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Adele's '21' Is Only Album To Sell Over A Million Copies In 2012

7/5/2012 11:44pm EDT
Adele's smash hit album "21" is well on its way to being the top selling record for the second year in a row.

With over 5.8 million copies sold in 2011 and over half of that (3.69 million) already in 2012, "21" is the only album to sell over a million copies since January 1.

The album has also amassed more sales this year than the the number two, three, four and five releases combined.

At second is Lionel Richie country-crossover "Tuskegee," selling 910,000 copies; followed by One Direction's "Up All Night" (899,000 copies); Whitney Houston's "Greatest Hits" and pop hits compilation Now ...

Singer Adele Expecting Her First Child

6/29/2012 2:16pm EDT
Soul sensation Adele is pregnant with her first child. The Rolling In The Deep singer has announced she is starting a family with charity boss boyfriend Simon Konecki - and the Grammy Award winner is overjoyed.

In a post on her official website, Adele writes, "I'm delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together. I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we're over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time."

The singer was recently forced to deny rumors Konecki had proposed to her on her 24th birthday in May...

The Greatest Album Released By A Female Artist Is...

6/23/2012 6:00pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Move over Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna. Queen of soul Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You" has topped a new poll to find the greatest albums released by female artists.

Franklin's 1967 breakthrough album beat out challenges from Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and "Dusty in Memphis" by Dusty Springfield to claim the number-one spot in Rolling Stone magazine's new countdown.

Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," featuring the talents of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, also made the top five, as did Patti Smith's "Horses."

The youngest and freshest artist on the list is Adele, 24...

Adele's 'Rolling In The Deep' Brings 7-Year-Old Out Of Coma

6/20/2012 9:15am EDT
A little British girl has been brought out of a coma by Adele's music. Charlotte Neve, 7, slipped into unconsciousness in April after suffering a hemorrhage, and her mother was told to prepare for the worst.

But the young music fan stunned family members and doctors when she woke up while her mother sang along to Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" as it played on the hospital radio.

Talking about the "miracle" to Britain's Telegraph newspaper, Neve's mother Leila says, "Charlotte started smiling, and I couldn't believe it. It was the first time she had reacted to anything since the hemorrhage....

Adele At Number One Again, 68 Weeks After Release Of '21'

6/14/2012 8:32am EDT
Adele is back on top again, securing the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 album chart with sophomore album "21." She released the album 68 weeks ago but regained momentum, beating competition such as Neil Young, The Beach Boys and Alan Jackson.

The album has remained on the top 10 list since its release in February. Adele sold 75,000 copies last week, much of which is likely due to the NBC special "Adele Live In London, which aired on June 2.

Alan Jackson's "Thirty Miles West" was expected to debut at number one, but it sold 2,000 fewier copies, landing it at number two. The Beach B...

Adele Scoops Up A Dozen Billboard Music Awards

5/21/2012 12:32am EDT
Adele and LMFAO were the big winners at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, with the British soul sensation picking a haul of 12 trophies, including Top Artist and Top Female Artist.

Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" hit and her smash-hit album "21" earned her four big prizes, including Top Alternative Song, Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Pop Album.

And she also picked up trophies for Top Hot 100 (singles) Artist and Billboard 200 (album) Artist.

LMFAO were the other big winners at the ceremony, which Adele did not attend, claiming six awards - five for their 2011 smash-hit "...

Spanx Creator Is Thrilled That Adele Is A Fan

5/15/2012 11:19pm EDT
The woman who gave the world Spanx has applauded Adele for owning up to wearing multiple pairs of the body-shaping undergarments at the Grammy Awards.

Sara Blakely was thrilled to hear the "Someone Like You" singer is a big fan, and she tells Life & Style magazine that Adele is the only star she knows who has worn four pairs of Spanx to look slim on the red carpet.

She says, "Spanx used to be the celebrity slimming secret and has become the red carpet staple they love to talk about. We've heard about wearing double and triple pairs of Spanx, but I'm thrilled to hear that Adele is our firs...

Adele Named Top Gay Icon By Gaydar Radio

4/23/2012 7:51am EDT
Singer Adele can boast yet another new accolade after she was named Pop Artist of the Year by listeners of a gay radio station in Britain.

The Rolling In The Deep hit-maker was crowned a gay icon after winning 55 per cent of the votes in the poll, which was carried out by Gaydar Radio.

She usurped last year's winner Kylie Minogue to take the award, with Lady Gaga coming second.

Gaydar's program controller Robin Crowley says, "Adele has numerous Grammys and Brits, but this is the accolade she's been waiting for."

