Stop The Presses!

Apr. 11-17: Adele (aka Sasha Carter) Resumes Her Chart Dominance

Stop The Presses!

I guess nobody ever toldAdele 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.

WATCH: Adele Perform "ChasingPavements" Live

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In a revealing cover story in Rolling Stone, Adele explained her winning formula. "I don't make music foreyes," she said. "I make music for ears." Her single "Rolling In The Deep" is atrue story about a relationship with an older man that went awry. In the videoshe calmly sits in a chair with a blank expression as she pours out her soul and a steady stream of dishes is thrown against a wall.

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.

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Adele may have held herfellow pop divas out of the top album position this week, but they stillmanaged to make news. The controversy Lady Gaga anticipated her song "Judas"would yield came true Friday with attacks from Catholic and Latino activistgroups. Britney Spears confirmed that spitfire rapper Nicki Minaj would bejoining her on tour. Then the "Toxic" singer showed up as a special guest on aremix of Rihanna's "S&M." Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne had some good news, quicklysettling their $1.7 million tax debt that was exposed earlier during the week.

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.


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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