Dateline: Week Of December 15, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Iraqis vote in droves in an election that could determine the course of the nation. The turnout was heavy among all ethnic and religious groups including the Sunnis.
The Senate blocks the legislation to renew the patriot Act – a dramatic rebuff to President Bush.
President Bush, urges Americans to “have patience” with the U.S. mission in Iraq, even though it had been more difficult than expected.
Facing criticism, President Bush said that after the Sept. 11 attacks, he authorized a secret eavesdropping program in the U.S. that operates without court warrants, He defended the program, saying it was vital to saving American lives and that he has no intention of stopping it.
A Bahamas-bound seaplane carrying 20 crashes in the water near South Beach just after takeoff, killing at least 19.
Emergency workers find the body of another Hurricane Katrina victim, bringing the number of deaths to 1,072.
House Republicans are pushing legislation making illegal status a federal crime, not just a violation of civil immigration. But President Bush wants a guest-worker program.
Time magazine names Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono as its persons of the year.
December 15, 2005 Obituaries (Notable)
Passing – Senator William Proxmire (90).
Passing Jack Anderson (83) – Pulitzer Prize winning columnist.
Technology News – December 15, 2005
Sales of I-Pods are expected to total 37 million by the end of the year. Two new I-Pods – the Nano and the video I-Pod, are expected to be hot holiday gift items.
Ebay Inc. cancels plans to allow pets to be sold on its website after receiving thousands of angry letters.
Radio news – December 15, 2005
Howard Stern Does Last Show On Radio.
Howard Stern does his final show on commercial radio. He’ll be joining Sirius in January. Stern and crew did a remote from Las Vegas.
Radio trend? Clear Channel, always one to find extra revenue, says station WIBA-FM in Madison (WI) is renaming its newsroom after a sponsor -. It will now be called and Amcore Bank News Center.
Entertainment news – December 15, 2005
Justin Timberlake and his business partners introduce their fashion line. It focuses on men’s and women’s vintage T’s, polos, jeans and hats.
Britney Spears files a $20 million libel lawsuit against Us Weekly charging that the magazine published a false story that she and husband Kevin Federline had made a sex tape and were about to release it.
Television news – December 15, 2005
On Dr. Phil this week, Newlyweds ask for advice.
Passing – John Spencer (58) best known as the chief of staff on “West Wing.” Of a heart attack.
Conservative pundit Robert Novak will jump from CNN to Fox news, ending 25 years with the network.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 15, 2005
CSI – 17.66
NCIS – 17.11
CSI: NY – 16.19
Without A Trace – 15.25
Criminal Minds – 15.23
Cold CASE – 15.22
House – 14.65
Two and a Half Men – 1425
The Christmas Blessing – 13.85
CSI: Miami – 13.79
Monday Night Football – 13.57
60 Minutes – 12.92
Apprentice 4 – 12.81
Monday night TV listings/TV Guide – week of December 15, 2005
CBS – King of Queens, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a half Men, Out of Practice, CSI:Miami, Late Show
NBC – Deal or No Deal, 2005 Radio Music Awards, Tonight Show
ABC – Wife Swap, Monday Night Football, Nightline
WB – 7th Heaven, Related
Fox – Arrested Development, Nanny 911
UPN – Everybody Hates Chris, One on One, Girlfriends, Half & Half,
PBS – Antiques Roadshow, American Experience, Hoxie: The Fist Stand, Tavis Smiley Charlie Rose
2005 Radio Music Awards - With Snoop Dogg, Rascal Flatts, Gavin deGraw, Ricky Martin, Keith Urban, Sugarland, Michael Buble and Ashlee Simpson Hosted By Mark McGrath and Jaime Pressly.
On the Late Show – Jim Carrey joins David Letterman.
On the Tonight Show – Pamela Anderson joins Jay Leno.
Music news – December 15, 2005
Starbucks is adding new music stores and unveils two new Hear Music Coffeehouses. The stores integrate a coffee shop with a traditional record store and digital download outlet. The new outlets are located in San Antonio and Miami Beach. Both expand on the Santa Monica (CA) prototype store opened in March 2004.
Top concert grosser in 2005 – Billboard says it was U2’s “Vertigo” tour which attracted more than 3 million and grossed more than $260 million. “The Eagles” land in #2 – pulling in $117 million and Neil Diamond at #3.
Digital downloads going up – In May of this year, about 6.4 million digital downloads were selling per week, three times that of the same period in 2004. But for the third quarter – downloads were up slightly, at 6.6 million per week. The record companies are taking a wait-and-see, since the business is at an early state of development.
Rapper Foxy Brown says she hasn’t heard another person’s voice in six months. She was diagnosed with sudden hearing loss in May while she was recording her upcoming album. She will have surgery early next year to hopefully restore her hearing.
