William Hung debuts at #34; final 12 are producing a record with soul classics.

William Hung debuts at #34; final 12 are producing a record with soul classics.
After selling 37,676 copies in one week, William Hung’s Inspiration debuted at number 34 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. It’s also number one on the Billboard Independent Album Chart. Those sales figures may be shocking, but they’re not spectacular. Justin Guarini debuted at number 20 after selling 54,000 copies of his self-titled album, and he was ultimately dumped by RCA. (By comparison, Kelly sold 297,000 copies her first week, and Clay sold 613,000.) Meanwhile, the American Idol 3 contestants who actually, like, made it on the show are producing their own album. American Idol season 3: Greatest Soul Classics will feature “contestants covering favorites from Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Billy Paul, Smokey Robinson, the Stylistics and Gladys Knight and the Pips, among others,” Billboard reports. Each final 12 contestant has their own track, and one The album drops April 27.

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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