Twitter Names Its Top Trending Topics of 2010

Photo Courtesy - Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Twitter says the Gulf oil spill was the number one trending topic on its site this year.  The BP oil rig disaster ranked first on the micro-blogging website’s list of the top ten trends for 2010.  The oil rig exploded in April, and the leaking well wasn’t capped until September.

Justin Bieber ranked eighth, ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Pulpo Paul, the octopus that picked winning teams during this past summer's World Cup tournament.

Twitter says more than 25 billion messages have been sent so far this year.

Here is Twitter’s list of 2010’s top 10 trending topics:

1. Gulf oil spill
2. FIFA World Cup
3. Inception
4. Haiti earthquake
5. Vuvuzela
6. Apple iPad
7. Google Android
8. Justin Bieber
9. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
10. Pulpo Paul

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Reports: Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens Split

Photo Courtesy - WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are done.  The couple has broken up, reports E! Online, and People magazine is also reporting the split.  A source tells People, "They are still 100% good friends."

Efron and Hudgens, who both skyrocketed to fame in the High School Musical franchise, started dating in 2006. The breakup comes at a particularly bad time for Hudgens -- she turns 22 on Tuesday.  Efron is currently filming a movie called The Lucky One in New Orleans, while Hudgens shoots Journey 2: The Mysterious Island in Hawaii.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Leaked?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images/RB/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- The official list of inductees that will comprise the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2011 is supposed to be announced on Wednesday, but claims they know who is going in.

According to the site, the inductees will be Dr. John, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits and Darlene Love.  If the report is true, that means Bon Jovi, the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Donovan, Chic, Donna Summer, Chuck Willis, Joe Tex and Laura Nyro, who were also on the ballot, missed the cut.

The class will be inducted this March in New York City during a gala ceremony and dinner.

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YouTube Announces Year's Top Videos

Photo Courtesy - YouTube(LOS ANGELES) -- Hide your kids, hide your wife. YouTube is out with its list of most-watched videos of the year.

Number one is the viral sensation the "Bed Intruder Song." The auto-tuned song made from an angry TV interview about a local crime has been viewed more than 61 million times.

Justin Bieber's "Baby" was the top music video of the year, watched more than 400 million times.

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Latest 'Chronicles of Narnia' Film Debuts at Number One

Photo Courtesy - 20th Century Fox/Fox Walden(NEW YORK) -- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader made the trip to number one at the box office over the weekend.  The third film in the series debuted with an estimated $24.5 million.

The only other movie to open in wide release, the Angelina Jolie-Johnny Depp thriller The Tourist, ended the weekend in second place, raising $17 million.  The previous box office champ, Disney's Tangled, dropped to the third spot, with $14.6 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, $24.5 million.
2. The Tourist, $17 million.
3. Tangled, $14.6 million.
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1, $ 8.5 million.
5. Unstoppable, $3.8 million.
6. Black Swan, $3.3 million.
7. Burlesque, $3.2 million.
8. Love and Other Drugs, $3 million.
9. (tie) Due Date, $2.5 million.
9. (tie) Megamind, $2.5 million.

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Mariah Carey Stars in ABC Christmas Special

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group/Disney/ABC Television Group(LOS ANGELES) -- Mariah Carey is working hard for the title of Most Festive Pop Star.  After releasing her new album Merry Christmas II You, topping the charts with "Oh Santa!" and singing at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in New York City, she's starring in her own ABC holiday special on Monday night.

The special, Merry Christmas to You, was taped last month at the Orpheum Theater in L.A. and it features Carey singing Christmas classics old and new, as well as helping to make some of her fans' holiday wishes come true.  She also welcomes a couple of special guests: Randy Jackson, who plays bass on "Here Comes Santa Claus," and her own mother, Patricia Carey, an opera singer.  Mom and daughter duet on a medley of "O Come All ye Faithful" and "Hallelujah Chorus," which is also featured on Mariah's new Christmas CD.

Carey also performs "Oh Santa!" on the special -- that's the opening number -- as well as a handful of other songs from Merry Christmas II You.  She also features some songs she recorded on her first holiday album, back in 1994, and closes the show with "All I Want for Christmas is You."

Merry Christmas II You airs at 9 p.m. EST.

