NEW YORK (AP) — It would be hard for any recording artist to drop an album the same day Adele dropped her highly anticipated album “25” — even harder for an artist who hadn’t dropped an album in seven years — or had a major hit since the 1980s. But that’s the hand that was dealt Enya. Her new project is called “Dark Sky Island” — and it’s an effort to recapture some of the chart success she has had in the past. She has sold 80 million albums worldwide in her three decades in the music industry. Enya says she believes “fame and success are two very different things.” And she says she’s fortunate she was able to make decisions that let her focus more on her art than focus on being famous.
Archives for December 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — These days, Adele’s biggest competition when it comes to album sales — is herself. Her new release “25” continues at the top of the Billboard album charts. Rolling Stone magazine notes that none of the new releases last week could even dent the top-10 on the albums chart. It all adds up to “25” being the best-selling album in the U.S. since 2011. The album that topped the charts then: Adele’s own “21.”
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Pete Seeger’s 1942 letter to the California American Legion denouncing a proposal to deport all Japanese-Americans triggered an FBI investigation that lasted three decades. Nearly 1,700 pages from Seeger’s FBI file have been released by the National Archives under the Freedom of Information Act. Seeger had been drafted and the Army intercepted Seeger’s mail to his fiancee. Authorities also scoured his school records, talked to his father, interviewed an ex-landlord and questioned his pal Woody Guthrie. Investigators raised red flags over Seeger’s association with Lead Belly, who was labeled a “negro murderer.” More documents on Seeger are expected to be released later.
UNDATED (AP) — The groundbreaking Los Angeles rap act N.W.A. will join a quartet of 1970s era FM radio rockers — Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple and Steve Miller — as 2016 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Both Miller and Cheap Trick make it during their first year on the ballots. The induction ceremony for the Cleveland-based hall will be held April 8 in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. HBO will carry highlights later in the spring.
ATLANTA (AP) — Patti Labelle will be among those honored at the upcoming BET Honors. The veteran singer will be among those getting special tributes at the event, set for Jan. 23 at the Warner Theater in Washington. A special on the awards ceremony will air the following month. Also being honored this year will be filmmaker Lee Daniels and longtime music executive L.A. Reid.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sting says he’s kept only one autograph he has ever received: from Frank Sinatra. He says the singer personalized an autograph to him, calling him “the new blue eyes.” Only problem: Sting says his eyes are green. It was one of many stories Sting weaved during his performance Monday night at Carnegie Hall. It was his first gig at the famous New York City venue.
NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Groban will make his Broadway debut next year in a story torn from “War and Peace.” Groban will star in “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” It’s a musical adaptation of a 70-page excerpt of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” The show is scheduled to arrive on Broadway in September.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seal, The Band Perry and Charlie Puth will be the musical entertainment for the Miss Universe pageant. Steve Harvey will host the show, which airs live on Fox on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Adele is expanding her tour to the U.S. Adele will begin her first North American tour in five years on July 5 in St. Paul, Minnesota. All tickets go on sale Thursday. She had to scrap her 2011 tour of the U.S. after she suffered a vocal hemorrhage.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adele continues to dominate album sales in the U.S. Billboard reports her “25” album moved another 728,000 units in its third week of release, putting it at number one on the album chart. By comparison, the number two album, Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Stars,” moved 210,000 units. Adele has sold a total of 5.19 million copies in the U.S. in just three weeks.