Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Feb 13, 2012
February 13, 2012
Whitney Houston songs on iTunes' "Most Downloaded" list:
Whitney had 28 songs in the iTunes singles chart as of 9 pm last night. The top 15:
1. "I Will Always Love You" (another version is 28)
7. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," (another version is 22)
8. "Greatest Love of All," (another version is 64)
15. "One Moment in Time,"
18. "How Will I Know,"
22. "Star Spangled Banner"
26. "Didn't We Almost Have It All"
29. "Where Do Broken Hearts Go,"
34. "I Have Nothing," (remix # 43)
40. "I'm Every Woman"
42. "Saving All My Love" (another version is 51)
46. "I Look to You"
55. "Run to You"
59. "It's Not Right But It's OK"
66. "Exhale (Shoop Shoop Song)"
FYI: Whitney has sold over 170 million albums, singles and music videos combined to date.
Whitney Houston Round-Up:
There are already a ton of WHITNEY HOUSTON specials planned for this week.
--VH1 is airing a special report at 9:30 tonight: "Whitney Houston: Death of a Diva"
--VH1 Classics will air "Whitney A-to-Z" at noon Tuesday and again at 8 pm.
--VH1 will also debut "VH1 News Presents Whitney Houston’s Greatest Moments" on Thursday, drawn from her performances on "VH1 Divas" in 1999 and 2003 and "VH1 Honors" in 1996.
--Lifetime is running a special broadcast of "The Bodyguard" at 8 pm tonight.
Polling, Posturing, Posing and Press Releases:
For the first time, RICK SANTORUM has taken a lead in a national poll.
Less than a week after he beat MITT ROMNEY in three primary contests, Santorum now holds a 15-point lead over the former governor among GOP voters, according to Democratic firm, Public Policy Polling. The group's latest poll shows Santorum with 38 percent of the support compared to Romney's 23 percent. (NEWT GINGRICH and RON PAUL bring up the rear, with 17 and 13 percent of the vote, respectively.)
The poll points out that if it weren't for Gingrich, Santorum would have an even wider lead. If Gingrich abandoned the race, 58 percent of his supporters would go to Santorum, compared to 22 percent who would go to Romney.
It may say more about a fickle voting bloc, or a human tendency to jump on a bandwagon, because the polling outfit claims that a big reason for Santorum's rise is that "Republicans are significantly souring on both Romney and Gingrich." Both have seen their favorability ratings plunge while Santorum's is very high.
But the polling outfit warns that Santorum's new lead could quickly vanish. More than half of poll participants say they could change their minds about who they support. A press release notes that "fewer than half of his voters are firmly committed to him" (and Romney beat Santorum in the quadrennial CPAC straw poll, 38-31 percent.) "When [Santorum] comes under attack in the coming days, his lead could evaporate just as quickly as it was created." (Maiman)
What *not* to do tomorrow night:
February 14th can be one of the most depressing days of the year for singletons, but there are ways to survive the day of flower deliveries and candy conversation hearts. Want to avoid those feelings of desperation and bitterness? JESSICA MASSA of The Gaggle has five suggestions of what not to do tomorrow night!
1. DON'T "celebrate" with other women. This is a great idea in theory, but gals often wind up lonelier than ever. If you wouldn't tell your male co-worker how you spent the holiday, don't do it!
2. DON'T force yourself to attend a singles' mixer, speed-dating event or random blind date. Your poor psyche needs no added pressure, so do something fun --hit up a concert, volunteer at a local charity or throw a co-ed, low-pressure dinner party.
3. DON'T expect this to be day when "that guy you've been sort of hanging out with" declares his love. If he avoids you, don't take it personally! He's probably smart enough to know that any gesture become ten-times more serious on Valentine's Day and may want to lay low.
4. DON'T assume that everyone who has a date is having a better time than you are. Take heart --lots of couples are miserable, too! Don't psyche yourself out by comparing your plans to someone else's --you may be the only one having a genuinely good time.
5. DON'T get hung up on being "single" --you're not! Okay, you may not have a true life partner, but Cupid strikes every day and everywhere. Stop thinking of yourself as "alone" --the opportunity to love may be closer than you think! (Lee)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
Broadway's long-running show, “The Phantom of the Opera,” rolled through its 10-thousandth show Saturday. The show opened back on Jan 26, 1988, and has been playing 1,256 weeks in New York City.
The NY Times says this December “Phantom” pulled in its highest-ever gross --$1,579,428-- pretty good since the bottom ticket price is only $26.50.
Best-Dressed at the Grammys (Source: Styleite.com):
--ADELE in her black seqeuined GIORGIO ARMANI gown.
--ALICIA KEYS in a black, ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER sheath with a V-shaped copper neck thing (necklace? Neck shield? No idea, but it was cool.)
--CARRIE UNDERWOOD in her white Gomez-Gracia gown. (Bartha)
Top 10 Most Popular Dog breeds:
With the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show going on tonight and tomorrow night, here's the most recent (2010) listing of the most popular breeds (source: American Kennel Clubs).
10. Shih Tzu
5. Golden Retrievers
3. Yorkshire Terriers
2. German Shepherds
1. Labrador Retrievers
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