Billboard 2012 in Review – Who sold more and who was more popular?

Billboard 2012 in Review – Who sold more and who was more popular?


It’s not exactly 2012 as the year end chart counts sales and airplay from 01 December to 30 November. In the case of 2012 Year End Chart data is from December 2011 to the end of November 2012. Sales and airplay December 2012 will be part of next year chart. This way Billboard can publish the Year End Chart on the Year End edition.

This is another year where woman are very important. Adele, Rihanna and Madonna are heavily featured in some of the most important categories. The new music sensation Gotye (though he already have 4 albums released) also had big importance on 2012 Year End Charts.



This chart compiles Artists that performed better on the albums and singles charts, including sales and radio airplay. Adele breaks a record of being #01 for two consecutive years as she was also #01 for 2011. Madonna and Gotye were only #23 and #24 on this chart but were considered top by Billboard due to other important charts they topped.


#01 – Adele

#02 – Rihanna

#03 – Taylor Swift

#04 – Drake

#05 – Justin Bieber

#06 – Nicki Minaj

#07 – Katy Perry

#08 – Maroon 5

#09 – LMFAO

#10 – One Direction


HOT 200 Albuns of 2012

So Adele gets the #01 album of the year again with the same album! “21” by Adele already sold more than 10 million copies in USA alone! It’s the biggest selling album of the past 10 years! Adele previous album “19” is also at #16 on the best sellers list. It’s quite impressive! Also impressive is “Red” by Taylor Swift be #04 of the year with only a month and a week of sales! Follow the TOP 10 Best Selling albums of 2012 according to Billboard.



#01 Adele – “21”

#02 Michael Buble – “Christmas”

#03 Drake – “Take Care”

#04 Taylor Swift – “Red”

# 05 One Direction – “Up All Night”

#06 Luke Bryan – “Tailgates & Tanlines”

#07 Mumford & Sons – “Babel”

#08 Rihanna – “Talk That Talk”

#09 Lionel Richie – “Tuskegee”

#10 The Black Keys – “El Camino”


HOT 200 Albums Artists 2012

No surprise that Adele is #01 at albums artist chart. Whitney Houston make it to the Top 10 for sad reasons – her passing away in February 2012. Despite having two albums fresh during the period Rihanna only managed to get #16 on this chart showing another year that she is more a singles/songs act.



#01 Adele

#02 Taylor Swift

#03 Justin Bieber

#04 Michael Buble

#05 Drake

#06 Mumford & Sons

#07 Whitney Houston

#08 Jason Aldean

#09 One Direction

#10 The Black Keys


HOT 100 Songs 2012

This shows chart shows the overall song that sold more singles and at the same time performed better at the radio.



#01 “Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra

#02 “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen

#03 “We Are Young” – Fun featuring Janelle Monae

#04 “Payphone” – Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa

#05 “Lights” – Ellie Goulding

#06 “Glad You Came” – The Wanted

#07 “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson

#08 “We Found Love” – Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris

#09 “Starships” – Nicki Minaj

#10 “What Makes You Beautiful” – One Direction


HOT 100 Songs Artists 2012

So Rihanna did have lots of Hits during 2012 and that pay off as she did achieve the TOP of the Artist Songs Chart of 2012. Yet Gotye had the #01 song of the year only managed to be the #14 artist on this chart.



#01 Riahnna

#02 Flo Rida

#03 Nicki Minaj

#04 Adele

#05 Maroon 5

#06 Katy Perry

#07 Fun

#08 Carly Rae Jepsen

#09 Drake

#10 Taylor Swift


HOT 100 Digital Songs Sales 2012

So the songs that sold better during 2012 (and it’s all about sales numbers here on this chart) were not that different from the Hot 100. In fact the TOP 4 is exactly the same also with Gotye at #01 too. Check it out:



#01 “Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra

#02 “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen

#03 “We Are Young” – Fun featuring Janelle Monae

#04 “Payphone” – Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa

#05 “Sexy And I Know It” – LMFAO

#06 “Starships” – Nicki Minaj

#07 “What Makes You Beautiful” – One Direction

#08 “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson

#09 “Wild Ones” – Flo Rida featuring Sia

#10 “Set Fire To The Rain” – Adele


HOT 100 Digital Songs Artists 2012

So the artists that sold more were not exactly the same played most at radio. Again we see that Radio is still very alive and making some stars shine bright. One example is Rihanna that was only #06 on single sales and #01 at Radio Plays – yet when Billboard mixed it up she became the #01 songs artist. This comes to show that Rihanna had a lot more airplay than any other artist. Enough to compensate the lack of sales compared to the other 5 artist ahead of her. No surprises this year as Adele is #01… again! This time around the song “Skyfall” from the latest James Bond franchise movie OST helped her achieving the #01spot. As the theme it is not available in any Adele album most of her fans decided to buy the digital single and not the complete OST Adele only sings one song.



