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Wednesday
Apr102013

Kelly Clarkson Flick Among IMDb's Top 10 Worst Movies Ever

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImageKelly Clarkson has been honored multiple times for her music, but when it comes to acting, even she'll tell you that she's not any good at it.  So it's no surprise that the one movie in which she starred has made the top 10 on IMDb's list of the worst movies ever.

IMDb, or the Internet Movie Database, allows its users to rate the movies listed on the site, and its now compiled "The Bottom 100," a list of the movies that have the worst rankings overall.  From Justin to Kelly, the disastrous contractual obligation flick Kelly made with fellow American Idol alumn Justin Guarini in 2003, comes in at #9 on the list, with a rating of 1.9 out of a possible 10.

From Justin to Kelly -- about a waitress from Texas and a student from Pennsylvania who meet, fall in love, sing and dance together during spring break -- has already won its share of Golden Raspberry awards, given annually to the worst flicks of the year.  In fact, in 2005, the Razzies named it "Worst Musical of Our First 25 Years."

Of course, there were eight other movies on IMDb's list that were deemed even lamer than From Justin to Kelly.  The worst movie overall was the 2008 spoof Disaster Movie, followed at #2 by the Paris Hilton comedy The Hottie & the Nottie, also from 2008.

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Miranda Lambert Predicts Her Marriage to Blake Shelton Will Outlast Their Careers

Christopher Polk/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACMMiranda Lambert says moments like Sunday’s ACM Awards make all the struggles of a celebrity marriage worthwhile.  Miranda shared Song of the Year honors with husband Blake Shelton, for co-writing her hit “Over You.” She also went on to win Single and Female Vocalist honors at the show her husband co-hosted.

“You know it’s not easy all the time being on opposite sides of the country and, you know, traveling and all that,” she shares. “But when you get to celebrate moments like this together and when you go through the hard stuff together, those are the moments that actually count. All the rest is fluff.”

As for her long-term marriage philosophy, Miranda has adopted an attitude she learned from her parents.

“Like I always say my mom said to my dad, ‘Divorce is not an option,' she says.  “We really love each other and have a real marriage outside of all of this.”

Miranda even predicts her marriage to Blake will outlast their country careers.

“When this is all said and done we will be drinking a beer together on a front porch somewhere, reminiscing about the good old days, and that’s what I’m happy about.”

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Wednesday
Apr102013

David Byrne & St. Vincent to Headline Annual 80/35 Music Festival

Facebook.com/8035MusicFestivalThe dynamic duo of Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, have signed on to be two of the headliners for this year's 80/35 Music Festival, which will be held July 5-6 at the Western Gateway Park in Des Moines, IA.  Other artists appearing at the sixth annual fest include Deerhunter, Yeasayer, Umphrey’s McGee and Wavves.

Tickets for the musical extravaganza are on sale now. Single-day tickets will run you $29, while two-day passes start at $49. To see the complete festival artist roster, head over to 80-35.com.

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Never-Before-Seen Photos of Pre-Stardom Madonna to Be Diplayed at NYC Hotels

W Hotels New YorkMadonna is one of the world's most-photographed stars, so maybe it's not surprising that there are still some previously unseen photos of her.  A special exhibition of some of those pictures, showing the future superstar right before she became a household name, are going on display in New York City hotels later this month, according to ELLE magazine.

Photographer Richard Corman shot 24-year-old Madonna in May of 1983 on New York's Lower East Side, less than a year before she made her national TV debut on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, where she famously declared that she wanted to "rule the world."  The photos show Madonna posing wearing her signature funky '80s street style, with a bandana in her hair, lots of bracelets, ripped jeans and red lipstick.

The exhibit is called MADONNA: A Transformational Exhibition, and it'll go on display starting this Friday at New York's W Times Square, with select photos also on display at three additional New York City W hotels, and the W in Hoboken, New Jersey.  The exhibit runs through May 12; tickets for the opening night can be purchased at WHotelsNewYork.com

Visitors who attend the exhibition will be able to actually purchase prints of the Madonna photos as well, with proceeds going to charity.  Can't make it to New York?  Visit Rockpaperphoto.com/madonna to buy.

Remembering the shoot, Corman tells ELLE, "She leaned on her staircase and greeted me from her walk-up [apartment].  I saw those cat eyes, and I just knew.  There are a few people that have that fierce sense of confidence that she portrayed." 

Corman recalls that Madonna welcomed him by serving him "an espresso with a [piece of] Bazooka bubble gum," adding, "I will never forget it.  The kids from the projects would all come up and sing and dance along with her.  I documented all of this.  I was a voyeur."

