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Top Songs Of 2012: We Review Each #1 Single…In One Word

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When it came to the chart-topping singles of 2012, some artists, like fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and Taylor Swift, reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the very first time. Others, like Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna and Maroon 5, were no strangers to the dizzying highs of the pop chart’s upper tier.

Altogether, 13 lucky songs made it to #1 — down one from last year. And several have since gone on to be nominated for Grammys. Maroon 5′s “One More Night” and Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” spent the most time at the top (9 weeks), while on the other end of the spectrum, three other singles spent one solitary week in the peak position.

So how will you remember the biggest songs that sound-tracked 2012? Idolator editors Robbie Daw, Sam Lansky, Carl Williot and Erika Brooks-Adickman all racked their brains and tried to sum up each in one word. (It’s harder than you think!) Catch their abbreviated, retrospective reviews below. More »

Adele Is The AP Entertainer Of The Year, Beating Out Taylor Swift & PSY

Adele is the Associated Press Entertainer of the Year, receiving more votes than the likes of Taylor Swift, PSY, the cast of Twilight and even noted mommy-porn author E.L. James. Like PSY, the Entertainer of the Year made but one piece of entertainment in 2012 — “Skyfall,” which has already entered the pantheon of classic Bond themes, garnering a Golden Globe nomination and consideration for an Oscar nod.

Even without that song, Adele had a huge impact on pop culture this year, bringing to mind the old days of a booming music industry and a monoculture swarming around a mega-album. Adele’s 2011 effort 21 barreled ahead, surpassing 10 million sales and topping iTunes’ album chart for the second consecutive year. The singer also cleaned up at the Grammys in February, and in October she CREATED LIFE, people. More »

“Shine Brighter” With DJ Earworm’s 2012 Pop Song Mash-Up

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DJ Earworm is back with this year’s United State Of Pop  mash-up, and we’re still picking up pieces of our brain after hearing how he paired up Taylor Swift‘s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” with two late entrants into the 2012 canon, Ke$ha (“Die Young”) and Bruno Mars (“Locked Out Of Heaven”). After that, we hear snippets of Carly Rae Jepsen, Rihanna, Gotye, fun., Katy Perry, PSY and other familiar 2012 hits as they weave in and out of the altered foundation of “Die Young.” And yes, even that pesky Adele makes her way into the year’s retrospective. Relive all of 2012 in just under four minutes up top. More »

Adele’s ’21′ Is iTunes’ Best-Selling Album For Second Straight Year, “Call Me Maybe” Tops Song Sales

It’s been nearly two years since Adele released her sophomore LP 21, but for the second straight year it was the top-selling album on iTunes. Taylor Swift‘s Red came in second, followed by Mumford & Sons‘ Babel. One Direction‘s Up All Night and fun.‘s Some Nights rounded out the top five. No surprises there.

As for iTunes’ most-downloaded songs list, it’s familiar fare, too. Carly Rae Jepsen‘s mega-hit “Call Me Maybe” took the top spot. Gotye‘s fellow viral song “Somebody That I Used To Know” was next, followed by fun. once again (“We Are Young”), Maroon 5‘s “Payphone” and Nicki Minaj‘s “Starships.” Check out the full lists below. More »

Taylor Swift & Adele Nab Golden Globe Nominations

Prepare yourselves for battle: Taylor Swift and Adele are going head-to-head at next year’s Golden Globes. The two singers are up for Best Original Song — Adele for “Skyfall” and Swfit for “Safe & Sound” from The Hunger Games. They’ll face off against Keith Urban for his Act Of Valor track “For You,” Jon Bon Jovi and “Suddenly” from Les Miserables. More »

Britney Spears Edges Out Taylor Swift As Top-Earning Female Musician Of 2012

Britney Spears was the most profitable female musician of the year, according to Forbes. Thanks to the success of her latest album Femme Fatale, the tour and her fragrance, the 31-year-old pop star raked in $58 million in 2012. Taylor Swift came in second on the list, just a million bucks short of Spears’ number. Just how close is $1M? Taylor was reportedly making that each night of her tour, meaning if she had just scrounged together a couple more shows (so lazy, right!?) the Red star would’ve been the most successful woman in music this year.

