Published December 16, 2011
The Christmas season is upon us and the star that sits atop the Billboard 200 tree is none other than Michael Bublé, whose holiday album "Christmas" hits number one for a third week.
Also making chart news is the late Amy Winehouse's "Lioness: Hidden Treasures." The compilation of unreleased tracks and alternate versions of previous hits makes and appearance at number 5 on the Billboard 200.
As Winehouse's album gives fans an opportunity to reflect on her life, Sublime with Rome fans are breathing a sigh of relief after the band's website nixed break-up rumors. While they may not be calling it quits any time soon they are taking a small break after the announcement that drummer Bud Gaugh is having a baby. In a statement, the band says that they will be back on the road just as soon as Bud is ready to take a break from "diapers and baby bottles." They also added that they "have some major touring plans for 2012."
Another artist who will be taking a much deserved break is Barry Manilow. The 68-year-old singer underwent hip repair surgery on Monday, just after wrapping up a seven-year run of Las Vegas shows.
Fear not, Manilow fans, after the six-week recovery, the "Copacabana" singer will return to the stage for thee concerts at the Chicago Theater in February.
Another legend making news is the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel. A portrait of the 62-year-old singer was unveiled in New York City at Steinway Hall, home of the famed piano maker Steinway and Sons. Joel is one of only two living artists included in the collection and the only non-classical performer to receive the honor.
While Billy Joel ends his year on a high note, many are taking this time to wrap-up the year in music. Billboard.com picks "Adele" as their artist of the year citing everything from her family's influence to on her chart-topping music to what keeps her grounded.
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