This Week In History – Week Of January 1, 2011 – First Week Of The Year – A Complete Review.

This Week In History – Week of January 1, 2011 – From mrpopculture.com

The police investigation into a New Year’s church bombing that killed 21 people is focusing on a local group of Islamic hard-liners inspired by al-Qaida, Egyptian security officials said Sunday. The suicide attack in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria struck Coptic Christian worshippers as they were leaving midnight Mass Saturday about 30 minutes into the new year and also wounded about 100. Dozens returned to pray Sunday in the blood-spattered Saints Church, many of them sobbing, screaming in anger and slapping themselves in grief.

After a holiday season of relentless rain in Southern California, the 122nd Rose Parade was bathed Saturday in abundant sunshine.  Clear blue skies and chilly temperatures greeted hundreds of thousands of spectators who lined Colorado Boulevard to gawk at the New Year’s Day showcase of flowery floats, marching bands and equestrians.

First, New Year’s Eve fireworks were blamed in central Arkansas for making thousands of blackbirds confused, crashing into homes, cars and each other. Then 300 miles to the south in Louisiana, power lines likely killed about 450 birds, littering a highway near Baton Rouge. It’s almost certainly a coincidence the events happened within days of each other, Louisiana’s state wildlife veterinarian Jim LaCour said Tuesday. “I haven’t found anything to link the two at this point.”

Videos just coming to light show the crew of a Navy aircraft carrier got an eyeful on shipboard TV: Gay slurs, suggestive shower scenes and mimicked masturbation in clips made not by some sailor run amok but by the ship’s second-most powerful officer. The Navy said Sunday it will investigate the “clearly inappropriate” videos shown through the nuclear-powered ship’s closed-circuit television system as part of an onboard movie night. The star of the videos, made in 2006 and 2007, is Capt. Owen Honors, who now commands the USS Enterprise but was its executive officer — the second in command — when the videos were made.

Democrat Jerry Brown was sworn in Monday as California’s 39th governor, returning to the office he left 28 years ago but inheriting a much different and more troubled state than the one he led then.

A Rasmussen  survey finds says that only 21% of Likely U.S. Voters want the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet as it does radio and television. Fifty-four percent (54%) are opposed to such regulation, and 25% are not sure.

The survey was conducted shortly after the FCC decided on a party line vote to impose so-called “net neutrality” regulations on the Internet world. Republicans and unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly oppose FCC regulation of the Internet, while Democrats are more evenly divided. Those who use the Internet most are most opposed to FCC regulations.

Ending a two-week vacation, President Barack Obama is appealing to newly-empowered Republicans to resist jockeying for the White House in 2012 and work with him to get the economy growing and the jobless back to work. Facing anything but a political soft landing after his holiday stay in Hawaii, Obama told reporters en route to the capital Tuesday that he understands Republicans, who recaptured the House in last fall’s elections, “are going to play to their base for a certain period of time.”

Sales of General Motors cars and trucks rose 6.3 percent last year as a strong lineup of new models helped the company make a comeback from its 2009 bankruptcy. GM sold 2.2 million cars and trucks in 2010, nearly 131,000 more than the prior year, even though it got rid of four brands to focus on Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC.

A Texas man had his conviction overturned Tuesday for a rape and robbery he didn’t commit after serving 30 years in prison, more time than any other inmate subsequently exonerated by DNA evidence in his state. Cornelius Dupree Jr., 51, was formally cleared of the aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon conviction that had kept him behind bars from December 1979 until July of 2010. He served 30 years of his 75-year sentence before making parole in July. About a week later, DNA test results came back proving his innocence.

It’s official: Robert Gibbs is leaving his post as White House press secretary. Gibbs, one of President Obama’s most seasoned and trusted advisers, says that he will leave the podium in early February to lend outside assistance to the president’s re-election campaign. He broke the news to this staff at a meeting earlier this morning.

A new Congress convenes in Washington with prayer events, real and ceremonial swearing-in ceremonies and a formal transfer of the speaker’s gavel from Nancy Pelosi to John Boehner, reflecting the change in party control over the House. The day will be a stream of pomp and pageantry along with hopeful, optimistic speeches about the future of the country and the decency and diligence of the American people

North Korea called Wednesday for “unconditional and early” talks with rival South Korea to put an end to months of tensions. Seoul quickly dismissed the offer as insincere and said it’s waiting for an apology for two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang.

