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'Rumour Has It' to be Adele's next single

How does one celebrate a week marked by a successful return from surgery, huge handfuls of awards, and a stunning new Vogue cover? If you’re Adele, you announce a new single.

The upbeat, girl-groupish”Rumour Has It” will be the next song from 21 to join the radio rotation, Ryan Tedder (who produced and co-wrote the track) told Billboard on the Grammy red carpet. The single will head to stations in mid-March, following previous chart-toppers “Set Fire to the Rain,” “Someone Like You,” and “Rolling in the Deep.”

Given her ongoing domination, it’s almost hard to believe that the British songstress has so far dropped only three singles from 21, which saw its Stateside release nearly a year ago.   Compared with the likes of Beyoncé and Rihanna, who seem to unleash new singles weekly, Adele’s strategy seems downright restrained.

Give “Rumour Has It” a spin below:

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Grammys 2012: Adele's '21' tops iTunes charts and Amazon Best Sellers list

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“We could have had it all.” Well, at this point, Adele you sort of do have it all.

In addition to her Grammys sweep last night (the acclaimed songstress won in all six of her nominated categories, including Record of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep” and Album of the Year for her platinum smash 21), Adele is once again dominating the charts. As of Monday, the Grammy-winning 21 (which has spent fifty weeks on Billboard) topped the iTunes charts, just ahead of Whitney Houston‘s Greatest Hits album. The late singer’s catalog unsurprisingly saw a surge in sales over the weekend after the news of her passing. But Adele (whose previous Grammy-winning album 19 also found its way into the top 10) wasn’t the only one to get an iTunes boost. Coldplay, the Civil Wars, and Kelly Clarkson also saw a boost thanks to their Grammy appearances.
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Backstage at the Grammys: Winners Adele, Bon Iver, Lady Antebellum, and more talk awards, Houston's legacy

About an hour after the Grammys were over, it was still unclear whether Adele was going to come backstage and talk to reporters, but suddenly the unmistakable a cappella strains of “Rolling in the Deep” came floating down the hall outside the press room and the woman of the hour appeared.

When asked how being silenced by throat surgery affected her this year, Adele was open and honest. “It’s been really, really peaceful. I’ve never been happier. I found great happiness when I was ill.” And as for that ex-boyfriend? “I think he’d be very happy for me.” Winning all six categories she was nominated in, Adele was humble but not modest. “I’m very, very proud of myself. It’s incredible.” READ FULL STORY

Adele sings 'Rolling in the Deep' at Grammys in first performance since surgery

Up until the untimely passing of Whitney Houston on Saturday night, the biggest narrative going into Sunday night’s Grammy Awards was the return of Adele. What would she sing? How would she sound? And would her night end triumphantly with a clean awards sweep?

She certainly answered 66% of those questions when she walked onto the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and knocked “Rolling in the Deep” out of the ballpark. Though she has admitted to suffering from performance-related anxiety in the past, she showed no signs of wavering during an exquisite performance that fell a little short of her memorable turn at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards but still instantly became a signature television moment.

Adele’s big night began during an extensive interview conducted for 60 Minutes by Anderson Cooper. READ FULL STORY

Adele explains her surgery, laments her inability to curse for two months in '60 Minutes' preview: Watch it here

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The big narrative going into this Sunday’s Grammy Awards is the return of Adele. Her slated performance marks a comeback from throat surgery and a disappearance from the public eye while her album and singles have continued to dominate charts around the world.

This Sunday, CBS’ 60 Minutes will lead into the Grammys telecast with an interview of Adele conducted by Anderson Cooper (last year in this same slot, he took on Lady Gaga).

In the first preview clip posted on the CBS News website, Adele walks Cooper through the surgery (which involved lasers) and her recovery period, which required her to be on vocal rest for the better part of two months. She communicated via pad and paper, as well as a series of phone apps that spoke for her.

The multiple apps were necessary, she said, because certain words simply had to get through. “The great thing is I love to swear,” she explained to Cooper. “Most of [the apps] you can’t swear on, but I found this one app where you can swear, so I’m still really getting my point across.”

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Album sales: Lana Del Rey's 'Born To Die' debuts at No. 2, Adele logs her 19th week on top

People constantly debate whether the phrase, “All publicity is good publicity,” actually has any credence, but in the case of Lana Del Rey, the saying has proven itself true.

After nearly six months of feverish online debate — her name! her lips! her backstory! — the divisive songstress, whose poorly received performance on SNL launched a thousand blog posts, lands high on this week’s chart. Her debut album Born to Die debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling a solid 77,000 (if not spectacular, considering its marketing budget) copies.

