Taylor Swift is the year's top female artist and bets is the top duo Group and rapper Rich leads the twenty top new artist chart. Fans of her previous Antonoff collabs will hear shades of 1989's "Wildest Dreams" and Reputation's "Getaway Car" in "Mirrorball" and "August" respectively, while the country-tinged "Betty" brings us back to the days of Red, when she first began to experiment outside of her comfort zone. It’s not outlandish that the line moved Fiona Apple enough to title her fifth album after it: Since her brilliant 1996 debut Tidal, the venerated singer-songwriter has been ridiculed nearly as much as she’s been praised for her image, her age, the vulnerability of her lyrics and her refusal to take anyone’s bulls--t. But Apple fetches the damn bolt cutters herself on her first album since 2012, tackling all her old demons with a new sense of levity -- tracing her own past from the rollicking “Shameika,” in which she recalls a schoolmate telling her she “had potential,” to the woozy “Ladies,” an olive branch extended to the exes of her exes which verges on laugh-out-loud funny. Now that 2020's wave of major releases by the likes of Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, BTS, Post Malone and Dua Lipa have hit shelves, Billboard wants to … Check out Part One. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart, Billie Eilish Surges Post-Grammys", "Lil Wayne Achieves Fifth No. The top winners, however, were the stalwart fans who found more new R&B music to immerse themselves in during 2020. 2020 might be the year we’d like to forget, but before we do, we must acknowledge the music that lifted our spirits, provided comfort and helped us get to this point. 1 album from this year is your favorite album of the year? -- FRANK DIGIACOMO, On his first album since 2017’s chart-topping From A Room: Volume 2, Stapleton leads an exhilarating physical and emotional journey through middle age that is all substance, no filler. Now the Billboard year-end charts are out, and they confirm him as one of the year’s biggest commercial artists of 2020. For many American listeners, the lead track "Boy with Luv" featuring Halsey was their introduction to the colorful world of K-pop. In 2020, Cobbs Leonard scored her fifth No. -- J.R. This is Swift's fifth go around as the year's top female artist. Perfume Genius, Set My Heart on Fire Immediately, Mike Hadreas’s music as Perfume Genius has crescendoed over the last decade from a whisper to a roar. 1 on Billboard 200 With Biggest Week of 2020", "Juice WRLD's 'Legends Never Die' Spends Second Week at No. She was also tops in 2018, 2015, 2013 and 2009 this year. You can hear that gleeful largesse throughout the LP, whether it's Savage quoting 50 Cent on "Many Men" and then letting the man's own hook see the track out, or the biggest artist in the world popping by for a quick guest verse with a very rude SZA namedrop, or Freeman getting a full track just to expound upon the key difference between snitches and rats. ("Hey, will your dad pay your taxes now that I'm done?" 1 Album in Less Than a Year on the Billboard 200 Chart With 'Top, "Taylor Swift Surpasses Whitney Houston for Most Weeks at No. They also make the recording academy’s oversight look even weirder. 21 Savage and Metro Boomin, Savage Mode II, "Are things better or worse the second time around?" From beginning to end, Sawayama provides you with production, vocals and lyrics that will worm their way into your brain, refusing to "STFU!" 1 album of 2020. -- KATIE BAIN, Smith’s first album in three years was originally set for release in May, but was pushed back to October because of the pandemic -- by which point, six songs on the album, (including the 2019 smash “Dancing with a Stranger,” a silky collab with Normani) had already hit the Hot 100. See the complete list of Billboard Music Awards 2020 nominees. Along the way he refines his breakneck, relentless approach and layers one-liners atop one another better than just about anyone in the game ("$300K in cash, probably still pull out a Visa/ Ain't goin on a date, tell a b--ch to order a pizza"). ... one of the best reviewed of the year. The multi-hyphenate keeps the BPMs steady while sharing the mic with everyone from fellow contemporary genre star Kehlani to reclusive icons like Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu – but she's always center stage. Perhaps the way the album has created its own constantly expanding universe since its March release -- from August's transportive Club Future Nostalgia remix album to November's polished Studio 2054 livestream concert -- is proof that we'll still be dancing to these pulsing beats when we can all be shoulder-to-shoulder at a club once more. Topping the charts for categories like Hard Rock Album, Mainstream Rock Songs, and Top Rock Albums … There are no bells or whistles to what makes Phoebe Bridgers’ second solo album one of the year's best -- no grandiose gestures or guest stars, no whiplash-inducing tempo changes. While they admit that it’s impossible to incorporate the vast variety of the K-Pop genre in just ten albums, they did include both soloists and groups, idols and indie artists, and new and experienced artists in the list. Billboard (stylized in all lowercase) is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of MRC Media & Info. -- JASON LIPSHUTZ, “Ain’t no revolution is televised or