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Celebs Sell: 2010 Ten Bestseller Magazine Covers Led by Sandra Bullock, Dr. Oz and Angelina Jolie

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 25, 2011 at 4:20AM

News flash: Celebrities sell magazines. AdWeek reports the ten best-selling magazine covers last year: 1. Sandra Bullock (7.4 million copies, People)2. Dr. Oz (7m, Women's World)3. Angelina Jolie (5m, Vanity Fair)4. Bachelor Jake (3.6m, Us)5. Royal Wedding (3.2m, Life & Style)6. Lady Gaga (2.8m, Cosmopolitan)7. Teen Mom (2.75, OK)8. The Kardashians (2.7m, In Touch)9. Jennifer Aniston (2.6m, Bazaar)10. The Twilight Series, including Taylor Lautner and Kellan Lutz (2.4m, Men's Health).
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News flash: Celebrities sell magazines. AdWeek reports the ten best-selling magazine covers last year:
1. Sandra Bullock (7.4 million copies, People)
2. Dr. Oz (7m, Women's World)
3. Angelina Jolie (5m, Vanity Fair)
4. Bachelor Jake (3.6m, Us)
5. Royal Wedding (3.2m, Life & Style)
6. Lady Gaga (2.8m, Cosmopolitan)
7. Teen Mom (2.75, OK)
8. The Kardashians (2.7m, In Touch)
9. Jennifer Aniston (2.6m, Bazaar)
10. The Twilight Series, including Taylor Lautner and Kellan Lutz (2.4m, Men's Health).

So what does this tell us about Americana in the year 2010?

For a wee bit of 2010 context: Time's round-up of the top ten world news stories include the Haiti Earthquake, WikiLeaks, Chilean Miners, Pakistan Floods, North Korea's "year of bad behavior," South Africa's World Cup, Yemen: New Front on war on Terrorism, European Austerity Measures, Mexico's Drug War and Thailand's red shirts. Time's recount of US News stories includes the BP oil spill, the Rise of the Tea Party, Obama's "quagmires" (health care & economy), Islamaphobia, McChrystal and the war in Afghanistan, Arizona's Immigration Law, US-China tension, the iPad and the Supreme Court siding with Citizens United.

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This article is related to: Headliners, Media, Marketing, Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.