NASHVILLE (AP) - Even when they were little, The Band Perry knew what the "sophomore slump" was. Singer Kimberley Perry says they were "music business nerds" and would read every thing they could about the business they wanted to be a part of. Reid Perry says "sophomore slump" is "like the title of a horror movie for us." They need not have worried. The Band Perry's second album, "Pioneer," sold 129,000 copies this week.
LONDON (AP) - Paul McCartney continues his reign as Britain's wealthiest musician. The Sunday Times estimates McCartney and his wife, Nancy Shevell, have a combined fortune of $1.05 billion. McCartney has topped the list since the Sunday Times began compiling it in 1989. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is second with $955 million. Adele tops the list for musicians under 30, with an estimated worth of $46 million. The full list will be published Sunday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Kirkland, Washington, woman has been charged with stalking Clay Aiken at his home near Raleigh, North Carolina. The Chatham County Sheriff's Office says 57-year-old Barbara Jean Saylor has been charged with trespassing and misdemeanor stalking. Deputies say she scaled a security fence at Aiken's house last Wednesday. Authorities say she was seen looking in the windows, and she left when she was told law enforcement had been called. Saylor has been released on $5,000 bond.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - This is the ladies' year on "American Idol." For the first time since Jordin Sparks won in 2007, a girl will be the next America Idol. Lazaro (LAZ'-ah-roh) Arbos was the last guy remaining and he was voted off last night. It was the last chance for the judges use their once-per-season save, but they didn't keep Lazaro in the competition. There are now five women left, including this week's top two, Kree Harrison and Candice Glover. Amber Holcomb was in the bottom two, but she gets to sing again next week.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The first words of a 79-year-old Michigan woman as she emerged from a five-year semi-coma were, "I want to go to a Bob Seger concert." And now her wish has come true. Evie Branan cheered, threw her hands in the air and danced during Seger's concert Thursday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. She also met Seger and his family, talked with crew and band members and received VIP treatment. Branan is from Flint Township. She called the night "the happiest I've been in a long time." After suffering a stroke that left Branan unable to speak, move or eat on her own, she became a resident of Willowbrook manor's long-term care unit. She awoke from the semi-coma on May 7, 2011.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Evil Dead" fans have given their stamp of a approval to the remake of the cult classic. The new Evil Dead opened on top with $26 million. "The Croods" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" are virtually tied for second with about $20 million. G.I. Joe was No. 1 last week. The 3-D version of "Jurassic Park" is fourth. "Olympus Has Fallen" is fifth.
NEW YORK (AP) - When Meryl Streep played Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady," she realized she could never have kept up with Thatcher's schedule when she was prime minister. Streep says Thatcher was "unhappy if there were 10 minutes of free time anywhere in her day." Streep also had trouble keeping up with Thatcher's speaking style. Streep says Thatcher could speak for long stretches of time without taking a break. She says even with her theater training, she had "a lot of trouble" with that. Thatcher has now died of a stroke. She was 87 years old.
NEW YORK (AP) - For millions of young boys, Annette Funicello was their first crush. She was the most popular of the Mouseketeers on "The Mickey Mouse Club." She says guys would tell her that all the time and their wives said they were never jealous. Then teenagers fell in love with her when she starred in "Beach Blanket Bingo" and other movies with Frankie Avalon. Funicello came down with MS in 1992. But true to her positive nature, she didn't let it get her down. She told AP Radio in 1994 that she couldn't blame anyone, "it just happened." Funicello died of complications from MS. She was 70.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jay Leno says he will be leaving NBC's "Tonight Show" next spring, to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon. Leno announced the move Wednesday in a news release. NBC also confirms that the show will be moving to New York City when Fallon takes over. "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels will take over as producer of the new "Tonight Show." The move has been widely reported but not confirmed by the network until now. NBC reportedly just wrapped up negotiations with Fallon on a contract extension. NBC did not say who will replace Fallon in his current time slot, which is one hour later than the "Tonight Show."
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The stars of the hit reality TV series "Duck Dynasty" are getting used to being celebrities. Once mistaken as a homeless man with his shaggy beard, Phil Robertson says he now gets asked for autographs, and fans want to pose for pictures with him. Robertson is the patriarch of the family of duck hunters-turned-millionaires. Their family business makes homemade duck callers and other bird hunting gear. Robertson and the family signed autographs for more than 500 fans last Saturday. They cracked jokes about their celebrity status and autographed books, T-shirts, shoes and even some hunting rifles for fans in their home state of Louisiana. The show is in its third season and draws some 8 million viewers a week.