Hey! It’s the Popdust 40!


Posted by on 08/09/2011 at 11:39 AM

The Popdust Files: adam lambert, adele, beyonce, black eyed peas, britney spears, bruno mars, cee lo, chris brown, christina aguilera, demi lovato, diddy, Dr. Luke, drake, eminem, glee, hayley williams, jay-z, jennifer lopez, justin bieber, justin timberlake, kanye west, katy perry, kesha, lady gaga, lil wayne, lmfao, madonna, mariah carey, michael jackson, miley cyrus, nicki minaj, pink, Pitbull, popdust 40, rihanna, selena gomez, taylor swift, tyler the creator, usher, wiz khalifa

Who’s the greatest pop star in the world today? There are tons of places to find half-answers, from the sometimes bizarre fluctuations of the Billboard charts to the ever-present squealing of fanbases. Everyone has an opinion, but here at Popdust, opinions just weren’t cutting it. We wanted a definitive answer.

To that end, Popdust undertook an exhaustive pseudo-scientific survey of the pop landscape, from its volcanic bubbles like LMFAO and Tyler, the Creator to the vast expanses occupied by the likes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. We factored in artists’ current success, their back catalogue, and their music videos, as well as glossier criteria like their haircuts, their love lives, and their incessant output of drama. We rated artists in eleven separate categories, and tallied those scores to determine the final rankings (no one achieved a perfect, Thriller-era-Michael-Jackson score of 100). So who’s perched atop pop’s highest throne? Click on to see how your favorite pop star fared in the inaugural Popdust 40.

Click here to listen to the Popdust 40 mega-playlist on Turntable.FM.

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