Monday, January 12, 2009

Palin turns Adele into pop star

Sarah Palin's a cottage industry that keeps building other cottage industries. Kind of like a pyramid scheme of personality.

The Boston Globe on the rise of pop star Adele (that creamy voice sings here):

So how did Adele, 20, evolve from the underdog to a star who begins her new tour with a sold-out show at Somerville Theatre on Wednesday? Well, to some extent, with a little help from Sarah Palin. In October, Adele was the musical guest the night nearly 17 million viewers tuned in to "Saturday Night Live" to watch Palin's ballyhooed cameo.

After her "SNL" appearance, Adele saw her album catapult to the No. 1 spot on iTunes and No. 11 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was a belated boost for a sublime album that really just needed some exposure. By December she was on a roll, buoyed even more by four Grammy nominations, including record of the year, song of the year, best new artist, and best female vocal performance.