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To celebrate the half way point in the year, Capital is proud to present a run down of some of the best new music of 2012 so far, including releases from the likes of Usher, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cheryl Cole and Justin Bieber. 'Like' and download your favourites from our top 20.
We might only be half-way through 2012, but there's no doubt about it: this year will be remembered as the year Carly Rae Jepsen released one of the catchiest songs in recent memory. 'Call Me Maybe' spent three weeks at number one on the Vodafone Big Top 40 and has inspired celebrity covers from everyone from Katy Perry to Hollywood actor James Franco. The song also denied mentor Justin Bieber from going to number one with 'Boyfriend'.
Relatively unknown at the start of 2012, Wouter De Backer - aka Gotye - is this year's longest running number one so far, thanks to his Kimbra-featuring single 'Somebody I Used To Know'. The track spend six weeks at the top, starting in February.
Cheryl Cole - or Cheryl as she likes to be known now - announced her comeback in style with the Calvin Harris-produced single, 'Call My Name'. The track, taken from her debut album 'A Million Lights', went straight to number one on the Vodafone Big Top 40 just hours after the Girls Aloud star made a surprise appearance at Capital FM's Summertime Ball to perform the song.
Tulisa made the transition from N-Dubz to solo star smoothly when her debut solo track 'Young' went straight to number one on the Vodafone Big Top 40. The song is the first to be taken from The X Factor judge's eagerly awaited debut album. Picture: Facebook
This year saw the return of Usher, and after teaming up with Diplo for his debut single 'Climax', the R&B's star's second track 'Scream' marked a return to his more familiar dancefloor heritage. Usher performed the song as part of his set at Capital FM's Summertime Ball in June.
She may have been compared to Rihanna, but Rita Ora let her music do the talking with the release of her debut single 'R.I.P.', which landed the Kosovo-born singer with her first ever number one on the Vodafone Big Top 40. The track is taken from Rita's forthcoming debut album 'Ora'.
This year has seen the unstoppable machine, also known as One Direction, continue their quest for world domination, this time in America, where the former The X Factor band stormed to number one with debut album 'Up All Night'. Featuring the singles 'What Makes You Beautiful' and 'One Thing', the album marked the first time a British act had topped the US Billboard Hot 200 with their debut album.
This summer marked the return of Justin Bieber, and the teen star debuted a new mature sound with 'Boyfriend'. The song, which triggered comparisons to Justin Timberlake, peaked at number two on the Vodafone Big Top 40 - but only because of the unstoppable 'Call Me Maybe' by Justin's protege Carly Rae Jepsen. The US star's also included the track during his much-anticipated performance at Capital FM's Summertime Ball in London.
Beyonce welcomed the arrival of her first child Blue Ivy Carter in January and husband Jay-Z celebrated the birth by immediately recording a new song, 'Glory'. The track saw Jay speak excitedly about the couple's new child, as well as unveil the previously unknown news that Bey once suffered a miscarriage.
It was released in January 2011, but that's not stopped Adele from continuing to dominate music charts around the world with songs from her debut album '21'. The album's success this year has been helped by Adele's performances at awards ceremonies, including the Grammys, Billboard Music Awards, BRITs and Ivor Niovello Awards, where she dominated at each.
Jessie J started 2012 off in style with 'Domino' going straight in at number one on the Vodafone Big Top 40 in January. The track features on a deluxe edition of her debut album 'Who You Are', and was followed by the equally as successful, 'LaserLight'.
Will.i.am caught Capital by surprise when he arrived unannounced to debut his latest solo single 'This Is Love' at the start of the summer. The track, taken from his forthcoming solo album '#willpower', features Eva Simons and was produced by Steve Angello of the recently disbanded Swedish House Mafia. It debuted at number one on the Vodafone Big Top 40 in June.
Katy Perry fans might have thought they were in for a quiet 2012 following the conclusion of her 'California Dreams' world tour at the end of last year, but the singer has already released two new singles - all taken from the repackaged edition of 'Teenage Dream'. The tracks, 'Part Of Me' and 'Wide Awake', featured during the star's closing performance at Capital FM's Summertime Ball and the former is also the title of her new movie, Part Of Me: 3D.
Chris Brown followed the success of 'Beautiful People' with another chart smash, 'Turn Up The Music', this year. The song was the first single to be unveiled from his forthcoming new album 'Fortune', and is another energetic dancefloor hit.
Coldplay unveiled their Rihanna-featuring collaboration 'Princess Of China' at the start of the summer. Taken from their fifth studio album 'Mylo Xyloto', the track became a top ten hit on the Vodafone Big Top 40 and marked the first time the group had included a collaboration on one of their albums. 'Princess Of China' also featured during Coldplay's opening performance at Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium.
It was the comeback Madonna's fans had been waiting years for, so it was no surprise that expectation levels grew further when Madonna revealed that her new single would feature M.I.A and Nicki Minaj. The song kick-started the campaign for Madonna's album 'MDNA' and was unveiled on the eve of her much-anttcipated Super Bowl half-time show performance.
Britain's musical invasion of America was spear-headed by The Wanted, whose debut US single 'Glad You Came' went to number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The band have since followed the feat with the release of their self-titled debut EP stateside.
Sales of Ed Sheeran's '+' album have continued to surpasses all expectations in 2012, and the album has now sold more than one million copies in the UK.
Fans of Nicki Minaj's first album may have pigeonholed her as a rapper, but that all changed when Nicki showcased her singing voice on 'Starships', which went to number one on the Vodafone Big Top 40. Taken from her second album 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded', the song features an energetic breakdown, which grew comparisons to Rihanna's 'Where Have You Been'.
Whitney Houston's sudden death in February saw Whitney fans old and new download her music, causing one of the star's biggest hits, 'I Will Always Love You', to return to the Vodafone Big Top 40. The star died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the eve of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.