Katy Perry, Fantasia take top spots on Billboard
September 1st, 2010
05:45 PM ET

Katy Perry, Fantasia take top spots on Billboard

Eminem’s reign atop the Billboard album charts has come to an end thanks to Katy Perry and a former "American Idol" winner.

Perry’s newest disc, “Teenage Dream,” debuted at No .1 on the Billboard 200, moving 192,000 copies in its opening week. Her second release on Capitol Records, the title track for “Teenage Dream,” tops out the Digital Songs chart.

Not since Ke$ha's track “Animal" sat atop the list for a week in January has a solo female artist laid claim to the top spot.

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'DWTS' contestants pair off
September 1st, 2010
05:03 PM ET

'DWTS' contestants pair off

The pairings for “Dancing with the Stars” have been announced, and we’re eager to see which couples flourish and which couples flop. It’s now September, meaning we only have 20 days until the 11th season premiere. Time for these stars to start practicing!

Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower – We’re not sure if Bolton can salsa as well as he can sing, but Hightower was once told she danced so well that she “could make a mannequin look good.” Hightower has danced three seasons and was last paired with “The Bachelor’s” Jake Pavelka.

Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – With bold moves and a big mouth, Chmerkovskiy can handle strong partners, as shown by season four partner Laila Ali. He’s come close to the trophy twice and will use his self-stated good looks to get there. Oh, and his partner.

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Discovery Channel programming and the hostage situation
September 1st, 2010
04:57 PM ET

Discovery Channel programming and the hostage situation

The Discovery Channel finds itself at the center of a hostage situation which appears to be tied at least in part to its programming.

Discovery Communications – which includes the Discovery Channel as well as more than 100 networks such as TLC, Discovery Health, Animal Planet and Planet Green – is well known for popular shows about mega-families like “19 Kids and Counting,” “Kate Plus 8” and “Quints by Surprise.”

The man identified by law enforcement at the center of a hostage situation at the corporation’s headquarters, James Lee, posted an angry manifesto where he demanded that the Discovery Channel "stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants."

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Cee-Lo debuts new video for 'F**k You!'
September 1st, 2010
03:37 PM ET

Cee-Lo debuts new video for 'F**k You!'

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Finally, we have a video to enjoy while happily telling someone to go [expletive] themselves.

Singer Cee-Lo has released a new video for his smash hit, “F**k You,” the catchy single that became a viral hit on YouTube even when the only visual accompaniment was a video that just featured the words of the song.

The new video traces the life of Cee-Lo as he pines for a heartbreaker who does him wrong. But while she treats Cee-Lo more like a zero than a hero for most of the video, the star does get his own revenge in the end.

Click here to check it out.

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Battle of the New Jersey shows
September 1st, 2010
02:29 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Battle of the New Jersey shows

The big buzz in the "Showbiz Tonight" morning meeting today was about the battle of the New Jersey shows.

Today it’s “Jersey Shore” vs. “Real Housewives of New Jersey," since both shows are getting spectacular ratings and continue to outdo each other with over-the-top drama.

We're raising some big questions today on "Showbiz Tonight," starting with whether or not New Jersey is the new Hollywood, and which show is a bigger train wreck. "Showbiz" producer Sandra Lee was torn on her answer, but ultimately voted “Real Housewives of New Jersey” saying, “They’re true adults, they’re parents and the fact that they act like children is pretty outrageous.”

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Jersey 'Housewives' reunion gets monster ratings
September 1st, 2010
12:58 PM ET

Jersey 'Housewives' reunion gets monster ratings

Those Jersey “Real Housewives” are quickly becoming infamous for something other than their catfights, and that would be their ratings.

They set a record earlier this year when a few members of the cast got into a weave-snatching scuffle, and they did it again with the first part of the reunion special, which aired on Monday.

That “Housewives” episode eclipsed all others in the multi-city “Real Housewives” franchise, pulling in 3.9 million viewers, which also made it the No. 1 cable telecast of the day for adults 18-49.

With ratings like those, it’s no wonder that rumors are floating that some cast members are trying to up their pay.

The second part of the reunion will air Monday, September 6 at 9 p.m. - think they'll be able to set another record?


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