Adele named Billboard top artist of 2012
US: Adele has been named Billboard’s top artist of 2012, while
her hit record 21 was named top album of the year in the music
magazine’s annual review.
The 24-year-old is the first to receive both accolades two years in a
Londoner Adele was also named top female artist, with hip hop star
Drake named top male artist.
Former X Factor contestants One Direction rounded off a successful
year of US invasion after being named top new artist and Maroon 5 were
The honours for Adele come in a year which saw her win six Grammy
awards and dominate the US charts.
Her second album 21 went straight to number one when it was released
in March 2011 and did not leave the top 10 until the beginning of
September this year. During that time, it spent 24 weeks at the top