Clay Aiken – Six Charts From Billboard

In December of 2009, Billboard announced the Decade-End Charts in the field of music.  Since Clay Aiken was included in 6 of the charts, I wondered what the criteria was for the lists.  The following article from the Billboard Staff helps to understand how the lists were compiled.

How Billboard’s Decade-End Charts Are Compiled

By Billboard staff

Most of the decade-end music tallies in this special online section represent aggregated sales or radio airplay (audience impressions or total plays) for each artist and title from the weekly charts on which they appeared from the start of the 2000 chart year (Dec. 4, 1999 charts) though the end of the 2009 chart year (Nov. 28, 2009 charts).

The sales totals are based on data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan, with radio airplay measured by Nielsen BDS.

Sales or airplay registered before or after a title’s chart run are not considered in the Billboard decade-end standings. That detail accounts for some of the differences between these lists and the decade-end recaps that are compiled independently by either SoundScan or BDS.

Because of changes in Billboard chart methodology during the decade, some ranking are based on a point system, instead of aggregated sales or airplay compiled during a chart run. All recaps for the Hot 100, R&B Songs, Country Songs, Gospel Songs, Christian Songs, Christian AC and the four Latin sub-genre radio charts (Regional Mexican, Pop, Tropical and Triple A) utilize an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at the lower end of the chart earning the least. This explains why some songs might be ranked in a different order than they appear in their corresponding year-end rankings.

The top artists of the decade category is based on a formula blending sales point totals from the Billboard 200 recap and recap points from the Hot 100. The top overall artists category for Latin, Country and R&B were determined by employing an inverse point system based on an artist’s weekly ranking on each format’s respective albums and songs charts.

The following charts from Billboard all contain Clay Aiken.  His popularity during the last decade was amazing.

 

Billboard 200 Albums

1 NO STRINGS ATTACHED ‘N Sync Jive/Zomba
2 CONFESSIONS Usher LaFace/Zomba
3 THE EMINEM SHOW Eminem Web/Aftermath/Interscope
4 COME AWAY WITH ME Norah Jones Blue Note
5 HUMAN CLAY Creed Wind-up
6 OOPS!…I DID IT AGAIN Britney Spears Jive/Zomba
7 THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP Eminem Web/Aftermath/Interscope
8 1 The Beatles Apple/Capitol
9 SUPERNATURAL Santana Arista
10 COUNTRY GRAMMAR Nelly Fo’ Reel/Universal/UMRG
….
170 MEASURE OF A MAN Clay Aiken RCA/RMG

Billboard 200 Artists

1 EMINEM
2 BRITNEY SPEARS
3 TOBY KEITH
4 NELLY
5 LINKIN PARK

120 CLAY AIKEN

 

Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales *

1 MARIA MARIA Santana Featuring The Product G&B Arista
2 MUSIC Madonna Maverick/Warner Bros.
3 HOT BOYZ Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott Featuring NAS, EVE & Q-Tip The Gold Mind/East West/EEG
4 INCOMPLETE Sisqo Dragon/Def Soul/IDJMG
5 THIS IS THE NIGHT/BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Clay Aiken RCA/RMG
6 BREATHE Faith Hill Warner Bros. (Nashville)/WRN
7 GET IT ON TONITE Montell Jordan Def Soul/IDJMG
8 FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY BROKEN HEART Britney Spears Jive
9 FLYING WITHOUT WINGS/SUPERSTAR Ruben Studdard J/RMG
10 I LIKE IT Sammie Freeworld/Capitol

Singles Sales Artists*

1 MADONNA
2 CHRISTINA AGUILERA
3 DESTINY’S CHILD
4 JANET JACKSON
5 MARIAH CAREY
6 SANTANA
7 CLAY AIKEN
8 WHITNEY HOUSTON
9 LEANN RIMES
10 BRITNEY SPEARS

Holiday Albums

# Title Artist Label
1 NOEL Josh Groban 143/Reprise/Warner Bros.
2 NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL CHRISTMAS! Various Artists EMI/Zomba/Sony Music/Universal/UMRG
3 CHRISTMAS EXTRAORDINAIRE Mannheim Steamroller American Gramaphone
4 FAITH: A HOLIDAY ALBUM Kenny G Arista/RMG
5 CHRISTMAS EVE AND OTHER STORIES Trans-Siberian Orchestra Lava/AG
6 THESE ARE SPECIAL TIMES Celine Dion 550 Music/Epic/Sony Music
7 A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (SOUNDTRACK) Vince Guaraldi Trio Fantasy/Concord
8 THE LOST CHRISTMAS EVE Trans-Siberian Orchestra Lava/AG
9 DREAM A DREAM Charlotte Church Sony Classical/Sony Music
10 MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH LOVE Clay Aiken RCA/RMG

Christian Albums

1 SATELLITE P.O.D. Atlantic/Word-Curb
2 THE BEAUTIFUL LETDOWN Switchfoot Columbia/Sparrow/EMI CMG
3 PRECIOUS MEMORIES Alan Jackson ACR/Arista Nashville/Provident-Integrity
4 ALMOST THERE MercyMe INO/Word-Curb
5 SONGS 4 WORSHIP: SHOUT TO THE LORD Various Artists Integrity/Time Life

12 MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH LOVE Clay Aiken RCA/Provident-Integrity

50 (SPEECHLESS) Steven Curtis Chapman Sparrow/EMI CMG

It was exciting to see Clay’s name on so many Billboard lists.  This is something that will always be a part of his musical history!

I wonder if he got any certificates or plaques when these lists were announced.

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Comments

  1. Congratulations to Clay for such a wonderful achievement, especially for an artist whose professional career began mid decade, in 2004. Thank you for bringing us this great information! I sure wish Clay would release at least a Christmas single. I wonder if there are unreleased tracks from either MCWL or AIW.

  2. He deserved every one of them too musicfan! Thanks for bringing this list over for all of us to see! Quite impressive!!!!

  3. Impressive indeed!!! Clay sure made his mark as one of the greatest artist we'll ever have and I am very proud and very lucky to have witnessed (even from afar) and be a "part" of all of that so to speak… Thanks for sharing Martha 🙂

  4. Clay has a lot to be proud of and not just in the music field. He has sure made his mark in many areas and all before he turned 36! Thanks for sharing this list with us. Our paper used to carry the soundscan list and week after week Clay was at #1. I have been enjoying putting up the tree and decorating the house with Clay's Christmas songs playing on the CD.

  5. I put up my Christmas tree and decorate my house with Clay singing every year since 2004. I work in retail, which can dampen a Christmas morale I put my CD on in my car after a long day and my spirits are lifted. Thank you, Clay, for being you! I also enjoy his Joyful Noise tour, too!

  6. Clay is truly a phenomenon! He is a singer of almost any genre, YMCA counselor, special ed teacher, television personality, author, actor, UNICEF ambassador, lyricist, co-founder of The National Inclusion Project, reality show contestant, puppeteer, and creator of a well-planned campaign for a seat in Congress backed by his astounding knowledge of looming Congressional gridlock. I have no idea where Clay will take us from here, but the ride has always been a fantastic learning experience. Thanks, Clay, for opening our eyes in so many ways! Wishing you a magnificent Christmas and a productive New Year! Love & Prayers Always!

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