Lady Gaga: 2010’s Top Cover Girl

With five Grammy award nominations, a spot on Time’s 100 most influential people of the year list, and eight MTV Video Music Awards in the past 12 months, Lady Gaga had a wildly successful 2010.  One more accolade that the “Fame Monster” can add to her resume is an undisputed spot atop the 2010 print throne.  According to WWD, an Audit Bureau of Circulations report reveals that Gaga-centric issues sold better than any other celeb and the trend is not expected to slow down in 2011.

Lady Gaga’s July 8 Rolling Stone double issue sold 245,000 copies, nearly three times above the title’s January-September 2010 average.  Gaga’s April 2010 Cosmopolitan was a major hit as well, selling 1.7 million copies and making its mark as the magazine’s leading issue through October.  Lady Gaga was responsible for the year’s second most successful issue of Vanity Fair as her September cover sold 450,000 copies and trailed only Angelina Jolie’s cover.   She also opened 2010 with a bang by appearing in the January issue of Elle, one which held up as their third highest seller through October.

Lady Gaga is expected to appear on the cover of Vogue’s March issue and is certainly the most sought after interview in the new year.  Although Gaga owned newsstands in 2010, plenty of her contemporaries also had notable years in print:

Rihanna’s January GQ cover was their second highest selling issue of the year through November and her Seventeen cover in August was the title’s best seller through October.

Taylor Swift, unlike Gaga, had a rough year as her April edition of Elle was the lowest seller of 2010 through October.  Her November appearance in Glamour and July Marie Claire cover both were among the year’s worst-selling issues for their respective titles.

Blake Lively had a Jekyll & Hyde 2010 after gracing the cover of the year’s worst selling copy of Esquire and third-lowest selling issue of Vogue.  It wasn’t all bad for Lively though as the Gossip Girl’s October issue of Allure was their top seller for the year.

Jennifer Lopez headlined the year’s second-lowest selling issue of Elle, but made up for it with the second-best selling issues of Glamour and Allure.

While other celebs including Jessica Simpson, Lauren Conrad, and Anne Hathaway all had their ups and downs as 2010 cover girls, Lady Gaga came up all roses on newsstands.  With her third major album set to drop in May it does not look like Gaga will vacate the print throne in 2011.

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