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Each year, Bloomberg Businessweek issues its list of the 50 people who made the biggest impact on the global business landscape. This year, Britney Spears and Olivia Rodrigo both made the prestigious list.

Bloomberg said Britney deserves a spot on their roundup not only for the role she played in terminating her own 13-year conservatorship, but because she changed the public's opinion of conservatorships as a whole.

Olivia Rodrigo is among the youngest people to make the Bloomberg 50. The outlet honored the unmistakable impact the 18-year-old had on music industry and lauded the multiple streaming records set by her debut single, "drivers license" -- including the fastest song to hit over 100 million streams. Bloomberg also said her debut album, SOUR, is among the most successful releases of 2021.

Taylor Swift didn't make the list this year, but that's because people can only make the Bloomberg 50 once. She was previously honored in 2018, but the outlet wanted to recognize how she shook up the music industry this year and sparked debate on artists' rights.

The Wrap, meanwhile, unveiled their second annual changemakers list of the women who saved entertainment in 2021. Olivia Rodrigo made that list as well, along with Adele.

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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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Nearly 10 years after the original version was released, Taylor Swift's new 10-minute-version of "All Too Well," from Red (Taylor's Version), is number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Looking back, Taylor says the song has become less the story of a breakup, and more of a symbol of the relationship between her and her fans.

"It has a story that is so sacred to me, because...it was my favorite song on the record," Taylor says in an interview distributed by her record label. "I knew that when we put out the album, it wouldn't be a single, it wouldn't be a video -- but I knew it was my favorite one."

"And what was so crazy is that when it went out into the world, the fans just among themselves decided it was their favorite too," she adds. "They just sort of...claimed it as the most important song from Red...over the course of the first six months the album was out."

Taylor notes that she even performed the song on the [2014] Grammys because the fans wanted to hear it.

She first revealed that a 10-minute version of "All Too Well" existed in 2020, on an episode of the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums podcast.  After Taylor announced her re-recording of Red this past June, she confirmed in August that it would include the 10-minute version.  When it topped the Hot 100, it broke a 50-year record for the longest song ever to do so.

"For me, this song has turned into a story of what the fans did for [it] really," Taylor says now. "It's such a special thing to look back on for me and sort of get to relive. It is pretty cool."

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Taylor Swift is celebrating evermore's Grammy nomination for Album of the Year by dressing fancy and drinking champagne.

Taking to Twitter once the nominations were announced, Taylor shared a black and white video of her sitting at the bottom of a spiral staircase and singing "Champagne Problems" as collaborator Aaron Dessner accompanies her on the piano.   The singer is wearing the same lavish white dress she wore in the "I Bet You Think About Me" music video. The clip, which was shot overhead, presents an alternative angle of the gown and shows even more details about it, including its massive train.

"NO PROBLEMS TODAY JUST CHAMPAGNE," Taylor wrote. "I wanted to share this video with you from when @aaron_dessner and I were doing our fittings for the video and there was a piano, so ofc this happened. SO stoked evermore has been honored like this. Congrats to all our fellow nominees."

Aaron reposted the video and jokingly added, along with three red heart emojis, "well folkmore....the piano did seem a little lonely just sitting there."

Taylor is against some stiff competition for Album of the Year: expanded field of nominees includes her protégé, Olivia Rodrigo, as well as Billie EilishJustin BieberLady Gaga and Tony BennettLil Nas XH.E.R.Doja CatKanye West and the Grammy's most-nominated act, Jon Batiste.

Find out if Taylor takes home yet another golden gramophone trophy when the 64th annual Grammy Awards airs January 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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The race for this year's best-selling album is officially over, because it only took Adele's 30 three days to outsell the competition.

Billboard reports that, according to MRC Data, the British singer's fourth studio album sold more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. between its November 19 release and November 21. No other album released this year has come close to matching that.

Taylor Swift's evermore, which came out in December 2020, previously held the title of top-selling album for selling 462,000 copies in all of 2021. 

Adele also crushed another one of Taylor's 2021 records, which was selling the most copies of an album in a week.  The "All Too Well" singer's newly released Red (Taylor's Version) sold 369,000 copies in its first week of release.

That said, Adele's 30 is primed to debut atop the Billboard 200 next week and, when it does, it'll mark the her third number-one album in the U.S.  Her previous albums 25 and 21 both spent multiple weeks atop the prestigious chart when they were respectively released in 2015 and 2011.

