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Lady GaGa named 'Queen of Pop' over Taylor Swift, Rihanna

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Lady GaGa on The Paul O'Grady Show on ITV1.

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Lady GaGa has been proclaimed the Queen of Pop by Rolling Stone magazine.

The magazine ranked 16 female artists who had released solo albums between 2009 and 2011 by various categories.

These included 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, beating Taylor Swift into second place with 881. Rihanna came third with 833 points, Britney Spears fourth with 674 and Beyoncé fifth with 668.

"No matter how we cut the numbers, GaGa was bound to crush the competition," the magazine said.

"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."

Rolling Stone's full top ten was as follows:

1. Lady GaGa
2. Taylor Swift
3. Rihanna
4. Britney Spears
5. Beyoncé
6. Katy Perry
7. Pink
8. Miley Cyrus
9. Ke$ha
10. Shakira



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