Posts tagged "Adele"

Adele’s ’21′ Becomes First Album To Sell 3 Million Digital Copies

Adele‘s 2011 juggernaut 21 was the highest-selling album of that year and of 2012, the first time an album topped sales in consecutive years. 21 also recently became Amazon’s best-selling album of all time. And now it has reached another landmark, becoming the first album to eclipse three million digital sales. (Sure, it’s a completely arbitrary sales mark, but aren’t they all?)

A representative from Nielsen SoundScan confirmed to Rolling Stone that the diamond-certified LP reached the milestone, just a few weeks before it turns two. More »

Adele’s ’21′ Is Amazon’s Best-Selling Album Of All Time: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Adele‘s 21 is Amazon’s best-selling album of all time. Not only that but her critically acclaimed debut 19 also made the list — coming in at number eight. The stakes are high for album number three! [NME]

:: Speaking of Adele, she is one of the many British acts selling millions of records around the globe. According to a new report, the music industry now contributes $5.7 billion to the UK economy. [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: R. Kelly spent a lot of time at McDonald’s growing up (it was his happy place) and admits to writing many of his biggest hits in the parking lot. The golden arches have a lot to answer for. [Vibe]

:: Are congratulations in order for J. Cole? According to several blogs the MC popped the question to long-time girlfriend Melissa Heholt over the weekend. [Vibe]

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Mike WiLL Made It Wants To Work With Adele, Lady Gaga & Miley Cyrus (Again) On Debut LP

Mike WiLL Made It recently spoke to Rolling Stone about his much hyped debut LP Est. In 1989 Pt. 3 (The Album) and revealed his wish list of collaborators. It’s no surprise that the hip-hop producer wants to team up with Miley Cyrus again after the massive success of “23″ but the inclusion of Adele and Lady Gaga will raise some eyebrows.

“I want to work with Miley again,” the part-time MC explained. “I want to have Future on there, even people like Adele and R. Kelly and Lady Gaga. I want to come with different things from my album.” Given his current status as one of urban music’s hottest producers, it might just happen.

But when can we expect to hear this opus? “I don’t want to put out my album unless it’s a moment like when Dr. Dre dropped The Chronic,” Mike told the music bible. “People have been recording mixtapes off of Dre’s instrumentals and I want to do the same thing and make sure it’s a moment in time. I want to make sure my album’s perfect and that when it comes out it’s a moment.” More »

Wiz Khalifa Talks About Working With Adele On ‘Blacc Hollywood’

Wiz Khalifa sat down with AXS TV Tuesday (November 19) to talk about his forthcoming album Blacc Hollywood, and shed some light on how his collaboration with Adele came about. Turns out it was all thanks to that whole “motherly connection” thing after his then-fiancee Amber Rose, who was pregnant at the time, bumped into Adele at the Grammys in February.

“We seen each other at the Grammys. She ran up on Amber. She was like, ‘Amber! Amber!’ And told her how beautiful she looked,” Wiz told AXS. “Her people contacted some of my people when they found out that we were working on the album and sent some ideas through, so we were able to knock some things out.”

Unfortunately, that’s all he revealed about their collab (and he didn’t address the status of that Miley Cyrus feature). But while there has yet to be an official announcement that Adele will appear on his O.N.I.F.C. follow-up, we can’t imagine a song with the British goddess would ever fail to make the album cut. Your move, Pusha T.

Watch Wiz’s interview clip below. More »

Chris Brown Talks Losing His Virginity — At Age 8: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Chris Brown recently talked of how he spent his summer: finishing his new album X, dealing with paparazzi and reckoning with what he calls “the Rihanna incident.” However, the new Q&A has raised eyebrows mostly because he says that he lost his virginity at age 8. (“It’s different in the country,” he says of his Tappahannock, Va., childhood.) [The Guardian]

:: Lady Gaga will reveal her ARTPOP cover art later today (October 7) via iHeartRadio. The person responsible is Jeff Koons, once named “the most successful artist since Andy Warhol,” and a hint of what’s to come looks rather familiar. [Twitter]

:: Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Adele made Variety‘s new Women’s Impact List, of those who “innovated in business, pushed boundaries and grabbed headlines over the past year.” Fun fact from the list: Adele made the cut with just one public performance. [Variety]

:: This weekend, in #respect: Joe Jonas quoted Lorde‘s “Royals” to critique her own, misguided comments regarding Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. Reminder: Lorde has already apologized, sorta. [Twitter]

