Billboard Releases Their Top Singles, Albums of 2008

Billboard Magazine's year end review of the 2008's top performing singles and albums has just been released and topping the lists were a song and record that were both released in...2007. Flo Rida's "Low" is the chart's #1 single, and Alica Key's As I Am topped the album list. "Low", which spent ten weeks at the summit from January to March, but actually made its radio debut September of '07. As I Am was released only two months later, in November.

Each of these respective chart toppers benefit from the way Billboard defines 2008. In order to meet the constraints of printing the year end issue of the magazine, Billboard's calender year runs from December 2007 to November 2008. This helps Keys more than anyone, as her album sold 1.8 million copies, half of its total sales, between Black Friday and New Years. If last December weren't included in the tally, Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III would be the undisputed champion.

Coming in second place for the singles list is Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" giving Lewis the highest year end rating for a British artist since Elton John's "Candle In The Wind" topped the ranking in 1997. Songwriter Ryan Tedder, responsible for "Bleeding Love" will be rolling in the royalty checks as his group, OneRepublic, also scored the #5 song. The most prolific artist is Chris Brown who landed four songs in the top 20 (#6, #9, #10, and #19) while Rihanna managed three (#12, #16, and #17).

Top Hot 100 Singles of 2008:
1. Flo Rida feat. T-Pain, “Low”
2. Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love”
3. Alicia Keys, “No One”
4. Lil Wayne feat. Static Major, “Lollipop”
5. Timbaland feat. OneRepublic, “Apologize”
6. Jordin Sparks with Chris Brown, “No Air”
7. Sara Bareilles, “Love Song”
8. Usher feat. Young Jeezy, “Love In This Club”
9. Chris Brown, “With You”
10. Chris Brown, “Forever”
11. Ray J & Yung Berg, “Sexy Can I”
12. Rihanna, “Take a Bow”
13. Coldplay, “Viva La Vida”
14. Katy Perry, “I Kissed a Girl”
15. T.I., “Whatever You Like”
16. Rihanna, “Disturbia”
17. Rihanna, “Don't Stop the Music”
18. Natasha Bedingfield, “Pocketful of Sunshine”
19. Chris Brown feat. T-Pain, “Kiss Kiss”
20. Ne-Yo, “Closer”


vicm said...

As much as Billboard has improved the past couple of years in terms of actually being enjoyable to follow, I think ARC is going to have a better year end list than Billboard. They usually do though. Shawty get low low low low low low low low

Bronson said...

The list is pretty diverse though. It always has been. Even when hip hop was always number one, the year end chart has rock and a.c. on it.

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