Lorde's latest single is hot. (David Livingston / Getty Images)
Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” tops this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart. The Toronto rapper’s third studio set sold 658,000 copies, besting the debuts of his previous two chart-toppers, 2011’s “Take Care” (631,000) and 2010’s “Thank Me Later” (447,000). Over on the singles chart, Lorde’s “Royals” hits the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100, while last week’s No. 1, Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” falls two spots to No. 3.
Timberlake set for top debut
Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2” is headed for a No. 1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart. Billboard reports the set is gearing toward first-week sales of 325,000 units, a massive downshift from the first-week sales of the first “20/20 Experience” earlier this year, which opened with 968,000 copies in March.
'The Voice' features Michigan singer
West Michigan’s Sam Cerniglia made it through on Tuesday’s episode of NBC’s reality singing competition “The Voice,” landing a spot on Blake Shelton’s team. The Fruitport, Mich., native, who now calls Chicago home, had to choose between Shelton and Cee Lo Green after both expressed interest in the singer following his rendition of Michael
Bublé’s “It’s a Beautiful Day.” Shelton said Cerniglia was “a complete vocalist,” and Cerniglia opted for the country singer’s mentorship going forward.
Report: Mo'Nique heading to TV
Academy Award winner Mo’Nique could be headed to daytime television. ABC is reportedly working on a daytime talk show for the “Precious” star, which could launch as soon as September 2014, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Previously, the star hosted “The Mo’Nique Show,” which ran on BET froom 2009-11. In other TV news, former WJLB-FM (97.9) morning show host MC Serch will host “Serch,” a daytime talker that will launch in eight markets in January. Detroit is not one of the cities set to air the show.
Farrow responds to Sinatra report
In the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, Mia Farrow says Frank Sinatra, not Woody Allen, could “possibly” be the father of her son, Ronan Farrow. On Wednesday, Ronan Farrow responded to the story on Twitter. “Listen, we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son,” he tweeted. Sinatra, who died in 1998, would have been 78 when Ronan was conceived. In the Vanity Fair story, Mia Farrow says she was still involved with Sinatra, to whom she was married from 1966 to 1968, during her time with Allen.