It’s official, Lady Gaga’s album Born This Way debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 1,108,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s only the 17th album to sell a million in a week since SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991, and the highest sales week since 2005.
Born This Way‘s bow reaps the largest sales week of any album since 50 Cent’s The Massacre did 1,141,000 in its first week, in March of 2005. The last time we had a million-plus frame was when Taylor Swift’s Speak Now premiered at No. 1 with 1,047,000 in November of 2010. The SoundScan-era record week is held by NSYNC’s No Strings Attached, when it debuted at No. 1 with 2,416,000 in 2000.
Bernice King confirmed during a radio program Tuesday that she is leaving Bishop Eddie Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church after more than eight years as a member. King said her decision to leave comes as she pursues a new assignment from God.
Speaking to Praise 102.5, King said she served her last day as an elder and member of Long’s Atlanta megachurch this past Sunday. She also clarified that she didn’t “resign” from any position since she was never employed by New Birth.
“I’m just no longer a member of New Birth,” King told Praise 102.5 FM.
King’s departure from New Birth on Sunday came just days after a settlement had been reached in a sexual misconduct case between Long and four young men. Long was accused in the lawsuits of using his position and lavish gifts to coerce the men into sexual relationships.
Radio host Lewis addressed speculation that her leaving had something to do with Long’s settlement in the case. Although he didn’t directly mention the case, Lewis asked King to respond to people who ask why all these “things” were happening at the same time.
“I’ve always followed what I believed to be the voice of God and I’ve sought to be obedient to that voice,” responded King. “I know that I have a pastoral calling on my life and I have to accept it. I’m in the process of pursuing that.”
She added, “I did what I felt what was appropriate in leadership, which was sit down and talk with him and gave him the timetable of when I would leaving. I didn’t just leave.”
“That was the decision the Holy Spirit placed in my heart, which was Sunday, May 29. I have never wavered from that.”
Newlyweds Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are putting together an acoustic concert to benefit recent tornado victims.
“We wanted to reach out to the victims. A lot of these small towns, people don’t have houses with shelters,” LeAnn says in an interview with the Florida-Times Union. “They’re living in what they can afford. It’s terrifying. Where do they go? It’s heartbreaking.” “My grandmother pulled me into a closet, and I literally saw the roof pick up, turn sideways and sit back down catty-corner back on the house,” she remembers. “Every window in the front of the house was blown out, and the pillow I was sleeping on had a huge shard of glass through it. Ever since I’ve been terrified of tornadoes.”
The concert, “An Evening with LeAnn Rimes” takes place this Sunday at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Florida, and will be co-hosted by her husband Eddie. It includes a silent auction of memorabilia from Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw, Kim Kardashian, Reba McEntire and the cast of “Glee.” Tickets are $65 and $100. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit her blog dedicated exclusively to the benefit.
The JD reportedly is ready to file charges against former Sen. John Edwards for allegedly using campaign money to hide his mistress. This is after a two-year investigation, federal prosecutors could charge Edwards this week – possibly as early as Wednesday – with violating federal campaign laws when he ran for president in 2008.
A federal grand jury has been investigating whether Edwards misused up to $1 million in presidential campaign contributions to cover up his long-term affair with former aide, Rielle Hunter.
Edwards’ team denies he violated campaign finance laws, but prosecutors are closing in.
Rooney Mara, who stars as Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," appears in an apparently leaked trailer
(CNN) — What appears to be a leaked amateur recording of a trailer for the hotly anticipated English-language “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” movie is making the rounds on the Web.
Buzz around the clip, which appears to have been recorded with a handheld camera, has pushed the upcoming film’s title to the top of Google’s list of popular searches. But there’s plenty of reason to speculate that the “leak” could be a viral marketing ploy by the film’s creators.
Ja Rule is scheduled to surrender for his two-year prison sentence on June 8, the day after his new album “The Renaissance Project” is scheduled for release.The rapper pleaded guilty at a New York court in December to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. Police had said they found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun in his Maybach sports car in July 2007 following a concert in the city with Lil Wayne, who was detained separately. In November, rapper Lil Wayne completed a 8 month prison sentence after reaching a plea deal regarding the same case.
Zac Efron’s Ex, Vanessa Hudgens steps out in style for her 22nd birthday. The actress celebrated with five of her friends including her best friends Brittany and Ashley Tisdale. Brittany tweeted about the girls weekend, writing: “Vegas baby. VEGAS! I have a lil feelin this is gonna be one crazy trip. Work hard, play hard.”
Adrianne Curry and Christopher Knight have separated on their five year anniversary.”The decision was mutually reached after it became clear to both that some perspective was needed in order to assess their unique union,” their manager, Phil Viardo, said in a statement to the Web site HollyScoop.com.
