David Archuleta’s “Crush” has the best Hot 100 chart debut in 18 months, besting David Cook’s

David Archuleta’s first single, “Crush,” was released Aug. 12, and it debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, better than David Cook’s #3 debut position on the same chart for “Time of My Life” in June.

Archuleta’s single had 166,000 downloads, and represents “the best chart debut in more than 18 months” and “the best opening by an ‘American Idol’ finalist with a song not performed on the show,” Billboard reports.

However, as E! News reports, “his show single ‘Imagine’ actually underperformed with a No. 36 debut,” and David Cook’s “did better in the download department, selling 236,000 digital copies in its opening week.”

Still, David Archuleta is higher on the chart than David Cook was, and while this would be the perfect occasion for Archuleta to tell Cook to suck it, he is as humble as always, although at least not on television. “I was like, maybe it will get to the top 40. I just can’t believe it,” he told the Los Angeles Times. He’s presently working on his album. “I used to have days off, but now when I have a day off, I have to just work on the album. I don’t feel overwhelmed or anything. I’m finally living my dream,” he said.

Rihanna Fends Off Archuleta Atop Hot 100 [Billboard]
Exclusive Interview: David Archuleta’s ‘Crush’ tops charts [Los Angeles Times]

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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