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Stanislas Wawrinka Shocks Overrated Andy Murray He Is Eliminated But The Hot Spanish Studs Advance At The US Open!!!

Once again, Andy Murray of Great Britain proves he lacks the mental toughness necessary to win a grand slam event. Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland shocks Murray 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-3 and he advances to the fourth round of the US Open! Murray has a serious attitude problem he was negative, childish, and immature! Murray played unfocused tennis.

Last month, Murray upset Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to win the Canadian Open. The media hyped Murray to the maximum but he still doesn’t have the consistency in the grand slam events. Murray is a underachiever and until he proves he can win a slam he is just another overhyped tennis player! The British media are going to rip Andy Murray to shreds because this is just a shocking upset! Wawrinka is a former top ten player, but Stanislas has never proved  he can win a big match in a slam, until today.  I think this victory is a major step forward for Stanislas.

Wawrinka’s opponent in the fourth round is American Sam Querrey, he destroyed Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-3 6-4 6-4. There were a couple of players that retired in the third round. First, Feliciano Lopez of Spain got a break his opponent Sergly Stakhovsky of Ukraine retired with Lopez leading 6-3 4-0. Tommy Robredo of Spain also won when his French opponent Michael Llorda  retired. Robredo lead 3-6 7-6 6-4 2-1.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal of Spain blasted into the fourth round of the US Open he easily dispatched Gilles Simon of France 6-4 6-4 6-2. Albert Montanes of Spain also advanced to the fourth round on Saturday.

In the past, tennis experts believed the Spaniards  were just good clay court players. However,  the Spanish men are proving they are  solid on the hard courts! A spanish man should reach the US Open final.

The performance of the Spanish men at the US Open is an incredible accomplishment for Spain!  Six Spanish  men have  reach the fourth round of the US Open!

Fernando Verdasco of Spain advanced he defeated David Nalbandian of Argentina 6-2 3-6 6-3 6-2. David Ferrer of Spain routed fellow Spaniard David Gimeno Traver 7-6 6-2 6-2. Verdasco and Ferrer will meet in the fourth round.

I think Nadal is on cruise control until the US Open final now that Andy Murray is  eliminated. Murray was the only man left on Nadal’s side of the draw that had a legitimate shot at beating him. Nadal’s fellow countrymen just don’t have the mental toughness or the consistency to beat him in a grand slam. Nadal is privately very happy Murray loss,  he knows his path to reach his first US Open is pretty much clear now.

Queerty Article: New Book Claims John Travolta, John Amos, & Several Male Actors Engage In Gay Sex At Los Angeles Bathhouses!!!

John Travolta Screwing His Way Through ‘Secret Gay Spa Subculture,’ Apparently

We’ve heard the stories of John Travola being afraid of the Church Of Scientology’s threats to expose his sexuality if he ever tries leaving the church. But what if the National Enquirer does it first? Except after the incessant years-long rumormongering about his sexuality, the scandal has a new turn: Not only is Travolta gay, but his wife doesn’t know about his gay flings. That, to me, really, is the shocking part. Thy lady is in denial?

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This is actually at least the second time in recent memory the Enquirer busted open Travolta’s closet; last time they ran a photo of him smooching his pal (aka the family’s nanny) on the steps of a private jet. This time around it’s a cover story alleging Travolta — who’s already been outed by former Scientologist Michael Pattinson, who claims Travolta and porn star Paul Barresi got it on — has been involved in “lewd sex acts with other men” as part of a “secret gay spa subculture.” [Ed: The only "secret" about "gay spa subculture" is that everybody is doing it. SECRET BLOWN!]

The piece, “John Travolta Caught In Cheating Scandal!,” quotes You’ll Never Spa in This Town Again (!) memoir author Robert Randolph: “I met John in 1998, after he had married Kelly. I believe the marriage is a total fraud because John is totally into guys and has been having sex with them behind Kelly’s back for years … John Travolta has been cheating on Kelly for years! And when the details emerge, he’s gonna make Tiger Woods look like a boy scout.”

Throw in the kid factor (John and Kelly are expecting their third kid this year, following Jett’s death in 2009), and Randolph could be on to something — except the reason Tiger’s story went big is there was plenty of evidence (how many women came forward) and a public apology. Unless we can expect that from Johnny Boy, this story is mostly a non-starter outside the Enquirer (and blog) world.

Read more: http://www.queerty.com/john-travolta-screwing-his-way-through-secret-gay-spa-subculture-apparently-20100902/#ixzz0ybVkxXhl

Weekend Box Office Results: George Clooney Has Moderate Opening, The Takers Holds Strong, but Machete is weak.

