Clay, Ruben’s albums due Aug. 19.

Clay, Ruben’s albums due Aug. 19.
RCA will release Clay and Ruben’s full-length albums on the same day: August 19. Kelly Clarkson’s first album was supposed to drop Nov. 26, but came out nearly five months later. RCA’s sales director tells Billboard, “We saw the [simultaneous] releases as a way for consumers to vote with their money,” and they’re continuing that with the albums. Billboard also talked to Clay’s spokesperson, who said, “Release dates could change.” Meanwhile, Clay’s single outsold Ruben’s by more than 105,000 copies its first week, putting Clay at number one, Ruben at number two, and the American Idol 2 finalists at number three. Also, Clay is on the cover of this week’s Rolling Stone, and in the magazine he says he’s been contacted by his abusive birth father. He says, “My mother was beaten by this man, and he never tried to be a father to me, ever. … I don’t want to give him the time of day.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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