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Metallica-Themed Pinball Machine Coming Soon

Facebook.com/MetallicaGet a stack of quarters ready, Metallica fans, because the guys are getting into the gaming business.  Metallica has teamed up with the Stern Pinball company to create a signature pinball machine inspired by the group's music.

Titled Metallica Pinball, the upcoming game will serve up plenty of crazy flipper action backed by a soundtrack that features "Master of Puppets," "The Unforgiven," "Enter Sandman" and a number of other classic tunes by the band. 

While a firm release date for Metallica Pinball has yet to be announced, it is expected to arrive sometime soon. Here's the full list of tracks that will be featured in Metallica Pinball:

"Creeping Death"
"For Whom the Bell Tolls"
"Fuel"
"Master of Puppets"
"The Unforgiven"
"Seek and Destroy"
"Battery"
"Sad but True"
"Enter Sandman"
"One"
"Fade to Black"
"The End of the Line"

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Jay-Z Selling His Nets Ownership Stake

Facebook.com/JayZLess than a year after Jay-Z welcomed the Nets to their new home at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, he's looking to divest his ownership in the team so that he can expand his Roc Nation Sports group into basketball, according to Yahoo! Sports

Earlier this month Jay announced that his Roc Nation sports management company had signed New York Yankees player Robinson Cano as its first client.  But if Jay wants to represent NBA players as an agent, then he's required by the league to sell his ownership in the Nets.

Jay and his Creative Artists Agency partners are taking their time to ensure that he leaves the Nets in a way that's respectful to the sports organization, Yahoo! Sports reports.  Still, the process is expected to be completed in time for Roc Nation Sports to compete for players in the June NBA draft.

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Justin Bieber & Lady Gaga Receive Webby Award Nominations

JustinBiebersGirlfriend.comJustin Bieber may not have received a Grammy Award this past year, but at least he's gotten a nomination for the Webby Awards, which honor the best of everything on the Internet, from websites, to interactive advertising, to video, to social networking.

Justin is nominated in the Interactive Advertising & Media, Social and Online Film & Video category for the launch of his Girlfriend perfume, which included contests, specially created videos and even a custom version of Justin's hit "Boyfriend" that he recorded just for the campaign.

Lady Gaga, meanwhile, has been nominated in the Social category for Gaga's Workshop, the website she created in the winter of 2011 to go along with her Gaga's Workshop partnership with Barneys Department Store in New York City. 

You may recall that at the time, Gaga took over an entire floor in the store's Madison Avenue building, and sold gifts that she had personally selected and, in some case, designed, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.  The website allowed those unable to get to New York to join in the fun.

The winners of the 17th Annual Webby Awards will be announced April 30; the awards ceremony will take place May 21 and will be broadcast online on May 22.

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Emeli Sande to Perform at NYC's JetBlue Airways Terminal

EmeliSande.comWhat could possibly improve the huge hassle of air travel?  How about the sweet sounds of Emeli Sande singing her chart-topping single "Next to Me"?  That's what JetBlue passengers traveling through New York's JFK Airport will experience on April 26, when Emeli becomes the latest participant in the airline's exclusive concert series, "Live from T5."

The show, which starts at 5 p.m. ET at JFK's Terminal 5, will feature Emeli performing selections from her debut album Our Version of Events.  Unfortunately, it's taking place beyond security, so only ticketed JetBlue customers and contest winners will be able to attend the free show.

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was the first woman to win Entertainer of the Year at the ACMs? ANSWER:  Loretta Lynn, in 1975.

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet Perform at Memphis Soul White House Event

WeTVIt was all about soul at the White House Tuesday night. President Obama saluted Memphis Soul music as part of the In Performance at the White House series.

Among the artists who took the stage to perform soul classics: Cyndi Lauper and former American Idol contestant Joshua Ledet. Booker T. Jones served as music director and band leader.

PBS will air the event next Tuesday night; check local listings. Here's a rundown of some of the notable performances from the event:

-- Cyndi Lauper, the Otis Redding version of "Try a Little Tenderness"

-- Joshua Ledet, Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman" 

-- Sam Moore and Joshua Ledet, Sam & Dave's "Soul Man"

-- Justin Timberlake and Steve Cropper, Otis Redding's   "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

-- Alabama Shakes and Steve Cropper, Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign"

-- Queen Latifah, Ann Peebles' "I Can't Stand The Rain"

-- Sam Moore, Sam & Dave's "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"

-- All of the artists, Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour"

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Queen Latifah Performs at Memphis Soul White House Event

Facebook.com/QueenLatifahIt was all about soul at the White House Tuesday night. President Obama saluted Memphis Soul music as part of the In Performance at the White House series.

