‘Billboard’ Names Taylor Swift Artist of the Year, Again
Swift was dubbed the honor in 2009 back when she was a bonafide country music girl and her second record Fearless spent 11 nonconsecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200. Six years later, she’s nabbed the title again but this time as a pop star.
She’s thus the second lady to be named Top Artist twice, following in Queen Adele’s footsteps (she was named by Billboard in both 2011 and 2012).
1989 was invariably the most successful album this year, becoming only the fifth album to spend its first year in the weekly Billboard 200’s top 10. Between the record’s hit singles like “Shake It Off,” “Bad Blood,” and “Blank Space,” Swift’s sold-out stadium tour (with full-on squad guests to boot), and making the transition from country to pop in the first place, the soon-to-be 26-year-old (her birthday is Dec. 13) has earned it. Haters can hate, but the numbers don’t lie.
Her first lead single “Shake It Off” debuted directly at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and 1989 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 1.29 million copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. 1989 became her third straight album to debut with one million sold, and Swift became the first artist to notch three million-selling weeks. 1989 then spent 11 nonconsecutive weeks leading the Billboard 200 and lingered in the top 10 for its first 53 weeks (as mentioned previously, only the fifth album to ever do so).
The track debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 back in January, and spent a near-record 14 weeks at the top of the chart, landing the single in a seven-way tie for the second-longest run at No. 1, behind only the 16-week reign of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day.” Nevertheless, “Uptown Funk!” made chart history by securing the most weeks at No. 1 in the 2010s, and the longest No. 1-run since The Black Eyed Peas’ song “I Gotta Feeling” scored 14 weeks at No. 1 in 2009.
As for the Top New Artist of the Year, that distinction goes to Fetty Wap, who had seven Hot 100 hits during the chart year. That included the infectious top 10s “Trap Queen,” which spent three weeks at No. 2, “679” (No. 4) and “My Way” (No. 7). Not to mention his self-titled debut, Fetty Wap, opened at No. 1 on Billboard 200.
Billboard’s year-end music recaps are determined by chart performance between the time period of the Dec. 6, 2014 and Nov. 28, 2015 charts.
See the full list of honors below:
Top Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Billboard 200 Album: 1989 by Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Song: “Uptown Funk!” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Top Hot 100 Artist: The Weeknd
Top Artist, Duo/Group: One Direction
Top Artist, Female: Taylor Swift
Top Artist, Male: Ed Sheeran
Top New Artist: Fetty Wap
Top Label: Republic