 

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Taylor Swift certainly had a memorable reaction when "All Too Well" became the top song in the country.  The single is now number one on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, which was no easy feat because it had to dethrone Adele's hit, "Easy on Me," in order to do it.

Taylor celebrated the milestone on Twitter and hilariously wrote "*FERAL SCREECH*" when sharing the announcement.  "All Too Well" is not only her eighth official chart-topper, it is now the longest-running song to hit number one.

"All Too Well," which clocks in at 10 minutes and 13 seconds, topples Don McLean's nearly 50-year record, when his eight-minute and 34 second song "American Pie (Parts I & II)" rose to the top in 1972.

Taylor's mind was blown by her history-making accomplishment, as evidenced by the tell-all emoji, and she further thanked fans in a follow-up message, writing, "I’m so proud of this song and the memories I have with you guys because of it. You truly chose this one and now you did THIS?! I’m floored. A ten minute song is at the top of the Hot 100."

She also thanked her team for helping turn the 10-minute version of the heartbreaking ballad into "The ultimate craftsman of songs," and shouted out collaborators Jack Antonoff and Christopher Rowe as well as sound engineer Laura Sisk and songwriter Liz Rose

The Grammy winner is celebrating the success of her newly rerecorded Red (Taylor's Version), which is now the number-one album in the country after debuting atop the Billboard 200.

E! News reports that Taylor has since jetted to South America to visit longtime love Joe Alwyn on the set of his upcoming movie, The Stars at Noon, which is reportedly being filmed in Panama.

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Looks like America really needed a good cry last week because Taylor Swift's newly rerecorded version of "All Too Well" is the top song in the country.  The tear-jerking ballad dethroned Adele's "Easy on Me," which falls to second place, and debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100 -- marking Taylor's eighth official chart-topper.

"All Too Well" is featured on the recently released Red (Taylor’s Version), which offers two versions of the heartbreak anthem -- a regular, radio-friendly shorter song and the mythical 10-minute version.  Fans spent years begging Taylor to release the latter, which she not only did, but also directed and released a short film to accompany the single.  She also gave it a folklore facelift just last week with the "Sad Girl Autumn" remix.

Billboard combined the data from the long, short and the "Sad Girl Autumn" version of "All Too Well," which helped propel the single to the top of the Hot 100.  Its new ranking smashes the previous record it held when the song appeared on the chart in 2012 at number 80.

This also means that Taylor has accomplished a new feat: she's now the proud creator of the lengthiest song to top the Hot 100.  She dethrones Don McLean, whose eight-minute and 37-second "American Pie (Parts I & II)" held the record since 1972.

Taylor's also is the first artist to send a cover of her own song to the top since Elton John did with his 1973 single, "Candle in the Wind."  Two covers of that song, recorded in 1988 and 1997, went on to number one.

Billboard notes the last time a cover dominated its Hot 100 was in 2001, when Christina AguileraPinkMya and Lil' Kim performed Labelle's 1975 hit "Lady Marmalade" for the movie Moulin Rouge!

 

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Taylor Swift is just full of surprises these days, and this one is sure to bring the holiday cheer.

The singer has released an “Old Timey Version” of her 2019 Christmas tune, “Christmas Tree Farm,” exclusively on Amazon Music. The reimagined track was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and features a new arrangement complete with a 70-piece orchestra.

Taylor also released a video with behind-the-scenes footage of her recording the song, as well as home video clips of her as a kid. “Christmas Tree Farm” was inspired by her childhood growing up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, Red (Taylor’s Version) hit number one on the Billboard 200 chart. It marks her 10th number one on the chart, making her the second woman with at least 10 number ones after Barbra Streisand, who has 11.

The album sold 605,000 equivalent album units -- with 369,000 in physical sales. It’s the highest selling release from a female artist in 2021, as well as the biggest selling physical album of 2021.

Red (Taylor’s Version) also broke Spotify’s 24-hour streaming record, with 90.8 million streams on day one. The previous record holder was Taylor’s folklore.

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BTS, Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat practically swept every category they were nominated in at the 2021 American Music Awards, hosted by Cardi B.  The celebration took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

The voting power of BTS' fans -- the ARMY -- went unmatched after the K-pop act dominated their respective categories: artist of the year, favorite pop song and favorite pop duo or group.

Doja took home three awards: collaboration of the year for "Kiss Me More ft. SZA," favorite female R&B artist and favorite R&B album.

Meg also had a great night, despite pulling out of the show last minute for an undisclosed matter.  Her hotties secured her favorite trending song, favorite female hip-hop artist and, for her debut Good News, favorite hip-hop album.

