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HBO, Wahlberg team with 'Rude' Jude
When we talked to "Rude" Jude Angelini last year while the Pontiac-born Sirius XM host was promoting his autobiographical tale "Hyena," he mentioned his goal to get the book turned into an HBO series. Well, that goal is one step closer to becoming reality: Angelini has partnered with Mark Wahlberg and Wahlberg's producing team behind "Entourage" to turn the book into a series for the premium cable network, Deadline.com reports. Angelini will write the script alongside writer-producer Ally Musika, who reportedly tracked "Hyena" down and has been driving the project. The series will reportedly follow Angelini's adventures as a radio host; he has been co-hosting "The All Out Show" on Eminem's Shade 45 for 10 years. Angelini, who self-published "Hyena" in 2013 before Simon & Schuster re-released it last year, got his start as a frequent guest on "The Jenny Jones Show."
Drake tops Billboard charts
Is it a mixtape? Is it an album? Doesn't matter: Drake's "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" is the No. 1 seller in the country. The surprise release, unveiled Feb. 12 with no advance warning, sold 495,000 copies its first week, easily topping Billboard's Top 200 albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures released Wednesdy. The set marks Drake's fourth chart-topper, following "Thank Me Later," "Take Care" and "Nothing Was the Same." The Drake project blocked the "50 Shades of Grey" soundtrack from the No. 1 position; the collection bows at No. 2 with first-week sales of 258,000. Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift round out the top five, while in the week after its big Grammy triumph, Beck's Album of the Year-winner "Morning Phase" jumps up 31 spots to No. 8.
De'Von "Day Day" Pickett, a member of Nicki Minaj's touring crew, was stabbed and killed early Wednesday in Philadelphia, Billboard reports. Eric Parker, another member of Minaj's crew, was stabbed and is in critical condition following an argument that started in a bar that spilled out into the street. "Another senseless act of violence that took the life of a great guy. So sad," Minaj wrote on Instagram.
The modest three-bedroom Liverpool home that Paul McCartney grew up in is scheduled to be auctioned off next week, CNBC reports. McCartney spent six years in the house, which is located at 72, Western Avenue, in Speke, southeast Liverpool. The home has a list price of £100,000, which equates to $154,337.
Tim McGraw will perform at DTE Energy Music Theatre Aug. 2, according to tour dates announced by the singer's camp on Wednesday. Ticket info is expected soon; Billy Currington and Chase Bryant will open.
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