Saturday, August 11, 2012

Billboard's Top Musicians By Country!

That's a very interesting chart that shows who was honored to be called their country's Top Musicians ;)
And let's start with Australia ;)

As legendary hard-rock survivors and a boundary-pushing pop maven, AC/DC and Kylie Minogue represent their native Australia on an impressively global level. And both artists from Down Under are still going strong after so many years, with Kylie celebrating her #K25 in music and scoring her 6th consecutive & 9th in all #1 Dance Hit on Billboard.

Proudly born in the island nation of Barbados, the 24-year-old singer has infused her Carribean roots into all of her music, to massive success. Rihanna has earned 22 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100, and among those top 10s, she's scored 11 No.1s. 

Just when we thought Canada couldn't give us anything better than the "Titanic" theme song "My Heart Will Go On," they bestowed us with the Justin Bieber, and dominated Top 40 radio once more. While Celine Dion's sterling pop vocal career has led to No. 1 singles and a Las Vegas residency, Justin Bieber continues his ascent, gathering his fourth No. 1 album with this year's "Believe".

Already a hit in Latin music, Shakira introduced herself to a global audience with her first English-language album, 2001's "Laundry Service." The Colombian songstress stands as the woman with the most top 10 hits on the Latin Pop Songs tally with 27 -- including five from 2010's "Sale El Sol."

England has produced some of the ballsiest (Rolling Stones), most explosive (The Clash) and ear-splitting (The Who) bands in history, but none come close to the The Beatles in terms of hits (record 20 No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100), sales (177 million albums sold in the U.S., according to the RIAA) and influence.

France has birthed several notable entities over the years, but few French artists have caused more of an international stir than robot rockers Daft Punk, who continue to set dance-floors ablaze with their distinctive brand of gritty, futuristic tech-funk.

Germany's Kraftwerk stands out as the brightest stars of the German music scene for helping to pioneer and popularize electronic music in the '70s and early '80s. More than 40 years after its inception, Kratwerk's sparse techno-pop tunes continue to inspire new waves of electronic musicians.

Greece's Yiannis Hrysomallis took his name and musical education into his own hands, teaching himself piano and styling himself Yanni. Both moves were fortuitous for the Greek new age/jazz-influenced musician. Yanni has had 17 of his albums chart on the Billboard 200, and four of his albums have attained multi-platinum certification, according to the RIAA.

Before Bjork was introducing the world to the iPad album - and even before she had a swan wrapped around her neck - the Icelandic pixie was revolutionizing the use of electronica in alternative music.

One of the most recognizable rock bands in the world, Ireland's U2 has been rocking stages across the world since the '70s, and the quartet - Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. - shows no signs of slowing down. With 12 studio albums and 22 Grammy Awards, U2 has a new album expected next year.

Luciano Pavarotti is Italy's most indelible operatic tenor, and the only one to capture the modern mainstream's attention with such surprising fervor. The singer's stint in the Three Tenors alongside Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras produced timeless recorded and live material.

In his role as as leader of Bob Marley & The Wailers, the Jamaican frontman earned his place among music legends by introducing the full power of reggae to the world. Though he only lived to be 36, Bob Marley's music has earned 15 No. 1 albums on the Reggae Albums chart.

Virtuoso guitarist/frontman Carlos Santana and his band Santana revolutionized Latin-flavored rock, both in his home nation of Mexico and north of the border in the United States. Santana and the Rolling Stones are the only acts to have landed an album in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 in every decade since the 1960s.

Born in New Zealand, Keith Urban started his career in Australia, before moving the U.S. and taking the country scene by the horns. Since debuting in America with his self-titled 1999 album, Urban has spent a lot of time on the charts, netting a whopping 29 Hot 100 singles.

Norway's a-Ha is best know for their chart-topping '80s anthem "Take on Me," which propelled the 1985 album "Hunting High and Low" to platinum status according to the RIAA. But the band continued to have decades of massive success in their home country and across Europe with new wave-tinged tunes.

Born in Russia in 1888, Irving Berlin grew up to be one of the most important songwriters in American music and theater, with countless classic and award-winning songs written over his decades-long career. Nearly a century later, Regina Spektor was born in Moscow. She's had two top 3 albums on the Billboard 200, with 2009's "Far" and 2012's "What We Saw From The Cheap Seats."

Enrique Iglesias, born into a celebrated Spanish musical family as the son of crooner Julio Iglesias, was destined to make Spain proud. The younger Iglesias has had more No.1 hits on the Latin Songs chart (22 total) than any other act, dating back to his mid-'90s self-titled Spanish-language debut.

It's hard to top the timeless tracks that Sweden's ABBA wrote and performed in their decade together. Songs like "Dancing Queen" and "Fernando" have found new life since the quartet disbanded in 1982, while the "Mamma Mia" Broadway show and 2008 movie-musical have introduced them to a new generation.

Although only have lived in her birthplace of St. James of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago for five years, Nicki Minaj represents the country well not only by incorporating the culture in her lyrics and visuals, but by being so thoroughly talented and successful around the world.

There are few American artists whose legacies loom larger than the others. With 108 Billboard Hot 100 singles, Elvis Presley reigns as one of the most iconic rockers in music history. Michael Jackson changed the music game forever with his four decades of undeniable pop and soul hits, Madonna has collected 38 top 10 singles since her 1983 debut - more than any other artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. And Garth Brooks with close to 70 million albums sold since his 1989 debut.

It's Tom Jones' plight. The 72-year-old star has shown no sign of slowing down in his near 50-year career; this year alone Tom Jones has toured, recorded a single with Jack White and in May he released "Spirit in the Room," his 39th album. (Wales)

Enjoy all 40 Countries Top Musicians on!

Thanks and see ya laters! ;)

xo K

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