'Glee,' McCartney, U2 Earn Golden Globe Nominations

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The hit Fox comedy/musical "Glee" earned four nominations for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards, it was announced today (Dec. 15), while Paul McCartney and U2 picked up one nod each for Best Original Song. Singer Justin Timberlake read the full list of nominees with actors John Krasinski and Diane Kruger at a Beverly Hills, Calif. press conference that was broadcast live on CBS' "The Early Show."

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On the heels of its Dec. 9 mid-season finale, "Glee" was nominated for Best Series, Musical or Comedy, where it will compete against mainstays like NBC's "The Office" and "30 Rock," HBO's "Entourage" and another newcomer, ABC's "Modern Family." In addition, "Glee" actors Leah Michele, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch were each nominated in the television acting categories -- for Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical or Comedy series, respectively.

With its four nominations, "Glee" leads the pack of television shows up for Globes, beating the three nods apiece given to "30 Rock," "Mad Men," "Dexter" and others.

The "Glee: The Music, Volume 1" soundtrack has sold 342,000 since its Nov. 3 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The second volume is expected to be week's highest debut on the Billboard 200 tomorrow, likely in the top 5 of the chart. "Glee" returns to Fox for the second half of its first season on Apr. 13.

In other Golden Globe news, veteran rockers Paul McCartney and U2 will compete for Best Original song. The former Beatle earned his nomination for the song "I Want to Come Home," written for the holiday film "Everybody's Fine," while Bono and company wrote and performed the song "Winter" for the war-torn family drama, "Brothers." Also competing in the category is songwriter Kuk Harrell, who co-wrote the "Avatar" theme song "I Will See You" with James Horner and Simon Franglen. Harrell also co-wrote Beyonce's "Single Ladies," which is up for a Song of the Year Grammy.

"[Director] Jim Sheridan is a member of our group of friends," the Edge says of the track "Winter." "He would talk to us about scripts he was working on and he thought we could do something-and when we heard the story [about a returning war veteran] it was such an interesting take. I think there are things you can express musically to make an emotional connection that you can't put into words."

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' frontwoman Karen O picked up a nomination for Best Original Score, for her work with composer Carter Burwell on the Spike Jonze-helmed "Where the Wild Things Are." The news follows Karen O and bandmate Nick Zinner's surprise Grammy nomination for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media last week, replacing Miley Cryus' "The Climb" after its disqualification in that category.

The 67th Annual Golden Globe awards will air live Jan. 17 on NBC. The full list of nominees is available on the Golden Globes website.