NIALL HORAN has the #1 album in America. His debut solo album “Flicker” moved 152,000 copies in its first week . . . and that makes him the THIRD former member of ONE DIRECTION to go #1 with their solo debut.
Harry Styles’ self-titled album debuted at #1 earlier this year, and Zayn did it last year with his album “Mind of Mine”. Harry’s album sold the most with 230,000 in sales the first week. Zayn’s album sold 157,000 . . . just 5,000 more than Niall.
That ties them with THE BEATLES as the only group to have THREE former members go #1 solo. George Harrison had two #1 albums, John Lennon had three, and Paul McCartney had six, including the ones he did with his band Wings. As a GROUP, the Beatles had 19 #1 albums. One Direction had four.
If you still haven’t bought candy, a new study says TODAY is the day to do it. Researchers looked at how much it costs the week before Halloween. And in the last two years, it’s been the cheapest FOUR DAYS before Halloween.
Apparently some stores will jack up their prices this weekend, and there might be less of a selection. The worst day to buy candy is ONE day before Halloween. If you wait until the 30th, it could cost 42% more.
If you can’t get to the store, don’t panic. Unless you’re handing out truckloads of chocolate, we’re only talking about a few bucks. Another survey found the average person who’s handing out candy this year will spend $22 on it.
The states where people spend the most on candy are Oregon, Washington, New Jersey, Utah, and California. The states that spend the least are Ohio, Georgia, Michigan, Alabama, and Colorado.
We’ll spend an average of $80 TOTAL on Halloween. $22 on candy . . . $27 on our costume . . . $21 on decorations . . . and about $10 on other stuff.
Young people spend the most on their costumes, an average of $66. People in their 50s and 60s spend the least, an average of just $3. Obviously you can’t buy a costume for three bucks. That’s just the average. Meaning most of them won’t spend anything.
(BankOnCIT.com / Ibotta.com)
Rock ‘n’ roll legend FATS DOMINO passed away early Tuesday morning at the age of 89. His daughter says he died at home, surrounded by family. He died of natural causes, and had been in declining health for a while.
He was born in New Orleans, and basically spent his whole life there.
He retired from performing shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when he was 77. That ended a 60-plus year career . . . because he got started early. By the time Fats was 14, he was playing piano in bars in the New Orleans area.
His parents gave him the name ‘Antoine Dominique Domino Jr.,’ but his first bandleader nicknamed him ‘Fats’ because he reminded him of the pianists Fats Waller and Fats Pichon . . . and also because of his appetite.
Fats had 35 songs on the Billboard Top 40. He had 11 Top 10 hits from 1955 to 1960, and he was selling more records than everyone except Elvis Presley. Overall, he sold over 65 million records.
Some of his biggest hits were: “Ain’t That a Shame”, “The Fat Man”, “Blueberry Hill”, “I’m in Love Again”, “Blue Monday”, “I’m Walkin'”, “Whole Lotta Loving”, and “Walking to New Orleans”.
Fats was one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. The next year, he got a Lifetime Achievement Grammy. “Rolling Stone” magazine has him at #25 on their list of the ‘Greatest Recording Artists of All Time.’
Fats toured extensively until the early ’80s, when he decided that he no longer wanted to leave New Orleans . . . because it was the only place he liked the food.
He didn’t even leave his house in the Ninth Ward when Hurricane Katrina flooded his neighborhood, partially because his wife wasn’t doing well. There were reports at the time that Fats was missing, and some thought he was dead. But then word got out that he’d been rescued by helicopter.
He said, quote, “I wasn’t too nervous . . . I had my little wine and a couple of beers with me. I’m all right.”
He last performed publicly in 2007.
A bunch of musicians have been paying tribute to Fats. Little Richard called him “the greatest entertainer he’s ever known.”
(There are more tributes here, here, and here.)
If your BEST friend invites you over to hang out, you can stay as late as you want. If they need you to leave, they’ll say so. But if you’re at someone’s house and you’re NOT great friends, how late can you stay before it’s rude? (more…)
We’re just about a week away from Halloween, and this might be the BEST news I’ve heard yet. When you’re raiding your kids’ trick-or-treat bags, steal whatever you want . . . because they probably won’t miss it. (more…)
We’ve seen a few lists like this before, and #1 is always the same. Researchers recently gave people a list of 50 different things we take for granted every day. And they had to rank them according to how important they are.
Here are the top 10 luxuries we can’t live without . . .
- The Internet. Almost everyone put it at the top.
- Your phone.
- Your pets.
- A washer and dryer.
