Aussies go Gangnam for top entertainers
IT HAS been a year dominated by Gangnam Style, superhero movies, reality TV and the resurgence of the shriek-inducing boy band.
While Justin Bieber is still arguably the number one teen heartthrob, he's facing some stiff competition from the UK's One Direction and potentially from X Factor finalists The Collective.
The continued popularity of My Kitchen Rules, The Block and The Voice prove that we still love our reality TV, but locally made dramas also made a strong comeback this year with Howzat, Puberty Blues and Bikie Wars.
The Rolling Stones and James Bond celebrated their 50th anniversaries this year, while the Twilight franchise finished and the new big-budget trilogies The Hunger Games and The Hobbit started.
Top movies of 2012
The Avengers - Director Joss Whedon's superhero film is the highest-grossing film of the year with $1.51 billion worldwide, and is also the fastest film to gross $1b.
The Dark Knight Rises - The final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is the seventh-highest grossing film of all time with more than $1.08 billion worldwide.
The Hunger Games - The teen thriller is the first film since Avatar to stay at the top of the North American box office for four consecutive weekends. It has grossed $685 million worldwide.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Fans flocked to cinemas last month for the final instalment in the vampire saga, which has grossed more than $700 million worldwide.
Skyfall - The highest-grossing of all the Bond films, Skyfall has grossed nearly $8 million at the Australian box office and more than $805 million worldwide.
Brave - This animated favourite features Pixar's first female heroine and has grossed more than $535 million worldwide.
Ted - The surprise box office hit of the year, Seth MacFarlane's vulgar-mouthed teddy bear is the highest-grossing MA-rated film of the year.
Chart-topping albums of 2012
Emeli Sande - It has been a big year for the singer, with her debut album Our Version Of Events becoming the UK's biggest-selling album of the year.
Adele - Her album 21 may have been released in 2011 but it has continued to sell around the world. Adele recently joined an elite group when her album became the 21st to sell 10 million copies in the US.
Lana Del Rey - She wowed fans at Splendour in the Grass and Lana Del Rey has much to celebrate this year. Born To Die has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide.
One Direction - The British boy band had Aussie fans all aflutter when they visited earlier this year. Their second studio album, Take Me Home, topped the charts in 35 countries last month.
Karise Eden - The Voice winner has had a whirlwind year. Her debut album My Journey debuted at No. 1 and has been certified double platinum.
Pink - The sassy singer's sixth studio album The Truth About Love debuted at No. 1 in eight countries including the US, Australia and Canada.
Coldplay - The Brit rockers proved they've still got it with their fifth album Mylo Xyloto.
The Voice - Just when it seemed that reality talent shows had peaked, Nine's The Voice Australia was a runaway success with 4.542 million viewers tuning into the winner announcement.
Howzat: Kerry Packer's War - This two-part miniseries featured a Logie-worthy performance by Lachy Hulme as Kerry Packer.
Go Back To Where You Came From - SBS followed up its surprise ratings hit of 2011 with a second series, which sent six prominent Aussies overseas to see the plight of asylum seekers.
Puberty Blues, Bikie Wars and Offspring - While Ten struggled in some areas, its local dramas thrived this year. Miniseries Bikie Wars was a gritty look at bikie gang violence while Puberty Blues examined teen life in the '70s. And the third series of Offspring was even better than the first two.
Gruen Planet - The fourth series of this smart ABC series was arguably the best yet, starting with a four-part Olympics special and continuing with insightful analysis of events like the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.
Everybody Dance Now - This reality dance competition, hosted by Sarah Murdoch and featuring celebrity coaches Jason Derulo and Kelly Rowland, was axed after just two episodes, leaving many dance groups in the lurch.
Breakfast - Ten was always going to have a hard time breaking into the competitive breakfast TV market. First co-host Andrew Rochford got the chop, and then the entire show was axed at the end of November.
The Circle - Despite winning a Logie, Ten decided to give the girls on the couch a flick, much to the detriment of its 10am timeslot.
Charlie's Angels - Nine's US import starring our very own Rachael Taylor was an underwhelming remake of the popular '70s crime show. It didn't rate well here or in the US, and didn't get picked up for a second series.
Happy Endings - This off-beat American comedy started in a prime 7.30pm timeslot on Seven, but was shuffled back to a later time after it failed to rate well enough. In the US, the fate of the second half of the third series is up in the air.
Aussies making it big
Hugh Jackman - The actor is tipped to get his first Oscar nomination for Les Miserables. It caps off a busy year for Jackman, who starred in his one-man Broadway show and recently finished filming The Wolverine.
The Hemsworth Brothers - Both of these talented brothers have enjoyed success in Hollywood this year. Chris reprised his role as the Greek god Thor for The Avengers and starred in Snow White and the Huntsman, while Liam starred in The Hunger Games and The Expendables 2.
Jacki Weaver - After wowing critics in 2010's Animal Kingdom, Weaver has been securing regular roles in Hollywood films. This year she starred in The Five-Year Engagement and Silver Linings Playbook. Next year she will star in at least five movies.
Rebel Wilson - After getting her big break in Bridesmaids, Rebel has starred in Bachelorette, What To Expect When You're Expecting and Pitch Perfect. Keep an eye out for her in Pain & Gain.
Gotye - The Belgian-born, Melbourne-based singer won four ARIA Awards this year and was recently nominated for three Grammys thanks to his global hit Somebody That I Used To Know.