#01 Adele

#02 Taylor Swift

#03 Flo Rida

#04 Nicki Minaj

#05 Maroon 5

#06 Rihanna

#07 Carly Rae Jepsen

#08 Katy Perry

#09 Fun



Radio Airplay 2012

So the airplay song #01 is also the Hot 100 #01 song. Surprising is the #02 song from Rihanna that is not even TOP 10 on the year end sales. Rihanna is one of those stars that get bigger especially due to radio plays as both singles and album sales are not that good compared to all other artists. On 2012 year end charts one can get that once again (just like in 2011 year end charts).



#01 “Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra

#02 “We Found Love” – Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris

#03 “Payphone” – Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa

#04 “We Are Young” – Fun featuring Janelle Monae

#05 “Fire To The Rain” – Adele

#06 “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson

#07 “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen

#08 “Glad You Came” – The Wanted

#09 “Good Felling” – Flo Rida

#10 “Lights” – Ellie Goulding

#10 “What Makes You Beautiful” – One Direction

Radio Airplay Artists 2012

No surprises here. As we already said Rihanna is the Radio Queen  followed by the phenomenon called Adele. Here is the Top 10:



#01 Riahnna

#02 Adele

#03 Flo Rida

#04 Katy Perry

#05 Nicki Minaj

#06 Maroon 5

#07 Drake

#08 Kelly Clarkson

#09 David Guetta

#10 Fun


TOP Electronic/Dance Albums 2012

LMAFO have got to an end but before going they can be proud to get the 2012 Electronic/Dance album of the year. Despite being less successful than expected by the industry MDNA by Madonna managed to be the second best selling dance album of the year – hardly a flop album like the media tried to call it. Lady Gaga and David Guetta were able to get their 2011 releases inside the TOP 5 Best Sellings of 2012 which is a great achievement. Here is the Top 10:



#01 “Sorry For Party Rocking” – LMFAO

#02 “MDNA” – Madonna

#03 “Bangarang (EP)” – Skrillex

#04 “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga

#05 “Nothing But The Beat” – David Guetta

#06 “The Path of Totality” – Korn

#07 “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites(EP)” – Skrillex

#08 “Wild Ones” – Flo Rida

#09 “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” – M83

#10 “4X4=12” – Deadmau5


TOP Electronic/Dance Albums Artists 2012

So the best selling Electronic/Dance Artists from 2012 are not very different from the ones on the Electronic/Dance Albums Chart. Skrillex got to EPs on the chart making him change place with Madonna at #02. This is the only artist with EPs on the chart that are usually half th-e price as LPs but Billboard take into account their sales the same way. Deadmau5 jumps to #07 due to other albums besides “4X4=12” selling equally well during 2012.




#02 Skrillex

#03 Madonna

#04 Lady Gaga

#05 David Guetta

#06 Korn

#07 Deadmau5

#08 Flo Rida

#09 M83

#10 Daft Punk


Club Play Dance Songs 2012

Only Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are the only artist that feature on the TOP 10 of both Club Play Dance Songs and Artist. Thought the #01 Dance Song belongs to Zedd. Another artist worth mention is Madonna that scored three #01 Club Play Dance Songs but all her songs missed the Top 10 of year yet all made it inside the TOP 50 Club Play Songs. This helped giving her a Top 5 position on the Club Play Dance Artists 2012 but the fact that a lot of her older 80’s and 90’s Hits were played a lot during 2012 was also helpful.



#01 “Spectrum” – Zedd featuring Matthew Koma

#02 “How  We Do (Party)” – Rita Ore

#03 “Spectrum (Say My Name)” – Florence + Machine

#04 “Pound The Alarm” – Nicki Minaj

#05 “Where Have You Been” – Rihanna

#06 “Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye featuring Kimbra

#07 “Naked” – Dev & Enrique Iglesias

#08 “Blow Me (Last Kiss) – P!nk

#09 “Dark Side” – Kelly Clarkson

#10 “R.I.P.” – Rita Ore featuring Tinie Tempah


Club Play Dance Artists 2012

This chart usually shows artists that scored the biggest dance pop hits of the year on Hot 100 and DJs. One of the exceptions is Madonna. She is nowhere to be found on the TOP 100 artists or Top 100 songs of 2012 yet she scored three #01 songs on the Club Charts during 2012 with all the three singles she released extending her record as the artist with more #01’s on this chart to an impressive 43 songs that peaked at #01. Janet Jackson follows as second all time #01 dance hits with “only” 19 #01 dance hits but Katy Perry and Rihanna are dominating the dance charts for these years getting to #01 with most of their releases and will eventually pass Janet Jackson soon. This year Katy Perry got the #01 position and Rihanna the #02 position on Top Dance Club Plays Artists.