- A nice, big mattress.
- At least one vacation a year
- Beauty and skincare products.
- A dishwasher.
- A microwave.
- Eating out at restaurants.
A few luxuries people said they COULD live without are really nice towels . . . flying first class . . . tickets to sporting events . . . having food delivered . . . and paying for someone to clean your place.
Halloween is almost here, and cowboys and nurses are for SUCKERS. You wanna be HIP and NOW . . . which means you need a pop culture costume. Well, according to JustJared.com, these are the 10 best . . .
- Pennywise the Clown from “It”.
- Pregnant Kylie Jenner.
- A handmaid from “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
- Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone from “La La Land”.
- Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement.
- Belle and the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast”.
- Wonder Woman.
- Hugh Hefner and a Playmate.
- Zombie Taylor Swift from the “Look What You Made Me Do” video.
- Mantis from “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2”.
It’s Friday the 13th, and since Halloween is just a few weeks away, this one feels just a little more meaningful. So if you’re uneasy today, listen up. I’ve got a list of five things science says about you if you fear Friday the 13th . . .
- Your fear has a name. The fear of Friday the 13th is called frigg-a-tri-skai-dek-a-phobia. And if you’re afraid of the number 13 in general, that’s tri-skai-dek-a-phobia.
- You might be scared about what you can’t control. That’s why so many people alter their plans today, to try to avoid being unlucky.
- If you’re a little on edge today, you’re normal. Having a ritual like not walking under a ladder or avoiding black cats today is silly . . . but it’s probably not indicative of any sort of mental illness.
- If you’re SUPER anxious though, it could be a problem. If you stay in bed all day in fear that anything you do will be cursed, there might be some deeper issues at play.
- You’re disrupting the economy. It’s estimated that around $900 MILLION is lost in business every Friday the 13th . . . from all the people who decide not to fly, go to work, or leave their house at all.
(Reader’s Digest / National Geographic)
Get ready to either be really interested, or start rolling your eyes. An ASTROLOGIST went through all 12 zodiac signs, and came up with a list of the best city to live in depending on when you were born. Here’s what she says . . .
- If you’re an Aries, it’s Chicago. You need excitement, so a big city is best. But you also need to be able to escape, and have easy access to nature. So having a car is important. And that’s easier in Chicago than New York.
- If you’re a Taurus, you should live in Westport, Connecticut. You need access to a big city, and it’s an hour from New York. But Tauruses would rather OWN a home than rent. So you’ll do better in the suburbs.
- If you’re a Gemini, move to London. Geminis tend to be very into learning and continuing their education. And there are a lot of big museums and schools there.
- If you’re a Cancer, it’s Charleston, South Carolina. Cancers like privacy, want to be financially secure, and have a family. Charleston is a good spot for all three.
- If you’re a Leo, move to Spain. Specifically Ibiza. Leos like to entertain people, need a lot of sunshine, and tend to be a little vain. So somewhere impressive is good.
- If you’re a Virgo, move to Stockholm, Sweden. Virgos do best in places that are orderly, close to nature, and have communities where people look out for each other.
- If you’re a Libra, head to Prague in the Czech Republic. Libras like a lot of culture, but need to be somewhere safe. And Prague is one of the safest cities.
- If you’re a Scorpio, move to Tokyo. Scorpios tend to gravitate toward things that are trendy, and kind of intense. Tokyo is a good fit for both of those.
- If you’re a Sagittarius, the perfect city is Jerusalem. You need a place with a lot of history, where you can live simply, and travel whenever you want to.
- If you’re a Capricorn, head to Berlin, Germany. It’s stylish, traditional, and somewhat cheap, which are all good if you’re a Capricorn. And places there tend to be pretty spacious. Which is good, because Capricorns have HOARDING tendencies.
- If you’re an Aquarius, the best city to live in is Austin, Texas. It’s a good place to be if you like to do your own thing, be active in the community, and embrace your quirkiness. Those things usually apply if you’re an Aquarius.
- If you’re a Pisces, head to Salzburg, Austria. It’s on a river, which is good because Pisces need to be close to water. And it’s good because music is probably important to you. “The Sound of Music” was filmed near Salzburg, and Mozart was born there.
Just in time to set the mood for Halloween, a school seems to have caught a ghost on camera.
A security camera at a school in Ireland filmed several strange events that have people thinking a ghost is on the loose. A door opens and closes, a stack of lockers rock back and forth, a single locker flies open . . . and a folding “caution” sign suddenly collapses.
The school principal claims it’s legit, which probably means he’s behind it.