Adele that the secret to being a top-selling female pop star was to singraunchy lyrics, disrobe for the public, and gyrate to the beat. The 22-year-oldBritish pop star marked another coup this week when her sophomore album, "21,"returned to the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 chart, pushing the newlyreleased Britney Spears album into the No. 2 spot during its second week out.
"21" is the year's firstalbum to claim four weeks in the top spot or to reach sales of 1 million. It'sa pretty impressive feat to accomplish within seven weeks of its release.
Anyone who has ever had theirheart broken can relate to the pain that resonates in her voice. There's nofaking here, and it's clearly the appeal that has connected with her fans.
Born Adele Laurie BlueAdkins, the singer is a die-hard Etta James fan who still experiences stagefright and cried when Beyoncé paid her a huge compliment. "[She] said, 'You'reamazing! When I listen to you I feel like I'm listening to God,'" Adelerecalls. "I went out on the balcony crying hysterically." The emotionalbreakdown prompted Adele to create her Sasha Carter alter-ego, a mashup of Beyoncé's Sasha Fierce and June Carter.
What's even cooler aboutAdele's latest album is that it's just getting started. There are plenty of hits.So expect more news in weeks to come.
What a good balance thisweek. Kudos to Adele. We hear that Foo Fighters will be bringing on some goodchart competition next week. See you then.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 5 MUSIC NEWS STORIES
1) Sasha Fierce--Adele secures No. 1 again
2) Mary Mary--Lady Gaga said to dress like Mary Magdalene in new video
3) Moment 4 Life--Britney Spears recruits Nicki Minaj for tour
4) Double Shot--Rihanna adds Britney Spears to saucy remix
5) Chump Change--Ozzy and Sharonnip $1.7 million tax bill
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