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Adele's '21' now officially the best-selling UK album of the 21st century

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Adele is still recovering from throat surgery, but that hasn’t stopped 21 from continuing its tear through the record books.

After picking up a half dozen Grammy nominations last week, 21 also officially became the best-selling album in the UK in the 21st century. In doing so, it eclipsed Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, which has shifted 3.3 million copies since its release in 2006. 21, meanwhile, has moved 3.4 million copies in less than a year, a pretty remarkable feat in the current music-business climate.

What’s even more amazing is the number of high-profile homegrown acts who have released albums in the UK in the past 11 years who still haven’t sold as many albums as Adele. Considering the length of time the albums have been out, and the stature of the artists involved, you would think that U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Coldplay’s A Rush of Blood to the Head, or Radiohead’s Kid A would be contenders for the sales crown. In fact, the only other album from the 21st century that has put up Adele- and Winehouse-sized numbers is James Blunt’s 2004 debut Back to Bedlam (which was notable for its inclusion of “You’re Beautiful,” easily one of the most polarizing radio hits of the modern era).

If she can keep up the same kind of momentum, Adele could find herself in striking distance of some all-time sales figures in her homeland. She’s right behind the biggest-selling albums of all time there, which include Queen’s Greatest Hits, the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Oasis’ (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory, and ABBA’s ABBA Gold. That’s some pretty rare company, and it’s incredible to think that those albums have had decades to accumulate the kinds of numbers Adele has done in less than twelve months.

Are you surprised at Adele’s dominance, or is it merely one more clear victory for the critical and commercial behemoth that is 21? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and tell us: What’s your favorite British album of the 21st century? I’m partial to Jarvis Cocker’s debut solo album, but that’s because I’m kind of weird.

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TV Jukebox: 'Ringer,' 'Hell on Wheels' feature our favorite songs on TV this week

TV Jukebox is back, music fans! What better way to emerge from last week’s tryptophan coma and kick off December than with a roster of rousing numbers? This week’s stand-out “show tunes” got our blood pumping during a shoot-‘em-up sequence from Sons of Anarchy, a Ringer revelation, and a delightfully kooky Rocky IV reference on New Girl — and that’s just the start. See our picks below! (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS follow!) READ FULL STORY

Grammys: Who got snubbed?

Here ‘Ye, here ‘Ye! Or don’t: Kanye West may have lead the pack with seven nods when the 54th annual Grammy nominations were announced on Wednesday, but the rapper, whose album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy  topped countless critics’ end-of-year lists, was snubbed in the Album of the Year category, as well as every major category except Song of the Year. Academy voters were most comfortable relegating West to genre categories like Best Rap Performance.

Taylor Swift (for Speak Now) and Beyoncé (for 4) were also overlooked for Album of the Year. (Taylor’s probably doing a very different kind of surprised face right now.) Despite a grand roll-out that included multiple videos and the big VMAs reveal of her baby earlier this year, poor Bey scored only two nominations, both in fairly minor categories: “Party,” her collaboration with Andre 3000 (and, frankly, not the best song on 4), earned a Best Rap/Sung Collaboration nod, while “I Am…World Tour” is in the running for Best Long Form Video. Does this mean we won’t be able to see Beyoncé shake her best tassled maternity dress onstage this year?

And That Song that’s been playing on the radio, in your car, at the grocery store, at the gym, and in your head for the better part of 2011? Sadly, Foster the People went largely unrecognized for “Pumped Up Kicks,” which will no doubt anchor many Best Singles of 2011 lists. Passed over for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, even the Best New Artist category, the group was left to compete only for Best Alternative Album.

Of course, that leaves more space for the big surprise of the night: rave kingpin Skrillex. Racking up five nominations, and taking up a slot in the Best New Artist category that could’ve been filled by, say, Fleet Foxes, Foster the People, or the Civil Wars, he may soon be famous for more than just being the Most Hated Man in Dubstep.

Readers, what’s your take? Find our extended gallery of snubs and surprises here.

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Grammy nominees list 2012

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Kanye West’s seven nominations leads the pack of 54th Annual Grammy Award nominees — announced  with great fanfare at Wednesday night’s now-traditional Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! (read our on-the-scene report) — though he was nearly shut out in all major categories other than Song of the Year. Adele, Foo Fighters, and Bruno Mars follow with six, and Lil Wayne and Skrillex each earned five.

The awards ceremony will air live on CBS on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET.

Record of the Year
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Bon Iver, “Holocene”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
Katy Perry, “Firework”

Song of the Year
Kanye West, “All of the Lights”
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Bon Iver, “Holocene”
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

Best New Artist
The Band Perry
Bon Iver
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj
Skrillex

Album of the Year
Adele, 21
The Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
Lady Gaga, Born This Way
Bruno Mars, Doo-wops and Hooligans
Rihanna, Loud

For the full list of nominees beyond those announced tonight on the live Grammy concert telecast, go the Academy’s official site here.

ALSO: On the scene at the 2012 Grammy Nominations Concert: Best and worst moments

Michael Buble just barely beats Nickelback on the Billboard 200; Rihanna debuts at No. 3

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In its fifth week on the chart, Michael Bublé’s Christmas climbed into the top spot on the Billboard 200, shifting just over 227,000 copies.

Thanks to a Black Friday sales boost, the album increased 37 percent from last week, thereby giving Bublé the best sales week of his career and lifting total sales to 745,000. It should pass 1 million by year’s end. READ FULL STORY

Drake's 'Take Care' leads Billboard album sales this week; Michael Buble and Adele follow

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This week’s Billboard chart reads like a U.N. summit — but sorry, America, you’re not really invited, unless you bring a whole lot of friends (and possibly a sad vampire or a glee club).

