Dateline: Week Of April 15, 2003 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Bush declares, “The regime of Saddam Hussein is no more.” Earlier – U.S. Marines captured Tikrit – the final target of the war.
Thousands of demonstrators pour into the streets of Baghdad and demand an Islamic state and protest U.S. presence.
President Bush urges the U.N. Security Council to lift sanctions on Iraq that have been in place for a number of years. “Now that Iraq is liberated, the United Nations should lift economic sanctions on that country.”
The Bush administration says the chances of a terrorist attack had declined as the war in Iraq is winding down.
SARS update – China says it has 118 deaths and about 340 patients – far more than they were reporting.
The Bush administration will dispatch hundreds more investigators to search for those missing chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in Iraq.
President Bush celebrates Easter at Crawford, Texas and meets with two just-returned Iraq POW’s.
U.S. Special Forces have captured Barsan Ibrahim Hasan – a half brother of Saddam Hussein.
Business/Economy News – April 15, 2003 -
The Nasdaq hits a three-month high – closing at 1,425.50.
Worldwide sales of surgical gel Gynecare Intergel are suspended pending investigation of reports of pain, repeat operations and three deaths among women.
Hilton Hotel Corp agrees to give online travel service Expedia Inc access to its central reservation system in a two-year partnership. In return, Expedia has promised not to undercut Hilton’s process and agreed to cuts its commissions to the hotel operator. Expedia had been charging a 28% commission for each sale of hotel room – and will charge Hilton 18%.
Starbucks says it will purchase rival Seattle Coffee Co for $72 million.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NY announces a $44 billion budget plan. Targeting $1 billion in cuts.
Passing – Writer/author Tom King. He was 39.
Technology News – April 15, 2003
Apple profits plunge – in second quarter earnings.
Sports News – April 15, 2003
There will be a WNBA season – no cancellation as players reach agreement on a five-year labor contract.
The Oakland Raiders ask a judge to prevent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers from wearing their uniforms for games in California due to trademark violations. The Panthers have black and silver uniforms (same as Raiders) and the Buccaneers – well that’s another story. Their logo is similar to the Raiders, they believe.
Music News – April 15, 2003
On VH1 this week – “Living with Michael Jackson.”
Also on VH1 this week – Lisa Marie Presley. She has a new album out – actually – her debut album – “To Whom it Many Concern.” Check it out.
Top Pop Hits – April 15, 2003 –
Ignition – R. Kelly
In Da Club – 50 Cent
Miss You – Aaliyah
Picture – Kid Rock fea. Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer
When I’m Gone – 3 Doors down
Excuse me Miss – Jay-Z
All I Have – Jennifer Lopez fea. LL Cool J
Beautiful – Snoop Dogg fea. Pharrell & Uncle Charlie Wilson
Get Busy – Sean Paul
I ’m With You – Avril Lavigne
I Know What You want – Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey fea. The Flipmode Squad
Gossip Folks – Miss “Misdemeanor” Elliott fea. Ludacris
Hell Yeah – Ginuwine fea. Baby
21 Questions – 50 Cent fea. Nate Dogg
I Can – Nas
Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake
Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
Can’t Let You Go – Fabolous fea. Mike Shorey &Lil’ Mo
The Jump Off – Lil’ Kim fea. Mr. Cheeks
Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake
Have You Forgotten? – Daryl Worley
Mesmerize – Ja Rule fea. Ashanti
Angel – Amanda Perez
Bump, Bump, Bump B2K & P. Diddy
No Letting Go – Wayne Wonder
Bring Me To Life – Evanescence fea. Paul McCoy
Top Music Albums – April 15, 2003 -
Meteora – Linkin Park
Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent
One Heart – Celine Dion
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Very Best of Cher
U Turn – Brian McKnight
Fallen – Evanescence
Chocolate Factory – R. Kelly
Diplomatic Immunity - Cam’Ron Present the Diplomats
Cocky – Kid Rock
Dutty Rock – Sean Paul
Street Deams – Fabolous
Let ‘Em Burn – Hot Boys
Home – Dixie Chicks
La Bella Mafia – Lil’ Kim
Home – Dixie Chicks
8 Mile soundtrack
A Rush of Blood to the Head – Coldplay
The Eminem Show – Eminem
Let Go – Avril Lavigne
The Young and the Hopeless – Good Charlotte
Room For Squares – John Mayer
Kidz Bop Kids – Kidz Bop 3
Away From the Sun – 3 Doors down
Sing The Sorrow - AFI
Room for Squares – John Mayer
Top Country Music/Hits – April 15, 2003 –
Brokenheartsville – Joe Nichols
Have You Forgotten? – Darryl Worley
She’s My Kind of Rain – Tim McGraw
That’d Be Alright – Alan Jackson
Big Star – Kenny Chesney
Raining on Sunday – Keith Urban
Concrete Angel – Martina McBride
I Believe – Diamond Rio
Man to Man – Gary Allan
19 Somethin’ – Mark Wills
Top Kid’s DVD’s – April 15, 2003
Charlotte’s Web 2: Wilbur’s Great Adventure
Bob the Builder: The Nights of Fix-A-Lot
Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire
Meet Strawberry Shortcake
Spring for Strawberry Shortcake
Belle’s Magical World
Top DVD Sales/Rentals – April 15, 2003
Inspector Gadget 2
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Osbournes: The First Season
Television News – April 15, 2003
Don’t miss “Extreme Machines” on the Learning Channel this week.
Somehow, VH1 – in its quest to put everything into clip compendiums, has come up with the “50 Sexiest Video Moments” and “100 Most Shocking Moments in Rock & Roll.”
TNN – The National Network will change its name to Spike TV: the first network for men.
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – April 15, 2003
CSI - 26.45
American Idol on Tuesday – 20.13
American Idol on Wednesday – 19.17
Survivor: Amazon – 19.08
NCAA Basketball Championship – 18.57
Without a Trace –17.54
Cher: Farewell Tour – 16.57
Friends – 14.94
Top Movies – April 15, 2003
Malibu’s Most Wanted
What a Girl Wants
Bringing Down the House
A Man Apart
House of 1000 Corpses.