Which of 2011′s Top Recording Artists Has the Highest PeekScore?

What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news.

While none but pop music’s very biggest stars sell recordings in anything like the quantities of the pop stars of 15-20 years ago, pop music itself looms as large in the culture as ever. Below is a list of 2011′s top recording artists ranked not according to the quantity of units they moved, but according to the sizes of their digital footrpints.

Of all the popular artists, from all the popular media, none – with the possible exception of athletes – have taken to social networking the way pop musicians have. While the PeekScore is a measurement of an individual’s overall digital footrpint – taking in to consideration all aspects of one’s online life, both active and passive – it surely doesn’t hurt your score to generate your own content, and most of those below are doing plenty of just that (or are having it done on their behalves). Between this and their mostly enormous celebrities – particularly receiving attention in the youth driven music and gossip blogospheres – there’s not a meager PeekScore to be found below.

It will be no surprise to anyone familiar with the internet’s assorted celebrity fixations to see that this list’s top three names all are accompanied by a PeekScore of 10. Within that lofty peak of “Peek” there are subtle gradations, and these three do – as of this writing – fall into line, in sequence as you see below; meaning Gaga’s 10 is slightly bigger than Bieber’s, and so forth. (PeekScores do change over time, and if we were to refresh this list a month from now things might shake out slightly differently.)

Who were some of your favorite recording artists of 2011? Do you have any ideas for other pop music related lists you’d like to see us do? Let us know in the comments.

Rank Picture Name Recent Releases PeekScore

Lady Gaga Born This Way 10.00 / 10

Justin Bieber My World 2.0, Under the Mistletoe 10.00 / 10

Taylor Swift Speak Now 10.00 / 10

Lil’ Wayne Tha Carter IV 9.99 / 10

Michael Bublé Crazy Love: Hollywood Edition, Christmas 9.98 / 10

Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 9.47 / 10

Adele 21 9.34 / 10

Drake Take Care, Thank Me Later 9.11 / 10

Marcus Mumford (of Mumford & Sons) Sigh No More 9.03 / 10

Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum) Own the Night, Need You Now 8.10 / 10