(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)
Billboard Releases 2012 Year-End Charts
Billboard has released its Top Artists of 2012 chart with Adele ranking No. 1, followed by Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Drake, and Justin Bieber. Adele's 21 also ranked No. 1 on the year-end Billboard 200 Albums chart, followed by Michael Bublé's Christmas, Drake's Take Care, Swift's Red, and One Direction's Up All Night. Topping 2012's Hot 100 Songs chart is Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra, followed by Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," Fun.'s "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monáe, Maroon 5's "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa, and Ellie Goulding's "Lights." On the iTunes year-end chart, Adele notched the top-selling album for 21 and Jepsen had the top song for "Call Me Maybe."
Carole King To Receive Gershwin Prize
GRAMMY winner and 2013 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Carole King will become the fifth recipient, and first female recipient, of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, a lifetime achievement award recognizing artists for their contributions to pop music. King will be feted at a ceremony in the spring of 2013. Previous award recipients include Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder.
Chris Martin's Cooking Disasters
In the studio, Chris Martin and his Coldplay cohorts know how to cook up a great tune, evidenced by their six GRAMMY wins, plus two nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. But it seems the kitchen is a whole different story. According to a recent report, the London Fire Brigade has offered Martin a free home fire safety visit. On an episode of "Jamie And Jimmy's Food Food Fight Club," Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that the Coldplay frontman has called emergency twice after kitchen cooking disasters. "He has twice cooked a meal and this is not a joke, both times the fire brigade came," said Paltrow. PerhapsMartin should stick to the music and leave the cooking to Paltrow, who is a chef in her own right.