Danity Kane’s single debuts at 17, tying Ashley Angel and beat only by Taylor, Katherine

Making the Band 3 group Danity Kane released their self-titled debut album last week, and its first single, Show Stopper, has debuted at #17 on the Billboard 100. While a significant achievement for the group, it also establishes reality TV shows as the most successful vehicle for new singles this year.

Billboard’s Chart Beat notes that Danity Kane is in “a tie for the third-highest debut of 2006″ with Ashley Parker Angel’s Let U Go.

More significantly, those two songs were beaten only by American Idol‘s winner and runner up. “The two highest debuts of the year are ‘Do I Make You Proud’ by Taylor Hicks (No. 1) and ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Katharine McPhee (No. 12),” Billboard reports. And if one includes Paris Hilton’s single, Billboard says “one could argue that the five highest-debuting singles of 2006 are all by television reality stars.”

The album itself is also selling very well. In a press release, the label notes that the record “sold nearly 90,000 units in its first day of release, selling out at most stores across the country,” and its “first-week sales triumph is unprecedented for a new artist with little radio or video airplay.” The album did so well that Diddy himself has recorded a message about it:

Chart Beat: No Business Like ‘Show’ Business [Billboard]

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.