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Billboard Unveils 2018 Year-End Charts: Drake Reigns Supreme On Top Artists Ranking

Billboard Unveils 2018 Year-End Charts: Drake Reigns Supreme On Top Artists Ranking

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Billboard unveiled its full list of year-end music charts for 2018 today, including Top Artist, Top New Artist, Hot 100 Songs and Billboard 200 Albums, featuring Drake, Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello and more. Canadian singer-rapper Drake ruled the charts this year, leading the year-end Top Artists ranking with the success of his Billboard 200-topping album Scorpion and its many hit singles on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 song of the year, "God's Plan." Drake is the first rap act to be the overall Top Artist of the year since 50 Cent in 2005, and just the third rap artist to ever lead the category, after 50 Cent and Nelly.

Following a male-dominated 2017, in which men swept the entire top 10, female artists took center stage as three women finished in the top 10 on the Top Artists tally. Taylor Swift — the year's top female artist — is the highest ranking woman on the overall Top Artists tally at No. 4, joined by the year's top new artist, Cardi B, at No. 5, Camila Cabello at No. 10, Ariana Grande (No. 14), Dua Lipa (No. 19) and Halsey (No. 20).

"The year-end Billboard charts highlight the breadth of genres that resonated with music fans in 2018," says Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard's SVP of Charts and Data Development. "The Billboard charts are the most well-respected and comprehensive rankings in music and have helped define musical careers for nearly 80 years. In 2018, established superstar acts continued their dominance and new acts like Cardi B, Dua Lipa and K-pop group BTS burst onto the scene."

Please see below for a full Year-End breakdown of the following Billboard charts: Top Artists, Hot 100 Songs Billboard 200 Albums, and Top New Artists:

Top Artists:
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
Cardi B
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Camila Cabello

Billboard Hot 100 Songs:
"God's Plan," Drake
"Perfect," Ed Sheeran
"Meant to Be," Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
"Havana," Camila Cabello Featuring Young Thug
"Rockstar," Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage
"Psycho," Post Malone Featuring Ty Dolla $ign
"I Like It," Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
"The Middle," Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
"In My Feelings," Drake
"Girls Like You," Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B

Billboard 200 Albums:
reputation, Taylor Swift
Scorpion, Drake
beerbongs & bentleys, Post Malone
"The Greatest Showman" Soundtrack
÷ (Divide), Ed Sheeran
Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B
Astroworld, Travis Scott
Stoney, Post Malone
?, XXXTentacion
Culture II, Migos

Top New Artists:
Cardi B
Juice WRLD
Dua Lipa

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