Adele's "21" is back at the top of the U.K. album chart, for a 22nd aggregate week, climbing 3-1 to depose Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday - Roman Reloaded." Alabama Shakes' "Boys & Girls" made a strong debut at No. 3. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" started a second week atop the singles chart, beating out her fellow Canadian Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend."
They may be something of a babyband, but the deafening year-long buzz surrounding Alabama Shakes was just codified on the U.K. charts where their debut album "Boys & Girls" made an impressive No. 3 showing behind albums by Adele and Nicki Minaj. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”topped the UK singles chart for a second week.
It’s no secret that Adele is the biggest star to hit the British charts in a long time, but here’s some perspective: By securing an 18th week at No. 1 on this week’s tally, her “21” is now tied with the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack from 1977 as the longest-running chart-topper in 40 years.
Stage producer Vivek Tiwary (The Addams Family, American Idiot) has landed unprecedented rights to Beatles songs for his debut film, "The Fifth Beatle," about manager Brian Epstein, whom Paul McCartney called the "fifth Beatle."