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Rihanna, Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Billboard’s Top Earners in 2012

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Billboard has released the stats on the top 10 best-selling and most played songs, albums and artists in 2012. Hip-hop and R&B had a fair run, charting in several categories.

Some artists’ projects appeared on charts more than once including Nicki Minaj, who came in at No. 9 on the Top 10 Selling Albums w/TEA — track equivalent albums — for her album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’. The LP sold 1,657,000 copies.

Rihanna‘s ‘We Found Love’ featuring Calvin Harris was amongst the most played songs in 2012, and rapper Flo Rida’s fun track ‘Wild One’ was one of the most streamed tracks of 2012, landing at No. 10 in that respective category.

Check how other rappers and singers did on the Billboard charts below.

Top 10 Selling Albums

9. Lionel Richie, ‘Tuskegee’ – 1,071,000 units sold

2012 Top 10 Selling Albums + Tracks:

9. Florida, ‘Wild Ones’ – 8,100,000 units sold

10. Drake, ‘Take Care’ – 7,900,000 units sold

2012 Top 10 Selling Albums w/TEA (includes all albums & track equivalent albums)

7. Nicki Minaj, ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ – 1,657,000 units sold

2012 Top 10 Selling Digital Songs

5. Nicki Minaj, ‘Starships’ – 3,979,000 units sold

2012 Top 10 Most Played Songs

8. Rihanna, ‘We Found Love’ featuring Calvin Harris – 450,000 units sold

Top 10 Selling Internet Albums

8. Lionel Richie, ‘Tuskegee’ – 73,000 units sold

9. Whitney Houston, ‘Greatest Hits’ – 69,000 units sold

Top 10 Streamed Audio Songs

8. Rihanna, ‘We Found Love’ featuring Calvin Harris – 27,556,000 views

9. Nicki Minaj, ‘Starships’ – 25,463,000 views

10. Flo Rida, ‘Wild Ones’ featuring Sia 25,400,000 views

Watch Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ Video

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