- by Variance Staff
- September 28, 2012
Adele has been able to accomplish things many artists only dream of. And now the famed singer, who's been the subject of many jabs over her weight, is now taking issue with the way some pop stars have gone about selling their records--using their bodies.
This is huge.
Mumford and Sons used to be the "Little Lion Man" that could, but this week, the band is proving to have massive momentum in the music industry. According to industry insiders, the English folk rockers' latest album Babel is on track to sell as much as 600,000 copies by Sunday, easily nabbing the No. 1 spot on next week's album charts. This will be the band's first chart-topper.
Going head-to-head for No. 1 this week on the new Billboard charts were P!nk's Truth About Love and Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music album Cruel Summer. Unfortunately for Kanye & Co., it looks like P!nk won.
British singer Ed Sheeran's steady climb in the U.S. continues this week. Having spent 10 weeks on the Billboard 100, his song "The A Team" jumped last week from No. 69 to No. 61. And as the track is now being picked up in more markets, it's likely to climb again on the new charts when they are announced on Thursday.
Fitting perfectly in the company of previous covers such as fun. and Gotye, British songstress Ellie Goulding is one of the year’s hottest music makers (and chart-toppers). Her hit song “Lights” has overtaken radio airwaves and topped multiple Billboard charts, and her music has been covered and parodied all across the Web. Her new album Halcyon releases on Oct. 9, and it’s clear this is only the beginning for the young singer.
In the latest example of the Internet's power, it's been an incredibly quick rise for South Korea's PSY. Now the rapper has another notch in his belt as he sets a Guinness World Record this week for Most Likes on YouTube. With more than 2,141,758 likes -- despite 110,000+ dislikes -- he passes the previous record set by LMFAO’s "Party Rock Anthem," Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know," Justin’s Bieber’s "Baby" and Adele’s "Rolling in the Deep."
If you've talked to anyone who attended or watched this weekend's iHeartRadio Music Festival, most of them were talking about Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong's onstage freak-out. According to an announcement by the band's rep on Sunday, it wasn't planned and it hasn't gone unnoticed, as the punk rocker is now entering rehab for substance abuse.
Mumford & Sons will release their latest album, Babel, on Sept. 25. We're giving you the chance to win a FREE copy of it. Five winners will be randomly selected.
Update: This contest is now closed.
Two California-born bands are going on tour together, but until now, they may have seemed unlikely as tour mates. Following a string of dates that begins with the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Sept. 21, punk rockers Green Day will be joined by indie rockers Best Coast. Their joint dates begin in Rosemont, Ill., on Jan. 8.
If you've been waiting for Lauryn Hill's long-awaited return, you're in luck. Ahead of the release of her new single, Ms. Hill is hitting the road with another hip-hop great, Nas. While she has performed a few times in the couple of years, she has been cryptic about future plans until recently.
The Voice is only one week in to its third season, but execs are already hard at work planning for round 4.
NBC has confirmed that Usher will replace Cee Lo Green next season as Green focuses on other projects, including a solo album, a comedy series and a residency in Las Vegas. Christina Aguilera, whose album Lotus releases in November, will also be taking a break while promoting her music. She will be replaced by...Shakira.