Dateline: Week Of August 15, 2001 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
August 15, 2001
Jeffrey Skilling abruptly resigns as chief executive of Enron Corp – a company facing accusations of electricity price gouging in California.
The U.S Census Bureau reports that the number of unmarried partner household rose 72% during the 1990’s.
Radio address - President Bush urges Americans to pressure their senators to approve his proposal to help religious and other community groups seeking to provide social services usually delivered by the government.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he seeking to shape a smaller, more nimble military that’s capable of winning a major war decisively while still fighting smaller conflicts around the world.
John Dilulia Jr. resigns as director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives after six months.
Technology News - August 15, 2001
“AOL Anywhere” - AOL says a unit to oversee the next-generation cable TV services such as video on demand and AOL TV. IT also said it is slashing prices on its devices that enable customers to connect to the online service without using a PC – such as its AOL Mobile Communicator and AOL TV set-top boxes.
Radio news – August 15, 2001
Program Director John Ivey moves from KISS-FM Boston to KIIS-FM Los Angeles.
Television news – August 15, 2001
Scoop – Rep Gary Condit will give his first interview regarding missing intern Chandra Levy to Connie Chung of ABC. The interview will air this Thursday on “PrimeTime Live.”
ON HBO – “Shot in the Heart” – about the relationship murderer Gary Gilmore had with his brother – Mikal. The show uses “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” – a 1977 punk release by the British punk band – the Adverts.
On Saturday Night Live this week – Mena Suvari hosts with musical guest Lenny Kravitz.
Interesting – MTV says it rarely bothers to lock up its talent because it knows each new generation wants its own heroes. The latest? Jackass’ Johnny Knoxville may leave after being with the show for one season. MTV talents are signed to one-year contracts.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – August 15, 2001
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on Sunday – 13.45
Millionaire – 12.54
Millionaire on Tuesday – 12.47
Everybody Loves Raymond – 11.46
Dateline NBC on Monday – 11.31
Law & Order – 11.22
60 Minutes – 11.12
Wayne Brady – 11.00
The Weakest Link – 10.90
Becker – 10.54
20/20 – 10.22
CSI – 9.90
Fear Factor – 9.86
Friends – 9.81
Wayne Brady Show at 8pm – 9.78
Big Brother II – 9.66
King of Queens – 8.85
Music news – August 15, 2001
Rapper Nelly and a crowd of 3,000 are refused entry to a Lake of the Ozarks nightclub – too many people.
Mariah Carey couldn’t attend MTV’s big 20th birthday bash Aug 1 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. She cited an “emotional and physical breakdown,” but sent a videotape offering congratulations. Appearing – Sum-41, TLC, Billy Idol, Kid Rock (without his Twisted Brown Trucker band), Mary J. Blige. Madonna was another no-show.
Marry – Sade (34) to Nick Sommerlad (27) – a British journalist.
Roger Daltrey (The Who), will host VH1’s first scripted drama series – “Strange Frequency.”
Don Cornelius – producer of “Soul Train” says MTV has been pressuring African American artists not to appear on his “Lady of Soul Awards” program which airs the same week as the MTV “Video Music Awards.” This year, Alicia Keys was supposed to, or booked on both shows. MTV contends it does have appearance parameters – but that goes for all other competing shows – black or white – even talk shows such as the Tonight Show.
Top Country Hit Music – August 15, 2001
I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight – Toby Keith
Austin – Blake Shelton
Where The Blacktop Ends – Keith Urban
Downtime – Jo Dee Messina
What I Really Meant To Say – Cyndi Thomson
I’m Already There – Lonestar
While You Love Me – Rascal Flatts
Laredo – Chris Cagle
Top Pop Music Albums – August 15, 2001
Songs In A Minor – Alicia Keys
Now 7 – Various Artists (19 chart topping hits)
Celebrity – ‘n Sync
Duces ‘N Trays – The Old Fashioned Way – Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastside
So Bla – Blue Cantrell
Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park
Devil’s Night – D12
J.l.o. – Jennifer Lopez
The Sage Continues… P Diddy & The Bad Boy Family
Jagged Little Thrill - Jagged Edge
Rush Hour 2 Soundtrack
Aaliyah – Aaliyah –
Three Chord Opera – Neil Diamond
Take Of Your pants and Jacket – Blink 182
Jagged Little Thrill – Jagged Edge
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Soundtrack
Hot Pop Hit Music – August 15, 2001
Loverboy – Mariah Carey
Purple Hills – D12
Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child
She’s All I Got – Jimmy Cozier
All Or Nothing – O-Town
Take You Out – Luther Vandross
Fill Me In – Craig David
There She Goes – BabyFace
I Wanna Be Bad – Willie Ford
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – August 15, 2001
Smooth Criminal – Alien Ant Farm
It’s Been Awhile – Staind
Schism – Tool
Crawling – Linkin Park
The Rock Show – Blink 182
Bad Day – Fuel
Control – Puddle of Mud
Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz
Hash Pipe - Weezer
Top Movies – August 15, 2001
American Pie 2
Rush Hour 2
The Princess Diaries
Captain Corell’s Mandolin
Planet of the Apes
Jurassic Park III