The Year in Charts: Atlantic Is Top Label of 2017, Republic Rules Billboard Hot 100

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Ed Sheeran (left) & Post Malone

Atlantic also leads as the year’s top Billboard 200 label.

Atlantic Records Group rules the roost as the top label of 2017 on Billboard's year-end charts.

The top labels of 2017 are determined by blending cumulative performance on the Billboard 200 albums chart and Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, through the eligibility year (charts dated Dec. 3, 2016 through Nov. 25, 2017). Data registered before or after a title's chart run are not considered in these standings.

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Atlantic's No. 1 ranking was powered by the success of its hit albums including Ed Sheeran's Billboard 200 topper ÷ (Divide), Bruno Mars24K Magic, Migos' No. 1 Culture (released through Quality Control/300/Atlantic Group) and the continued chart success of the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical (Hamilton Uptown/Atlantic). 

Unsurprisingly, Atlantic also reigns as the top Billboard 200 label of 2017. The label has a total of 35 titles in the year-end top Billboard 200 albums recap, including four in the top 10 (the above-mentioned albums).

Over on the Hot 100 chart, Atlantic scored big with, of course, Sheeran's "Shape of You," which spent 12 weeks atop the list and ranks as the year-end top Hot 100 song. In addition, the label logged smashes with Mars' No. 1 "That's What I Like," Lil Uzi Vert's "XO Tour Llif3" (Generation Now/Atlantic), Charlie Puth's "Attention" (OTTO/Atlantic), Cardi B's debut No. 1 "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" (The KSR Group/Atlantic) and Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still."

Republic Leads Hot 100 Roundup: Over on the year-end top Hot 100 labels roundup, Republic Records leads the pack. The company scored big during the 2017 chart year with such smashes as Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber; Republic shared promotion credit with Universal Music Latin Entertainment on the song, which led the Hot 100 for a record-tying 16 weeks. Also contributing to Republic's haul: Post Malone's "Congratulations," featuring Quavo, and "Rockstar," featuring 21 SavageShawn Mendes' "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" (Island/Republic, as Republic handles promotion for the Island imprint); and Julia Michaels' "Issues."

Republic loomed so large on the Hot 100 in 2017 that the label racked up 25 weeks at No. 1 on the weekly tally during the chart year, from a quartet of chart-toppers: The Weeknd's "Starboy" (one week), "Despacito" (16), Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" (three; Big Machine/Republic) and "Rockstar" (five through the end of the chart year).

Since the close of the chart year, with the Nov. 25-dated lists, "Rockstar" spent three more weeks at No. 1 (Dec. 2, 9 and 16), giving Republic 28 weeks at No. 1 during the 2017 calendar year (based on Billboard chart dates). No label had notched as many weeks at No. 1 in a calendar year since 2009, when Interscope Records claimed 31 weeks in the penthouse.

Billboard Year in Music 2017


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