Published January 13, 2012
2011 was the Year of Adele with her record-breaking chart performance. The singer was the first woman to top three of Billboard's year-end charts: Top Artists, Billboard 200 Album and the Hot 100 song. Now, by the looks of it, 2012 just might be another successful year for the "Rolling in the Deep" singer as she tops the Billboard 200 for a 15th week.
According to Billboard.com, she is poised to break the record held by the 1998 "Titanic" soundtrack which had 16 weeks at the number one spot.
Van Halen is also looking to break big in 2012 with an old friend out front.
The legendary California metal band released their first single in 16 years with original lead singer David Lee Roth, "Tattoo," from their reunion album "A Different Kind of Truth" due out February 7th. And it ain't too shabby!
Not only is co-founder Eddie Van Halen preparing to take the album on the road with his band for a North American tour, he's also donating 75 electric guitars from his personal collection to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation to support music education in LA's public school districts.
Awww... an axemeister with a heart!
Meanwhile "American Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson is out promoting her new book "I Got This: How I Change My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down." The singer tells Fox, "I wanted to share my journey, my weight-loss journey and if it can inspire someone else on their weigh-loss journey, on their path, why not?"
Another former "Idol" finalist making news is Siobhan Magnus, who announced the January 15th release date for her debut album "Moonbaby Listen In." Siobhan is setting herself apart from fellow contestants by being the only one to independently write, record and release an album of original songs.
For more music news, including a sit-down with former Backstreet Boy Howie D and news on Safetysuit's second studio album "These Times," click play on this week's Playlist.