Adele tops iTunes 2012 sales chart, named Billboard’s artist of the year

By Daniel S Levine,

Adele and her 2011 album 21 has dominated the music industry for the past two years. So, it’s no surprise that the album has topped iTunes’ list of best-selling albums for the year. The British singer also topped Billboard’s artists of the year list and 200 albums chart.

From Jan. 1, to Dec. 3, 21 sold the most copies on iTunes, notes Rolling Stone and was just ahead of Taylor Swift’s Red. Mumford & Sons’ Babel, Up All Night by One Direction and Fun’s Some Nights .

Carly Rae Jepsen’s summer hit “Call Me Maybe” was the most downloaded song of the year on iTunes, with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” in second place.

The music industry has gone decades without seeing anything like 21. It’s the first time since Michael Jackson’s Thriller topped Billboard’s 200 albums chart in 1983 and 1984 that an album has topped the chart for two straight years. 21 has been a big seller since it first charted in March 2011. It didn’t leave the Top 10 until Sept. 8, 2012.

She also topped Billboard’s artist list for the second time in a row. It’s the first time that’s happened since Destiny’s Child was named artist of the year in 2000 and 2001.

Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” ruled the Hot 100 this year. That marks the fourth time in seven years that an act’s first Hot 100 entry topped the chart for a particular year. It last happened in 2010 when Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” dominated.

Madonna topped Billboard’s list of Tours of 2012, grossing $228.4 million.

You can check out Billboard’s other 2012 lists here.

image: CBS



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