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Dateline: Week Of April 15, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

 New Pope – Joseph Ratzinger (78) is chosen to succeed Pope John Paul II and becomes Pope Benedict XVI – the 265th leader of the world’s most powerful church.

Iraq’s new president confirms the discovery of more than 50 slain hostages in the Trigris River south of the capital.

Federal drug enforcement officials launch a crackdown on operators of rogue pharmacies on the Internet. More than 20 have been arrested in an alleged scheme to smuggle and resell millions of doses of prescription drugs from India through hundreds of websites.


Technology News – April 15, 2005

EBay Inc. reports a 28% rise in first-quarter earnings, thanks to international sales.

Almost 3 million around the world now use Research in Motion’s “Blackberry” device. The parent company is Canadian. The BlackBerry’s original and most popular use, use as an e-mail device, but rival Microsoft is about to make a competing technology. BlackBerry’s name comes from the supposed resemblance of the miniature keyboard on its original device to the beads of a fruit. It began life as a high-ed gadget for Wall Street investment bankers, Washington politicians and corporate executives. 

Global demand for chips in notebook computers and mobile phones helped Intel Corp boost its first-quarter profit nearly 25%.

Adobe Systems Inc. announces that it plans to buy Macromedia Inc. in an all-stock deal valued at more than $3 billion. Macromedia is known for Flash animation, widely used on websites and on mobile devices. Other products include Dreamweaver and FreeHand.


Sports News – April 15, 2005

ABC announces that “Monday Night Football” will move to ESPN beginning in 2006.


Radio news – April 15, 2005

Infinity says it will purchase KEAR (106.9) in San Francisco. For years, it has been run by religious-conservative Family Radio.

Sirius Satellite announces that it is creating a 24-hour Martha Stewart channel. They’ll pay her about $7.5 million for each of four years. Sirius has about 1.24 million subs. 


Entertainment News- April 15, 2005

Passing – Salvador “Tutti” Camarata – best known for his work with Disney in the late 1950’s and working with artists such as Haley Mills and Annette Funicello. He was a co-founder of Disneyland Records and produced over 300 children’s albums with the label.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 15, 2005

CSI – 27.54

American Idol (Tue.) – 25.62

Desperate Housewives – 25.27

American Idol Wed.) – 24.96

CSI: Miami – 20.67

Survivor: Palau – 20.37

Without a Trace – 19.98

Grey’s Anatomy – 19.18

House – 17.83

Law & Order – 16.85

Two and a Half men – 16.36

Everybody Loves Raymond – 15.96

Revelations – 15.59

NCIS – 13.89

Cold Case – 13.47

Law & Order: Trial By Jury – 13.19

Amazing Race 7 – 12.97

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 12.66

Apprentice 3 – 12.56

60 Minutes – 12.17

24 – 11.64

Law & Order: SVU – 11.58

Judging Amy – 11.17

CSI: NY – 11.00

Dateline: NBC (Wed.) – 10.83

Numbers – 10.54

Lost – 10.38

ER – 10.06

Law & Order: Criminal Intent – 9.90


Thursday night television listings/TV Guide – week of April 15, 2005

CBS – Survivor: Palau, CSI: Crime scene Investigation, Without a Race, Late show

NBC – Joey, Will & Grace, The Apprentice, ER – Tonight Show

 ABC – Jake in Progress, Jake in Progress, Extreme Makeover, Primetime Live, Nightline

WB – Blue Collar TV….

UPN – WWE SmackDown!

Fox – The O.C., Tru Calling

PBS – Globe Trekker, Battlefield Britain, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose


The O.C. – Kirsten and Carter head to wine country.

Without a Trace – a 16-year-old student disappears from a girl’s school in Manhattan.

On the Tonight Show – William Shatner guests.


Music news – April 15, 2005

 “Celtic Woman” – the self-titled collection from four female Irish singers and a violinist are getting noticed, as the album is selling well. PBS has aired a 90-minute special and the “Today” show featured them on St. Patrick’s Day.

Lil Jon and Blingtones will get together and produce original ringtones and produce other wireless specific content like voicetones, graphics and a wireless videogame.

