Welcome to the Friday, December 28 edition of “The Beat,” Billboard.com’s daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news — who’s making headlines and who’s topping the charts.
Before the year is over, the Beat’s last episode of 2012 brings you a sampling of who topped some of Billboard’s key year-end charts. Adele is the top artist of the year, see which other superstar ladies rounded out the top three. In the world of top new artists, One Direction ruled. Over on the year-end Hot 100, “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra is 2012’s top song, check out the two other huge hits that took No. 2 and No. 3 there.
The Best of 2012: Billboard’s Year-End Charts, Features, Photos & More
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