Top Artist of 2012 Is...
Adele ... again, according to Billboard
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2012 10:44 AM CST
This Feb. 12, 2012 file photo shows Adele performing during the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

(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.

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Dec 17, 2012 8:54 AM CST
Why are so many people concerned with the war on drugs or the war on religion when there's been a war on rock waging for years? Fun are NOT a rock band, and neither are the 8500 other pretentious art school, part time baristas who think there watered down indie pop is worthy of being called rock. Guitars + drums does not equal rock. Indie rock used to be balls to the wall, kick you in the face and keep you coming back for more. Now it's devolved into this pathetic, whiny garbage. Bring back the rock.
Dec 16, 2012 6:44 PM CST
Sorry who won what...I fell asleep.
Dec 16, 2012 3:48 PM CST
More like musical marketing success of the year. Let's see if any of those names are still around 10 years from now.