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Monday
Nov292010

Rihanna Sets Chart Records with Ninth Number One Hit

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Def Jam Recordings(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna is now the "Only Girl (In the World)" to score four number ones in a single calendar year.  Her song of the same name has just risen to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 -- making her the only female artist ever to take four trips to the top in one year.

In addition, "Only Girl" becomes Rihanna's ninth number one hit overall.  She's now scored the most number ones of any artist since the year 2000.

Additionally, this marks the first time in the history of the Hot 100 that an album's lead single has hit number one after the second single has already done so.  Rihanna's "What's My Name" overtook "Only Girl" to land the top spot a couple weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Rihanna's new CD Loud enters the Billboard chart at number three, with first-week sales of 207,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  That's the most any of her albums have sold in a single week.  Loud is Rihanna's fifth top 10 album -- all her previous albums have reached the top 10, as well.

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Monday
Nov292010

Mariah Carey Launches Lifestyle Collection on HSN

Photo Courtesy - Mariah Carey/HSN(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Mariah Carey is launching her new lifestyle collection, which includes jewelry, footwear and fragrances, in partnership with HSN. She'll be selling the goodies all day Monday on the TV shopping network, at 1:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m, 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Carey's collection features items like pendants, crystal butterfly earrings, fur-trimmed suede boots, rhinestone sandals and chain-wrapped nylon boots.  She tells ABC News Radio, "There's gorgeous stuff.  I'm not even kidding.  I would definitely wear this stuff myself."

Carey also points out that she "really did design things myself and work closely with the team over at HSN...it wasn't like, 'Oh, just throw my name on things.'"

Carey says her partnership with HSN was "a pretty natural fit," and adds, "We started with the jewelry stuff and shoes.  Everybody who knows anything about me knows that I do love myself some high heel shoes!"

On Nov. 29, in addition to jewelry and shoes, Carey is selling a limited-edition version of her fragrance Luscious Pink, packaged in a Swarovski-crystal studded bottle, for $275.  The singer's new CD, Merry Christmas II You, is also available, bundled with a 30-minute exclusive DVD.

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Sunday
Nov282010

'Harry Potter' Tops Disney's 'Tangled' for Holiday Weekend Crown

Photo Courtesy - Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 managed to avoid getting tangled up in the fierce holiday competition and remained the No. 1 film in America, earning an estimated $50.3 million.

Disney's Tangled, which stars Mandy Moore as the voice of princess Rapunzel in the modern take on the classic fairy tale, came in second with an estimated $49.1 million.

Burlesque, the bawdy vehicle for pop stars Christina Aguilera and Cher -- who hasn't appeared on the big screen since 2003 -- survived a critical beating to earn $11.8 million over the weekend.

Also landing in the top 5 was Dreamworks' animated feature Megamind, which brought in $12,850,000 in its third week of release, and the Denzel Washington action film Unstoppable, which took another $11.7 million.

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Saturday
Nov272010

Willie Nelson Jailed on Drug Possession

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SIERRA BLANCA, Texas) -- Country music legend Willie Nelson was charged with possession of marijuana after six ounces were discovered aboard his tour bus in Texas, according to a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman.

Nelson's tour bus pulled into a routine checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas -- approximately 85 miles east of El Paso -- around 9 a.m. on Friday. When an officer noticed a suspicious odor coming from the bus, a search turned up the marijuana, police said.

Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West told the El Paso Times that Nelson, 77, claimed that the marijuana was his. According to police patrolman Bill Brooks, a sheriff from Hudspeth County was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested at the scene. Nelson was held briefly and paid a $2,500 bond before being released.

At the time Nelson was traveling from California to his ranch in Austin, Texas.

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Friday
Nov262010

Kate Gosselin: Kids Were Not Expelled

Photo Courtesy - WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Addressing rumors that two of her children were expelled from school, Kate Gosselin tells Entertainment Tonight that the two kids are simply being tutored at home, "with a teacher who is working closely with our kindergarten teachers in school, doing the identical curriculum," she said.

"The pressure was getting to them," she said. "The goal is to get them back into school as soon as possible."

The now-divorced star of Jon & Kate Plus 8 also addressed rumors that her upcoming reality show on TLC, Twist of Kate, has been canceled, saying, "We're sort of still trying to shape it...So no, not canceled."

This week wasn't all damage control for the Gosselin's. A source close to Jon and Kate revealed to ABC News that the two parents amicably agreed to share custody of their brood this holiday weekend.

