1 — Taylor Swift. With big award wins, chart-topping albums and industry-shifting reimaginations of her back catalog, Swift once again remade popular music in her own image in 2021.
- 1 Britney Spears98%
- 2 Michael Jackson97%
- 3 Lady Gaga97%
- 4 Jennifer Lopez97%
- 5 Taylor Swift96%
- 6 Backstreet Boys96%
- 7 Justin Bieber96%
- 8 Madonna96%
Justin Bieber takes the top spot, with millions of followers across socials and billions of plays on streaming services. The most popular female artist currently goes to Taylor Swift, while BTS are unsurprisingly the most popular band. Any surprises here amongst the most popular artists in 2022?
With three albums topping the Billboard 200 and major awards received, there was no way Taylor Swift could not have been chosen Pop Star of 2021 by Billboard itself. This is the second time that Swift has been named Pop Star of the Year by Billboard.
1. The Beatles — 183 million units.
Billboard's Greatest Pop Stars of 2021: No. 1 — Taylor Swift.
Billie Eilish is one of the biggest stars of 2020. In 2019, her debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, debuted atop the Billboard 200 and became the best-performing album of 2019 in the US, and it also reached number 1 in the UK.
The Grammy winner is now the No. 1 artist on Spotify. The Weeknd had a triumphant weekend.
Pop group BTS, whose catchy, upbeat songs have won them legions of fans, have been named as the world's best-selling artists for the second year running. The South Korean band beat the likes of Drake and Adele to top a chart compiled by music industry body the IFPI.
Already one of the biggest musical stars in the world, Ariana Grande once again asserts her dominance in the pop field this week by taking over a very competitive Billboard chart, one which she already knows very well.
Justin Bieber has 8.8 million more listeners than The Weeknd, who has come second with 74.5 million and Ed Sheeran, who came in third with 72.4 million listeners. Bieber also broke Ariana Grande's previously set record of 82 million monthly listeners. However, Grande has now dropped down to 59.8 million.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, British rock band The Beatles are top of the list for best-selling artists worldwide, with 257.7 million certified sales. Second is Elvis Presley with almost 207 million sales, followed by Michael Jackson with 169.7 million.
Puerto Rican Reggaeton artist Bad Bunny took the top spot for most-streamed artists in 2021 for the second year running with more than 9.1 billion streams, surpassing last year's 8.3 billion.
BTS is currently the most successful boyband in the world. The Seoul-based pop sensation last year became the first Korean artist to take the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100, a feat it repeated this year with “Butter” in May and three-peated with “Permission to Dance” in July.
1. BTS. In 2020, BTS set a world record. In fact, they set three similar world records; all of which were for their hit song, Dynamite.
Queen of Pop is a nickname most commonly associated with American singer Madonna. Queen of Pop may also refer to: Several other musicians, see honorific nicknames in popular music. Queen of Pop (album), a 2000 album by Marcia Hines.
Beyoncé Beyoncé is more than just one of the most famous people in the world: She's redefined music success and become an inspiration for women around the globe.
1. Justin Bieber. So here he is, the new King of Pop and the Grand Monarch of Music as well.