Whew! I sure am happy that 2011 is now toast on both sides, much to the chagrin of proper British folk everywhere.
Sure, many of us are very happy that the “alco-holidays” and all of their attendant fun, parties and gatherings will soon be a memory, forgotten faster than the Jonas Brothers.
As the year ended, we heard rumors that Jon Bon Jovi was dead, which, of course was not true. Aretha Franklin, 69, announced she was getting married for the third time and that, no, she wasn’t pregnant. Gee, the Queen of Soul is almost as funny as that hat she wore at President Obama’s inauguration three long years ago.
But let’s go back to March of last year as Adele helped kick off spring with her excellent second album, 21. It debuted in the top spot and has not left the top 10 since.
As we go to press, 21 is back at numero uno, still selling at a very brisk pace. More than 100,000 copies were purchased in the past week alone.
Her Rolling in the Deep was the best-selling digital single of 2011 with 5.8 million copies sold in physical and digital formats. Imagine how many more sales would have occurred had she not had to postpone her U.S. tour dates.
Michael Buble’s Christmas took the second spot in 2011 sales and Lady Gaga third with Born This Way.
And, for the first time ever, digital download sales of music topped traditional physical formats, garnering 50.3 percent of the market.
Of course, being the old-fashioned hippie purist that I am, it’s nice to see that 2011 sales of warm, sweet vinyl topped more than 3.9 million units, its highest number in more than 20 years. Remember, most everything you hear, new or old, is available on vinyl.
THE VAN HALEN RUMORS ARE TRUE. The band’s new single with David Lee Roth back in the band is Tattoo, from the forthcoming A Different Kind of Truth. Eddie, Alex, Wolfgang and Diamond Dave will hit the road soon. The band will play April 19 at Philips Arena in Atlanta and April 25 at Charlotte’s Time Warner Pavilion. Kool & the Gang will open some shows.
THEY PLAYED BETTER THAN CLEMSON: Congrats to the Harlem High School band for its fine performance at the Orange Bowl last week. The Bulldogs’ band shared the stage, eh, field with the band Train. It’s terrific to see that band director Stacy Wade, the musicians and their parents raised more than $50,000 through bake sales, car washes and sales of spirit caps to pay for the trip of a lifetime.
TURNER’S QUICK NOTES: Good seats are still available for the Jan. 20 Imperial Theatre performance from Mountain Heart with Tony Rice … Check out the new live concert series on Pandora. Dawes kicked off the feature last month.