Adele, Billboard's Artist of the Year, owned 2011. The kicky, 23-year-old British singer released her second album, the break-up requiem "21," in February, and in barely 11 months, she has already sold more than any artist in the world, currently inching towards 13 million globally. Here, the international phenom spoke to Billboard about love, fame, a third album and her plan to 'disappear' until she's good and ready.
This year, pop music was dominated by pop. But then there was Adele, who represented something like austerity. She's raw in every way, whether regaling fans from the stage or channeling emotion through her unforgettable alto on wax. Still, how did a hyper-real, refreshingly thick, British singer manage to captivate—and subvert—a notoriously difficult American pop audience?
Lil Wayne's "Young Moola, baby" shriek seems nearly ubiquitous on pop and rap radio, but here's a reminder that there's still land left to conquer: He's finally teamed up with a Jonas Brother. Namely, Weezy's hopped on the remix "Just in Love," the second single from Joe Jonas' forthcoming solo album "Fastlife," which was produced and co-written by Rob Knox and James Fauntleroy, who have also handled tracks for Ciara and Justin Timberlake.