After a nationwide frenzy for a life-changing chance to win a $380 million Mega Millions jackpot, the two winning tickets were sold in small Pacific Northwest towns just 125 miles apart. Shoppers at a Safeway supermarket in Ephrata spent Wednesday wondering who bought one of the winners at the store 130 miles east of Seattle, in the middle of Washington’s potato country. A stream of people were checking their tickets at the video department where lottery tickets are sold, then turning away disappointed.

Amazing – All done on the Internet – In Ohio – homeless out of work announcer Ted Williams – get’s spotted on a street corner. He has a golden voice and demonstrates that on the video. A day later – he’s a guest over WNCI-FM Columbus and gets job offers – one from the Cleveland Cavaliers!

The nation’s economy added 103,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months. But the job growth fell short of expectations based on a strengthening economy. And the drop in unemployment was partly because people stopped looking for work.

Sports –

Orange Bowl administrators, determined to make this week’s matchup between No. 5 Stanford and No. 12 Virginia Tech less entertaining, have decided to bar Stanford’s irreverent band from performing at halftime. The move comes after the band announced its show was entitled: “Recent Events in the Pro Sports World in Miami.” Apparently bowl officials were concerned that the band might mock LeBron James and hurt his feelings.

The United States plans to send 1,400 additional combat Marines to Afghanistan to try to hold on to recent but fragile security gains, only months before a planned U.S. drawdown, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Violence is at its worst in Afghanistan with record casualties on all sides of the conflict and with the insurgency spreading out of traditional strongholds in the south and east into once-peaceful areas in the north and west.

Technology –

The first portable devices announced for Verizon Wireless’ new, high-speed wireless data network are a smart phone and a tablet from Motorola, both designed to take advantage of network’s speed with cameras for videoconferencing. More devices for Verizon’s “4G” network, which went live for laptop modems in December, are expected to be announced Thursday by the CEO of Verizon Communications Inc. at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

For the moment, Verizon has the fastest wireless network in the country, and it’s hoping to capitalize on it by selling data-hungry tablets and smart phones. There are unconfirmed reports that Verizon will also get to sell version of the iPhone, breaking AT&T Inc.’s

Last year, Electronic Arts made the golfing great share the cover of his bestselling game with Northern Irish rookie Rory McIlroy for the first time ever. This year, following the controversy away from the green and lackluster play on it, Woods has been dropped from the cover of the March 29th release of “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters” on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Entertainment news –

Passing – Oscar-nominated British actor Pete Postlethwaite, described by director Steven Spielberg as “the best actor in the world,” has died at age 64 after a long battle with cancer. A gritty and powerful actor, Postlethwaite was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 1993 film “In The Name Of The Father.”

Country singer Shania Twain and businessman Frederic Thiebaud tied the knot Saturday in a New Year’s Day wedding in Puerto Rico. A message on Twain’s website says the couple were wed in Rincon with 40 close family and friends in attendance. Twain and Thiebaud announced their engagement last month.

An hour into a rapidly-deteriorating concert at the Congress Theater Saturday night, Chuck Berry slumped over an accompanist’s keyboard before being helped offstage. The 84-year-old rock and roll legend and a backing band of three Chicago musicians attempted to resume the show for a packed house about 15 minutes later, but Berry almost immediately was taken off again to be checked by paramedics who had been called to the scene.

Passing – 1970’s hitmaker Gerry Rafferty. He is best known for the 1978 song Baker Street but also had a huge hit in 1972 with Stuck in the Middle With You with his band Stealers Wheel.

Britney Spears reveals her album’s first single, “Hold It Against Me,” would officially be released next Tuesday, January 11.

Television news –

Bill O’Reilly will interview President Obama in a special set to air before the NFL championship. Black Eyed Peas will perform on the half-time show! The Fox News Channel host will interview Obama for sister network, Fox, as part of the network’s pregame coverage. This will be O’Reilly’s first time interviewing Obama since he was elected. Super Bowl XLV will air Sunday, Feb. 6 on Fox.

