Nicki Minaj and Adele are two of this year’s most successful recording artists, at least when it comes to digital singles.
Following fun and Janelle Monae’s hit single “We Are Young,” which is the second best selling digital song of the year (5.087 million, thus far), Minaj and Adele have three of the top 20 selling songs for the first half of 2012.
“Starships,” Nicki Minaj’s pop driven single, comes in at no.5 on the list with 3.158 million digital copies sold. It is not her only track on the list either. Her collaboration with David Guetta, on “Turn Me On,” comes in at no.17 with over 1.87 million copies sold.
While Adele continues to have the no.1 selling album of the year, her singles did not fare as well. “Set Fire To The Rain” is her best selling single according to Billboard, moving over 2.53 million copies. To be fair, Adele’s “21” was released over a year ago.
Despite there being a strong list of best selling songs, with Best New Artist Grammy Award winner Gotye selling over 5.5 million copies of the single “Somebody That I Used to Know,” R&B is non existent on the chart. There are no best selling songs from artists with recent releases including Usher, Chris Brown, Monica, or even Rihanna. Hip Hop artists like Tyga, Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg and Drake did make the cut exceeding sales of 1.6 million on their singles.
Are we not supporting R&B recording artists this year ?