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Album Sales: Adele, Whitney make up half the Top 10; 'We Are Young' rockers fun. debut at No. 3

Nine straight weeks. That’s how long Adele’s 21 has sat atop the Billboard 200 in 2012.

(The disc has been at No. 1 for 22 weeks total — the most since Prince’s 1984 album Purple Rain.) This week, the Grammy-winning, Brit Award bird-flipping, generally beloved diva, whose song “Set Fire to the Rain” was positively butchered last night on American Idol, moved yet another 297,000 copies of 21 this week. Its total now stands above 7.6 million. READ FULL STORY

Whitney Houston biopic reportedly already in the works, Rihanna's name mentioned for lead role

Only two weeks after Whitney Houston’s passing, rumors are already circulating about a tell-all book to be penned by her ex-husband Bobby Brown and a biopic being put together by longtime mentor Clive Davis.

In fact, the U.K.’s Daily Mail thinks that Rihanna is the favorite to play Houston, with Jennifer Hudson, Vivica Fox, and Jordin Sparks also apparently on the short list.

All of those ideas remain simply rumors—and pretty flimsy ones as well; the names largely seem less like genuine casting news than an arbitrary collection of black actresses.

So let’s assume that Rihanna, whose first film role will come this May in the board-game-turned-big-screen-action-flick Battleship, is not exactly a lock for the part, despite the fact that the two women share a pop-star background and complicated relationships with guys named Brown.

However, Houston’s biography is so rich that it seems inevitable that it will end up on the big screen one of these days. Assuming that, who should take on the title role in The Whitney Houston StoryREAD FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'American Idol,' 'Smash,' 'Cougar Town,' and more music-on-TV moments

Rainy days and Mondays may have gotten Karen Carpenter down, but the rain washes away old heartbreaks for at least a couple of our favorite characters in this latest TV Jukebox.

A pathetic fallacy of a rainstorm made for a new lease on love in this week’s How I Met Your Mother, and a downpour was key to an impromptu proposal on Parenthood — though, thankfully, not on Cougar Town; otherwise they’d still be cleaning up the wet toilet paper!

Elsewhere, crazy dreams came true on Smash and American Idol, paint went splat for science’s sake on CSI, and sexytimes abounded on Nikita and Being Human. That’s without mentioning the “show tunes” from Glee, House of Lies, Private Practice, Body of ProofFringeand Hart of Dixie. Click through to see our picks. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: Adele tops the chart for a 21st week; Bruno Mars, The Civil Wars get big Grammy bumps

In the first full sales week since the Grammys, Adele’s 21, which won six awards including the Album of the Year prize, topped the Billboard 200 in a big way.

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

Adele and Ed Sheeran win at U.K. music's Brit Awards

Soulful songstress Adele capped a momentous year of Grammy Awards triumph and medical woes with a double win at the U.K.’s Brit music awards Tuesday, taking prizes for album of the year and best British female solo artist before making an obscene gesture after the show’s host cut her acceptance speech short.

Teen-friendly English troubadour Ed Sheeran won two trophies, including British male solo artist, at an energetic ceremony in London. READ FULL STORY

Whitney Houston covered by Chris Cornell, Robin Thicke, Aretha Franklin, and more: Watch the videos here

Over the weekend, Whitney Houston was laid to rest in a ceremony that featured testimonials from friends and family as well as performances from Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder, and a host of other stars who either worked with Houston or were deeply influenced by her work.

The tributes didn’t end there, as a number of artists continued to tip their hats to Houston in concert and elsewhere. Shortly after his arrest in New York City for possession of marijuana, Robin Thicke dropped his cover of Houston’s 1995 hit “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).” As recorded by Houston, the track was a fully realized Babyface production, but Thicke breaks it down to little more than a piano lilt, a bit of an organ hum, and his breathy coo. It’s a lovely rendition of one of the best slow-rolling R&B jams of the ’90s.

On the surface, it would seem that Thicke’s tribute to Houston would make much more sense than Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s, but consider the grunge icon’s pedigree: Not only does he own a gigantic set of pipes himself, but he also cut an R&B album (granted, one that everybody seems to forget about).

During a fund-raiser for Barack Obama on Friday night, Cornell spun out an acoustic rendition of Houston’s signature hit “I Will Always Love You.” It wasn’t quite as moving as Jennifer Hudson’s take on the song at the Grammys, but it was still well-executed. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Whitney Houston laid to rest

Whitney Houston is being laid to rest at a private ceremony in New Jersey.

Houston died Feb. 11 in California at age 48. No cause of death has been determined.

She is being buried Sunday at the cemetery in Westfield where her father was interred in 2003. Onlookers were gathering along the route to her gravesite as the police-escorted motorcade headed toward it and the hearse carrying her casket entered the cemetery.

The pop star was mourned at a funeral Saturday at the church in Newark where she sang in the choir as a child. The invitation-only service featured a tribute by some of the biggest names in the music, including Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys. Kevin Costner and music mogul Clive Davis were among those who spoke.

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Bobby Brown pays tribute to Whitney Houston at New Edition concert appearance -- VIDEO

Bobby Brown might not have stayed for the entirety of Whitney Houston’s funeral in Newark, N.J. Saturday — the singer released a statement claiming he decided to leave after security barred him from seeing his daughter with Houston, Bobbi Kristina — but Brown paid tribute to Houston in his own way during an appearance with New Edition Saturday night in Connecticut. “I want to give blessings to my ex-wife,” he told the crowd, pointing to the sky. “I love you.” Brown, who said he was going through a “difficult” year, then also blessed his “kids, my fiancé, my brothers, and all of you.”

Earlier this week, Brown announced he would leave the New Edition tour in order to spend time with Bobbi Kristina, but still made sure to remind fans he was still part of the group. Said Brown after toasting Houston, “I go by the name of badass Bobby Brown” See a clip from the concert after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Tyler Perry talks Whitney Houston's 'grace' and faith -- VIDEO

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Tyler Perry delivered an impassioned tribute to Whitney Houston during the singer’s funeral at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., praising the singer’s grace, talent, and dedication to God. Said Perry, who said he often spoke to Houston about her faith, “There are two constants that I know about Whitney Houston. There was a grace that carried, a grace that carried her down from heaven through Miss Cissy Houston, a grace that brought her up through singing.” Watch video of his speech after the jump.

Perry was just one of many famous faces who delivered tributes to Houston on Saturday: Kevin Costner, Clive Davis, and R. Kelly were among those who celebrated Houston’s life. READ FULL STORY

Watch Kevin Costner's touching tribute at Whitney Houston's funeral -- VIDEO

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One of the most touching speeches at Whitney Houston’s funeral came from an unlikely source: Kevin Costner. The actor, who starred in 1992’s The Bodyguard with Houston, spoke at length about the multi-hyphenate who passed away Feb. 11, and their bond over growing up in the Baptist Church. If you missed the speech broadcast live, watch the speech — which led to a standing ovation for Costner — in three parts embedded after the jump. “You weren’t just pretty,” Costner said, addressing Houston, who he said was very unsure of herself during The Bodyguard‘s shooting. “You were as beautiful as a woman could be. And people didn’t just like you Whitney. They loved you.” READ FULL STORY

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