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Mar072011

Eminem Takes Crown from Lady Gaga for Best-Selling Digital Album

Aftermath Records(NEW YORK) -- Eminem's Recovery now officially holds the record for the best-selling digital album in history, according to Yahoo!'s Chart Watch column.

Recovery took the spot from Lady Gaga's The Fame by selling 922,000 digital copies so far, compared to The Fame’s 919,000.  Recovery also sold its first 500,000 digital copies in just six weeks, which is faster than any other album to date.

The first album to ever hold the title for best-selling digital album was Coldplay’s X&Y, back in 2006.  It eventually lost out to The Fray's How to Save a Life.  Then, The Fray lost the title to John Mayer's Continuum, until Coldplay took it back with Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends.  Gaga then took the title from Coldplay.

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Monday
Mar072011

Gwyneth Paltrow Close to Signing Record Deal for Country Album?

Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actress Gwyneth Paltrow's recent forays into music, including singing roles on Glee, a Grammy Awards performance with Cee-Lo Green, a starring role in the film Country Strong, and an Oscar-nominated song from that film are apparently more than a passing interest.

The New York Post reports Paltrow is in "advanced talks" with Atlantic Records.  The newspaper quotes a source as saying, "Gwyneth's agents have been talking to a number of labels about landing her a substantial record deal.  Those who have heard the music say it's country pop."

The source says, "Many labels would be reluctant to give a deal to a star whose first priority is film, but in recent weeks there have been discussions with Atlantic." Paltrow's family connections might also lend her some "street cred" with music execs: her husband is Chris Martin, the frontman of the popular rock band Coldplay.

On another note, Paltrow reprises her role as a substitute teacher on Glee Tuesday night.  The actress/singer is also scheduled to appear in a March 15 episode of the Fox series.

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Monday
Mar072011

Justin Bieber's Documentary Now Third-Highest-Grossing of All Time

Paramount Pictures (NEW YORK) -- Justin Bieber's movie, Never Say Never, is now officially the third-highest grossing documentary in film history, according to Box Office Mojo.

Never Say Never has so far grossed $64,162,036, earning it the number three spot, and is hot on the tail of the number two documentary of all time, March of the Penguins, which earned over $77 million.  Most pundits feel it's unlikely that it will grab the number one spot that's currently held by Fahrenheit 9/11, which earned $119 million, but to quote Bieber, never say never.  His 3-D flick has already cruised by other heavyweight documentaries including Bowling for Columbine, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, and Earth.

On another note, there has also been talk that Never Say Never could earn an Oscar nod as best documentary.  Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that that possibility was a topic of discussion at some post-Oscar parties -- it caught the attention of some Academy members due to its impressive track record.

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Monday
Mar072011

Lady Gaga Suing Over 'Baby Gaga' Ice Cream

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Lady Gaga is suing a London ice cream store that's selling a flavor called Baby Gaga.  And it's not just any ice cream flavor: it's made from from human breast milk.

The London Evening Standard reports that the singer's lawyers have begun legal proceedings against the store, called The Icecreamists, and not just for naming the flavor Baby Gaga, but also for hiring a Gaga look-alike to sell it.

In legal documents, the store is being accused of "riding on the coattails" and "taking advantage of the reputation and goodwill" of Lady Gaga by hiring the look-alike to sell what they describe as a "deliberately provocative, nausea-inducing" product.  The lawyers are demanding that the shop change the product's name to something "which is not aurally, visually or conceptually similar to Lady Gaga" or they're going to find themselves with a lawsuit on their hands.

Matt O'Connor, the owner of The Icecreamists, which has been paying women about $30 for every 10 ounces of breast milk they sell him, tells the Evening Standard that he thinks the legal action is "utterly ridiculous" and that he plans to "fight the case to the end."

As for whether his product is distasteful, O'Connor says, "Perhaps she should reflect on her blood-spurting performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, or the fact that she wears clothes fabricated from the flesh of dead animals."

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Monday
Mar072011

Paul Simon Announces North American Tour Dates

Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Paul Simon is hitting the road in support of his new album So Beautiful or So What, which is coming out April 12.  The disc, Simon's first new record in five years, has been called "his best since Graceland" by Rolling Stone magazine.

The tour kicks off April 15 in Seattle, Washington, and is right now scheduled to wrap up June 1 in Boston.  Simon will give fans a hint of what to expect from the tour when he performs for two consecutive evenings on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on April 6 and 7.

Here are Paul Simon's tour dates:

4/15 -- Seattle, WA, WAMU Theater   
4/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, Pantages Theatre   
4/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Pantages Theatre   
4/25 -- San Francisco, CA, Davies Symphony Hall   
4/26 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre   
5/2 --  Minneapolis, MN, Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium   
5/6 --  Toronto, ON, Massey Hall   
5/10 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre   
5/11 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre   
5/17 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre   
5/19 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium   
5/22 -- Gulf Shores, AL, Hangout Festival   
5/25 -- Washington, D.C., DAR Constitution Hall   
5/28 -- Atlantic City, NJ, The Borgata   
5/29 -- Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theatre @ Foxwoods   
6/1 --  Boston, MA, Wang Theatre

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Sunday
Mar062011

Weekend Box Office Good to the Lizards

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Rango, about a confused chameleon voiced by Johnny Depp, blew away the competition at this weekend's box office, earning a better than expected estimated $38 million – more than enough for an easy win over another debut, the Matt Damon/Emily Blunt sci-fi thriller The Adjustment Bureau.

