<p>The cover of Adele's &quot;21&quot;</p>
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The cover of Adele's "21"

Does Adele make it to sweet 16 on the Billboard 200?

What act that you've likely never heard of comes in at No. 2?

In a now familiar refrain, it’s Adele’s “21” for the win next week as the title is poised to spend its 16th non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

The British singer’s sophomore set could top the 100,000 mark again next week, according to Hits Daily Double, giving it a huge margin of David Crowder Band’s “Give Us Rest,” which is predicted to sell around 45,000, to come in at No. 2

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Watch: Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars play 'Hunger Game's' 'Safe and Sound'

Watch: Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars play 'Hunger Game's' 'Safe and Sound'

Swifty shows up at the duo's Nashville show

Taylor Swift, who brought up guest artist after guest artist during her recent tour, got to crash someone else's show last night:  She joined  The Civil Wars to perform “Safe and Sound,” their duet from “Hunger Games”  on stage for the pair's sold-out show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

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<p>Madonna on &quot;Good Morning America&quot;</p>

Madonna on "Good Morning America"

Watch: Madonna swats at Lady Gaga on 'GMA'

But she saves her true wrath for Newsweek

What is she wearing? That was the first question I thought when I watched the below excerpt from Madonna’s interview with “Good Morning America” that aired today.

Money can’t buy taste and the fake cheerleader outfit with silver fringe and "WE" necklace distracted me so much that I almost couldn't focus on what she was saying.  The interview is largely a snore in which Cynthia McFadden tries to be titillating by asking if Madonna’s recent kiss with Nicki Minaj included tongue, but Madonna is really having none of it.

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What's the bad news about Adele's 'Titanic' success?
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What's the bad news about Adele's 'Titanic' success?

Why is she so far ahead of the pack?

Next week, barring any stunning surprises, Adele’s “21” will celebrate its 16th non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. That statistic gives the album the most weeks at No. 1 since the “Titanic” soundtrack in 1997-1998.

How can there by anything bad about that? Well, plenty. Especially when you think about what her success says about the state of the music industry and today’s music makers.

Let’s make something clear: This is not meant to take anything away from Adele, and her U.S. label, Columbia, which set up the album beautifully and have paced the singles perfectly. This is more a look at what's wrong with everything else. Here’s the bad news:

*If you subtract “21’s” success from the 2011 numbers, sales for 2011 were down from 2010; her album sales alone can wipe away the 1.4% increase experienced over the previous year.  Since “21” first debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart dated March 12 2011, 23 other albums have hit No. 1, but “21” always bounced back to the top, never spending more than 10 weeks out of No. 1.  Plus, it has never dropped out of the Top 10 since its release.

*Other than “21,” the only other album to spend more than two weeks at No. 1 since “21’s” release is Michael Buble’s “Christmas.”  A holiday album. An album that does not rely on radio play and has an extraordinarily short shelf life (although it is a perennial) and does nothing to build an artist’s career.

*To drive the nail further in the coffin, the gap between “21’s” sales and sales of “Christmas,” the second-best selling album in 2011, was around 3 million copies .  Do you want us to repeat that? “21” sold 5.8 million copies; “Christmas” sold  2.45 million. There are 310 million people in the U.S.

*Nearly a year after “21’s” release, Columbia is only on the third single, “Set Fire To The Rain.”  How many pop records, especially urban leanings ones, are on their third single by the time the album comes out?  Granted, a “Rolling in the Deep” only comes along once in, apparently, every 25 years, but there’s something to be learned from sticking with a single and not rushing things. It’s called patience and development.

*Acts need to make albums that capture people’s interest for more than a second.  Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto?” Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night?” Drake’s “Take Care?”  All highly anticipated albums that got one and were done: one week at No. 1 and then started to drop.  All the emphasis is on opening week, there’s no building or sustaining a story.

*Artists need to make better albums. Yes, we are transitioning to a digital download world, but note that Adele had the biggest selling single of the year, as well as album. That says that people wanted to buy the album because they wanted to hear more after purchasing “Rolling In the Deep,” and they had faith that the tracks they had not heard would be just as good as the ones that they had. How many other albums can you say that about recently?

*Is it really as simple as Dave Grohl makes it sound? He told Billboard earlier this week: “Someone asked me recently, ‘What do you think the problem with the music industry is?’ I said, take the Adele record, for example. It's an amazing record and everybody's so shocked that it's such a phenomenon. I'm not. You know why that record's huge? Because it's fucking good and it's real. When you have an artist singing about something real and she's incredibly talented, it deserves all the rewards it gets, it's a great record. Now imagine if all records were that good. Do you think only one of them would sell? Fuck no! All of them would...A lot of people are promoting records that are just throw-it-against-the-wall-see-if-it-sticks meaningless bullshit. Everybody has the responsibility to do the right thing and promote artists that mean something."