The Basketball wives score a season 3 on VH1 and continue dishing fans dose after dose of their very own glamor filled reality. Shaunie, Evelyn, Jennifer, Royce, Tami and crew will be back for another drama filled season.
Evelyn Lozada, Shaunie O'Neal, Jennifer Williams and Tami Roman having cocktails Thompson LES, 190 Allen Street in NYC
“VH1 viewers connected strongly with Basket ball wives, and we’re so happy that we can continue to share these real-life stories from the worlds of music and celebrity,” said VH1 Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Production, Jeff Olde.
Basketball Wives’ is not unlike the ‘Real Housewives’ on Bravo, but these ladies are connected to some of the biggest stars in the world: players from the NBA, including queen bee Shaunie, Shaquille O’Neal’s lady.
Next season promises to bring some new wives onto the court. Interviews are being conducted and filming will commence in Miami this summer.
Family and fans paid respect to hip hop star Mante “M-Bone” Talbert on Friday.The funeral, which was open to the public, took place at Faithful Central Bible Church in his hometown of Inglewood, California. More than 2,000 attended the service including his grandmother, uncle and three remaining members of Talbert’s group Cali Swag District.
The rising star was killed in a drive by shooting in Inglewood on May 15th while sitting in a car.
A hacker group angry at a PBS documentary about WikiLeaks hit back at the broadcaster by posting a fake story on its website claiming rapper Tupac Shakur was “alive and well” in New Zealand.
The story on PBS’ NewsHour site said that the famous rapper, who was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996, had actually been found living in a small New Zealand town, along with fellow murdered rapper Biggie Smalls, Forbes reported Monday.
PBS pulled down the story but it was archived by Google News and spread quickly through Facebook and Twitter.
“Again, our site has been hacked — please stay with us as we work on it,” read one of the NewsHour’s several tweets responding to the incident.
Hacking group LulzSec claimed responsibility for the cheeky sting in retaliation for a PBS report critical of WikiLeaks and suspected leaker Bradley Manning aired May 24.
The hackers also posted a list of user names and passwords for PBS staff.
“We just finished watching WikiSecrets and were less than impressed. We decided to sail our Lulz Boat over to the PBS servers for further… perusing. Anyway, say hello to the insides of the PBS servers, folks,” an internet post from LulzSec said.
Singer Sean Kingston is out of the trauma unit and now stabilized after an accident while operating a jet ski in Miami Beach early Sunday.
“Sean was heading west from the MacArthur Causeway and Miami Beach Islands when his personal watercraft collided with the bridge, and he and his female passenger ended up in the water,” Jorge Pino, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the lead investigative agency of the accident, tells People magazine.
“Not running for my life, because I have to be running for something of more value to be running and not in fear” Gil Scott-Heron
American poet, musician and author Gil Scott-Heron, best known for spoken-word songs such as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” died May 27 at a New York City hospital at the age of 62. The Associated Press reported that he became sick upon returning from a European trip.
He is sometimes called “the Godfather of Rap,” but rejected the title, even though rappers such as Kanye West, Common, and Tupac have sampled his works.
Gil, more accurately suggested a mix of Richard Pryor’s darkly comical oratory, beat poetry and blues-inflected ballad-singing.
Heron made poetry of confrontation and art out of everyday life. As the critic Nelson George once wrote, Scott-Heron was a “keyboardist, poet, singer, rapper, and teller of uncomfortable truths.” Those truths could encompass everything from chastising the President of the United States to musing about how difficult it sometimes is for a man to tell his child, “I love you.”
An uncompromising artist working in a machine that thrives on compromise, Scott-Heron was an imperfect fit for the disco and MTV eras, though his “uncomfortable truths” resonated with those who wanted more out of music than just escapist good times. His devotion and passion to music will live on forever and he will be missed. May you rest in peace, Gil Scott-Heron.
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Wasn’t Tony Romo just engaged to Jessica Simpson? Well the hunk married Candice Crawford, former Miss Missouri on Saturday in Dallas, Texas.
Tonu Romo and new wife Candice Crawford
People reports that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo married reporter/anchor Candice Crawford on Saturday night at Arlington Hall in Dallas, Texas. A source at the Romo and Crawford wedding confirmed to People that the marriage was a big hit, especially the reception. “It was perfect,” said the source to People. “From the ceremony in beautiful white, to a vibrant after-party and great music selected by Tony himself.”
Candice Crawford is a former pageant queen and a KDAF-TV anchor in Dallas, Texas, as well as the younger sister of Gossip Girl actor Chace Crawford who also attended the wedding.
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