Taylor Swift Tops Billboard‘s Top Country Artists of 2011

Jason Aldean Enjoys Successful Year, Industry Publication Says

Taylor Swift has yet another achievement she can call “Mine.” She was named the top country artist of 2011 by Billboard magazine on Friday (Dec. 9).

In addition, Swift’s album, Speak Now, ranked second on the industry publication’s year-end Top 200 list for album sales, just behind Adele’s 21. Swift placed eighth on the all-genre Top 100 artists list.

Jason Aldean ranked second on the top country artists list, and his My Kinda Party album placed fourth among the Top 200 albums, just after Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.

Lady Antebellum came in third on the top country artists list. Meanwhile, the Zac Brown Band entered in fourth place, followed by Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Luke Bryan.

Billboard ranked country artists based on album sales, track downloads and airplay, as well as touring revenue, Social 50 chart action, ringtone sales and streaming data provided by Nielsen BDS.

The 10 top-selling country albums are: Swift’s Speak Now, Aldean’s My Kinda Party, Rascal Flatts’ Nothing Like This, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now, the Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give, Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night, The Band Perry’s self-titled debut, Sugarland‘s The Incredible Machine, Keith Urban‘s Get Closer and Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey.

Surprisingly, the Eli Young Band earned the top country song of 2011 with “Crazy Girl.” That breakout hit was followed by Jake Owen‘s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Rodney Atkins“Take a Back Road,” Chris Young‘s “Tomorrow,” The Band Perry’s “You Lie,” Dierks Bentley‘s “Am I the Only One,” Chesney and Grace Potter’s “You and Tequila,” Shelton’s “Honey Bee,” Trace Adkins“Just Fishin’” and Billy Currington‘s “Let Me Down.”

Rankings for year-end airplay charts are based on accumulated BDS-monitored plays or audience impressions, according to Billboard.com.

Craig Shelburne has been writing for CMT.com since 2002. He is also a producer for CMT Edge, Concrete Country and Live @ CMT.