Bo Bice bumps Carrie to lead Billboard chart, gets married.

American Idol 4 runner-up Bo Bice may be glad he lost, but he’s still doing well. His version of Inside Your Heaven replaced Carrie’s at the top of the Billboard chart. 106,000 copies of it were sold. According to E! Online, “While Underwood’s version slipped to second with 71,000 copies, she did sell more first-week copies (130,000) than her former TV rival.”

There’s also more news in Bo-land: Bo got married. His publicist confirmed yesterday what had been rumored: Bo and Caroline Merrin Fisher, his 24-year-old girlfriend, “exchanged vows at the New Hope Presbyterian Church on June 15 and their marriage certificate was granted Thursday in Shelby County.”

The link to their marriage license application in Alabama started floating around this week. Earlier, Star Magazine reported that Fisher was pregnant with their kid. Earlier, the Shelby County Reporter said that “There has been no public announcement of the couple’s wedding plans, and family friends are staying tight-lipped about the engagement.” The paper also noted that Bo earlier said they’d been dating for two years, and “said the two share a modest two-bedroom home together alongside their three dogs, three cats and two turtles.”

Coldplay, Bo Bice Rule Charts [E! Online]
‘Idol’ runner-up Bo Bice marries girlfriend [AP]
Bice/Fisher marriage certificate [Shelby County, Alabama]
Helena’s Bo Bice, girlfriend apply for marriage license [Shelby County Reporter]

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