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Album Sales: Michael Buble tops the chart (again), and Adele logs her best sales week yet


Michael Bublé’s Christmas has only been in stores for nine weeks, but it’s had no trouble becoming the 2nd highest-selling album of 2011, behind Adele’s 21.

This week, Bublé topped the Billboard 200 for a fifth straight week, selling 467,000 copies and lifting his holiday collection’s total to a very merry 2.43 million (all five of Michael Bublé’s albums have topped the 2 million mark). Expect a hefty drop next week, though, now that Christmas Day has passed.

In second place, Adele’s 21 notched its best-ever sales week (in its 45th week of release!), moving 399,000 units. The album’s previous best week came with its debut in February, when 21 sold 352,000. This year, 21 has sold an astonishing 5.68 million Stateside, and on top of reclaiming the No. 1 spot next week, the album should pass the 6 million mark early in the new year. READ FULL STORY

Mark Wahlberg wants to make Justin Bieber a movie star

Mark Wahlberg would really prefer the world not remember him for inspiring sweet sensations at the dawn of his career. Remarkably, he has mostly accomplished that feat over the past decade and a half — carving out a major career for himself as an actor (though he’d probably rather be thought of as Mickey Ward than the guy who figures out that plants are killing people).

Apparently, Wahlberg sees a similar future for Justin Bieber. In a recent conversation with MTV about his upcoming movie Contraband (whose trailer looks like one of the fake ones that runs before Tropic Thunder), Wahlberg talked about casting Bieber in a dramatic role in a future film that has something to do with basketball. The artist formerly known as Marky Mark says that he sees something in the Canadian pop pinup that let him know he can handle a dramatic role.

“I’m pretty intuitive,” Wahlberg explained. “I see the guy and spent time with him, and you see what he does and how he does it, and then you actually have a conversation with him, and it’s there.”

Wahlberg may have a point. READ FULL STORY

Michael Buble continues to dominate; The Black Keys enter at No. 2 -- this week in charts

In its seventh week, Michael Bublé’s Christmas continued to utterly dominate the Billboard 200, increasing by 64 percent to 479,000 copies, topping the chart for a third straight week and lifting its U.S. total to a whopping 1,517,000.

Whether the crooner’s compilation was boosted by Bublé’s recent NBC special or the fact that people are just becoming more eager to hear Christmas music is unclear. What is certain, though, is that Bublé will finish 2011 with one of the best-selling albums of the year — in only two months’ time.

Josh Groban achieved a similar feat in 2007, when his holiday compilation Noël moved 3.6 million copies in eleven weeks, and became the best-selling title of all of 2007. Susan Boyle’s debut I Dreamed a Dream was only on the chart for the last six weeks of 2009, but it sold 3.1 million copies, enough to become the second-biggest album in the U.S. that year (behind Taylor Swift’s Fearless). The holidays can be major boon for gift-ready albums like Bublé’s.

In second place, garage-rock wunderkinds the Black Keys avoided any sophomore slump (alright, technically this is their seventh album, but it’s their second record since they broke into the mainstream in 2010) with El Camino, which shifted 206,000 discs in its first week. That number marks the duo’s best sales week by far, trumping the 73,000 debut of their last album Brothers.

Adele and Justin Bieber fill out the third and fourth place slots, respectively. Adele’s 21 experienced a nice 30 percent boost to 187,000, which officially pushed the British songstress’ collection past the 5 million mark. According to Yahoo’s Paul Grein, this is the first time an album has sold 5 million copies in one calendar year since Usher’s Confessions in 2004.  Bieber’s Under the Mistletoe ticked up 19 percent to 153,000, bringing its total to 824,000. It could pass the platinum threshold next week.

Rounding out the top 5, Amy Winehouse’s posthumous release Lioness: Hidden Treasures started in fifth place, selling 114,000 copies. While far from Michael Jackson sales levels, that figure did beat out other debuts like Glee, the Music: Season 3, Volume 7 (No. 9, 58,000) and Korn’s The Path of Totality (No. 10, 55,000), as well as the Roots’ undun (no. 17) and Robin Thicke’s Love and War (No. 22).

