Adele, One Direction and Rihanna top Billboard Charts 2012

    Billboard.com on mid-December releases the list of chart toppers of 2012 dubbed as "The Best of 2012: The Year in Music". Adele, six Grammy Awards winner and Guinness World Records holder of 2012 holds the top artist of the year, Billboard 200 album and artist and Digital Albums of the Year. Newcomer One Direction topped on New Artist list while Rihanna leads on Hot 100 Artist.

    Adele leads Billboard Chart 2012
    Photo: Adele leads Billboard Chart 2012

    Adele Laurie Blue Adkins better known as Adele success for 2012 is a result of her hit second album titled '21' early of 2011. The album has also helped her receive numerous other awards, including two Brit Awards and three American Music Awards. The album has been certified sixteen times platinum in the UK; in the US the album has held the top position longer than any other album since 1985, and is certified Diamond. The album has sold 25 million copies worldwide.

    X-Factor finalist on group category, One Direction topped the Billboard 200 album chart twice this year with their debut, “Up All Night” in March and their second album “Take Me Home” in November, were named Billboard’s top new artist/group, rounding off a stellar year of U.S. success for the band. Last September, the British boyband won 3 awards at the 2012 MTV Music Awards,

    Rihanna was named leader on top Hot 100 artist after a year of chart-topping hit singles such as “We Found Love” and “Diamonds” on the Hot 100 chart, which measures top-selling singles each week.

    Billboard Charts are calculated using custom formulas collecting sales, streaming and radio play. The complete Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts are available each week, Billboard.com said.

    Billboard.com presents more than 100 year-end lists for 2012 (with 440-plus rankings available at billboard.biz/charts and almost 300 in the year-end print magazine, available today). Joining the chart lineup in 2012 was On-Demand Songs. VIEW COMPLETE LIST OF CHART TOPPERS FOR 2012.


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