Oprah Winfrey says she’s “grateful that we weren’t embarrassed” during the much-anticipated first weekend that her new OWN network was on the air. For a network started from scratch, OWN delivered some impressive sampling on its Jan. 1 debut. At one point Saturday night, OWN was the third-ranked cable network behind ESPN and USA in the ratings. The challenge will be turning the curious into regular viewers. “I am grateful that the first phase of what we wanted to happen actually happened,” Winfrey told reporters on Thursday. “I’m grateful that we weren’t embarrassed. I’m grateful that people came.” Winfrey called her network’s programming “mind food” and said the intention is to bring positive energy into the homes of people who watch it.

Calif. – Piers Morgan says he’s spoiling for a prime-time fight with CNN’s rivals — and he’ll throw the first punch with Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey, who is promoting her new OWN cable network, will be the first interview subject when “Piers Morgan Tonight” launches on Jan. 17. The former British tabloid editor said Thursday he interviewed Winfrey for that debut this week in California. Morgan replaces Larry King, whose interview show ended after 25 years last month. He joins CNN at a low ebb, after a year in which Fox News Channel and MSNBC beat the original cable news network in the prime-time ratings.

MTV’s biggest premiere as a whopping 8.4 million people tuned in to the Season 3 premiere of “Jersey Shore,” which followed the gang back to Seaside Heights, N.J. Season 2, which was filmed in Miami, debuted in July to 5.3 million viewers.

Ted Williams, the 53-year-old homeless man with a “voice of gold,” has had an overwhelming week: After being plucked off the streets, he reunited with his mom after 10 years and has been fielding numerous job offers. A panhandler from Ohio, Williams became an Internet sensation earlier this week after the Columbus Dispatch posted a video of him. He has since appeared on NBC’s Today Wednesday and then again Thursday after he was reunited with his mom, Julia Williams. In the last week, the Brooklyn-born man has recorded a commercial for Kraft, voiced an MSNBC promo and is even being pursued by the Cleveland Cavaliers to do announcing work.

Hot Hits This Week –

Firework – Katy Perry

We R Who We R – Ke$ha

What’s My Name? – Rihanna fea. Drake

Raise Your Glass – P!nk

The Time (Dirty Bit) – The Black Eyed Peas

Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You) – enrique Iglesias fea. Ludacris $ DJ Frank E

Black and Yellow – Wiz Khalifa

Just A Dream – Nelly

Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars

Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna

Bottoms Up – Trey Songz fea. Nicki Minaj

Like a G6 – Far’ East Movement fea. Cataracs & Dev

Dynamite – Taio Cruz

DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher fea. Pitbull

No Hands – Waka Flocka Flame fea. Roscoe Dash & Wal

6 Foot 7 Foot  Lil Wayne fea. Cory Gunz

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Please Don’t Go – Mike Posner

Yeah 3X – Chris Brown

Stereo Love – Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina

F**k You (Forget You) – Ce Lo Green

Animal – Neon Trees

Coming Home – Diddy – Dirty Money fea. Skylar Grey

Hip Monday Night TV (TV Squad)

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: ‘The Bachelor’* — (120 minutes)
CBS: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Rules of Engagement’
PBS: ‘Antiques Road Show’* — 15th season premiere
ABC Family: ‘Pretty Little Liars’*
Cartoon Network: ‘Adventure Time,’ ‘Regular Show’ and ‘Robotomy’
ESPN: ‘Orange Bowl’ — 8:30 start for Stanford and Virginia Tech
OWN: ‘Enough Already! With Peter Walsh’
truTV: ‘Bait Car’ — 8:30 start
9:00 to 10:00
CBS: ‘Two and a Half Men’ and ‘Mike & Molly’
PBS: ‘American Experience’* — (90 minutes)
A&E: ‘Intervention’
ABC Family: ‘Greek’*
Discovery: ‘American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior: A Crew Divided’
Food Network: ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’*
Lifetime: ‘The Craiglist Killer’ — (120 minutes)
Oxygen: ‘The Bad Girls Club’
TLC: ‘Cake Boss: Next Great Baker’
TNT: ‘The Closer’**
Travel: ‘Dining With Death’
USA: ‘WWE Monday Night RAW’ — (120 minutes)
VH1: ‘My Big Friggin’ Wedding’

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: ‘Castle’
CBS: ‘Hawaii Five-O’
A&E: ‘Hoarders’
Bravo: ‘Tabatha’s Salon Takeover’
Food Network: ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate’
HGTV: ‘Cash and Cari’
ID: Disappeared’*
MTV: ‘True Life’
NatGeo WILD: ‘Swamp Men’
OWN: ‘In the Bedroom With Dr. Laura Berman’*
Science Channel: ‘How the Universe Works’
TLC: ‘The Opener’*
TNT: ‘Men of a Certain Age’
truTV: ‘All Worked Up’ — Two episodes
VH1: ‘Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby’

11:00 to Midnight
Lifetime: ‘Craiglist Killer: The Phillip Markoff Story’
MTV: ‘Vice Guide to Everything’ — Two episodes

Unless otherwise noted, everyone is back with new episodes. But, if you’re not interested in live chat, IFC is airing reruns of ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ Monday to Thrusday nights at 11PM.

