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Celebrities Are Trending in China, Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Adele

Soft launched in Q1 2012, Metan Development Group (Metan) has unveiled a proprietary ranking system for Western celebrities in China, the “Metan Meter,” created as a guideline to measure the popularity of Western celebrities in China. The Metan Meter analyzes China’s top social and digital networks and applies a scoring system based on a proprietary statistical formula and weighted measurement techniques to determine the relative order of popularity.

Metan President/CEO Larry Namer comments, “We first started Metan Meter as a guideline for our weekly entertainment news show “Hello! Hollywood” but quickly discovered the relevance and value of our data and analyses, as China expenditures in the media and entertainment spheres continue to rise in importance.”

Film or television companies in China seeking to make a film or show that incorporates Western celebrities can benefit from the Metan Meter in making their casting decisions. Global brands can consult the Metan Meter when making decisions on celebrity endorsement choices for their advertising campaigns.

Each month, Metan Meter will publish a new ranking board, listing the top male and female Western celebrities. The board will also include ranking comparisons from the previous month. For more information regarding Metan Meter, email

Top 10 Rankings from May 2012 are:

1. Justin Bieber

2. Avril Lavigne

3. Michael Jackson

4. Lady Gaga

5. Adele

6. Taylor Swift

7. Emma Watson

8. Eminem

9. Rihanna

10. Britney Spears

Launched in 2009, Metan Development Group LLC (Metan) is a venture created to develop and distribute entertainment content and media specifically for international markets. The company’s founders are entertainment industry veteran Marty Pompadur, E! Entertainment Television co-founder Larry Namer, Russian advertising agency entrepreneur Oganes Sobolev and Amerilink founder Jean Zhang.


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