Avicii is Billboard’s Top/Dance Electronic Artist of 2014
Avicii took home the gold across the board on Billboard’s charts this year, earning him the coveted title of Top Dance/Electronic Artist for 2014. Although it may seem like an eternity since it swept the nation, his radio and festival hit ‘Wake Me Up’ closed out the year as No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs year-end list. Topping the chart at No. 1 is ‘Turn Down for What’ by DJ Snake and Lil Jon, but that won’t likely phase Avicii, who took the lead as No. 1 Dance/Electronic Digital Songs Artist and Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs Artists recaps. Oh, and the young Swede’s album True made it in as No. 3 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums list. Bravo, Avicii.
Also of note is duo Disclosure, who’s album Settle made it to No. 6 on the year-end Dance/Electronic Albums chart, and DJ Snake who will go down as this year’s Top New Artist. Basement Jaxx‘s hit ‘Never Say Never’ will round out the year as No. 1 Dance Club Songs tally, while Katy Perry broke a record by having the most consecutive No. 1 Dance Club Songs (15, to be exact, including ‘Dark Horse’, ‘Birthday’ and ‘Unconditionally’).
2014 also marked the best sales week in the careers of Calvin Harris (who moved 35,000 units of Motion in its first week alone), Skrillex (who moved 47,000 units of Recess in its first week) and Lindsey Stirling (the electro-violinist outsold both Harris and Skrillex by moving 56,000 of her album Shatter Me within its first week of release).
For more year-end figures, check Billboard’s year-end review here.