ADELE BREAKS U.K. CHART RECORD
AN ADELE THANKSGIVING: 3.5M IN SIGHT
ADELE DROPS EURO TOUR DATES
U.K. SPOTLIGHT: THE SHOCK OF THE NEW
As U.S. sales of Adele’s 25 look set to top 3.5 million, the U.K. born singer has sailed past Oasis’ chart record, claiming Blighty’s fastest-selling album of all time. According to the Official Charts Company, 25 has topped 737k sales since Friday, passing the 696k Be Here Now by Oasis notched up in 1997. However, the feat isn’t quite as comparatively impressive as it might look.
Adele’s 25 continues to surge, up 25% from Tuesday, with most accounts up 20-30%. Forecasts now put the megastar’s new set at 3.5 million for her debut week—leaving prior sales records in the dust—and possibly as much as 6m for the season. The latter benchmark would mean she was more than halfway to the RTD sales on 2011’s 21...
Adele will be facing her fear of touring in 2016. As her album goes stratospheric worldwide, the XL/Columbia superstar has announced a 36-date arena tour throughout Europe. It’s the singer’s first tour in four years and comes after plenty of speculation...
Another day, another updated Adele projection. As of Wednesday morning, our numbers crunchers have increased first-week estimates for 25 to 3.1-3.3m albums, 3.2-3.4m SPS. This is surreal. Meanwhile, she’s performing “Million Years Ago” on The Today Show as this item is being typed.
Adele serves up a feast for the biz in the Thanksgiving-themed edition of our animated turkey, Airhead—featuring a special dinner guest who's both fowl and foul. Check it out here, and don't bother thanking us.
In retrospect, every year in this century has been transitional for the music business to some degree, but 2015 has seen some truly profound changes. So we focused on several pressing issues in seeking the opinions of British tastemakers.
In an intimate and powerful interview with VICE, the members of Eagles of Death Metal discuss the terrible events that overtook Paris on 11/13, where they were performing at Le Bataclan, coping with the aftermath and how proceeds from their cover of Duran Duran's "Save a Prayer" will aid victims' families.
Adele's performance for her NBC special at Radio City Music Hall showed her understated and self-effacing charm. She told us she was uncomfortable in her shoes as she immediately took them off and performed songs new and already classic in her bare feet—while wearing an elaborated bejeweled gown.
"Adele isn't streaming her new album," while pithy as a headline, isn't technically accurate.
As they are with their label brethren and sistren, the advent of the Streaming Age and the globalization of the biz are foremost in the minds of U.K. publishers, who are generally quite optimistic about the direction of the industry.