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December just started, but Billboard has already crunched the numbers and released its 2021 year-end charts, based on airplay, sales and streaming data and other metrics.  The big winners overall? Dua Lipa, The Weeknd and Olivia Rodrigo.

Dua Lipa's "Levitating" was the year's number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100, followed by two songs by The Weeknd: "Save Your Tears" and "Blinding Lights."

Regarding "Levitating's" success, Dua tells Billboard,"'Levitating' doing its thing on the Billboard chart is absolutely surreal. That song has been my baby for so long, and to have it out in the world, and for people's response to be the way that it is, it's just absolutely mind-blowing to me. I'm really, really, really grateful for it all."

To give you an idea of how successful the song has been, "Levitating" has appeared in the Hot 100's top 40 every week of the past chart year, and for 41 of those weeks, it was in the top 10. While it never reached number one, it did peak at number two.

Olivia, meanwhile, is Billboard's Top New Artist of 2021 -- beating out The Kid LAROI -- as well as its Top Streaming Songs Artist of 2021.  She's also the overall Top Female Artist of 2021, beating out her idol, Taylor Swift, who's number two.  Her debut album, SOUR, is the number-two album of the year, behind country star Morgan Wallen's Dangerous: The Double Album.

The Top Artist of 2021 is Drake, followed by Olivia, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Morgan Wallen, Ariana Grande, Doja Cat and Justin Bieber.

The Top Duo/Group of 2021 is, of course, BTS, followed by Glass Animals and Dan + Shay.


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With one month left before we ring in the new year, it's time to look at who ruled the music streaming charts in 2021.  Spotify is out with its annual year-end "Wrapped" lists and says its users couldn't get enough of Taylor SwiftBTS and Olivia Rodrigo.

When it came to the most popular songs in the U.S., Olivia claims first and second place with her respective hits "drivers license" and "good 4 u."  Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More" collab with SZA is the third most-popular song of 2021, while Glass Animals' "Heat Waves" and Dua Lipa's "Levitating," with DaBaby, round out the top five.

Spotify crowned Olivia's "drivers license" the most-streamed song in the world, with more than 1.1 billion global streams. Parking right behind her on the global streams chart is Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" while The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber's "STAY" takes third.  Olivia also snags the fourth most-streamed song of 2021 with "good 4 u," while Dua's "Levitating" ranks fifth.

Olivia also claims a first-place finish on another Spotify chart, with her debut SOUR topping the most-streamed albums list.  Dua is in second with Future Nostalgia, while Justin is third with Justice. Closing the top five is Ed Sheeran's = (Equals) and Doja's Planet Her.

Of all the artists previously mentioned, only Justin ranks among the world's top-five most-streamed artists.  The "Peaches" singer placed fifth on this year's roundup -- right after fellow Canadian Drake, who's fourth. BTS has "Permission to Dance" after finishing 2021 in third place, while Taylor will ring in the new year knowing she's the second most-streamed artist on the planet.

So, who's Spotify's top artist of 2021? Boasting over 9.1 billion streams, it's Latin superstar Bad Bunny.


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Following the resounding success of her best-selling album 30, Adele's "Easy On Me" has recaptured the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.  Not only that, a new song of hers has debuted in the top five -- "Oh My God," which is in fifth place on the chart.

"Easy On Me" not only leads the Hot 100 for a fifth non-consecutive week, it's also the most-streamed song and the most-played song on the radio this week.  No other song has done that since 2017 when Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" collaboration with Justin Bieber ruled the Hot 100, Streaming Songs and Radio Songs charts.

Adele also notched another feat.  With both "Easy On Me" and "Oh My God" taking residence in the Hot 100's top five, this marks the second time since Adele had two top five simultaneous hits.  The last time this happened was in 2012, when "Set Fire to the Rain" and "Rolling in the Deep" rocked the charts.

30, which is the singer's fourth studio album, was released on November 20.  It not only shot to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, it also is the best-selling album of 2021 after 692,000 copies flew off the shelves in its first week of release.


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Just when you thought there were no chart records left for Adele to set, she goes ahead and sets another one.

The duet version of her song "Easy on Me" that features country superstar Chris Stapleton has just entered Billboard's Country Airplay chart at number 25. This is her first appearance on one of Billboard's country charts, and it's allowed her to set that new record.

As Billboard notes, "Easy on Me" is the first song ever to appear on the pop, rock, R&B/hip-hop and country airplay charts since Billboard modernized its chart data back in 1990. Before that, the last song to achieve that feat was "We Are the World," the 1985 charity single recorded by USA for Africa, a huge collective of the biggest names in music.

In addition, this is now the 17th Billboard airplay chart Adele has appeared on in her career, out of the 25 airplay charts that Billboard publishes.  Mariah Carey has also appeared on 17 of those charts; the only other artist who's been on more is Pharrell Williams, with 18.

In other news, Adele predicts that her nine-year-old son Angelo might have a bad reaction to one of the songs on 30 when he gets older: "My Little Love."

While appearing on the Canadian show q with host Tom Power, Adele admitted, "He'll probably go through stages of hating it when he's a teenager." The song features Voice Note recordings of Adele talking with Angelo about her divorce. But while it may be embarrassing for him, she says she felt she "had to include" it because "it was an important part of the puzzle."

She explained, "It sorted out some of the clutter that was going on in my ability to talk about how I was feeling."

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The Weeknd's number-one hit "Blinding Lights" has set quite a few chart records since it was first released two years ago.  That's why Billboard now lists it as number one on its new list of the Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs.

The list is based on historical performance on the Hot 100 chart, and "Blinding Lights" gets the title because it set the records for the most weeks ever spent in the top five, top 10 and top 40 on the Hot 100, as well as on the chart overall.

