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Dateline: Week Of December 23, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Two suicide bombs kill at least 24 and injure 100 others north of Baghdad.

President Bush signs a $555-billion spending bill that will pay for a large share of government operations in 2008.

Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who had promised to restore democracy in Pakistan is assassinated, setting off a nationwide wave of grief and fury in the area.

Bill Clinton praises the Democratic field of presidential contenders, noting that as president he had close ties to almost all of them. But he said there was no doubt his wife would make the best president. 

A tiger escapes from its enclosure in the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas day and mauls a man to death – and leaves two others seriously injured.

The national housing market plunges deeper into despair with sales of new homes plummeting to their lowest level in more than 12 years.

Analysts say gas prices will be going up next year – and could go to $4.00 a gallon.

U.S. retailers’ holiday sales rose 3.6% over the previous year, barely reaching the lower end of projections, helped by a late-season spending surge on some items.


Sports television – December 23, 2007

In an unprecedented decision the NFL announces that CBS, NBC and the NFL Network will simulcast the game between the patriots and New York Giants. 


Technology News – December 23, 2007

Goodbye Netscape

 Netscape Navigator, the world’s first commercial Web browser, the launchpad of the Internet boom, will be pulled off life support Feb 1 after 13 years. AOL has decided to kill further development and technical support to focus on growing the company as an old advertising business. Netscape’s usage dwindled with Microsoft Corps entry into the browser business, and Netscape all but faded away after the birth of its open-source cousin, Firefox. You’ll be able to download Netscape, but AOL will stop releasing security and other updates Feb. 1. 

Warner Music Group says it will sell digital songs without anti-piracy protection through Amazon.com.  The pressure is on as CD sales are falling and Warner Music reported profit had plunged 58% in its fiscal fourth-quarter. 

Brand new for X-Box – “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” and “Guitar Hero II” and “Rock Band.’


Music news – December 23, 2007

Rapper Yung Joc fails to show up at his Cleveland (OH) arraignment of carrying a concealed weapon and is now considered a fugitive.

Soulja Boy’s “Crank It” is the biggest novelty tune of 2007 and it all began as a Youtube video.

Rapper Jay-Z has his 10th No.1 hit on the national charts – tying with Elvis Presley. Only the Beatles have more at 19.


Television news – December 23, 2007           

Don’t miss Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin in the annual Walt Disney World Christmas day Parade on ABC.

 This week – “Elmo’s Christmas Countdown” as Elmo and friend Abby Cadabby go on a quest to find the 10 magical numbered boxes that will restore the Elves’ defunct Christmas Counter-Downer.  Also appearing – Sheryl Crow, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Anne Hathaway and Jamie Foxx. 

Actress Mischa Barton – former star of “The OC” is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Hollywood.

The Commerce Department begins accepting applications for coupons worth $40 off a no-frills converter box to allow older televisions who use antennas and not cable – to receive digital broadcast signals. The complete conversion to broadcast digital happens in February 2009.

Writer’s strike be damned - Come early January – the late night TV comics will return to the air. David Letterman begins January 2.

Wednesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of December 23, 2007

CBS –Criminal Minds, 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson

NBC – Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, Special Victims Unit, Tonight, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, dirty Sexy Money, Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel

MyNet – Movie-Touch of Fate

Fox – Christmas with the Kranks

CW – Crowned: The Mother of all pageants, Gossip Girl

PBS – Wired Science, Oprah’s Rots, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose

HBO – Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel


Year 2007 New Year’s Eve music shows -

On “Dick Clarks’ Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2008” – Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Fergie and One Republic. Co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest. On ABC.

 “New Year’s Eve Live” – Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis, Lifehouse and Fall Out Boy.  Cat Deeley hosts on Fox.

Tila Tequila’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade 200” – Mary J. Blige, Kid Rock, Fabolous, Paramore, Good Charlotte, Wyclef Jean and Flo Rida. On MTV.

“NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” with Lenny Kravitz and Alicia Keys. 


