Dan Wilson/ Star Tribune photo by Jeff Wheeler
Former Minneapolis songwriter-singer Dan Wilson just scored his first No. 1 song, Adele’s "Someone Like You." He and she cowrote the piano ballad, which vaulted from No. 19 to No. 1 in one week (thanks, in part, to her performance on the MTV VMA Awards). Actually, Wilson was still living in Minneapolis when they collaborated; he moved to Los Angeles late last year.
Adele acknowledged him when she sang the song in St. Paul last month, and when the mention of his name drew a hearty applause, she promised to tell him. He cowrote three songs on her blockbuster "21" album.He won a Grammy for best song for co-writing the Dixie Chicks’ "Not Ready To Make Nice" and he, of course, was the voice and cowriter of Semisonic’s hit "Closing Time," which peaked at No. 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Meanwhile, Adele has a bad cold and cancelled two shows in the U.K. this week as well as her scheduled performance at the prestigious Mercury Awards.
Nick Jonas, the youngest of the three Jonas Brothers, will replace Daniel "Harry Potter" Radcliffe on Broadway in "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Jonas, 19, will take the role in late January and is expected to stay on for six months. Darren Criss of "Glee" fame will actually replace Radcliffe for three weeks in January before Jonas takes over. Jonas has appeared in three previous Broadway shows and starred in the London production of "Les Miserables" last year.
Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum and Maroon 5 will perform tonight at Lambeau Field as part of the NFL opener between the Packers and Saints. By the by, Kid Rock was born on Super Bowl Sunday in 1971.... Lady Gaga is booked for Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest....Neil Diamond tweeted that he’s engaged to his manager, Katie McNeil.
As we posted earlier, Brandi Carlile has added a second solo acoustic show for Nov. 27 at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday. Her Nov. 28 gig is sold out.