#01 Katy Perry

#02 Rihanna

#03 Nicki Minaj

#04 David Guetta

#05 Madonna

#06 Karmin

#07 Kelly Clarkson

#08 Avicii

#09 Usher

#10 Florence + The Machine



Today where artists make their money is on tour. Despite being the world best selling artist for 2012 Adele (and she sold more than the double what any other artist did) was only able to sell around 50 million dollars in records. Well there are at least 8 artist that sold more in tickets for concerts alone. Madonna was able to be confortably #01 doing more than 228 million dollars in ticket sales from her 72 sell out concerts. Her “MDNA Tour” became the 10th best selling concert tour of all time. Nothing impressive since her previous tour from 2008/2009 is the best selling tour for a solo artist (male or female) and the 4rd best selling of all time. But It seems that for artist on the scene for more than 30 year live shows are paying off. Their public is more adult and so probably is able to pay higher ticket prices. Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters come in at #02 and #03 on this chart with 199 million dollars and 186 million dollars. Also of notice is Barbra Streisend that with only 12 concerts managed to be #12 and sold more than 40 million dollars in tickets. Here are the TOP 25 Concert Acts of the year according to Billboard.



#01 Madonna

Total Gross: $228,406,085

Total Gross: $228,406,085

Number of Shows: 72

Total Attendance: 1,635,176

Number of Sell-Outs: 72

#02 Bruce Springteen & The E Street Band

Total Gross: $199,371,791     Number of Shows: 72

Total Attendance: 2,165,925  Number of Sell-Outs: 54

#03 Roger Waters

Total Gross: $186,466,703    Number of Shows: 72

Total Attendance: 1,680,042   Number of Sell-Outs: 51

#04 Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour by Circle du Solei

Total Gross: $147,310,505     Number of Shows: 183

Total Attendance: 1,374,482   Number of Sell-Outs: 9

#05 Coldplay

Total Gross: $147,188,828      Number of Shows: 67

Total Attendance: 1,811,787   Number of Sell-Outs: 56

#06 Lady Gaga

Total Gross: $124,879,545      Number of Shows: 65

Total Attendance: 1,111,099   Number of Sell-Outs: 65

#07 Kenny Chesney & Tim   McGraw

Total Gross: $96,458,890        Number of Shows: 23

Total Attendance: 1,085,382   Number of Sell-Outs: 9

#08 Van Halen

Total Gross: $54,425,548      Number of Shows: 46

Total Attendance: 522,296   Number of Sell-Outs: 9

#09 Jay-Z & Kanye West

Total Gross: $46,986,464     Number of Shows: 31

Total Attendance: 371,777   Number of Sell-Outs: 15

#10 Andre Rieu

Total Gross: $46,785,717        Number of Shows: 99

Total Attendance: 490,165   Number of Sell-Outs: 2

#11 Dave Matthews Band

Total Gross: $41,433,182        Number of Shows: 41

Total Attendance: 757,629   Number of Sell-Outs: 17

#12 Barbra Streisend

Total Gross: $40,657,170        Number of Shows: 12

Total Attendance: 154,287   Number of Sell-Outs: 12

#13 Jason Aldean

Total Gross: $39,956,703        Number of Shows: 59

Total Attendance: 984,229   Number of Sell-Outs: 59

#14 Lady Antebellum

Total Gross: $38,358,801      Number of Shows: 88

Total Attendance: 860,065   Number of Sell-Outs: 72

#15 Red Hot Chili Peppers

Total Gross: $33,911,873     Number of Shows: 42

Total Attendance: 549,028   Number of Sell-Outs: 24

#16 Brad Paisley

Total Gross: $33,794,719      Number of Shows: 51

Total Attendance: 485,852   Number of Sell-Outs: 31

#17 Nickelback

Total Gross: $33,790,267    Number of Shows: 50

Total Attendance: 492,492   Number of Sell-Outs: 7

#18 Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Total Gross: $33,370,711        Number of Shows: 99

Total Attendance: 673,575   Number of Sell-Outs: 13

#19 Elton John

Total Gross: $32,920,986         Number of Shows: 38

Total Attendance: 240,381   Number of Sell-Outs:25

#20 Justin Bieber

Total Gross: $30,667,737      Number of Shows: 29

Total Attendance: 402,710    Number of Sell-Outs: 28

#21 Rod Stewart

Total Gross: $30,158,491         Number of Shows: 35

Total Attendance: 201,912   Number of Sell-Outs: 24

#22 Neil Diamond

Total Gross: $29,910,078      Number of Shows: 30

Total Attendance: 317,824   Number of Sell-Outs: 6

#23 Pearl Jam

Total Gross: $27,363,430      Number of Shows: 11

Total Attendance: 337,613   Number of Sell-Outs: 0

#24 Taylor Swift

Total Gross: $26,310,160      Number of Shows: 21

Total Attendance: 285,715   Number of Sell-Outs: 21

#25 Rascal Flatts

Total Gross: $26,155,360      Number of Shows: 45

Total Attendance: 612,243   Number of Sell-Outs: 21


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