Boyle Stays on Top; DeWyze Has Lowest Start of Any 'Idol' Champ

Photo Courtesy - Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Susan Boyle's album The Gift remained at number one on the Billboard album chart for a second week, with sales of the album actually increasing.  Billboard reports the likely reason is that Boyle's target demographic is older, and older music fans tend to buy albums at a slow and steady pace, rather than rushing out and getting it on the day of its release.

Coming in at number two is another singer who got her start on a TV competition created by Simon Cowell: 10-year-old Jackie Evancho, the runner-up on America's Got Talent.  Her EP, O Holy Night, sold 239,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

But it was bad news for a third singer who got his start on a TV competition judged by Simon Cowell.  American Idol champ Lee DeWyze saw his debut album, Live it Up, enter the chart at number 19, with sales of just 39,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  That's the lowest first-week sales for a debut album by an Idol winner -- or a runner-up, for that matter.

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Country Stars Performing Christmas Classics on CMA Special

Photo Courtesy - Mercury Records(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The first-ever CMA Country Christmas special airs Monday on ABC, and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is serving as host.

It's her first time helming a TV broadcast, and she says the show reminds her of those great holiday specials she watched as a kid.  "It's such a fond memory of being with your family and having something that feels like it only comes around once a year and that also gets you excited for the holiday."

Sugarland performs "Winter Wonderland" and "O Come O Come Emmanuel" on the show.

Reba is also on the special, singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and several St. Nicks actually join her onstage for the performance.  Reba says, "I was very glad they asked me to be a part of it.  It looks great.  The set's beautiful."

Darius Rucker makes an appearance to sing his holiday tune "Candy Cane Christmas."  Since heavy hitters like Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow and Rascal Flatts are on the CMA Country Christmas special too, Darius says, "They got all the big boys, and they let me play too. So, that's pretty cool." He adds, "Everybody's doing these great Christmas songs."

Other acts featured on the special include Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler and LeAnn Rimes.   CMA Country Christmas airs Monday night at 9:30 ET on ABC.

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Rihanna Sets Chart Records with Ninth Number One Hit

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Def Jam Recordings(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna is now the "Only Girl (In the World)" to score four number ones in a single calendar year.  Her song of the same name has just risen to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 -- making her the only female artist ever to take four trips to the top in one year.

In addition, "Only Girl" becomes Rihanna's ninth number one hit overall.  She's now scored the most number ones of any artist since the year 2000.

Additionally, this marks the first time in the history of the Hot 100 that an album's lead single has hit number one after the second single has already done so.  Rihanna's "What's My Name" overtook "Only Girl" to land the top spot a couple weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Rihanna's new CD Loud enters the Billboard chart at number three, with first-week sales of 207,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  That's the most any of her albums have sold in a single week.  Loud is Rihanna's fifth top 10 album -- all her previous albums have reached the top 10, as well.

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Mariah Carey Launches Lifestyle Collection on HSN

Photo Courtesy - Mariah Carey/HSN(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Mariah Carey is launching her new lifestyle collection, which includes jewelry, footwear and fragrances, in partnership with HSN. She'll be selling the goodies all day Monday on the TV shopping network, at 1:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m, 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Carey's collection features items like pendants, crystal butterfly earrings, fur-trimmed suede boots, rhinestone sandals and chain-wrapped nylon boots.  She tells ABC News Radio, "There's gorgeous stuff.  I'm not even kidding.  I would definitely wear this stuff myself."

Carey also points out that she "really did design things myself and work closely with the team over at wasn't like, 'Oh, just throw my name on things.'"

Carey says her partnership with HSN was "a pretty natural fit," and adds, "We started with the jewelry stuff and shoes.  Everybody who knows anything about me knows that I do love myself some high heel shoes!"

On Nov. 29, in addition to jewelry and shoes, Carey is selling a limited-edition version of her fragrance Luscious Pink, packaged in a Swarovski-crystal studded bottle, for $275.  The singer's new CD, Merry Christmas II You, is also available, bundled with a 30-minute exclusive DVD.

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'Harry Potter' Tops Disney's 'Tangled' for Holiday Weekend Crown

Photo Courtesy - Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 managed to avoid getting tangled up in the fierce holiday competition and remained the No. 1 film in America, earning an estimated $50.3 million.

Disney's Tangled, which stars Mandy Moore as the voice of princess Rapunzel in the modern take on the classic fairy tale, came in second with an estimated $49.1 million.