Top DVD’s for 2007 –

High School Musical: Encore Edition

Tom and Jerry’s Greatest Chase

The Office: season One

Planet earth: The Complete Series

Family Guy: Volume Four

The Office: Season Two

Grey’s Anatomy: Season One

24: Season One

Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Second Season

Hannah Montana: Living the Rock star Life!

What’s New Scooby Doo? Safari So Good

FireFly: Te Complete Series

24: Season 5

That So Suite Life of Hannah Montana

Hannah Montana: Pop Star Profile 


Top albums for 2007 –

The Dutchess – Fergie

Daughtry – Daughtry

Konvicted – Akon

Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood

Hannah Montana – Soundtrack

All the Right Reasons – Nickelback

Futuresex/Lovesounds – Justin Timberlake

High School Musical 2 – Soundtrack

Now 23 – Various Artists

Minutes to Midnight – Linkin Park

Graduation – Kayne West

B’day – Beyonce

Love – The Beatles

Me and My Gang – Rascal Flatts

The Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani

Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus

Not Too Late – Norah Jones

Awake – Josh Groban

Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift


Top hit artists For 2007



Justin Timberlake




 Carrie Underwood

Avril Lavigne



Gwen Stefani

Nelly Furtado


Fall Out Boy

Maroon 5

Plain White T’s




Kanye West



Shop Boyz

The Fray



San Kingston

Soulja Boy Tell’em



Bow Wow

Jim Jones

Christ Brown

Linkin Park

Rascal Flatts


My Chemical Romance


Top pop artists for 2007 –


Justin Timberlake


Avril Lavigne




Nelly Furtado



Gwen Stefani



Fall Out Boy

Maroon 5

Carrie Underwood

Plain White T’s


Sean Kingston




Top Country Music Hits – December 23, 2007

So Small – Carrie Underwood

Firecracker – Josh turner

Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney

More than a Memory – Garth Books

Our Song – Taylor Swift

Fall – Clay Walker

How ‘Bout them Cowgirls

Star – Sugarland

What Do Ya Think About that – Montgomery Gentry

Winner At a Losing game – Rascal Flatts


Top Hip Hop – December 23, 2007

Kiss Kiss – Chris Brown

No One – Alicia Keys

Can’t Help But wait – Trey Songz

Until the end of Time – Justin Timberlake

Duffle Bag Boy – Playaz Circle

Just Fine – Mary J. Blige

Shoulda Let You go – Keyshia Cole

I’m So Hood – DJ Khaled

Like You’ll Never Se Me Again – Alicia Keys


Top Pop Hits – December 23, 2007

Apologize – Timbaland

No One – Alicia Keys

Apologize – Timbaland

Low – Flo Rida

Clumsy – Gergie

Bubbly – Colbie Caitiat

Hat That I Love You – Rihanna

Crank that – Soulja Boy Tell’em

Tattoo – Jordin Sparks

Paralyzer – Finger Eleven

The Way I Are – Timbaland

Stronger – Kayne West

Cyclone – Baby Bash

Bed – J. Holiday


Top music albums – December 23, 2007

Nice! – Josh Groban

Now 26 – Various Artists

As I Am – Alicia Keys

High School Musical 2 – Soundtrack

Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus – Miley Cyrus

The Ultimate Hits – Garth Brooks

Taking Chances – Celine Dion

Exclusive – Chris Brown

Christmas Song – Mannheim Stemroller

Mothership – Led Zeppelin

Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift

Jonas Brothers – Joana Brothers

American Gangster – Jay-Z

Coco – Colbie Caillat

Enjoy the ride – Sugarland


Top Modern Rock Tracks – December 23, 2007

The Pretender – Foo Fighters

Big Casino – Jimmy Eat World

Fake it – Seether

Empty Walls – Serj Tankian

I Get It – Chevelle

Shadow of the Day – Linkin Park

Bleed It Out – Linkin Park



Top Movies – December 23, 2007

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Alvin and the Chipmunks

I Am Legend

Aliens Vs. Predator – Requiem

The Great Debaters


The Water Horse

Charlie Wilson’s War

P.S. I Love You

Sweeney Todd

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