As it was in 2006, "Songs From the Labyrinth," the disc of John Dowland lute songs performed by the veteran rock star Sting, is the best-selling classical album of 2007, according to the Billboard year-end chart.
That Deutsche Grammophon release is followed by:
2. "Appassionato" by Yo-Yo Ma and others
3. "Voice of the Violin" by Joshua Bell
4. "The Homecoming!" by crossover violinist André Rieu
probably the year's sleeper, Cloudburst and other choral works by contemporary American composer Eric Whitacre (no. 22)
John Corigliano's Red Violin Concerto, played by Bell with conductor Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (no. 23)
violin concertos by Paganini and Spohr, performed by Hilary Hahn with Eiji Oue conducting the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (no. 24)
Billboard's ten bestselling classical artists of 2007 are:
2. Yo-Yo Ma
3. André Rieu
4. Joshua Bell
5. Anna Netrebko
6. The 5 Browns
7. Lang Lang
8. Gabriela Montero
9. Renée Fleming
10. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
That list doesn't include midprice or budget titles, however. The top-selling classical artist of the year on both the midprice and budget lists is The Baby Einstein Music Box Orchestra (which is why this space almost never covers those lists). The number-two artist on both lists is the name most conspicuously missing among the artists named above: the late Luciano Pavarotti, none of whose top-selling discs this year were new releases or full-price.
Big Lucy also achieved one of the year's most notable Billboard chart feats: in the weeks following his death, he was a classical artist who actually made the Billboard 200, the weekly list of the top-selling discs in all genres — and he did it with two different titles, no less.