Soulful singer Adele's album "21" reached a "titanic" milestone this week, in spite of being forced to cancel all of her 2011 performances as a result of a planned throat surgery.
Once again hitting the coveted number one spot of the Billboard 200, "21" enjoys its 13th week atop the list. It's the first album to spend that many weeks at number one since the soundtrack for the 1998 motion picture "Titanic." Billboard.com reports that "21" is this year's biggest selling album at over 4 million copies sold.
"Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez is also enjoying the Billboard spotlight with her new song “Papi.” The Puerto Rican songstress' newest tune hit number one on the Dance/Club Play Song list.
Another lady who is no stranger to "American Idol" is releasing her 5th album, "Stronger." Season one winner, Kelly Clarkson says that the album is about "overcoming a hurdle" and "empowerment." To hear Clarkson's uplifting message, check out her newest collection which is in stores now.
Speaking of being stronger, Poison frontman Bret Michaels is giving back to the hospital that helped save his life. The rock star is making a donation to the St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix in the form of a music room. The hospital treated Michaels after he suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage. The "Bret Michaels' Hospitality and Music Room" will be located near patient's and will give them and their families an opportunity to listen to music and relax.
In other music news, a British coroner put the rumors to rest regarding the passing of Amy Winehouse saying that it was "death by misadventure." The 27-year-old singer who had a very public fight with drugs and alcohol died from accidental alcohol poison after she resumed drinking after a long stint of abstinence.
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