Nick Lachey’s solo album out today.

Nick Lachey’s solo album out today.
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica star and 98° member Nick Lachey is releasing his first solo album today. It’s titled Soulo. (Nick, it probably wasn’t a good idea to let Jessica spell the name of your first album.) The record features curiously titled tracks such as “Shut Up,” “Edge Of Eternity,” and “Open You Eyes” (sic). The Boston Globe says the record “won’t do much to change his primary public image as the perpetually exasperated husband of a disturbingly dim wife.” USA TODAY gives the album 1.5 stars, saying Nick demonstrates “unsinkable perkiness.”

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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