The Reliable Source is on vacation until the new year. (Please enjoy our Reliable Source Person of the Year and other highlights of 2011.) Names and Faces is the column that runs in its space in the Style section.
John Legend is off the market, his publicist announced Tuesday. The singer proposed to his girlfriend, model Chrissy Teigen, recently in the Maldives. No further details were available.
Legend has released four albums and won nine Grammys. Teigen was featured in Sports Illustrated’s 2010 swimsuit issue, in which she was named “rookie of the year.” She also has a food blog.
Legend turns 33 on Wednesday.
Sinead O’Connor has ended her fourth marriage after 16 days, citing disapproval and pressure from the friends and family of new husband Barry Herridge. The singer said on her blog that things went wrong just hours after the pair wed Dec. 8 in Las Vegas. “Within 3 hours of the ceremony being over the marriage was kyboshed by the behaviour of certain people in my husband’s life. And also by a bit of a wild ride i took us on looking for a bit of a smoke of weed for me wedding night as I don’t drink,” O’Connor wrote.
The music business finally improved in 2011, thanks largely to Adele, Michael Bublé and Lady Gaga. Estimates have album sales for 2011 up slightly from last year, according to Reuters. That’s cause for some extra holiday cheer in an industry that has reported slumping sales for years.
The biggest-selling album was Adele’s “21,” which had sold nearly 5.3 million at last tally. It’s the most albums sold in a year since Usher’s “Confessions” moved 7.9 million in 2004.
With 1.9 million sales so far, Bublé’s “Christmas” currently ranks third on the list of 2011 bestsellers, but is expected to surpass Gaga’s “Born This Way” to land at No. 2 by Jan. 1.
The biggest single of 2011 was LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” which had sold 4,579,000 as of mid-December.
Van Halen fans rejoice: The band will tour next year with original singer David Lee Roth. According to a video on the group’s Web site, the first tickets will go on sale Jan. 10.
— from wires and Web reports