Among the artists who took the stage to perform soul classics: Queen Latifah, former American Idol contestant Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore and Mavis Staples. Booker T. Jones served as music director and band leader.

Al Green was also scheduled to participate but was forced to cancel due to a back injury. Obama joked before the night's performances, "Tonight I am speaking not just as president but as one of America's best-known Al Green impersonators." He famously sang Green's "Let's Stay Together" during the presidential campaign last year.

Latifah hosted the event, which will air on PBS next Tuesday night; check local listings. Here's a rundown of some of the notable performances from the event:

-- Queen Latifah, Ann Peebles' "I Can't Stand The Rain"

-- Sam Moore, Sam & Dave's "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"

-- Joshua Ledet, Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman" 

-- Sam Moore and Joshua Ledet, Sam & Dave's "Soul Man"

-- Justin Timberlake and Steve Cropper, Otis Redding's   "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

-- Alabama Shakes and Steve Cropper, Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign"

-- Cyndi Lauper, the Otis Redding version of "Try a Little Tenderness"

-- All of the artists, Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour"

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Sam Moore, Steve Cropper Perform at Memphis Soul White House Event

Sam Moore; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic, Inc.It was all about soul at the White House Tuesday night. President Obama saluted Memphis Soul music as part of the In Performance at the White House series.

Among the artists who took the stage to perform soul classics: Sam Moore, Steve Cropper and Mavis Staples. Booker T. Jones served as music director and band leader.

Al Green was also scheduled to participate but was forced to cancel due to a back injury. Obama joked before the night's performances, "Tonight I am speaking not just as president but as one of America's best-known Al Green impersonators." He famously sang Green's "Let's Stay Together" during the presidential campaign last year.

PBS will air the event next Tuesday night; check local listings. Here's a rundown of some of the notable performances from the event:

-- Sam Moore, Sam & Dave's "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"

-- Joshua Ledet, Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman" 

-- Sam Moore and Joshua Ledet, Sam & Dave's "Soul Man"

-- Justin Timberlake and Steve Cropper, Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

-- Alabama Shakes and Steve Cropper, Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign"

-- Queen Latifah, Ann Peebles' "I Can't Stand The Rain"

-- Cyndi Lauper, the Otis Redding version of "Try a Little Tenderness"

-- All of the artists, Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour"

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Justin Timberlake Performs at Memphis Soul White House Event

Jive RecordsIt was all about soul at the White House Tuesday night. President Obama saluted Memphis Soul music as part of the In Performance at the White House series.

Among the artists who took the stage to perform soul classics: Justin Timberlake and former American Idol contestant Joshua Ledet. Booker T. Jones served as music director and band leader.

PBS will air the event next Tuesday night; check local listings. Here's a rundown of some of the notable performances from the event:

-- Justin Timberlake and Steve Cropper, Otis Redding's   "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

-- Joshua Ledet, Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman" 

-- Sam Moore and Joshua Ledet, Sam & Dave's "Soul Man"

-- Alabama Shakes and Steve Cropper, Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign"

-- Queen Latifah, Ann Peebles' "I Can't Stand The Rain"

-- Sam Moore, Sam & Dave's "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"

-- Cyndi Lauper, the Otis Redding version of "Try a Little Tenderness"

-- All of the artists, Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour"

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Alabama Shakes Perform at Memphis Soul White House Event

Image credit: Pieter M. van HattemIt was all about soul at the White House Tuesday night. President Obama saluted Memphis Soul music as part of the In Performance at the White House series.

Among the artists who took the stage to perform soul classics: Alabama Shakes and Ben Harper. Booker T. Jones served as music director and band leader.

PBS will air the event next Tuesday night; check local listings. Here's a rundown of some of the notable performances from the event:

-- Alabama Shakes and Steve Cropper, Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign"

-- Justin Timberlake and Steve Cropper, Otis Redding's   "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

-- Queen Latifah, Ann Peebles' "I Can't Stand The Rain"

-- Sam Moore, Sam & Dave's "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"

-- Joshua Ledet, Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman" 

-- Sam Moore and Joshua Ledet, Sam & Dave's "Soul Man"

-- Cyndi Lauper, the Otis Redding version of "Try a Little Tenderness"

-- All of the artists, Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour"

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J Ignite Discussion with "Accidental Racist"

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Of all the songs on Brad Paisley’s new CD Wheelhouse, none is generating as much buzz as his duet with LL Cool J on “Accidental Racist.” In the song, the two each give their perspective on race relations, 150 years after the Civil War.

