Adele

Adele’s ’21’ is First Album to Sell Three Million Digital Copies

Adele‘s 21 has become the first album to sell over three million copies digitally.

Released in 2011, the album topped America’s end-of-year sales charts that year and the following year and it was the 21st bestseller in 2013. It also became the 21st album to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S.

The Someone Like You singer and her producer Paul Epworth are reportedly at work on the album’s follow-up after Adele took time away from the spotlight to become a mother.

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TV News: Lady Gaga to Perform on Beatles Special: The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles

The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s U.S. debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, will air Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT, the network announced Thursday.

Taping the day after the Grammys on Monday, Jan. 27, the special also will highlight the legacy of the seven-time Grammy-winning group.

“An all-star line-up headed up by Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and George’s wife Olivia Harrison, along with some of the biggest names in music such as Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars, P!nk and Katy Perry will gather to celebrate and perform the songs of The Beatles,” he said.

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Adele Gives Birth

British soul sensation Adele has given birth to a baby boy, according to U.K. reports.

The Rolling in the Deep hitmaker and her boyfriend, Simon Konecki, welcomed a son on Friday night, reports the Daily Mail.

A source tells the newspaper, “Adele and Simon are ecstatic at their new arrival. She was over the moon that they were expecting their first child together.”

A spokesperson for the singer has refused to confirm or deny the claims, insisting, “We are not releasing a statement at this time. No comment.”

No further details about the baby were available as WENN went to press.

Adele, 24, began dating charity boss Konecki, 38, late last year and she announced she was pregnant in a post on her website in June.

Konecki is also dad to a five-year-old daughter with his ex-wife Clary Fisher.

VMA Nominees Have Been Announced

The MTV Video Music Awards Nominees have been announced. The 2012 VMA awards will air on September 6th, so be sure to get voting on your favorite video.
Video of the Year
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Gotye, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Best New Artist
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
The Wanted, “Glad You Came”
Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino, “Heartbeat”
Drake feat. Lil Wayne, “HYFR”
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz, “Mercy”
Watch the Throne, “Paris”
Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz, “Beez in the Trap”
Best Male Video
Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Usher, “Climax”
Best Female Video
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Katy Perry, “Part of Me”
Beyoncé, “Love on Top”
Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
Selena Gomez & The Scene, “Love You Like a Love Song”
Best Pop Video
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”
Best Rock Video
Coldplay, “Paradise”
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Linkin Park, “BURN IT DOWN”
Jack White, “Sixteen Saltines”
Imagine Dragons, “It’s Time”
Best Electronic Dance Music Video
Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close”
Skrillex, “First of the Year (Equinox)”
Martin Solveig, “The Night Out”
Avicii, “Le7els”
Best Video With a Message
Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper”
Rise Against, “Ballad of Hollis Brown”
Kelly Clarkson, “Dark Side”
Gym Class Heroes, “The Fighter”
K’Naan feat. Nelly Furtado, “Is Anybody Out There?”
Lil Wayne, “How to Love”
Best Art Direction
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die”
Regina Spektor, “All the Rowboats”
Of Monsters & Men, “Little Talks”
Best Choreography
Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”
Beyoncé, “Countdown”
Avicii, “Le7els”
Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull, “Dance Again”
Best Cinematography
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Adele, “Someone Like You”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, “Princess of China”
Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die”
Best Direction
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, “Princess of China”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
Watch the Throne, “Otis”
Best Editing
Beyoncé, “Countdown”
A$AP Rocky, “Goldie”
Gotye, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Watch the Throne, “Paris”
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz, “Mercy”
Best Visual Effects
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On”
Linkin Park, “BURN IT DOWN”

Adele’s Estranged Father Wants to Reconnect

Adele‘s father is reaching out after learning she is pregnant, insisting he wants “more than anything” to be a part of her life as she becomes a mother.

The Rolling In The Deep hitmaker announced last month she is starting a family with boyfriend Simon Konecki, and recent reports suggest she is due in September.

The Grammy-winning singer’s dad Mark Evans, who split from Adele’s mother Penny when the star was just three, heard the news from his own mother and he has now urged his daughter to consider a reconciliation.

He tells Britain’s Sunday Mirror, “Mom rang and said, ‘Mark, I’ve got some important news for you. Adele is expecting a child’. My first reaction was a surge of happiness for her. But as we chatted about how Adele had told her in person, it dawned on me that my daughter hadn’t wanted to tell me herself. My happiness for her turned to gloom because I realized I really was out of the picture as far as she is concerned.

“I would have loved so much to have been able to hold her in my arms and tell her how happy I was for her. I want more than anything to be part of her life again and to be a big part in my little grandson or granddaughter’s life.

“I’m having to face up to the fact that I may never get to know my grandchildren and it is breaking my heart. Sure, I’ve done wrong and I should have been there for her throughout her childhood but I am desperate to make amends now. I am begging her to give me another chance. It breaks my heart to think I might not see her in the years ahead or hold my little grandchild in my arms.”

