Remember how Adele
‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know” were deemed to be the to-date best selling album and single, respectively, of 2012 last July
? Well, both toughed it out through the end of the year and warded off all pop competitors to remain on top on Billboard
‘s final 2012 tallies.
The publication notes that 21 sold another 4.41 million copies in ’12 (down just a bit from 5.82 million in 2011), thus marking the first time since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991 that the same album is tops two years in a row.
Elsewhere, Gotye’s Kimbra-featuring smash “Somebody That I Used To Know” racked up a total of 6.80 million digital sales, with Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe,” the top tune on iTunes for the year, nipping just behind with 6.47 million overall. More »
When it came to the chart-topping singles of 2012, some artists, like fun.
, Carly Rae Jepsen
and Taylor Swift
, reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the very first time. Others, like Adele
, Kelly Clarkson
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 »
is the Associated Press Entertainer of the Year, receiving more votes than the likes of Taylor Swift
, 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 »
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
, Katy Perry
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 »
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
came in second, followed by Mumford & Sons
. One Direction
‘s Up All Night
‘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 »
Prepare yourselves for battle: Taylor Swift
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 »
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 »
Did You Hear?
:: 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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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 »