Mostly, it's business as usual on the Hot 100 this week. With Adele's post-VMAs sales high wearing off a bit, Maroon 5 bounce back up to #1 with "Moves Like Jagger," and after "Someone Like You" at #2, the top five is rounded out by Foster the People, LMFAO and Bad Meets Evil, all of whom have been bouncing around the chart's upper region for some weeks now. The biggest debut comes from Kelly Clarkson, whose "Mr Know It All" sees a respectable first-week showing at #18, the second-highest debut on the chart for Kelly's career. All in all, a pretty boring week in Billboard land.

But if you read Gary Trust's preliminary column about next week's chart, the most interesting piece of information contained therein is buried towards the very bottom:

Hugh Laurie, aka, Dr. Gregory House of Fox's "House, M.D.," earns his first Hot 100 hit, as "Police Dog Blues" enters at No. 58 (46,000 downloads). Parent album "Let Them Talk" bows on the Billboard 200 at No. 16 and Blues Albums at No. 1 with 20,000 copies sold.

Huh? I mean, we were vaguely aware that Laurie had a musical career of some sort in the works, but we had no idea his song—a nice, if unexceptional blues number, which sounds like it's sung neither with his real-life British accent or the American one he adopted for House—was making that kind of impact. What's more, we can't really trace where the impact is coming from—Laurie isn't even on the iTunes 100 list, nor has he been to our knowledge over the last week, and the song certainly doesn't seem like the type to get much help from radio.

Well, whatever the explanation—and we'd love to hear it, if anyone has one—good for Laurie. He might not be able to win an Emmy, but now he'll have something that statue hog Bryan Cranston never will. Unless he and Aaron Paul record a duet of "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" for the Season Four finale of Breaking Bad, of course. (We smell an EGOT!!!)

UConn proved to be wise choice for Orlovsky

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) July 20, 2010 | Mike Wollschlager Dan Orlovsky sounds a little like a pitch man for Connecticut football, but in reality he is living testament to the advantages of a home-grown football standout taking his services to Storrs. Orlovsky is the most recognized name in UConn football history, in large part because he is a state kid who chose UConn over bigger football universities such as Purdue and Michigan State. As he gets ready for the fifth annual Dan Orlovsky Foundation golf tournament and gala at Lake of Isles golf course at Foxwoods Thursday and Friday, he is acutely aware that the growth of his foundation has a lot to do with his college choice. this web site detroit lions tickets

"I say to this day that choosing to go to school at UConn was one of the top three things I've ever decided to do," said Orlovsky, currently a backup quarterback with the Houston Texans. "I know it went against a lot of people's original thought process and even some family members, but it was just something that I wanted to do." Orlovsky admits that as an 18-year-old quarterback at Shelton High, his own thought process wasn't about the ramifications of what staying at home would mean after he finished playing at UConn. He was sold on coach Randy Edsall's vision and felt UConn was right for him. But he's come to realize -- and more so, appreciate -- what his decision has meant for his profile in the state and impact it has had on raising money for children with life-threatening illness.

"If I'm answering that question honestly, then my decision to go to UConn didn't have anything to do with post-football, or that my name would weigh more in the state," Orlovsky said. "I can't say I thought, 'Oh, I'm going to go close to home because after football it'll be great for me.' "But I look at it now, and it has been. When my football career ends, hopefully many years from now, the opportunity to come back (to Connecticut), if that's where my wife and I decide to live, my name will get me in some doors it wouldn't have otherwise." He'd be just another good former quarterback in East Lansing, Mich., or West Lafayette, Ind., Here he's a household name and celebrity, recognized in much the same fashion as Bridgeport's Chris Smith, who took a chance on Jim Calhoun's vision in 1988.

"I just think that kids from the state don't realize the opportunities that they have (after finishing their athletic careers)," Orlovsky said. "I can understand if a highly recruited player wants to go to (a big-time football university). And the reality of the situation is that UConn is not on the level of a Florida or Texas or USC. I understand that. But kids from the state who are top-notch players need to understand that it doesn't matter where you go to school. If you're good, you're good. If you can play, and your thought process is wanting to get to the NFL, they'll find you." Orlovsky admits he weighed those very same thoughts of whether playing in the See Solomon, D2 Continued from D1 Big Ten or the Southeastern Conference would enhance his NFL stock. But he said he was coming up "when Byron Leftwich was at Marshall and Chad Pennington was at Marshall and Ben Roethlisberger was at Miami of Ohio. So I realized that you didn't have to go to the super-huge school. in our site detroit lions tickets

"In Connecticut, we don't have a professional sports team, so when you're in high school and start to gather a name for yourself and go to UConn, you are literally beloved by the people of the state. They consider you one of their own. I definitely think that kids from Connecticut need to consider things outside of football alone. There's an opportunity to do greater things for yourself and your family when you're 40 if you're able to make a name for yourself at UConn." This is the fifth year that Orlovsky will be parlaying his in- state celebrity by raising money for children at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford through his golf tournament and gala. The venue has been changed to more of a weekend destination to try and take the event to the next level.

"We weren't really going to be able to do that at a country club or a public golf course," Orlovsky said. "We wanted to offer something different. So we took the chance to turn the weekend into an event at Foxwoods. We think it's going to add a whole other dimension to the event, and we've had a really great response." Among the approximately 18 players coming to his event will be Texans starter Matt Schaub, former UConn standout running back Donald Brown (Indianapolis Colts), Darius Butler, a cornerback with the Patriots by way of UConn, Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano, and Tyvon Branch, a UConn defensive back now with the Oakland Raiders, and Don Muhlbach, a center with the Detroit Lions.

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Mike Wollschlager