1. (typed in ‘Justin Bieber’s rise to fame, came up)
March 16th, 2010
This website seems reliable because it’s quite recent to the time of Justin Bieber’s rise to fame. This website doesn’t only show Justin Bieber’s case, it shows the popularity of Lady Gaga and Oprah over time. It uses comparisons from Google Trends. Although its sources are solely from the internet, this is of significant relevance to what I’m researching. It has the potential for bias as the articles on the website are only written by one author.
2. (typed in ‘Youtube fame, also one of the first results)
23 December 2010
This is an instructional article on how to achieve fame, via Youtube. This is seemingly an authoritative example as it was one of the first results which came up in Google Search Results. This article comes from a website which anyone can write on, which makes me debate about the reliability of the article in question, but from reading articles similar in nature to this one, it seems that there is a broad consensus on the issue about utilising Youtube to achieve fame. Technical terms assure me that the article is written by a semi-professional/professional who has experience in marketing. Another thing that assures me that the article is reliable, is that it has a 3 ½ star rating. However, the rating contradicts itself because it’s not stated whether the article was rated by a user, or an administrator, but ratings generally prove effectiveness of an article, when theory is put in to practice. This is the most recent article that I’ve found so far, combining the other factors together, it’s a definitely reliable, but as an article on the website can be written so easily by anyone, it won’t be used primarily as a source of research. BAD SOURCE
3. (Found on Google, popular search results)
Most recent up to 4 days
Recent results in search trends for Justin Bieber. Results conclude that since early-mid 2009 (the year Justin Bieber started posting him singing on YouTube) search results have risen for him. He’s been searched for most in Asia.
4. (typed in impact of the internet on the music industry)
25 January 2011
This article assesses the impact of the internet on the music industry, the positives and the negatives. This is an objective article as it assesses both positive impacts and negative impacts. The article doesn’t however list an author, so the reliability of the article can still be questioned. BAD SOURCE
5. (typed in impact of the internet on the music industry, first result)
Although published in 2008, this article is written by a reliable author. I’ve searched for him using Google, he’s written books on business and theoretical articles on games. Like the last article, it goes in to piracy and evaluates the impact of technology on music.
6. (typed in ‘Youtube and celebrities)
July 7th, 2010
This is a list of popular and substantiated list of Youtube videos, which have made ordinary people famous. It gives very recent examples, which I could use and compare to the current success of the people in the videos.
7. (typed in to Google ‘Justin Bieber biography)
Author not cited
Date not cited
This article is a biography for Justin Bieber. It charts his progress as a famous singer, and a bit of his background. Although no information that you couldn’t find elsewhere appears in the article, the article appears to be reliable as it has been written within the last month, judging by the information about his albums last year and his film which has been released today. The information can be confirmed by looking at other articles on Justin Bieber. However, the author of the article isn’t cited, making it questionable as to the accuracy of the author, as I don’t know the author’s background. BAD SOURCE
8. (typed in to Ask Jeeves ‘amount of people who listen to music on the internet’)
27th February, 2004
This is a discussion on if the internet has changed the way people listen to music. Ordinary people have given their opinion on the website. The article displays a particularly biased view on internet music downloads, which may influence what users of the website will write on it. However, the article has failed to influence the reader, as most of the users have commented; advocating the internet for music downloads. Although the article along with the comments, were written in 2004, it shows that the use of the internet for downloading music was still popular even then. Although not directly related to my research, I can give a rough estimate from is as to how many people now use the internet. BAD SOURCE
9. (typed in to Google ‘of people who listen to music on the internet’)
July 20th, 2010
This compares internet music streaming and download sites. Youtube is the most popular website for listening to music, according to the author. However, it doesn’t state how many people download music from the internet as opposed to how many people buy physical albums. However, it does bear relevance to my research, as it shows popularity in internet sites.
10. (typed in to Ask Jeeves ‘internet music celebrity youtube’)
May 26th 2010
Another case study. This time – a more recent example – Greyson Chance. He became a Youtube celebrity in a matter of days, after posting his cover of Lady Gagga’s ‘Paparazzi’ on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxDlC7YV5is&playnext=1&list=PLADE965D2421A2E4D
The article reports of future plans for the up-and-coming star. However, the article doesn’t evaluate the cons to becoming an artist on Youtube at such an early age. This article comes from the American MTV website. MTV is famous news/music video network, which is known for its false rumours. However, this particular article can be backed up by the video on Youtube, and by analysing YouTube trends.
Rock and Pop Timeline
This book charts in a very detailed way, the progression in music, from the 1960s onwards. One flaw of this source is that it was written in 2003, so it doesn’t give an up-to-date count on music on the Internet. Another flaw is that the book doesn’t specifically cover Internet music celebrities, and the only genres it covers are rock and pop. These are the genres that are most widely listened to. BAD SOURCE
Public Relations and the Social Web: How to use social media and web 2.0 in communications
This source is about the internet, again, it’s not specifically about internet music celebrities, but it has a section devoted to the power of new media as well as file/media sharing websites. The book gives recent examples, so I can rely on it as part of my research.
13. (typed in to Google ‘website statistics)
Up to 30 days ago
Website statistics. This will aid me in my research to find out how many people use music websites and watch/listen to music on the internet. Professional companies use this data to find out statistics and analytics for their websites.
14. (typed in to Google ‘amount of people who listen to music on the internet’, first result that came up)
This gives statistics for the amount of people who use different media sources, and the level of media consumption among people. This is a highly reliable website as it cites all of the information it has – and the sources are accurate aswell, Nielson, for example. It has a range of sources; some however, were published in 2004. Most are recent up to 2010.