|FILE - This Feb. 12, 2012 file photo shows Adele performing during the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Adele has the year’s top-selling album on iTunes. Her “21,” which recently passed the 10 million mark in sales, topped the list even though it was first released at the top of 2011. It remained popular this year, particularly after she nabbed five Grammys in February. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)|
Billboard: Adele dominates another year with '21'
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s another year and another Adele domination on the music charts: The British singer is Billboard’s top artist of 2012.
Billboard said Friday that Adele is the year’s biggest artist and her diamond ‘‘21’’ album, released in February 2011, is this year’s top album. Adele earned both prizes last year.
The year’s top three songs are Gotye’s ‘‘Somebody That I Used to Know,’’ Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘‘Call Me Maybe’’ and fun.’s ‘‘We Are Young,’’ respectively.
Adele is also the top female artist. Drake is the top male artist, One Direction is the top new artist and Maroon 5 is the year’s top group.
Billboard said Drake, Taylor Swift, fun. and Don Omar are the top acts in the R&B/hip-hop, country, rock and Latin fields, respectively.