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Adele receives royal honor from Prince Charles

Singing star Adele has been honored at Buckingham Palace, being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles.

The 25-year-old with the soulful voice has become a worldwide star since her debut album topped the charts in 2008.

Last year she performed the title song in the latest James Bond film, Skyfall. She received an Academy Award for that effort.

Adele has recovered from throat problems that jeopardized her singing voice two years ago. She won a record six Grammy awards last year.

Music sales up internationally for the first time since 1999

It’s no secret that the music industry has not had the greatest 21st century. Back in 1999, labels collected over $28 billion in sales, the biggest peak in history. (That’s a lot of copies of …Baby One More Time.) When the calendar turned over, the deluge began, and the combination of widespread broadband Internet access, innovations in file sharing technology, and a general devaluation of the product led to steady declines in sales. Pirates were partially to blame, but so were music executives who were slow to adapt to the brave new world.

But perhaps the industry has found bottom. According to a report put out by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, music sales were up 0.3 percent in 2012. That’s not much of a gain from the year before, but it’s better than losing more blood. All told, the industry brought in $16.5 billion in sales.

Most of that increase, unsurprisingly, comes from the steady increase in people willing to pay for digital music. Download sales were up nine percent over 2011 and accounted for 34 percent of the overall pie. More and more income is also coming in care of streaming services, whose subscription fees now make up 10 percent of all music sales internationally.

Of course, when you dive deeper into the numbers, there’s some obvious top-heaviness. READ FULL STORY

Mumford & Sons, Sande highlight Brit Awards winners

British music put on a brash, confident show at the Brit Awards on Wednesday, celebrating a resurgent industry whose bands and artists are topping charts around the globe.

Winners ranged from established acts such as Coldplay and Adele to world-conquering boy band One Direction, who won in the new Global Success category.

One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson called the prize “absolutely mind-blowing.”

American artists Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey were among the non-British winners at a ceremony that embraced the mainstream while rewarding artists with distinctive personalities. READ FULL STORY

Adele denies run-in with Chris Brown at the Grammys

Adele, it turns out, is not beefing with Chris Brown. Womp womp!

After last Sunday’s Grammys, a photo emerged showing the British singer and Breezy having what seemed to be an unpleasant exchange. Many assumed that Adele was chewing Brown out, scolding him either for snubbing Frank Ocean or for the Rihanna situation, or perhaps just for his general Breezy-ness.

But it turns out it was a case of collective wishful thinking on the internet’s part: as Adele tweeted out early today, they were playing nice.

“Chris Brown and I were complimenting each other in that photo actually!” the singer wrote. Indeed, this would make sense — after all, there’s a second photo from later that night (shown above) depicting the pair smiling arm-in-arm.

So, it was much Adele about nothing. Are you kind of disappointed? It’s okay to say so, as long as you do it in the comments below.

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Adele on her next album: 'I don't even know what's cool and what's not'

Adele, it turns out, has been up to more than “getting knocked up” since racking up a trunk full of trophies for 21 last year.

When we caught up with the busy pop queen/working mom at last night’s Grammys (where she picked up an award for Best Pop Solo Performance), she offered up a status update on how her life — and her next album — are coming along. As always, Adele was ever frank.

“I’ve been up since 6 a.m. — I’m quite tired,” the “Skyfall” singer said. She did add, however, that she’s been learning how to balance work and parenthood ever since giving birth to her first child last October. “It’s nice, I haven’t been as stressed out. You have to prioritize what you stress about when you have a child.”

As for how the follow-up to the record-shattering 21 is coming along, Adele is less sure. “I’m not very far along at all,” she said of her highly anticipated third album. “I’m having lots of meetings. That’s what I’ve been doing in LA.., and I will be till the Oscars.”

“I’ve been out of the loop,” she added, referring to the current music landscape. “I’ve been singing my baby nursery rhymes, and I sort of don’t even know what’s cool and what’s not.

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Golden Globes Best Original Song nominees -- LISTEN

Excited for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host the Golden Globes this Sunday night? Join the club. But beyond the fun hosts, there is a ton of entertainment to look forward to during Sunday’s live event: Movies (Lincoln or Les Misérables?!), TV (Will Homeland repeat their Emmy wins?) and even music, with Best Original Song bringing star power in the form of Adele, Taylor Swift and Hugh Jackman. Listen to all five nominees below, and pick your favorite going into the broadcast.

Interestingly, of the Golden Globe nominees, only Skyfall and Les Misérables’ songs were nominated for the Best Original Song Oscar yesterday, which may point to their odds at the Globes — although there have been plenty of Oscar/Globes differences before. Will Swift emerge victorious? Will the Les Mis crew get another award? Spoiler alert: This is yours to lose, Adele.

Listen to all the nominees below:

1.) “For You,” from the movie Act of Valor. Music and lyrics by Monty Powell, Keith Urban. READ FULL STORY

Adele scores Oscar nod, books Golden Globes appearance

A lot of stars say they’ll commit themselves to their children only to use them as career-extending props and fodder for insane stories about secret rooms in basketball arenas. But Adele has really put her money where her mouth is: Since the birth of her first child, she has kept a remarkably low-profile, especially for somebody who was the biggest-selling artist in America for two years running.

But she’ll be dusting off her work shoes on Sunday when she attends this Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, where she’ll cross her fingers in hopes that “Skyfall” wins the hardware. And she’ll have at least one more red carpet to walk in the coming months, as “Skyfall” was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Song category this morning. (Adele is also nominated for a Grammy, though it’s unclear whether she’ll be attending that particular show.)
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Adele named Entertainer of the Year by Associated Press

Though Adele didn’t have a new album or a worldwide tour in 2012, she’s still rolling. After a year of Grammy glory and James Bond soundtracking, Adele has been voted the Associated Press Entertainer of the Year.

In 132 ballots submitted by members and subscribers of the AP, Adele easily outpaced other vote-getters like Taylor Swift, Fifty Shades of Grey author E L  James, the South Korean viral video star PSY and the cast of Twilight. Editors and broadcasters were asked to cast their ballot for the person who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2012.

Adele’s year began in triumph at the Grammys, took a turn through recording the theme to the 007 film Skyfall, and ended with the birth of her son in October. The ubiquitous Adele was that rare thing in pop culture: an unqualified sensation, a megastar in a universe of niche hits. READ FULL STORY

Adele recorded vocals for 'Skyfall' in 10 minutes, says producer

So, how long did you wait in line for coffee at Starbucks this morning? Probably just long enough for Adele to record a Golden Globe-winning song or two.

In an interview with Hollywood.com, trusty Adele producer and collaborator Paul Epworth spilled the beans on the creative process behind the singer’s James Bond theme “Skyfall,” which not only snagged a Golden Globe nod yesterday, but also made the Oscar “short list” for Original Song contenders. And, as Epworth tells it, the process was a very quick one. READ FULL STORY

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