The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 2.12.12)

The shadow cast by Whitney Houston’s death made the 2012 Grammy Awards feel a little colder, and the pop world at large a little darker. And though that tragedy loomed largest this week, there were other big developments too, and we’ve charted the ups and downs of Madonna, Usher, Nicki Minaj and others on our newest Pop & Fizz graph. (Remember, we measure each artist or major news story according to their size (that’s Rank) and then we weigh how they’re faring overall in the pop zeitgeist (that’s Hype). Scroll below to see who made the cut this week.

To see exactly how these artists entered the hype index, check below.

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