Two stars of the airwaves got early holiday presents on Thursday. Howard Stern and Ke$ha should probably address their thank-you cards to Sirius XM and Billboard, though, instead of the North Pole.
Billboard magazine has crowned Ke$ha's tune Tik Tok as the No. 1 song of the year. That sounds barely noteworthy until you consider the 23-year-old popster (real name: Kesha Rose Sebert) struck out at the upcoming Grammy Awards, not scoring a single nomination.
Following Tik Tok were Airplanes by B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams; Lady Gaga's Bad Romance; Taio Cruz's Dynamite; and Katy Perry's California Gurls with Snoop Dogg.
Ke$ha was also Billboard's No. 5 artist of the year. The top act? Lady Gaga, followed by Taylor Swift, Eminem and Lady Antebellum.
Billboard's numbers take into account physical and digital sales along with radio airplay.
Meanwhile, following plenty of threats to abandon satellite radio, Howard Stern has officially decided to stay put at Sirius XM.
The loose-lipped shock jock announced on his show Thursday that he has signed a new five-year contract with the satellite radio company.
The deal, which runs through the end of 2015, provides that Sirius XM can now transmit Stern's show to mobile devices. No other terms will be disclosed, the company said.
Stern had been locked for months in stormy negotiations as his original five-year contract with Sirius radio, worth a breathtaking $500 million, neared its expiration just days from now. Sirius and then-rival XM radio merged in 2008.
Growing doubts from observers that Stern would stay had fueled a guessing game of where the self-proclaimed "King of All Media" might land: to Internet radio, premium cable TV, even back to terrestrial radio, where he once reigned while clashing with federal regulators over his sometimes raunchy content.
Earlier this week on his show, he vowed in typically salty (and uncensored) fashion that he would not accept a pay cut if he stayed at Sirius XM. But Stern remains the company's biggest marquee name and customer draw among its more than 135 channels of commercial-free music and talk.
"On my first day in satellite radio Sirius had approximately 600,000 subscribers. Today, the two companies have 20 million, and, in my view, we have just scratched the surface of how many people will get on board," Stern, 56, said in a statement.