Former Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas was named Celebrity of the year, ...

British Actress Carey Mulligan Plans Secret Wedding This Weekend

4/21/2012 11:30am EDT
Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan is set to wed her rocker beau, Marcus Mumford, in a secret ceremony this weekend, according to U.K. reports.

The couple has been dating since early last year, and got engaged after just a few months.

The closely-guarded pair was said to be planning a small, top secret ceremony for family and friends in the English countryside, and according to Britain's The Sun, the big day will take place on Saturday.

The publication reports that superstar Adele will sing at the event after the Mumford & Sons frontman reached out to her.

A source tells the newspaper, "Carey and Marcus ar...

Adele, Rihanna, LMFAO, Lil Wayne & Katy Perry Lead Billboard Award Nominations

4/20/2012 8:57am EDT
Adele's amazing 2012 has just reached new heights - she has landed 18 nominations for the upcoming Billboard Music Awards.

The multiple Grammy winner, who was named among Time magazine's most influential people earlier this week, will compete for the Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist trophies among others.

Rihanna, LMFAO, Lil Wayne and Katy Perry are also nomination leaders for the prizegiving ceremony, which will take place in Las Vegas on May 20.

Competing with Adele, Rihanna and Perry for Top Artist honors will be Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne, w...

Adele, Kate Middleton & Rihanna Among Those On Time's '100 Most Influential People In The World' List

4/18/2012 2:00pm EDT
2012 Time 100
Time magazine just released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People who "inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world."

British soul singer Adele made it onto the prestigious Time 100 list. U.K. royal Kate Middleton, a.k.a. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is also a new name in the lineup following her wedding to Prince William last year. Her sister Pippa Middleton, who was recently embroiled in a gun/paparazzi controversy, surprisingly made the cut.

Bajan popstar Rihanna, movie executive Harvey Weinstein and President Barack Obama are also included on the 2012 l...

Big Time Rush's James Maslow Talks Big Summer Plans

4/18/2012 5:56am EDT
James Maslow
I'll admit it: when I hear the phrase "boy band," I'm one of those people who cringes. But I recently chatted with Big Time Rush member James Maslow, and he changed my mind a little bit.

BTR (consisting of Maslow, Kendall Schmidt, Carlos Pena, Jr. and Logan Henderson) is a boy band that was born out of the Nickelodeon TV series of the same name. In concept, their origin is reminiscent of The Monkees. Since 2009, the foursome have been acting in the half-hour musical/comedy series as well as releasing two albums. They'll be touring across the country this summer.

The group's origins migh...

Adele Dominates 2012 Ivor Novello Nominations

4/17/2012 8:03am EDT
Soul star Adele looks set to reign supreme at the upcoming Ivor Novello Awards in Britain after landing four top nominations.

The singer's hit record 21 has been tipped in the Album Award category, alongside Kate Bush's 50 Words For Snow and Let England Shake by PJ Harvey, while her track Rolling In The Deep faces competition for the Best Song Musically and Lyrically from Florence and the Machine's Shake It Out and The A Team by Ed Sheeran.

Adele, who won six Grammy Awards and two Brits earlier this year, is a double threat in the PRS for Music Most Performed Work category - Rolling In ...

Adele Is The Richest Musician In Britain

4/12/2012 9:42am EDT
Adele's stellar year has boosted her bank balance - the soul sensation has jumped to the top of the countdown of the wealthiest young musicians in Britain.

The "Rolling in the Deep" hitmaker has taken over the charts around the globe with her emotional second album "21," which has sold a staggering 20 million copies since its release last year.

And her success has seen her fortune swell dramatically - she is now estimated to be worth $32 million, according to the Sunday Times' annual rich list.

The new figure is a huge leap from the $7.2 million she was allegedly worth this time last yea...

Adele Eyeing Beyonce Collaboration

4/2/2012 2:44pm EDT
Soul sensation Adele has named Beyonce as her dream collaborator.

A host of chart-topping acts, including Nicki Minaj and Kelly Clarkson, have name checked Adele as their ideal duet partner, but the multiple Grammy winner insists the only singer she wants to record with is Beyonce.

She tells French radio station NRJ, "I adore Beyonce. I've been listening to her since I was about 11. I think her work as an artist and a singer is enviable in terms of the length of her career and how she's grown and grown but most of my inspirations are old music and sadly they have all died."

Adele also...

Feist Wins The 2012 Juno Artist Of The Year Award

4/2/2012 9:21am EDT
Justin Bieber and Michael Buble were the toast of their native Canada on Sunday night as they led the country's Juno Awards.

