Millennials are driving the pop culture bus as broadband internet juices music piracy into overdrive—but Ringtones are a $4 billion/year business as Hip-Hop’s bling era endures, Kelly Clarkson confirms American Idol’s star-making prowess and “Hollaback Girl” becomes the first song with a million paid downloads the year Billboard debuts its Hot Digital Songs and Ringtones charts.

#1 Song of the Year   

  • Mariah Carey – We Belong Together

Artists of the Year   

  1. Kelly Clarkson
  2. 50 Cent
  3. Mariah Carey

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • 50 Cent (8)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 27.7 years

#1 Songs   

  1. Snoop Dogg – Drop It like It’s Hot (December ’04, 3 wks)
  2. Mario – Let Me Love You (January, 9 wks)
  3. 50 Cent – Candy Shop (March, 9 wks)
  4. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl (May, 4 wks)
  5. Mariah Carey – We Belong Together (June, 14 wks)
  6. Carrie Underwood – Inside Your Heaven (July, 1 wk)
  7. Kanye West – Gold Digger (September, 10 wks)
  8. Mariah Carey – Don’t Forget About Us (December, 2 wks)
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