Taylor Swift, who also sat out this year's award show, collected two trophies for favorite female pop artist and favorite pop album.

As for Olivia Rodrigo, who held the most nominations of the night, she excitedly accepted the trophy for new artist of the year.

Here's the complete list of winners from this year's ceremony:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

BTS

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Olivia Rodrigo

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Doja Cat ft. SZA, “Kiss Me More”

FAVORITE TRENDING SONG

Megan Thee Stallion, “Body”

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO

Lil Nas X, “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”

FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST

Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST

Taylor Swift

FAVORITE POP DUO OR GROUP

BTS

FAVORITE POP ALBUM

Taylor Swift, evermore

FAVORITE POP SONG

BTS, “Butter”

FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Luke Bryan

FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP

Dan + Shay

FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM

Gabby Barrett Goldmine

FAVORITE COUNTRY SONG

Gabby Barrett, “The Good Ones”

FAVORITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Drake

FAVORITE FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Megan Thee Stallion

FAVORITE HIP-HOP ALBUM

Megan Thee Stallion, Good News

FAVORITE HIP-HOP SONG

Cardi B, “Up”

FAVORITE MALE R&B ARTIST

The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE R&B ARTIST

Doja Cat

FAVORITE R&B ALBUM

Doja Cat, Planet Her

FAVORITE R&B SONG

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), “Leave The Door Open”

FAVORITE MALE LATIN ARTIST

Bad Bunny

FAVORITE FEMALE LATIN ARTIST

Becky G

FAVORITE LATIN DUO OR GROUP

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

FAVORITE LATIN ALBUM

Bad Bunny EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO

FAVORITE LATIN SONG

Kali Uchis “telepatía”

FAVORITE ROCK ARTIST

Machine Gun Kelly

FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST

Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE GOSPEL ARTIST

Kanye West

FAVORITE DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST

Marshmello

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BTSMegan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat practically swept every category they were nominated in at the 2021 American Music Awards, hosted by Cardi B.  The celebration took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

The voting power of BTS' fans -- the ARMY -- went unmatched after the K-pop act dominated their respective categories: artist of the year, favorite pop song and favorite pop duo or group.

Doja took home three awards: collaboration of the year for "Kiss Me More ft. SZA," favorite female R&B artist and favorite R&B album for Planet Her.

Meg also had a great night, despite pulling out of the show last minute for an undisclosed matter.  Her hotties secured her favorite trending song for "Body," favorite female hip-hop artist and, for her debut Good News, favorite hip-hop album.

Taylor Swift, who also sat out this year's award show, collected two trophies for favorite female pop artist and favorite pop album for evermore.

As for Olivia Rodrigo, who held the most nominations of the night, she excitedly accepted the trophy for new artist of the year.

Here's the complete list of winners from this year's ceremony:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

BTS

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Olivia Rodrigo

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Doja Cat ft. SZA, “Kiss Me More”

FAVORITE TRENDING SONG

Megan Thee Stallion, “Body”

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO

Lil Nas X, “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”

FAVORITE MALE POP ARTIST

Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE FEMALE POP ARTIST

Taylor Swift

FAVORITE POP DUO OR GROUP

BTS

FAVORITE POP ALBUM

Taylor Swift, evermore

FAVORITE POP SONG

BTS, “Butter”

FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Luke Bryan

FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST

Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP

Dan + Shay

FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM

Gabby Barrett, Goldmine

FAVORITE COUNTRY SONG

Gabby Barrett, “The Good Ones”

FAVORITE MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Drake

FAVORITE FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Megan Thee Stallion

FAVORITE HIP-HOP ALBUM

Megan Thee Stallion, Good News

FAVORITE HIP-HOP SONG

Cardi B, “Up”

FAVORITE MALE R&B ARTIST

The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE R&B ARTIST

Doja Cat

FAVORITE R&B ALBUM

Doja Cat, Planet Her

FAVORITE R&B SONG

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), “Leave The Door Open”

FAVORITE MALE LATIN ARTIST

Bad Bunny

FAVORITE FEMALE LATIN ARTIST

Becky G

FAVORITE LATIN DUO OR GROUP

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

FAVORITE LATIN ALBUM

Bad Bunny, EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO

FAVORITE LATIN SONG

Kali Uchis, “telepatía”

FAVORITE ROCK ARTIST

Machine Gun Kelly

FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST

Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE GOSPEL ARTIST

Kanye West

FAVORITE DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST

Marshmello

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