Year In Music 2014

The Year In Rock 2014: Lorde Reigns

2014 was the year of our Lorde.

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The singer/songwriter (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor) finishes at No. 1 on the 2014 year-end Top Rock Artists recap, and her Pure Heroine album leads the Alternative Albums and Rock Albums tallies. She’s the first woman to lead the latter list since it was established in 2006.

Pure Heroine has sold 1.5 million copies in the U.S. since its release in October 2013, according to Nielsen Music, and debuted at No. 3 on the weekly Billboard 200 albums chart, and No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums. The title ranked at No. 14 on last year’s year-end Rock Albums chart.

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Lorde also places more titles on the 2014 year-end Hot Rock Songs (eight) than any other act, led by “Team” (No. 2) and “Royals” (No. 3). “Royals,” which ruled the weekly Hot Rock Songs chart for 19 weeks in 2013 and 2014, also crowns the year-end Rock Streaming Songs chart.                           

Coldplay’s sixth studio album, Ghost Stories -- which scored the highest opening-week sales for a rock album of 2014: 383,000 -- ranks at No. 3 on the Top Rock Albums recap. The band finishes as the No. 4 Top Rock Artist.

On Hot Rock Songs, Bastille’s “Pompeii” ranks at No. 1 after leading the weekly chart for 12 consecutive weeks during the spring. The band also ranks as the Top New Rock Artist and the No. 3 Top Rock Artist.

The Pretty Reckless’ “Heaven Knows” busted up the Mainstream Rock Songs chart’s boys club as it finishes as the genre's No. 1 song of the year. The hard rock band -- led by singer/actress Taylor Momsen -- became just the second female-fronted act to reach No. 1 since 1990, as well as the only female-fronted band to top the chart with its first two hits.