Billboard picks Mars as Artist of the Year

  • Updated: December 15, 2013 - 5:46 PM

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Billboard has crowned Bruno Mars as its Artist of the Year over many musicians who grabbed more headlines through the year such as Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.

But in calculating which musicians exerted the strongest pressure on its charts throughout the year, Billboard found that no one topped Mars.

“Mars’ artist of the year nod may come as a surprise,” Billboard notes in its year-end wrap-up issue. “But as if on a stealth mission, the adventurous ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ commanded a steady presence on the Billboard 200 following its No. 2 debut last December.

In addition to album sales, Billboard factors in performance on the Hot 100 singles chart, which incorporates radio airplay, sales and streaming figures, plus artists’ touring revenue, Social 50 chart activity and ringtone sales.

Behind Mars at No. 2 is Swift, followed by Timberlake, Rihanna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pink, Imagine Dragons, One Direction, Cyrus and Maroon 5.

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