February 23, 2012


News Notes: Adele Shatters Chart Record & More

Adele Shatters Charts Record
The British soul singer’s performance at the Grammys on February 12 apparently reached a whole untapped audience, because after the show her latest album, 21, achieved the largest weekly unit gain for an album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It sold 493,000 copies -- moving from 237,000 copies last week to 730,000 this week. Yowza. [Billboard]

Go Inside Neko Case’s Vermont Farm House
Country Living magazine takes us on a tour of alt-country singer-songwriter Neko Case’s plush Vermont spread, including her 1787 farmhouse with a vintage piano in the kitchen. Yes, Case is far richer than you. [Country Living]

Bummer: No New At the Drive-In Music
Seminal post-hardcore heroes At the Drive-In announced their reunion earlier this year, and are planning to tour and play summer music festivals. But don’t expect any new music. "We're not getting any younger and there's been an offer of money every year," guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez said candidly. "You'd be a fool and a politician to pretend that wasn't part of it. Will there be a new album? No, no, no. At the Drive-In is more of a nostalgia thing-- it's songs we wrote when we were all in our 20s and we're doing a couple of shows.” [Pitchfork]

Britpop Icon Paul Weller Drops New Video
Former Jam frontman and all around influential Britpop rocker Paul Weller has released the music video for “The Dangerous Age,” the first single from his upcoming album Sonik Kicks (which features guest spots from Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher). In the clip, Weller hits the club and rocks out while bathed in lights. [YouTube]