Social media statistics service Famecount.com announced today that rapper Eminem now has 28.86 million fans on Facebook, making him the most popular living person on the world’s most popular social media website. This comes three days after Eminem became just the third person to pass 1 billion play counts on YouTube after Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.
Eminem dethroned Lady Gaga for the top spot on the chart. Holding the #1 position on the chart for the past eight months after stripping the title from Barack Obama, she now sits in second place with 28.85 million. The current most liked person living or dead on Facebook? The late Michael Jackson with 29 million fans. What about the fastest growing star according to Famecount? Rihanna, who sits at third place among the living with 25.3 million Facebook likes.
A chart on Famecount’s website shows that Eminem’s rapid rise to the top started in June, correlating with the release of his wildly popular seventh full-length album, Recovery. While Slim Shady holds the Facebook crown, he’s still in third place in overall internet fame due to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber ruling YouTube and Twitter. Meanwhile, Groovecount.com, which also measures web fame across digital services, has Em second only to Lady Gaga.