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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Boyle's album makes history with No. 1 debut

Boyle's album makes history with No. 1 debut

NEW YORK — Move over Beyonce. Step aside Taylor Swift. There's a new queen of pop, and her name is Susan Boyle.

The British talent contestant-turned-singing sensation sold just over 700,000 copies of her debut album, ‘‘I Dreamed a Dream,'' debuting at No. 1. Her record label, Columbia Records, says that not only gives her the best first week sales of 2009, but also the best-selling album debut by a woman in the Billboard SoundScan era.

It's been a whirlwind year for the 47-year-old Boyle, who became an instant star when she appeared on ‘‘Britain's Got Talent.''

Suspects plead not guilty to breaking into celebrity homes

LOS ANGELES — Four people accused of breaking into the homes of celebrities including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges they stole $3 million in jewelry, designer clothes and other items.

The suspects include 19-year-olds Nicholas Prugo, Diana Tamayo and Courtney Leigh Ames and 27-year-old Roy Lopez Jr. All four are charged with felony burglary.

A judge on Tuesday ordered a fifth defendant, Alexis Neiers, to stand trial on a felony burglary charge related to a break-in at Orlando Bloom's home. She previously pleaded not guilty to the July break-in.

Prugo faces the most charges: seven counts of first-degree burglary for break-ins at the homes of stars including Lohan, Hilton, Bloom and Rachel Bilson.

Muppets take the Web with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody'

NEW YORK — Much like the Muppets took Manhattan, they have taken the Web.

Since debuting last week, the Muppet parody of the classic music video of Queen's ‘‘Bohemian Rhapsody'' has been viewed more than 8.6 million times on YouTube. It's an exceptional hit for the first video posted on a new YouTube channel by the Muppets Studio, the Walt Disney Company subsidiary formed in 2004 after the Jim Henson Company sold the franchise.

A Twitter feed has also been launched, and a Facebook page has been started.