If she was even allowed to talk, Adele might scream for joy at the final tally of iTunes album and single sales released this week. The British soul singer, currently rendered mute following surgery to repair her vocal cords , erased any doubt that 2011 has been the year of 21.
Her Grammy-nominated smash second album, which has sold more copies than any other disc released in the U.S. over the past 11-plus months, took the top spot on the year-end iTunes albums chart, as well as the singles chart thanks to her huge hit "Rolling in the Deep."
iTunes, which does not release sales figures, made it clear that Adele was very good for business, naming her its Artist of the Year as well.
It was the first time one artist has swept the download site's top three awards. "I'm thrilled to top the iTunes album and song charts for 2011 and to be iTunes Artist of the Year is just amazing," Adele said in a statement.
Though it didn't make the final top 10 list, iTunes named Foo Fighters' Wasting Light its Album of the Year, prompting Foos leader Dave Grohl to quip that it was inspiring, and ironic to get the award for "an album made in my garage, totally analog to tape, without the help of any computers at all."
Nicki Minaj was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Foster the People snagged Song of the Year for their unshakable ditty "Pumped Up Kicks."
You can bet the competition on the singles chart was pretty tight, as Adele had company from some of the most ubiquitous songs out there this year. Coming in at #2 was LMFAO's inescapable "Party Rock Anthem," followed by Katy Perry's "Firework," Bruno Mars' "Grenade," Cee Lo Green's "Forget You," Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" and Perry's "E.T." Rounding out the top 10: Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," Foster's "Pumped up Kicks" and Minaj's "Super Bass."
Over on the iTunes albums chart, Adele was followed by Mumford & Sons' steady-selling Sigh No More, Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV, Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne, Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto, and Lady Gaga's Born This Way. Rihanna landed at #7 with Loud, ahead of Drake's Take Care, Perry's Teenage Dream and Mars' Doo-Wops & Hooligans.
Band entered the Guinness Book of World Records on Wednesday night at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.
For a band that, over the past three years, has been no stranger to adversity — everything from battles with their label to scraps with censors and the occasional stage collapse — 30 Seconds to Mars had probably never had to deal with the kind of trouble that occurred during the encore of their record-setting show Wednesday night in New York.
During the crashing crescendo of "Kings and Queens," a female fan was crushed against a barricade and required immediate medical assistance. "Queens" was the final song of the band's set, which was preceded by a lengthy presentation from the folks at Guinness World Records, who honored 30STM for Most Shows Played During An Album Cycle (309 was Guinness' count). Jared Leto invited fans to join them onstage for the finale. Spirits were high inside the Hammerstein Ballroom, and as "Queens" unfolded, they only got higher ... until Leto stopped the song and asked for medics to tend to the injured fan. After 20 solemn minutes, EMTs carried her away on a stretcher.
The band had already played more than 300 shows, and yet, they still pushed hard on Wednesday, imbuing songs like "Search and Destroy" and "Night of the Hunter" with walloping guitars, anthemic sing-along choruses and washes of spooky synths. Jared sprinted up and down the catwalk stage (not easy to do in a huge black cloak), shined a massive spotlight into the crowd to illuminate fans' faces, and even performed a few acoustic numbers mid-set. Shannon pounded his kit as sweat flew, and guitarist Tomo Milicevic crunched chords and charmed ethereal soundscapes out of his ax. It could have been show number one, not the final gig of a two-year trek.
Not surprisingly, the band seemed genuinely touched and a tad nostalgic. Jared told fans that the Guinness award was theirs, too, shouting, "I want everyone in here to carry this with them for the rest of their lives," as he thrust the certificate above his head.
As if their record-setting tour didn't already tip you off to it, the rather frightening delay proved that 30STM are a band seemingly at their best when forced to push on. And on. And on.
The Beastie Boys received a huge honor on Wednesday (December 7) when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
MCA, Ad-Rock and Mike D have been cranking out hits for 33 years. The group helped put Def Jam Records on the map with their 1999 classic License To Ill. The album went on to sell more than 9 million copies and became the first rap album to top the Billboard 200 chart. In total the group has released 10 albums.
Also inducted were the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N Roses, Laura Nyro, Donovan and The Small Faces.
Notable artists who were nominated but didn't make the cut include Eric B & Rakim, Donna Summers and Chaka Khan.
The induction ceremony will be in Cleveland on April 14, 2012.
Video After The Jump
The 15 minutes of fame Detroit rapper T-Baby received when her video was shown during a recent episode of Beavis & Butt-Head, has turned into a nightmare.
T-Baby's video "It's So Cold In the D" first gained fame 3 years ago when it was uploaded to youtube, but it wasn't until the Beavis & Butt-Head episode aired did it take off nationally. Since then the rapper says she's been receiving threatening racist text messages.
Now she is afraid for her safety and that of her son.
"I feel in a lost situation because I have no one but my son ... but I refuse to stop," she said. "Only way I can show how I am here to stay is keep doing my thing."
T-Baby refuses to go to police because she says she's not a snitch.
What would you do in her situation? Check out the clip from Beavis and Butthead for yourself: CLICK HERE!
The "Huff-Post" has done nothing but flood my Twitter feed with top ten lists and then re-posts them all day giving me a sense of constant deja vu. Here is my top ten lists of their top ten lists*.
10. The Top Ten New Wheat Thin Flavors of 2011 (including: Honey & Sweet Taters and Car Battery).
9. The Top Ten Ways to Breath Through Your Two Nostrils.
8. The Top Ten News Stories on How to Cure Monkey-Butt After a Large Meal With People You Distrust.
7. Cottage Cheese and You: The Top Ten Ways To Not Seem Eager Under $0.99.
6. The Top Ten Ways Skrillex Made It Drop in 2011.
5. The Top Ten Ways You Complained About X96 Playing Adele in 2011.
4. The Top Ten Bands No One Ever Heard of on The Warped Tour 2011 Whose Names Were Under 17 Words.
3. The Top Ten Pho Places in Salt Lake City Open on Sundays.
2. X'ed Out: Ten Ways X96 Was Unable to Xploit The Letter "X" or Words Starting With "X" in 2011.
1. Occupy Where Ever: Ten People Who Didn't Care and Went to See Cake on December 13th at Saltair for the X96 Nightmare Before Xmas Show.
*May not be actual lists.
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