christian group Jars of Clay were changing lives. They finally completed their "1,000 Wells" project, having supplied clean water for over 700,000 people in South Africa. And they weren't the only ones taking steps to help others. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the Christian billionaire founder of Hobby Lobby stores joined Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in donating the majority of their fortune to charity. Sarah Palin and Evangelist Franklin Graham also made a major trip to Haiti this week and San Diego's The Rock Church gave away 10,000 toys and over 60,000 pounds of food to the needy for the holidays.
Editor's Note: Due the transition into 2011 taking place on a weekend, the final MashUp of the year will be posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010. It will cover the week's events, along with a reflection on the year. The new issue of Variance goes live on Saturday, January 1, 2011.
Here's a look at the MashUp for the week ending December 11, 2010:
Michael Jackson, Akon "Hold My Hand" Music Video Unveiled
"Hey, Soul Sister" iTune's Top-Selling Song of 2010
Jars of Clay Complete 1,000 Wells Project, 700K Have Clean Water
Auburn's Cam Newton Wins 2010 Heisman
Facebook Bullies Arrested!
RELATED: Facebook Gets a Makeover
Google Introduces Long-Awaited E-Bookstore
iTunes Offering 90-Second Song Previews
Katy Perry First Female in 11 Years to Reach Billboard Benchmark
The Black Eyed Peas Hijack MySpace
RELATED: Peas Debut at #6, Kanye Drops 78% to #7
Netflix to Stream Disney-ABC Reruns
Sarah Palin Heads to Haiti with Evangelist Franklin Graham
Mark Zuckerberg to Donate Fortune to Charity
RELATED: Christian Billionaire Giving Away Majority of Wealth
San Diego Megachurch Giving Away Toys, 60k Lbs of Food for Christmas
Blockbuster Once Laughed at Idea of Netflix Partnership
Borders Reports $74.4 Million Loss in 3rd Quarter
Creators of "Fireproof" Announce New Film on Fatherhood
Bon Jovi Top Touring Act of 2010
8% of Americans on Twitter
Latin Music Edging to Crossover into Mainstream
Church "iBand" Performs Christmas Carols Entirely on iPads, iPhones
by Variance Staff
December 8, 2010
It's the weekend before Christmas.
Amid the hustle and bustle, life goes on. And in case you've been too distracted this week to check the latest headlines, we've taken care of that for you.
From Pepto Bismol to Pink Floyd, this week's MashUp is full of more "signs of the times" as digital media and social networking continue to influence the way society functions outside of breathing.
Editor's Note: There will be a MashUp next week (Christmas weekend) followed by the final MashUp for 2010 on Thursday, December 30, which will be our Year in Review. The new issue of Variance Magazine goes LIVE on January 1, 2011.
Here's your MashUp for the week ending December 19, 2010:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is TIME's Person of the Year
RELATED: "Social Network Christmas" Video Spreads Across Web
Billboard London Closing Its Doors
Facebook Enters E-mail Game (VIDEO)
Yahoo! Cuts 600 Jobs
Larry King Concludes 25 Years of Television
Barnes & Noble and Borders Go Head-to-Head This Christmas
Ciara: Touring More Important Than Record Sales
George W. Bush: Religion is Not Course in Self-Improvement
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Military Law Repealed
Pepto Follows Old Spice, Cuts Traditional Ads in Favor of Digital Media
Dr. Dre Teams With Social Gaming Developing to Promote Album
Pink Floyd Wins Case: Albums Only, No Individual Tracks
YouTubes Seeks to Buy Next New Networks, Become Production Co.
RELATED: YouTube Allows Users to Flag Terrorism Videos
168 Hours to Create Film Masterpiece
Myspace Debuts New Tools for Bands
Oops! Facebook Taken Down After Upcoming Features Leak
Hotmail Unveils New Interactive E-mail
Bible Translators Aim to Close Language Gap
Apple Pushes Color E-Books