Let the Countdowns Begin!

As everyone and their mother begins making 2008 countdowns of their favorite songs, artists and albums, I have decided I will give in to the peer pressure. But it probably won't be until after Christmas. Sorry to keep you waiting. ;)

In the meantime, Billboard Magazine (a.k.a. my bible) has listed its usual yearly accolaids at their website (http://www.billboard.com/). Chris Brown was dubbed artist of the year (however, in my humble opinion, I think the year really belonged to his GF, Rihanna)."Low" by Flo Rida & T-Pain was named the Hot 100's Song of the Year. "Bleeding Love" (Leona), "No One" (Alicia), "Lollipop" (Lil Wayne) and "Apologize" (OneRepublic) round out the top 5.

Here are the Top 10 New Artists of the Year:
10. David Archuleta
9. Duffy
8. David Cook
7. Metro Station
6. The-Dream
5. One Republic
4. Katy Perry
3. Flo Rida
2. Jordin Sparks
1. Leona Lewis

But the most interesting look back at 2008 in music was their Top 20 News Stories of 2008 countdown. Here it is, in all it's glory:

20. Jimi Hendrix Bandmates Mitch Mitchell andBuddy Miles Die
19. My Bloody Valentine Reunites
18. Kanye West Acts Out At Bonaroo
17. David Cook wins 'American Idol' Season 7
16. Def Jam Records Executive Vice President Shakir Stewart Commits Suicide
15. The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs Dies
14. Nine Inch Nails Gives Fans "The Slip"album for Free
13. T.I. follows conviction with #1 Successwith "Paper Trail" album, three hits + counting
12. Clay Aiken Comes Out
11. The Police play last reunion show in NYC
10. Bo Diddley Dies
9. R. Kelly Acquitted in Child PornographyCase
8. Travis Barker and DJ AM Injured in PlaneCrash
7. Phish Reunites
6. Billy Joel & Paul McCartney play last showin the Shea Stadium
5. Members of Jennifer Hudson's Family are Murdered
4. Miley Cyrus' Controversial Vanity Fair Photos
3. Guns N' Roses "Chinese Democracy" is FINALLY Released
2. Lil Wayne Sells Over "A Milli" In One Week
1. Musicians Rally Around Barack Obama

Do you think they left anything out? I do -- like the success of Rihanna, Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers...

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