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Bon Jovi Earns Top Tour of the Year Honors from 'Billboard'

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group(NEW YORK) -- Bon Jovi has been named Top-Grossing Touring Act of the Year by Billboard magazine. It's the second time in three years the band has earned that honor.

Twenty-six years after they first came on the scene, the group is, as the magazine says, "hitting its touring peak."  The band's Circle tour grossed $146.5 million over 69 shows in the past year, and all of them were sold out.  The tour will continue as a greatest hits tour, ramping up again in North America in February, and then in Europe in the spring.

Commenting on being named touring kings of the year, Jon Bon Jovi told Billboard, "It doesn't mean anything to the public...they come to see it because they've seen it before and they're willing to spend their disposable dollars...but in the industry, all your peers are going to look at's a nice industry asterisk for sure.  U2 are paying attention."

Speaking of U2, they came in at number two on Billboard's list of top tours, raking in $131.5 million over 22 sold-out shows on their U2360 tour.  The band had to scrap all their spring dates when Bono needed back surgery.

AC/DC was number three, followed by Lady Gaga, who's still in her first-ever year as a headlining act.  Others making Billboard's list of the top ten highest-grossing touring acts of the year include The Black Eyed Peas, James Taylor & Carole King, The Eagles and Paul McCartney.

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Stars Perform for President Obama at 'Christmas in Washington'

Photo Courtesy - Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mariah Carey, iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove, Annie Lennox and Glee star Matthew Morrison helped the first family ring in the Christmas season Sunday night by performing at the 29th annual Christmas in Washington concert.

The event, which was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, took place at the National Building Museum and benefited the Children’s National Medical Center.  Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and R&B star Maxwell also performed for the president, first lady Michelle Obama, the couple’s two children and a Washington audience of VIPs.

The Washington Post reports Mariah Carey opened the show wearing a glittering maroon dress with a bow that dangled over her baby bump.  Mariah performed the song “One Child” from her new Christmas album, and returned later in the show to sing “O Come, All Ye Faithful” during the cast finale.

Annie Lennox performed “Universal Child” from her new release, A Christmas Cornucopia, and also sang "Gloria in Excelsis Deo.”  Glee star Matthew Morrison sat on a stool and strummed a ukulele as he sang Bing Crosby’s Hawaiian Christmas classic, “Mele Kalikimaka.”

TNT will air the Christmas in Washington special Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Paul McCartney Gets Laughs, Performs Four Times on 'SNL' 

Photo Courtesy - Hear Music/Concord Music Group/Mercury Records(NEW YORK) -- Paul McCartney went above and beyond as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live over the weekend.  Not only did he perform more songs than usual for a typical guest musician, but he also popped up in a couple of other segments.

McCartney made his presence felt early on by interjecting during host Paul Rudd's opening monologue.  The actor was telling the audience how the fans outside the studio were chanting "Paul," thinking that they were shouting for him.  Once McCartney walked onstage, he realized the chants were really directed at the former Beatle.

McCartney later joined Seth Meyers during "Weekend Update."  They "imitated" Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, as they commented on a photo of the latter two being attacked by protestors while in their car last week in England.  McCartney also appeared in a digital short, singing a parody of the Berlin hit "Take My Breath Away" and playing the harmonica.

As the musical guest, McCartney entertained the crowd with a few of his biggest hits from his days with the Beatles and Wings, including "Jet," "Band on the Run" and "Get Back."  As he has done on tour, he also squeezed in a medley of "A Day in the Life" and John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance," just days after the 30th anniversary of Lennon's death.

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Son of Pink Floyd Member Arrested in London

Charlie Gilmour speaks to police at Thursday's student protest in London. Photo Courtesy - Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The son of Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour was arrested Sunday for his involvement in the violent student demonstrations that took place in London Thursday, according to The Guardian. 21-year-old Charlie Gilmour was reportedly seen Thursday swinging from a war memorial as part of the march protesting drastic increases in tuition fees. 

"On the morning of Sunday 12 December, a 21-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Sussex," a spokesperson for the London Metropolitan police told reporters. "He was arrested by officers from Operation Malone on suspicion of disorder, and attempted criminal damage of the Union on the Cenotaph [War memorial] on 9 December. He was taken to a Sussex police station where he has been further arrested on suspicion of theft."

Police have used footage from CCTV security cameras to identify certain protesters who attacked police officers or damaged buildings. Gilmour is currently in custody.

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