SOLD: Former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tell-all memoir “Living History” sold about 200,000 copies in its first day of publication, the book’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, announced Tuesday. Sales have been so brisk that another 300,000 copies of the book are to be printed on top of the 1 million copies already in circulation. Barnes & Noble Inc., the world’s largest bookseller, said “Living History” set a one-day sales record on Monday for a non-fiction book at its store, Reuters reports.
RANKED: The “100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years,” as chosen by VH1 were as follows (starting with No. 1): Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”; Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean”; Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine”; Eminem, “Lose Yourself”; U2, “One”; Run-D.M.C., “Walk This Way”; Prince, “When Doves Cry”; Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”; The Police, “Every Breath You Take”; and Madonna, “Like a Virgin.”
QUOTED: “And I don’t have to ‘freedom kiss’ my wife when what I really want to do is French kiss her” — Woody Allen, 67, as pitchman in a new French tourism commercial asking Americans to put aside their animosity toward the European country.
DIED: Donald Regan, 84, former treasury secretary under President Ronald Reagan, died Tuesday in Virginia of cancer, reports The New York Times. Regan also became Reagan’s powerful chief of staff, though he ultimately resigned that position when it was said he was clashing with First Lady Nancy Reagan over managing the presidency.
BANNED: Rapper Ludacris (real name: Chris Bridges), 25, will not perform at Michigan’s Jackson County Fair on Aug. 7 as originally scheduled amid concerns over his lyrics. “I just don’t want the rotten language,” Clifford Herl, a county commissioner and member of the Fair Board, tells The Jackson Citizen Patriot newspaper. “It was a mutual cancellation. That’s all I can say,” fair manager Sally Griffis said.
ARRANGED: Jennifer Lopez’s ex-husband Cris Judd is in negotiations with Britney Spears to be her new choreographer and creative director, reports PEOPLE. “She liked what I did with Jennifer and kind of wants to go along that way,” Judd says. “She wants to be taken to the next level, so hopefully if we work together we can do that.” And what of his relationship with J.Lo, who gave him props in a recent magazine article? “Our relationship was great and it’s nice for her to say things like that,” Judd said. “We had a beautiful thing going, and it’s just a shame it didn’t work out.”