RANKED: “American Idol” Kelly Clarkson‘s debut album, “Thankful,” was certified both gold and platinum for sales of more than 1 million copies last month, the Recording Industry Association of America announced Tuesday. Also, the “AI” compilation, “All-Time Classic American Love Songs,” which features the top 11 finalists from the second season of the FOX show, was certified for sales of more than 500,000. Also certified gold: Lisa Marie Presley‘s “To Whom It May Concern.”
EXHIBITED: A new exhibition of art by Rosie O’Donnell will be shown for the first time at the Mumford Gallery in Provincetown, Mass., beginning June 27. The gallery will showcase about 20 abstract collages and oils O’Donnell began painting the day after 9/11. (All proceeds from sales will be donated to charity.) “I think the public will be impressed with the quality of Rosie’s work and the eloquent expression of feelings that comes across on the canvas,” gallery director Mary Mumford said in a press release. “Even if her name weren’t Rosie O’Donnell, I believe her work would still be in demand by galleries across the country. It’s that good.”
HOSPITALIZED: Chester Bennington, lead singer of the rap-rock group Linkin Park, has been hospitalized in Los Angeles since the weekend after suffering severe back and abdominal pain, the band’s Web site reported Tuesday. The group has canceled a European tour that was set to begin Saturday. … Also injured, musician Barry Manilow, 56, who broke his nose when he walked into a wall in the middle of the night. “I may have to have my nose fixed, and with this nose, it’s going to require major surgery,” he said, according to Reuters.
DIED: Actor-playwright Richard Cusack, 77, father of actors Joan and John Cusack, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Evanston, Ill., the Associated Press reports. His wife and five children were all by his side. The elder Cusack quit his job as a successful advertising executive in the 1960s to work on plays and films.
SUED: Director Spike Lee is suing Viacom over its plans to rename cable channel TNN to Spike TV — a move that the company claims it’s making to attract more male viewers. But in his court papers, the “Do the Right Thing” filmmaker, 46, said: “The media description of this change of name, as well as comments made to me and my wife, confirmed what was obvious — that Spike TV referred to Spike Lee.” A Viacom rep tells AP it is confident that the court will reject Lee’s legal claim to “the popular word and name Spike.”