The teenage pop star was unable to attend the ceremony in Ottawa, hosted by Star Trek legend William Shatner, so in a pre-taped video message he thanked devotees for voting for him in the Fan Choice Award category.

He told the audience, "As we all know, I have the best fans in the world... this is for you."

Canadian crooner Buble was also a winner at the show, picking up the Album Of The Year trophy for his holiday record, Christmas, seeing off competition from ...

Katy Perry & Lana Del Rey Are Sexy & Chummy At Germany's Echo Awards (Photos)

3/23/2012 10:30am EDT
Lana Del Rey & Katy Perry
Up-and-comer Lana Del Rey appears to be making the right friends in the music industry. She and Katy Perry attended Germany's annual Echo Awards on Thursday and they looked rather chummy on the red carpet.

Despite their different musical styles, the two seemed to hit it off.

Katy looked futuristic in a pink geometric patterned metallic dress, while Lana was sophisticated in a long, satin silver strapless gown.

Adele was named best international female performer, and Bruno Mars won the Best International Male award.

Check out more photos of Katy & Lana...

Norah Jones Had The Top-Selling Album Of The Last Decade

3/21/2012 2:00pm EDT
Norah Jones
Norah Jones' record "Come Away With Me" has topped the best-selling Billboard Albums chart of the past decade.

Jones' debut record has sold nearly 11 million copies since it was released in 2002. Eminem's "The Eminem Show" and Usher's "Confessions" were second and third after selling 10 million and more than nine million respectively.

Adele's album "21" is fourth in the list, which is compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The British singer's sophomore album has sold more than eight million copies and is the best-selling record of the last 10 years by an artist outside the U.S.

50 Cent's "Get R...

Bruce Springsteen Ends Adele's Reign At The Top Of The Billboard 200

3/14/2012 9:12pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen has landed his 10th number one album in the U.S. after ending Adele's run at the top of the charts.

The rocker's "Wrecking Ball" only just beat the British singer's "21" to the top of the Billboard 200 countdown - sales for the two albums were close for much of the past week, but Springsteen's new release edged ahead of Adele's just in time for Wednesday's official chart announcement.

Springsteen's album sold 196,000 copies in its first week - just one thousand more than Adele's.

The rocker now ties Elvis Presley for the third-most number ones in history. Only the Beatl...

Taylor Swift Is Music's Biggest Money Maker

3/10/2012 4:00pm EST
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift was the top musical money maker in 2011, according to

The country star's estimated $35.7 million haul from her "Speak Now Tour" profits, album sales and digital successes, gave her the edge over U2 and fellow country star Kenny Chesney on the new rich list.

Also making the top five: Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne, while Sade, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Jason Aldean and Adele round out the top 10.

Taylor currently stars in "The Lorax," which is also doing great financially. Last week it shattered box office records by grossing a whopping $70.7 million in its opening weeke...

Adele One Week Away From Prince's U.S. Chart Record

3/7/2012 9:12pm EST
Adele continues to reign supreme at the top of the U.S. album charts - her "21" has added a 23rd week to its haul.

If she manages another week at number one she'll tie the record set by Prince And The Revolution's "Purple Rain" soundtrack in 1984 and 1985.

Adele's album was the biggest selling album of 2011 and it's the leader in 2012 as well, with over two million sales since January 1.

The year's second-highest selling album, Whitney Houston's "Whitney: The Greatest Hits", stands firm at two, while Kid Cudi's alternative rock collaboration "WZRD" debuts its self-titled album at three.

Kelly Clarkson 'Stronger' Than Katy Perry At Top Of Pop Charts

3/1/2012 9:12am EST
Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson has returned to the top of the U.S. pop charts a week after she was dethroned by Katy Perry.

Perry became only the 20th act to debut at number one when her "Part of Me" crashed in at the top, but now she swaps places with Clarkson and falls to four as the "American Idol" star reclaims the peak position on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)."

Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" holds at two on the new countdown, while British boyband The Wanted rocket into the top three at three with "Glad You Came."

Justin Bieber Wins Worst Album Award At NME Awards; Florence Welch Triumphs

3/1/2012 8:30am EST
Florence + the Machine
Florence Welch and her Florence + The Machine bandmates have ended Adele's accolades haul with a double win at the NME Awards in London on Wednesday.

Welch and her band beat the multiple Grammy and Brit Awards winner to the Best Solo Artist and Best Track trophies at the O2 Brixton Academy ceremony, while nailing one of the night's highlight performances.

