'Eminem Show' tops in '02

New York -- Everyone wanted seats for "The Eminem Show" in 2002.

The rapper's album sold far more than any other -- more than 7.4 million copies, according to year-end figures this week from Nielsen SoundScan.

"The Eminem Show," released in late May, features the huge hits "Without Me" and "Cleanin' Out My Closet."

Eminem's other album, the soundtrack to his movie "8 Mile," was the fifth-highest selling of the year.

Coming in second was another rapper: Nelly, whose "Nellyville" sold about 4.8 million copies.

Canadian teen pop singer Avril Lavigne was No. 3 with "Let Go." "Home" by the Dixie Chicks was No. 4; Alan Jackson's "Drive" was No. 8, and "Up!" the double disc from Shania Twain, was 10th.

Rounding out the top 10 were "M!ssundaztood" by Pink, Ashanti's self-titled album and the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack.

Aretha offers her respect

Detroit -- The Queen of Soul will be on hand as Michigan's first woman governor is sworn in next week.

Aretha Franklin is scheduled to sing the national anthem during the inaugural festivities Jan. 1, Gov.-elect Jennifer Granholm said Thursday.

"Aretha is a true Michigan treasure," Granholm said in a news release. "My entire family is honored that she has agreed to lend her voice to this ceremony's song."

Franklin will perform during the inaugural program at the Lansing Center. The program follows a ceremony at the Capitol.

Brosnan shaken, stirred about relinquishing Bond role someday

New York -- Pierce Brosnan, whose fourth outing as James Bond is now in theaters, knows he won't be playing Agent 007 forever.

"It'll be interesting to see how I really kind of deal with it, you know, letting go, before somebody says, 'Get off the stage,"' Brosnan said.

Brosnan took over the secret agent role with 1995's "GoldenEye." George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore and Sean Connery also have starred.

Who would Brosnan like to see as the next Bond?

"I find myself saying Colin Salmon, who plays Robinson in the Bond movies. I think he's a great actor," he said.

Book to analyze Democratic woes

Albany, N.Y. -- Andrew Cuomo, unsuccessful candidate for governor of New York, is compiling a book about what went wrong for the Democratic Party in 2002.

Cuomo says he'll ask about 20 Democratic and Republican politicians, historians, academics and activists to write essays about the elections and where the Democratic Party goes next.

Former President Clinton, former Texas Gov. Ann Richards and the Rev. Al Sharpton were among the politicians invited to contribute.


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