Evans will have a hard time convincing Adele to reconcile. She previously admitted she was angry at her estranged father for airing his heartache in the press.

She told Vogue magazine, “It blows my mind. ‘I love her so much.’ Really? Why are you telling me that through a newspaper? If I ever see him I will spit in his face.”

Singer Adele Expecting Her 1st Child!

According to ROLLINGSTONE.COM, ” Adele‘s indefinite hiatus from music might be lasting a little longer: The singer just announced that she is pregnant with her first child on her official website. “I’m delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together,” she wrote. “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. Yours always, Adele xx. “The father of the child is Adele’s boyfriend Simon Konecki, co-founder of the U.K. bottled water company Life Water. Konecki, 36, divorced his first wife four years ago. Adele’s 2011 album 21 has sold 9.3 million copies to date. She has been on a break since October of 2011 as she continues to recover from surgery due to a vocal cord hemorrhage.”

Annie Lennox Praises Adele

Former Eurythmics star Annie Lennox has praised Adele after presenting her with an Ivor Novello Award on Thursday.

Adele was reduced to tears as she collected two of the prestigious trophies at the 57th annual prize giving in London.

The star was named songwriter of the year and her trackRolling in the Deep was recognized as the most performed song of 2011, and Lennox has now reached out to fans to pay tribute to her fellow Brit.

In a post on her Facebook.com page, Lennox writes, “I had a fun day yesterday at The Ivor Novello Awards presenting Adele with (yet another) fantastic gong! I love that girl. Can hardly believe that she’s only twenty four with the voice that ranks with the greats of all time!”

Taylor Swift Tops Billboard 2012 Top Money Makers!


Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Adele had huge years in 2011, with major tours, strings of hit singles, Grammy wins and #1-hogging chart-topping albums. But when Billboard magazine compiled its 2012 list of “Music’s Top 40 Money Makers” it was Taylor Swift who ruled them all. In fact, the 22-year-old country pop darling out-earned all of her fellow ladies combined.

According to the magazine’s calculations, Swift earned her #1 spot on the earner’s list thanks to reported earnings of $35.7 million in the 2011 calendar year. Those earnings came from a combination of revenue from quadruple-platinum-plus the sales of Speak Now and its accompanying tour, which grossed $88.5 million in the U.S. alone. Read more>>

Madonna Hits Back at ‘Too Fat’ Slam Aimed at Adele

Madonna sprang to the defense of British singer Adele after she was labeled as “too fat” by Karl Lagerfeld.

The queen of pop told The Sun in an interview Monday that the fashion icon’s comments were “horrible” and “ridiculous”.

The eccentric Chanel designer claimed last month that Adele was “a little too fat” when he guest-edited a French magazine.

But Madonna, 53, stuck up for the Grammy-winner, hitting back, “That’s horrible. That’s ridiculous, that’s just the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

“I don’t like it when anybody says anything bad about anyone — I don’t like it. Adele’s a great talent and how much she weighs has nothing to do with it.”

Madonna, who won seven Grammys and two Brit awards, explained how she sustained a career in music spanning more than a quarter of a century — and said it is decent advice for Adele, 23, to stay on the right track.

She said, “The thing for Adele to remember is at the end of the day, whether you rise or fall, it has so much to do with how you sustain yourself and keep your integrity and your inner strength.

“It is all about who you surround yourself with — friends and people who really do care about you, and care about your well-being beyond being a superstar. That’s the most important thing.”

The Material Girl also spoke about the deaths of two of the brightest female solo stars in the last six months.

Amy Winehouse died last July aged just 27 after suffering a public battle with drugs and alcohol.

Then last month Whitney Houston was found dead in her hotel bath in the Beverly Hilton in LA. She was 48.

Madonna said, “I, probably like everybody else, was hit by this shocking sense of disbelief — especially with Whitney Houston.

“It had not been a secret, the struggles Amy had been through — both brilliant, brilliant artists and obviously both huge losses.

“But when these things happen, I’m always shocked by the first thing you say — ‘It’s such a loss’ — which doesn’t quite cover it.
“We’ve lost so many great artists that way when you think about it. So history just kind of repeats itself over and over.”


Rihanna, Bruno Mars And Adele Receive BRIT Awards

Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Adele were among the biggest winners at the Brit Awards, which took place on Tuesday, February 22 at London’s O2 Arena.

Riri took home the Award for International Female Solo Artist, a category that included competition from Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. She thanked her fans:

“When I feel misunderstood my fans always remind me that it’s okay to be myself.”

Bruno Mars nabbed the masculine complement to Rihanna’s award, the International Male Solo Artist Award.

Finally, Adele took home two awards: Female Solo Artist and Album of the Year. She said the win was the perfect match to her recent Grammy sweep:

“Nothing makes me prouder than coming home with six Grammys and then coming to the BRITs and winning album of the year.”