Monday, June 17, 2024

Mariah’s Xmas Album #1 R&B, #4 Pop; Rosie Has a Name Change; Philly Giving


Mariah Carey was very clever to record a new holiday album. Her “Merry Christmas II You” debuted this week at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop album chart. It’s the first time a holiday album has done that. “MCIIYou” also came in at #4 on the pop chart. The timing here was perfect. The album will be top of the pops for the next several weeks. By the way, it also outsold its predecessor in its first week. Sixteen–that’s right, 16– years ago, Mariah’s first Christmas album entered the charts at #44 and sold 44,960 copies. The new one did over 55,000 copies. Ho ho ho…

Rosie O’Donnell’s wonderful arts charity is officially changing its name. I told you this was going to happen back in September. Rosie’s Broadway Kids is now Rosie’s Theater Kids. This means her For All Kids foundation is dissolving. Now all of the focus is on the Theater Kids foundation. The Theater Kids project is huge and very successful, taking place at the Maravel Center in the West 40s. Kids come from all over the city to participate in theater programs. A great group, worthy of end of the year donations. is still the web address.

A friend writes from Philadelphia: “Was at a cool fundraiser last night in Philadelphia for Eddie’s House ( Founded by a friend of mine, Sharon McGinley. Susan Saint James (“Kate & Allie” and Dick Ebersol’s wife), Agnes Nixon (“All My Children” creator), and Ari Meyers (“Kate & Allie”) were all there and looking great!  Also, most of the Comcast execs and a lot of generous Philadelphia society.  At the Union Club in Philadelphia.  Can we do a shout out for a good organization?”

Yes, we can. Eddie’s House helps young adults transition through pregnancy, unemployment, educational issues, homelessness–this is so important. What a great idea, and so needed in every city.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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