No, of course it’s not that simple. The Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light” has sold around 670,000 copies. Does that mean it’s only 1/9 as good as “21?” Of course not, but Grohl’s broader point is well taken about the industry's continued mentality that settles for merely good enough. And that's too bad.

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Watch: Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah make a 'Joyful Noise' about working together

Watch: Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah make a 'Joyful Noise' about working together

Parton reveals that she liked her co-star 'more than I thought I would'

Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are forces of nature who come together in “Joyful Noise.” In the family-friendly film, which opens Jan. 13, the two feud over control of a small church choir that is hell-bound on winning the regional gospel competition.

Both bring to the movie their own iconic, bigger-than-life personalities, which contributes to the fun, especially  as they throw barbs and biscuits at each other in one memorable scene.

In person, they’re just as dynamic. For the junket,  Parton, dressed in a tight leather outfit that showed off her unbelievably tiny waist, and Queen Latifah bantered back and forth as if they were still on set, confessing what had surprised each one about the other.

They also discussed the mechanics of their on-screen food fight and the only fight they ever had.

Check out the interview above....

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<p>Kelly Clarkson</p>

Kelly Clarkson

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Kelly Clarkson to sing National Anthem at Super Bowl; Miranda and Blake join in

Maybe she and Madonna can duet during half time

Kelly Clarkson will open for Madonna at the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. To be more specific, the first “American Idol” will sing the National Anthem at the NFL championship game in Indianapolis, according to a rumor reported by the Associated Press.

And Clarkson seems to be in no hurry to deny it, even though her camp has not officially confirmed it: she retweeted a link to the AP story.

Here’s hoping she does a better job than Christina Aguilera, who bungled the lyrics and, in our mind, unfairly caught all kinds of hell. At least we knew she wasn’t lipsyncing.

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<p>Rihanna can't stop laughing about her domination of the Hot 100. </p>

Rihanna can't stop laughing about her domination of the Hot 100.

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Rihanna finds her way back to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Is Katy Perry's teenage dream of six No. 1s still alive?

Rihanna’s “We Found Love” finds its way back to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as it pushes LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” out of the top spot.

“Sexy” slips back to No. 2, flanked by Rihanna and Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain,” which rises to No. 3. Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain,” zooms 8-4, making it her third top 5 hit from “21,” which remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week.  Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” stays at No. 5.

Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” falls 3-6, asking the question if the song is prophetically titled: Will it be the song that keeps her from achieving an unprecedented sixth Hot100 No. 1 from “Teenage Dream?” The song increases in radio airplay, but falls in digital sales, according to Billboard. https://www.billboard.com/#/news/rihanna-renews-love-affair-atop-hot-100-1005842352.story

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<p>Mary J. Blige in &quot;Mr. Wrong&quot;</p>

Mary J. Blige in "Mr. Wrong"

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Watch: Drake shows up for Mary J. Blige's revamped 'Mr. Wrong' video

Do you like the new version better?

Drake has returned to where he rightfully belongs: the video for Mary J. Blige’s “Mr. Wrong.” 

The first video released for the tune featured Blige, some background dancers and a largely unused stripper’s pole, lamenting the joys and sorrows of loving a man who makes it hurt so good in all the wrong ways. However, Drake was nowhere to be found.

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<p>Jason Mraz</p>

Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz sets release date for fourth studio album

First single, 'I Won't Give Up,' soars to the top of Billboard's Digital Songs chart

 Jason Mraz will release his fourth studio album on May 8.

There’s a pent-up demand for Mraz’s music, apparently:  first single the sweet “I Won’t Give Up,” debuted on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart at No. 1, selling 229,000 copies in week one, after Mraz released a lyric video of the song on his website on Jan. 3.

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Watch: Madonna plays coy for the cameras about Lady Gaga, announces album title

Catch Madonna on 'Nightline' and 'Graham Norton' and the Super Bowl and ....

Who does Madonna think she is? MGMT?  No, she’s “M.D.N.A.”  Or at least that’s the title of her 12th studio album out in late March. Actually, it's kind of cute, when you think it's also short for not just her name, but  Madonna DNA.

She announced the title to the world  during a taping of the BBC’s “Graham Norton Show.”  That episode will air on BBC One in the U.K. on Friday (and eventually on BBC America here), but before that, you can watch Madonna on “Nightline” on Thursday night.

In the downright embarrassing promo for the “Nightline” interview,  correspondent Christina McFadden acts as if she and her BFF are reuniting because “Madonna has never had any problem expressing herself to me.”

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