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Nelly Furtado’s Dreamworks Interscope album Loose is expected to top this week’s HITS Top 50, thanks to the smash Timbaland collaboration, “Promiscuous,” the hottest summer jam since, unh, “Hips Don’t Lie.”
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David Beckham bent it like he was supposed to do, sending England to a 1-0 victory over Ecuador and into the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the world’s most finicky fan base, as Adam Sandler once again proved to have a remote control over the movie box office as we head into the teeth of the summer, with both Nelly Furtado and Superman ready to take flight. Oh yeah, mazel tov to Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban on their marriage this past weekend in Australia. Turns out her betrothal to Tom Cruise wasn’t recognized by the Catholic Church, which allowed her to walk the aisle without getting an annulment. Anyone care to venture an over-under on whether it lasts longer than the one between Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney?

Adam Sandler’s Click was the top grossing film this weekend, earning an estimated $40 million over the weekend for Sony Pictures, upending Disney’s Cars. It’s on target to become Sandler's seventh straight movie to clock in with $100 million. His best opening weekend came last May, when The Longest Yard grossed $47.6 million, and his top overall success was Big Daddy, which took in $163.5 million during its 1999 run. Focus Features' Waist Deep, an urban thriller with Tyrese Gibson (who introduced his new rap persona Black-Ty over the weekend), which generated a better-than-expected $9.5 million. Cars came in at #2 in its third weekend, grossing an estimated $22.5 million, bringing its total gross to $155.9 million. Paramount Pictures' Nacho Libre grossed an estimated $12.1 million, Universal Pictures' The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift took in $9.2 million, Warner Bros.' The Lake House racked up $8.3 million and 20th Century Fox's Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties mustered $4.8 million. Industrywide, ticket sales were up from the previous year for the sixth straight weekend and the 13th weekend in the last 14. Box-office revenue reached an estimated $4.4 billion, up 4.5% year to date, according to Exhibitor Relations Co.

This Wednesday, Warner Bros.Superman Returns hits theatres, with wonderers wondering if it can top Aquaman’s record-breaking first week of $114 million. The Bryan Singer-directed entry has been garnering impressive advance word. 20th Century Fox’s The Devil Wears Prada, based on the best-selling book, with Meryl Streep as a fictional version of Vogue editor Anna Wintour, hits Friday (6/30), with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest the weekend after next.

Meanwhile, Nelly Furtado’s Dreamworks/Interscope album Loose is expected to top this week’s HITS Top 50, thanks to the smash Timbaland collaboration, “Promiscuous,” the hottest summer jam since, unh, “Hips Don’t Lie.” Feel free to check our building sales chart over the next two days to track its progress. Look for Tooth & Nail Christian rockers Underoath to bow at #2, with around 100k, while Interscope’s Keane should crash the Top 5 with around 70-75k.

The L.A. TimesGeoff Boucher takes a look at the Hollywood life of expatriate DJ Paul Oakenfold here. N.Y. Times’ classical music critic Allan Kozinn raves about the new $150 million Cirque de Soleil and Apple Beatles production Love, which opens at the Mirage in Las Vegas this Friday here. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison are all expected to be there.

Get ready for the return of Dee Snider and Twisted Sister. The band has inked with Razor & Tie for a Christmas album, A Twisted Christmas, coming Oct. 17, featuring metal versions of classics like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Deck the Halls” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” What, no Hanukkah songs?

Goo-goo ga-gah.  Former Disney chief Michael Eisner has acquired Team Baby Entertainment, a producer of sports videos for infants and toddlers that highlight college athletic teams while, at the same time, teaching children to count and spell. After leaving Disney, Eisner formed the Tornante Company, an investment concern for entertainment ventures. Team Baby currently has 20 DVD titles, including Baby Irish, for fans of Notre Dame, and Baby Longhorn for University of Texas followers. 

And, in case you didn’t hear it, 33-year-old Kevin Richardson is leaving the Backstreet Boys to pursue “other interests.” The other members of the group say he will not be replaced. What, they’re not interested in Lance Bass?

Good news for fans of legendary L.A. DJ Rodney Bingenheimer. The music biz stalwart will receive his much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.

In other news of love matches, rapper The Game will wed actress Valeisha Butterfield on March 22, 2007, the anniversary of his proposal to her. Butterfield has appeared in Remember the Titans and Road Trip and is the daughter of North Carolina Congressman GJ Butterfield, who reportedly gave the rapper the “third degree” when he asked for her hand. Valeisha revealed that “we never dated… We went from being friends to being engaged."  Wonder if 50 Cent will be best man.

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