News Nuggets: Adele, Michael Buble boost record sales in 2011

Adele and Michael Buble gave record sales a much needed boost in 2011: “… album sales for 2010 were down 13 percent from 2009. And prior to that they’d been down an average of 8 percent every year through the 2000s, suggesting an incredible shrinking music business. This year reversed the trend, but there is a cloud buried in the silver lining: the success stories of 2011 will not be easy to replicate. The year’s two biggest albums were Adele’s ‘21‘ and Michael Buble’s ‘Christmas’ — and even the most copycat-prone execs aren’t foolish enough to start looking for pleasingly plump Englishwomen or Sinatra-bred carolers to sign.” THE WRAP

More films than ever had limited qualifying runs in 2011 in advance of 2012 releases: “What’s unusual this Oscar season is the number of small distribs using the technique, and their fervor as they try to gain the attention of critics, awards and audiences in the heat of December — without the struggle to keep the pics in theaters. ‘For independents, it’s a way to release a film without duking it out with a big group of films spending heavily (to attract the) same audience in December and January,’ says Roadside Attractions co-prexy Howard Cohen.” VARIETY

Memo to the Academy — surprise us: “Oscar watchers LOVE a quality surprise even more than they love correctly predicting your decisions. Mike Leigh for ‘Vera Drake’? ‘City of God’ for Best Direction? Laura Linney for ‘The Savages’? These were moments to cherish. So if you’re dying to nominate Asghar Farhadi (‘A Separation‘) for Best Director or join #TeamMargaret in Original Screenplay or vote for Kirsten Dunst (‘Melancholia‘) for Best Actress or ‘Potiche’ for best costumes or whatever… go for it!” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Rolling Stone polls readers for the best new act of 2011: “2011 has been a great year for new artists, with acts such as Lana Del Rey, Foster the People, Frank Ocean, Sleeper Agent, Yuck, Tyler the Creator, Wild Flag, Cage the Elephant, the Joy Formidable, Danny Brown and the Weeknd all making their first big splash in pop culture. Our question for you this week is: Who is your favorite new artist of 2011?” ROLLING STONE

Oscar-winners “Silence of the Lambs” and “Forrest Gump” among National Film Registry selections: “The National Film Registry is a list of ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films,’ chosen by a board at the Library of Congress. The list currently comprises 575 items from American film history – including short films, footage, TV and sound recordings – now protected in the world’s largest archive of its type. ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and ‘Forest Gump’ are two of the most recently made films on the list, apart from ‘Toy Story’ (1995) and ‘Fargo’ (1996), which were listed in 2005 and 2006 respectively.” TELEGRAPH

Director Abel Ferrara (“Bad Lieutenant”) preps film based on DSK scandal: “Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval has confirmed that Abel Ferrara and screenwriter Christ Zois are working on a feature script partly inspired by this summer’s sex scandal surrounding former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani have been rumored circling characters based on the scandal-plagued former IMF chief and his wife Anne Sinclair and have met with the director, but Maraval says the project is still a long way from active development.” DEADLINE

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