11:00
‘Charlie Rose’ (PBS): TBA
‘The Mo’Nique Show’ (BET): TBA
‘The Daily Show’ (Comedy Central): TBA
‘Chelsea Lately’ (E!): TBA
‘Conan’ (TBS): Zach Levi; performance by Christina Aguilera (repeat)

11:30
‘Late Show With David Letterman’ (CBS): Paul Abdul
‘The Tonight Show’ (NBC): Ron Howard; Nicole ”Snooki” Polizzi
‘The Colbert Report’ (Comedy Central): TBA

Midnight
‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC): Patricia Heaton; reality-TV personality Brad Womack; performance by Josh Groban
‘Tavis Smiley’ (PBS): Robert Duvall
‘Lopez Tonight’ (TBS): Janet Jackson; performance by Rooney (repeat)

12:30
‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson’ (CBS): Lisa Kudrow; actor Matt Braunger
‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ (NBC): Gwyneth Paltrow; animal handler Jeff Musial; performance by Best Coast

1:30
‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ (NBC): Johnny Knoxville; composer Nathan Barr; performance by OFF! (repeat)

At the movies –

Little Fockers

True Grit

TRON: Legacy

Yogi Bear

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Deawn Treader

Tangled

The Fighter

Gulliver’s Travels

Black Swan

The King’s Speech

The Tourist

How Do You Know

Maurice Gibbons of the Bee Gees – Gone For Eight Years… Week of January 8, 2003

And some other tidbits from that week eight years ago:

Music news –
Passing – Maurice Gibb – one of the three famed Bee Gee brothers. He was 53.

Barry Gibb tells the BBC that the Gibb Family would fight to discover the truth about brother Maurice’s death in Miami at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

This week – The Rolling Stones live on HBO.

Eminem sings a licensing deal wit Nesi Apparel to create of sportswear called “Shady.”

Tommy Mottola – the former Mr. Mariah Carey – is stepping down as head of Sony Music Entertainment in a reverse of fortunes for the company. No doubt, Mottola had many high points at the company – bringing in such stars as Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey. Sony Music Entertainment is in the dumps now – posting operating losses of $142 million for last year.

Exactly 1 Year Ago – Week Of December 15, 2009. This Week In Pop History.

Mr. Pop History – the archives are alive and well. This is the only place where you can get the world’s complete week-by-week news and pop database. Take a look at one year ago this week – my-my the world changes fast!

Week of December 15 2009 in News and Pop Culture – Compiled by Gary West @ mrpopculture.com:

The government and the window covering industry on Tuesday recalled more than 50 million Roman-style shades and roll-up blinds because of the risk children may be strangled by the cords. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said five deaths and 16 near-strangulations from Roman shades have been reported since 2006, while three deaths connected to roll-up blinds have been reported since 2001. Roman shades can become dangerous, the CPSC said, if a child’s neck gets stuck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind, or if the cord gets wrapped around a child’s neck.

The Philippines’ most active volcano oozed lava and shot up plumes of ash Tuesday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and face the possibility of a bleak Christmas in a shelter. State volcanologists raised the alert level on the cone-shaped, 8,070-foot (2,460-meter) Mayon volcano overnight to two steps below a major eruption after ash explosions. Dark orange lava fragments glowed in the dark as they trickled down the mountain slope overnight. Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the activity could get worse in coming days.
Australia plans to introduce an Internet filtering system to block obscene and crime-linked Web sites despite concerns it will curtail freedoms and won’t completely work. Adopting a mandatory screening system would make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among the world’s democracies. Authoritarian regimes commonly impose controls. China drew international criticism earlier this year with plans to install filtering software on all PCs sold in the country.
After months of turmoil, President Barack Obama is calling Senate Democrats to the White House to say it’s time to come together and pass legislation embracing a wholesale remodeling of America’s health care system. The meeting set for Tuesday afternoon comes a day after Senate Democratic leaders suggested they were ready to abandon the last vestiges of a government-run insurance program that liberals have long sought, in order to placate moderates and secure the 60 votes they need to overcome united GOP opposition.

