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NEW YORK (AP) - Beyonce's new album has sold more 600,000 units in its first three days. Beyonce's fifth album was released early Friday morning exclusively on iTunes. Apple said Monday that the album sold 617,213 in its U.S. iTunes Store. It sold 828,773 internationally. The singer surprised fans with the release of the album, which features 14 songs and 17 videos. It features collaborations with Jay Z, Drake and Justin Timberlake. The album is being sold by iTunes exclusively for a week at $15.99. It will be sold in retailers and others websites this week. "Beyonce" broke the first-week digital sales record for an album in the United States. It also marks the singer's best first-week numbers. The album will debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart this week.

Monday, 16 December 2013 15:17

Khloe Kardashian files for divorce

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The one good thing you can say about Khloe Kardashian's marriage is that it lasted longer than her sister Kim's. Kardashian filed for divorce afer four years of marriage to Lamar Odom. Kim's marriage to Kris Humphries lasted only 72 days. Khloe has asked the court for permission to drop Odom from her name. Odom is now without a wife or a basketball team. He's been out of the NBA since the end of the 2012-13 season.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attorney for the University of Texas at Austin has urged jurors to remember Farrah Fawcett's words when they decide who owns an Andy Warhol portrait of the actress. During his closing argument, attorney David Beck on Monday showed they jury a clip from Fawcett's reality show in which she says she had two Warhols and might sell one. The artwork is currently held by actor Ryan O'Neal, her former partner who has told the panel of six men and six women that Warhol gave him the portrait as a gift in 1980. Fawcett, who died in 2009, left all of her artwork to the university. The school sued O'Neal to gain possession of the portrait, one of two that Warhol created for a television special. O'Neal's lawyer will argue later that the actor owns the artwork.

Monday, 16 December 2013 15:16

Two Ohio women held captive have book deal

NEW YORK (AP) - Two of the three Ohio women held captive for years in a Cleveland house have a book deal. Viking announced Monday that it has acquired the planned book by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. The book is currently untitled and is scheduled to come out in 2015. Berry and DeJesus are working with Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan. Negotiations were handled by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, whose clients have ranged from President Barack Obama to Amanda Knox. Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight were rescued in May and their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, was arrested and eventually sentenced to life in prison. He was found hanged in his cell in September. Knight is working on her own memoir, which Weinstein Books plans to publish next spring.

NEW YORK (AP) - Miley Cyrus may have twerked her way into our collective consciences this year and Justin Timberlake dominated sales. But neither of them has what Bruno Mars will take away from 2013: winner of artist of the year honors from Billboard magazine. He says getting the title is "flattering" and "just an honor." Mars had a number one hit with "When I Was Your Man" and a top 5 hit with "Treasure." This, as his second solo album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," ended up selling close to 2 million albums. Taylor Swift is the year's top female artist for Billboard and top new act and top group honors go to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

NEW YORK (AP) - A year after "Fifty Shades of Grey" overwhelmed best-seller lists, book buyers were seeking different kinds of thrills. Dan Brown 's latest Robert Langdon caper, "Inferno," was Amazon.com's No. 1 seller for 2013, the online retailer announced Monday. Khaled Hosseini was second with "And the Mountains Echoed." The best-sellers for kids and teens were Veronica Roth's "Allegiant" and Rick Riordan's "The Houses of Hades." Other major hits on Amazon.com were "The Cuckoo's Calling," a crime story J.K. Rowling wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, and John Grisham's "Sycamore Row." Sylvia Day's "Entwined With You" was one of the few works of erotic fiction to place high on Amazon's list. Nonfiction favorites included Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" and "Things That Matter," an anthology of essays by conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer.

Friday, 13 December 2013 12:36

Ray Price under hospice care

TYLER, Texas (AP) - Country music star Ray Price is in what his wife calls his "final days." The musician has ended treatment for pancreatic cancer and is now receiving hospice care at home. Price was discharged from the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler - and the hospital says the cancer has now spread to Price's liver, intestines and lungs. His wife says her husband is "alert and aware of his surroundings"- but is losing his two-year-long fight against the disease. She says her husband's "final message" to fans thanks them for their support - and she says he hopes he hasn't let them down. Price started in the 1950s as a honky-tonk singer and branched out toward pop with hits like "For the Good Times."

Friday, 13 December 2013 12:36

Jack White's divorce is final

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jack White's marriage is officially over. A judge in Nashville has signed off on paperwork dissolving the union between the singer and British model and singer Karen Elson. The paperwork was signed November 26 - and gives primary custody of the couple's two children to Elson. White will get about 150 days to visit with them. Under terms of the breakup, White retains rights to all his musical businesses, including The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, Dead Weather and his record label, Third Man Records. The couple married in 2005 and Elson filed for divorce last year. Earlier this year, Elson sought a restraining order and accused White of threatening her. White denies that.

Friday, 13 December 2013 12:34

The Beatles get Lifetime Achievement Award

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Feel free to file this in the "what took them so long" category. The Grammys are honoring The Beatles with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The announcement yesterday says there will be a formal announcement during the Grammy telecast in late January. Others getting the lifetime award this year include the Isley Brothers, Kris Kristofferson and Kraftwerk.

NEW YORK (AP) - New additions are coming to the SNL cast. "Saturday Night Live" plans to add one and possibly two black female performers as soon as January. The show confirms producers have been holding auditions, as first reported by The New York Times. SNL has come under fire of its lack of black women in the cast. It was even the subject of a bit when Kerry Washington from "Scandal" was the guest host last month.

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