Kelly’s single is number one; sets a Billboard record, selling 236,000 copies.

Kelly’s single is number one; sets a Billboard record, selling 236,000 copies.
With just under a quarter of a million copies of her single sold last week, American Idol winner Kelly’s song “has made the biggest single-week leap to No. 1 in the history of Billboard’s Hot 100“; last week it was number 52. A Sam Goody representative told Billboard that the store “sold more copies of the Clarkson single in one day than the chain has sold of any one single in the past three years.” The other top 10 singles “sold only 34,331 [copies] combined,” according to VH1. Will Young, the winner of the UK’s Pop Idol also broke records, selling 1.1 million copies of his first single; 385,000 copies of it were sold the first day it was released.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.