People And Places

PEOPLE AND PLACES

June 27, 2005

In the News

`Idol' Underwood debuts on four charts at No. 1

American Idol winner Carrie Underwood's first single sold 170,000 copies in its first week, making it the best-selling song so far this year, according to her publicist.

"Inside Your Heaven" debuted at No. 1 on four charts by Billboard magazine - the Billboard Hot 100, the Pop 100, singles sales and country singles sales.

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.

The single won't be released to radio stations for air play until July 5, said publicist Jessie Schmidt in Nashville. Underwood is working on her debut album, which is due out this fall.

A new `Star Wars' complex

Star Wars creator George Lucas opened the doors to his sprawling new Lucasfilm Ltd. complex in style, with 2,000 guests entertained by Chris Isaak, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs and Mickey Hart.

The bash celebrated the move of the company to the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio, a former military base and national park in San Francisco.

The 23-acre complex contains a stone fountain of Jedi master Yoda at the front door, and there's a Stormtrooper suit in the hallways.

Lucas says he'll likely keep away from the center and instead focus on smaller film projects and developing a final Indiana Jones film.

Geldof tuning up

Bob Geldof seems to be gearing up for his Live 8 concerts next week: At another festival, he got a crowd of 100,000 to join hands and yell the slogan, "Make poverty history."

Geldof, an organizer of Live 8, appeared Saturday at the Glastonbury Festival in England.

Producers of the Live 8 concerts said Saturday the shows will be shown around the world in what they billed as the largest-ever broadcast of a live event. Broadcasts on television, radio, the Internet and even mobile phones will be accessible to a potential audience of 5.5 billion people, or 85 percent of the world's population, the producers said.

The eight July 2 concerts, in cities including London, Paris, Tokyo, Rome and Philadelphia, will be broadcast in more than 140 countries. Scheduled artists include Madonna, U2, Paul McCartney and Coldplay.

The shows are meant to pressure leaders gathering for the Group of Eight summit of wealthy nations to take action to reduce poverty in Africa.

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