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David Bowie

Sadly, the people wake up to learn that David Bowie died after an 18-month battle with cancer.

British PM David Cameron one of the the first to tweet: “I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss.”

British industry lobbying group U.K. Music tweeted: “There will never be another David Bowie. R.I.P.”

Britain’s Official Charts Company shared Bowie’s chart success, saying: “To date, he has scored 61 top 40 singles, including five number 1s, and 44 top 40 albums, nine of which hit the top spot.”

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By now you’ve heard most of the original members of Guns N’ Roses have reunited to perform Coachella in April and are negotiating with promoters to perform stadiums in North America. Not only does Guns N Roses have an appetite for destruction, but they have an appetite to get their money’s worth. According to sources, Guns N’ Roses is asking $3 million per show, with tickets maxing in the $250-$275 range.  That’s a lot of money per show and the tickets prices will be fairly high.  I’m interested as in how this pans out.

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Every time the clock ticks it seems Adele sells another million records. She did it again. Adele is set to sell another million albums in a week. All in all, Adele’s ’25’ could sell near 7 million copies by years end.

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In a recent interview with Time Magazine, Adele says she quit social media in order to spend time writing a great album.

“How am I supposed to write a real record if I’m waiting for half a million likes on a #$%^! photo? That ain’t real”

Nearing 7 million albums sold in a quick short weeks, Adele is astonished with her recent success in America:

“I’m not even from America.” Maybe they think I’m related to the Queen. Americans are obsessed with the royal family.”

Other artists may heed Adele’s advice. Instead of spending hours tweeting, consider spending hours creating a real album.

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Lady Gaga

Originally published at Nylon

Billboard’s annual Women in Music Awards are meant to bring women in the music industry together, instead of doing what the Internet loves to do and pit them against one another. The result is always a memorable night, full of inspiration. Seeing our favorite ladies get the honors they rightly deserve is always a treat, but this year’s ceremony was extra touching, as Billboard honored new loves and pop culture mainstays.

Missy Elliott was honored with the Innovator Award after bumping back on to the scene with both a Super Bowl performance and a new single. In a touching speech, Elliott not only detailed her own struggles and successes, but thanked the performers who helped pave the way for her: “I want to thank all those women who came before me, and I don’t know if y’all know how important that is to me because they kicked down the door for me to be able to walk through.”

Both Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez also accepted awards, the Rulebreaker Award and the Charttopper Award, respectively. While Gomez gave a short and sweet speech on the transformative period in her life that resulted in Revival, Lovato talked a little bit more about her history of being a rule breaker: “Another thing that reminded me of the Rulebreaker award is when I was in the first grade, this boy named Antonio Wallace, he came up to me and he said ‘girls suck!’ and I was all hyped up on Spice World and stuff, so I punched him in the face and I said ‘girl power!’ Needless to say, [I’ve] kinda always been a rule breaker, even since the first grade.”

However, the icon of the night proved to be Lady Gaga, as she accepted her Woman of the Year Award from her mother. Before a harrowing performance of her latest single, “Til it Happens to You,” Gaga sat behind her piano and offered a simple, heartwarming piece of advice: “If you work really hard you can just do anything.”

Lady Gaga’s always been an awe-inspiring live performer, but this one is extraordinary. Watch the full video of Gaga accepting her award and performing below.

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