Ashley Parker Angel’s “Let U Go” has Billboard’s highest debut this week

There and Back has paid off for former O-Town member Ashley Parker Angel. The first track off his solo album was Billboard’s highest selling new single for the week of April 29.

On the Hot 100, “the top debut belongs to Ashley Parker Angel’s ‘Let U Go’ at No. 17,” according to Billboard. That earns Ashley the “hot shot debut” icon, in addition to the envy of his former O-Town bandmates.

That makes this weekAshley was also one of the three finalists on this week’s NBC special series Celebrity Cooking Showdown, but as a poorly produced, annoyingly excuted rip-off of Iron Chef, the show has already been cancelled because no one watched. The final two episodes will air only on NBC’s web site

Ashley’s full album, Soundtrack to Your Life, will be released May 16. Besides “Let U Go,” it includes songs such as “Dan, U the Man,” and “Jacob, Can I Touch Ur Monkey.” (Not really: Neither Amazon nor iTunes lists the album’s tracks yet.)

No Stopping Powter On Singles Charts [Billboard]

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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