Briefly: Eminem, Lil Wayne, Mariah Carey, Bono
Eminem's best-of set "Curtain Call: The Hits" debuts atop The Billboard 200 album chart, with more than 440,000 copies sold during its first week in stores.
The album--which features three new tracks--marks the rapper's fourth consecutive No. 1 LP.
Claiming the No. 2 slot during its first week in stores is Lil Wayne's "The Carter II," just ahead of Korn's "See You on the Other Side."
Rounding out the Top 5 are the hits compilation "NOW! That's What I Call Music, Vol. 20," and Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts."
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Mariah Carey, The Bangles, Chris Brown, Sean Paul, The Pussycat Dolls, Sugarland, 3 Doors Down and 311 are scheduled to perform on this year's " Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," which rings in the New Year on ABC-TV.
As previously reported, Clark, who suffered a stroke in early December of last year and missed hosting the 2004 edition of the show, plans to return to New York's Times Square this year to co-host the telecast with Ryan Seacrest.
Hilary Duff will perform three songs during the program, and will also handle segments from Hollywood.
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U2 frontman Bono reportedly dined with former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms prior to the band's Monday night (12/12) performance in Charlotte, NC.
The rocker and the conservative, 84-year-old Republican first met several years ago to work on a common cause: fighting the AIDS epidemic in Africa.