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Thursday
Nov252010

Jennifer Grey on 'Dancing With the Stars' Win

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Bob D'Amico(NEW YORK) -- After a night of fierce competition in the ballroom where Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough took home the coveted mirror-ball trophy, the Dancing With the Stars winners and finalists appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday and dished on the exhilarating experience.

"It was a rollercoaster this entire season," said Hough, who was Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey's professional dance partner.  "There were some times that we didn't think that we would carry on."

Grey, 50, became the season 11 champion of Dancing With the Stars, coming out on top based on an equal combination of judges' scores and viewers' votes.  Although she topped the judges' scorecards with regularity this season, it was not without a struggle.

During her finale freestyle to "Do You Love Me," where Grey shimmied her heart out, she also ruptured a disc in her back, and wasn't sure if her injury would keep her from dancing in Tuesday night's two-hour season finale for the title.

"I did not think I was going to be able to dance," Grey said on GMA.

"I'm feeling great," she added.  "This dance experience was so much more difficult [than Dirty Dancing where] I learned basically one dance over the course of months.  It was a completely different level of dancing."

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Thursday
Nov252010

Sugarland, Urban, Underwood Performing on Thanksgiving TV Specials

Photo Courtesy - Mercury Records(NEW YORK) -- Country stars will be all over television on Thanksgiving Day.

Sugarland will be on the tube Thursday night at 8 ET to perform at the CNN "Heroes" special, which honors people who are making a positive difference in the world.

Keith Urban will perform the halftime show on Thanksgiving Day as the Dallas Cowboys host the New Orleans Saints.  The seven-minute performance will be carried live on Fox.  It will also serve as the kick-off to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign.

Cameras will be following Urban for his entire time in Dallas, and that footage will be turned around to air as a special on the NFL network on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET.  "Keith Urban: Halftime in Real Time" will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on such a massive show in such a short amount of time.

Look for Carrie Underwood to perform on CBS's coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday morning, too.  Gloriana will also perform during the parade on NBC.

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Wednesday
Nov242010

The Beatles Sell over Two Million Songs on iTunes in First Week

Photo Courtesy - Apple Corps Ltd./ Apple Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The Beatles have sold over two million songs and over 450,000 albums in the first week since their music became available on iTunes.  Rolling Stone reports that the best-selling album was Abbey Road, and the best-selling song was "Here Comes the Sun," off the same album.

Three of the Beatles' albums -- Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the "White Album" -- were in the top 20 of the iTunes album chart, while 15 made the top 100.  Only Yellow Submarine didn't crack the top 100.

The Beatles catalog first became available on iTunes on Tuesday, Nov. 16.  In addition to their individual albums and songs, a box set containing all of their albums is available for $149.

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Wednesday
Nov242010

'Taylor Swift: Speak Now' Airs Thanksgiving Night on NBC

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift's Thanksgiving Day special, "Taylor Swift: Speak Now," premieres on NBC Thursday night at 8 ET.  The hour-long program, which was filmed primarily in New York and Los Angeles, gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at how Swift made her latest platinum album, Speak Now.  She also takes fans on the cross-country trip she made during the album's release week.

Fans can look for Swift to perform a few songs on her NBC special as well, including "Mine," "Back to December," and "Sparks Fly."

She says, "Having a Thanksgiving special and getting to be a part of people's lives on such an important holiday -- it's wonderful.  I'm really excited about it."

This Thanksgiving, the singer is very thankful her fans have embraced  Speak Now in such a big way. "It came out and they appreciated it for what it is," she says.  "That's something to be really thankful for, other than general happiness." 

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Wednesday
Nov242010

Beyonce Stars in Second Thanksgiving Night Special for ABC

Photo Courtesy - Music World/ Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Last year, Beyonce starred in an ABC Thanksgiving Night special called "I Am...Yours."  This year, she's starring yet another Thanksgiving Night special, once again on ABC.

This one is called "I Am...World Tour," and features her storming stages around the world, performing all her biggest hits.  But it also features a rare behind-the-scenes look at the singer's life, through the use of footage that she captured herself on her computer video camera.

Beyonce says she wanted her fans to "get a better feeling" for the woman behind all the glitz and glamour, and to understand better what she calls "this battle between me onstage, which is Sasha Fierce, and who I really am."  Beyonce, who produced, edited and directed the special, says she's "honored" to be part of the nation's TV viewing on Thanksgiving night.

She says, "I know how many families get together...it's such a beautiful holiday, so to think that my music can inspire and be the entertainment for Thanksgiving for ABC is incredible!"

"I Am...World Tour" airs at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving.  Fans will be able to buy it on DVD Nov. 30.

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