Other big winners at the 2012 prizegiving, which honors British indie rock, included Foo Fighters (Best International Band), The Horrors (Best Album for Skying) and Arctic Monkeys (Best Live Band).

Kasabian were named Best British Band ...

Adele Makes It 22 Weeks On Top In The U.S.

2/29/2012 9:12pm EST
Adele's "21" has scored a 22nd week on top of the U.S. album charts.

It's now the longest-running number one on the Billboard 200 since Prince's "Purple Rain" release reigned for 24 weeks in the mid 1980s.

The album has sold over 7.6 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Meanwhile, the album is expected to claim a 23rd week at the top of the U.K. charts on Sunday - and if it does, Adele will pass Dire Straits and David Bowie's record of 22 weeks on top.

Back to the U.S. charts and Whitney Houston's compilation "Whitney: the Greatest Hits" stays put at two - four places higher than the late ...

Adele's Music Among The Best Of British Showcase At Olympics

2/23/2012 8:32pm EST
Adele is set for another major honor - her music will feature as part of a best of British spectacular at the closing ceremony of the summer Olympics in London.

Executive producer of the opening and closing ceremonies Stephen Daldry and music director David Arnold have confirmed the music of the double Brits winner and multiple Grammy Awards victor will feature in the A Symphony of British Music show on August 12.

Arnold says, "We go from (classical composer) Elgar to Adele."

Details of who will be performing live at the closing ceremony are still under wraps, but more than 3,500 dancers...

Adele Offered $1.6 Million To Endorse Dating Website

2/23/2012 2:22pm EST
Soul sensation Adele has been offered $1.6 million to become the face of a dating website.

The curvy Rolling in the Deep hit-maker made her name singing heartbreak songs and last year admitted she had signed up to eHarmony after failing to find love.

Adele is currently in a relationship with charity boss Simon Konecki, but chiefs at The Big and the Beautiful website have reached out to the Brit to front their company.

A representative for the site tells Life & Style, "A letter has been sent to her agent and an offer is on the table."

21 For Adele's '21'

2/22/2012 9:30pm EST
Adele has beaten Whitney Houston's U.S. album chart record by becoming the first female artist to land 21 weeks at number one with her hit album "21".

The singer managed the feat on Wednesday - over a year after the album first hit the top spot.

The Brit breaks Houston's record for The Bodyguard soundtrack just 11 days after the "I Will Always Love You" singer died in a Los Angeles hotel suite on the eve of the Grammy Awards, where Adele scooped six honors, including Album of the Year for "21".

It's also a great week on the singles chart for the soul sensation - her three former number o...

2012 Brit Awards Fashion: Rihanna Sparkles, Nicole Scherzinger Shines & More

2/22/2012 8:45am EST
They aren't on the same scale as the Grammy Awards, but the Brit Awards are very important to those on the other side of the pond. Several U.S. stars attended the event in London yesterday to hobnob with their British counterparts.

Rihanna, who just released two controversial songs with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, wore a low-cut sparkling dress accessorized with long gloves.

Former "X Factor" judge Nicole Scherzinger opted for a pretty pale yellow strapless gown. And Florence Welch picked a dress that eerily matched her skin tone.

Check out the fashion on the following pages...


Adele Causes Controversy At Brit Awards With Obscene Gesture During Acceptance Speech

2/21/2012 9:56pm EST
Adele was a double winner at the Brit Awards in London on Tuesday, but her triumph was mired in controversy after she flipped her middle finger when her final acceptance speech was cut short.

The singer, who scooped six Grammys earlier this month, continued her incredible run of success by also fighting off competition from Florence and the Machine, Jessie J, Kate Bush and Laura Marling to be named best British Female Solo Artist.

She choked back tears as she was presented with the award for Album of the Year for "21" at the end of the night from George Michael, telling the audience, "Tha...

Adele's Success Continues At Brit Awards

2/21/2012 4:30pm EST
Adele's Success Continues At Brit Awards
Adele was the early winner at the Brit Awards in London on Tuesday, taking home the honor for Best Female Solo Artist.

The singer, who scooped six Grammys earlier this month, continued her incredible run of success by fighting off competition from Florence and the Machine, Jessie J, Kate Bush and Laura Marling to win the award.

Accepting her prize, Adele trembled with excitement as she told the audience, "Thank you so much... it's been an amazing year, thank you."

Bruno Mars was also celebrating early at the ceremony as he was named International Male Solo Artist, and Emeli Sande receive...