Boeing Co.’s new 787 jetliner is finally taking to the skies, more than two years later than the company planned. Pilots Michael Carriker and Randall Neville lifted off from Everett’s Paine Field and headed northbound on a four-hour flight over Washington state to perform a variety of basic tests and systems checks before landing at Seattle’s Boeing Field. The 787 program has been plagued by ill-fitting parts and other problems. The first flight was supposed to be in 2007 with deliveries the following year, but Boeing has been forced to push that back five times.

Passing – Oral Roberts, a pioneer in televangelism who founded a multimillion-dollar ministry and a university that bears his name, dies. He was 91. Roberts died of complications from pneumonia in Newport Beach, California, according to his spokesman, A. Larry Ross. The evangelist was hospitalized after a fall on Saturday. He had survived two heart attacks in the 1990s and a broken hip in 2006.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, because of his monumental influence on the world’s most important economy, has been named TIME magazine’s 2009 Person of the Year.

The Federal Trade Commission sued Intel Corp., looking to block tactics it says the world’s biggest chip maker has used to snuff out competition. The FTC said Intel, which makes the microprocessors that run personal computers, has shut rivals out of the marketplace. In the process, the FTC says Intel has deprived consumers of choice and stifled innovation in the chip industry.

After more than three centuries, the humble check could become a historic relic if British banks, as expected, vote to phase it out in favor of more modern payment methods. The board of the UK Payments Council, the body for setting payment strategy in Britain, was meeting on Wednesday to discuss whether to set a date of 2018 for winding up the check clearing system. The board is largely made up of Britain’s leading banks. The use of checks has fallen drastically in the past 10 years as more consumers transfer money electronically, by direct debit or with debit and credit cards. Last year, around 3.8 million checks were written every day in Britain, compared to a peak of 10.9 million in 1990.
The Commerce Department says construction of new homes and apartments rose 8.9 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 574,000 units. The gain represented strength in all areas of the country although the increase was slightly lower than economists had expected.
A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives near a mosque inside a police compound in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing 10 people in the latest attack by suspected Taliban militants waging war against the government.
Millions of East Coast commuters returned to work Monday over slick roads and icy sidewalks after a weekend winter storm dropped record snowfall, interrupted holiday shopping and stranded travelers. The storm crept up the coast on Saturday and Sunday, walloping states from the mid-Atlantic to New England, causing hundreds of delayed or canceled flights, widespread power outages and treacherous driving conditions. The weather was blamed for at least seven deaths, including a snowmobile driver who crashed head-on into a horse-drawn buggy in Pennsylvania’s Amish country.

The Dallas Cowboys beat the unbeaten New Orleans Saints 24-17 leaving the Indianapolis Colts the only undefeated NFL team with 14 wins!

Senate Democrats won a crucial test vote on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, putting them on track for passage before Christmas of the historic legislation to remake the nation’s medical system and cover 30 million uninsured. All 58 Democrats and the Senate’s two independents held together early Monday against unanimous Republican opposition, providing the exact 60-40 margin needed to shut down a threatened GOP filibuster.

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry has died, one day after suffering serious injuries upon falling out of the back of a pickup truck in what authorities describe as a domestic dispute with his fiancé. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Henry died at 6:36 a.m. Thursday. Henry was 26.
Entertainment news this week – Fearless” singer Taylor Swift graces the cover of People’s “most intriguing of 2009,” on a list that names mom-of-eight Kate Gosselin the “mother of all reality stars” and British singer Susan Boyle as “the surprise hit,” the magazine said on Wednesday. Oprah Winfrey, who announced she would end her influential TV talk show in 2011, was honored as “the departing diva”, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as “the power pair” and President Barack Obama and wife Michelle as “the first couple.”

