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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

From the Billboards To The Grammys

After weeks of speculation, it has finally been announced thatAdele will be performing at the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, marking her first live performance sinceundergoing vocal surgery last year.

"I'm immensely proud to have been asked to perform at this year's GRAMMY Awards," said Adele in a statement. "It's an absolute honor to be included in such a night, and for it to be my first performance in months is very exciting and of course nerve-racking, but what a way to get back into it all."

The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Lead Nominations

The "Rolling In The Deep" songstress joins previously-announced performers Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Glen Campbell, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, Coldplay, Rihanna, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. LL Cool J is signed on to host.

Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars To Perform at Grammy Awards

Earlier today (Jan. 31), Adele tweeted about her upcoming performance. "Ima be, Ima be singing at the Grammys. It's been so long I started to forget I was a singer! I can't wait, speak soon xx," she wrote.

The two-time Grammy winner is nominated for six awards this year, including Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.

It seems that every week, there is a new Adele-related accolade to tout.

And this week is no different, as her "21" album hits its 17th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart (95,000; down 9%). "21" has been No. 1 longer than any other album since "The Bodyguard" soundtrack wrapped a 20-week run at No. 1 on the chart dated May 29, 1993.

Could "21" hold on another week at the top? That all depends on how new albums from Tim McGraw ("Emotional Traffic"), Celtic Woman ("Believe") and Kellie Pickler ("100 Proof") -- among others -- sell this week. Also new to market: the "2012 Grammy Nominees" compilation.

Rihanna's "Talk That Talk" is up two slots to No. 5 (20,000; down 8%),Young Jeezy's "TM103: Hustlerz Ambition" is steady at No. 6 (19,000; down 19%), and Toby Keith's "Clancy's Tavern" zooms 22-8 with 17,000 (up 27%). The latter album's physical CD was sale priced for just $4.99 at Target stores last week. Also only $4.99 last week: George Strait's "Icon" greatest hits (118-66 with 6,000; up 63%) and Le'Andria Johnson's "The Awakening of Le'Andria Johnson" (174-79 with 5,000; up 78%).

Rounding out the top 10 are Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" (moving 8-9 with 17,000; down 13%) and Nickelback's "Here and Now" (falling 9-10 with just under 17,000; down 13%).

Right outside the top 10 is the third biggest entry of the week, as Attack Attack's "This Means War" bows at No. 11 (17,000). Right behind that is the surging "Joyful Noise" soundtrack, which zips 21-12 with a bit under 17,000 (up 23%).

On the Digital Songs chart, David Guetta's "Turn Me On," featuring Nicki Minaj, blasts from No. 7 to No. 1, selling 198,000 downloads (up a whopping 44%). It's the first No. 1 on the Digital tally for either artist, and should bode well for the song's fortunes on the overall Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. (News on the latter list will be released later on Wednesday.)

Last week's No. 1, Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain," slips to No. 2 with 185,000 (down 4%). Right behind her is a hard-charging Kelly Clarkson, which sees her "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" fly 11-3 with 175,000 sold (up 48%).

Tyga's "Rack City" falls one spot to No. 4 (148,000; down 11%), Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" slips 2-5 with 142,000 (down 21%) and Rihanna's "We Found Love" holds at No. 6 with 140,000 (up less than 1%).LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" slides three rungs to No. 7 (134,000; down 14%), Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa's "Young, Wild & Free" drops three to No. 8 (134,000; down 11%) and Jessie J's "Domino" hits the top 10 for the first time, climbing 16-9 (122,000; up 25%). Closing out the top 10 is Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away," which returns to the top 10, rising 14-10 with 117,000 sold (up 9%). The latte benefits from an acoustic version of the song, which was released to digital retailers on Jan. 16.

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Jan. 22) totaled 5.01 million units, down 1% compared to the sum last week (5.10 million) and down 4% compared to the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.25 million). Year to date album sales stand at 15.95 million, up 3% compared to the same total at this point last year (15.54 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 27.89 million downloads, down 2% compared to last week (28.56 million) and up 6% stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (26.38 million). Year to date track sales are at 89.21 million, up 7% compared to the same total at this point last year (83.60 million).

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2011 when:Amos Lee's "Mission Bell" rang the bell at No. 1, debuting with 40,000.Iron & Wine's "Kiss Each Other Clean" started in the runner-up slot with 39,000. The previous week's No. 1, the Decemberists' "The King Is Dead," fell to No. 10 with 29,000 (down 69%).


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