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SINCE YOU ASKED [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

November 2, 2013


"We don't have an exact date, but I want to marry him tomorrow, so I want to go as fast as possible."

KALEY CUOCO tells People magazine it won't be a long engagement for her and fiance Ryan Sweeting,Death boosts Reed's sales,The music of rock pioneer Lou Reed, the anchor for the legendary band The Velvet Underground, has seen a big sales boost since he died last week at age 71.

For the week ended Oct. 27, total sales of Lou's albums were 3,000, up 607 percent from the previous week's sales, which clocked in at less than 1,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

That time period includes less than a day after Lou's passing became public, so the tally will probably grow for the next week, especially considering that many people probably didn't learn about the news of the singer-songwriter's passing until the morning of Oct. 28.

While Lou was never a big seller, he was a huge influence on the musicians who followed him. Music producer Brian Eno famously said that the Velvet Underground sold only 30,000 copies of its debut album in five years, but everyone who bought it started a band.

Lou's best-known solo album, "Transformer" (featuring "Walk on the Wild Side," probably his best-known single), sold 1,400 copies for the week, up 527 percent, and digital download sales of "Walk on the Wild Side" jumped more than 700 percent. On the streaming service Spotify, plays of the track increased by 3,000 percent in the 12 hours after news of Lou's death broke.

Digital sales of Lou's songs have increased 590 percent to 17,000.

The Velvet Underground's catalog also saw a significant uptick, with album sales up 236 percent to about 3,000, while the best- selling record, unsurprisingly, was the debut "Velvet Underground & Nico," up 146 percent. The band's song sales quintupled to 5,000.

"Sweet Jane," from the 1970 album "Loaded," grew 521 percent to 1,000 downloads.

-- Los Angeles Times,Mick: I never hit on Katy

In her teenage dream? Mick Jagger says he never hit on Katy Perry when she was 18.

During an interview with an Australian radio show this week, the pop star said she sang backing vocals for Mick's 2004 song "Old Habits Die Hard." Katy said she had dinner with the veteran rocker and that "he hit on me when I was 18."

In a statement Oct. 31, a representative for Mick says he "categorically denies that he has ever made a pass at Katy Perry." The rep adds: "Perhaps she is confusing him with someone else."

Katy was one of the singers to make a guest appearance on the Rolling Stones' tour this year. The 29-year-old singer also said in the interview that the 70-year-old Mick has been "very kind" to her. -- Associated Press,Does Liam Neeson have anything new coming out? I think he's such a good actor. -- N K.

He's very busy. He voices a role in the upcoming animated film "Khumba," about a zebra and his herd, and co-stars with James Franco and Olivia Wilde in the upcoming romantic drama "Third Person" and with "Downton Abbey's" Dan Stevens in the crime drama "A Walk Among the Tombstones." Also, he appears with Will Ferrell and a star- studded cast in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," due out in December; voices a role in the animated comedies "The Nut Job" and "The Lego Movie"; and co-stars with Julianne Moore in the thriller "Stop," due out in February, and with Charlize Theron in the Western comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West," due out in May. He's shooting the crime drama "Run All Night" with Ed Harris, and voicing a role in another animated film, "The Prophet," based on the Kahlil Gibran classic, with Salma Hayek and John Krasinski, and then has plans to shoot the sequel "Taken 3."

Is Susan Sarandon coming to TV? I saw a note that she was thinking of doing a TV series, which would be great. -- K.T.

Susan is set to shoot a pilot with her daughter Eva Amurri Martino in which the two play mother and daughter working on their relationship after an eccentric, freewheeling upbringing. NBC ordered the pilot and, if the executives approve, it could go to series for the network's fall 2014 schedule.

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,Kimye sue YouTube co-founder

Wedding proposals at private parties in major league ballparks don't always stay private -- as Kimye learned the hard way.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have filed a lawsuit against YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley after he filmed a video of the Oct. 21 invite-only event at AT&T Park in San Francisco and splashed it online.

Chad posted the two-and-a-half minute clip to MixBit -- his new venture, a collaborative video app -- and tweeted it to his followers Oct. 22.

"So this happened last night. Congrats Kim & Kanye!" he tweeted, with a link to the video on his site.

Kim and Kanye were far from thrilled.

In their suit, they say Chad was not invited to the highly planned, top-secret proposal party that Kanye threw for his baby mama, according to

Kimye says Chad manipulated his way into the ballpark, then used the video to draw attention to MixBit. They contend in the suit that they allowed him to stay for their big event only after he signed a nondisclosure form and took a picture holding it.

"Hurley proceeded to try to turn the event into one starring himself, broadcasting the images he knew were the exclusive property rights of someone else," the suit says, according to TMZ.

The video had been viewed 1.6 million times as of Thursday night.

The suit seeks unspecified damages. Kimye's court papers didn't provide an estimate for how much video rights to the proposal were worth, but the suit notes the rights were to go to MC Cable Television, which is an offshoot of Bunim/Murray and E!, which produces Kim's television vehicle, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," TMZ reported.

-- New York Daily News,Ashton, Demi settle

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have reached a settlement on their divorce, two years after the couple formally separated in November 2011.

The proceedings have apparently come to an end Oct. 31 after nearly a year of disputes.

The "Ghost" actress, 50, will not receive any spousal support, according to TMZ sources.

It was reported that Demi initially wanted money from her ex on the grounds of alleged infidelity, but according to TMZ, California laws offer a "no fault" argument against her claims.

Demi filed for divorce in March, three months after Ashton, and over a year after their split. They were married from 2005 to 2011.

The "Two and a Half Men" star, 35, became the highest-paid actor on television during his time on the show, and though Demi is worth an estimated $150 million, she was reportedly gunning for a big payout to cover the cost of her lawyers and even apartment renovations.

In the settlement, Ashton was "a little more generous than he had to be," according to the gossip site's sources, when it came to splitting their property, but they were able to share items acquired during the six-year marriage.

The pair were involved in several business ventures together. In September, they were seen talking at Burbank Airport after attending a tech conference in San Jose.

Both parties are apparently "satisfied" with their settlement, TMZ reports.


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