2010 has been a big year for country music. We’ve seen career defining years from artists like Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Brad Paisley as well as artists like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift having continued success. But according to Billboard’s year-end charts, 2010 can be summed up by the success of one trio: Lady Antebellum. Find out which charts Lady A topped this year in our special year-end Billboard Chart Flash.
Lady Antebellum has been the story of the year in country music this year. The trio was named Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Artist as well as Top Country Albums Artist. The trio’s sophomore album, Need You Now, was named Top Country Album. In addition to the country charts, Lady Antebellum was also named Adult Contemporary Artist and their smash hit single, “Need You Now,” was named Adult Contemporary Song. The single also topped the Ringtones list as well as the Hot Radio Songs chart. The group also ranked number four on the overall Top Artists list, fourth on the Top Billboard 200 Artists chart, second on the Ringtones Artist chart, and number four on the Digital Albums Artists list. “Need You Now” ranked number two on the Hot 100 Songs chart, number seven on the Hot Digital Songs chart, and Need You Now was third on the Top Billboard 200 chart, number five on the Digital Albums chart.
The fourth country chart, Hot Country Songs, was topped by Lee Brice’s record-breaking hit, “Love Like Crazy.” The song spent an astounding 56 weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart and became Brice’s first smash hit single. In other country related charts, Jason Aldean was name Independent Artist while his album, Wide Open, was name Independent Album. Dierks Bentley was named Bluegrass Artist while his bluegrass album, Up on the Ridge, was named Bluegrass Album. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift topped the Top Billboard Artists list and Easton Corbin was named Top New Country Artist.
That wraps up our special year-end edition of the Chart Flash! It’s been an awesome year in country music this year and we can’t wait to see who will make it big in 2011.