Top Story: Pop Princess Rules Pop Charts
Aided by her whirlwind publicity tour, Britney Spears hit the top of the music charts Wednesday with her new album In the Zone, Reuters reports. This marks the fourth consecutive No. 1 album for Spears, although sales fell short of her previous efforts. While Zone sold 609,000 units, it paled in comparison to her 2001 release Britney which sold 746,000 and her 2000 release Oops!…I Did It Again, which sold 1.3 million. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson‘s greatest hits album Number Ones, which released last Tuesday, the same day authorities searched his Neverland ranch in response to child sexual molestation charges, failed to make the top 10, ranking 13th, selling only 122,000 units. Coming in at No. 2 on the top album charts this past week was G-Unit’s Beg for Mercy, which sold 327,000 units, while another big-selling new release, Blink 182’s Blink 182, ranked No. 3 with 313,000 units, Reuters reports.
Tiger Woods To Marry Ex-Model
Golf’s whiz-kid Tiger Woods, 27, plans to marry his Swedish girlfriend, Elin, 23, a former model, Reuters reports. Woods popped the question after the President’s Cup golf competition in South Africa, according to Sweden’s newspaper Expressen. Elin said “Yes” and called her father, telling him: “Dad, we are engaged.” “She called me yesterday morning and was incredibly happy,” Elin’s father, Thomas Nordegren, told Expressen. Woods met Elin when she was working as a nanny for the children of Swedish professional golfer Jesper Parnevik, Reuters reports.
Berry Settles Homeowner Dispute
Halle Berry tentatively settled a $2 million counter suit she filed against the previous owners of a Beverly Hills property, claiming they did not tell her the home she bought from them needed $1 million in stabilization work. According to The Associated Press, the 35-year-old Oscar winner said that the house “turned out to contain major undisclosed defects [including numerous geological defects] that would require over $1 million in corrective measures” and that she only found out after the purchase was completed. AP reports Jonathan and Alison Roth originally filed suit against the actress, saying Berry agreed to buy the house “as-is.” The terms of the settlement should become final in January.
Warrant Out for Rapper DJ Quik’s Arrest
Rapper and producer DJ Quik is wanted by police in California’s San Bernadino County for allegedly storming into his sister’s home Nov. 2 and repeatedly punching her in the face, AP reports. An arrest warrant was issued this week after county prosecutors charged Quik, whose given name is David Martin Blake, with burglary and assault, Fontana, Calif., police spokeswoman Dawn Rowe told AP.
Photographers Acquitted in Princess Diana Accident
Three photographers who took pictures of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed after they were killed in a deadly car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997, were acquitted Friday by a French court of charges that they invaded the couple’s privacy, AP reports. The trial stemmed from a criminal complaint for invasion of privacy filed by Fayed’s father, Egyptian-born billionaire Mohammed Al Fayed. Diana‘s relatives and the British royal family were not plaintiffs in the case. In 2002, France’s highest court also dropped manslaughter charges against nine photographers–including the three acquitted Friday, AP reports.