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Justin Gets Ready to Roll, Gridiron Tops the Box Office, Happy 80th Tony, Moguls and their Wives, Who Killed Doris Day?
The summer officially comes to an end this week, as baseball’s pennant races are in full swing, football kicks into gear and TV’s fall season gets underway. Oh yeah, there are 97 shopping days, give or take, until Christmas… Do you know where your credit card is?

Justin Timberlake’s the man this week as the Jive/ZLG superstar’s new album is flirting with 700k this week, far and away the top-selling album in the country.  Jessica Simpson’s ex, John Mayer, is poised in the #2 spot, with his Continuum album on Columbia poised for a total that should hit in the 220-240k range. Other Top 10 newcomers include Capitol’s first new Bob Seger studio effort in 11 years, with a total between 90-95k, Universal Republic’s The Mars Volta (60-65k) and Island R&B veteran Lionel Richie, who appears headed for between 55-60k, which should be good enough to sneak into the charmed circle. As always, keep checking the building album sales chart on the site to stay one step ahead of the office water cooler buzz.

Football was big at the movies as Sony’s Gridiron Gang, with the Rock, took in $15 million to lead a lackluster moviegoing weekend. Receipts totaled $75 million, down almost 12% from the previous year. Nevertheless, Sony Pictures broke its own record with its 10th opening #1 box office film over the past year. Brian De Palma’s controversial The Black Dahlia took the No. 2 position with $10.4 million in ticket sales, a disappointment for Universal. Meanwhile, the New York Times weighed in with the polarized critical reaction to De Palma films here.  Another sports-themed movie, Everyone’s Hero, an animated baseball tale with Babe Ruth and a talking bat championed by the late Christopher Reeve and wife Dana, who also died, finished third with $6.2 million for 20th Century Fox. The Zach Braff-starring The Last Kiss brought in $4.7 million for fourth place, while last week’s topper, Sony’s horror film, The Covenant, finished fifth with virtually the same total. Even with the competition from the Gridiron Gang, Mark Wahlberg’s Invincible held sixth place, finishing its fourth week with a $50.9-million total. Indie word-of-mouth hits The Illusionist and Little Miss Sunshine continued to draw crowds, grabbing the seventh and eighth spots, respectively, at the box office. The neo-noir Hollywoodland fell to ninth place with $2.7 million for a paltry two-week total of $10.5m, just ahead of the amped-up action movie Crank. Total box-office receipts stand at $6.8 billion for the year, up 6.2% over last year.

TONY TONY TONY: After recently celebrating his 80th birthday, Tony Bennett releases his new Columbia Records album, Duets: An American Classic, on Sept. 26, which could be one of Q4’s dark horses.  The legendary crooner joins with superstars like Billy Joel (“The Good Life”), Tim McGraw (“Cold, Cold Heart”) and Stevie Wonder (“For Once in My Life”).  The album will be premiered this week, starting tomorrow through Sept. 25, on 125 Clear Channel radio websites. Log on to www.clearchannelmusic.com for more.


MOGULING:
The L.A. Times explores the marvel of old-line media moguls Sumner Redstone and Rupert Murdoch here, openly wondering if their young wives, half their ages, have anything to do with their vitality here.


WHO KILLS DORIS
DAY: Film star Doris Day has been killed off in a new song by the Who, despite being alive and well. In the new Who song, “Mirror Door,” Pete Townshend pays tribute to the stars who have left this mortal earth. “Howling Wolf and old Link Wray/Dave Van Ronk and Doris Day/Bobby Darin, Brownie McGhee/Elvis, Buddy and Eddie C” sings Roger Daltrey in the Townshend-written song featured on Endless Wire, the band’s first studio album in a quarter of a century, scheduled for release on Oct. 31 on Universal Republic. "I was absolutely convinced she was dead,” The Who star told London’s Daily Express. Unfortunately, the faux pas was only pointed out to Townshend after the album was pressed and ready for shipping. The reclusive movie star in now 82 years old, and hasn’t worked since her 1971 TV show The Doris Day Show went off the air.

C&C ON DVD: Coheed and Cambria are set to release a live DVD titled The Last Supper: Live at Hammerstein Ballroom on Oct. 31. The DVD was recorded at the New York venue in May and captures one night of the band’s tour in support of 2005’s Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume I: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness.


CHANNEL SURFING
: Look for the eagerly anticipated debut of West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC. Meanwhile, Elton John will be on Jay Leno (NBC), Papa Roach on Jimmy Kimmel (ABC), Madeleine Peyroux on Conan (NBC) and LeToya on Craig Ferguson (CBS). It’s Ventriloquist Week on David Letterman, with Willie Tyler and Lester holding forth.


ON THIS
DAY

In 1964: The Beatles were in a bomb scare as a phone call said there was an explosive on their flight to Dallas. It turned out to be a false alarm.

In 1967: The Beatles shot the striptease scene for The Magical Mystery Tour.

In 1970: Jimi Hendrix died in London at 27. There were various theories as to how he died, but the coroner determined that it was “inhalation of vomit due to barbiturate intoxication.”

In 1971: Pink Floyd became the first rock group to play the Classical Music Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. They played “Atom Heart Mother.”

In 1972: In London, the Rock at the Oval festival kicked off. Headliners were The Who, but the bill was filled out by Mott the Hoople and The Faces, whose Kenny Jones would years later sub for the deceased Keith Moon on drums.

In 1974: John Lennon was the guest DJ on New York’s WNEW-FM.

In 1976: At Don Kirshner’s Rock Music Awards, Fleetwood Mac won Best Group and Best Album for Fleetwood Mac. Peter Frampton was awarded Rock Personality of the Year.

In 1980: Amsterdam’s Paradise Club was the setting for a two-day festival celebrating the life of Jimi Hendrix. The 11-hundred attendees watched Hendrix films and an appearance by The Noel Redding Band, with Mitch Mitchell sitting in on drums.

In 1983: Kiss unmasked on MTV. The band appeared on the channel for the first time without their makeup.

In 1997: The Rolling Stones played Chicago’s Double Door Club as a warm-up for their Bridges to Babylon tour. The Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan was in the audience, but he paid the $7 admission along with the other 400 lucky attendees.

In 2000: matchbox twenty's Adam Gaynor offered a reward after his favorite guitar was stolen from the side of the stage in Gainesville, Florida.

In 2000: Rick Springfield was arrested for alleged spousal assault after police discovered "minor injuries" on his wife.

In 2002: Blur’s Damon Albarn and Massive Attack’s 3D delivered an open letter to the British Prime Minister Tony Blair protesting war moves against Iraq.

In 2004: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young performed at the 19th Annual Farm Aid in Auburn, WA. Dave Matthews, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Trick Pony and the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis also performed for the farmers.

In 2004: Britney Spears and dancer Kevin Federline married in Studio City, CA. It was Britney's second marriage in a year.

 

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