:: Speaking of queens, though: Eminem was reportedly present to watch his daughter, Hailie Scott, be crowned homecoming queen this weekend. “[H]er father watched from inside the school because he didn’t want to cause a scene — he wanted Hailie to have her own moment,” one parent said. [The Macomb Daily]

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Ryan Tedder Talks New Beyonce & Adele Albums & Drags Miley Cyrus, Just Because

Well! Ryan Tedder, he of OneRepublic demi-celebrity and writing all the biggest songs for all your favorite people (“Halo” by Beyonce, anyone?) has been hard at work on some big albums for some people whose names you might know (Beyonce and Adele, so no big deal) and he’s spilling the beans in a new interview with The Herald Sun, where he revealed nothing of great significance but probably “built hype,” which should make everyone happy. (Basically, there’s nothing here that anyone’s publicist is going to get upset about — it’s all good news.)

On the subject of Adele, for whom he penned “Turning Tables” off her bajillion-times-platinum 21: “[She] sounds even better than before,” he said. “I love where she’s at, she’s still my favourite artist in the world. I would press pause on my entire life if it meant I could go into the studio for a month straight with her.” I would too, Ryan. I would too. More »

Wiz Khalifa’s New Album ‘Blacc Hollywood’ Could Feature Collaborations With Miley Cyrus And Adele

In a year dominated by massive, game-changing hip-hop albums (think Kanye West‘s experimental Yeezus and Jay Z‘s pioneering Magna Carta Holy Grail), the pressure to stand out from the crowd must be almost unbearable. Wiz Khalifa, however, might have found a way to do just that by calling on two of pop’s hottest ladies to feature on his forthcoming LP Blacc Hollywood.

Wiz told Fuse News that he has already recorded songs with Miley Cyrus and Adele but hasn’t got permission to release them yet. “I got a lot of guest appearances that I’ve already done, but none of them have been cleared for the album yet,” the rapper admits. The ambitious Taylor Gang chief is also eyeing a collaboration with Lady Gaga.

“I want to do something with Lady Gaga really bad,” he told Fuse. “Lady Gaga/Wiz Khalifa — we need to make that happen.” More »

Got Beef?: 12 Of The Best Non-Rap Diss Songs By Pop Stars

It Just Got Real!
Hip hop has always been a musically competitive sport, with rappers going head-to-head in battles ever since the genre’s birth in the late ’70s. The best diss songs have sparked the most fueled beefs in rap history (Tupac vs. Biggie, Jay Z vs. Nas, Nicki Minaj vs. Lil’ Kim, etc.), but the light is rarely shed on other music genres. It turns out that some of our favorite pop stars know a thing or two about taking lyrical shots at other artists.
The tune that started it all was John Lennon‘s infamously brutal “How Do You Sleep?” in 1971, which was geared towards former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney. Later, in the 1990s, Alanis Morrisette brought back the diss track theme with her gritty signature song that was made for Full House‘s Dave Coulier, “You Oughta Know.” Since then, pop music has had its fair share of musical battles . Get into the beef below!

Adele Is The Latest Celebrity Resident At Madame Tussauds: See Her Wax Figure

Grammys, diamond certifications and a legion of fans — all of that pales in comparison to Adele‘s latest achievement. Yes, the “Skyfall” singer has been immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds in London alongside pop legends like Kylie Minogue and Tom Jones. Her wax figure was unveiled earlier today (July 3) and the resemblance is uncanny. When the guy she penned “Someone Like You” about wakes up to himself and realizes what he’s missing, the poor sod can always catch a bus to the museum and take a happy snap with a lump of plastic. More »

Behind The Candelabra: 15 Great Piano-Driven Pop Songs

From Bowie To Britney, These Songs Hit All The Right Notes
HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh’s highly anticipated biopic on Liberace, debuted this past weekend to much critical fanfare, with many critics praising Soderbergh for approaching his subject with a modicum of humanity (as opposed to mean-spirited camp). Although Liberace never openly pined to be taken seriously, we think he’d appreciate the film’s attempt to go behind the caricature and laud him for his ivory-tickling talents. Not to mention his other talents, demonstrated mostly on lover Scott Thorson, played by Matt Damon.

In the spirit of reviving all things Lee, we’ve compiled this playlist of piano-packing pop stars, all of whom — whether they want to admit it in their cool little hearts or not — owe a debt of gratitude to the first man to make pianos hip since Tchaikovsky. Well, may “hip” isn’t the right word for the rhinestone encrusted, old-lady-arousing Lee…. perhaps we should say, Leee-gorgeous! More »