Impressively, Del Rey accomplished this feat without a single bona fide “hit” to her name. Although her recent video for “Born to Die” has amassed over 19 million views, she has only charted one song domestically: “Video Games,” and that only reached No. 91 on the Hot 100. Understandably, 74 percent of her album sales were digital downloads. READ FULL STORY

Adele confirms Grammys performance, her first since throat surgery

Sorry, England: The good old U.S. of A. gets Adele back first.

Two weeks ago, the chart-busting singer announced that she would be making her triumphant return to the stage at the Brit Awards. That all changed this morning when the confirmation came that Adele would in fact be performing at the Grammys, making that appearance her first on stage since she took time off for career-threatening throat surgery nearly six months ago.

“I’m immensely proud to have been asked to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards,” Adele said in a press release sent out this morning. “It’s an absolute honor to be included in such a night, and for it to be my first performance in months is very exciting and of course nerve-racking, but what a way to get back into it all.”

There’s no word on what she’ll be performing, but she has a trio of songs that have reached the top of the Hot 100 at her disposal. READ FULL STORY

Adele passes Rihanna on Hot 100, targets 'The Bodyguard' for all-time album chart mark

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Adele’s still proving to be the ultimate chart-breaker. “Set Fire to the Rain,” the singer’s third 21 single, has toppled Rihanna’s “We Found Love” to claim top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Ri Ri’s Calvin Harris-assisted track, which slips to number two this week, spent 10 total weeks on top of the chart, the stoutest run at that spot since Ke$ha notched nine weeks there at the beginning of 2010 with “Tik Tok.”

“Set Fire to the Rain” is Adele’s third number one, joining “Rolling in the Deep” (which spent seven weeks on top last year) and “Someone Like You” (five total weeks in 2011). Of course, 21 is also the number one album in the country this week, which means that Adele rules both charts simultaneously. That’s not necessarily a remarkable feat, as plenty of artists have lorded over both charts simultaneously, and 10 artists have even done it with two songs (most recently, Usher pulled it off with the Confessions singles “Yeah!” and “Burn” back in 2004). But in an interesting bit of trivia, Adele is now the only artist in history to rule both charts with three different singles from the same album. READ FULL STORY

Album sales: Adele matches 'Titanic' record, passes the 6 million mark; David Crowder Band at No. 2

For the sixteenth week in its 48-week run, Adele’s chart behemoth 21 topped the Billboard 200, selling 104,000 copies and matching Titanic‘s 16-week run atop the chart in 1998.

All told, Adele’s ubiquitous album has now surpassed the 6 million mark, a feat last achieved by Taylor Swift’s Fearless, which took twice the time — 96 weeks — to do so. If Adele can win a few Grammys next month (and let’s be honest, she probably will), there’s no telling how high 21 may soar.

Christian artists the David Crowder Band notched a No. 2  debut with their final album, Give Us Rest, which moved 51,000 and gave the band their first (and last — they played their final show on Jan. 2) Top 10 debut. Interestingly, Adele kept another Christian act — Casting Crowns — back in second place a few months ago, too.

The week’s other notable debut came from Scottish slow-rockers Snow Patrol. Their new set Fallen Empires entered the chart at No. 5 with 31,000 copies sold — quite a small number for a Top 5 debut.

The low number is indicative of the general weakness plaguing the music industry right about now: While Adele is doing some heavy lifting, other albums are struggling badly. In fact, this week marked the first time in the history of Soundscan that an album (and in this case, two albums) moving fewer than 20,000 copies has managed to make the Top 10.

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Adele to return to the stage at the Brit Awards; what does that mean for the Grammys?

After canceling dozens of tour dates and laying low following vocal cord surgery towards the end of 2011, Adele has begun to step back into the spotlight.

She just announced her first post-recovery live performance, which will be at the 2012 Brit Awards on February 21 — a little more than a week after the Grammys, which go down in Los Angeles on February 12.

Ever since she first disappeared for her surgery, rumors have been swirling that Adele would make her great public comeback at the Grammys. At the moment, Adele’s name isn’t on the performance slate, though the show is notorious for slowly rolling out the performance announcements (or sometimes not announcing people at all).

And she did tweet yesterday: Looking forward to @theGRAMMYs on Feb 12! #WeAreMusic  with a link to an impressive Grammys glamor shot. So it’s still entirely possible that her live return will be on stage at the Staples Center (where she will also be around to pick up as many as six Grammys). And it’s good that she is feeling well enough to book performances, but even with all this rest, her return gives me pause. READ FULL STORY

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