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Before she was famous: Watch Adele perform in rare 2008 video

The distance between Adele’s lovely, competent debut 19 and her chart-ruling, music-business-buoying sophomore effort 21 was only two short years. But really, the Adele that we’re currently enjoying (especially the Adele tearing the walls down with “Rolling in the Deep” night after night) is light-years removed from the Adele who first tried to win our hearts a few years back.

That point was driven home when Billboard recently resurrected a fascinating piece of video. It’s Adele performing “Chasing Pavements,” the Grammy-winning single from her first album, in a stripped-down, unplugged environment as part of a performance series for the industry mag’s website. Give it a spin after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Adele takes over Eminem's spot as the artist with the best-selling album of 2011

Adele’s 21 is the North America’s best-selling digital album of 2011, Billboard reports. The achievement makes her the first woman to sell one million digital copies in such a short period of time (21 was released Feb. 22).

Adele also stepped ahead of Eminem’s digital sales, passing his 1,005,000 copies with her 1,017,000 copies purchased. And let’s not forget to mention that 21 remains 2011’s best-selling album overall at 2.6 million records sold.

Impressive, yes? Have you bought 21 yet? If not, why? Let us know.

Adele, Katy Perry help music sales go up for the first time in seven years
Adele reschedules canceled tour dates, will be back on the road in August
Adele: Surprise Superstar

Adele, Katy Perry help music sales go up for the first time in seven years

At the halfway point of 2011, it shouldn’t be surprising that Adele’s 21 is the top-selling album of the year. But did you know that thanks to that big boost, alongwith solid entries by the likes of Lady Gaga and Mumford & Sons, album sales are actually up for the first time in seven years?

According to the mid-year report published by Nielsen SoundScan, a few more than 155 million albums have moved in the first six months of 2011, compared to the just under 154 million that sold during the same time in 2010. That’s a whopping one percent gain!

It’s always good to be up, but considering album sales have been in total freefall for years (at this time last year, sales were down 11 percent compared to the same time in 2009), there was really no place to go but up.

There are some real reasons to celebrate, though. READ FULL STORY

Adele reschedules canceled tour dates, will be back on the road in August

After being forced to postpone her North American tour due to laryngitis, Adele has been given the okay to blow her English pipes and hit the stage.

Almost exactly a month ago, she expressed her frustration about having to give her voice a rest. But E! News reports that she’ll resume her U.S. dates as of August 8 (for the full list of dates, click here).

In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1 Adele spoke about her ailment: “It’s basically a hole in your vocal chord, but I sang through it, so that’s why it popped,” she said. “But I’m better now. It’s fine. I got the all-clear.”

Glad she’ll be back soon? Let us know.

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Eminem collab tops Billboard 200 albums chart, Lady Gaga and Adele duke it out for spots in top 5


Bad Meets Evil, the hip-hop pairing of rap titan Eminem and underground elite Royce da 5’9″ debuts at No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Their Hell: the Sequel EP (read EW’s long-form review here) sold 171,000 copies, trumping 11-year-old opera poppet Jackie Evancho‘s first full-length album Dream With Me and its 161,000 units. The former America’s Got Talent runner-up’s debut rests at No. 2.

Adele’s 21 falls from No. 1 to No. 3 with a still-substantial 115,000 copies sold, creeping closer to double platinum status. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way is No. 4 with 68,000 records purchased this week.

After a monumental opener (a million of the pop star’s little monsters bought it during its first week out, thanks in part to a $.99 Amazon fire sale), the numbers have been pretty humbling since.

Check out the rest of the top 10 after the jump.


New free app to feature live sets by Coldplay, Adele, Foo Fighters, Paul Simon, and more


If you haven’t booked your flight to London for iTunes Festival London 2011 this July, don’t worry. The good folks on Apple’s music force will allow fans to stream the concert in high definition for free through the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Yup, there’s an app for that.

Through the iTunes Festival London 2011 App, available in Apple’s App Store, fans can stream free and on-demand sets from Coldplay, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, Adele, Paul Simon, and My Chemical Romance starting July 1.

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Adele cancels remaining North American tour dates, per doctors' orders

British siren Adele makes singing those heavy songs and belting out those lovely notes look so easy. But it appears that the road—and a throat infection—has taken its toll on her voice.

Today she announced that she’s canceling the remaining nine dates of her sold-out North American tour, including stints in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Atlanta, after being diagnosed with laryngitis. Her otolaryngology specialist requires Adele, 23, take the next few weeks off.

“I’m really frustrated,” she says in a press release. “I was hoping with a week’s rest I’d be better to sing again straight away. However there is absolutely nothing I can do but take the doctor’s advice and rest some more. I’m so sorry. See you soon.” Her team’s working on rescheduling the canceled shows and will reveal new dates when they’re confirmed.

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Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff sing Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ on ‘Glee': Watch it here
Britney Spears’ ‘Till The World Ends’ and Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep': Hear the mash-up here
Our review of Adele’s 21

Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff sing Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' on 'Glee': Watch it here

Those crazy 25-year-old kids on Glee demonstrate once more their uncanny ability to turn any song a delightful shade of vanilla, this time with a meh-tastic version of Adele’s cathartic, hell-hath-no-awesomeness-like-a-woman-scorned anthem “Rolling in the Deep.”

Check out the scene below, in which Jonathan Groff’s Jesse expresses his feelings to Lea Michele’s Rachel the only way he knows how: By awkwardly re-contextualizing someone else’s lyrics: READ FULL STORY

The Foo Fighters' Wasting Light tops Billboard 200 albums chart


The mighty Foo Fighters open at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with Wasting Light.

Surprisingly, it’s the band’s first chart-topping album, selling 235,000 copies and also besting Adele, whose 21 led last week. This time around the English siren’s latest sells 93,000 units. While Alison Krauss and Union Station’s Paper Airplane moves 83,000 albums and lands at No. 3.

Check out the full top 10 after the jump.


Adele's 21 return to No. 1 on Billboard 200 albums chart, goes platinum

British siren Adele returns to the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week.

With 88,000 copies of her sophomore set, 21, sold this week, not only does she regain her No. 1 seating, but the set has now sold over a million records, making her the first artist to score a platinum album in 2011.

Last week’s No. 1, Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale, slips a slot to No. 2. Its sales dropped 73% for 75,000 sold, while Radiohead’s The King of Limbs comes in at No. 3 with 67,000 units moved. Check out the top 10 after the jump.


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