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TAYLOR SWIFT HAS MONSTER SALES WEEK

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Record sales this year have been so bad that sales of less than 100,000 copies in a week can mean a number-one album. That's why it's a huge deal that Taylor Swift sold 1.2 million copies of her "Red" album its first week of release. That puts it solidly at number one. Swift is the only woman to have two albums sell more than a million copies its first week out. The last album to sell more than a million copies its debut week was Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," with 1.1 million copies last year. However, it had the advantage of selling for 99 cents its first week. Before that, we have not seen a number-one album debut that high since Eminem released "The Eminem Show" in 2002, with sales of 1.3 million its first week.

PETE TOWNSHEND SAYS HE STOLE WINDMILL MOVE FROM KEITH RICHARDS

UNDATED (AP) -- The windmill may be Pete Townshend's signature move, but it's really Keith Richards' move. Townshend writes in his new autobiography, "Who I Am," an early version of the band called The Detours opened for The Rolling Stones in December 1963. Townshend saw Richards swing his arms like a windmill to warm up. When they opened for The Stones a few weeks later, Richards didn't do that, so Townshend adopted it for himself. A month or so later, they found out another band had the name The Detours, so they needed a new name. The name "The Who" came from future Who biographer Richard Barnes. Townshend himself wanted to call the band "The Hair."

VH1 CLASSIC

CELEBRATES WHO-LOWEEN

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- VH1 Classic is turning Halloween into Who-loween. It will run all Who programming today. It will air "Tommy," "BBC Electric Proms: The Who" from 2006, "Classic Albums: Who's Next," "VH1 Classic in Concert: Listening to You: The Who at The Isle of Wight," based on their 1970 performance, and the U.S. TV premiere of "Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me?" The Who's tour kicks off tomorrow in Sunrise, Florida.

SMASHING PUMPKINS' BILLY CORGAN PLANS OUT THE RING ACTION

CHICAGO (AP) -- One of Billy Corgan's side projects is as creative director for a wrestling company. Corgan says it's like being a baseball manager, in that he assesses each wrestler's skills and comes up with story lines. That means he knows who wins, but it doesn't make wrestling fake. He says it's no different than an opera with a sword fight on stage or a movie that uses stunt people and special effects. Besides, Corgan says he knows plenty of wrestlers with broken bones who just laugh if you say wrestling is fake.

PENNYWISE SINGER COMES BACK TO BAND

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Original Pennywise singer Jim Lindberg is returning to the band. They will play a show with Lindberg in Los Angeles on January 18. Lindberg left the band three years ago. He was replaced by singer Zoli Teglas, who suffered a serious back injury during a show in Europe over the summer. That forced the cancellation of Pennywise's fall tour. Pennywise will mark its 25th anniversary next year.

"THE VOICE" ENDS KNOCKOUT ROUNDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The way to succeed on "The Voice" last night: pick a song near and dear to the coaches' hearts. Sylvia Yacoub from Christina Aguilera's team won the knockout round against Aquile after she sang Aguilera's song "Fighter." Cassadee Pope from Team Blake won her knockout round after singing Maroon 5's song "Payphone." Liz Davis from Blake Shelton's team succeeded with "Gunpowder and Lead," a song by Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert. It didn't always work. MarissaAnn from Team Blake sang "Lady Marmalade," a song Aguilera remade into a hit, but she was defeated by Julio Cesar Castillo. And Rudy Parris was eliminated from Team Blake after he sang the Chris Brown song "Forever." Lambert had engaged in a Twitter feud with Brown earlier this year.

"THE VOICE" PLAN SPRING PREMIERE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The winner of "The Voice" has not been chosen and the show is already looking to the next season. NBC has announced the next season of "The Voice" will premiere March 25. Shakira and Usher will fill in for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, who will temporarily pursue other projects.

JUSTIN BIEBER HONORS TEEN VOLUNTEERS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Justin Bieber will be part of an awards show for teenagers who give back to their communities. Bieber, along with Emma Stone, Tyra Banks and Josh Duhamel will each pay tribute to a teen volunteer at the TeenNick HALO Awards. One honoree started an organization to give clothes to low-income teenage girls and another gives gift bags to chemotherapy patients. The special will tape November 17 in Los Angeles and run on Nickelodeon on November 19.

INXS REISSUES "KICK"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- INXS are putting out a 25th anniversary edition of their "Kick" album. The two-CD version comes with the original album remastered, plus a bonus disc of demos, outtakes, live tracks, b-sides and remixes. The collector's edition includes all that plus a third CD of special edits and remixes and a DVD of the INXS 1987-88 tour. An LP version pressed on red vinyl is also available. All versions are out now through INXS.com.

PINK, PITBULL, CARRIE UNDERWOOD ADDED TO AMAS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pink, Pitbull and Carrie Underwood will join the lineup of performers for the American Music Awards. The lineup also includes Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Linkin Park and Christina Aguilera. The AMAs will be November 18.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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