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Billboard 200: Top 10 artists with the most weeks spent in first place

American music occupies an inescapable place in the global showbiz industry. Several organizations such as the Billboard magazine establish for this purpose the ranking which distinguishes the best artists and their musical works. It is in this perspective that the Billboard 200 represents the weekly ranking of the 200 best-selling albums in the United States, all musical categories combined. At the same time, this ranking is considered indicative of an artist’s popularity. So follow us to discover the 10 artists with the most weeks spent at number 1 on the Billboard 200.

10- Fleetwood Mc

Before we jump into this roundup, it’s worth pointing out that the ranking is based on physical and digital album sales.

At the 10and instead, we find Fleetwood Mc. Originally from London, Fleetwood Mc is one of the greatest musical groups of the 1967 generation. With a very effective pop-rock music, sometimes qualified as “rock fm”, the group is the author of nearly twenty projects. The English sextet made history thanks in particular to its album “Rumours” released in 1977. With 38 weeks spent at the top of the rankings Billboard 200, the project logically occupies the 10and place of this top.

At the same time, it should be noted that the opus has had remarkable success, accumulating to date 40 million copies sold. Impressive figures that make the album one of the best-selling in the global music industry.

9- Elton John

World pop icon, Elton John is a British singer and songwriter. He is one of the artists with the most albums sold with more than 300 million records sold. Among his most famous pieces, we note Your Song (1970), Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (1976), I’m Still Standing (1983) and Sacrifice (1989). Elton is also the holder of several records, including the award for most successful male solo artist on the “Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists” in 2008.

In this ranking, the 74-year-old singer ranks 9and place on the list of artists with the most weeks spent at the 1D place of the Billboard 200. Concretely, according to the figures, Elton spent 39 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard 200. A 9and deserved place therefore for the one who can be called the legend of pop rock music.

8- Adele

Winner of 4 awards at 51and edition of the Grammy Awards, Adele became the second female artist, after Beyoncé, to achieve such a feat. Author of several records including her second album “21” which sold over 31 million copies. In other words, it is the best-selling album in the world in 2011 and 2012.

At the same time, the opus rises to 6and position on the chart of the greatest albums of all time in the category ”Women who rock”. Named the most popular musical artist in the world in 2015, Adele is the holder of 147 awards out of 301 nominations over her career. Moreover, on the back of the success of her second album, Adele ranks 8and place in our top 10 with 40 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard 200. A remarkable performance from one of the world’s music legends.

7- Whitney Houston

A true icon of the music industry, Whitney Houston has had a career full of success and awards. The American singer notably established herself as the first female artist in history to obtain 4 number 1 singles from the same album on the Billboard Hot 100.

Building on the success of his second opus entitled “Whitney”she climbs to 7and place in our ranking of artists with the most weeks spent at number 1 on the Billboard 200. Concretely, the opus has achieved 46 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200. Apart from music, it should be noted that Whitney has also had remarkable success in cinema. His first film has indeed accumulated more than 410 million dollars in worldwide receipts. Clearly, she is one of the artists who have had one of the most successful careers.

6- The Kingston Trio

With 46 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200the music group The Kingston Trio takes the 6and place in our ranking. A performance strongly boosted by the success of their song ”Tom Dooley” published in 1958. Originally from California, the trio of musicians contributed effectively to the revival of folk music in the USA in the decade 1950-1960.

It should be noted that their music generally addresses the classic themes of American folk music. However, the American trio was able to bring a contemporary touch associated with humor which indeed met with remarkable success.

5-Michael Jackson

Rightly considered the king of pop music, Michael Jackson has inscribed his name in the history of music thanks in particular to the success of his sixth album “Thriller”. Released on November 30, 1982, the opus explores a variety of musical genres such as funk, Soul, RnB and pop. Building on the success of the first two singles, the project became the best-selling album in the world with 32 million copies sold in a single year.

At the same time, it should be noted that the pop superstar won eight Grammy Awards in 1984 with this sixth opus. With 51 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, “Thriller” allows Jackson to climb to the 5thand place of this top 10.

4- Garth Brooks

Considered one of the most popular singers in the United States of his time, Garth Brooks is a country music artist from Oklahoma. Thanks to the resounding success of its 3and studio album “Ropin’ the Wind”, Garth moves up to 4thand position of our ranking of artists with the most weeks spent at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The singer indeed totals 52 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200. As for his project, it was not only 14 times platinum, but also sold nearly 15 million copies in the USA.

On the other side, in other countries especially in Canada, the album is sold to more than 500,000 sales. Impressive figures that propel the project to first place in sales in two countries combined (USA and Canada). Clearly, the stats confirm that Garth Brooks is a true icon of the American and global music industry.

3- Taylor Swift

At the 3and position of this top ten, we find the famous singer Taylor Swift who combines 55 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200. Building on the success of her second studio album “Fearless”, she won several awards, including the Grammy Award for album of the year in 2010. Better still, the singer from Pennsylvania has become the youngest artist in the world. music history to win a Grammy in this category. In addition, the project became the only one to remain in the Billboard Top 10 for an entire year.

As far as sales figures are concerned, it should be remembered that 3.2 million copies were sold in 2009. In other words, this is the best-selling album during this year. Apart from the American territory, the opus has had an international breakthrough, particularly in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

2- Elvis Presley

With 67 cumulative weeks at the top of the Billboard 200Elvis Presley climbs to 2and place of our Top 10. Nicknamed ‘‘The King of Rock and Roll’, Elvis had an international breakthrough thanks in particular to the succession of successful singles. With his talent, he represented in the years 1956, the spearhead of rock ‘n’ roll.

On a global scale, his role in the expansion of this musical style made him a major cultural icon of the 20and century. At the same time, the singer from Mississippi contributed to the popularization of the musical genre called ”rockabilly”, which is an association of country and rhythm and blues. Clearly, it must be said that Elvis Presley is a true legend of the global music industry. It is therefore logical that it is part of this classification.

1- The Beatles

CIRCA 1964: Rock and roll band “The Beatles” pose for a portrait wearing suits in circa 1964. (LR) Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

In first place in this ranking of artists with the most cumulative weeks at the top of the Billboard 200, we find the musical group The Beatles. The quartet has indeed accumulated 132 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard 200. Originally from Liverpool, the musical group engraved their name in the history of music thanks in particular to their album entitled “1”. Released in November 2000, the opus has sold 32 million copies. In other words, it is the record for the best-selling album of the 2000s.

Thus ends this overview of the 10 artists with the most weeks spent at the top of the Billboard 200. Stay tuned to follow the evolution of the ranking in the weeks to come.

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