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Underwood's Single 'Heaven' Tops Charts
06/24/2005 5:23 PM, AP
Carrie Underwood's single "Inside Your Heaven" sold 170,000 copies its first week, making it the best-selling song so far of 2005, according to her publicist, Jessie Schmidt in Nashville, Tenn.
The single by Underwood, the newly crowned American Idol, debuted at No. 1 on four charts by Billboard magazine — the Billboard Hot 100, the Pop 100, singles sales and country singles sales.
Schmidt said the success is impressive because the single won't be released to radio stations for air play until July 5.
"My dreams continue to come true," Underwood said in a statement Thursday. "Thanks to the fans for voting me as their Idol and for wanting to hear — and have — my music."
The 22-year-old Underwood made Billboard history as the first country artist to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. It's the first time a country song has hit No. 1 since Lonestar's "Amazed" in 2000.
With perhaps the blackest of moods are certain Desperate Housewives insiders, who report to me, uh, some desperation with the cast. I think you'll find it a surprise, too.
Guess which performer has been so "difficult" with his nine-to-five negotiations, according to some ABC sources, that he was asked not to attend the recent upfronts in New York?
That's right. It's a he (the girliest eyebrows in the Biz if you ask me), Jesse Metcalfe.
"He showed up in New York," relayed a top Desperate source of mine. "He was in a T-shirt and jeans and was asked to leave."
Pray tell, this can't be true! What does the hunky gardener have to say for himself?
"Jesse wasn't even in New York," said J.M.'s flack, who was concerned enough with this item he interrupted his London vacay. "There was never any problem with Jesse and the show."
"Okay, who's fibbing here?" I asked the too kind flack. "More than one D.H. source insists Jesse's been, uh, problematic to deal with. Why would they make that up?"
"I don't know," sighed the publicist. "But it's wildly inaccurate."
We'll see, and prime time sure will tell. I guess we can treat this one like a pregnancy rumor, because the same sources who claim Jesse's been ruffling executive feathers also predict he will be in fewer Desperate episodes come season two. Stay tuned.
And, hell, as long as I've still got that transatlantic call going, I pressed the Metcalfe repper who the real diva is on that show, since his client is supposedly all sweet and chiseled sugar.
"God knows!" he bellowed.
A bloody-good bellow I might add.