After a burst of reports late Tuesday night, John Travolta's website (www.travolta.com) seems to confirm that JT's wife, Kelly Preston, is pregnant. "It's impossible to keep a secret," says the site " . . . especially one as wonderful as this. We want to be the first to share this great news with everyone that we are expecting a new addition to our family." Almost everyone in the world was taking that to mean that Kelly is with child, except the Associated Press. The AP pointed out that the statement didn't say what sort of addition the couple is expecting. If it is a baby, the child would arrive in November, when Kelly will be 48. The couple say they have been discussing the possibility of having another child for years. They have kept private since the death of their son Jett at age 16 last year; he died of seizures while the family was vacationing in the Bahamas. They also endured a trial centering on an alleged extortion attempt around the circumstances of Jett's death; the case ended in a mistrial, and a retrial date has been set for September. John and Kelly also have daughter Ella Bleu, born in 2000. Travolta and Preston were married in 1991. He was most recently seen in From Paris With Love, and she in The Last Song.
Bieber back atop BillboardJustin Bieber, face smooth as a baby's bottom, ewwww, is back again at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. It's his fourth nonconsecutive week at No. 1. He falls off, then gets back on top. Make up your mind, kid! His album, My World 2.0, sold an uninspiring 60,000-plus, the second-lowest figure for a chart-topper since Nielsen SoundScan started informing the Billboard charts in 1991. At No. 2 is Lady Antebellum, refusing to go away with its smash album Need You Now, selling a yawny 54K-plus. No. 3 is The National with High Violet. The rest of the best: (4) AC/DC, Iron Man 2; (5) a strapping debut by Dead Weather with Sea of Cowards; (6) Carole King and James Taylor, Live at the Troubadour; (7) Usher, Raymond v. Raymond; (8) Charice, Charice; (9) Godsmack, The Oracle; (10) As I Lay Dying, Powerless Rise. The biggest music news is on the Digital Songs chart, where Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, debuts at numero uno with 294K sold - and it's not even released yet! No. 2 is Usher's "OMG," with 240K. Album sales are down 12 percent from this time last year, and digital track sales are up 2 percent.
BET noms Bieber for Best Newbie
A further Bieber Brief: In a development no one could have seen coming, J-Bieb is among the nominees for Best New Artist in the 2010 BET Awards. Hello??? Bieber, 16, is, well, he's this kid from Ontario, Canada, who got famous after his mom put a vid of him singing on YouTube. BET is the leading African American entertainment channel. Think it's odd he's up for a BET Award? BET doesn't: "Bieber has crossed the color boundaries the same way that hip-hop has crossed the boundaries the other way for a number of years," said Stephen Hill, BET's president of music programming and specials. "He's had rhythm in his music," said Hill. "He makes the type of music our audience likes." Jay-Z led all nominees with five noms, and his wifey Beyoncé has four. Also with four is rapper, producer, and frequent Jay-Z collaborator Drake. The awards will be announced June 26 at an L.A. shebang run by Queen Latifah.