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Posted on: Thursday, May 6, 2010

Original 'American Idol' ranked No. 1

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Carrie Underwood may have sold more albums than Kelly Clarkson, but the original "American Idol" winner is still the most successful, according to Billboard.

Clarkson has sold 10.6 million albums, 15.9 million tracks and has had 4.2 million radio plays, according to Billboard.com, ranking her the top graduate from "Idol." Underwood has 11.5 million and 13.9 million for album and single sales, respectively. The country singer also had 2.4 million radio plays since she won "Idol" in 2005.

The third most successful "Idol" never won the crown and wasn't even a runner-up: It's Chris Daughtry, who fronts his own band, Daughtry; they have sold 5.7 million albums.

HEMORRHAGE 'SOUNDED LIKE A HANDGUN'

Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels thought a burglar shot him in the back of the head when he suffered a brain hemorrhage last month that left him in intensive care for nearly two weeks.

The outspoken 47-year-old contestant on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" told People magazine that the subarachnoid hemorrhage "sounded like a handgun, like it literally popped."

Michaels said after he experienced the sensation, he began pacing his living room then asked his girlfriend, Kristi Gibson, to take him to the emergency room.

"I knew I was slurring my words, and I was like 'OK, this isn't a headache. There's something really bad happening,' " he said.

LAWSUIT TARGETS NBA STAR'S GIRLFRIEND

Adding to an already contentious divorce battle, Dwyane Wade's estranged wife has filed a lawsuit, claiming his relationship with actress Gabrielle Union is causing her and the star Miami Heat guard's two sons emotional distress.

Dwyane Wade called the lawsuit "baseless and meritless," and Union issued a statement insisting the allegations are false.

Siohvaughn Wade filed the suit in Chicago this week. She and Dwyane Wade, former high school sweethearts who separated in 2007, had two sons, ages 8 and 2, who are listed as plaintiffs.

LENO FIRES BACK AT O'BRIEN OVER REMARKS

The late-night television wars are alive and well.

Jay Leno took a swipe at Conan O'Brien in his monologue Tuesday, two days after O'Brien's interview with "60 Minutes" aired on CBS. O'Brien told the newsmagazine that, if he were in Leno's shoes, he would not have taken back the "Tonight" show perch the way Leno did from him.

Leno took a shot at O'Brien when he joked about a supposed Facebook page kept by Faisal Shahzad, the man accused of planting a car bomb in Times Square. The camera panned over the fake page to groups that Shahzad was a member of, and one of them was "Team Coco."

That's the name taken by a group of O'Brien fans angry at his treatment by NBC.

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