Posted byon 09/25/2012 at 2:38 PM
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The hardest part of ranking the greatest pop stars is catching up with them: These artists are, by definition, ahead of the curve, whether they’re chroming the entire surface of their electric car or pioneering the bikini malfunction. Or doing far less ridiculous things, like igniting a conversation about sex and love, bringing DJ music to the masses, and dating a Kennedy. Okay, Taylor Swift clearly appreciates the glamour of an aging dynasty. But she may be her adopted clan’s best hope for a glittery future. In music, the world of tomorrow is always here, today.
At Popdust, we spend every day—virtually every minute—tracking the latest inspiring, bewildering, hilarious, naughty moves by our favorite stars. The second annual Popdust 40 ranks the artists whose music we love and love lives we find fascinating, who shoot the videos and tap out the tweets that amuse us and who employ stylists to create the globe’s most interesting hair. But we’re only as obsessed as the fans, which is why we asked you to vote for who deserved the final spot on the list. That honor went to Big Bang.
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