Taylor’s new album swiftly goes platinum
Taylor Swift’s new album is called “Red,” but its true color is a brilliant platinum. The 22-year-old singer sold 1.2 million copies of her latest album in its first week – the largest sales week for any album in a decade.
“Red” marks Swift’s second straight album to sell more than 1 million copies in its first week; “Speak Now,” her third album, sold a little over 1 million copies when it was released in 2010.
Swift has the opportunity to celebrate for a second time this week: As the reigning “Entertainer of the Year” at the CMA Awards, she has the chance to capture the trophy for a second time Thursday in Nashville.
Octomom checks herself into rehab
“Octomom” Nadya Suleman has checked herself into a rehabilitation center, citing anxiety, exhaustion and stress, a spokeswoman for the mother of 14 said Tuesday.
Suleman had been taking the medication Xanax under a doctor’s care to deal with her problems, but she felt she needed a treatment program to help with her recovery, spokeswoman Gina Rodriguez said. Suleman checked herself into Chapman House Treatment Center on Oct. 23 and “will be in treatment for 28 days or more if needed,” Rodriguez said.
Meanwhile, three nannies and two of Suleman’s friends will care for her octuplets, who will be 4 years old in January, and her six older children.
Suleman, who has been in the media spotlight since giving birth to the octuplets in 2009, lived in Orange County until she moved her brood to the Palmdale, Calif., home earlier this month.
Furlong accused of domestic violence
Actor Edward Furlong has been arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of domestic violence, authorities said. The star of “Terminator 2” and “American History X” was arrested after officers responded to an arrival area late Monday, according to airport police.
Furlong, 35, was booked on suspicion of felony domestic violence involving a spouse or girlfriend. Police did not identify the person who Furlong allegedly injured. The actor’s divorce from estranged wife Rachael Kneeland is pending.
The birthday bunch
Actress Lee Grant is 85. Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather is 81. Folk singer Tom Paxton is 75. Actor David Ogden Stiers is 70. Actor Brian Doyle-Murray is 67. Actor Stephen Rea is 66. Actress Deidre Hall is 64. Talk show host Jane Pauley is 62. Movie director Peter Jackson is 51. Rock musician Larry Mullen is 51. Actor Dermot Mulroney is 49. Rock musician Mikkey Dee (Motorhead) is 49. Actor Rob Schneider is 48. Actress Piper Perabo is 36. Actress-singer Willow Smith is 12.