TAYLOR SWIFT is the Top Country Artist of the Year, according to Billboard, and her album Red is the Top Country Album of 2012. On the overall artist list, Taylor comes in third behind Adele and Rihanna.
… The Top Five country artists of 2012 are: TAYLOR SWIFT, JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN, LADY ANTEBELLUM and CARRIE UNDERWOOD.
… The Top Five singles of 2012:
- JOSH TURNER – Time Is Love
- BRANTLEY GILBERT – You Don’t Know Her Like I Do
- JANA KRAMER – Why Ya Wanna
- DUSTIN LYNCH – Cowboys & Angels
- GLORIANA – (Kissed You) Goodnight
… Top Five Country Albums of 2012:
- TAYLOR SWIFT – Red
- LUKE BRYAN – Tailgates & Tanlines
- LIONEL RICHIE – Tuskegee
- LADY ANTEBELLUM – Own The Night
- CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Blown Away
… Billboard’s year-end music recaps are based on chart performance during the chart year that began with last year’s December 3 issue and ended with the November 24, 2012, charts. The year-end top artist category ranks the best-performing acts of the year, derived from activity on the Billboard 200 albums tally and the Billboard Hot 100 singles list, as well as streaming, social, boxscore and ringtone data.