Gretchen Wilson is hot. Last week, she won two CMT video awards – she got video of the year for her debut clip, “Redneck Woman,” and female video for “When I Think About Cheatin.”

Propelled by the success of the Univision TV special “Selena Vive! EMI Music U.S. Latin is pushing the CD and DVD releases of the show, which got a 35.9 Hispanic Television Index rating – or 3.9 million viewers.

Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Ludacris, T.T., Faith Evans, John Legend and Keyshia Cole are slated to perform at the inaugural Vibe MusicFest  in Atlanta in June.

Bruce Springsteen begins a solo acoustic tour this month, in support of his new release, Devils*& Dust.”


Top hip-hop music hits – April 15, 2005

1 Thing – Amorie

Hate It Or Love it – the Game Feat. 50 Cent

Candy Shop – 50 Cent Feat. Olivia

Truth Is – Fantasia

Ordinary People – John Legend

U Don’t Know Me – T.I.

Slow Down – Bobby Valentino

Wat (The Whisper Song) – Ying Yang Twins

Number One Post – Ludacris

U Already Know – 112 Feat. Fox Brown


Top pop music hits – April 15, 2005

Candy Shop – 50 Cent Feat. Olivia

Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson

 Hate It Or Love It – The Game Feat. 50 Cent

Obsession (No es Amor) – Frankie J Feat. Baby Bash

Disco Inferno – 50 Cent

Lonely No More – Rob Thomas

Lonely – Akon

Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani

Rich Girl – Gwen Stefani Feat. Eva

Switch – Will Smith

Beverly Hills – Weezer

Love Me Love You – Mario

Some Cut – Trillville Feat. Cutty

Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day

Switch – Will Smith

Mr. Brightside – The Killers

Caught Up – Usher

Oh – Ciara Feat. Ludacris


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – April 15, 2005  

The Hand That Feeds – Nine Inch Nails

Be Yourself – Audioslave

Holiday – Green Day

Little Sister – Queens of the Stone Age

E-Pro – Beck

Beverly Hills – Weezer

Sooner or Later – Breaking Benjamin

Why do You Love Me – Garbage

The Clincher – Chevelle

Mr. Brightside – The Killers

The Widow – Mars Volta


Top music hits in Britain – April 15, 2005

Crying in the Chapel – Elvis Presley

Is this The Way Too Amarillo – Tony Christie Ft. Peter Kay

Let Me Love you – Mario

It’s Like that – Mariah Carey

Switch – Will Smith

Time to Grow – LeMar

Next Best Superstar – Melanie C

Why Do You Love Me - Garbage


Top music albums – April 15, 2005

Various Artists – Now 18

Guero – Beck

The First Lady – Faith Evans

The Massacre – 50 Cent

American Idiot – Green Day

The B. Coming – Beanie Sigel

Lost and Found – Will Smith

Pleasure & Pain – 112

Hot Fuss – The Killers

Now What – Lisa Marie Presley

In Between Dreams – jack Johnson

The One – Frankie J

The Right to Bare Arms – Larry the cable Guy

Love. Angel. Music. Baby – Gwen Stefani

Goodies – Ciara

Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson

The Documentary – The Game

Mind Body & Soul – Joss Stone

Encore – Eminem

Get Lifted – John Legend

The Red Light District – Ludacris

Trouble – Akon


Top Country Music Hits - April 15, 2005

That’s What I Love About Sunday – Craig Morgan

Anything but Mine – Kenny Chesney

Gone – Montgomery Gentry

It’s Getting Better All the Time

Baby Girl – Sugarland

My Give A Damn’s Busted – Jo Dee Messina

If Heaven – Andy Griggs

Honky Tonk U – Toby Keith

Homewrecker – Gretchen Wilson

Songs About Me – Trace Adkins

Nothin’ To Lose – Josh Gracin

What’s A Guy Gotta Do – Joe Nichols

Drugs or Jesus – Tim McGraw

God’s Will – Martina McBride

Lot of Leavin’ Left To do – Dierks Bently

Songs About Me – Trace Adkins

Making Memories of us – Keith Urban


Top movies April 15, 2005

The Amityville Horror


Fever Pitch

Sin City

Guess Who – Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher

Beauty Shop


Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

The Pacifier

The Upside of Anger – Jean Allen, Kevin Costner

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