Charts: Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ Totals Best Sales Week of 2017

Rolling Stone cover star Ed Sheeran’s Divide cruised to the top of the Billboard 200 on the strength of the best sales week of 2017 so far.

In its first week of release, Divide sold 451,000 total albums to easily capture Number One after two weeks of a record-setting Future reign, with 322,000 of that sum coming from traditional album sales.

Divide marked the singer’s second straight Billboard 200 album, following 2014’s Multiply, and even more impressive, Divide more than doubled the 209,000 opening week sales of its predecessor, Billboard reports. Sheeran’s 2011 debut Plus peaked at Number Five.

Four months after debuting at Number One, Metallica’s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct jumped back into the Top 10 and finished the week at Number Two thanks to a promotion that paired tickets sales from the band’s upcoming North American tour with copies of the group’s latest LP. In total, Hardwired… added another 81,000 copies to its tally.

Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic stayed locked in at Number Three, followed by Future’s self-titled album and HNDRXX at Number Four and Five respectively.

Besides, Sheeran, the only other newcomer to crack the Top 10 was Khalid’s American Teen, which placed Number Nine. Migos’ Culture (Number Six), the Weeknd’s Starboy (Number Seven), the Moana soundtrack (Number Nine) and the Trolls soundtrack (Number 10) rounded out the Billboard 200’s upper tier.

The only new arrival that could prevent Sheeran from capturing a second straight Number One week is the soundtrack for the live-action Beauty and the Beast film, which was released on Friday, a week before it hits theaters.

Joe Biden Speaks at SXSW Festival in Austin

Former Vice President Joe Biden stepped out in Austin, Texas, on Sunday to speak at the city’s famed SXSW festival about his Cancer Moonshot initiative.

During his appearance, Biden revealed that Cancer Moonshot — which aims to accelerate cancer research and make more therapies available to patients — began during an “off-hand comment” that he made following the 2015 death of his son Beau, who died from brain cancer.

“We want to spare what our family and what so many other families go through,” Biden said.

Since leaving the White House, Biden has kept a relatively low-profile (and is taking a well-deserved break), making only a few public appearances, including stepping out to support his daughter Ashley Biden’s debut of her clothing line last month.

As Biden himself has stepped back from the spotlight, members of his family have been thrust into it. Earlier this month, Hallie Biden, the widow of Biden’s son Beau, and Beau’s brother, Hunter Biden, confirmed that they were dating. Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, offered a statement of support to the couple at the time.

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“We are all lucky that Hunter and Hallie found each other as they were putting their lives together again after such sadness. They have mine and Jill’s full and complete support and we are happy for them.”

Hunter’s divorce proceedings from his estranged wife, Kathleen, have also made headlines. In the original February filing, Kathleen accused Hunter of spending the family’s money on prostitutes, drugs, alcohol and strip clubs.

Last week, they filed a consent motion to move forward with the divorce more amicably.

Nadia Bjorlin Expecting Second Son

Nadia Bjorlin is pregnant!

The longtime Days of Our Lives star, 36, announced on Instagram Saturday that she and husband Grant Turnbull would be giving their 10-month-old son Torin Mathias a little brother in August.

“#TorinTheChief excited about his upcoming role of big brother!” Bjorlin captioned a cute snap of a smiling Torin, lying on the grass with the family pup Molly while wearing a shirt bearing the words, “World’s Greatest Brother.”

“Baby Bull #2 debuting August 2017….” Bjorlin added. “#worldsgreatestbrother #lovesofmylife #brothers #babies.”

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“#torinthechief letting the world know,” Turnbull chimed in on his caption of the same photo.

He added, “Baby Bull No.2 Coming August 2017 #boys #worldsgreatestbrother @nadiabjorlin #superwifey.”

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PEOPLE covered Bjorlin and Turnbull’s baby shower for Torin in April of last year, where the parents expressed their gratitude for their growing family — and the loved ones surrounding them, including the mom-to-be’s Days of Our Lives costars Molly Burnett and Crystal Chappell.

“They say it takes a village, and the village certainly showed up!” Bjorlin told PEOPLE at the time. “This is going to be a very loved little boy.”

Beyoncé Made A Dance Troupe’s Day When She Surprised Them Backstage

Performing is a thrill in and of itself — especially for a group as renowned and celebrated as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater — but some dancers were totally bowled over when Beyoncé swung backstage to praise their talents after a show.

On March 11, Bey accompanied her mom, Tina Knowles Lawson, on an outing with a few girls and mentors from Tina’s Angels, her mentorship program. Tina excitedly shared a few pics from the day of her and her daughter with the group, who clearly had a blast at the Alvin Ailey performance. Everyone is radiating sheer joy, but Beyoncé is basically glowing here.

The big shock, though, took place after curtain call, when Bey and Tina’s Angels made their way backstage to congratulate the artists on a job well done.

