) Smith’s falsetto is unmatched at capturing heartbreak -- let’s hope that someday they're in a place to put it in service of songs about finding joy and contentment. Whether they were reflecting our current condition or providing much-needed respite from it, they helped us get to December, and to the point where we're able to present a list like this recapping the very best of the bunch. He bookends the well-sequenced 14-tune set with the title track, which addresses heading for a new life out west, and ends with “Nashville, TN,” a look at leaving his adopted hometown. The top-performing albums and EPs in the United States are ranked on the Billboard 200 chart, which is published by Billboard magazine. Starting on the issue dated January 18, 2020, Billboard updated the methodology to compile the chart by incorporating official video data from YouTube, along with visual plays from streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and Vevo. 1 on Billboard 200, As Christmas Albums Depart Chart", "Roddy Ricch Returns to No. -- CARL LAMARRE, 48. -- K.A. Billboard examines potential candidates for album of the year at the 2020 Grammy Awards. -- JOSH GLICKSMAN, 28. -- GAB GINSBERG, 26. The best albums of 2020 so far. It's all delivered with an intricate patchwork of textures, the result of Apple using unusual objects (including a dead dog’s bones) as instruments, and leaving random background noises in her recordings. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart", "Luke Combs' 'What You See Is What You Get' Back at No. 21 Savage and Metro Boomin, Savage Mode II, "Are things better or worse the second time around?" Maines inquires on "Tights On My Boat. Credit the detailed, lush production and Taylor's expressive vocal performances for making The Album worthy of its definitive title. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart", "Future Flies 'High' With Seventh No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart", "Taylor Swift's 'Folklore' Rules for Fourth Week at No. The 20-track album skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard 200 -- without any major assists from U.S. radio -- the first of two chart-toppers the group would notch this year. -- STEPHEN DAW, Dressed in a Depop-curated wardrobe, singer-songwriter beabadoobee pulls from 90's alt rock, a hint of Original Pinoy Music (OPM), and lots and lots of feelings. Alejandro Fernández, Hecho en Mexico, Leaning on mariachi and norteño sounds to honor Mexican ranchera music, Alejandro Fernández re-visits his musical roots in the heartfelt Hecho En México. In a finale episode of crime drama The Fall, the detective protagonist deadpans “fetch the bolt cutters” before entering a house where a girl has been tortured. -- D.R. Featuring album reviews, ratings, charts, year end lists and more. 1 on Top Gospel Albums. YHLQMDLG -- which made history on the Billboard charts, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart", "DaBaby Arrives at No. For many American listeners, the lead track "Boy with Luv" featuring Halsey was their introduction to the colorful world of K-pop. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — and second of 2020 — as her surprise release Evermore arrives atop the … Machine Gun Kelly, Tickets to My Downfall. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart", "Pop Smoke's 'Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon' Debuts at No. Here, past influences and daring risks add up to something that feels fresh -- but still familiar, like oh maybe an old cardigan. Meanwhile, the electro-soul sound of B7 -- which she co-wrote and co-produced top to bottom for the first time -- puts the bounce back in Brandy’s step. – J. LynchÂ. -- JASON LIPSHUTZ, “Ain’t no revolution is televised or digitized,” Killer Mike spits on “goonies vs. E.T.,” updating Gil Scott-Heron for the social media age. -- R.A. As Haim began rolling out singles off their third studio album -- aptly named Women in Music Part III -- one thing became instantly clear: no two songs would be exactly alike. And in true Bad Bunny fashion, the Puerto Rican artist indeed does just that, dropping an innovative, daring, and edgy 20-song set that includes collaborations with Daddy Yankee, Jowell & Randy, Sech, and many more. Recently, Billboard released their list of the top country albums of 2020 which is based on physical sales, digital sales and streaming performance. 1 album on the Billboard 200 and, as mentioned, the second No. Just 12 days passed between the Feb. 7 release of Pop Smoke’s breakthrough mixtape, Meet The Woo 2, and his tragic death on Feb. 19. The tranquil voices, the soft piano riffs and the pristine production come together to create just over an hour of cathartic and escapist listening. Yet it's that unhurried approach that makes Rare feel like a luxury: a low-key, lived-in pop album that finds strength in subtlety, whether on stripped-back piano ballads ("Lose You to Love Me," her first Hot 100 No. 1 on Billboard 200", "Lil Baby's 'My Turn' Hits Fifth Week at No. It’s the Dessner tracks, however, that shine brightest. Evermore marks Swift’s No. Maybe we'll look back on them fondly many years from now, or maybe we'll pack them all in a crate and bury them in the backyard to never think about them again. Maybe we'll get some of that when she tours in 2021 — but for now, pop's supreme shape-shifter has created something rarer: A world where she doesn't have to explain herself. The trinity of "Cardigan," "August," and "Betty" also evokes the storytelling of Swift's youth -- this time with a more mature perspective on relationships, love and growing older. Built on a pair of breakout singles -- giddy post-breakup clapback “Maniac” and creeping folk ballad “Heather” -- Kid Krow effectively crystallized all the angst, insecurity and turmoil of coming of age in the year 2020 into a dozen story-driven, top 40-ready confections filled with strikingly diaristic lyrics. It's all there in the title: Dua Lipa's dancefloor-commanding sophomore album makes listeners nostalgic for the sequined days of Studio 54, while piloting the recently revived disco sound into the future. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart", "The Weeknd's 'After Hours' Scores Third Week at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart, and became the first regional Mexican album to top the tally in over three years. The data is compiled by Nielsen SoundScan based on each album's weekly physical and digital sales, as well as on-demand streaming and digital sales of their individual tracks. On their long-awaited full-length debut, the appropriately titled The Album, Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa and Rosé offer up eight thrilling doses of grade-A K-pop perfection, from the hip-hop swagger of thunderous lead single “How You Like That” to the infectious shout-along dance-pop of “Lovesick Girls.” Add in a pair of high-profile collaborations with stateside superstars Selena Gomez (“Ice Cream”) and Cardi B (“Bet You Wanna”) and The Album not only builds on the foursome’s string of hits since their 2016 debut, it also provides the perfect entry point for soon-to-be Blinks to embrace the girls as they continue their meteoric rise. The Weeknd has the biggest Canadian artist album of the year with After Hours, finishing the year in 4th place. The award is based on the album with the best overall chart performance in that calendar year. Billboard has compiled 'The 50 Best Albums of 2020' list and here are the top 5! We don't need to talk a lot about 2020 here, right? 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Plus, how to vote for the Billboard Music Awards this year! 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Music to Be Murdered By, "Roddy Ricch Returns to No. On the Top Latin Albums chart, the seven-song set debuted at No. Jay Electronica, A Written Testimony, After surfacing with verbose mini-masterworks "Exhibit A (Transformations)" and "Exhibit C" in the late 2000s, fans penciled in Jay Electronica to become one of rap's most revered scribes of the next decade. No need to recap the greatest hits here. 1 album from this year is your favorite album of the year? Billboard - Grammys 2020: A Look at Contenders for Album of the Year | Billboard News | Facebook Billboard picked out our 20 best rap albums of 2020, but we want to know which rap album from this year was your favorite! -- MIA NAZARENO, 32. The serene music and poetic-yet-powerful lyrics allow her to grow beyond the Nashville sweetheart turned pop goddess we’ve come to adore. -- J.G. Although American superstar rap artiste, Kanye West, started his career as a secular musician, in 2019, he released his first spiritual-themed album, Jesus is King. -- PAUL GREIN. The set further positioned Parker as the psychedelic disco-rock god we know him to be, and ensured that all of those headliner slots will be waiting for him once festivals return. 5 on the Billboard 200, Kid Krow earned the singer-songwriter one the highest debuts of the year for a new artist on the Billboard 200, and signaled Gray as a musical force to watch in the decade to come. They also make the recording academy’s oversight look even weirder. See the complete list of Billboard Music Awards 2020 nominees. Nonetheless, whatever worries we might've had that 2020 would sap the music world's capacity to make transformative, culture-leading and profoundly powerful music -- or our capacity to properly enjoy and appreciate it -- were thankfully proven unfounded. The year in music was an erratic one, no doubt, one full of delays and false starts and outright cancellations. 1 Album Of 2020 ... Top News Videos for billboard album charts 2020… Megan Thee Stallion knows how long you’ve been waiting for her debut studio album, so Good News doesn’t waste time with warm-ups. By then, the world was craving relief from a challenging year, and a heart-pumping return to form following the detours of Joanne and A Star Is Born. Grimes might be disgusted with the world, but she's not exhausted by it, and Miss Anthropocene is an irresistible companion to slam dance with as we're all turning in the widening gyre. Guided by producer, composer and singer-songwriter Jon Brion, Miller raps less frequently than ever on the posthumous album, instead further fleshing out the more melodic direction he’d been experimenting with on recent works The Divine Feminine (2016) and Swimming (2018). Clearly, she had a marvelous time brightening our quarantine. 1 Album in Less Than a Year on the Billboard 200 Chart With 'Top, "Taylor Swift Surpasses Whitney Houston for Most Weeks at No. We needed it. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With Biggest Streaming Week Since 2018", "Lil Uzi Vert's 'Eternal Atake' Spends Second Week at No. Sawayama paints a vivid portrait of familial discord and coming-of-age in the 21st century: On album opener "Dynasty," the singer questions the pain she's inherited through the generations of her family, while standout track "Bad Friend" follows her as she questions her own ability to be there for those she loves. 1 on the Billboard 200, it proved the reborn rocker's pop-punk bonafides to be exceedingly legit. Other tracks, like the spiteful "Care" and nostalgic "How Was Your Day?," continue along the same theme -- ultimately reminding us of young love all over again. -- THOM DUFFY, 45. 1) or woozy uptempo numbers ("Let Me Get Me”). With the 2020 Latin Grammys just around the corner, Billboard wants to know which album should nab the coveted album of the year award. On his fifth album, produced by Blake Mills, Hadreas maintains perfect balance, pairing a delicate harpsichord with a meaty bass line on “Jason,” a crunchy electric guitar and his quavering voice on “Describe.” The jaunty “On the Floor” shines with Hadreas’s dazzling pop instincts, while the gentle flute on “Moonbend” shows him equally capable of balletic grace, though the lyrics hide a darker side in plain sight: “Carving his lung/ Ribs fold like fabric/ Moon sketch the line/ Moon bend the knife.” -- CHRISTINE WERTHMAN. In a year when many pop stars tried to turn your living room into a discotheque, Gomez sounds at home making music perfect for being at home — just when we need it most. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Is First All-Spanish No. Today, Billboard staff released their picks for the top 10 K-Pop albums for 2020, with BoA's 'BETTER' topping the list. “It took me a while to come up out my shell,” Alabama rapper Flo Milli quips on “Beef FloMix,” the pummeling 2018 hit which fueled her rise after it went viral on social media. The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business. Yes, there are callbacks to bygone eras of dance-pop -- "Love Again" borrows from White Town's '90s one-off "Your Woman" (via Al Bowlly) and "Break My Heart" interpolates INXS' '80s chart-topper "Need You Tonight" -- but merging all these classic inspirations is far from derivative; in fact, it makes for something wholly fresh when paired with Dua's cheeky lyrics and confident vocals. 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