Monday, December 28, 2009

Top Classical Artists of 2009

I trust this finds all of you recovering nicely after the Christmas Holiday...

Now, moving right along - it's time for a New Year: 2010. Can you believe it, 2010?

Before we cross over into the next decade though, we have to continue to take a look back at the year that has almost passed.

I know many of you are wondering: who will Billboard deem as the Top Classical Artists of 2009?

Alright, fine - let's just call a spade a spade - did any of you even truly know that this list existed, much less was published?

Exactly. I thought not.

Well, here it is - Billboard's Top Classical Artists of 2009:
25. Sharon Isbin
24. Anne-Sophie Mutter
23. Renée Fleming
22. Lang Lang
21. Escala
20. Neal E. Boyd
19. Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields
18. Mack Wilberg
17. Andre Rieu
16. The Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz
15. Josh Groban
14. Placido Domingo
13. Joshua Bell
12. The Baby Einstein Music Box Orchestra
11. Orchestra at Temple Square
10. Mormon Tabernacle Choir
09. David Garrett
08. Paul Potts
07. Luciano Pavarotti
06. The Priests
05. Sarah Brightman
04. Sting
03. Yo-Yo Ma
02. Andrea Bocelli
And now, Billboard's #1 Classical Artist of 2009:
01. IL DIVO
I'm sure it's an honor to make the list - yaddah, yaddah. My hope is that Placido Domingo, Josh Groban and Renée Fleming don't mind that they came in behind the likes of The Baby Einstein Music Box Orchestra and Sarah Brightman.

Really? The Baby Einstein Music Box Orchestra is considered a Classical Artist by Billboard? Come on folks... seriously?

And... Sarah Brightman? She's still producing "music"? More importantly - who in the hell is buying the drivel? Yick.

Congrats to Il Divo - keep crankin' out the hits, boys.

[Photo - Il Divo courtesy of Sony BMG Entertainment.]

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