*Adele’s monstrous sophomore album “21” has now surpassed Michael Jackson’s seminal album “Thriller” on the UK’s all-time biggest selling albums list.
21 has now sold 4,274,300 copies in the U.K., 500 more than Jackson’s 1982 classic. Adele’s album is now No. 5 on the list.
Topping the U.K.’s biggest selling albums of all-time is Queen’s “Greatest Hits,” with sales of 5.83 million. The Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” holds the No. 2 slot, with 5.04 million copies sold.
Rounding out the top four are Abba’s “Gold” and Oasis’ “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?,” holding down the No. 3 and No. 4 positions, respectively.
*Oprah is known for gracing the cover of her magazine, but now she’s taken it to the next level.
She’s not only on the cover she’s doubly on the cover. You’re not seeing double, you’re seeing her twice; young and old … er.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, Oprah takes a little bite out of Jennifer Hudson’s Weight Watchers campaign where she sings with herself by gracing the new cover of O magazine with a photoshopped image of herself at 21 with her 58-year old self.
The story is unique because she does something that all of us might need to do. She wrote a letter to her 21-year old self that showed how much they have grown.
But if you have issues with the past, this act may help you settle some things you left behind, show you how to improve what you think hasn’t, and also give better insight into how much you’ve grown and what areas need growth (more…)
*Nicki Minaj this week earns her second consecutive No.1 album, as “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” sold 253,000 copies to top the Billboard Albums Chart.
The album unseated last week’s No. 1 album, Madonna’s “MDNA,” which features Minaj in the set’s first single, “Give Me All Your Luvin.” Madonna not only lost the top spot, but she set a record for the biggest fall off in history. “MDNA” sold just 48,000 copies in its second week to fall to No. 8 on the chart. It represented an 87 percent drop in sales, the largest in SoundScan history.
At No. 2 is Adele, who sold 153,000 copies of her sophomore record “21” – a rise of 26 percent for its 59th week in the chart. No.3 belonged to country trio Rascal Flatts, whose album “Changed” sold 130,000 copies.
Minaj is likely to keep her position at the top of the charts next week, as the only new faces will be blues rock veteran Bonnie Raitt and Florence And The Machine’s “Unplugged” album.
Adele makes her arrival at the Brit Awards 2012 held at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London. (Feb. 21, 2012)
*New day…new milestone set by Adele’s album “21.”
The set enters a 22nd week atop the Billboard 200, selling 297,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which means it is now the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution’s “Purple Rain” soundtrack scored 24 weeks at No. 1 in 1984 and 1985.
This is also the ninth consecutive week for 21 at No. 1 — the most in-a-row frames at No. 1 since the “Titanic” soundtrack racked 14 straight in 1998.
“21” — released slightly more than a year ago in the United States — has now sold 7.7 million in the States. Of that figure, 1.8 million were sold in 2012.
Adele has a second album in the top 10 this week, as her first set, 19, descends 4-7 with 39,000 (down 56%).
Meanwhile, the late Whitney Houston’s Whitney: The Greatest Hits holds at No. 2 with 174,000 (down less than 1%).
As physical stock of Houston’s albums are finally reaching retail outlets, some of her older catalog sets rise on the list. “The Bodyguard” soundtrack, for one, rallies 38-6 (47,000; up 176%) while her “Whitney Houston” album motors 37-9 (30,000; up 72%). Since her death on Feb. 11, the bulk of her album sales have come from digital downloads, as most retailers didn’t have physical copies of her albums on hand.
*Sales of Adele’s Grammy-winning second album “21” have now overtaken Michael Jackson’s seminal album “Bad” in the UK.
The singer, who collected two Brit Awards last week, including Best Album, now has the eighth biggest selling album of all time in the UK, with sales of 4.02 million, according to the Official Charts Company.
Adele is also fast closing in on Dire Straits’ “Brothers In Arms” and Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side Of The Moon,” which are the sixth and seventh biggest sellers of all-time in the UK. To leapfrog both albums, “21” only needs to shift another 150,000 copies.
The top five selling albums of all time in the UK have been unchanged for a long time. Queen’s “Greatest Hits” is #1 with sales of 5.83 million. The Beatles’ classic LP “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” is in second place with 5.04 million.
Abba’s “Gold” is third, Oasis’ “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory)” is fourth and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is fifth.
Adele recently stated that she will be heading into the studio to begin work on the follow-up to “21” in the coming weeks.
Her “21″ album hits its 17th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has now been No. 1 longer than any other album since “The Bodyguard” soundtrack wrapped a 20-week run at No. 1 on the chart dated May 29, 1993.
Could “21″ hold on another week at the top? That all depends on how new albums from Tim McGraw (“Emotional Traffic”), Celtic Woman (“Believe”) and Kellie Pickler (“100 Proof”) — among others — sell this week. Also new to market: the “2012 Grammy Nominees” compilation.
Elsewhere on this week’s chart, the “Kidz Bop 21″ album debuts at No. 2 with 59,000 sold. That entry grants the long-running series its 14th top 10 set and fourth to reach the runner-up slot.
The second-highest debut arrives at No. 7 by James Fortune & FIYA, who sees its “Identity” land with 18,000. It’s the best sales week and highest charting album for the gospel singer — who also debuts at No. 1 on the Gospel Albums chart.
As for the rest of the top 10 this week, the Black Keys’ “El Camino” holds at No. 3 (29,000; down 20%) while Drake’s “Take Care” is also stationary at No. 4 (29,000; down 8%). (Only a couple hundred sales separate the two titles this week.)
Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” is up two slots to No. 5 (20,000; down 8%), Young Jeezy’s “TM103: Hustlerz Ambition” is steady at No. 6 (19,000; down 19%), and Toby Keith’s “Clancy’s Tavern” zooms 22-8 with 17,000 (up 27%). The latter album’s physical CD was sale priced for just $4.99 at Target stores last week. Also only $4.99 last week: George Strait’s “Icon” greatest hits (118-66 with 6,000; up 63%) and Le’Andria Johnson’s “The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson” (174-79 with 5,000; up 78%).
Rounding out the top 10 are Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto” (moving 8-9 with 17,000; down 13%) and Nickelback’s “Here and Now” (falling 9-10 with just under 17,000; down 13%).
*With sales of more than 5 million copies of her album “21,” Adele has reached yet another milestone, reports Reuters.
After earning untold critical acclaim and countless year-end records, the latest accomplishment for the British singer-songwriter is that her album, released by independent British label XL Recordings, has become the biggest selling album in seven years.
The last time an album topped the year-end chart with more than 5 million copies sold was in 2004, when Usher’s “Confessions” moved 7.9 million, according to Nielsen Soundscan, which supplied all sales data for this story.
Indeed, music sales overall are expected to end 2011 up more than 3 percent from last year. Not coincidentally, the last time overall music sales rose by so much was in 2004 as well.
The resurgence in sales is welcome news for the music industry. A meager 1 percent increase in digital sales last year created widespread panic that the format had already plateaued.
Nielsen analyst David Bakula attributed the rebound to a strong release slate, plus retailers getting more aggressive with pricing and promotions.
For instance, Lady Gaga’s album “Born This Way” was priced at 99 cents – less than one-tenth the price of most albums – in a special deal, helping drive sales beyond her core fans, he said.
To put Adele’s sales figures in context, the more than 3.5 million physical albums she sold this year would have been good enough to take the top spot in each of the last three years without even adding in digital sales. Album sales include LPs, compact discs and digital albums.
Figures for the year’s best-selling album declined every year from 2004 to 2008. They hit an all-time low in 2008 when Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” took the top spot with sales of just 2.9 million, the first time an album claimed the best-seller title with sales of less than 3 million.
Since 2008, however, sales of the top-selling album of the year have increased, though not by much. Taylor Swift took the top spot in 2009, selling 3.2 million copies of “Fearless.” Eminem’s “Recovery” finished 2010 as the year’s best-seller with 3.4 million copies.
“Adele’s performance this year shows the demand for great original music,” Bakula said. “Here’s an artist that had moderate success before, but nothing of this magnitude, and she’s doing it all on two singles.”
Amy Winehouse’s death from alcohol poisoning in July also factored into Adele’s sales performance. Bakula said the attention Winehouse’s death received stoked interest among fans to sample other soulful, jazz-infused female British singer-songwriters, like Adele and Duffy. As a result, in addition to buying “21,” consumers dipped into Adele’s back catalog, making her prior release, “19,” one of the year’s top 25 best-sellers.
Still, Adele’s sales total is less than half of the more than 11 million copies that “No Strings Attached” from N’Sync sold in 2000. That year marked the last time the top spot featured an album that sold in excess of 10 million, underscoring the dramatic impact that legitimate digital distribution channels like Apple’s iTunes and illegal file-sharing sites such as Limewire have had on the music industry.
Below, Adele’s latest single “Set Fire to the Rain.”
*British singer Adele continues to rack up year-end honors for her soul-drenched, break up-themed album “21.”
She made Billboard history on Friday by becoming the first female singer to be named top artist, have the top album, and score the top single, “Rolling in the Deep,” all in one year.
The 23-year-old chanteuse was followed in the top artist group by No. 2 Rihanna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in that order, while Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars rounded out the top ten.
The singer’s rousing soul and blues-fused single “Rolling in the Deep,” which was named the No. 1 song, beat pop and dance tracks like LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” Katy Perry’s “Firework” and “E.T.” featuring Kanye West, as well as Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything.”
“21,” which was described by Billboard’s Julianne Escobedo Shepherd as a “break-up requiem,” was written in the aftermath of the singer’s failed relationship, and it features underlying themes of love, heartache and moving forward.
Adele, who earned six Grammy nominations last week, was also named Billboard’s top female, while rapper Lil Wayne was awarded top male and Wiz Khalifa was the best new artist.
In related news, Adele has also become the first artist to secure three milestones on the iTunes music chart, scoring 2011′s top-selling single, top-selling album and being named the iTunes Artist of the Year, the music company announced Thursday.
Rolling Stone, meanwhile, named ’21′ the Best Album of the Year and “Rolling in the Deep” the Best Single of the Year.
*After releasing her second LP “21” just ten months ago, Adele’s chart-topper has just become the biggest-selling album of the century – dethroning the late Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black,” which landed the record a little over three months ago.
The new record of 3.4 million sales was confirmed today by the Official Charts Company, reports the AP.
Winehouse’s album took five years to get to its present 3.3 million sales level, and its success was partly due to the further sales boost following her death in July.
Adele’s “21” has not left the top 10 since its release and has been on the chart for 45 weeks. The album was given a further push in the wake of six Grammy nominations last week, including album of the year.
In a message posted on her blog over the weekend, the singer – who had an operation on her voice last month – said she was ”lost for words” at the Grammy recognition.
”A couple days after finally being able to talk again I’m pretty speechless,” she said. ”This has been the best year as it is but to end 2011 with this incredible achievement and honor is beyond anything I can express.”
Thanking fans, she added: ”This record has taken on a life of its own thanks to you. I made the record and you’ve made it what’s it’s become.”