Unless you’ve been holed up in a cave since January, it’s hard to be shocked that the [artist id="30064"]Black Eyed Peas[/artist], [artist id="1233888"]Kings of Leon[/artist], [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] and [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist] are all crowding the tops of iTunes’ year-end best-seller lists.
While the #1 digital-music store doesn’t reveal actual sales figures, the Black Eyed Peas have a lock on the top of the singles download chart, hitting #1 with the inescapable “Boom Boom Pow,” as well as #4 with the equally ubiquitous “I Gotta Feeling.”
Rapper Flo Rida held down the #2 spot with his stripper anthem “Right Round,” Lady Gaga was just behind with “Poker Face,” and pop punkers the All-American Rejects rounded out the list with “Gives You Hell.”
Gaga had another entry at #6 with “Just Dance,” which edged out Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” Cyrus was also at #8 with “The Climb,” beating out T.I. and Justin Timberlake’s “Dead and Gone,” with Kings of Leon’s breakthrough hit “Use Somebody” rounding out the top 10.
On the albums chart, the Kings were in the #1 position with Only by the Night, followed by the “Twilight” soundtrack, Gaga’s The Fame and Swift’s Fearless, which is well on its way to being the year’s best-selling physical album on the Billboard charts. Surprise Album of the Year Grammy nominee Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, from the Dave Matthews Band, was at #5, edging out another contender for the year’s biggest-selling Billboard crown, late pop star Michael Jackson, whose The Essential Michael Jackson hit #6.
The rest of the top 10: The Fray’s The Fray, Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3, Eminem’s Relapse and the Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies).
The iTunes folks also included their Editor’s Picks on the year-end roundup, with Jackson taking Artist of the Year thanks to the huge sales surge following his death in June, the Kings winning Album of the Year for Only by the Night and Gaga taking Best New Artist.
Among other notable Editor’s Picks: The Dead Weather’s Horehound (Best Rock Album), Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2 (Best Hip-Hop Album), Swift’s Fearless (Best Country Album), Joe’s Signature (Best R&B Album) and the “500 Days of Summer” compilation (Best Soundtrack).
Nielsen SoundScan will not release its year-end numbers until the first week of January, but based on the figures so far, Swift appears to be a lock for the year’s top seller, with Jackson, Nickelback, Eminem, “Twilight,” Gaga, Beyoncé, BEP and the Kings all top 10 contenders.