The rapper re-enters the ranking at No. 16.
Tweets following Kanye West’s appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Aug. 9 help the artist back onto Billboard’s Social 50 chart dated Aug. 25 at No. 16.
The Social 50 is powered by data tracked by music analytics company Next Big Sound and ranks the most popular artists on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Wikipedia and Tumblr. The chart's methodology blends weekly additions friends/fans/followers along with artist page views and engagement. The chart’s latest tracking week ended Aug. 16.
West’s appearance on the show made headlines after host Kimmel asked the rapper about his past comments on President Donald Trump, “You so famously and so powerfully said, ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people.’ It makes me wonder what makes you think that Donald Trump does, or any people at all.”
West did not respond immediately to the question, and a few moments later, the show went to commercial break.
In one three tweets on Aug. 11 after the episode, West tweeted, “On Jimmy Kimmel we had a great time having a dialogue. I’m reading that I was stumped by a question. Let me clarify the click bait. I wasn’t stumped. I wasn’t given a chance to answer the question.”
He added: “The question was so important I took time to think. And then I was hit with the let’s go to commercial break. That interview showed strong personalities with different opinions having a civil conversation.”
In his own response, Kimmel wrote, “Not every question warrants an immediate answer. Some answers need to be considered and a talk show with time constraints is a difficult place to do that. I know how much Kanye cares and I am so impressed by what he is doing quietly and without fanfare to help those who need it.”
West’s tweets about the interview helped him to 183,000 reactions and 123,000 mentions on Twitter in the week ending Aug. 16, up 249 and 302 percent, respectively, according to Next Big Sound.
The rapper added additional tweets about Travis Scott’s new music video for “Stop Trying to Be God,” which featured sister-in-law Kylie Jenner, and a video his new Yeezy slides, which later made headlines when he sported the sandals to 2 Chainz’s wedding that weekend,.