2020 Grammys

The Year in Charts 2019: Republic Records Is Top Label of the Year

Dave Meyers
Ariana Grande

Republic is also the top Billboard Hot 100 Label, while Atlantic Group takes home Billboard 200 Label honors.

Republic Records has done it again.

For the fourth time in the last five years, Republic Records closes out the year as the top label on Billboard’s year-end charts. Republic was also tops in 2018, 2016 and 2015. Further, Republic is crowned the top Billboard Hot 100 label for a mighty sixth year in a row, and the seventh time in the last eight years. 

The dual 2019 wins were powered by the chart performance of songs and albums from Republic Records, including titles by artists that call Republic home, like Ariana Grande, Post MaloneJonas Brothers, Drake and Taylor Swift.

The top overall labels of 2019 were determined by blending cumulative performance on the Billboard 200 albums chart and the Hot 100 songs chart through the 2019 eligibility year (charts dated Nov. 24, 2018 through Nov. 16, 2019). Data registered before or after a title’s chart run are not considered in these rankings.

Explore All of Billboard's 2019 Year-End Charts

Stunningly, Republic is also the home of 2019’s top male artist of the year, Post Malone (who is also the top overall artist of the year); the top female artist of the year, Ariana Grande; and the top duo/group of the year, Jonas Brothers. In turn, it is the first time that one label’s acts are the top male, female and duo/group artist in the same year since Billboard began compiling overall top artists in 1977 (based on combined performance on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts).

Republic is Billboard’s top label of 2019 thanks to the chart performance of such albums as: Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next, Taylor Swift’s Lover, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys, Drake’s Scorpion (released via Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records) and Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding. All five of those albums appear in the top 10 of the year-end Billboard 200 chart.

Hot Hot Hot on the Hot 100: Republic reaped success on the weekly Hot 100 tally during the chart year with such smashes as Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse),” Post Malone’s “Wow.,” Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings,” Jonas Brothers’ “Sucker,” and Grande’s “Thank U, Next.”

During the chart year, there were a total of 14 No. 1s on the Hot 100, and Republic held five of them, the most of any label. Their No. 1s: “7 Rings,” “Sucker,” “Sunflower,” “Thank U, Next” and the Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello duet “Señorita,” which was shared between Republic Records and Epic Records. In total, Republic’s No. 1s accounted for 17 weeks at No. 1 of the 52 weeks in the chart year’s tracking period -- the second most weeks at No. 1 among labels this past chart year. (Columbia records had the most weeks at No. 1, with 19, all from Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.)

Atlantic Group Takes Home the Billboard 200 Label Gold: Atlantic Group rounds out 2019 as the Top Billboard 200 Label. It’s a feat Atlantic has achieved in four of the past five years, as Atlantic was also tops in 2018, 2017 and 2015.

Atlantic placed a whopping 85 titles on the Billboard 200 during the 2019 chart year -- the most of any label. In total, Atlantic accounted for 9% of the 947 titles that reached the chart in the chart year.

Among Atlantic’s most successful albums on the chart during the 2019 chart year: Meek Mill’s Championships (released through Maybach/Atlantic/Atlantic Group), A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN (Highbridge The Label/Atlantic/AG), The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Fox/20th Century Fox/Atlantic/AG), Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy (The KSR Group/Atlantic/AG), Lizzo​’s Cuz I Love You (Nice Life/Atlantic/AG), Ed Sheeran​’s Divide (Atlantic/AG) and No.6 Collaborations Project (Atlantic/AG).

2019 Billboard Year in Music


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