One Direction, Rihanna, Adele lead Billboard 2012 charts

LOS ANGELES Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:51am IST

The One Direction band performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Gardens in New York December 7, 2012. Seen are (L-R) Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The One Direction band performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Gardens in New York December 7, 2012. Seen are (L-R) Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson.

Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

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 U.S. 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 U.S. and she was once again named artist of the year.

"21" has sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. 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.

She is the only act to be named both top artist and have the top album in Billboard's charts for two years in a row.

Adele was also named the No. 1 female artist while R&B rapper-singer Drake was named No. 1 male artist and pop-rock band Maroon 5 were named No. 1 group.

Rihanna, also 24, was named the top Hot 100 artist after a year of chart-topping hit singles such as "We Found Love" and "Diamonds" on the Hot 100 chart, which measures top-selling singles each week.

But Australia's Gotye picked up the Hot 100 single of the year, with his heartbreak hit "Somebody That I Used To Know."

Billboard compile their end-of-year lists based on chart performances between December 3 2011 and November 24 2012, tallying data including album sales and streaming figures.

For more on Billboard's year-end charts, visit here#

(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy, editing by Jill Serjeant and Andrew Hay)

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