Sade To take No. 1 on Billboard 200 next week
Expect the smooth sounds of Sade to overtake the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 album chart next week, as industry sources project the group’s new effort “Soldier of Love” could sell between 375,000 to 400,000 by week’s end on Feb. 14. It will be the act’s second No. 1 album — its first came way back in 1986 with “Promise.” “Soldier of Love” is the first studio effort from the band — led by vocalist Sade Adu — since “Lovers Rock” was released in 2000. That set debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 370,000 sold in its first week. (Continue Reading…)

NY Gov. Paterson: Somebody is after me
Those lurid rumors flying around about New York Gov. David Paterson? “None of this is true. It’s a flat-out lie,” he said in a wide-ranging interview with CNN’s Larry King on Thursday night. Since word of an imminent New York Times story electrified New York political and media circles last week, Paterson has been on the defensive. But day after day, the putative piece has failed to appear — allowing gossip and conjecture to flourish. Sex? Drugs? Graft? Theories about the article’s focus have taken on lives of their own. (Continue Reading…)

Homeless Haiti quake victims get tarps, want tents
Ask any of the hundreds of thousands of earthquake victims living outdoors in Haiti’s shattered capital and you’re apt to get the same plea: “Give us a tent.” Few will get one. Aid agencies and Haitian officials have given up plans to shelter the homeless in tents, even if that means many will likely face hurricane season camped out under flapping sheets of plastic. Tents are too big, too costly and too inefficient, aid groups say. So Haitians must swelter under flimsy tarps until fixed shelters can be built — though no one believes nearly enough can be will be up in time for spring storms. (Continue Reading…)

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