Adele makes Billboard chart history this week, as "Someone Like You" flies to the top spot on the Hot 100. Even though it wasn't officially released as a single, it's still all over Denver radio.
Adele deserves this, though. Girl has had a huuuuuge year in music. First "Rolling in the Deep" sells five million copies, then 21 becomes the year's biggest album, with 3.3 million copies sold, then she stops the show at the VMAs with her performance of "Someone Like You."
Is there anything this woman with a broken heart can't do? She's on top of the game right now, at a time when none of her contemporaries are even coming close.
The thing about Adele that clicks with people is her relatability. She deals with heartbreak. So do we. She sings her heart out about an ex, and we belt out trashy karaoke at a bar in LoDo to appease our broken hearts. Really, you can't help but root for the woman, even more when you find out how young she is (23) and feel how much age rings through in her voice. She's like a wine that America is drinking by the carafe. Keep the hits coming, Adele.
And remember back when Adele started? She and Duffy -- or that one chick that sang "Mercy" -- entered the scene after Amy Winehouse had blazed the way for their retro-soul sound in the 21st century. Critics were slow to take on Adele, but now they're quick to pass on Duffy, as the latter has declared a hiatus from music.
If you're one of the millions who has purchased 21, you know that Adele has more hits up her sleeve -- whether she opts to release them as singles or not. Apparently it doesn't matter; they'll still chart. That's how powerful her voice is. Ain't no man gon' stop her, either.
Movers & Shakers: No surprise here. Lil Wayne rules the charts, as last week's most anticipated album, Tha Carter IV, bows in at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Any other week, and Red Hot Chili Peppers' I'm With You would have been a shoe-in for number one. But not this week. Tha Carter IV sold 964,000 copies in seven days; give him another week and he'll notch one million copies.
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In a shift of unsurprising proportions, Lady Gaga shoots up the chart and into the top ten, as Jo Calderone helps "You And I" go from 16 to 6. The biggest drop this week, however, goes to David Guetta, Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj for "Where Them Girls At," plummeting 38 positions to number 78. Is this a sign that David Guetta's sound -- the one that made "I Gotta Feeling" and every other dance-pop number to follow it -- is on the way out? Unless he gets Eminem on a track at any point soon, yes.
Alternative hits: Over on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart, the Chili Peppers get that number-one debut after all. Foster the People follows at number two, while Lenny Kravitz's new offering, Black and White America, comes in at number four. And then everyone said, "Wait, Lenny Kravitz put out a new album? Since when?"