We've spent the year tallying album sales figures and reviewing Hot song rankings. Now, at the end of 's road, look back at the 20 artists who traveled further and faster up the charts than all the others.
These twenty stars were the best performers on the Hot and the Billboard over the course of the chart year, from Nov. I do a lot of reflecting. I'll be driving down the streets I used to drive down in Nashville and my song will come on the radio or I'll pass my high school and something will remind me of how my life was before all of these crazy dreams started coming true. We wished for this, my parents and I, every single day without actually believing it would come true. To say Taylor Swift had a remarkable year would be a comic understatement.
She sold more albums than any artist not named Michael Jackson. Her first headlining tour, Fearless , sold out every show within minutes. She became the youngest woman to win the Country Music Assn. We caught up with her on the phone from London to discuss her exhilarating last 12 months.
Have you spent much time reflecting on your growth in the past year? Beyonce Photos Chart History Listen. This is something special. Sasha Fierce" album to last over a year on the Billboard chart. The chart-topping hit-maker and headline-grabbing fashionista from Yonkers, NY became the first artist ever to send her first four singles to No. What's her secret? Once you tap into the soul, the song begins to write itself. In , Will. That's not an album.
There is no album anymore. Miley Cyrus Chart History Listen. What does Miley Cyrus want to be when she grows up? The year-old superstar, who spent 15 weeks at No. No matter how long what I'm doing here lasts, I want to be a songwriter for the rest of my life. Kanye West Chart History Listen. West is Billboard's Top Male Artist of ; an impressive honor, though after his bullying of Taylor Swift at this year's VMAs, we suspect he may be a little irked to see her ranked five spots higher than him on this overall artist list.
Still, despite his sometimes misplaced enthusiasm, the hip-hop hit-maker never fails to give the fans and the foes his all. After a few tumultuous years that found Spears in the tabloids more often than the charts, Britney redeemed herself with a pair of mega-hit singles -- "Womanizer" and "Circus" -- from her comeback album. A successful world tour brought her back to center stage, but the real proof of her rejuvenation was the one-off single "3," which debuted atop the Hot chart in October.
Spears was the first artist to enter the chart at No. Chart History Listen. Sadly, T. But the Atlanta emcee, who scored two of the biggest hits of his career with "Dead and Gone" and "Live Your Life," is taking his punches in stride. Nickelback Chart History Listen. Why did the band that sold 7. You have to keep that fire in the belly. Pink Chart History Listen. There is fun happening, too, and that's why I named it 'Funhouse' in the end.
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