One of the performers freaks out and hits the floor, which seems like a perfectly reasonable response when Queen Bey is all of a sudden gliding onto your stage in a swath of cream and pink and telling you how “incredible” you are.

Honestly, if Beyoncé thanks you profusely for your “beautiful talent,” you can pretty much retire then and there.

North West Dresses Up Like the Tooth Fairy

Kim Kardashian West better guard her molars!

The reality star, 36, posted a series of clips to her Snapchat account Sunday, giving her followers a peek into the relaxing morning she’s having with her daughter North, 3½.

“I took her tooth out,” a flower-crown-filtered North, who’s wearing fairy wings, tells her mom in one video.

“‘Cause you’re the tooth fairy?” asks Kardashian West, to which North replies, “Yeah.”

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Source: Kim Kardashian/Snapchat
Source: Kim Kardashian/Snapchat

Source: Kim Kardashian/Snapchat
Source: Kim Kardashian/Snapchat

“Oh, thank you,” Kardashian West says in the background, posting a photo of jewels left for her by the “tooth fairy” and another of North from the back, giving her followers a clear shot of her daughter’s pretty dress and fairy wings.

In another clip, Kardashian West keeps it fun with a cute animal filter but admits that North and her little brother Saint, 15 months, had her up early when she wanted to get some extra Zs.

“You guys, I’m, like, so tired,” she tells the camera. “My kids got up so early. Does anyone know the feeling? I wanted to sleep in on a Sunday.”

Source: Kim Kardashian/Snapchat
Source: Kim Kardashian/Snapchat

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The duo’s morning cuddle sessions seem to be a tradition lately, as the reality star shared videos in late February showing herself and her little girl hanging out in pajamas together.

“I love you so much!” North told her mom in one of the videos.

“Even when you’re big you’re going to be so nice to me?” Kardashian West asked her daughter, to which she replied, “Yeah.”

Team Trump, GOP downplay looming CBO report, question group’s competence, earlier findings

Trump administration officials and other key Washington Republicans on Sunday downplayed the impact of the upcoming Congressional Budget Office report on the GOP’s ObamaCare replacement plan, suggesting the nonpartisan group has miscalculated before on such complex legislation.

“The director of the CBO is not Moses,” Arkansas GOP Rep. Tom Cotton told ABC’s “This Week.” “He doesn’t come down from the mountaintops with stone tablets. … They can make mistakes. But they do provide an important amount of information and analysis that allows senators and congressmen to make informed choices. … We need to take it seriously. We don’t have to accept everything and every conclusion at face value.”

Cotton, one to President Trump’s most reliable Capitol Hill allies, was among the first on Sunday to minimize expectations about the nonpartisan group’s report, which could be released as early as Monday.

Democrats have already tried play up the importance of the report, which is expected to include estimates on cost and the number of likely enrollees for the replacement plan, known as the American Health Care Act and put forth by leaders of the GOP-run House.

“The American people and (congressional) members have a right to know the full impact of this legislation before any vote in committee or by the whole House,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., wrote in a letter last week to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Ryan told CBS’ “Face The Nation” Sunday that he fully expects the CBO analysis to find that fewer people will be covered under the GOP plan because it eliminates the government requirement to be insured.

Two House committees have already voted in favor of the bill, with leaders hoping to pass the legislation in the full House during the week of March 20, sending the measure to the Senate where it would need support from 51 of 52 Senate Republicans to reach Trump’s desk for signature.

Former President Obama’s signature health care law has insured millions more Americans since its 2010 inception but has also struggled under rising premium costs and dwindling policy options for customers.

“In the past, the CBO score has really been meaningless. They have said that many more people will be insured than are actually insured,” White House Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn told “Fox News Sunday,” in an apparent reference to ObamaCare.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the CBO estimated that more than 20 million people would have coverage 10 years after the start of ObamaCare.

“It’s about half of that right now,” he said. “So the CBO has been very adept in not providing appropriate coverage statistics.”

(Most reports show a maximum of 16 million people enrolled in 2017.)

Price also argued the GOP plan will cover more Americans, not tens of millions less, as one earlier report concluded.

“I love the folks at the CBO,” Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, told ABC. “They work really hard. But sometimes we ask them to do stuff they’re not capable of doing. And estimating the impact of a bill of this size probably isn’t the best use of their time.”

He also challenged early predictions that the CBO report will show increasing costs, arguing the Republican-controlled Congress could not replace ObamaCare under the swift parliamentary process known as “reconciliation” unless the new plan reduces the federal debt and saves money.

He also argued that if the CBO had made the correct projections on ObamaCare, then the plan would now have 8 million more enrollees.

The GOP legislation would use tax credits to help consumers buy health coverage, expand health savings accounts, phase out an expansion of Medicaid and cap that program for the future, end some requirements for health plans under Obama’s law and scrap a number of taxes.

