Carey is tied with Elvis for No. 1 hits

PEOPLE AND PLACES

People In The News

December 29, 2005

And the musicians with the most No. 1 singles of the rock era are ...

The Beatles, Elvis Presley ... and Mariah Carey.

Yes, Mariah Carey.

Carey, she of the five-octave range and the second-biggest-selling album this year, has tied the King for second place on the charts, with 17 No. 1 hits.

Carey's "Don't Forget About Us" hit the top of Billboard's latest Hot 100 chart. She and Presley are behind the Beatles, who have 20. (The Associated Press says some music sources give Presley 18 by counting the double-sided single "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" as two hits instead of one.)

"Don't Forget About Us" is Carey's second No. 1 song this year, following her ballad "We Belong Together." Both are from her Grammy-nominated The Emancipation of Mimi. Carey's first No. 1 single was "Vision of Love" in 1990.

Bye, bye birdie

Officials now say that it was wear and tear, and not a collision with a bird, that damaged the windshield of Oprah Winfrey's private jet and forced it to return to the Santa Barbara, Calif., airport.

"There was no bird involved, but the pilot did tell my captain that he felt it was a fatigue thing with the glass," Battalion Chief John Ahlman, a Santa Barbara City Fire Department spokesman, said Tuesday. Ahlman had earlier attributed the damage to a bird.

Learning to shut up

Sienna Miller says the biggest lesson she's learned this year is "hold your cards close to your vest." "I've got a huge mouth, especially when it comes to my business," the 24-year-old actress tells Life magazine in its Dec. 30 issue. "But I've realized that if you start talking about things, you open up a floodgate."

Miller's engagement to Jude Law appeared to fall apart after Law publicly apologized in July for having an affair with his children's nanny. Reports in recent weeks have suggested the couple were back together.

Miller stars in Casanova, showing in limited release. When asked who is a modern-day Casanova, she replied: "I don't know. ... People think I should be an expert on love, and I haven't got a clue."

More top models

Cast off by America's Next Top Model, Janice Dickinson will get her own reality modeling show on the Oxygen network.

Dickinson, 52, who claims she was the first supermodel, was ousted from the UPN show in May. During four seasons on the show, she was the harshest critic of the model hunt's judging panel and often quarreled with fellow judges.

She'll winnow 500 aspiring models down to five as she starts her own Hollywood modeling agency on what is tentatively titled The Janice Dickinson Project. Oxygen has ordered 10 episodes, which are expected to begin airing in the spring.

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