Billboard Crowns Top Artists of 2010

Posted December 23, 2010 by J Matthew Cobb in News

‘Billboard’ annual year-end double issue reveals the king and queen of the genres

2010 was dominated by dance-pop it seems. And with that, it’s no surprise to see Lady Gaga – the Queen who started it all – dominating the Top Artists’ list in Billboard’s annual year-End Double Issue. Songs like “Alejandro,” “Telephone” and “Bad Romance” made its way to pop radio and continues their reign on various Dance Club, Digital  Songs and Rhythmic playlists. Ke$ha, who was crowned Top New Artist and Hot 100 Artist of 2010 by Billboard, wasn’t too far behind on the Top Artist board; coming in at No. 5. Her dance-pop anthems, “Tik Tok,” “Your Love Is My Drug” and her most recent “We R Who We R,” made her a serious competitor with Lady Gaga. Although not seen on the top 10, Katy Perry did land at No. 11. Other dance-pop favorites (Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Justin Beiber) also landed in the top 10.

Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum, selling massive units with their individual releases, also gave them considerable airplay; fulling more demand for country-pop.

Drake and Eminem also had powerfully-executed hits and astounding record sales with their individual album releases (Thank Me Later, Recovery); also putting the eversatile emcees in the top 10.

Here’s the layout of how each artist did on the Top Artists’ survey.

Top Artists

1. Lady Gaga
2. Taylor Swift
3. Eminem
4. Lady Antebellum
5. Ke$ha
6. Usher
7. The Black Eyed Peas
8. Justin Beiber
9. Rihanna
10. Drake

There are over 250 surveys generating the leaders in selected areas (Digital, imprints, labels, gender, sub-genre) featured in the issue. Without revealing them all and providing a light teaser of who dominated 2010’s hits, the selected lists below include the leading artist/album taking the coveted top honor.

Top Artists-Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum
Top Artists-Female: Lady Gaga
Top Artists-Male: Eminem
Top New Artist: Ke$ha
Top Imprint: Columbia
Top Labels: Interscope Geffen A&M
Top Billboard 200 Artists: Taylor Swift
Top Billboard 200 Allbums: I Dreamed a Dream; Susan Boyle
Independent Artists: Jason Aldean
Pop Catalog Artist: Michael Jackson
Digital Albums: Recovery; Eminem
Hot 100 Artist: Ke$ha
Hot 100 Songs: Ke$ha
Hot 100 Artists – Duo/Group: Black Eyed Peas
Hot 100 Artist- Female: Ke$ha
Hot 100 Artist – Male: Usher
Hot 100 Airplay: “Need You Now;” Lady Antebellum
Hot 100 Producer: Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald
Top R&B/Hip-hop Artist: Eminem
Top New R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: B.o.B.
Rhythmic Artists: Drake
Rhythmic Songs: “Nothin’ on You;” B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars
Adult R&B Artist: Jaheim
Adult R&B Songs: “There Goes My Baby;” Usher
Top Country Artist: Lady Antebellum
Top Latin Artist: Aventura
Christian Album Artist: Casting Crowns
Gospel Album Artist: Marvin Sapp
Dance Club Artist: Rihanna

For all the year-end charts, pick up a copy of Billboard’s Year-End Double Issue (Dec. 18) at newsstands now.

To read a deeper version of the above surveys and more, go to

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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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