Top 10 Artists of 2014 (Part 2)

The second and final installment is finally here! See if your favorite made the list:

5. Ariana Grande:

Image Credit: Republic Records

2014: This year saw Ariana Grande move from a moderately successful artist in the United States, to one of the biggest names in pop around the world. With the help of several collaborators, including Iggy Azalea, Zedd, and The Weeknd, Ariana’s name quickly began to flood the charts and social media.  She also featured in Jessie J’sBang Bang” alongside Nicki Minaj, which many dubbed “Lady Marmalade” 2.0. Despite her success, Ariana is still yet to have a #1 single in the United States, although we’re sure those multiple platinum certifications will suffice.

2015: Not only will Ariana be headlining her first ever world tour in February, but also her recent trips to recording studios suggest that new music (more collaborations, next album?) is on the way.

4. Sam Smith:

Image Credit: Capitol Records

2014: The talent from the United Kingdom has really started to take over the charts as of late, and we could not be more grateful. Sam’s powerful voice and emotional lyrics have turned him into a worldwide success. His debut album In the Lonely Hour has spawned multiple hit singles, particularly “Stay With Me”, which has been covered by multiple artists including Kelly Clarkson, Charli XCX, and Florence and the Machine. Label-mate Katy Perry even took to Twitter earlier in the year to predict that Sam is the “male Adele”, not a bad comparison with The Grammys just around the corner.

2015: Sam will continue his In the Lonely Hour Tour, which hits North America and Australia in the first half of the year.

3. Iggy Azalea:

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2014: After a number of singles that failed to have any impact, Australian born Iggy Azalea exploded onto the music scene after her feature on Ariana Grande’s hit single “Problem”, which reached #2 in the United States. The hype surrounding Iggy grew rapidly, with her own single “Fancy” (featuring Charli XCX) hitting the #1 spot on the chart not long after. Her next single, “Black Widow” featured Rita Ora, and peaked at #3.

Three top 3 singles, tons of award recognition and Vevo views, as well as collaborations with big names like Jennifer Lopez and T.I. prove that Iggy has had the biggest music breakthrough of the year.

2015: Recently re-releasing her debut album The New Classic under the title Reclassified, Iggy has a lot of potential singles to lead her into the New Year. Also, her recently announced The Great Escape Tour starts in April. Iggy has stated that the tour’s name relates to the name of her next studio album, which may also drop in 2015.

2. Beyoncé:

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2014: The impact that Beyoncé’s surprise album release (in December 2013) had on her career was astounding! The highly acclaimed self-titled visual album quickly reignited Beyoncé’s status as Queen, causing a frenzy of praise over social media. This praise was reflected in album sales, with Beyoncé maintaining impressive numbers throughout the year, leaving most of her fellow artists in the dust.

After finishing the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in March, Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z joined forces, co-headlining the On the Run Tour across North America and Europe. The tour not only proved highly successful, but a prominent story within the media, as the power couple was constantly under the microscope, dealing with divorce rumors at the time. Beyoncé was named the top-earning woman in music for the second year in a row.

2015: With the latest album already released, toured, and re-released, Beyoncé isn’t expected to have a busy year career-wise. Although if Beyoncé has taught us anything, it’s that nothing should be assumed.

1. Taylor Swift:

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2014: The second half of the year belonged to Taylor Swift. The release of her fifth studio album 1989 saw Taylor finally abandoning all ties with country music, and instead taking on pop. The album was a critical success, with both fans and critics pleasantly surprised with the risk that was taken. The album’s impact can also be seen on social media, with Taylor quite obviously adding a large number of Swifties to the fanbase.

Upon release, the album broke many records, including some previously made by her. It also had the highest sales week for any album in the United States for the year (nearly 1.3 million copies sold), and the highest since Eminem’s The Eminem Show in 2002. Both the album’s singles, “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” have hit the #1 spot in many countries worldwide. Taylor was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year, and is no doubt the biggest name in music right now.

2015: Due to the album’s success, expect a lot more chart-dominating singles to come from 1989. The 1989 World Tour also starts in May, and is already selling out fast. The tour is expected to break records.

Missed who else made the top 10 list? Check out part 1 here.

It should also be noted that all 10 of the artists listed have been rightfully nominated for at least two Grammies. Media Hype wishes the best of luck to all!

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards airs February 8th 2015; live from Los Angeles, California.

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