OK, only three days after its surprise release, the new Beyoncé video/music thing, titled, wait, oh yeah, Beyoncé, set an all-time iTunes record for a first week, with 828,773 purchases. Of those, 617,213 were U.S. buys, also a first-week record. OK, fine, she gets everything. . . .
Socially mediated 2013
The most-liked Instagram picture of 2013 was that of Justin Bieber posing with Will Smith. According to Twitter, the most retweeted (more than 408,000) tweet was that of July 29, after Glee star Cory Monteith died and Lea Michele thanked fans for their support. Also above 400K was the announcement, from Paul Walker's staff, that the Fast and Furious star had perished in a crash. The number-one hashtag for 2013 was #love.
Celebrities can be nice
Who are the 10 Most Generous Celebrities? Amazing you asked, because we have that right here. Why I Give now gives us the 10 sharingest celebs. Not dollar-for-dollar philanthropists (that's a Forbes list!) but those who work with fund-raising efforts for good causes worldwide. In no order, they are: Matt Damon, Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie, Ben Affleck, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Michael J. Fox, Bono, Sir Elton John, and Jackie Chan. Nice!
Little grains of news
Emily Blunt, who is with kid, celebrated a celebrity celebration of her baby shower in L.A. on Saturday. Jennifer Aniston, Amy Adams, and Kristen Bell, among others, brought prezzies. Jen's fiance, Justin Theroux, drove her to the do, but, bowing to tradition, said hi, then bowed out. No males allowed! . . . Likewise fertile is former American Idol contestant (more and more of those!) Gina Glocksen, expecting her first progeny with hub Joe Ruzicka, according to People mag. . . . Neal Schon, guitarist for the band Journey, has married Michaele Salahi, White House party-crasher and regular on Real Housewives of D.C. It was - get this - a pay-per-view wedding! Whaaa? You could pay $14.95 to view the Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event. What do you mean, you missed it? . . . How to Keep Tongues Wagging, Lesson 4,000: Hours after filing for divorce from feckless husband Lamar Odom, Khloé Kardashian was seen in the gym with beautiful baseballer Matt Kemp. She swears, swears , I tell you!, that they are just gym pals. . . .
This article includes information from Inquirer wire services.