1 N The American Focus $12,968,000 - 2,823 - $4,594 $16,114,000 - 1
2 1 Takers SGem $11,450,000 -44.2% 2,206 - $5,190 $37,900,000 $32 2
3 N Machete Fox $11,300,000 - 2,670 - $4,232 $11,300,000 - 1
4 2 The Last Exorcism LGF $7,645,000 -62.5% 2,874 - $2,660 $32,477,000 $1.8 2
5 N Going the Distance WB (NL) $6,885,000 - 3,030 - $2,272 $6,885,000 - 1
6 3 The Expendables LGF $6,592,000 -30.8% 3,398 - $1,940 $92,159,000 $80 4
7 5 The Other Guys Sony $5,400,000 -14.1% 2,607 -574 $2,071 $106,866,000 $100 5
8 4 Eat Pray Love Sony $4,850,000 -28.8% 2,663 -445 $1,821 $68,954,000 $60 4
9 7 Inception WB $4,530,000 -7.1% 1,704 -366 $2,658 $277,103,000 $160 8
10 8 Nanny McPhee Returns Uni. $3,575,000 -24.2% 2,708 -90 $1,320 $22,441,000 $35 3
11 9 The Switch Mira. $3,068,000 -33.1% 1,885 -132 $1,628 $21,443,000 - 3
12 6 Vampires Suck Fox $3,000,000 -42.5% 2,434 -799 $1,233 $32,298,000 $20 3
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13 13 Despicable Me Uni. $2,824,000 -1.2% 1,587 -246 $1,779 $240,275,000 $69 9
15 10 Piranha 3D W/Dim. $2,300,000 -46.5% 1,789 -702 $1,286 $22,396,000 $24 3
14 11 Avatar: Special Edition Fox $2,300,000 -42.6% 812 - $2,833 $7,820,000 - 2
16 12 Lottery Ticket WB $2,290,000 -40.6% 1,310 -664 $1,748 $20,648,000 $17 3
17 19 Toy Story 3 BV $1,900,000 +88.0% 1,520 +920 $1,250 $408,055,000 $200 12
18 14 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Uni. $1,582,000 -36.9% 802 -764 $1,973 $28,864,000 $60 4
19 17 Get Low SPC $1,258,000 -23.3% 560 -10 $2,246 $5,457,000 $7 6
20 15 Salt Sony $1,250,000 -33.6% 705 -463 $1,773 $115,211,000 $110 7

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Reuters Article: Katy Perry’s Record Label Screwed Her Over The Album Was Released Too Late!

Katy Perry’s chart-topper sparks new sales worries

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Katy Perry performs on NBC's ''Today'' show in New York, August 27, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Katy Perry performs on NBC’s ”Today” show in New York, August 27, 2010.

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By Ed Christman

Fri Sep 3, 2010 9:09pm EDT

NEW YORK (Billboard) – By most measures, Katy Perry’s new album, “Teenage Dream,” has been a resounding success.

The Capitol release bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, thanks to first-week sales of 192,000 units in the United States, the ninth-best debut week so far this year, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The album’s first single, “California Gurls” (featuring Snoop Dogg), has scanned 3.6 million downloads, while all individual digital tracks from the album have sold a combined 5 million units, according to SoundScan. Put another way, sales of albums and track-equivalent albums (where 10 digital tracks equal an album) for “Teenage Dream” totaled 689,000, according to SoundScan.

“It’s a thrilling accomplishment from our perspective,” says EMI Music Services executive vice president Dominic Pandiscia, who oversees the company’s North American sales operations. “The magnitude of the marketing plan is about driving overall revenue around the project, including track downloads, ringtones and video sales. Album scans is one component of it.”

Yet “Teenage Dreams” fell short in one key area: It didn’t meet first-week sales projections by industry insiders. And that, in turn, has sparked worries that the album’s performance may affect retail orders for other superstar releases due later this year.

‘WAKE-UP CALL’

Executives at other major labels say they expected Perry’s sophomore album to debut with sales of anywhere from 300,000 to 700,000 units, with most figuring the album would scan about 400,000.

“I’d like to meet one industry executive last week who thought her album would do under 200,000 units, because I don’t think that person exists,” a senior executive at a rival major says.

“It was a wake-up call for some folks,” the head of sales at another competing major says. “Some think the sky is falling. Others said, ‘Wait a minute, she’s a singles artist.’ And still others said EMI should have put out the album six weeks ago and it would have sold more.”

According to sources, EMI shipped 1 million units of the album before its U.S. release date of August 24, which indicates that big-box retail chains like Walmart, Target and Best Buy were expecting the album to post robust first-week sales, as was Starbucks, which featured the title in its stores.

It would also be roughly in line with the typical industry practice of shipping about twice as much product as anticipated first-week sales for a major album release. But prerelease shipments of “Teenage Dream” turned out to be about seven times debut-week sales.

Competing major-label executives say it wasn’t EMI’s fault that the album didn’t meet sales expectations. “EMI did a tremendous job in setting up that record,” one executive says.

