Adele Notches Best Sales Year Since Usher’s Confessions

In 2011, 21 moved more than 5.6 million copies in the U.S.
By Gil Kaufman

<P>The music industry has been stuck in a rut for nearly a decade. But every once in a while, it still manages to produce one of those unstoppable hit albums that give everyone that good old feeling. </P><P> </P><P></p><div class=”player-placeholder right” title=”Rolling in the Deep” id=”vid:604336″ width=”240″ height=”211″></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>This year’s model is <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/adele/artist.jhtml”>Adele</a>’s <I>21</I>, which not only sold more copies than any other album in the U.S. in 2011 (more than 5.6 million to date), but which has also moved the most units of any artist since 2004. According to a <a href=”http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/27/us-adele-idUSTRE7BQ10V20111227″ target=”_blank”><I>Reuters</I> report</a>, those gaudy figures (which top 15 million worldwide) make the British songbird the first artist to cross the 5 million mark in one year since Usher did it with his fourth studio album, <I>Confessions</I>, which sold 7.9 million units more than seven years ago. </P><P> </P><P>And to think she did it by releasing just two mega singles, <a href=”/news/articles/1675976/adele-rolling-in-the-deep-best-song-2011.jhtml”>”Rolling in the Deep”</a> and “Someone Like You,” and barely touring North America due to <a href=”/news/articles/1674453/adele-throat-surgery-recovery.jhtml”>recurring vocal issues.</a>&#8232; </P><P> </P><P>There have been other big hits along the way to Adele’s mark, including Eminem selling more than 3.4 million copies of his comeback <I>Recovery</I> album last year and Taylor Swift taking the honors in 2009 with <I>Fearless</I>, which sold 3.2 million copies. But none have come as close to Usher’s mark in the interim. </P><P> </P><P>There doesn’t seem to be any chance Adele will be surpassed by the end of the year: The closest contenders are Lady Gaga’s <I>Born This Way</I> (2.08 million) and Michael Bubl&#233;’s <I>Christmas</I> (2.4 million). The other good news is that overall music sales are expected to be up slightly (3 percent) by the end of this year, marking the first time that’s happened since 2004.</p>

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Adele Notches Best Sales Year Since Usher’s Confessions

In 2011, 21 moved more than 5.6 million copies in the U.S.
By Gil Kaufman

<P>The music industry has been stuck in a rut for nearly a decade. But every once in a while, it still manages to produce one of those unstoppable hit albums that give everyone that good old feeling. </P><P> </P><P></p><div class=”player-placeholder right” title=”Rolling in the Deep” id=”vid:604336″ width=”240″ height=”211″></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>This year’s model is <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/adele/artist.jhtml”>Adele</a>’s <I>21</I>, which not only sold more copies than any other album in the U.S. in 2011 (more than 5.6 million to date), but which has also moved the most units of any artist since 2004. According to a <a href=”http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/27/us-adele-idUSTRE7BQ10V20111227″ target=”_blank”><I>Reuters</I> report</a>, those gaudy figures (which top 15 million worldwide) make the British songbird the first artist to cross the 5 million mark in one year since Usher did it with his fourth studio album, <I>Confessions</I>, which sold 7.9 million units more than seven years ago. </P><P> </P><P>And to think she did it by releasing just two mega singles, <a href=”/news/articles/1675976/adele-rolling-in-the-deep-best-song-2011.jhtml”>”Rolling in the Deep”</a> and “Someone Like You,” and barely touring North America due to <a href=”/news/articles/1674453/adele-throat-surgery-recovery.jhtml”>recurring vocal issues.</a>&#8232; </P><P> </P><P>There have been other big hits along the way to Adele’s mark, including Eminem selling more than 3.4 million copies of his comeback <I>Recovery</I> album last year and Taylor Swift taking the honors in 2009 with <I>Fearless</I>, which sold 3.2 million copies. But none have come as close to Usher’s mark in the interim. </P><P> </P><P>There doesn’t seem to be any chance Adele will be surpassed by the end of the year: The closest contenders are Lady Gaga’s <I>Born This Way</I> (2.08 million) and Michael Bubl&#233;’s <I>Christmas</I> (2.4 million). The other good news is that overall music sales are expected to be up slightly (3 percent) by the end of this year, marking the first time that’s happened since 2004.</p>

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Snap to Pay Google $400M a Year for Cloud Services

Over the next five years, the company behind Snapchat will pay Google at least $ 2 billion in cloud bills.

On Thursday, Snap revealed in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that it signed a five-year contract to pay Google at least $ 400 million a year for cloud services. That’s a steep figure, considering that Snap made roughly $ 404 million last year. 

In return for the massive commitment, Snap will receive reduced pricing, though it’s not clear how deep the company’s discounts will be. Sinking a bunch of money into Google Cloud makes sense, because Snapchat began its life built on top of Google’s AppEngine platform-as-a-service offering.

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6 Celebrity Couples Who Have Already Broken Up This Year

It hasn’t been very long since the start of 2017, but the year has already been peppered with sad celebrity breakups. It’s still early, so we haven’t reached 2016 levels yet, but here’s hoping we won’t have to mourn the end of many more high-profile pairs. Scroll through to see the couples who have already called it quits this year.

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Tesla falls short on promised car deliveries for the year

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Tesla has ultimately failed to roll out the number of cars it had repeatedly projected it would in 2016.

The electric automaker said Tuesday that it delivered just 76,230 of its Model S and Model X vehicles in the last year, undershooting its promised 80,000 to 90,000.

