Daybreak's in the mood for a slightly mind-bending spin around the pop-culture scene, including post-mortem album sales; a music festival; and more. Hop in, buckle up and never end a sentence with a preposition.
ALWAYS HAPPENS: From Frank Sinatra to Jerry Garica to Kurt Cobain. And now, per the AP, this: "Death has landed Amy Winehouse back on the charts. The British singer's "Back to Black" album will re-enter the Billboard album chart at No. 9, with 37,000 albums sold in the United States in the past week. Those figures come from Nielsen SoundScan data released late Tuesday. Her debut album "Frank" sold 7,000 copies. All but a fraction of those sales were digital downloads." http://apne.ws/nNoPLe
MORE WINEHOUSE: Her jailed ex-husband laments, well, lots of things. Per TMZ, "Amy Winehouse's ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil is anguishing, because he believes he could have saved Amy. Blake's dad, Larry Fielder, tells TMZ ... his son knew better than anyone the depth of Amy's drug addiction, and had planned to stage an intervention of sorts when he got out of jail -- the problem ... he's locked up until March, 2012.
There's obviously another issue -- Blake and Amy were famously co-dependent junkies and neither seemed capable of helping the other during their marriage. Larry tells us ... shortly after Amy died Blake called him, crying hysterically." http://bit.ly/oUWlQM
LOLLAPALOOZA HOW-TO: Courtesy of Rolling Stone. If you're going to Chicago for next month's festival, you NEED to print this and tuck it in your pocket. ". . .When the sold-out three-day festival hits Chicago on August 5th with 140 acts - including My Morning Jacket, Coldplay and Eminem - not everyone will know, say, where to find the best Chicago-style hot dog or the hottest beach party. Here are 10 tips to enhance your Lolla/Chi-Town experience." http://bit.ly/pdx8y5
A 'SITUATION' IN ITALY: The L.A. Times travels to Florence for a look at the latest Jersey Shore. "Outside Florence's ancient Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, people are milling around the quiet Piazza del Duomo, calmly taking in the last moments of a May evening. Just a few blocks away, inside a renovated bank building, a much noisier scene is unfolding. The buzzing of electric hair clippers can be heard through the walls as a quartet of amateur barbers unsuccessfully attempts to fade a hairline.
Pranksters hold a stuffed squirrel hostage. Two lovers forlornly debate their relationship as their scantily clad roommate insensitively interrupts to smoke a cigarette. Camped outside are a flock of young admirers, hungry for a glimpse into it all. Ladies and gentleman, Italy has been "Jersey Shore'd." http://lat.ms/pILQwB
HEF IN A HUFF: Hugh Hefner, per People, is not a fan of kiss (i.e. make love) and tell. "After ex-fiance Crystal Harris told Howard Stern that sex with the 85-year-old Playboy founder lasted "like two seconds" on Tuesday's show, Hefner retaliated: That's not the case, he says. "Crystal lied about our relationship on Howard Stern but I don't know why," Hef Tweeted Tuesday night, although he has since removed the message from his account. "Maybe a new boyfriend?" http://bit.ly/r7KBcj
TRENDING: So the lastest "star" to bag a televised interview is Kat Von D. Per E!, "Touched a nerve, did they? Just moments before she was scheduled to appear on Good Day L.A. this morning, the newly single and regrettably inked Kat Von D stormed out of the studio. Why? Because they had the nerve to air an officially sanctioned clip sent into wide release by her own network, TLC, of her getting a tattoo of Jesse James' name. http://eonli.ne/qDTSqE
TALENT WINS TUESDAY RATINGS RACE: Well, kind of, anyway. Per the Hollywood Reporter, "NBC's America's Got Talent (11.2 million total viewers, 3.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic) dominated the competition, even though it dipped 17 percent and was the season's lowest-rated Tuesday telecast." http://bit.ly/oVr0jr
POLITICO BLINK: "If Sarah Palin ever becomes president, talk show host and comedian George Lopez says he's leaving the country. "If Sarah Palin becomes president at any point, I would say 'allegedly,' I will move to Canada," Lopez told CNN's Piers Morgan. "I will go further north. I've been south, but I will go further north. I will leave the United States of America." http://politi.co/pqwOeT
PEEK INTO THE PAST: Per the AP, "Dan Peek, a founding member of the popular 1970s band America and singer of high harmonies on hits that included "A Horse With No Name" and "Ventura Highway," has died, his father said Tuesday. He was 60. Peek's wife, Catherine, found him dead Sunday in bed in his home in Farmington, Mo., about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis, Milton Peek said. The cause of death was not known, and an autopsy was planned." http://apne.ws/mX4Zwy
CRAZY, (NOT) STUPID MOVIE REVIEW: Of "Crazy, Stupid, Love," Huffington Post writes: "It's obvious that the studio is trying to sell this as a knockabout sex farce with Steve Carell as the main attraction. But this is a movie that changes directions unexpectedly -- a couple of times -- and plays with tones in ways that lead to deeper feelings and moments of unexpectedly big laughs. The story never goes where you expect it to -- and that's incredibly refreshing." http://huff.to/nmBePE