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Billboard Names Chris Brown ‘Artist of The Year’; Lil Wayne, Rihanna and Alicia Keys Makes The List

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R&B singer Chris Brown, 19, has been named by Billboard Magazine as 2008′s top artist based on a number of factors which include album sales, radio airplay, internet streams and digital downloads.

The singer told Billboard in an interview Thursday, “It’s bigger than what I can ever imagine. It’s unexpected totally, so it’s a surprise.”

The singer should be thankful due to the number of hits he’s had this year which include “With You,” “Forever” and the collaboration with American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks on the track “No Air.”

On last month, the multi-talented artist won three awards at the American Music Awards, including artist of the year and most recently he was nominated for two Grammy Awards for the 51st Grammy Awards. The 51st Grammy Awards will take place on February 8, 2009 and will broadcast on CBS at 8PM EST.

Others following behind the singer on the list of Billboard’s top artists include Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, amongst others.

The humble singer goes on to give some inside news on what’s upcoming for him by stating that he is working on new music with his girlfriend and R&B/Pop singer Rihanna.

“I actually have a couple of songs written already that would be dope collaborations between me and her,” he said. “And I’m writing for her new album now.”

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