Although Adele had quite an amazing year she did get some bad news. Her ’21′ album dropped out of the UK Top 40 for the first time since it was released in January 2011.
According to BBC News and several other news sources, the album dropped from 34 to 42 in the last countdown on November 26. It spent a staggering 96 weeks on the charts, garnering sales in the UK of over 4.5 million copies and around 10 million in the United States.
She also received some good news. Adele’s 21 has reached a new milestone, becoming the 21st album to sell more than 10 million copies since Nielsen SoundScan began keeping track in 1991. Adele’s is the third album to reach sales of 10 million copies this year, following Linkin Park’s 2000 LP Hybrid Theory and Usher’s 2004 release Confessions.
Adele is headed for two major milestones this week as 21 crosses the 10m mark, while her DVD, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, will hit one million in total sales either this week or next. The last time a DVD sold that much was Jay-Z/Linkin Park, which sold a million copies in its first four weeks of release in 2004. Michael Jackson‘s #1s sold over a million copies in the weeks following his death, but that DVD was originally released in 2003
Nicki Minaj‘s last album was certified platinum, but she has more modest expectations for her latest effort.
“Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up,” an expanded version of her sophomore disc, was released Nov. 19, but Minaj says it hasn’t been easy for fans to buy — and she pins the blame on three of the nation’s biggest retailers.
“It is hard to get the album because the stores basically said that the last few re-releases they had put out did not do well and they didn’t want to take a chance,” she said in an appearance on New York radio station Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club. “So, Target and Walmart is not selling the album. Target is actually my biggest retailer — they’ve always been my biggest retailer. They’ve sold the most Nicki Minaj albums ever, so, thank you, Target. But I wish you could’ve sold this one.”
As for Best Buy, the retailer “only took limited [quantities] because they’re like ‘Oh we don’t know, we want to play it safe,’ so it’s very difficult and it kind of sets you up to fail,” she said, adding that some of her fans “have been driving hours, literaly hours, to get one CD. But it is what it is, and I appreciate the support, and I’m excited about the music.”
The 2012 American Music Awards, held live at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night (Nov. 18), were stacked wall-to-wall with winning performances in various popular genres. Who knew Linkin Park and Carly Rae Jepsen could fill the same performance space, and do so in a way that made sense for both artists? Although none of the performances were decidedly lackluster, five sets rose above the rest, and stuck in our brains as the highlights of the 40th annual telecast.
Check out Billboard’s countdown of the five best performances from the AMAs, then tell us if you agree or disagree with our rankings in the comments section below.
Taylor Swift‘s “Red” reigns supreme for a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 196,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 43%). Swift beats the No. 2 title — the debuting “Now 44” collection — by nearly 100,000 copies. The latter set arrives with 99,000, marking the 43rd straight title in the regular “Now” series to debut in the top 10. (The very first “Now” set debuted outside the top 10, but eventually climbed into the region.)
The “Now” series’ earlier release, “Now 43,” debuted at No. 1 on the Aug. 25 chart with 111,000 sold.
Kelly Clarkson, Carly Rae Jepsen, PSY, The Wanted and Swizz Beatz featuring Chris Brown and Ludacris have all been added to perform at the 40th annual American Music Awards on Sunday, November 18.
They join an impressive lineup that includes Justin Bieber, Usher, No Doubt, Ke$ha, P!nk, Taylor Swift, Nick Minaj, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Pitbull and Linkin Park.
Like this week’s other major popular competition, the incumbent remains in charge atop the Billboard Hot 100. Maroon 5‘s “One More Night” spends an eighth week at No. 1, fending off Korean rapper PSY‘s “Gangnam Style,” which logs a seventh straight frame at No. 2.
With its continued command, Maroon 5 doubles its previous longest Hot 100 reign. The group’s “Moves Like Jagger,” featuring Christina Aguilera, led the list for four weeks last year. (Its other No. 1, “Makes Me Wonder,” ruled for three weeks in 2007.)
Justin Bieber, Usher, No Doubt and Ke$ha will perform at the 40th annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, joining previously announced acts P!nk, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Pitbull and Linkin Park.
More artists are expected to join the lineup in the coming weeks.