1. 16:36 6th Jul 2011

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    Reblogged from barthel

    Vox populi, vox dei

    barthel:

    Queen of Pop top 10, as calculated by Chris Molanphy:

    1. Lady Gaga
    2. Taylor Swift
    3. Rihanna
    4. Britney Spears
    5. Beyonce
    6. Katy Perry
    7. P!nk
    8. Miley Cyrus
    9. Ke$ha
    10. Shakira

    Queen of Pop top 10 according to readers’ votes, with the difference from Chris’ calculation in parentheses following:

    1. Madonna (not on list)
    2. Lady Gaga (-1)
    3. Britney Spears (+1)
    4. Tina Turner (not on list)
    5. Beyonce (no change)
    6. Aretha Franklin (not on list)
    7. Katy Perry (-1)
    8. Cher (not on list)
    9. Elton John (yeesh)
    10. Mariah Carey (not on list)

    The ones not on the original list probably wouldn’t have done very well anyway, since Chris’ calculation was based on actual quantifiable acclaim like sales, YouTube views, and concert revenue; Madonna might have ended up somewhere on there (the Sticky and Sweet tour lasted into 2009 and made a bunch of money), but she wouldn’t have ended up at number 1. This probably says something about the need for fans to see an artist as successful even when they are not and the gap between perceptions and reality, but I have shit to do, so you figure it out.

    But this is like saying marijuana legalization is the #1 issue in America based on number of retweets for Obama’s town hall. The only thing that polls like this measure are who has the most vocal, angry, tech-savvy and/or hackerly fans. I’ve been over this.

    (In the comments to the original article, half the Madonna big-ups were from Britney Spears stans anyway.)

     
    1. minimoonstar said: Two different concepts of “queen”: the first democratic-capitalist (1$ download = 1 vote), the latter feudal (acclaimed to rule until she dies, abdicates/retires, or is targeted by successful revolution…)
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    3. katherinestasaph reblogged this from barthel and added:
      But this is like saying marijuana legalization is the #1 issue in America based on number of retweets for Obama’s town...
    4. katherinestasaph said: vox angry fans, more like. never put stock into these things. the most vocal people, etc.
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