NEW YORK Adele beat all comers on the U.S. Billboard 200 album charts on Monday with a record-breaking debut for "25," leaving other top acts like Justin Bieber and British boy band One Direction looking like also-rans.
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NEW YORK British singer Adele's new album sold a record 3.38 million U.S. copies in its first full week, Nielsen Music said, becoming the biggest-selling album of 2015 in an astonishing feat for an era when artists rarely top 1 million.
THORNABY, England Vintage toys linked to the "Star Wars" film franchise are moving faster than a swirling lightsaber, sending prices of many of them soaring into hyperspace.
VIENNA Swiss director Luc Bondy, whose work influenced theaters across Europe, has died at the age of 67, the Paris-based Odeon theater, which he had headed since 2012, announced on Saturday.
LOS ANGELES Trumpet player and singer Cynthia Robinson, an original member of psychedelic funk pioneers Sly and the Family Stone, has died, the band said in statement on Friday. She was 71.
SINGAPORE Adam Lambert may have been a hit on American Idol but rival petitions in Singapore have gathered thousands of online votes in a lively debate over whether he is too sexy to be allowed to perform at the city-state's largest New Year's eve concert. | Video
MEXICO CITY Carlos Slim's brother interrogated leftist rebels for Mexico's intelligence agency while his eldest son often hands out a biographical novel about Leon Trotsky as a gift, according to a new book on the tycoon who was long the world's richest man.