"Man Down" pushes Rihanna closer to Gaga and Eminem
Saturday 11 June 2011
Pop star Rihanna is attracting an increasing number of fans on Facebook, moving closer to Lady Gaga and rapper Eminem, who is currently the most popular person living or dead on the social networking site. Rihanna's recent popularity can be partly attributed to the release of her controversial new video "Man Down" on June 1.
"Man Down" tells the story of a woman who takes revenge on a man who sexually assaulted her by shooting him in the street. Both the violence shown in the video and the topic it addresses have been a source of controversy in the US, leading the star to defend the clip on Twitter.
The video is currently the most-watched item on YouTube over the past week and has been viewed more than 17 million times in seven days.
"Man Down" is available to watch via Rihanna's Facebook page, where fans have to first "like" the clip before watching it. Most likely because of this, Rihanna has gained, according to social media monitoring site Famecount, 1,225,697 fans over the week prior to June 10.
In comparison, over the same period, the other two most popular people on Facebook, rapper Eminem and pop star Lady Gaga, gained 1,149,978 and 965,920 fans respectively.
In total Rihanna now has 37,351,834 Facebook fans and is close to overtaking Lady Gaga, who has 37,902,607 fans, and is edging closer to rapper Eminem, the most popular person on Facebook with 40,263,502 fans.
Rihanna's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/rihanna
Eminem's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/eminem
Lady Gaga's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/ladygaga
Watch "Man Down" on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEhy-RXkNo0
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