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.
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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