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R. Kelly cruise is a real thing, not a euphemism; Michael Buble continues Billboard dominance

This, just on a boat. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

- Lady Gaga and Elton John, Chris Cornell, Sinead O’Connor, Mary J. Blige and Madonna scored Golden Globe nominations for best original song.

- In many weeks during 2011, selling 206,000 copies of an album would put you comfortably at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. That was the first week tally for the Black Keys, it was nowhere near enough to knock Michael Buble from his top spot. Your grandmother’s favorite crooner remained at No. 1 by selling a whopping 479,000 copies of his “Christmas” album.

- Speaking of charts, Billboard is no longer the sole, dominant force when it comes to calculating the actual popularity of pop music. As our own Chris Richards reported over the summer, Big Champagne is one of the newest and most successful companies that deals with tracking popularity in the digital age. And now Big Champagne is owned by Live Nation.

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