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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 

50 Cent

Kelly Clarkson

Mariah Carey

Green Day

Gwen Stefani

The Black Eyed Peas


Destiny’s Child


The Game



Kayne West


The Kilers

Toby Keith

Rascal Flatts

Rob Thomas

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz



Snoop Dogg

Bow Wow

Kenny Chesney



Alicia Keys



Missy Elliott


Pretty Ricky


Frankie J

Keith Urban

Gretchen Wilson


Top Movies – December 15, 2005

King Kong

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Family Stone

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


Walk the Line

Yours, Mine & Ours

Brokeback Mountain

Just Friends

Adeon Flux

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