Check out the top 10 below: READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' video has arrived -- VIDEO

Get ready for the cheeriest Macy’s commercial you’re going to see this season.

Justin Bieber has released the video for “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” his duet with Mariah Carey off his Christmas album Under the Mistletoe. And I’ll leave you all to debate the relative vocal merits of his take versus Carey’s iconic original– don’t forget the awesome Love Actually version! — but I can’t get past the clip.

Here are my five takeaways after watching it (Spoiler alert: I want to go to Macy’s):

1. Mariah Carey’s sexy santa outfit: Seriously, that woman hasn’t aged a day since 1994.

2. The intro begins with quick shots between Mimi’s thighs and Bieber’s eyes, making me all kinds of uncomfortable.

3. At the moment (1:15) when Santa hands out tickets to meet Justin, I hope you all notice the tickets say ‘Midnight at MACY’S.’ They might as well have annotated all of the Bieber paraphernalia you can buy at MACY’S! MACY’S: Making your holiday dreams come true!

4.I’m a sucker for a puppy. Sorry Justin, that dog with a bow in the sleigh is the cutest thing about this. I want him for Christmas, please.

5. The product placement. Oh, the product placement! This thing makes a Kardashian wedding look homegrown. In addition to the Macy’s tickets, we’ve got multiple Nitendo3DSs, shoes, and jewelry.  My favorite moment may be when they stop showing individual products and just let Bieber flat-out boogie in the middle of a full display.

Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

Michael Buble just barely beats Nickelback on the Billboard 200; Rihanna debuts at No. 3


In its fifth week on the chart, Michael Bublé’s Christmas climbed into the top spot on the Billboard 200, shifting just over 227,000 copies.

Thanks to a Black Friday sales boost, the album increased 37 percent from last week, thereby giving Bublé the best sales week of his career and lifting total sales to 745,000. It should pass 1 million by year’s end. READ FULL STORY

Drake's 'Take Care' leads Billboard album sales this week; Michael Buble and Adele follow


This week’s Billboard chart reads like a U.N. summit — but sorry, America, you’re not really invited, unless you bring a whole lot of friends (and possibly a sad vampire or a glee club).

Toronto-born Drake’s Take Care drops in at no. 1 with sales of 631,000, making it the third-best-selling debut of the year behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way (1.1 million) and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV (964,000).

Drake’s fellow maple-leafer Michael Bublé follows in second place with 165,000 units of his Christmas sold, and Brit Adele holds strong at no. 3 with 113,000, continuing her insane run — now 39 straight weeks — in the top 5.

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sits at no. 4 with Concerto: One Night in Central Park (hey, at least he made it in New York — U.S.A! U.S.A.!) and yet another Canadian, Justin Bieber, grabs no. 5 with his own holiday outing, Under the Mistletoe.

England rides again at nos. 9 (Coldplay) and 10 (Susan Boyle), though there are in fact some local citizens on the list — it just turns out it takes a village, or more specifically a compilation, to get them there: Glee: The Music: The Christmas Album, Volume 2 sits at no. 6, Now 40 at no. 7, and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 at no. 8.

And a special mention goes to Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Community star Donald Glover (read EW’s recent feature on him here) whose hip-hop debut, Camp, slips in just outside of the top 10 at no. 11.

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Justin Bieber talks to David Letterman about baby scandal, weasels -- watch the video here

Justin Bieber is ready to put this whole baby-daddy mess behind him, and as the world knows by now, willingly submitted this week to a DNA test to prove he is not the father of 20-year-old Mariah Yeater’s baby.

Although previous reports suggested that Yeater was hesitant to have the baby tested as well, (since a false match would be serious evidence against her if Bieber’s team ever decided to sue) Yeater’s attorney, Jeffery Leving, told TMZ today that  his client was not avoiding the DNA test, and can’t wait to compare the baby’s DNA with Bieber’s.

Bieber, for his part, appears to be moving on and continuing with teen-pinup business as usual. In addition to an out-of-control Today Show concert this morning, Bieber also taped an appearance on David Letterman, where Letterman (no stranger to public scandals) gave Bieber some sympathy, saying he could “smell a weasel.”