Much like in the song, Brad started thinking about the issue after he wore an Alabama t-shirt with a Confederate flag in the design into Starbucks. He was surprised to find out it offended the African-American barista.

“I’m the guy that kind of walks in sort of blindly wearing something that I never imagined was offensive,” he tells ABC News Radio.

Thinking about what happened, Brad came up with the idea to explore it in song. LL Cool J seemed like the perfect person to offer the alternate take on the issue.

LL is one of the classiest people I’ve ever known, and when I wanted to have this discussion because I don’t know the answers to this…Having that conversation and asking that person, ‘How does this make you feel?’ and that’s what I got to do with him, when he was writing his verse.”

Brad recalls a very honest moment, when it came time for LL to write how cowboy hats and rebel flags make him feel.

“LL thought about it and he said, ‘You know, I think you wish I wasn’t here when I see that,' and it’s like, 'Well say that then, let’s hear it. Let’s hear what that’s like.'”

While Brad is quick to admit he doesn’t have the answers to the questions the song raises, he believes simply asking the question is the first step.

“I don’t know what the answer is,” he says, “but I know that asking the question of ‘How do we show our Southern pride and what do we do and how do we be sensitive?’ is the first step toward us all taking a big deep breath and going, ‘Alright let’s respect each other and figure this out.’” 

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Todd Rundgren Says New Album, "State," Is Filled with "Cautionary Tales"

Esoteric Antenna/Cherry Red RecordsTodd Rundgren is back with his first new album of original material since 2008's ArenaState sees the lauded singer/songwriter/producer making a foray into electronica music while taking a quirky look at the human condition in the 21st century.  The multitalented musician says the idea behind the album was inspired by the fact that he'd just signed a new record deal and wanted to deliver a collection of songs that were more accessible to a modern audience.

"I decided that I would do a lot of research on what was happening in contemporary music and production and craft a record that was sort of based on that," he tells ABC News Radio.

Musically speaking, State's 10 tracks offer up a plethora of computer-generated sounds and beats while touching on such genres as funk, soul, R&B and even heavy metal.  Rundgren admits, however, that he struggled to come up a cohesive theme when it came to the lyrics.

"I had less idea of what I was going for probably than any of the more recent concept records that I've done," he notes, "and, therefore, I kind of kept everything in my subconscious for as long as I possibly could.  I didn't spend a lot of time writing out lyrics."

Eventually, says Todd, something of a defining theme did emerge.

"I've kind of characterized the album, as a whole, as being a collection of cautionary tales in that the songs sometimes seem about one thing but they're actually about the opposite thing," he points out. 

One such tune is State's lead track, "Imagination," which Rundgren maintains "sets the tone for the record in one way, and in another way it kind of defies expectations, with the extremes it represents."

He adds, "If you just look at the title…you think, 'Oh, it's about whatever you imagine it is,' and then the song is actually about a lack of imagination."

Another tune along those lines is "Something from Nothing," which, Todd explains, "seems to be encouraging the listener to have faith [but] is actually about how inadequate faith can be and that simply having faith that things will change…is not a substitute for actually making things change."

As with some of his other recent albums, Rundgren recorded State entirely on a laptop computer.  Todd tells ABC News Radio that the digital nature of the album will "allow me to be a little bit more flexible when it [comes] to the live presentation."

To that end, Rundgren will only be bringing two other musicians -- drummer Prairie Prince and guitarist Jesse Gress -- with him when he hits the road next month to support State.  The trek will feature a set that will include the new material, reworked versions of Todd's classic tunes and songs from albums like 1993's No World Order, another project in which he experimented with electronica.

Rundgren's Official State Visit Tour kicks off with a May 5-6 engagement at the Bearsville Theater in Bearsville, New York.  Visit EsotericRecordings.com to check out all of Todd's upcoming concerts.

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ ThinkstockScotty McCreery debuts his new song “See You Tonight” on Thursday’s episode of American Idol. It’s the first single from his forthcoming sophomore album.

The debut CD from the Henningsens is set for release July 2. It shares its title with their hit single “American Beautiful.”

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Miguel Says Frank's Big Announcement "Overshadowed" Both Their Music

Facebook.com/VibeVibe has unveiled its annual "Big List" issue, and Miguel and Kendrick Lamar cover the April/May release.  Inside the magazine, Miguel discusses his Grammy Award-winning song "Adorn."  He also opens up about whether he felt "eclipsed" by Frank Ocean, who became the talk of the town last year after revealing via Tumblr that his first love was a man.

