Taylor Swift's "Red" Sold 1.21 Million Copies in Its First Week . . . More Than Any Album in 10 Years
TAYLOR SWIFT'S new album "Red" sold 1.21 MILLION copies in its first week . . . that's more than any album has sold in its debut week in 10 YEARS.
--It's the most since EMINEM'S disc "The Eminem Show" surpassed 1.3 million in sales in its first week in 2002. N' SYNC holds the record for the best opening week. Their album "No Strings Attached" sold 2.4 million copies in 2000.
--"Red" is also just the 18th album to sell a million copies in a single week since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. Another of those also belongs to Taylor. Her last album, "Speak Now", sold 1.05 million copies in its first week.
--Taylor Tweeted, quote, "They just told me 'Red' sold 1.2 million albums . . . how is this real life?! You are UNREAL. I love you so much. Thanks a million ;)"
Rihanna Is Selling a $250 Version of Her New Album, Which Will Delight Her Richest, Creepiest Fans
RIHANNA'S new album, "Unapologetic", comes out on November 19th . . . but if you're a RICH, CREEPY Rihanna fan, she has a special package prepared for you!
--Rihanna is selling a "Diamonds Executive Platinum Box" version of the album, which is described as, quote, "a limited edition art piece for a true collector." It'll run you a cool $250.
--It includes: A "handwritten personal note" from Rihanna . . . a "custom-made white View-Master with silver detail including a collectible vintage reel of never-before-released 3D images depicting Rihanna's iconic style transformation" ...
--A 40-page custom "Rihanna Notebook" with handwritten notes and lyrics . . . lithographs featuring "never before released" images of Rihanna . . . a unisex shirt with Rihanna on the front . . .
--Plus, Rihanna-branded laptop stickers . . . a poster . . . a 20-minute DVD . . . a special-edition vinyl record featuring remixes of the song "Diamonds" . . . and a two-gigabyte flash drive with Rihanna's photo on it.
--Plus, the actual album, of course.
--If you're a crazy enough Rihanna nut to want all this crap, you can preorder it at RihannaNow.com. It ships on December 11th.
It's Official: Another "Star Wars" Trilogy Is on the Way
In somewhat of a surprise move, Disney has announced that they've purchased GEORGE LUCAS' production company, Lucasfilm, for $4.05 BILLION.
--And even more surprisingly, Disney says a SEVENTH "Star Wars" movie is in the works . . . and will be released in 2015. It's being referred to as "Star Wars, Episode Seven", so it would follow the events of "Return of the Jedi".
--This will be the beginning of a THIRD trilogy, which will include two more movies . . . and potentially more. A Disney suit says, quote, "Our long-term plan is to release a new 'Star Wars' feature film every two to three years.
--"The deal [to acquire Lucasfilm came with] an extensive, and detailed treatment for the next three movies."
--George Lucas will serve as a "creative consultant" on the new "Star Wars" movies, but he won't be writing or directing them. In a statement, he said, quote, "It's now time for me to pass 'Star Wars' on to a new generation of filmmakers."
Gene Hackman Slapped a Homeless Man Who Called His Wife the C-Word
GENE HACKMAN slapped a homeless man who threatened him and called his wife the C-WORD.
--It happened yesterday afternoon outside a restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as Gene and his wife were leaving.
--The man reportedly approached them in a threatening manner, then unleashed the profanity. Hackman slapped the guy across the face, and the guy called the cops.
Will Miley Cyrus Have Three Weddings?
The not-always-reliable "Star" tabloid says MILEY CYRUS and LIAM HEMSWORTH will have THREE weddings: One in Los Angeles, one in Miley's home town in Tennessee and one in Liam's home country of Australia.
--And she'll wear a different dress at each one.