AceShowbiz - As 2017 finally comes to a close, Billboard has announced its annual year-end charts. Among the chart-toppers, Ed Sheeran is named this year's Top Artist following the success of his third studio album "Divide (division sign)", which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart.
The 26-year-old singer/songwriter is the first British male soloist to be the year's top artist since George Michael topped the chart back in 1988. Additionally, the lead track off his latest effort, "Shape of You", ruled the Top Billboard Hot 100 Songs chart.
Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar leads the Top Billboard 200 Album chart with his latest effort "DAMN." His fourth studio effort also finishes at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as well as Top Rap Albums charts. It marks Kendrick's first time topping the year-end Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart after he claimed a spot on the top 10 in the last two years.
Drake, on the other hand, has been named this year's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist for the third time in a row. His achievement is heavily thanks to the success of his commercial mixtape "More Life", which ruled the weekly Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for four weeks. The effort has also been named the first album to pass 375 million on-demand audio streams in a single week.
On the Rock charts, Imagine Dragons is named the Top Rock Artist of the year while Metallica's "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" is this year's Top Rock Album. Meanwhile, DJ duo The Chainsmokers finishes 2017 as the Top Dance/Electronic Artist. Furthermore, their hit songs "Something Just Like This" featuring Coldplay and "Closer" featuring Halsey notch No. 1 and No. 2 spots respectively on year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
Daddy Yankee is given the title Top Latin Artist thanks to the success of his hit songs that topped Hot Latin Songs chart throughout the year, including his mega hit with Luis Fonsi, "Despacito", featuring Justin Bieber.
Meanwhile, Sam Hunt is dubbed this year's Top Country Artist thanks to his massive hit "Body Like a Back Road." The song, which was released on February 2, has also ruled this year's Hot Country Songs chart. Bangtan Boys a.k.a BTS, on the other hand, is this year's Top Social Artist.