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Bon Jovi edges out Bowie in Billboard 200 album chart

Plus: Bledel and Kartheiser are engaged; Bennett excited about album with Gaga; Cruise joins Russian social network; Pink Floyd album turns 40.

Bon Jovi's latest album What About Now is in the number one spot on this week's Billboard 200 album chart. Andrew Parsons / The National
Bon Jovi's latest album What About Now is in the number one spot on this week's Billboard 200 album chart. Andrew Parsons / The National

Bon Jovi edges out Bowie in charts

Bon Jovi beat David Bowie to the top of this week’s Billboard 200 album chart. Bon Jovi notched their fifth No 1 album withWhat About Now. Bowie came in second with The Next Day. They led among six new debuts in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The R&B band Mindless Behavior debuted at No 6 with All Around the World, while Eric Clapton’s latest release, Old Sock, came in at No 7. Music industry analysts expect Justin Timberlake’s new album The 20/20 Experience to top the Billboard 200 chart next week. – Reuters

Bledel and Kartheiser are engaged

The Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel and Mad Men actor Vincent Kartheiser are engaged. Bledel’s publicist confirmed the news, saying the couple have been dating for about a year. The 33-year-old Kartheiser plays the adman Pete Campbell on the hit AMC network drama, where, last season, Pete had an extramarital affair with a friend’s wife, played by Bledel, 31, in a guest-starring role. – AP

Bennett excited about album with Gaga

Tony Bennett says he “can’t wait” to record his next album with Lady Gaga. The 86-year-old said that he and the pop star will record “a big swing album”. “We have it all worked out already on paper,” he said. Bennett and Gaga collaborated on The Lady Is a Tramp for his Grammy-winning, platinum-selling 2011 album, Duets II . He called the 26-year-old a “wonderful person and a great talent”. He said he wants to work with Gaga because “she’s quite different”. – AP

Cruise joins Russian social network

Tom Cruise has become the first Hollywood star to set up a page on the popular Russian social network Vkontakte. His page appeared on Friday and he posted  “See you there!” on Twitter in Russian. His profile picture is from his sci-fi film Oblivion, which comes out in Russia on April 11, two weeks before it opens in the US. Cruise’s page is a sign of Russia’s box office clout. Box office income rose by 8 per cent last year to US$1.3 billion (Dh4.8bn), the ninth-highest in the world. Vkontakte, which means In Contact, dominates the Russian social media market with more than 40 million users – about 10 times as many as Facebook’s users. – AP

Pink Floyd album turns 40

Pink Floyd’s album Dark Side of the Moon turns 40 today and the band’s website has developed an interactive feature where fans can help turn a specially designed moon on the site dark. Fans are invited to play the classic album on PinkFloyd.com then tweet their memories or photos using #DarkSide40. The collective tweets will darken a side of the moon on the site, said EMI Music. Nearly as iconic as the best-selling album’s ethereal compositions is the cover artwork of a prism by Storm Thorgerson, who has created 14 new prism designs that will be unveiled on PinkFloyd.com.  The designs will eventually form a celebratory poster that can be downloaded. – Reuters