Special Report

Best Artists of the Year

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15. Halsey
> Most popular song in 2019: Without Me
> Most recent album: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017)
> Album Metascore: 66

New Jersey native Halsey released in 2018 what became one of 2019’s biggest hits, “Without Me.” The song peaked at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in January 2019, spending a total of 52 weeks on the chart. The first single from the yet-to-be-released album “Manic” was performed numerous times throughout the year by Halsey, including on “Saturday Night Live” and at the Billboard Music Awards.

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14. 21 Savage
> Most popular song in 2019: A Lot
> Most recent album: I Am > I Was (2018)
> Album Metascore: 81

“A Lot” from rapper 21 Savage peaked at No. 12 on the Hot 100 in February 2019. Savage also appeared alongside Cardi B on DJ Khaled’s popular single “Wish Wish” this year. The year wasn’t all positive for the rapper, born in the U.K. as Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph. In February, he was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for overstaying his visa by 13 years.

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13. Drake
> Most popular song in 2019: Money in the Grave (ft. Rick Ross)
> Most recent album: Scorpion (2018)
> Album Metascore: 67

Drake has been one of pop music’s biggest stars for years now. In addition to releasing his own hit singles this year, including “Money in the Grave,” which peaked at No. 7 on the Hot 100, the rapper appeared as a featured guest on numerous other hit songs by other artists. These include Meek Mill’s “Going Bad,” Chris Brown’s “No Guidance,” and Bad Bunny’s “MIA.”

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12. Shawn Mendes
> Most popular song in 2019: Senorita (with Camila Cabello)
> Most recent album: Shawn Mendes (2018)
> Album Metascore: 73

The Shawn Mendes duet with Camila Cabello, “Senorita,” is the Canadian singer’s sole No. 1 hit to date, hitting its peak on the Hot 100 in August. He also scored a No. 2 hit with “If I Can’t Have You.” “Senorita” has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

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11. Jonas Brothers
> Most popular song in 2019: Sucker
> Most recent album: Happiness Begins (2019)
> Album Metascore: 76

The Jonas Brothers returned from a six-year hiatus with the album “Happiness Begins,” which was released with the documentary “Chasing Happiness.” The album features the group’s sole No. 1 Hot 100 single to date, “Sucker.”

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