Phillip Phillips single sales set Idol record

American Idol‘s WGWG winner can move music: Phillip Phillips’ “Home” sold 278,000 downloads last week, landing at number two and leapfrogging over most of his fellow alumni.

That’s “the biggest sales week for any Idol winner’s coronation single since SoundScan began tracking downloads in 2003″ and “the fourth-largest debut of the year,” Billboard reports.

Billboard says that he had “the second-best digital sales week ever for any ‘Idol’ contestant”‘s song ever, just behind only Kelly Clarkson’s 2009 “My Life Would Suck Without You.” The only two people to exceed Phillip’s sales were Clay Aiken (393,000) and Ruben Studdard (286,000) whose singles were sold as CDs in the pre-download era.

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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