Last Update on December 26, 2014 08:05 GMT
TAYLOR SWIFT BACK ON TOP OF CHARTS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Taylor Swift is putting an exclamation mark on what has been a monster year for her. Her latest album, "1989" has moved back on the top of the Billboard Album chart. "1989" moves up one notch to grab the top rung of the sales ladder -- an indication the album was on a lot of people's Christmas lists this year. So far, "1989" has been at the top of the Billboard charts for six weeks -- though not all in a row. If her sales pace continues in the final week of 2014, there's a chance Swift's project can overtake the "Frozen" soundtrack as the year's top selling album. Both are close to the 3.5 million mark.
NICKI MINAJ -- FINISHES SECOND ON CHARTS
NEW YORK (AP) -- If it weren't for Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj would be celebrating a new number-one album today. "The Pinkprint" finishes second in its debut week, after Swift's "1989" -- which recaptures the number-one spot. Billboard reports Pinkprint sold 244,000 units, the bulk of it in album sales. Minaj's last album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," made its debut at number one when it was released in 2012.
D'ANGELO BACK ON CHARTS
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's almost like he was never gone. After 15 years away from the music scene, D'Angelo is making hay on the album charts. His latest project, "Black Messiah" makes its debut at number 5. Billboard reports it moved 117,000 units -- most of them sales of the physical album. The project is the first for the R&B star in a decade and a half. The last one, "Voodoo" topped the charts in its debut week.
COMMON ON WORK IN "SELMA"
NEW YORK (AP) -- Common says he tried to get into the spirit of the character he plays in "Selma." The rapper turned actor says he tried to get an idea of what people were going through in 1965 -- as the fight for civil rights led to the passage of the Voting Rights Bill. He says he watched some footage of his character James Bevel -- but had to make sure he didn't get too caught up in trying to match his mannerisms. "Selma" opens nationwide early next year.
Common says he went to school on his character, civil rights leader James Bevel.
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Common says he he's excited about being involved in such an important movie project.
BONNIE TYLER - NOT DRESSING THE PART
LONDON (AP) -- Bonnie Tyler says don't expect a lot of wardrobe changes at her shows. She says she doesn't tour with a stylist -- because she isn't into all of that. She says when it comes to wearing clothes during shows, she's more of a "trouser girl." So instead of focusing on what she wears, she likes to keep in mind what her audience hears. Tyler says for her, performing is "about being in touch with the fans and enjoying and giving them a nice time."
Bonnie Tyler says she prefers to focus on the music and interacting with her audience rather than dressing up for them.
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Bonnie Tyler says there's one fashion no-no in her book.