BLINDING STAR: It's Paris Hilton as you've never seen her before: on the cover of her debut album, obviously named Paris. The heiress' first single, "Stars Are Blind," has been rocketing up the charts; the album is set to be released Aug. 1.
FAMILY BUSINESS: Nicky Hilton getting into the family business by opening hotels named Nicky O in Miami and Chicago, People reports. With big sister Paris singing, acting, opening nightclubs, writing books and so on, she better snatch up the few remaining business opportunities left.
NOT MOVING...YET: Candy Spelling denying reports that she has already placed the Beverly Hills mansion she shared with her late husband on the market for $150 million and calling the media coverage of recent events in her life "shameful, disgraceful, and dishonorable." Unspoken but understood: "This is all Tori's fault."
HEALING THE WOUNDS: Sheryl Crow telling Vanity Fair that her breakup with Lance Armstong was "devastating" and that she still thinks of him every day. "I definitely still love him and always will love him," Crow said.
YO HO HO: Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest breaking online ticket retailer Fandango's record for most tickets sold the day before an opening. The company reporting average sales of seven tickets per second. That's some big booty.
SICK BAY: Luciano Pavarotti "recovering well" after undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer, his manager said Friday. The singer had been planning to resume his farewell tour in Britain last week when doctors discovered a malignant mass in his pancreas. All remaining 2006 shows have been canceled as a result.
AILING: Jeff Scott Soto replacing Steve Augeri as Journey's lead singer for the band's summer tour with Def Leppard while Augeri recovers from a throat infection.
HATCHED: Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer welcoming their second child, a baby boy named Tennyson Spencer Crowe, on Friday.
DEAR DIARY: Robert Downey Jr. penning his memoirs, detailing the various highs and lows of his career. We figure it can go on the shelf right next to Pete Doherty's upcoming autobiography.
EMMY MANIA: Nominations for Outstanding Drama Series: Grey's Anatomy, House, The Sopranos, 24 and West Wing. Nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series: Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Scrubs and Two and a Half Men.
BACK ON THE JOB: Bob Woodruff contributing to a Nightline report on Wednesday, his first journalistic work since being injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq in January, by recording a few lines by phone to accompany a report on North Korea.