*British singer Adele continues to rack up year-end honors for her soul-drenched, break up-themed album “21.”
She made Billboard history on Friday by becoming the first female singer to be named top artist, have the top album, and score the top single, “Rolling in the Deep,” all in one year.
The 23-year-old chanteuse was followed in the top artist group by No. 2 Rihanna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in that order, while Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars rounded out the top ten.
The singer’s rousing soul and blues-fused single “Rolling in the Deep,” which was named the No. 1 song, beat pop and dance tracks like LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” Katy Perry’s “Firework” and “E.T.” featuring Kanye West, as well as Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything.”
“21,” which was described by Billboard’s Julianne Escobedo Shepherd as a “break-up requiem,” was written in the aftermath of the singer’s failed relationship, and it features underlying themes of love, heartache and moving forward.
Adele, who earned six Grammy nominations last week, was also named Billboard’s top female, while rapper Lil Wayne was awarded top male and Wiz Khalifa was the best new artist.
In related news, Adele has also become the first artist to secure three milestones on the iTunes music chart, scoring 2011’s top-selling single, top-selling album and being named the iTunes Artist of the Year, the music company announced Thursday.
Rolling Stone, meanwhile, named ’21′ the Best Album of the Year and “Rolling in the Deep” the Best Single of the Year.