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The Year in Charts 2019: Billie Eilish Is Top New Artist

Billie Eilish
Heather Hazzan

Billie Eilish photographed on April 18, 2019 at SunLight Studios in Los Angeles. 

It’s been a massive year for breakout star Billie Eilish, who not only scored her first No. 1 album on the weekly Billboard 200 chart with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, but also earned her first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart with “Bad Guy.”

It’s thus fitting that the 17-year-old singer-songwriter -- also Billboard's 2019 Woman of the Year -- closes out the year in grand fashion on the year-end charts, as she finishes as 2019’s top new artist, and takes home the No. 1 year-end Billboard 200 album with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Billboard’s year-end music recaps are based on chart performance from Nov. 24, 2018, to Nov. 16, 2019. The year-end Top New Artists category ranks the best-performing new acts of the year based on activity on the Billboard 200 albums tally and the Billboard Hot 100 Songs list, as well as streaming, social media and Billboard Boxscore data. Data registered before or after a title’s chart run is not considered in these standings. That methodology detail, and the November-to-November time period, account for some of the differences between these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are independently compiled by Nielsen Music.

Explore All of Billboard’s 2019 Year-End Charts

Notably, Eilish is the first non-R&B or hip-hop act to be the year’s top new artist since pop vocal quintet One Direction in 2012. Also, Eilish follows 2018’s top new artist Cardi B, the first time solo women have been the year’s top new artist in consecutive years since Lady Gaga and Kesha in 2009 and 2019, respectively.

Following Eilish on the year-end 2019 top new artists ranking are: Lil Nas X, DaBaby, Lizzo and Gunna at Nos. 2-5, respectively.

Further, Eilish (who was born on Dec. 18, 2001) becomes the youngest artist to have the year-end No. 1 Billboard 200 album. When We All Fall Asleep launched at No. 1 the weekly Billboard 200 chart dated April 13, 2019, logged three weeks atop the list, and spent the rest of the chart year in the top 10. Previously, just two acts under the age of 21 claimed the chart’s biggest album. Taylor Swift turned 20 on Dec. 13, 2009, the same year her Fearless set was tops. And, two decades earlier, Bobby Brown was 20 when Don’t Be Cruel reigned in 1989.

2019 Billboard Year in Music


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