Chart Watch Extra: Thanksgiving Or Turkey Time?
We'll all celebrate Thanksgiving this week, but some artists have reasons to be especially thankful this year. Here's a round-up of artists (and others) who have much for which to give thanks. I'll follow it with a list of artists who had big "turkeys" this year. (No fair jumping ahead to the snarky stuff.)
Taylor Swift—In October, Swift posted the biggest one-week sales tally (1,208,000) in more than 10 years. She's only the fourth artist (and the first woman) to top the 1 million mark in weekly sales more than once. As a little bonus, she landed her first #1 single on the Hot 100.
Adele—In February, she tied Beyonce's record for most Grammys won in one night by a female artist (six). 21 will make Adele the first artist to have the #1 album of the year on Billboard's year-end chart recap two years running since Michael Jackson's Thriller in 1983-1984.
Rihanna—The 24-year old singer this week lands her 12th #1 single on the Hot 100 with "Diamonds." Wanna know how many other artists have landed 12 #1 hits before their 25th birthdays? Two (the two youngest of the Fab Four): George Harrison and Paul McCartney.
Maroon 5—The Los Angeles pop group has ranked #1 or #2 on the Hot 100 a whopping 25 times in the past 15 months. The group also had the year's most self-deprecating album title: Overexposed.
One Direction—The quintet this week becomes the first boy band in pop history to land two #1 albums in a calendar year. "What Makes You Beautiful" is the best-selling song by a boy band in digital history.