5 Lunchtime Links: Adele sales soar despite Grammys

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Adele performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Adele performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Adele performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

1. Adele experiences sales bump despite Grammys flub.

Adele can do no wrong — even when she does exactly that. Despite a shaky, and what sounded like out of tune, performance at the Grammys, the songstress has experienced a bump in sales. Her new album “25” returned to the top of the Billboard charts Monday, three months after its initial release. In fact, sales were up 25 percent last week totaling 151,000 units across album/song sales. The album has sold 8.3 million copies in the United States. The singer explained the technical difficulties that affected her performance when she appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

2. Morgan Freeman lends voice to Waze GPS app.

Who better to get you to Hobby Lobby than the actor who has probably portrayed God more than any other? Google’s navigation app Waze announced Tuesday that Morgan Freeman would lend his voice to the service as part of promotion for his new movie “London Has Fallen,” the sequel to “Olympus Has Fallen.” Other actors like Kevin Hart and Arnold Schwarzenegger have previously used similar promotional tactics and voiced driving instructions for the app. Unfortunately, Freeman won’t guide you as the voice of God, but instead his character in the movie, Vice President Trumbull.

3. Petition wants writer ousted over breakfast taco article.

Few things are more serious than breakfast tacos in Central Texas. An Eater Austin article published Friday, which asserts that Austin in the “home of the breakfast taco” and responsible for the item’s namesake, has caused quite an uproar. Many believe the article to be inaccurate and have accused writer Matthew Sedacca of cultural appropriation. Those outraged by the article went as far as to create an online petition to throw Sedacca out of Texas, which had garnered 500 signatures within the first 11 hours.

4. First shows booked at new venue 3Ten ACL Live.

Downtown’s new ACL Live sister venue 3Ten will be broken in by three days of official South by Southwest showcases, before several national and local acts already booked for April and May. The room can hold 350 people and is located on the ground floor, across the street from the main ACL Live theater, replacing now-closed pizza chain Coal Vines. March 16, the venue’s opening night, will feature performances by Ra Ra Riot, Eliot Sumner, Cloves, Joon Moon, Marlon Williams & the Ybarra Benders and Sofi Tukker. The first ticketed show, scheduled for April 8, will be a performance by singer Donavon Frankenreiter.

5. Donald Trump stars in “Game of Thrones” mashup video.

Just how well does Donald Trump fit into the ruthless world of The Seven Kingdoms? A new mashup video, “Winter is Trumping,” seamlessly merges audio from the presidential candidate’s speeches and major “Game of Thrones” scenes, in what is a hilarious reality check. Watch the rise of Trump as it would appear if he were a character in the GOT world, here.


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