The Straits Times
Published on Dec 15, 2012

One Direction, Rihanna, Adele lead Billboard 2012 charts


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Newcomer British boy band One Direction joined R&B diva Rihanna and British singer Adele to top Billboard's year-end music charts, released on Friday.

One Direction, who topped the Billboard 200 album chart twice this year with their debut, Up All Night in March and their sophomore album Take Me Home in November, were named Billboard's top new artist/group, rounding off a stellar year of United States (US) success for the band.

Adele, 24, who became the first woman top score No. 1 single, album and artist on Billboard's 2011 year-end charts, continued her reign in 2012, when her Grammy-winning record 21 was the top-selling album in the US and she was once again named artist of the year.

21 has sold more than 10 million copies in the US since its release in February 2011, becoming a fixture on the Billboard 200, especially after Adele's six wins at the Grammy Awards earlier this year.