Each year there's a new artist, album, or song that tickles our collective fancy. From the mega chart-topping superstars who rose from oblivion to the artists who have been carving out their niche in the music industry for years, 2011 did not disappoint! Let's review the past year and identify some of the highlights.
This year we saw the following artists and songs top the Billboard charts.
NUMBER OF WEEKS SPENT AS BILLBOARD #1
BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR According to Various Music Authorities:
INDEPENDENT ARTISTS: TOP ALBUMS:
The free music streaming site was finally introduced to the U.S. in July. In late November, Spotify already had 2.5 million paying subscribers.
Facebook rolls out their integrated music dashboard as they partner with such streaming services as Spotify, Turntable.fm, Rhapsody, Slacker Radio, MOG and Rdio.
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Napster finally hangs up its hat in October, seceding to the industry gunslingers out for "pirate blood.'' Napster user accounts are folded into Rhapsody.
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Eminem's Recovery became the first record to ever sell 1 million digital copies.
Billboard.com, Bloomberg.com, Pastemagazine.com. RolUngstone.com. Rockhall.com, Napster.com, Riaa.com, Billboard.biz, lnvestor.pandora.com, Spotify.com, Scribbal.com