2012 was another big year for country music. The Billboard Year End Rankings just came out and although Adele’s 21 grabbed the best selling number one slot for the second year in a row (a record feat) the top ten was chock full of Nashville brewed country.
Taylor Swift makes the cut at number two with Red. Swift has made the year end list three other times in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
One Direction, Mumford and Sons and Justin Bieber round out the top six (One Direction has 2 albums in the mix) but the rest of the top ten is all country.
Carrie Underwood continues to “blow away” sales numbers with her latest effort which ends 2012 with 1.2 million units in sales, followed by Luke Bryan’s Tailgates and Tanlines, and the underrated “Tuskeegee” collection of duets from Lionel Richie with 1.07 million. Jason Aldean’s recent release of Night Train took only a few months to sneak into the number ten slot with 1.2 million in sales.
This was a significant showing for country according to Billboard.com. They state that previously the country genre has only claimed up to four slots and you have to go back to 2002 and 1992 for those successes.
Taylor Swift starts the new year with a number one week with Red topping the Billboard 200 all genres Album chart.
The full year end stats are available at Billboard.com