Pop star and icon Lady GaGa has officially been named the “Queen of Pop” by Rolling Stone magazine.
The magazine ranked 16 female artists who had released solo albums between 2009 and 2011. The artists were arranged by various categories: album and digital song sales, Billboard Hot 100 rankings, radio airplay, views on YouTube, social media, revenue from live shows, award wins and reviews from critics.
GaGa scored 1,205 points in the overall Master Ranking. She beat Taylor Swift, who came into second place with 881. Rihanna came third with 833 points, Britney Spears fourth with 674 and Beyoncé fifth with 668. The magazine said:
“No matter how we cut the numbers, GaGa was bound to crush the competition.”
“Our goal here was to crown the current tiara-wearer. The hard-working, culture-dominating GaGa more than earned the title.”
“Maybe a year from now, after [Beyoncé's new album] 4 has spun off a year of radio, digital and video hits, Lady G and Honey B will be more evenly matched, tugging on either end of the Queen of Pop sceptre like the demigods they are.”
The full top ten list was as follows:
1. Lady GaGa
2. Taylor Swift
4. Britney Spears
6. Katy Perry
8. Miley Cyrus