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HOT WRIST WEAR FOR MY LADY LIFERS
Padma Lakshmi has created her very own namesake jewelry line, Padma inspired by her Indian heritage and love for fashion and food. The delicate designs combine eastern and western cul tures using natural seed-pod shapes. The line promotes balance and femininity for the female form and consists of fine bracelets, necklaces, cuffs, earrings, and rings in both 10 and 14 carat gold. Each piece is remarkably wearable, whether you pair the jewelry with jeans and a tee or a cocktail dress. “I wanted something more modern and delicate. I also wanted to create something that women would love to wear, jewelry that highlights the myriad sides of a woman’s personality without upstaging her,” explains creator Padma Lakshmi. The Padma jewelry line debuted at Bergdorf Goodman in New York this past May.
Fans Snap Up 1.1 Million Michael Jackson Albums In One Week
By Keith Caulfield, L.A.
The King of Pop dominates the Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard charts yet again.
Based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, Michael Jackson’s catalog of solo albums sold a mighty 1.1 million copies in the U.S. in the tracking week that ended at the close of business on Sunday (July 12).
That’s a jump of 37% stacked next to the previous week, when his combined albums sold just shy of 800,000. In just the past two and a half weeks, American consumers have purchased more than 2.3 million Jackson albums.
Record label sources have suggested that sales of Jackson’s albums were particularly strong last week because of publicity surrounding his memorial service on Tuesday July 7. Additionally, a wider selection of his albums were re-stocked by key retailers, in addition to key hits compilations like “Number Ones” and “The Essential Michael Jackson” and of course, “Thriller.”
When Nielsen SoundScan’s charts are released in the morning on Wednesday, July 15, Jackson’s “Number Ones” collection will be the top selling album in the United States for the third week in a row, with 349,000 copies sold (an increase of 3%).
His “Thriller” moved 264,000 (up 41%) while “Essential” powered through another 149,000 (up 18%). Some older Jackson titles also saw great gains, likely owed to the one-two punch of re-stocking by brick-and-mort ar retailers and the publicity generated by the memorial service.
“Off the Wall” sold 107,000 (up 108%), “Bad” did 97,000 (up 332%) and “Dangerous” blew through 67,000 (up 157%).
In turn, Jackson is still the King of the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. It tallies albums that are more than 18 months old, have fallen below No. 100 on the Billboard 200 and don’t have a current radio single. Catalog albums are ineligible to appear on the Billboard 200 chart though they can chart on the Top Comprehensive Albums chart.
This week, the entire top 12 albums are all Jackson-related. The singer specifically has the titles at Nos. 1-6 and 9-12, while two Jackson 5 compilations hold down the fort at Nos. 7 and 8.
Top Pop Catalog Albums Chart (Week Ending 7/12/2009)
1) Michael Jackson “Number Ones”
2) Michael Jackson “The Essential Michael Jackson”
3) Michael Jackson “Thriller”
4) Michael Jackson “Off The Wall”
5) Michael Jackson “Bad”
6) Michael Jackson “Dangerous”
7) Jackson 5 “The Ultimate Collection”
8) Jackson 5 “The Best of Jackson 5: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection”
9) Michael Jackson “Greatest Hits: HIStory — Volume 1”
10) Michael Jackson “HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1”
11) Michael Jackson “Invincible”
12) Michael Jackson “The Ultimate Collection”
Jackson’s digital track sales have leveled off in the past tracking week, but still totaled 2.5 million in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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Samsung’s perfect 10
Samsung’s late to the game of Flip-style (read: simple, cheap, tiny, genius) pocket camcorders, but with its just-announced HMX-U10, the company is making up for lost time. High-def 1080p resolution (vs. the industry standard of 720p) and a 10MP still camera trump most anything on the market at the moment; the other features, like fixed-focus lens, expandable SD storage, and a button for instant uploading to YouTube, are squarely in line with the rest of the pack. And if this is all ye know, this is all ye need to know: The thing’s easy enough to operate that an 8-year-old or an 80-year-old can handle it with aplomb. If, that is, they can pry it out of your hands.
Around $200; ships in September; samsung.com
FRESH FOR THE SUMMER
Vans Summer 2009 “Quilted” Slip-On
Vans presents a series of tonal Slip-On’s for Summer 2009, all featuring a quilted pattern on the toe box. The sneaker keeps its clean looks, yet is a little different from the norm. We would say, just enough change on this classic. The quilted Slip-On is now available in several colorways atEssence.