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Dateline: Week Of December 15, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

The Fed raises the key interest rate to 2.25% - up another quarter point.

President Bush says the U.S. engagement in Iraq will intensify in the coming year and that a violent insurgency has eroded morale among Iraqis and Americans.

An explosion tears through a mess tent at a U.S military base near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul during lunchtime, killing at least 22.

Upon weakening dollar – President Bush say that he favors a strong dollar and would work with Congress to cut the federal budget deficit that places pressure on the currency.

The FDA warns physicians to consider alternatives to the poplar arthritis drug Celebrex because of new evidence that, like the similar drug Vioxxx, removed from the market in September, it doubles the chances of heart attacks and strokes.

More Iraq as Bombs go off in Najaf and Karbala, killing at least 62

Time Magazine names President Bush its Person of the Year – the second time for Bush.  After a grueling campaign, Bush remains a polarizing figure in America and around the world and that’s part of the reason the magazine selected him, said Managing editor Jim Kelly.


Popular Ringtones – December 15, 2004

My Boo – Usher and Alisha Keys

Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg

Lean Back – Terror Squad

Bella Baby – Chingy

Lose By Breath – Destiny’s Child


Technology News – December 15, 2004

A federal judge dismisses a suit brought by Geico that had sought to bar Google from selling the ads from rival insurers when Web surfers type “Geico” into the search engine. . The judge said Geico failed to prove that consumers were tricked into doing business with the advertisers.


Entertainment news – December 15, 2004

“Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” will begin to go on sale at 12:01am July 1st in the U.S., Canada, Britain and Australia. Mark your calendars.


Television news – December 15, 2004

Ratings - UPN moves past the WB in total viewers (3.5 million versus 3 million) with 18 to 49 year olds.

Don’t miss Jamie Foxx in “A Home For The Holidays” airing this week on CBS-TV.

Donald Trump picks Kelly Perdew to be his new apprentice before 16.9 million TV viewers. That’s 11 mlllion fewer viewers than the last Apprentice finale.

Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – December 15, 2004  

CSI – 29.83

Desperate Housewives – 21.56

Survivor: Vanuatu – 20.04

Survivor Vanuatu Finale – 19.72

Without A Trace – 19.49

Lost – 18.86

ER – 18.21

Monday Night Football – 16.63

Barbara Walters Presents – 16.33

Apprentice 2 – 15.99

CSI: Miami – 15.89

Law & Order – 15.69

Survivor: Vanuatu Reunion – 15.23

Everybody Loves Raymond – 14.93

NCIS – 14.59

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 14.54

Two and A Half Men – 13.65

Charlie Brown Christmas – 13.58

Law & Order: SVU – 13.50

60 Minutes – 13.38


Saturday night television listings – December 15, 2004

CBS – The Story of Santa Class, Cold Chase, 48 Hours Mystery

NBC – Movie-National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Saturday Night Live

ABC – Remember the Titans

FOX – Cops, America’s Most Wanted

MTV – Happy Ending: MTV’s Year-end Countdown

Nick (Early Evening) – SpongeBob, All Grown Up, Romeo!, All That, The Amanda Show

Disney – That’s So Raven, Movie

Spike – World’s Most Amazing Videos, MXC, WWE Velocity

Saturday Night Live – Robert DiNero hosts.


Music news – December 15, 2004

Major pop stations are conducting their holiday pop concerts/events.

Last week, did you catch the Z-100 (WHTZ New York) Jingle Ball? It featured Destiny’s Child, Kelly Clarkson and Ashlee Simpson at Madison Square Garden. Also last week – KROQ’s “Almost Acoustic Christmas” with Franz Ferdiand, Green day and Modest Mouse at the Universal Amphitheater. KDWB’s Jingle Ball with Avril Lavigne, Ryan Cabrera and Maroon5 at the Target Center in Minneapolis. 


Top Pop Music Hits – December 15, 2004

My Boo – Usher and Alicia Keys

Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg

Over and Over - Nelly/Tim McGraw –

1,2 Step – Clara

Wonderful – Ja Rule/R.Kelly/Ashanti

Lovers and Friends – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz/Usher/Ludacris

Let Me Love You – Mario

Soldier – Destiny’s Child

Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson

I don’t Want To Be – Gavin DeGraw

Fabolous – Breather


Top Country Music Hits – December 15, 2004

Back When – Tim McGraw

The Woman With You – Kenny Chesney

Nothing On But the Radio – Gary Allen

Some Beach – Blake Shelton

How Am I Doin’ – Dierke Bentley

Awful, Beautiful Life – Darryl Worley

Party For Two – Shania Twain

Monday Morning Church – Alan Jackson

Mr. Mom – Lonestar


Top Music Hits in Britain – December 15, 2004

Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid

Lose My Breath – destiny’s Child

You Can do It – Ice Cube –

I’ll Stand By You – Girls Aloud

Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day

Unwritten - - Natasha Bedingfield


Top/Hot Music Albums – December 15, 2004

Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson

Encore – Eminem

Street’s Disciple – NAS

Jay Z/Lincoln Park - MTV Ultimate Mash-ups Presents: Collision Course

Destiny Fulfilled – Destiny’s Child

New 17 – Various Artists

Greatest Hits – Shania Twain

Confessions – Usher

Greatest Hits 2 – Toby Keith

Rejoyce: The Christmas Album – Jessica Simpson

Merry Christmas With Love – Clay Aiken

Crunk Juice – Lil Jon & The Easy Side Boyz

Love, Angel, Music, baby – Gwen Stefani

R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece – Snoop Dog

Suit – Nelly

Christmas Steamroller - Mannheim Steamroller


Top Hip Hop/R&B – December 15, 2004

Gotta Go Solo – Patti Labelle

Lose My Breath – Destiny’s Child

Drop It Like It’s Not – Snoop Doog

Only U – Ashanti

I Changed My Mind – Keyshia Cole

Get Back – Ludacris

Shorty Wanna Ride – Young Buck


Top Pop Artists For 2004 –


Alicia Keys




Kanye West

Toby Keith



Kenny Chesney

Lincoln Park


Britney Spears



R. Kelly



Norah Jones


Sheryl Crow


3 Doors Down

Avril Lavigne

Jessica Simpson


Top new Pop Artists for 2004

Ashlee Simpson

Kanye West

Gretchen Wilson


Ruben Studdard




Lloyd Banks

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