MTV is preparing a combination a la carte and subscription digital music service called Urge and is expected to go live in 2006. MTV is partnering with MusicNet to offer more than 2 million tracks from major and independent labels. MTV says it will also make available such original content as “MTV Unplugged” performances, original in-studio recordings, music videos and episodes of various MTV series for downloads.
Notorious B.I.G. lives – Sean “Diddy” Combs will offer fans new tracts featuring the slain artist when “Notorious B.I.G. Duets” is released Dec. 20. The album pairs the voice of Notorious with the likes of Jay-Z, R. Kelly, Eminem and Mary J. Blige.
Garth Brooks is appearing on Wal-Mart’s new Home for the Holidays ads seen on TV.
50-Cent is just plain hot. (Real name) Curtis Jackson’s “Get Rich or die Tryin” – the movie and soundtrack are getting a big buzz. 50 Cent’s multimillion dollar G-Unit empire which encompassed clothing, shoes and watches – recently entered into a partnership with Pocket/MTV Books which is scheduled to launch in 2007.
Worst Music Trend Of 2005
Talkshow host Carson Daly believes the worst trend – there are just too many people trying to rap. “Rap is a cultural thing – if you get up to the mike, you better have something to say. Too many people are saying the same things over and over… And, there’s too many cover songs.”
Top Country Hit Music – December 15, 2005
Tequila Makes Her Clothes fall Off – Joe Nichols
Who You’d Be Today – Kenny Chesney
Come A Little Closer – Dierks Bentley
Good Ride Cowboy – Garth Brooks
She Let Herself Go – George Strait
Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right – Billy Currington
Jesus, Take the Wheel – Carrie Underwood
Big Blue Note – Toby Keith
Better Life – Keith Urban
Like We Never Love At All – Faith Hill
Best I ever Had – Gary Allan
Top Pop Hit Music – December 15, 2005
Gold Digger – Kanye West Feat. Jamie Foxx
Laffy Taffy – D4L
Soul Survivor – Young Jeezy Feat. Akon
Photograph – Nickelback
My Humps – The Black Eyed Peas
Don’t Forget About us – Mariah Carey
Stickwitu – Pussycat Dolls
When I’m Gone – Eminem
Grillz – Nelly Feat. Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp
We Be Burnin’ – Sean Paul
I’m Sprung – t-Pain
Because of You – Kelly Clarkson
Hung Up – Madonna
There It Go! (The Whistle Song) – Jueiz Santana
Stay Fly – Three 6 Mafia Feat. Young Buck & Eightball & MJG
Here We Go – Trina Feat. Kelly Rowland
Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down – Fall Out Boy
One Wish – Ray J
Check On it – Beyonce Feat. Slim Thug
Top music albums – December 15, 2005
The Massacre – 50 Cent
American Idiot – Green Day
Encore – Eminem
The Emancipation of Mimi – Mariah Carey
Destiny Fulfilled – destiny’s Child
Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb – U2
Feels Like Today – Rascal Flatts
Love. Angel. Music. Baby – Gwen Stefani
Confessions – Usher
Greatest Hits – Shania Twain
Now 17 – Various Artists
Greatest Hits 2 – Toby Keith
The Documentary – The Garne
Crunk Juice – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
X&Y – Coldplay
Goodies – Clara
Genius Loves Company – Ray Charles
The Red Light District – Ludacris
Late Registration – Kanye West
Now 19 – Various Artists
Here For The Party – Gretchen Wilson
Hot Fuss – The Killers
Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw
MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents: Collision Course
Top pop music hits in Britain – December 15, 2005
Let There Be Love – Oasis
Stickwitu – Pussycat Dolls
You Raise Me Up – Westlife
Hung Up – Madonna
My Humps – Black Eye Peas
No Worries – Simon Webbe
Because of You – Kelly Clarkson
Top Rap Music – December 15, 2005
One Wish – Ray J
Run It! – Chris Brown
Back Together Again- Melisa Morgan & Freddie Jackson
No strings – Lola
Clap – Cinque
Baby Girl – Tre
Padlock – Starr Blazz
Top Latin Music – December 15, 2005
Ellay Y Yo – Aventura Feat. Don Omar
Rompe – Daddy Yankee
Amor Eterno – Christian Castro
Ven Bailalo – Angel & Khriz
Rakata – Wisin & Yandel
Mayor Que Yo – Baby Ranks, Daddy Yankee, Tonny Tun Tun, Wisin, Yandel & Hector
Billboard’s top pop artists for 2005
The Black Eyed Peas
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
Top Movies – December 15, 2005
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Family Stone
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Walk the Line
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