Rounding out the top five were a surprise third place showing for the romance Beastly, then last week's number one – the comedy, Hall Pass – and Gnomeo & Juliet.

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Sunday
Mar062011

Lindsay Lohan Jewelry Store Surveillance Footage Sold

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A web site created by a Beverly Hills, Calif., software company claims to have "exclusive license" to the surveillance tape of Lindsay Lohan in the Venice Beach jewelry store where she allegedly stole a $2,500 necklace.

On the web site, necklacevideo.com, is a statement that it will stream segments of the video, though no date or time is given.

"The tapes speak for themselves," said the statement on the site, which was credited to The Spencer Company, a Beverly Hills, Calif., software company.

A spokesman at The Spencer Company declined to comment, but said it is working on behalf of the jewelry store, Kamofie & Co.

The celebrity web site RadarOnline.com reported Sunday that Kamofie & Co. sold the surveillance video footage of the incident, and made more than $35,000 on the sale to different oulets.

"The jewelry store wanted a bidding war to maximize profits," RadarOnline quotes a source as saying. "They chopped up the sale to different outlets to make as much money as possible."

Entertainment Tonight obtained stills taken from the video, which shows Lohan in a black top trying on jewelry, with a video timestamp of Jan. 21, 2011. The celebrity news show said it will air footage of the actress' shopping trip on Monday.

The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office formally charged Lohan with felony grand theft on Feb. 9. If convicted, Lohan could go to California state prison for up to three years.

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Sunday
Mar062011

Charlie Sheen Live! Thousands Tune In to Watch Sheen on UStream

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- As if going before every TV camera that would have him and becoming an overnight Twitter star weren’t enough, actor Charlie Sheen took his "winning" message to a live web audience Saturday night.

Dressed in a T-shirt emblazoned with a giant green dollar sign and a black fedora, the actor addressed his fans in a Ustream show called "Sheen's Korner." At its peak, the show attracted about 150,000 viewers, but the viewer count appeared to fall as the show continued.

The program -- promoted with the tagline "You're either in Sheen's corner or with the trolls" -- featured Sheen, as well as his "sidekick" Rick Calamaro, "goddess" girlfriend Natalie Kenly, a dedicated sound engineer and a handful of other pals.

Since his very public feud with CBS began and the network canceled the rest of the season of his hit sitcom, Two and a Half Men, Sheen has seemingly been everywhere, including an extensive interview he gave ABC's Andrea Canning.

After thanking his "sponsors," Sheen pulled a bandage off his wrist to reveal that he had tattooed himself with his favorite phrase, "winning." He said "Sheen's Korner" would be "an experiment of sorts," airing on Ustream daily, weekly or with whatever frequency his fans indicated they desired.

Sheen and his friends also introduced a series of so-called "segments," including "Winning News," "Gnarls Gnarlingest," "Wish They Were Me Forever" and "Kinda wish I were them for 10 minutes." He also gave viewers an opportunity to write in and request, via Twitter, some of their favorite Sheen quotes.

"There's been a lot of wordsmithing that has fallen gracefully from this beautiful hole," he said. "It has caught on like an absolute global wildfire."

The online show lasted for nearly an hour and, at the end, Sheen thanked his viewers for tuning in to his "maiden madcap experiment."

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Saturday
Mar052011

ABC's 'Secret Millionaire' Premieres Sunday Night

George Doyle/Stockbyte(NEW YORK) -- The secret's out – ABC's new series Secret Millionaire debuts Sunday night.

Based on a hit British program that previously inspired a Fox series, Secret Millionaire follows some wealthy people as they go undercover in impoverished neighborhoods in order to meet people in need. The millionaires eventually reveal their true identities and donate money to their new friends.

Secret Millionaire airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.

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Saturday
Mar052011

Lil Jon, Mark McGrath Ready to Compete on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The fourth installment of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice debuts this Sunday night and it's an unusually music-heavy lineup this year.

Among the contestants:  Rapper Lil Jon, Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath, music legend Dionne Warwick, classic rocker Meat Loaf, David Cassidy -- who was the Justin Bieber of his day; country star John Rich and Latoya Jackson, Michael Jackson's sister.

The contestants will be split into two teams and compete against each other in a series of business-related challenges around New York City to raise money for their favorite charities.  The eventual winner will be "hired" by Donald Trump and earn the title of "The Celebrity Apprentice," as well as an extra $250,000 thousand for their charity.

Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, who's also hosted Don't Forget the Lyrics! and co-hosted the TV show Extra, says he wants to win because, as he puts it, "I've already done two jobs I can't do: sing and host.  So why not be the next Celebrity Apprentice?"  Mark explains that he makes a good contestant because, out of all the others competing, he's "done the most with the least."  He says since he doesn't have the best singing voice, and he's not a businessman.

"I've really had to sorta over-compensate for things I don't do well....I've had to really sort of tap into my own senses and make it happen," McGrath said.

Lil Jon, who hasn't had a big hit on his own in a couple of years, says he's competing so that people can see a different side of him.

"I think people underestimate because I'm the rap guy, I'm a crazy guy, screaming all the time,” Jon said. “But that doesn't mean that I'm not intelligent."

"A lot of stuff that I'm involved in is about branding...I have a couple different businesses...so I want to prove they are wrong."

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