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Madonna heads back into the studio; Carey breaks hearts

The 411
By Jesse Lauritz

Just when Warren Beatty says he is a potential presidential candidate comes news that Arnold Schwarzenegger might seek public office. Schwarzenegger is hinting at a run for the California governorship in 2002.

He considers himself a compassionate conservative like that of Texas Governor George W. Bush, the leading Republican presidential candidate.

Schwarzenegger is connected to politics through his marriage to Maria Shriver, who is related to America's most famous political family. Shriver is the daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of the late President John F. Kennedy, and cousin to the late John F. Kennedy Jr.

Warren Beatty, a liberal Democrat, is considering running for president next year. Actress Cybill Shepherd also has said she is thinking about running for president next year on an abortion-rights platform.

If Schwarzenegger doesn't win, he can always run again with the slogan, "I'll be back."

Madonna is currently recording new material with the producer who helped get her back into the big time again. She is in the studio with William Orbit recording songs reportedly set to be included on the soundtrack album for her upcoming movie with Rupert Everett, titled The Next Best Thing. Orbit produced her multi-platinum album Ray of Light and also helped on her hit single "Beautiful Stranger," recorded for the recent movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Madonna has hinted that a tour is very possible for the year 2000. It has been 10 years since her last world tour.

In the meantime, Madonna is to release a greatest hits video and DVD Oct. 25, featuring 14 of her singles from 1992-1999, taken from the albums Erotica, Bedtime Stories, Something To Remember and Ray Of Light. Track listing is as follows: "Erotica," "Bad Girl," "Fever," "RainSecret," "Take A Bow," "Bedtime Story," "Human Nature," "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," "Frozen," "Ray Of Light," "Drowned World," "Nothing Really Matters" and "Beautiful Stranger."

"Heartbreaker," the first single from Mariah Carey's upcoming album, Rainbow has given her some heavy bragging rights.

The single, which has sold over 271,000 copies in its first week of release, quickly became the No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Carey's 14th No. 1 song. Only two other acts have succeeded in having that many No. 1 songs. Elvis Presley had 18 No. 1 songs and the Beatles had 20. Carey has had a No. 1 single every year this decade. A feat that hasn't been accomplished since Paul Whiteman did it in the 1920s.

Speaking of sales, both Britney Spears and the Dixie Chicks have set new records, according to this month's gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Spears' Baby One More Time has been certified seven-times platinum, moving past LeAnn Rimes' Blue to become the best-selling album by a female teenager of all time. The Dixie Chicks' major-label debut, Wide Open Spaces, has also been given the seven-times platinum nod, making it the best-selling album ever by a country group or duo.

The Barenaked Ladies' Stunt has been certified four-times platinum, while Kid Rock's Devil Without a Cause and the Dave Matthews Band's Before These Crowded Streets have both gone triple-platinum.

Santana's, Supernatural, has been certified double-platinum. The single "Smooth," has gone gold. Christina Aguilera's self-titled debut has also gone double-platinum, along with Lenny Kravitz's 5, and Smashmouth's Astro Lounge.

Fatboy Slim's You've Come a Long Way, Baby has gone platinum, as has Puff Daddy's Forever and Cake's Prolonging the Magic.
 

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