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It’s official: Taylor Swift’s “Red” sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem’s “The Eminem Show” sold 1.322 million in its first full week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
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Disney has just confirmed that they will acquire George Lucas‘ Lucasfilm Ltd for $4.05 billion, in a deal that includes rights to the Star Wars franchise. Disney has scheduled Star Wars: Episode 7 for a 2015 release, with future movies to come every two to three years. Not much is known about what to expect from the films other than the fact that Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy will be executive producer on any forthcoming Star Wars movies, while George Lucas himself with serve as creative consultant.
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said Lucas. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”
“The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right,” Apple said. “We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November.”
Missing a release date is rare for Apple, but not unprecedented. Almost exactly one year ago, the Cupertino, Calif., company pushed back by a month its iTunes Match feature, which lets users listen to their iTunes music collection from a Web browser.
iTunes’ most recent quarterly revenue — including the sale of apps, digital books as well as songs — was $2.3 billion. That figure is up from $1.7 billion a year earlier.
As a result, Apple can scarcely afford to fumble an update of its flagship online media and application store. At the time, Apple executives demoed the new design to a live audience, highlighting its simpler user interface, social integration sharing with Facebook and the ability for users to buy content on one device and access it on all devices via iCloud.
Apple already released some of the features, including the ability to synchronize purchases via iCloud, in September with iTunes version 10.7. But the bulk of the updates were slated for the version 11 launch.
Vh1 and Toni Braxton come together a Behind the Music special. The sultry songstress, who has sold over 60 million records worldwide and won six Grammys, opened up about everything from bankruptcy, to battling lupus to her son’s autism.
To celebrate his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar drops off a fresh new joint called The Jig is Up produced by J. Cole and Canei Finch.