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Adele CD Sales Up 10 Percent — Music Phenom of 2011

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The real music story of 2011 is Adele and her “21” album. The album and the single, “Roliing in the Deep,” have been mega hits for six months. “21” has acted like an album from the early 1980s, defying the odds. This past week, sales were actually up ten percent, with “21” selling over 80,000 copies and finishing number 2 to Jay Z and Kanye West‘s “Throne” album. “21” has been in the top 3 for almost its entire run too, roundly trouncing all comers. Adele has proved the anti-Gaga, just shmearing that publicity hound sales wise. “Born this Way” has foundered since its big million plus debut week.

But “21” just keeps on trucking. Sony has finally released a second single, the ballad, “Someone Like You.” It’s doing all right considering “Rolling in the Deep” is just number 12 after 32 weeks. There are more singles, and Adele will be a heavy presence at the MTV Video Music Awards. Now everyone can say they knew her with “Chasing Pavements.” As for Lady Gaga: last night at the after party for “Idiot Brother” the deejay was playing one of her songs. A group of people couldn’t whether it was Madonna or Gaga.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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