Watch Bieber describe the drama to Letterman:  READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber dons yellow zebra pants, shuffles on stage with LMFAO at the AMAs: Watch it here!

After a night of electro-fizzy, TRON-imitating, backing track-assisted performances, LMFAO appropriately closed the 2011 American Music Awards (Check out the winners!) with a thumping medley of “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy And I Know It.”

The afro’d duo provided all the typical pop tropes people have come to expect at an awards show like this. You know, giant robot heads, laser beams shooting from the ceiling, glittery bras, and an entire crowd of people wearing 3-D glasses — the stuff music is really about, at least according to the AMAs.

One thing most performance don’t have, though? A dancing cameo by pop culture’s favorite 5’3″ teen sensation: Justin Bieber.

Wearing a yellow pair of LMFAO’s trademark Zubaz pants, Bieber hopped into the middle of the rowdy dance circle and shuffled out a chorus to “Party Rock Anthem” while wearing a sleeveless black shirt with the word “SEXY” emblazoned across the chest. Check out the finale performance below (Bieber appears around the 2:45 mark): READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber's paternity suit withdrawn

It’s been an eventful month for Justin Bieber. He scored a chart-topping album with Under the Mistletoe and got to hang out with a Claymation penguin, but the bulk of his headlines were dominated by the paternity suit filed by a woman named Mariah Yeater. Her claim was that the 17-year-old Canadian pop sensation was the father of her child, and she intended to get the kind of support that can only be bought with proceeds from all those Never Say Never checks.

But we will no longer have to put up with “Baby”-related puns, as TMZ is reporting that Yeater’s lawyers have abandoned ship and that the suit has been withdrawn by the plaintiff. (At press time, Bieber’s representatives had not yet responded to a request for confirmation or comment.) If it’s true, that means that Bieber will not have to subject himself to the paternity test he pledged to take, which lets him keep his dignity but robs him of the chance to do that “I’m Not the Father!” dance on syndicated television.

It’s probably best that the whole scenario ended where it did, since Yeater was probably wading into a whole heap of trouble. Bieber’s camp had already pledged to come back with a suit of their own for defamation, which would have been a slam dunk. And even if we somehow wandered into one of the Fringe multi-verses and it turned out the paternity test was positive, Yeater would have opened herself up to criminal statutory rape charges. It was basically a no-win situation for her, and it’s a good thing she pulled out before anything got ugly.

With the suit behind him, Bieber can get back to the business of being a normal 17-year-old guy — you know, like screening movies in basketball arenas for his pop star girlfriend and singing for the President.

UPDATE: While the lawsuit has been withdrawn, the drama could continue. Yeater has retained new counsel and still believes that Bieber is the father. She will attempt to get a paternity test done outside of the court system. “The case is completely out of control and I don’t want something terrible to happen to my client or her child,” Yeater’s new lawyer Jeffrey Leving told a Chicago radio station. “My goal [is] to try and keep my client and her child out of the media.”

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Justin Bieber invited to appear on 'Maury', and other things that are never going to happen

Justin Bieber’s baby-daddy drama has had all of the makings of a perfect scandal: Crazed fans, strongly-worded lawsuits, paternity-denying tweets and, of course, a killer parody. The only thing missing? DNA test results on the Maury show.

Today, after earlier reports that Bieber would be taking a DNA test to prove he is not the father of a 20-year-old California woman’s three-month-old son, the show has issued an open invitation for Bieber to appear on the show to hear the results.

Former Maury producer Amy Rosenblum told the Huffington Post, “This would be a huge TV event. When I brought the DNA test to TV for the first time on Maury, I had no idea it would still be as popular today as it was then. Maury is trusted by millions of viewers and if Maury told Justin ‘You are not the father,’ everyone would believe it.”

Obvious publicity stunt? Absolutely. Bieber has about as much chance of appearing on Maury as he does breaking up with Selena Gomez for one of his Twitter stalkers followers. But still, we can dream — especially if there was any chance of the Biebs (who you know has got some moves) duplicating this dance: READ FULL STORY

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