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SOUND BITES The year’s not quite over yet, but the Recording Industry Association of America, which hands out gold and platinum album citations, has already tallied the best-selling albums of 2001. Leading the pack was Shaggy‘s ”Hotshot,” which the RIAA says has shipped 5.5 million copies to stores since January. Tied for second were ‘N Sync‘s ”Celebrity” and Enya‘s ”A Day Without Rain, which both sold 5 million copies. Other discs noted for sales of more than 3 million were Alicia Keys‘ ”Songs in A Minor,” Linkin Park‘s ”Hybrid Theory,” Garth Brooks‘ ”Scarecrow,” and the soundtrack to ”O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
TROPHY TIME Here are the nominations for Best Reaction to the News that You’ve Been Nominated for a Golden Globe. First, to Hugh Jackman, who found out he’d been nominated for acting in ”Kate & Leopold” while he was announcing the names of other nominees at yesterday’s press conference. After Lucy Liu read his name, he told the press that he’d just lost $100; he’d bet his wife he wouldn’t be nominated.
Second, to ”Alias” creator J.J. Abrams, whose show won two nods yesterday. His friend, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (nominated for ”A Beautiful Mind”), called him before 6 a.m. ”He asked me what I was wearing,” said Abrams, ”and I told him shorts and a T-shirt. And then he said, ‘No, no — to the Golden Globes.”’