Clearly the big winner of the night was Adele, winning six Grammys: Album of the Year (21), Best Pop Record (21), Best Short Form Music Video ("Rolling in the Deep"), Record Of The Year...
First up is Adele's 21 album has sold over 25 million records worldwide (10 million in the U.S. alone!).
According to the press announcement, Adele is the only European female artist in history to earn this "Diamond Certification", as certified by the RIAA.
"What an incredible honour," Adele exclaimed, "a huge, huge thank you to my American fans for embracing this record on such a massive level."
Fans hoping to hear new material will have satiate themselves with Adele's latest single, "Skyfall", which is featured in the 007 James Bond movie of the same name, and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
It's been a pretty amazing ride for Adele; it seems only yesterday that I saw her at an intimate show.
Looking forward to 23 or 24, Adele!
Hey so why am I buying into this? This K-pop YouTube sensation that is essentially the new "Chocolate Rain"? Well, however long PSY's rise to stardom is, this meme doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon...
You know we like Psy, check out the review on Psy's album 6甲 (Six Rules).
It is still pretty amazing that for a non-"pretty boy" Korean singer rode his phantom horse to the top of the charts with virtually NO RADIO AIRPLAY. What drove the madness? His video for "Gangnam Style"! It's crazy how popular it became in late August, and by early September that the video was an internet hit.
In fact, it was announced that Psy's "Gangnam Style" recently toppled Justin Beiber's "Baby" video for the most viewed on YouTube with over 840 million views. WOW.
Anyway, even Madonna is a fan, who recently had Psy appeared on her live concert with Madonna getting in on the horse dance.
All those video watchers also bought Psy's single, and I'm happy to report that the RIAA certified "Gangnam Style" as double platinum (which means in excess of 2 million copies sold.) He doesn't even have a physical CD in stores, that's all thanks to digital downloads! If you want to get your hands on the physical single, you have to import it!
Like I previously said, I think this may be a one-hit wonder… but I'm hoping it's not. I'd like to see Psy do more than "Gangnam Style", because eventually people will get bored of it. Also, I hope he goes on tour now, while he's still hot. I've seen footage online, his shows looks amazing.
One Direction became Cosmopolitan's first all male cover in its 40 year history. Some may jokingly suggest there aren't any "men" on the cover.
"We loved the shoot with Cosmopolitan. What an honour to be the first ever male cover of such a prestigious magazine!," said One Direction's Liam Payne.
You can check out more behind the scenes over at cosmopolitan.co.uk.
In other One Direction news:
One Direction is #1 in the U.S. with over half a million units sold. Their album is #1 in 32 countries (UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Singapore), selling over one million in one week. Fifteen million teenage girls can't be wrong.
Anyway, look for the boy band to be on a world tour this Spring 2013. Their tour will be documented in an upcoming 3D concert film, pending release August 23rd, 2013, by Morgan Spurlock from "Super Size Me." Who knew he was a fan?
Also, the band joined the Z!NG Revolution with a brand new collection of specially designed skins from the premiere pop culture vinyl skin company. I have something similar for my iPod, it's basically vinyl stickers (that is easily removable) to cover your iPhone or iPad, etc. Anyway, these skins will be exclusive to the Z!NG store in New York until the end of the year. More details and images of Harry, Zayn, Liam, Niall, and Louise, on zingrevolution.com.