Fresh off their name-checks in the Time 100, Adele and Rihanna have more kudos to brag about. They’re leading the pack of Billboard Music Awards nominees, along with Lady Gaga, LMFAO, and Lil Wayne. Adele scored 18 nods — including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Artist — off the mega-sales of her album 21 and its lead single “Rolling in the Deep.” “Party Rockers” LMFAO will be in the house behind thanks to 17 nods. Rihanna could win up to 13 trophies, and Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne could be walking home with a lot of hardware, after netting 10 nods apiece. Usual suspects like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, and Bruno Mars are also among the pool of finalists. You can view the full list here.
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The British diva, whose middle finger made headlines last night at the Brit Awards, sold an astounding 730,000 copies (a 207% increase) of her blockbuster album, bringing its total to over 7.3 million in the States. According to iTunes, it also became the first album to ever sell over 2 million digital copies. Remarkably, 21 achieved these feats in its 52nd(!) week of release.
That’s right, the critically beloved disc has been available to consumers for a full year now, and it has maintained exemplary sales levels during each and every frame. Altogether, 21 has topped the chart for 21 weeks — the same amount of time as MC Hammer’s 1990 disc Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, and the longest tally for any solo female artist ever.
Only seven albums have ever spent more time at number one:
West Side Story Soundtrack (54 weeks)
Thriller, Michael Jackson (37 weeks)
Calypso, Harry Belafonte (31 weeks)
South Pacific, Soundtrack (31 weeks)
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac (31 weeks)
Saturday Night Fever, Bee Gees/Soundtrack (24 weeks)
Purple Rain, Prince and the Revolution (24 weeks)
Adele’s debut album 19 also got a substantial boost after her Grammy sweep, with sales rising a whopping 144 percent to 87,000 — enough to put it in fourth place. Don’t be surprised if both 21 and 19 end up outselling many high-profile new releases in 2012. Adele’s success and enduring appeal are, quite simply, phenomenal.
Whitney Houston’s Whitney: The Greatest Hits rose into second place in the wake of the star’s death. The late singer’s collection sold 175,000 copies, up 174 percent from the previous week. Houston’s most iconic track, “I Will Always Love You,” which currently sits at no. 7 on the Hot 100, will likely see high placement on tomorrow’s singles chart as well. READ FULL STORY
Pop star Bruno Mars was cleared of a felony cocaine-possession case in Las Vegas on Wednesday, after his attorneys told a state court judge the Grammy-winning pop star stayed out of trouble, performed community service, and met other conditions of a plea deal reached almost a year ago.
Mars, whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, didn’t appear in person for the brief hearing at which Clark County District Court Judge Jessie Walsh dismissed the case. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter of hits including “Just the Way You Are,” ”It Will Rain,” and “Grenade” pleaded guilty on Feb. 16 to cocaine possession, but the judge postponed accepting the plea.
Mars didn’t get formal probation, but the judge fined him $2,000 and ordered him to perform 200 hours of community service and 8 hours of drug counseling.
Snoop Dogg has been always been very public about his adoration for a certain recreational herb.
Fellow rapper and Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa shares the same affinity for said substance, which is why those two have made for logical bedfellows on wax; in fact, their tag-team effort on “The Weed Iz Mine” is one of the great underrated hip-hop tracks of 2011.
The smoke-friendly pair have dropped their latest collaboration, a summery track called “Young, Wild & Free” that also features Bruno Mars crooning a sweet nostalgic hook.
According to the still screen on the YouTube video delivering the song, “Young, Wild & Free” is the first single from the soundtrack to a forthcoming film called Mac And Devin Go To High School that should be out some time early next year.
Kick back and fire up “Young, Wild & Free” after the jump. READ FULL STORY
'Twilight: Breaking Dawn -- Pt. 1' soundtrack revealed; will feature Bruno Mars, Christina Perri, Iron & Wine and more -- Hear the first single here
The swoony-vampire juggernaut that helped mainstream the likes of Paramore, Muse, and Bon Iver is back for fourth installment — and this time the mainstream has come to them.
Pop crooner Bruno Mars headlines the Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 soundtrack with his moody first single “It Will Rain,” out today. Stream the just-released song after the jump, and find the full track listing for the upcoming film.
Judging by Monday night’s ratings, there’s a good chance that you were checking out Ashton Kutcher’s debut on Two And A Half Men rather than watching NBC’s delightful a cappella competition The Sing-Off last night. Bad decision.
If you didn’t see the show, you missed fierce (both in the literal and Top Model sense) girl group Delilah delivering an utterly searing rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.”
As the ladies slowly sauntered around the stage, pausing for the occasional hip gyration, lead singer Amy tore through the number with soulful done-me-wrong scorn. The sparse arrangement built to the climactic “Watch me burn down” line of the chorus, which was clearly the best use of dramatic posing all night.
Girl groups often struggle to achieve a full sound, but with a two talented bass singers, that wasn’t an issue for Delilah at all. Watch their performance below: READ FULL STORY
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