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Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

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Sports and Bieber. Not only is that the title of my upcoming memoir, but it about sums up the biggest Twitter trends on this week’s chart.

International soccer, a trend that has hovered around number three or four on our chart for weeks, has finally broken through to the top slot, thanks to some big matches and the discussion of FIFA politics.

Stateside, the NBA finals kicked off between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. Tweets about the tournament propelled the topic to the number two spot — a rare feat for American sports on Twitter.

And like a warm blanket, the reassuring presence of Justin Bieber returns to this week’s top 10, thanks in part to some fervent Beliebers in Latin America. The Biebs rings in at number three.

To see the full list, check out the chart below. Because this is a topical list, hashtag memes and games have been omitted from the chart. The aggregate is based on Twitter’s own trending algorithm, and does not necessarily reflect raw tweet volume.

You can check past Twitter trends in our Top Twitter Topics section.

Top Twitter Trends This Week: 5/27 – 6/2

May 28 was the UEFA Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona. Barcelona won, 3-1. Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes annouced his retirement from playing football on May 31. He will now work as a coach with the club. Soccer fans also discussed their displeasure with FIFA president Sepp Blatter who was unopposed in his controversial re-election.
NBA Finals
The NBA Finals series began this week between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. Users came up with some new nicknames for players: Batman & Robin, LeBum, LeChicken and Dirk NoRingski. The series is tied, 1-1.
Justin Bieber
This week, Bieber fever continues unabated with new trends primarily coming from fans in Latin America.
Sean Kingston
Singer Sean Kingston got in a jet skiing accident in Florida and was in critical condition. He has now stabilized.
Gil Scott-Heron
Gil Scott-Heron was an influential poet and musician who died on May 27 at the age of 62. His most well-known piece is the radical “The Revolution Will Not be Televised.”
Spanish Protests
At approximately 7 a.m. on May 27, the city council of Barcelona decided to send 350 police officers from the Mossos d’Esquadra and another 100 or so from the Guàrdia Urbana to temporarily vacate Plaça de Catalunya so that it could be cleaned ahead of the final of the Champions League final on May 28. According to police figures, more than 12,000 people gathered in Barcelona through the course of the day, angry about the earlier actions of the police.The clearing of the Barcelona camp was broadcast live by two Spanish television channels, including Antena 3, and was also widely dispersed through social networks like Twitter.
Demi Lovato
“Lovatics,” or Demi Lovato fans, took to Twitter to send supportive messages to her.
Britain’s Got Talent
This UK variety show aired semi-final rounds every night this week, garnering the series a lot of time in Twitter’s top trends. Contestants generating the most discussion were organist Jean Martyn, Steven Hall, Edward Reid (who sang a bunch of kids’ TV theme songs), Joe Oakley, Ronan Parke and Jay Worley.
Marilyn Monroe
Users noted Marilyn Monroe’s 85th birthday would have occurred on June 1, 2011 if she were still living.
Single Ladies
VH1′s first scripted series, Single Ladies, stars Lisa Raye and Stacey Dash, and premiered this week on Monday night. The show is written and created by Stacy Littlejohn and directed by Tamra Davis.

Data aggregate courtesy of What the Trend.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, 123render

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