The company blamed the shortfall on production challenges related to an upgrade of its in-car Autopilot system — a set of sensors, radars and cameras designed to help guide drivers with partial automation. The problem lasted from October until early December. Read more…

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Tesla has ultimately failed to roll out the number of cars it had repeatedly projected it would in 2016.

The electric automaker said Tuesday that it delivered just 76,230 of its Model S and Model X vehicles in the last year, undershooting its promised 80,000 to 90,000.

The company blamed the shortfall on production challenges related to an upgrade of its in-car Autopilot system — a set of sensors, radars and cameras designed to help guide drivers with partial automation. The problem lasted from October until early December. Read more…

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Robert Plant And Alison Krauss Win Grammy Album Of The Year

Raising Sand, from Led Zeppelin vet and bluegrass superstar, wins five Grammys on Sunday night.
By James Montgomery with MTV News staff

<P>”I’m bewildered,” <a href=”/music/artist/plant_robert/artist.jhtml”>Robert Plant</a> said onstage as he accepted the <MTVNLINK type=”news” id=”1604580″>Grammy Album of the Year award</MTVNLINK> with <a href=”/music/artist/krauss_alison/artist.jhtml”>Alison Krauss</a> on Sunday night. “In the old days we would have called this selling out, but it’s a good way to spend a Sunday.” </P><P> </P><P>He was probably one of the few who were surprised, because <i>Raising Sand,</i> which won five trophies at Sunday night’s show, is in many ways the perfect <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/news/grammys/”>Grammy</a> album. It features two respected veterans, a critically lauded producer, some sandpaper-and-velvet vocals and a baker’s dozen of time-tested standards.</p><div style=”margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; float: left;”><embed src=”http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:338316″ width=”256″ height=”223″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” flashVars=”configParams=instance%3Dnews%26vid%3D338316″ allowFullScreen=”true” allowScriptAccess=”always” base=”.”></embed></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>You’re probably familiar with Robert Plant from his <a href=”/music/artist/led_zeppelin/artist.jhtml”>Led Zeppelin</a> days, and you might be aware of producer T-Bone Burnett’s work on the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack (it won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2002). And if you don’t know who Alison Krauss is, she possesses a haunting set of pipes and is one of the meanest fiddle players in the world. Oh, and she’s won 21 Grammys, more than any other female artist and the seventh-most in history. </P><P> </P><P>Really, she’s the key to <i>Sand</i>’s success, and not just because of her voice (or her fiddle playing). She and Plant first met in 2004, at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to legendary bluesman Leadbelly, and the former Zeppelin man was amazed by her knowledge of American Roots music &#8212; so much so that they began kicking around the idea of recording an album together. Three years later, <i>Sand</i> was released. </P><P> </P><P>And while Plant possesses the more famous voice, the album’s finest moments radiate from Krauss. Whether she’s getting bluesy on Little Milton’s “Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson” or entwining with Plant’s husky voice on songs like “Please Read the Letter” and Roly Salley’s winsome “Killing the Blues,” she more than carries her end of the bargain. </P><P> </P><P>And perhaps that’s also due to producer Burnett, who handpicked the 13 songs the duo cover on <i>Sand.</i> His arrangements are sparse &#8212; giving the two voices ample room to breathe &#8212; yet dense, warm and crackling at the same time. It’s a testament to his work that he’s often given just as much billing as Plant and Krauss on the project … and it’s certainly justified. </P><P> </P><P>To date, <i>Sand</i> has sold more than 1 million copies, heaped tons of acclaim and actually earned a Grammy last year &#8212; “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)” took home the award for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. </P><P> </P><P>One expert was surprised not by the album’s success, but by the fact that it’s actually quite a good album. </P><P> </P><P>”At first, the album seemed like a vanity project. … Two names, clearly a one-off record, didn’t have to be any good, you know?” <i>New York Times</i> music critic Jon Caramanica said. “Led Zeppelin fans would buy it because of Robert Plant, Alison Krauss would get a check. But it actually turned out to be a really thoughtful, really <i>good</i> record. So when you combine all that with the fact that the Grammys love to lionize one of their own, I could really see it taking home some awards.” </P><P></p>

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IDG Contributor Network: Red Hat expected to rake in $2.4 billion in revenue this year

The king of Linux, Red Hat, continues its growth as a leading Linux vendor that’s betting big on the cloud. Yesterday, the company announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended August 31, 2016.

The company generated $ 600 million in revenue for the quarter, a 19 percent year-over-year increase. Red Hat is often credited with creating a business model around Linux and Open Source: a subscription based service and support model.

Subscription revenue for the quarter was $ 531 million, which accounts for 89% of total revenue. It was a 20% year-over-year increase. Based on these numbers we can safely assume that Red Hat will be generating revenues around $ 2.415 billion in this fiscal year. That makes Red Hat the most successful pure open source company to date.

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Did Prehistoric People Watch the Stars Through This 6,000 Year Old ‘Telescope’?

Prehistoric humans may have observed the sky via primitive lens-less “telescopes,” according to a team of British astronomers who have studied the long passageways of ancient megalithic tombs. The details were presented today by Kieran Simcox, a student at Nottingham Trent University, at a meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Software Pumps $1 Trillion A Year Into US Economy, But Could Hit Limits

It may seem intuitive logic that software is a major part of the economy. A couple of years ago, venture capitalist Marc Andresseen famously wrote that “software is eating the world,” observing that every business, on some level, is becoming a software business. So, how big is the software sector?


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