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Ireland’s wedding-singer priest an Internet hit ‘Frozen’ tops Billboard chart for 4th consecutive week

LOS ANGELES, April 10, (Agencies): “Frozen,” the soundtrack to Disney’s $1 billion grossing animated film, spent its fourth consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, edging Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer for the top spot. “Frozen,” which has ridden the popularity of the film and its hit song “Let It Go” by Broadway actress Idina Menzel, sold 149,000 copies last week to reach 1.9 million in US sales since its release in November 2013, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. It is 2014’s biggest-selling album so far with about 1.6 million copies sold this year. “She Looks So Perfect,” an EP (extended play) from 5 Seconds of Summer, sold 143,000 copies in its opening week. The Aussie quartet, which developed a strong following on YouTube, gained international exposure as the opening act of popular boy band One Direction.

Album “La Gargola” from rock group Chevelle entered the chart at No. 3 with 45,000 in sales and singer-songwriter Christina Perri’s “Head or Heart” debuted at No. 4 with 40,000 in sales. Other new releases in the top 10 include country duo Dan + Shay’s debut album “Where It All Began” at No. 6 with 29,000 in sales and bluegrass group Nickel Creek’s “A Dotted Line” at No. 7 with 27,000 in sales. Last week’s No. 2 album, the self-titled release from Colombian pop star Shakira, fell to fifth with 29,000 in sales, a 66 percent drop. Singer-producer Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy,” which is from the soundtrack to the animated film “Despicable Me 2,” was again atop the digital songs chart with 284,000 downloads in the past week. Overall album sales for the past week totaled 4.9 million, a 14 percent decline from the same week last year. Album sales so far in 2014 total 66.6 million, a 16 percent decline from the same period last year.

Father’s got talent.
An Irish priest has become a social-media sensation after he surprised a bride and groom by singing a custom-made cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at their wedding. Video of the Rev. Ray Kelly’s altar-side performance has shot to the top of YouTube in Ireland with more than 240,000 viewings since it was posted Monday following the weekend nuptials of Chris and Leah O’Kane. The parish priest in the town of Oldcastle, northwest of Dublin, started his version with the words: “We join together here today, to help two people on their way, as Leah and Chris start their life together.” Kelly wins laughter midway as he raises his eyebrows at the stunned couple, and offers a playful wink at the end.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus better hope her latest tattoo is a temporary one. The cover image of next month’s Rolling Stone magazine featuring the “Veep” star depicts a nude Louis-Dreyfus with a tattoo of the US Constitution signed by John Hancock across her back. The problem is Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution. Louis-Dreyfus jokingly blamed the blunder on Mike McClintock, the fictional “Veep” character played by Matt Walsh who serves as communications director to Louis-Dreyfus’ Vice President Selina Meyer on the HBO comedy series. “Yet another Mike (expletive)-up,” the 53-year-old actress posted Wednesday on Twitter. “Dummy.”

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia mocked the flub by tweeting a photo of the cover alongside such Founding Fathers as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in Signers’ Hall with the words, “Thanks for the shoutout but no Hancock here.” Rolling Stone spokeswoman Melissa Bruno said the Declaration of the Independence is on the other side of Louis-Dreyfus’ body, but they couldn’t fit in the signatures. Inside the magazine, another image shot by photographer Mark Seliger shows a man in a colonial wig tattooing Hancock’s signature above the “Seinfeld” actress’ bare bottom. “I’m a perfectionist in my work,” Louis-Dreyfus notes in the magazine’s cover story. “I think I might drive people nuts. I don’t ask them, because I don’t need that (expletive) on top of how I’m feeling.”

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