Special Report

Best Artists of the Year

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10. Elton John
> Most popular song in 2019: (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (with Taron Egerton)
> Most recent album: Wonderful Crazy Night (2016)
> Album Metascore: 70

Seventy-two-year old popular music legend Elton John has been in the spotlight recently. In addition to his ongoing farewell tour, the singer released his first autobiography in 2019. “Rocketman,” a fantastical biopic based on John, was also released to largely favorable reviews.

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9. Lizzo
> Most popular song in 2019: Truth Hurts
> Most recent album: Cuz I Love You (2019)
> Album Metascore: 84

Lizzo sent three songs to the Hot 100 in 2019, including the No. 1 hit “Truth Hurts.” The song was originally released in 2017 yet didn’t reach the charts until it was included on the deluxe version of Lizzo’s 2019 album “Cuz I Love You.” The past year also saw Lizzo appear in the movie “Hustlers” and performing at the MTV Video Music Awards. She is scheduled to perform on Saturday Night Live before the year ends.

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8. BTS
> Most popular song in 2019: Boy With Luv (ft. Halsey)
> Most recent album: Map of the Soul: Persona (2019)
> Album Metascore: 74

Korean boy band BTS, which has been gaining a following in the United States, has more than 23 million followers on Twitter. The seven-member group has had two top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Their greatest success so far is the song “Boy With Luv,” a collaboration with Halsey that climbed to No. 8. Three of their albums have summited the Billboard 200 over the last two years. Their failure to get a Grammy Award nomination rankled fans who voiced their displeasure on social media.

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7. Lady Gaga
> Most popular song in 2019: Shallow (with Bradley Cooper)
> Most recent album: A Star is Born Soundtrack (2018)
> Album Metascore: 78

Grammy-winning artist Lady Gaga won an Oscar for her song “Shallow,” which appeared in the 2018 blockbuster film “A Star is Born.” The duet with actor and co-star Bradley Cooper peaked at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in March 2019. The film’s soundtrack has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.

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6. Taylor Swift
> Most popular song in 2019: You Need to Calm Down
> Most recent album: Lover (2019)
> Album Metascore: 79

Hit juggernaut Taylor Swift became the first recipient of Billboard’s Woman of the Decade Award earlier this month. The Pennsylvania native has had six No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and five chart-topping singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this decade. Swift posted her first hit single in 2008, and her success has continued into 2019 with the single “Me!” and album “Lover,” both of which sold a million units

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