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Hudson Hosts Holiday Special; Beatles Have Decade's Top Selling Album


Jennifer Hudson's self-titled CD

Jennifer Hudson teams up with Michael Buble in television show filmed in Chicago; Billboard magazine says the Beatles' 'Anthology' has sold more than 11.4 million copies.

One-hit wonders among Billboard's year-end charts

In addition to Billboard's year-end charts, the magazine has compiled its "Best of the 2000's" rankings. Among them is a One-Hit Wonders list that includes 39 songs by artists who didn't follow the success of their breakthrough hit. Here are the Top 10 one-hit wonders and their hit in ascending order: Dream, "He Loves U Not;" Bo Bice, "Inside Your Heaven;" Blu Cantrell, "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!);" Gnarls Barkley, "Crazy;" James Blunt, "You're Beautiful;" D4L, "Laffy Taffy;" Mims, "This Is Why I'm Hot;" Crazy Town, "Butterfly;" Terror Squad, "Lean Back;" and Daniel Powter, "Bad Day."

Beatles own decade's top-selling album

The Beatles' 'Anthology 3' CD
The Beatles' 'Anthology 3' CD

The Beatles have the top-selling album of the decade. Between 2000 and 2009, their greatest hits anthology, 1 sold more than 11.4 million copies. Eminem beat the Fab Four on another decade-end list. The Detroit rapper is the top-selling artist of the decade with combined sales of 32.2 million. The Beatles have the Number 2 spot on that list with a total of 30 million albums sold.

Keys releases new album

Alicia Keys' 'The Element of Freedom' CD
Alicia Keys' 'The Element of Freedom' CD

On December 15, J Records will release Alicia Keys' new album, The Element of Freedom. The album includes her solo version of "Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down." Alicia's duet version with Jay-Z spends its fourth week at Number One on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Also on the album is Alicia's duet with Beyonce, "Put It In A Love Song."

Boyle still tops Billboard album chart

Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed A Dream" CD
Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed A Dream" CD

Susan Boyle spends a second week at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart with her debut album I Dreamed A Dream. Second week U.S. sales totaled 527,000 copies. According to Billboard, the album's total sales of 1.23 million copies make it the 10th biggest-selling release of the year. Industry sources speculate that the album will sell an additional 500,000 - 600,000 copies next week. Taylor Swift holds the 2009 sales record for selling 2.53 million copies of Fearless.

Hudson hosts holiday special

Jennifer Hudson's self-titled CD
Jennifer Hudson's self-titled CD

On December 14 Jennifer Hudson hosted her first holiday special, "I'll Be Home For Christmas." Singer Michael Buble performed two duets with Jennifer. Hudson shot the special in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois. In a recent interview, Jennifer said she'll show viewers "my city, my Chicago, and in a way that, I hope, lets everyone get to know me a little better - the real me, not just the person they've seen in Dreamgirls or read about in some magazine." "I'll Be Home For Christmas" aired on ABC-TV.

New reality show features 'sing-off'

A new reality show will premiere December 14 on NBC-TV. "The Sing-Off" will feature eight a cappella groups competing over the course of four nights. The grand prize is $100,000 and a recording deal with Epic Records. Celebrity judges include Ben Folds, Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman and the Pussycat Dolls' Nicole Scherzinger. Nick Lachey will host the competition.

New Album Releases December 15

"Sex Therapy: The Session" by Robin Thicke, "Traveling Circus" by Phil Vassar, the original motion picture soundtrack to "Avatar," "Tall, Dark & Chicano" by George Lopez and "Keep Riding" by Rob White.

Look Who's Going On Tour!

Keni Thomas' 'Gunslinger' CD
Keni Thomas' 'Gunslinger' CD

On December 14, Country singer Keni Thomas kicked off his annual USO Holiday Tour. This is the fifth year Keni has traveled to the Middle East to entertain U.S. military troops. Joining him are Country singer Mark Wills, Country newcomer Alana Grace, four Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and model/TV personality Leann Tweeden.