Top Artist of 2012 Is...

Adele ... again, according to Billboard

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 14, 2012 10:44 AM CST

(Newser) – Adele is the top musical artist of the year for the second year running. She snagged the top artist spot and the top album spot (for 21) on Billboard's year-end lists—and she also got both honors last year, the AP reports. More highlights from the charts:

  • Top song: Gotye, "Somebody That I Used to Know"
  • Other big songs: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" came in second, followed by "We Are Young" by fun.
  • Top male artist: Drake, who also took top R&B/hip-hop honors
  • Top new artist: One Direction
  • Top group: Maroon 5
  • Top country act: Taylor Swift
  • Top rock act: fun.

This Feb. 12, 2012 file photo shows Adele performing during the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
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