Analysis: How Lady Gaga, Katy Perry And Rihanna Came To Dominate Top 40 Radio

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Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw & More Among Billboard’s Top 40 Money Makers

A year-by-year analysis of Billboard’s Pop Songs chart reveals that pure pop – i.e., melodic, often synth-driven, uptempo fare from the likes of Kelly Clarkson , Lady Gaga and Katy Perry – has made up at least 60% of the survey’s total top 10 hits each year from 2008 through 2012 (from January through July annually). Last year, the style accounted for a whopping 79% of the list’s top 10s – the highest percentage in the chart’s history – as 30 of the 38 top 10s during that period fit a pop classification. This week, Chart Beat is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart.
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Grammys 2012: Photos From The Show and Backstage

With this impressive debut on the Billboard Dance/Club Song Chart, Nexus continued to move and shake up the chart for the next few weeks coveting a #14 spot and rubbing shoulders with pop and EDM sensations Krewella and Katy Perry. This week, Nexus continues to celebrate as they hit #40 on the Billboard Top 50 Dance/Electronic Song Chart, which recognizes popularity across all platforms and is cumulative based on sales, streaming, radio play, and club play. Nick Gunn and Carmen Rainer, the talented musicians behind (We Are) Nexus attribute all of their rapid success to two important key factors hard work and persistence.
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Rising EDM Stars (We Are) Nexus Break New Ground As Their Hit Single It Feels So Good Enters the Billboard Overall Top 40 for Dance/Electronic Music

Jason Aldean came in at No. 8 on the list, earning $17.5 million, propelled by a hugely successful My Kinda Party Tour and strong music sales. Lady Antebellum checked in at No. 12, earning almost $13 million on solid album sales and a successful international tour. Brad Paisley followed at No.
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