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Michael Jackson's posthumous new album, Michael, sold 228,000 copies in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands more abroad in its first week.

The domestic haul lagged only Taylor Swift's Speak Now (259,000) and Susan Boyle's The Gift (254,000). Not Invincible, but very formidable.

While perhaps a bit of a letdown by MJ standards, the "new" material was unreleased for a reason, and his sales trounced Crystal Bowersox.

Michael Cover

Not surprisingly, the late King of Pop's label notes that he "shipped platinum" in 14 different territories, meaning a million or more units were sent to those areas.

That's different from his sales, which weren't nearly that high, but it's indicative of the interest his camp feels Michael will generate over the coming months.

MJ hit #1 Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden. He was #3 and #4 in Japan and the UK, respectively, but sold more than 100,000 copies in each.

The moral of the story? While will.i.am and Ne-Yo don't approve of the album, and the Thriller days are long gone ... the man is still pretty darn legendary.

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Will Rachel Uchitel and Tiger Woods reunite at Donald Trump's New Year's bash next weekend? Stranger things have happened ... well, presumably.

The world's top golfer and his top mistress have both been invited to The Donald's annual New Year's Eve bash at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Rachel and Friend

If Trump is serious about running for president, he could certainly show his powers of unification and bringing different parties together with this ...

THE UNITER: Trump would love to have Tigitel on hand.

As for the oft-maligned Woods, with whom he is acquainted, Donald says "I did invite him. I'm the only guy who has tried to defend him this year."

Rachel Uchitel, as usual, is more complicated. She was reportedly on board for the cast of Celebrity Apprentice this year until DT pulled the plug.

As far as New Year's, has a "blind date" with a guy in the New York fashion industry whom Donald invited, and Rachel is coming as the plus one.

Donald says there's no hard feelings and that "she's absolutely welcome." No word if he also plans on inviting Rex Ryan's wife as a publicity stunt.

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James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel star in a new comedy due out in April that gets HIGH marks from us ... at least after viewing the trailer.

Since Your Highness comes to us from the same director as Pineapple Express, and since it stars James Franco, you know the title doesn't refer to royalty.

Also starring Danny McBride (the man behind these legendary Kenny Powers quotes from Eastbound & Down), this is a fantasy flick like none other.

Check out the trailer here and see what you think ...

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It could have been worse for Crystal Bowersox.

A month after American Idol champion Lee DeWyze watched his debut album sell fewer copies during its first week of release than any CD in show history, Crystal's "Farmer's Daughter" moved 57,804 units.

Literally Dressed Up

That figure was good enough for number-28 on the Billboard 200 Chart. It was also about 20,000 more sales than her fellow finalist's initial effort.

Among other American Idol alums, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia and Daughtry also earned spots this week on the Billboard 200.

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Amber Portwood's new boyfriend, Clinton Yunker, is perfect for her.

That's according to his mom, who is speaking out to the press for some reason, and says that the couple's relationship is "mature." Well, we're sold!

Maybe we should be more open-minded. Pre-Clinton, the Teen Mom star and Gary Shirley set the bar VERY low. Anyway, Judith Reagan explains:

Clinton Yunker Mug Shot

YUNK IN THE TRUNK: Clint just made our celebrity mug shots album!

"I am pleased Clinton is in a mature relationship with Amber. It has been very difficult for us all since there have been so many negative articles."

"It is his life and he can date who he chooses but the relationship has caused an unexpected situation being in the public eye," says Yunk's mama.

"I haven't spent enough time with her to know if it is meant to be."

Amber Portwood and Shirley share custody of Leah, who just turned two. As for Clinton Yunker's OWN love child, which he fathered as a teenager?

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Miley Cyrus may have her detractors - from Bill O'Reilly to yours truly - but there's one person on whom the troubled star can count: Kelly Osbourne.

On location in New Orleans these days, filming So Undercover with the salvia-loving actress, Osbourne has a message for critics of Cyrus: back off!

"Miley and I have become really close," Osbourne Tweeted last night. "I'm sick of all the haters judging her."

Kelly Osbourne and Miley Cyrus

Kelly Osbourne is securely on Team Miley. Are you?

Hey, in defense of "haters," they wouldn't be living up to their label if they weren't critical, would they?

Alluding to the infamous bong video, Osbourne defends her pal by calling it "one mistake," adding:

"Trust me she has learned her lesson! This really makes me mad. Miley is one of the most hard working respectful women I have ever worked with I am learning a lot from her!"

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Dawn Holland was already fired by the Betty Ford Center for talking about her melee with Lindsay Lohan to the media. Might criminal charges be next?

She is accused of selling documents and an interview about her fight with Lindsay to celebrity gossip site TMZ for at least $10,000 before she got fired.

For most people, this would be shady behavior, but legally a non-issue. The fact that she's a health care worker could land her in big trouble, though.

DAWN BREAKING: Did Holland violate privacy laws?

The cash-for-comment scandal could be considered a violation of HIPAA laws and lead to criminal probes into both Dawn Holland and TMZ.

In an (unpaid) interview with Radar Online, Holland said she had not yet decided whether she would legally challenge her sudden dismissal.

“I’m not quite sure [what my next step is]... I’m working on that,” she said. As for what TMZ paid her? “I’m not going to say (how much).”

Asked if “it was somewhere between $10,000 and $15,000,” she “If I give you a ballpark then... well, then... yeah (it was between that).”

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Christina Ricci does know Robert Pattinson is spoken for, right?

For the second time in a few months, the actress has gone on record with how huge a fan she is of her Bel Ami co-star.

"He's a good kisser," she told Rachael Ray on Monday. "He's a lovely human being also. He reminded me of my best friend's little brothers growing up. He's just a silly, fun guy; we laughed a lot. He makes fun of himself all the time; he's adorable."

Watch Ricci give Pattinson mad props in the video above and check out a still of the actor in Bel Ami HERE. The movie will be released in the first half of 2011.

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Foot fetish videos on YouTube starring a woman who sure looks like the wife of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan are causing a stir in the Big Apple and beyond.

Sports blog Deadspin was the first to note the odd similarities between Michelle Ryan and the foot fetish videos, which are fairly vanilla but still very weird.

It's unclear if the woman in the videos is Michelle Ryan, but this was the Jets' official response: “This is a personal matter and Rex will have no comment.”

Michelle Ryan Foot Fetish?

WELL-HEELED: Is Rex Ryan's wife Michelle a foot fetishist? Debatable. Is that a great/awful front page headline by the New York Daily News? Absolutely.

So basically, it's her. Right? If that’s not Michelle Ryan, the response would be “that’s not Michelle Ryan in the videos.” Rex would be irate or laughing it off.

Of course, whether Rex Ryan's wife gets freaky with her feet has zero bearing on the Jets or his ability to coach. But the lack of judgment would be incredible.

One of the videos contains a male voice that sounds as much like Rex Ryan as the infamous Brett Favre voice message to Jenn Sterger sounds like Brett. 

How would they think no one would notice? Did they not care? Watch one of the (sort of NSFW) foot fetish videos by Michelle Ryan or her doppelganger here:

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