On the Charts: Adele’s ’25’ Caps Record Week With Number One

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Adele says ‘Good day’ with European tour in help of latest album, ‘25’ | Toronto Star.

Adele’s 25 entered this week’s Billboard 200 at Number One, shattering the first-week sales record in its wake on its way to 3.38 million copies sold. The British star’s release set a record for the largest single sales week for an album since Nielsen began methodically tracking weekly music sales in 1991, the company said late Saturday.

After four longs year of silence from Adele, it was perhaps inevitable that third album 25 would arrive with a bang, as fans rushed to buy and download new music from the “Someone Like You” songstress. The previous single-week sales record was held by Justin Timberlake’s boy band NSYNC and their No Strings Attached album, which sold 2.42 million albums back in 2000. It’s the only album to sell more than 3 million copies since Nielsen started tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991 — when people actually still bought records. But in a video on Facebook, the 27-year-old said she was “relieved to finally tell you I am of course coming on tour and I can’t wait to see all of you there.” The album sold a record 2.4 million copies in its first four days in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Adele’s previous album, 21, sat atop the Billboard 200 list of best selling albums for 24 non-consecutive weeks and is the longest run in the top spot for a woman in the chart’s history, Nielsen said. 25 is also the biggest selling album of 2015, surpassing the 1.8 million sold by Taylor Swift’s latest effort, 1989.

The unparalleled success of 25 trickled down on Adele’s previous LPs as well as 21, a chart powerhouse in its own right, ascended back into the Top 10 for the first time since March 2013, finishing the week at Number Nine and 46,000 copies. One reason for the astronomical sales may be that Adele declined to make her album available through music-streaming services including Apple Music and Spotify, forcing listeners to buy it either digitally and at stores. Justin Bieber’s Purpose, last week’s top-seller, was bumped to Number Two with another 290,000 copies sold, 184,000 of which were traditional album sales. The album, which is not available through online streaming services — the booming sector that allows unlimited on-demand music — is led by the opening ballad Hello.

One Direction’s Made in the A.M. similarly fell one spot to Number Three, while Jadakiss’ Top 5 Dead or Alive, the rapper’s first album in over six years, debuted at Number Four with 66,000 copies sold. While this week begins what should be a long string of Number One weeks for Adele’s 25, there is no shortage of challengers for the throne this holiday season, starting with Pope Francis’ Wake Up and followed soon after by Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. As on Vevo, it took five days to reach 100 million views, but PSY still holds the speed record on YouTube with “Gentleman”, keeping “Hello” in second place. “Hello” sold 1.1 million downloads the week of 29 October, making it the first to reach one million. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. By now, most of the right-wing investigations into Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue donation practices — spurred by a series of heavily edited, deliberately misleading videos produced by a right-wing anti-abortion fringe group — have wrapped up.

She is proud owner of the ‘Big Four’ – Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year – and has 10 Grammys in total. But Texas Republicans are still pursuing a highly public campaign against the group, with the state attempting to boot Planned Parenthood from the federal Medicaid program.

Meanwhile, in the GOP presidential primary, candidates are attempting to out-extreme each other on their stances against abortion, leaning heavily on the aforementioned videos as evidence that nefariousness is afoot not just at Planned Parenthood, but at any abortion provider’s office. Here, she talks about why she decided to specialize in abortions, the maddening trend of dismissing abortion providers’ medical expertise as political bias, and what the upcoming presidential election could mean for abortion rights.

I’d always been politically conscious, though, so I worked with some fellow University of Kentucky students to start a chapter of Medical Students for Choice (MSFC). With the providers at the time aging and retiring, I realized, there would be people who would need abortions and not be able to have them, unless I stepped up. Given that abortion is such an incredibly common and safe medical experience — 1 in 3 people who can get pregnant will have at least one — it’s amazing and appalling how marginalized it is in most areas.

I was practicing family medicine in the Chicago area when I heard from a woman who was looking to connect clinics with trained providers who were willing to travel. So once the national anti-abortion domestic terrorist organizations found out who I was, I was bombarded with calls to my office, nasty comments and veiled threats online (“I wonder if someone will shoot the new provider…”).

Every day I go to work, I can make it possible for someone to leave an abusive relationship, care for their children, continue their education, deal with an illness. Thanks to abortion stigma and violence, we now live in a country where there’s not only a shortage of doctors who have the necessary training, but a mismatch between where trained providers live and where services are most needed. Given how much abortion stigma has mounted since then, and how much more difficult it is now to learn something mid-career, you don’t become an abortion provider unless you decide before you finish med school that you’re going to do it. Then I have to worry that they might start picketing my haircut appointments, or calling the salon and threatening to boycott or protest them if they continue seeing me, or even that at my next appointment there could be someone waiting outside with a gun.

Somehow, anti-abortion activists have succeeded in convincing the general public that abortion providers are not to be regarded as experts on abortion. It’s infuriating that my judgment is considered irrelevant by politicians and activists who know absolutely nothing about the provision of abortion care. We should be regarding anti-choicers’ perspective on abortion safety as the suspect one, since they find all abortion care unacceptable regardless of its safety.

Planned Parenthood critics and anti-abortion lawmakers have claimed that the organization is coercing people into abortions and has coerced them into donating fetal tissue in order to generate profit. (The group announced in October it would no longer accept reimbursement for fetal tissue donations.) Is there any universe in which a conspiracy of this size would be plausible? We guide them through their options, and a patient who seems genuinely undecided is encouraged to reschedule, or simply referred for prenatal care if they are clear on not wanting an abortion. Given the huge number of medical professionals who have worked through Planned Parenthood, and the huge number of patients they care for, it is beyond belief to suggest that a broad pattern of coercion would go unchallenged and undocumented. He received separate bills from the pathology laboratory, for handling his tissue specimen, and from the pathologist for examining the prepared specimen, each totaling several hundred dollars. As a physician, there are numerous practice areas I could choose that would pay me better and let me avoid dealing with a constant onslaught of harassment and stigma.

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology showed an overall mortality rate for abortion 14 times lower than the mortality for childbirth. Texas consistently has many more deaths from childbirth than from abortion each year — far more than can be attributed simply to the greater number of births.

If Planned Parenthood is forbidden to receive Medicaid reimbursement, then the rest of us who provide abortion care can also expect to lose our Medicaid practices. But when they themselves have a pregnancy they can’t continue, they’re distraught about all the things they might have said were reasonable before: forced ultrasound viewing, demeaning waiting periods, biased or false “information,” unconstitutional gestational limits, expensive and irrelevant facility upgrades. Texas is often seen as a “test case” for whether extreme abortion restrictions can pass constitutional muster, so we’re keeping a close eye on what the Supreme Court does next summer.

We’ll see more bans on specific reasons people have abortions, for reasons of any fetal diagnosis, for rape or incest, for health conditions that are deemed too “trivial” to be an abortion indication. Cole, then every hostile state will implement the most stringent requirements allowed by the decision, then pass more laws targeting the few clinics that survive.

That’s why, as admirable as it is that a few clinics are planning to build ambulatory surgical centers in case these laws are upheld, I think it’s ultimately fruitless.

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