Perry shot to pop stardom with her 2008 debut album, “One of the Boys” (Capitol), and a penchant for provocative lyrics and music videos.

IN THE LONG TERM

Carl Mello, head of purchasing for retail chain Newbury Comics, says he expects that “Teenage Dream” will sell well through the end of the year and be one of the holiday season’s top titles. But he notes that the album’s first-week sales “aren’t as big as you would think for somebody who has become so omnipresent.”

While anticipation for Taylor Swift’s forthcoming album, “Speak Now” (Big Machine), had sparked debate over whether superstar artists will ever be capable of generating debut-week sales of 1 million units, “Teenage Dream” has shifted the conversation to whether labels should even consider shipping 1 million units before street date.

“I don’t know how you ship a million units now,” a major-label head of sales says. “Even if I was asked to ship a million units, you just can’t do it anymore.”

Some label executives say expectations were too high, noting that most female pop artists commonly sell a lot of track downloads but don’t enjoy big debut-week album sales. “When I saw how Perry was doing, I was shocked,” a senior sales executive at a competing major distribution company says. “But then I remembered that Fergie’s ‘The Dutchess’ only did about 160,000 units in her first week in September (2006) and it took until December until the fans started buying her like an album artist.”

EMI’s marketing push for “Teenage Dream” and Perry’s appealing stage persona will no doubt score high-profile TV appearances for her this fall, which should help boost sales of the album. “Mark my words: I will bet you ‘Teenage Dream’ will sell more than (“One of the Boys”),” another senior label sales executive says. “‘Teenage Dream’ will be one of those ‘at the end of the day’ records.”

Entertainment Weekly Article: The Public Is Sick Of Katy Perry & Teenage Dreams First Week Sales Are Weak!!!

Katy Perry’s disappointing first-week album sales: Is she overexposed?

Categories: Charts, Katy Perry, Music

katy-perryImage Credit: Ari MichelsonNo matter how they try to spin it, Katy Perry and her label are surely feeling a certain letdown this morning. After dominating airwaves for much of the summer, Perry was only able to move 192,000 copies of her sophomore album in its first week on sale. That’s enough to make Teenage Dream the country’s biggest album in this sleepy late-August frame. It’s much better than her previous album managed in its first week, and it’s obviously worlds away from an all-out, retire-in-shame flop. But it’s also nowhere near the kind of first-week numbers that other radio staples like Drake (447,000) and Usher (329,000), let alone Eminem (741,000), have put up in recent months. Perry’s “California Gurls” is widely considered a front-runner for this year’s Song of the Summer, with her own “Teenage Dream” single not far behind. How come those major hits didn’t translate into equally strong album sales?

The simple answer is that Perry is overexposed. By now, just about every member of the buying public has heard “California Gurls” enough times to commit it to memory. If you’ve grown tired of that song or you never liked it in the first place, of course you’re not going to buy Katy Perry’s album. But even if you love “California Gurls” with all your melted-popsicle heart, chances are you already bought it as an MP3 weeks or months ago. You probably went along and grabbed “Teenage Dream,” too. This week alone, that second single sold 259,000 digital copies. When Teenage Dream the album came out last Tuesday, you had to ask yourself, did you really need to own the whole thing? For 192,000 fans, the answer was yes. Still, it’s easy to see how that purchase might not make sense for everyone else.

Yet dismissing Perry as overexposed risks redundancy. Songs like “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream” are engineered for maximum exposure. That’s the whole point. Perry led an elite team of songwriters, producers, and assorted studio wizards whose job it was to make sure that hearing these songs once or twice wasn’t enough for most people. Radio programmers couldn’t resist putting these songs on the air over and over again. Kids walking down the street couldn’t help humming them for weeks on end. These songs were perfectly designed advertisements for themselves — and that’s where their pitch ended. In a sense, “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream” worked exactly as intended. They were too effective for the album’s own good.

This puts Perry in the dreaded “singles artist” category. Compare her first-week sales to those of Rihanna (181,000 last December) or Ke$ha (152,000 in January). This isn’t a category that most singers want to be placed in. They’re legitimate pop stars, with big hits and lots of fans — but not the kind of unconditional fans who will drop double-digit cash for an album out of loyalty. Is it sheer coincidence that so many (though not all) of these “singles artists” happen to be young women? Probably not. Some level of unacknowledged sexism may make consumers more likely to view the work of twenty-something female pop singers as disposable product instead of serious art.

That said, the “singles artist” label doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Rihanna, for example, spun off several more hits from Rated R and ended up going platinum. With the right follow-up singles, Perry might be able to accomplish the same in time. Today, Teenage Dream is looking like a commercial disappointment, but the long game is just beginning.

Why do you think Katy Perry’s album didn’t sell more copies? Do you think there’s another smash hit lurking within that track list? Sound off in the comments section.

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