MTV’s list of top musical artists has Adele at No. 7

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Best Artists Of 2015.

MTV is out with its list of 2015’s top musical artists, and Adele only made it to No. 7 despite selling more than twice as many albums as anyone else this year. While reigning stars like Taylor Swift and Drake further tightened their grip on existing mainstream chokeholds, there was still plenty of room for undeniable rising stars like Fetty Wap and Tori Kelly to make grand introductions, and an audience waiting for cult-favorites like The Weeknd and Future to elevate to pop star status. Coming off a rocky couple of years, Biebs pulled off a miracle by silencing naysayers with his Purpose album, while Adele swept in during the ninth hour to make history with 25. The No. 2 album in sales, Swift’s “1989,” has sold just under 1.8 million copies for all of 2015, the Nielsen company said. “There’s a strong argument that (Adele) could be No. 1 and we welcome that back-and-forth,” said Eric Ditzian, MTV’s senior news director. “We wanted to take into context all of 2015.” Besides sales, MTV considers streams, impact on pop culture and an artist’s contact with fans through social media in its decision.

Adele’s “Hello” was everywhere for the past month, but ranked No. 2 to Drake for best song. “Hotline Bling” was “inescapable in a very good way,” Ditzian said.

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