In a new category marking the fall of a number of male celebrities in 2009, golfer Tiger Woods, rapper Kanye West, singer Chris Brown, reality star Jon Gosselin, and David Letterman, who admitted affairs with his staffers, were named “Men in the Doghouse.” Rihanna, who was attacked in February by then boyfriend Brown, was named the “resilient star” after a series of frank interviews in November and a new album.
Simon Fuller is at it again – and is launching a Web reality series called If I Can Dream that will chronicle five young people a musician, an actor, two actresses and a model around-the-clock as they try to break into their respective industries. The program will stream their experiences 24/7 on the show’s official web site, and viewers will be allowed to interact with the participants live via Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and texting.
Passing – Roy E. Disney (79) – son of Roy Disney and nephew of uncle Walt.
Sean “Puffy” Combs tells Playboy – “I ain’t gonna lie – if God said I could pick one person to be my father, I’d want to be Sean Combs Obama,” Diddy told Playboy for their January/February double issue. “That’s how dope he is. I hope he reads this interview and adopts me. I wouldn’t even have to be in the will. I got my own money!”
Look for Jennifer Lopez and Melissa Rycroft to ring in the New Year on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
Susan Boyle has beaten out wedding dancers, vampires, werewolves, children and babies to top the list of Most Watched YouTube videos for 2009. The Scottish singing sensation, who was introduced to most of the world back in April through the Internet video service, scored the top spot on the Web site’s first official list, netting more than 120 million views this year, YouTube announced this week.

Authorities on New York’s Long Island say Lindsay Lohan’s father is accused of violating an order of protection by calling his estranged girlfriend. Suffolk County prosecutors say Michael Lohan was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal contempt. They say the alleged phone call was made on Sunday morning.
The Jonas bachelors are down to two. Eldest brother Kevin Jonas tied the knot with Danielle Deleasa on Saturday, according to People. “We’re so happy that we’re finally married and we were able to share the special moment with family, friends and loved ones,” the couple told the mag. The two reportedly wed in Long Island at a French-style chateau, with 400 guests in attendance, including fellow Disney star Demi Lovato.

Retiring – Charles Gibson conducts his final “ABC World News Tonight” telecast on Friday.
Pepsi says it will not be advertising on this season’s Super Bowl – the first time in 23 years.
Passing – Actress Brittany Murphy. She was 32.

At the movies –
Avatar
The Princess and the Frog
Blind Side
Did You Hear About the Morgans?
Invictus
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Up in the Air
Brothers
Old Dogs
Hot Hits This Week In 2009 –
Empire of the State – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Replay – Lyaz
TiK ToK – Ke$ha
Fireflies – Owl City
Sexy Chick – David Guetta fea. Akon
Watcha Say – Jason DeRulo
3 – Britney Spears
Meet Me Halfway – Black Eyed Peas
Down – Jay Sean fea. Lil’ Wayne
Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
Already Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Sweet Dreams – Beyonce
Forever – Drake fea. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Eminem
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
I Gotta Felling – Black Eyed Peas
Hard –Rihanna fea. Jeezy
You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
Do You Remember – Jean Sean fea. Sean Paul, and Lil John
I Can Transform Ya – Chris Brown fea. Lil Wayne and Swiss Beatz
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Fifteen – Taylor Swift
Bedrock – Young Money fea. Lloyd
Evacuate the Dance Floor – Cascada
Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West
Give It Up To Me – Shakira fea. Lil Wayne
Cowboy Casanova – Carrie Underwood

When Did Justin Timberlake Strike Out On His Own? Pop Music Trivia.

… And stepping out of his group “‘N Sync?”

Mr. Pop History – He tried it solo the week of August 15, 2002. Check this out:

“Justin Timberlake of ‘N Sync will give his first solo performance. Look for him at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards next week.”

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Howard Stern Gets Fooled… Pop. Culture. History.

Q: Howard Stern once ran a “tape” saying it was singer Beyonce. The sound was awful – and it was later revealed the tape was fake. Stern had been tricked. When was this?

Mr. Pop History – It was last year – 2009. The Stern folks thought they had another scoop, a pro singer who really sounded lousy (sometimes). This time, it just wasn’t true. From the last week of April, 2009:

“A reportedly doctored recording of Beyonce Knowles sounding out of tune at a ‘Today Show’ appearance last year, which shock-jock Howard Stern played on his Sirius radio show on Wednesday, is a fake, according to a man who told TMZ he made it. ‘It’s a little bit crazy. No one in their right mind would sound like that, and no one would cheer for someone singing like that,’ the unnamed alleged audio-perp said.”

Again, like TMZ and others – the race to get the edge sometimes can be, well, just the opposite.

