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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.

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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.

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10Comments
Dec 14, 2012 10:03AM
Dec 14, 2012 9:56AM
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Love her music.  Love exercising to it in the mornings.  She is without a doubt very deserving of the title, "top female artist".
Dec 14, 2012 9:49AM
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Wow, she sounds great! Congrats on another fantastic year.
Dec 14, 2012 9:27AM
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Adele is, obviously, very gifted. I hope she will take good care of herself so that her talent can bring others many years of excellent music and entertainment.
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