But there’s always next year: the numbers come from earnings between May 2011 and May 2012, so Swift’s mammoth returns don’t even include her record-breaking Red sales. The top 5 is rounded out with Rihanna ($53M), Lady Gaga ($52M) and Katy Perry ($45). Read on for the full list. More »

Adele, Katy Perry & Rick Ross In Running For Best Original Song Oscar Nomination: Morning Mix

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:: Adele‘s “Skyfall” and Rick Ross‘ “100 Black Coffins” from Django Unchained are among the 75 songs in the running for a Best Original Song Oscar nomination. Also in the mix: Katy Perry‘s “Wide Awake” from her concert film and Florence + The Machine‘s “Breath Of Life” from Snow White And The Huntsman. Only five songs will make the final cut. [HitFix]

:: Speaking of Florence…during a performance in Scotland, the singer stopped mid-song in order to address a fan fight occurring near the stage. After scolding the brawlers, she noticed that a girl near the fracas was crying, so Flo descended from the stage to hug her. One question: who the hell fights at a Florence concert? [TMZ]

:: Spinner is live-streaming 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief from Madison Square Garden tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Superstars like Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys are performing. [Noisecreep]

:: In more relief news, Swedish House Mafia added another New York City date to their farewell tour in order to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief. The “Black Tie Rave” at Hammerstein Ballroom takes place on February 28 and all proceeds will go to relief efforts for New York and New Jersey. [Billboard]

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Best Music 2012: Becky G Picks Her Favorite Album Of 2012

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The end of 2012 is fast approaching, and it’s got us reflecting on the very best music this year had to offer — and doing it with a little help from our friends. Idolator asked some of our favorite artists to talk about the albums that most inspired them this year in an exclusive series — and first up is Becky G, the singer-songwriter-rapper who’s a certified superstar in the making — and her favorite LP of the year may surprise you.  More »

Backstreet Boys, Eminem Each Have Two Of The 21 Best-Selling Albums Of The SoundScan Era

Given that Adele‘s 21 recently became the 21st album to sell 10 million copies in the SoundScan era (since 1991), Billboard chart sage Keith Caulfield took it upon himself to tally up the facts, the figures and the legendary crooners who make up this elite group of Diamond-status pop acts.

For music-and-numbers geeks it’s quite an interesting list. For instance, did you know Metallica‘s classic, self-titled LP from 1991 is tops? Or that pop-country diva Shania Twain‘s Come On Over has sold more copies than Alanis Morissette‘s angsty ’90s must-have Jagged Little Pill? Also, Backstreet Boys and Eminem are the only juggernauts who have managed to pull off two albums that crossed 10 million copies, while, in this age of piracy, Adele is the only artist to achieve the feat in this decade (so far).

Catch the full roundup below. More »

Adele’s ’21′ Crosses 10 Million Sales Mark In US

That Adele reign just won’t end! Following a list of professional achievements in recent years that would take at least an hour or two to rattle off, pop’s latest Bond girl has another accolade to slap on her resume: 10 million copies sold of her sophomore LP 21.  Sure, it took 92 weeks for the album to move that many units, but let’s all doff our caps to the London singer — after all, who the hell is selling that many records these days, anyway?

Billboard‘s chart numbers cruncher Keith Caulfield reports that the last album to sell as many copies in a shorter span of time was *NSYNC‘s No Strings Attached (it hit 10 million in its 43rd week, in January 2001). That tells us two things: in the age of music piracy, Adele is an unstoppable force who has an extremely long career ahead of her (duh), and it’s been far too long since we’ve watched the video for *NSYNC’s “It’s Gonna Be Me.” Let’s remedy the latter below, boy band fanatics! More »