Burlesque, the bawdy vehicle for pop stars Christina Aguilera and Cher -- who hasn't appeared on the big screen since 2003 -- survived a critical beating to earn $11.8 million over the weekend.

Also landing in the top 5 was Dreamworks' animated feature Megamind, which brought in $12,850,000 in its third week of release, and the Denzel Washington action film Unstoppable, which took another $11.7 million.

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Willie Nelson Jailed on Drug Possession

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SIERRA BLANCA, Texas) -- Country music legend Willie Nelson was charged with possession of marijuana after six ounces were discovered aboard his tour bus in Texas, according to a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman.

Nelson's tour bus pulled into a routine checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas -- approximately 85 miles east of El Paso -- around 9 a.m. on Friday. When an officer noticed a suspicious odor coming from the bus, a search turned up the marijuana, police said.

Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West told the El Paso Times that Nelson, 77, claimed that the marijuana was his. According to police patrolman Bill Brooks, a sheriff from Hudspeth County was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested at the scene. Nelson was held briefly and paid a $2,500 bond before being released.

At the time Nelson was traveling from California to his ranch in Austin, Texas.

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Kate Gosselin: Kids Were Not Expelled

Photo Courtesy - WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Addressing rumors that two of her children were expelled from school, Kate Gosselin tells Entertainment Tonight that the two kids are simply being tutored at home, "with a teacher who is working closely with our kindergarten teachers in school, doing the identical curriculum," she said.

"The pressure was getting to them," she said. "The goal is to get them back into school as soon as possible."

The now-divorced star of Jon & Kate Plus 8 also addressed rumors that her upcoming reality show on TLC, Twist of Kate, has been canceled, saying, "We're sort of still trying to shape it...So no, not canceled."

This week wasn't all damage control for the Gosselin's. A source close to Jon and Kate revealed to ABC News that the two parents amicably agreed to share custody of their brood this holiday weekend.

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Jennifer Grey on 'Dancing With the Stars' Win

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Bob D'Amico(NEW YORK) -- After a night of fierce competition in the ballroom where Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough took home the coveted mirror-ball trophy, the Dancing With the Stars winners and finalists appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday and dished on the exhilarating experience.

"It was a rollercoaster this entire season," said Hough, who was Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey's professional dance partner.  "There were some times that we didn't think that we would carry on."

Grey, 50, became the season 11 champion of Dancing With the Stars, coming out on top based on an equal combination of judges' scores and viewers' votes.  Although she topped the judges' scorecards with regularity this season, it was not without a struggle.

During her finale freestyle to "Do You Love Me," where Grey shimmied her heart out, she also ruptured a disc in her back, and wasn't sure if her injury would keep her from dancing in Tuesday night's two-hour season finale for the title.

"I did not think I was going to be able to dance," Grey said on GMA.

"I'm feeling great," she added.  "This dance experience was so much more difficult [than Dirty Dancing where] I learned basically one dance over the course of months.  It was a completely different level of dancing."

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Sugarland, Urban, Underwood Performing on Thanksgiving TV Specials

Photo Courtesy - Mercury Records(NEW YORK) -- Country stars will be all over television on Thanksgiving Day.

Sugarland will be on the tube Thursday night at 8 ET to perform at the CNN "Heroes" special, which honors people who are making a positive difference in the world.

Keith Urban will perform the halftime show on Thanksgiving Day as the Dallas Cowboys host the New Orleans Saints.  The seven-minute performance will be carried live on Fox.  It will also serve as the kick-off to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign.

Cameras will be following Urban for his entire time in Dallas, and that footage will be turned around to air as a special on the NFL network on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET.  "Keith Urban: Halftime in Real Time" will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on such a massive show in such a short amount of time.

Look for Carrie Underwood to perform on CBS's coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday morning, too.  Gloriana will also perform during the parade on NBC.

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The Beatles Sell over Two Million Songs on iTunes in First Week

Photo Courtesy - Apple Corps Ltd./ Apple Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The Beatles have sold over two million songs and over 450,000 albums in the first week since their music became available on iTunes.  Rolling Stone reports that the best-selling album was Abbey Road, and the best-selling song was "Here Comes the Sun," off the same album.

Three of the Beatles' albums -- Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the "White Album" -- were in the top 20 of the iTunes album chart, while 15 made the top 100.  Only Yellow Submarine didn't crack the top 100.

The Beatles catalog first became available on iTunes on Tuesday, Nov. 16.  In addition to their individual albums and songs, a box set containing all of their albums is available for $149.

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