When Saturday Night Live Was In The Dumps… Pop. Culture. Trivia.

From Gloria N – “Saturday Night Live” has had its ups and downs – but when was the show really hurting? Thank you.

Mr. Pop History – The worst I believe was back in March of 1981. With eight shows remaining in its season, “Saturday Night Live” had lost nearly half its viewing audience. Four writers and three cast members, including Charles Rocket (remember him?) were let go.

Also, SNL had new competition – “Fridays” at ABC-TV. They tried damage control and brought in new improv players such as Tim Karzurinksy (remember him?)

Dick Ebersol was in charge of SNL back then, and he laid blame by billing his cast – all newcomers as, “The New Generation.” Yes, this was just after the original cast had disappeared.

Disco Music Question.

From Brianna C – What was the top year for disco music?

Mr. Pop History – No doubt, it was 1978 when the Bee Gees fueled the genre with “Saturday Night Fever.” New disco artists that year included Dan Hartman, Village People, Peter Brown & Evelyn Champagne King. And it was the year Donna Summer caught fire.

And we saw disco-formatted WKTU (NY) surge to #1 almost overnight.

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From Kris J – What’s the largest Christian-based movie of all time? Any others??

Mr. Pop History – “The Passion of the Christ” did about $400 million in business. That was back in 2004. Others – “The Chronicles of Narnia” from 2005; “Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie” from 2002 and “The Omega Code” from 1999. One more you ask? How about “End of the Spear” from the year 2006! Hope that helps.

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From Troy C: The first FM rock station – was it New York or San Francisco?

Mr. Pop History – It was New York. On July 30, 1966, WOR-FM at 98.7 debuted. The FCC decreed that by January 1, 1967, FM stations in major markets must have separate programming; that is, those co-owned with AM stations. Before this, most FM stations were similcasting, to a large extent, their AM stations; AM was where the audience was. The FCC thought this was a waist of spectrum.

WOR-FM got a jump-start and decided rock would be their direction. There was one problem. AFTRA prevented the hired DJ’s from working at WOR-FM until a scale for FM DJ’s could be worked out! So for a few months, what a listener heard was incredible. No DJ’s. Just music, jingles and commercials (as few as there were). Then on October 8, 1966 – The WOR–FM DJ lineup debuted and it changed radio forever.

WOR-FM was very different. First – it was FM, which had a total different feel then AM. The music sounded clearer and some of the rock music on WOR-FM was actually in stereo. The music didn’t seem as loud or “pumped.” The DJ’s were low-keyed, unlike New York competitors WMCA and WABC. The presentation was loose. The DJ’s didn’t have to talk-up a vocal, or begin talking just after a song ended. Also, it was strange hearing a jingle singing “98.7.” Radio listeners were always use to AM dial positions like “57,” “77,” “93,” “98,” “1510′ etc.

WOR-FM took a progressive approach to top-40. Several of its DJ’s: Murray the K and Scott Muni, worked at major New York AM top-40 stations and hearing their new low-key presentations on WOR-FM was different. WOR-FM soon caught-on with the college crowd. If you were cool, you listened to 98.7. It wasn’t long until WOR-FM began showing in the ratings regularly – another FM
first.

Soon, stations in Boston and San Franciso debuted with a WOR-FM-type format. By 1968, FM rock stations were everywhere. Some played top-40, but others like KMPX in San Francisco played rock album cuts.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – June 8

The new Mr. Pop Culture debuts… (see this site).

Music passing – Marvin Isley, member of funk legends the Isley Brothers and a Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, has passed away at age 56 in Chicago. The cause of death was not immediately publicized, but Marvin Isley suffered from diabetes, which caused him to retire in 1997, after having had both legs amputated.

Canadian-born rock singer Alanis Morissette has secretly married her boyfriend, a rapper she started dating last year, she announced on Monday. The Grammy-winning musician and MC Souleye, 30, (a.k.a. Mario Treadway) tied the knot during a small ceremony at their Los Angeles home on May 22.

Hot Hits This Week In 2010 –

OMG – Usher fea. will.i.am

California Girls – Katy Perry fea. Snoop Dogg

Billionaire -  Travie McCoy fea. Bruno Mars

Your Love Is My Drug – Ke$ha

Airplanes – B.o.B. fea. Hayley Williams

Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz fea. Ludacris

Alejandro – Lady Gaga