The Box Plus Network’s Pop Powerlist, the definitive guide to the most influential pop stars over the past year, has today revealed that Justin Bieber has topped the chart in the landmark fifth year of the poll.

The list takes every aspect of a pop star’s life into account, including recording revenues, social media reach, fan-base, personal wealth, brand clout, chart placings, award wins and press coverage to plot the power of the world’s biggest musical stars. A specially-developed algorithm delivers the ultimate singular ranking of music’s best-known names. Tune into The Pop Powerlist 2016: Results Show today on 4Music from 6pm to see the full run-down of this year’s list.

In what has been an incredible year for the Canadian singer, Justin Bieber has beaten off strong competition from previous winners Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Adele to claim the top spot. The first male to top the list, Bieber has risen an amazing 36 places from 2015’s list after being dominant across the board on Twitter, YouTube, airplay and charts.

In addition to pop heavyweights such as Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora, the Pop Powerlist sees new entries in the Top 20 from The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes and James Bay. ZAYN is also a newcomer to the list, standing at #No.8, just five positions below former band mates One Direction and one place above fellow X Factor alumni Little Mix.
The Brits rule the Top 20 of the list this year, with a whopping eleven British artists on the chart, verses four each from the USA and Canada and one from Barbados. The list is also a close gender split, with eleven male artists or band members to nine female.
4Music’s 2016 Pop Powerlist final results show airs today on Thursday 24th March from 6pm. Witness Bieber take the top spot and see how his fellow pop stars match up in the ratings! The Pop Powerlist comprises of six weeks original programming plus social media and digital content across the UK’s number one music and entertainment portfolio, The Box Plus Network.

The Pop Powerlist – Top 20
1 – Justin Bieber
2 – Adele
3 – One Direction
4 – Rihanna
5 – Coldplay
6 – Taylor Swift
7 – The Weeknd
8 – ZAYN
9 – Little Mix
10 – Ed Sheeran
11 – Shawn Mendes
12 – Beyoncé
13 – Ellie Goulding
14 – Drake
15 – Calvin Harris
16 – Jason Derulo
17 – James Bay
18 – Rita Ora
19 – Jess Glynne
20 – Ariana Grande