During the presidential campaign and as recently as January, Trump repeatedly stressed his support for universal health coverage, saying his plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would provide “insurance for everybody.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Colton Haynes Announces Engagement To Jeff Leatham

Feel free to let out a celebratory howl: Colton Haynes is engaged!

The Teen Wolf actor just announced that he and beau Jeff Leatham are getting married, with the man behind Jackson Whittemore happily sharing the lovebirds’ news on Instagram.

“I SAID YES!!! @jeffleatham,” Colton captioned the photograph above, which features the duo kissing post-proposal during a magical fireworks display in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Jeff shared the same photograph and added, “HE SAID YES!!!”

Colton and Jeff first revealed that they were a couple last month. At the time, the 28-year-old gushed, “It’s not every day that someone comes into your life and makes you want to be a better man.” And now, these two are one step closer to life as husband and husband!

Offer your congrats to Colton and Jeff in the comments — and stay with MTV News as we approach the final season of Teen Wolf!

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Jersey Shore Cast Reunites for Sammi’s Birthday Bash

Some of the ladies from Jersey Shore may be moms now, but they can still party like it’s Labor Day weekend in Seaside Heights.

Cast members of the hit MTV reality show reunited over the weekend to celebrate the 30th birthday of Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola at a club in New York City — and documented their entire evening on social media.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley took the night off from parenting — they each have little ones at home — to dance and drink with fellow castmates Deena Cortese and Vinny Guadagnino. Plus-one’s were also on the invite list: Farley’s husband Roger Mathews and Cortese’s fiancé Christopher Buckner attended the festivities.

The group also took a photo with , who worked behind the scenes on the MTV reality show.

JWoww shared a video of the group grooving to Drake‘s song “One Dance” while sipping on cocktails (though the fist pump did not make an appearance).

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However, the booze wasn’t flowing quite as strongly as it did at the shore house. JWoww wrote that she was now a “lightweight.”

“Martini is down and I am drunk,” she captioned a photo with her husband.

A few photos later, JWoww wrote, “And I’m wasted.”

In September, JWoww and Snooki stopped by PEOPLE Now to talk about bringing their own children back to the house where Jersey Shore was filmed.

“I brought so many cans of Lysol,” JWoww said of entering the home. Snooki added: “I washed my kids like five times when they got home because you just know how dirty that house used to be.”

With another reality series under their belts – they currently star on go90’s Snooki & JWoww: Moms with Attitude and previously starred on four seasons of MTV’s Snooki & JWoww – the women said they are ready to revisit their old stomping grounds on the real Jersey Shore.

“I’m hoping,” Snooki said of a reunion series. “I mean, because they always talk about it, so I’m hoping because that would be awesome.”

Amazon’s Resistance Radio Causes Confusion on Twitter

 This article originally appeared on Fortune.

To help promote its dystopian thriller The Man in the High Castle, Amazon is touting a new radio stream called Resistance Radio on Twitter and at South by Southwest. The stream is full of melancholy ‘60s-era music and political monologues condemning Nazis and fascism. That’s because in the world of Amazon’s series, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, the Axis powers won World War II and occupied America, where a scrappy resistance movement is taking shape.

But many listeners and observers have found parallels between Amazon’s fictional world and contemporary politics, and they’re drawing up battle lines on Twitter. Liberals and leftists are using the hashtag #resistanceradio to highlight current Trump controversies.

Meanwhile, at least some Trump supporters seem unclear about just what Resistance Radio is, mistaking it for real radio programming with a liberal agenda.

For Trump supporters, the optics are inescapably bad—they’re criticizing resistance to (fictional) Nazis.

But not all is quite as it seems. There are several real left-wing internet or radio shows named some variation of Resistance Radio, or which were using the hashtag #resistanceradio before Amazon became involved. For instance, the radical environmental group Deep Green Resistance produces a show under the name. #ResistanceRadio has also been used on Twitter to highlight political music, often with a leftist tinge.

And Amazon’s streaming station, despite being set in a fictional 1960s, draws at least a few explicit connections to contemporary politics. For instance, on-air DJs on the stream (seemingly actors working from scripts) have made reference to “fake news” produced by their universe’s state-run Nazi media.

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That could be considered a dig at pro-Trump news outlets like Breitbart. Former Breitbart head and current lead Trump adviser Steve Bannon once declared the outlet a “platform for the alt-right,” which includes white nationalist and neo-Nazi elements.

So Trump supporters aren’t entirely tilting at windmills here. At least on Twitter, #resistanceradio really is a stream of left-wing conversation, and Amazon is at least hinting at parallels between Trump supporters and Nazis. That’s not entirely surprising, considering that Amazon head (and Washington Post owner) Jeff Bezos was one of President Trump’s most persistent and powerful critics during last fall’s campaign.