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Billboard names Adele top female, Drake top male artists for 2012

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NEW YORK — It's another year and another Adele domination on the music charts: The British singer is Billboard's top artist of 2012.

Billboard said Friday that Adele is the year's biggest artist and her diamond “21” album, released in February 2011, is this year's top album. Adele earned both prizes last year.

The year’s top three songs are Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Carly Rae Jepsen's “Call Me Maybe” and fun.’s “We Are Young,” respectively.

Adele is also the top female artist. Drake is the top male artist, One Direction is the top new artist and Maroon 5 is the year's top group.

Billboard said Drake, Taylor Swift, fun. and Don Omar are the top acts in the R&B/hip-hop, country, rock, and Latin fields, respectively.

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