It’s women we’ll remember the most in the Year in Music 2011. For the first time, a woman earns three of Billboard’s biggest year-end charts honors: No. 1 on Top Artists, the No. 1 Billboard 200 Album and the No. 1 Hot 100 song. The woman, of course, is Adele. The album: “21.” The song: “Rolling in the Deep.” Also in 2011, for the first time, all four of the top artists on the year-end Top Artists recap are solo female acts. Following Adele at No. 1 are Rhianna, Katy Perry and last year’s champ, Lady Gaga, at Nos. 2-4, respectively. Truly, it was the year of the woman on your radio and iPod.
Last thought: 1 in every 57 albums sold in the US this year was Adele’s 21. Think about that for a moment.