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Adele's 21 Becomes Best-Selling Digital Album

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

Adele's 21 Becomes Best-Selling Digital Album
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's 21 has surpassed Eminem's Recovery to become the best-selling digital album of all time, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, released on Feb. 22, became the second to sell more than 1 million downloads in the United States, the fastest set to achieve the feat, and the first by a female artist. Adele's 21 is also the year's best-selling album overall, with 2.6 million units sold to date. (7/15)
 

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Pop Shines With 55th GRAMMY Nominations

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

This year's GRAMMY nominations are an eclectic, all-inclusive ensemble of nominees perfectly reflecting the wide variety of musical genres, tastes and trends that The Recording Academy celebrates.

Pop made a strong impact in the coveted General Field categories with nominations for Kelly Clarkson (Record Of The Year for "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You"), Taylor Swift (Record Of The Year for her pop-tinged "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together") and Carly Rea Jepsen (Song Of The Year for "Call Me Maybe").

The nominations also marked a milestone for Fun., who received six nominations, including Record and Song Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monáe, and Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Some Nights. The Brooklyn, N.Y., trio also received a Best New Artist nomination.

"It feels good, very good," lead singer Nate Ruess said backstage at "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" in Nashville on Dec. 5.

"American Idol" alum Clarkson is among the top female nominees with three nominations, including Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger. Pink received a deserving nod in the Best Pop Vocal Album category for The Truth About Love, which hopefully opens the door to a performance during February's GRAMMY Awards telecast. (Side note: Pink's album features "Just Give Me A Reason," a duet with Ruess.)

It was a big night for British superstar Ed Sheeran, who grabbed a Song Of The Year nomination for "The A Team." Sheeran was overjoyed with the honor, tweeting, "I can't describe how happy I am."

GRAMMY winners Maroon 5 had a strong night with nominations for Overexposed, the group's self-proclaimed "most diverse and poppiest album yet," in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album categories.

RedFoo and Sky Blu of LMFAO scooped up a Best Pop Duo/Group Performance nomination for their dance-pop confection "Sexy And I Know It," a deserving nomination for the world's most colorful party rockers.

Following a successful year for her GRAMMY-winning album 21, Adele's momentum is still going strong.  The proud new mom picked up a nomination for her live performance of "Set Fire To The Rain" in the Best Pop Solo Performance category. Adele was nominated alongside Clarkson, Rihanna ("Where Have You Been"), Katy Perry ("Wide Awake"), and Jepsen, the latter of whom was quick to tweet that she was "over the moon excited" with the honor.

With exciting pop newcomers and veteran pop artists nominated in the General and Pop Fields, the GRAMMY Awards telecast on Feb. 10 will without a doubt be Music's Biggest Night and a terrific night for pop.

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Latin Album Sales Down In 2011, Adele Garners Most Radio Airplay

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

Latin Album Sales Down In 2011, Adele Garners Most Radio Airplay
Latin album sales in the United States and Puerto Rico decreased 4.3 percent to 11.8 million units in 2011, a smaller deficit compared to the 25 percent decline reported in 2010, according to Billboard.biz. The top-selling Latin album of the year was Prince Royce's Latin GRAMMY-nominated self-titled debut, which sold 186,000 units. Despite the decrease, sales of Latin digital albums reached 1.1 million units, up from 917,000 units in 2010, and sales of digital Latin tracks reached 20.6 million downloads, up from 18.8 million. In related year-end news, Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" garnered the most radio airplay in 2011, setting a Billboard record by appearing on 12 monitored airplay charts. Placing second was Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" featuring Afrojack, Nayer and Ne-Yo, followed by LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, and Katy Perry's "E.T." featuring Kanye West and "Firework." Perry won the title as the artist with the most radio airplay in 2011. (1/6)

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Madonna Notches Bestselling Debut Of 2012

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

Madonna Notches Bestselling Debut Of 2012
Madonna's MDNA debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 359,000 units sold, marking the bestselling album debut of 2012, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album marks the GRAMMY winner's fifth consecutive release to reach No. 1, making her the female artist with the most chart-topping albums following Barbra Streisand, who has nine. Additionally, MDNA reached No. 1 on the UK albums chart. Madonna now has 12 No. 1 albums in the UK, surpassing Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most chart-topping albums in the market. (4/4)

Adele: '25' Lands 100th Week On Billboard 200

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Adele: '25' Lands 100th Week On Billboard 200

Album Of The Year-winning LP has been a mainstay on the 'Billboard' chart since debuting at No. 1 in November 2015

GRAMMYs/Oct 30, 2017 - 06:58 pm

Adele's 25, which won Album Of The Year a the 59th GRAMMY Awards, has wracked up its 100th consecutive week on the Billboard 200, according to a Billboard report.

In November 2015, the album debuted at No. 1, selling 3.38 million units in its first week. Now, 100 weeks later, the album — which held the No. 1 spot for 10 nonconsecutive weeks — is still hovering on the chart, landing at 103 on the latest installment.

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To date, 25 has moved approximately 10.9 million equivalent album units in the United States. Adele's prior album, 2011's 21, has spent 348 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200, landing at 181 this week. 21, which won Album Of The Year at the 54th GRAMMY Awards, has totaled nearly 15 million units. Earlier this year, 21 set the mark for the most weeks on the Billboard 200 by a woman, besting Carole King's Tapestry — the Album Of The Year winner at the 14th GRAMMY Awards.

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