digitized,” Killer Mike spits on “goonies vs. E.T.,” updating Gil Scott-Heron for the social media age. Here are our staff's 50 favorite albums from this year. [4] BTS (Map of the Soul: 7 and Be), YoungBoy Never Broke Again (38 Baby 2 and Top) and Swift (Folklore and Evermore) scored two number-one albums each. Doubters may have been willing to spend top dollar to witness the flopping of Machine Gun Kelly upon his pivot to rock -- but as MGK himself says, joke's on them, because there was no downfall. Plus, how to vote for the Billboard Music Awards this year! But when it finally crashed in from outer space, Chromatica proved to be no retread. It's all there in the title: Dua Lipa's dancefloor-commanding sophomore album makes listeners nostalgic for the sequined days of Studio 54, while piloting the recently revived disco sound into the future. Clearly, she had a marvelous time brightening our quarantine. But the music Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer delivered on their first studio album in 14 years was alive in all the ways we needed it to be -- seething with rage, sick with heartbreak and soothing with humor. [1], Folklore by Taylor Swift is the best-selling album of 2020,[2] and the longest-running number-one album of the year, spending eight weeks atop the chart. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart & Biggest Week of 2020 With 'Folklore' So which No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart", "The Weeknd's 'After Hours' Debuts at No. This 10-track set is J Balvin’s most ambitious album yet, musically and visually. Billboard - Grammys 2020: A Look at Contenders for Album of the Year | Billboard News | Facebook -- T.M. -- THOM DUFFY, Released in February, Map of the Soul: 7 marked the beginning of BTS' most historic year yet. Instead, the ‘80s-inspired disco and synth-pop heard in his smash hits “Blinding Lights” and “In Your Eyes” fuel hazy, yet unforgettable nights in the Las Vegas backdrop of his damaging, debaucherous cycle. 1 on Billboard 200, As Christmas Albums Depart Chart", "Roddy Ricch Returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Previously in the Gaga Cinematic Universe, every look had a story, every song had a double meaning, every performance was a parable. In a finale episode of crime drama The Fall, the detective protagonist deadpans “fetch the bolt cutters” before entering a house where a girl has been tortured. Against a backdrop mixing musical influences from the worlds of R&B, rap, trap-pop, doo-wop and bossanova, Reyez deftly shifts from soft to sultry to seething -- putting an exclamation point on one of the strongest years in recent R&B. -- GAB GINSBERG, 26. Yes, there are callbacks to bygone eras of dance-pop -- "Love Again" borrows from White Town's '90s one-off "Your Woman" (via Al Bowlly) and "Break My Heart" interpolates INXS' '80s chart-topper "Need You Tonight" -- but merging all these classic inspirations is far from derivative; in fact, it makes for something wholly fresh when paired with Dua's cheeky lyrics and confident vocals. 2, is a veritable buffet of Megan’s talents, offering taunting sing-song on “What’s New” and making the old school new again on the Eazy-E-sampling “Girls in the Hood.” And while the songs might be bouncier than those on her previous releases, after this tumultuous year, Megan’s joy is a triumph: “People say I'm way too full of myself,” she says on the set’s closer, “Don’t Stop.” “You’re right, and I ain't even made it to dessert.” -- C.W. But with It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, Kehlani made a record that is unequivocally her own, blending heart-rending personal writing with her cleanest production to date to make a stunning and unforgettable album. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Tickets to My Downfall, "21 Savage & Metro Boomin's 'Savage Mode II' Debuts at No. -- N.F. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart & Biggest Week of 2020 With 'Folklore, "Taylor Swift's 'Folklore' Back at No. It’s her second album of the year to debut at the top of the chart after this summer’s EP folklore, ... Taylor Swift’s ’Evermore’ Is Her Second No. Kehlani weaves in and out of love-laced confessionals, taking R&B’s musical tropes and spinning them into original, pop-facing melodies that push themselves above the noise. Starting on the issue dated January 18, 2020, Billboard updated the methodology to compile the chart by incorporating official video data from YouTube, along with visual plays from streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and Vevo. There’s raunch and party tracks, of course -- but overwhelmingly, this is an ambitious album, one that goes from the deeply personal (“Mi Vieja” recounts the death of his cellmate’s mother), to lyrical (“No Llores Mujer,” a tasteful, Travis Barker-assisted adaptation of “No Woman No Cry"), to real tales from the hood told with bravado but also a tinge of regret (“Somos o No Somos” and “Antes y Después,” featuring Kendo Kaponi and Yandel). Emmanuel ends with “China,” the mega-hit tour de force that features Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Ozuna and girlfriend Karol G and cements his cred as well as his commercial appeal. Overall Chart performance in that calendar year First All-Spanish No today, Billboard staff their... 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