13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Ed Sheeran & Kendrick Lamar Lead 2017 Year-End Charts

Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran photographed on Dec. 8, 2017.

Happy year-end charts!

As 2017 comes to a close, we're celebrating with our annual year-end rankings, which posted to on Monday. Ed Sheeran is the year's Top Artist, while his "Shape of You" is the year's Top Billboard Hot 100 Song. Plus, Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. is the Top Billboard 200 Album of 2017.

Here are 13 things to know about the charts this week, including on our year-end tallies:

1. As noted above, Sheeran and Lamar lead on the signature year-end Top Artists, Top Hot 100 Song and Top Billboard 200 Albums charts, respectively. Click here for Keith Caulfield's in-depth analysis of the year's top chart performers.

2. On the R&B/Hip-Hop charts, Drake is the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist for the third straight year, while Lamar's DAMN. is the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album. Click here to read about The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop Charts.

3. Sam Hunt is the Top Country Artist of the year and earns the No. 1 Hot Country Song, his record-breaking smash "Body Like a Back Road." Click here for our review of The Year in Country Charts.

4. Imagine Dragons are the year's Top Rock Artist, while their "Believer" rules the year-end Hot Rock Songs chart. Plus, Metallica's Hardwired…to Self-Destruct is the Top Rock Album. Click here to recap The Year in Rock Charts.

5. Daddy Yankee is the Top Latin Artist of 2017, thanks in large part to the monstrous "Despacito," with Luis Fonsi and featuring Justin Bieber. Plus, Shakira is the Top Female Latin Artist and Ozuna is the Top New Latin Artist. Click here to read about the Year in Latin Charts.

6. The Chainsmokers are 2017's Top Dance/Electronic Artist, while their "Something Just Like This," with Coldplay, is No. 1 for the year on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. Click here for our analysis of The Year in Dance/Electronic Charts.

7. Hillsong Worship and Tamela Mann are the year's Top Christian Artist and Top Gospel Artist, respectively. Click here to read about The Year in Christian & Gospel Charts.

8. BTS is 2017's Top Social Artist, while "Despacito" dominates the year-end Streaming Songs chart. Click here to recap The Year in Social & Streaming Charts.

9. On the label front, Atlantic Records Group is the Top Label of 2017 overall (as well as on the Billboard 200), while Republic Records leads as the Top Hot 100 Label. Click here to read about the top record labels of the year.

10. Plus, on the latest Chart Beat Podcast, Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson look back on 2017 and highlight some of the year's biggest chart headlines. Click here to listen.

And now, on to our current weekly charts:

11. There's a new No. 1 on the Hot 100! Sheeran and Beyoncé's "Perfect" hits the summit after the release of its new duet version. Sheeran scores his second No. 1 and Beyoncé, her sixth (and first in nine years). Click here to read the full story.

12. U2 earns its eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Songs of Experience, becoming the first group with Billboard 200 leaders in the '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s. Click here to read the post.

13. Looking ahead to next week's Billboard 200, Luke Bryan is slated to notch his fourth No. 1 with What Makes You CountryClick here to read the Billboard 200 forecast.

Billboard Year in Music 2017


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