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Billboard names Adele top artist of 2012

Adele

Story by Jack Foley

BRITISH singer Adele has completed a rare double by being named Billboard’s top artist of 2012 and seeing her latest LP 21 named top album of the year.

The 24-year-old is the first artist to receive both accolades two years in a row from the magazine.

The Londoner also scored a third prize by being named top female artist.

Elsewhere in the magazine’s annual review, hip hop star Drake was named top male artist, Maroon 5 were named best group and One Direction were crowned top new artist.

The year’s top three songs were Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know, Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe and Fun’s We Are Young.

Also in the top 10 were Ellie Goulding’s Lights (at five), The Wanted’s Glad You Came (at six) and One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful (at 10).

British act Mumford & Sons topped the rock, alternative and folk album artist categories, as well as scoring the honour in each of the genres for their album Babel.

Adele’s honours cap a memorable year for the singer, in which she also won six Grammy awards and dominated the US charts. Her sophomre album 21 went straight to No.1 upon release in March 2011 and did not leave the top 10 until the beginning of September this year, spending a total of 24 weeks at the top spot.