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Chart-Topping Prodigies: Meet the 13 Young Musicians Rewriting History with Seven US Number One Albums

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Recently, a revelation by @chartdata sent shockwaves through the music industry: Sza's 2022 album "SOS" is on the cusp of eclipsing a historic milestone previously held by Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller." According to reports, '@sza's 'SOS' is now just twelve weeks away from becoming the longest-running top 10 album by a black artist in Billboard 200 history,' a feat currently held by the legendary 'Thriller.'

In the era of streaming dominance, there's a growing sentiment that the metrics for success need reevaluation. As one commentator aptly noted, the act of physically purchasing an album versus streaming a track is a world apart in terms of demand and commitment.

Nonetheless, amidst this evolving landscape, several contemporary artists have etched their names in the annals of music history. Here's a glimpse at a few who have recently rewritten the record books:

Kendrick Lamar: Kendrick recently shattered records with his track "Not Like Us," firing off his third diss track aimed at Drake within a remarkable 36-hour span. The Brooklyn Eagle reported a staggering 6.8 billion streams on Spotify in a single day, solidifying it as the most-played hip-hop song in history.

Ariana Grande: In 2019, Ariana made history with her album "Thank U, Next," dominating the Billboard Hot 100 with three consecutive singles: "7 Rings," "Thank U, Next," and "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored." This achievement hadn't been seen since The Beatles' reign in 1964.

Beyoncé: Beyoncé's self-titled album shattered records in 2013, becoming the fastest-selling album in iTunes history, both domestically and globally. With 32 Grammy wins to her name, Queen Bey has left an indelible mark on the music world.

Adele: Adele's album "25" stormed the charts upon release, selling a staggering 3,378,000 copies in its first week, surpassing records set by NSYNC in 2000. Even the formidable Taylor Swift couldn't dethrone her from the top spot.

Taylor Swift:

Fear not, for Taylor Swift's reign continues as her "The Era's Tour" claims the crown for the highest-grossing concert film, surpassing Michael Jackson's iconic "This Is It" from 2009, which raked in over $261 million at the box office.

The Weeknd: In a stunning display of dominance, The Weeknd shattered not one but two Guinness World Records in 2023. With an astounding 111.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify, he towers over competitors, with Ed Sheeran trailing at 77.5 million. Furthermore, his 2020 smash hit "Blinding Lights" reigns supreme as the most-streamed song on Spotify, boasting a staggering 3.4 billion streams.

Ed Sheeran: While some records may have slipped from his grasp, Ed Sheeran retains his hold on one prestigious title: the most followed Spotify account. With over 114 million Spotify followers, he maintains a lead over Taylor Swift, who closely trails with approximately 110 million followers.

Drake: Currently vying for supremacy, Drake stands toe-to-toe with Taylor Swift for the most Billboard Music Awards and shares the honor with Michael Jackson for the most number one singles by a male solo artist.

Katy Perry: Joining the ranks of legends, Katy Perry matches Michael Jackson's prowess by clinching five number one singles from a single album: "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," "Teenage Dream," "California Gurls," "Firework," and "E.T.

Harry Styles: In a triumphant moment, Harry Styles shattered records with the highest-selling stadium show in Scotland during his Love On Tour concert. Over 65,000 fans thronged to Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh to witness his electrifying performance.

Burna Boy: Making history and breaking barriers, Burna Boy became the first African artist to headline a UK stadium show, captivating a sold-out crowd of 60,000 fans in London. His performance, featuring guest appearances by Stormzy and Dave, will be etched in music history.

BTS: The global phenomenon BTS seized the record for the most-viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours with their sensational track "Butter," amassing a jaw-dropping 108.2 million views in a single day.

Justin Bieber: Cementing his status as a pop icon, Justin Bieber shattered records by surpassing Elvis Presley's 59-year-old record. Achieving seven number one albums in the US at the tender age of 25, Bieber eclipsed Presley, who attained the feat at 26 with his seventh album.

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In conclusion, these recent milestones achieved by contemporary musicians underscore the ever-evolving landscape of the music industry. From breaking streaming records to shattering longstanding chart achievements, these artists continue to redefine what's possible in the realm of music. As we celebrate their accomplishments, we also recognize the profound impact they've had on shaping the cultural zeitgeist. Through their artistry and innovation, they inspire countless others to reach for new heights and push the boundaries of creativity. As we eagerly anticipate what the future holds, one thing remains certain: the power of music to unite, inspire, and make history will endure for generations to come.