Toronto-born Drake’s Take Care drops in at no. 1 with sales of 631,000, making it the third-best-selling debut of the year behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way (1.1 million) and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV (964,000).

Drake’s fellow maple-leafer Michael Bublé follows in second place with 165,000 units of his Christmas sold, and Brit Adele holds strong at no. 3 with 113,000, continuing her insane run — now 39 straight weeks — in the top 5.

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sits at no. 4 with Concerto: One Night in Central Park (hey, at least he made it in New York — U.S.A! U.S.A.!) and yet another Canadian, Justin Bieber, grabs no. 5 with his own holiday outing, Under the Mistletoe.

England rides again at nos. 9 (Coldplay) and 10 (Susan Boyle), though there are in fact some local citizens on the list — it just turns out it takes a village, or more specifically a compilation, to get them there: Glee: The Music: The Christmas Album, Volume 2 sits at no. 6, Now 40 at no. 7, and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 at no. 8.

And a special mention goes to Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Community star Donald Glover (read EW’s recent feature on him here) whose hip-hop debut, Camp, slips in just outside of the top 10 at no. 11.

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Adele, Maroon 5, and (yes) Miley Cyrus pay tribute to Bob Dylan on new album

Adele, Miley Cyrus, Darren Criss, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Elvis Costello, Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, and Ke$ha are among the acts who have contributed new or previously unreleased tracks to the album Chimes of Freedom which pays tribute to both Bob Dylan and Amnesty International.

Adele has gifted Chimes of Freedom a live version of “Make You Feel My Love” and Cyrus sings “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go,” while folk legend Seeger performs “Forever Young.”

But they’re hardly the only ones on this massive four-disc outing. Find the just-released full tracklisting after the jump:

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TV Jukebox: 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Hart of Dixie' feature our favorite songs on TV this week

Valentine’s Day may still be nearly three months away, but we saw some serious sensuality in our favorite shows’ song choices this week. There was also a whole lot of heartbreak, a meat truck moment that would have been best kept private, and a dead body for good measure. From a 1970s R&B icon to an Irish electronic trio, plus some old-fashioned singer-songwriters and an experimental musician in the mix, keeping reading to see our Jukebox picks below! READ FULL STORY

Adele invites fans to see 'Royal Albert Hall' DVD for free, drops awesome trailer: Watch it here!

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Adele may be on vocal rest in the wake of her successful vocal cord surgery, but thanks to the magic of video technology, the people who keep buying 21 (seriously, who are the 108,000 of you who just caught up last week?) can still experience the soulstress in a live setting.

In two weeks, Adele will release Live from the Royal Albert Hall, a DVD compendium of her concert at one of Britain’s most historic venues. Recorded in September, it features little more than a voice and a modest-sized orchestra. As you can see from the trailer below, sing-alongs were prevalent, as were her freshly toned blond locks. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber's 'Under The Mistletoe' debuts at No. 1; Wale, Susan Boyle, and Miranda Lambert follow

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A week of controversy stemming from a paternity suit that seems increasingly bogus didn’t stop the passionate Beliebers from pushing Justin Bieber’s Christmas set, Under the Mistletoe, into the top spot on the Billboard 200.

The disc scanned a fa-la-la-la-lot of copies — 210,000 total — in its first week, helping Under the Mistletoe become Bieber’s third number one album after My World 2.0  and Never Say Never: The Remixes, which debuted with 283,000 and 165,000 copies sold, respectively. If the scant 37 percent second weekend drop for Michael Bublé’s holiday album Christmas (which sold 89,000 discs this week, good for 8th place and a 230,000 total) is any indication, Bieber’s collection should enjoy strong sales throughout the holiday season.

Rapper Wale debuted in second place with a strong 164,000 copies of Ambition — by far his biggest sales week. Wale’s last album, 2009’s Attention Deficit, started with just 28,000 copies. The hip hop artist has been building hype over the course of this year by appearing on rap compilation Self-Made Vol. 1 in May and releasing his mixtape The Eleven One Eleven Theory on Jay-Z’s website Life and Times in August.

In third place, country star Miranda Lambert also enjoyed her best sales week, as her fourth album, Four the Record, shot up a 133,000 debut, giving the brassy singer the number one country album in the U.S. going into tonight’s CMA festivities. Four’s tally is just over twice the 66,000 that Lambert’s last disc, Revolution, sold when it debuted in 2009. That set has gone on to sell over 1.4 million copies.

In fourth was another new debut (six of the top ten albums were new releases!), Susan Boyle’s Someone to Watch Over Me, which shifted 132,000 units. Although that number is far below the 701,000 debut of her 2009 album I Dreamed a Dream and the 318,000 debut of her 2010 followup The Gift, Boyle has proven that during the holiday season she has staying power, so I wouldn’t count out Someone just yet. If nothing else, Boyle did succeed in finally pushing fellow Brit Adele out of the top four for the first time in 21‘s incredible 37-week run. In fifth place, 21 moved another 108,000 copies.

And then we have two more British acts! Florence + The Machine notched a solid sixth-place start by selling 105,000 copies of sophomore effort Ceremonials. The songstress and her backing crew gradually built a listening audience with the 2009 breakout single “The Dog Days Are Over,” which played heavily throughout 2010, and it appears that people like what they heard on Florence’s debut disc Lungs, which peaked at number 14 following a buzzy performance on the 2010 MTV VMAs, and has sold 738,000 copies total.

Last week’s chart champion, Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, finished close behind in seventh, dropping 76 percent to 104,000 (551,000 total).

Tyrese’s first album in five years, Invitation, began in ninth place with 76,000. Tee Transformers star’s last disc, 2006’s Alter Ego, peaked at number 23, but it sold a stronger 116,000 copies in its first week. Oh, how Billboard times have changed… READ FULL STORY

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