Taylor Hicks’ single debuts at number one, tops Billboard’s charts

Taylor Hicks’ first single debuts at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 today.

Taylor sold “190,000 physical singles and another 38,000 digital downloads of the track, according to Nielsen SoundScan.” That’s during a one-week period.

E! Online adds that Taylor tops “the Billboard Pop 100 and the Billboard Single Sales chart.” However, his “first-week sales are on the lowish side,” the site reports. He’s behind everyone’s first-week sales except Fantasia and Carrie Underwood. Here’s the breakdown, according to E!:

He ranks behind the first singles from Clay Aiken (393,000 copies of “Bridge Over Troubled Waters/This Is the Night” in 2003), Ruben Studdard (286,000 copies of “Superstar/Flying Without Wings” in 2003, the same week as Aiken) and Kelly Clarkson (263,000 copies of “Before Your Love”/”A Moment Like This” in 2002), but ahead of Fantasia (142,000 copies of “I Believe”/”Chain of Fools” in 2004) and last year’s champ Carrie Underwood (130,000 copies of “Inside Your Heaven”).

Hicks Heads Straight To No. 1 On Hot 100 [Billboard]
Charts: Hicks Clicks, Busta Moves [E! Online]

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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