With all the attention focused on Frank, did Miguel feel eclipsed?  "I don't know if the word is eclipsed," he tells Vibe, later explaining, "The general public was in awe and championing him for being brave enough to make that announcement publicly..."  In the end, Miguel says, "Not only did his announcement overshadow my music, but it overshadowed his as well."

Miguel says he'd like to hear more of what Frank creates in the recording studio.  "How he writes and what he's writing about and how he chooses to express himself vocally, all his choices are very unique, and I appreciate that about him," Miguel tells Vibe.

Also in the interview, Miguel and Kendrick talk about which of their peers push them to reach for the next level.  Kendrick says, "My partner J. Cole is always keeping it to the point where you have to show and prove.  My partner Drake kills it."

But Miguel has a tougher time coming up with a list.  "What's f**ked up about R&B is that that camaraderie doesn't exist.... I wish I could be like 'my partner' or ' my homie,' but it's not really like that."  He says that Usher "is a friend," though, adding that "vocally there's no one f**king with Usher right now in mainstream R&B."

Miguel also says he's keeping an eye on Frank Ocean and the Weeknd, and he gives props to another friend, Jesse Boykins, who he says is bringing something "different, fresh and new" to music.

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Michael Buble on Having Kids: "We Can't Wait to Do It Again and Again"

Kevork Djansezian/AMA2010/Getty Images for DCPMichael Buble and his wife Luisana are currently expecting their first child -- a boy --  but although he's not even due until the late summer, Michael says he and Luisana are ready, willing and able to do it all over again...multiple times.

Speaking to the British version of OK! magazine, Michael says that Luisana is having "a great pregnancy," adding, "She doesn’t have morning sickness, she’s very lucky.  I find it very sexy actually; the more pregnant she gets, the sexier she gets."  He says that he finds this pre-baby time to be "very romantic," adding, "I love how close we are, and we can’t wait to do it again and again and again."

Meanwhile, he and Luisana are thinking about names for their son, but Michael says he wants to choose something that won't cause the kid too much grief when he gets older.

"We’re trying to come up with a name that’s obviously special that we both love, that this little guy is going to love when he grows up too," he tells OK!.  "I always liked Michael, but I’m 'Mickey Bubbles'; gimme a break! "

As for when Baby Boy Buble will make arrive, Michael says the due date is August 21, and he's sure his very determined wife will make sure that he will, in fact, make his big debut that very day.

"I said 'Just because the doctor gave you a due date doesn’t mean it’s going to happen on that date,'"  Michael recalls telling Luisana.  "[But] my wife is so practical and logistical that I wouldn’t be surprised if, on August 21 at 8:30 a.m., that baby isn’t delivered."

By way of proof, Michael says, "My wife told me she’d be pregnant by Christmas and we were.  My wife told me it would be a boy and it is.  She’s very intuitive."

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Adele's Hit Is Most Downloaded UK Single Ever; She Graces Cover of "ELLE's" Women in Music Issue

Courtesy ELLE MagazineAdele's "Someone Like You" was a smash hit single in the U.S., but in her native U.K., its popularity is beyond imagining: it's now officially the most downloaded single in British history.

Britain's Official Charts Company has just announced that total digital singles downloads in the U.K. have topped one billion for the first time, nine years after legal downloads were officially introduced.   Of those billion songs, "Someone Like You" is the song that has been downloaded more than any other, to the tune of 1.46 million.  Yes, that doesn't sound like a lot compared to U.S. sales, but of course, the U.K. has a much smaller population. 

The second most popular download in U.K. history is "Moves Like Jagger," which has sold 1.40 million copies, followed by Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," with 1.38 million.

In other Adele news, she graces the cover of ELLE's Women in Music issue, and in a feature called "The Stars Come Out for Adele," a bevy of top music stars contribute their thoughts about her rise to fame.  Among those who put in their two cents: Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Glee's Lea Michele, John Mayer and even Barbra Streisand, who Adele got to hang out with at the Oscars in February.

Adele's cover shot was taken at L.A.'s EastWest Studios, where Frank Sinatra recorded his greatest hits, in an effort to capture the singer's "retro crooner style."  The photographer, Thomas Whiteside, tells ELLE that the day of the Adele shoot, it was also his birthday.  "She sang 'Happy Birthday' to me," he boasts.  "Best present ever!"

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