Specifically, the song was in the top five for 43 weeks, the top 10 for 57 weeks, the top 40 for 86 weeks, and stayed on the chart for 90 weeks.

“I don’t think [it] has hit me yet,” The Weeknd told Billboard when he was informed of his latest accomplishment. "I try not to dwell on it too much. I just count my blessings, and I’m just grateful.”

"Blinding Lights" replaces Billboard's previous #1 Song of All Time, Chubby Checker's "The Twist," which was number one in 1960 and in 1962.

The top 10 on Billboard's Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs chart are:

1. "Blinding Lights," The Weeknd

2. "The Twist," Chubby Checker

3. “Smooth,” Santana feat. Rob Thomas

4. “Mack the Knife,” Bobby Darin

5. “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

6. “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes

7. “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock

8. “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas

9. “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Los Del Rio

10. “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran

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It's only a matter of days until Christmas songs are back on the radio -- but which one is the greatest of all time?  According to Billboard, that honor goes to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You."

On Friday, the service unveiled its Greatest of All Time Holiday 100 Songs chart, and spoke to the Grammy winner, who reminisced about creating the 1994 smash-hit.

"When I wrote [it], I had absolutely no idea the impact the song would eventually have worldwide," she said.  "How could I? It was so early on in my career and most young artists, at that time, weren't really making Christmas music at the onset of their careers."

That gamble paid off.  The Economist said that, as of 2017, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" had amassed over $60 million in royalties and was now considered the best-selling holiday single by a female artist. 

When looking back at what makes the song so special, Mariah hints that her mood at the time may have something to do with it. 

"When writing [it], I was tapping into a bittersweet mixture of longing and festiveness," she recalled. "I had grown up wishing I could have a functional family Christmas like the ones I saw on TV or in the movies, but truth is…that never happened! So, I wrote the song for the little girl in me filled with holiday spirit."

The singer shared the big announcement to Instagram, and called the honor "truly humbling."

Rounding out the top five of Billboard's newest list of all-time greatest holiday songs chart are Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock," Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)" and Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas."

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Ed Sheeran's new album = (Equals) has blasted into the top of the U.K. albums chart with the biggest opening week for an album in the U.K. this year.

= (Equals), which gives Ed his fifth number-one album in the U.K., sold 139,000 copies in its first week.  That may not sound like a lot, but to put things in perspective, it outsold every other album in the Top 30 combined.  Not only is it the biggest sales week for an album this year in the U.K., but it's also the biggest since Ed's last album, ÷ (Divide), came out in 2017.

In a statement to Britain's Official Charts Company, Ed said, "Thank you so much for making Equals the Number 1 album in the U.K. this week. I don’t know what else to say -- you guys are great. Thank you so much for all listening to it, I hope you enjoy it and I hope to see you on tour next year. Nice one!”

Over on Britain's Official Singles Chart, Ed missed the number-one spot, with Adele reigning for a third straight week with "Easy On Me." However, Ed can't be too upset: His song "Shivers" is number two, "Bad Habits" is number three and his new single "Overpass Graffiti" is number four.


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Coldplay's new album Music of the Spheres has debuted in the top five on the Billboard 200.

The ninth studio effort from Chris Martin and company lands at number four on the chart with a total of 57,000 equivalent album units, 37,000 of which were traditional album sales.

Music of the Spheres is the seventh Coldplay album to hit the top five on the Billboard 200 -- only their 2000 debut, Parachutes, and 2019's Everyday Life didn't make it that high. Of those seven, four debuted at number one: 2005's X&Y, 2008's Viva la Vida, 2001's Mylo Xyloto and 2014's Ghost Stories.

Meanwhile, in their home country, every one of Coldplay's albums has topped the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart, making them the only band with a perfect nine-for-nine number-one discography.

Music of the Spheres features the lead single "Higher Power" and the hit BTS collaboration "My Universe." Coldplay will launch a world tour in support of the record in 2022.

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Coldplay's streak of number-one albums across the pond continues with Music of the Spheres.

The ninth studio effort from Chris Martin and company has debuted at the top of the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart. Every one of the London-born band's previous eight albums also hit number one on the ranking.

Music of the Spheres' opening week sales are the best for any album in the U.K. this year. It's also the first U.K. album to surpass 100,000 chart sales in a week since Ed Sheeran's No.6 Collaborations Project in 2019.

Coldplay is now the only band in U.K. chart history to be a perfect nine-for-nine with number-one albums. Noel Gallagher is technically 10-for-10, but only if you count the discographies of both Oasis and his High Flying Birds solo band. Similarly, Brandon Flowers is nine-for-nine counting both The Killers and his solo albums.

Music of the Spheres features the lead single "Higher Power" and the hit BTS collaboration "My Universe." Coldplay will launch a U.S. tour in support of the album in April 2022.

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It took just five hours for Adele's new single, "Easy on Me," to make an impact on the Billboard charts.

Since the cutoff for this week's Billboard charts was at midnight on October 14, and "Easy on Me" debuted at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday night, the airplay, downloads and sales it received only counted for the five hours prior to midnight.

Still, that was enough for "Easy on Me" to debut at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100, based on five hours' worth of streaming, radio airplay and sales.  Following its first full week of data tracking, the song is expected to soar to number one, which would make it her fifth career chart-topper.

Meanwhile, Billboard's charts that only measure airplay kept on tallying data through the 17th. As a result,"Easy on Me" debuted at number 14 on the Adult Pop Airplay chart and number 21 on Pop Airplay.

Most impressively, the song debuted at number six on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. It's the first time that a non-Christmas song debuted in the top 10 on that chart since 1993.

"Easy on Me" is the lead single from Adele's new album 30, due out November 29.

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