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Adele’s solar-powered beach house

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Adele addresses the audience after receiving her fifth trophy during the 54th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012.

There are many perks that come with being the world’s best-selling pop star and a multiple Grammy award winner. In the case of British chanteuse Adele, one of them is a $3 million beach home in Brighton, England, complete with big-money renovations.

According to a report in Ecorazzi, converting the house to solar power with the installation of panels on the roof is among the abode's many upgrades.

“Adele’s house is something to behold,” a “source” told U.K. paper The Sun (you know you’ve made it when anonymous sources are talking to major news outlets about you). “She’s having loads of work done at the moment so she won’t move in for a while. But when she does, she’ll have one of the most eco-friendly houses in the area.”

If there were a cloud over Adele’s solar-powered happiness, it would be reports that a neighbor’s swimming pool construction will block her view to the sea. Then again, she could always just write a sad song about it.


Chipotle brings ethical farming to the Grammys with help from Willie Nelson

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How about those Grammys? Last night’s bombastic awards ceremony was a typically over-the-top affair highlighted by Adele’s well-deserved clean sweep and shadowed by the sad specter of Whitney Houston’s sudden and unexpected passing over the weekend.

Amidst the glitz, glamour and whatever Nicki Minaj was going on about, popular food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill showcased an emotional extended commercial spot promoting the idea of ethical and more sustainable farming practices.

Featuring long-time U.S. farmer advocate Willie Nelson (above) covering Coldplay song “The Scientist”, the 2-minute video by filmmaker Johnny Kelly (entitled “Back to the Start”) shows how quickly a small farm can grow into another cog in the corporate machine, and the concessions made along the way. The clip ends with a mention of Chipotle’s non-profit Cultivate Foundation, which has already donated $2 million “to help fund initiatives that support sustainable agriculture, family farming, and culinary education.”