Album Sales, Soundscan and 1991. Pop. Culture. History.

From Erica H – Mr. Pop – When SoundScan took over as the official album-seller counter, who was champ?

Mr. Pop History – Well, SoundScan’s first full year charting album sales was 1991 – so let’s go back to that year, which saw Garth Brooks’ “Ropin’ the Wind” at 4 million album sales for 1991. Even though it was released September of that year – and that album sold millions more in 1992 – it’s really the first SoundScan year-end champ.

This Week In Pop Culture History And Much More.

From Frank B – ABC had a show that ripped off Fox’ “Cops.” What was the name of this show?

Mr. Pop History – It was 1991′s “American Detective.” It was a broader interpretation of Cops, I suppose, as it focused on jobs, actions and private existences of the men and women who protect the public.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – March 29…

I Want My iPad – The demand curve for Apple’s new tablet computer crossed the supply curve sometime overnight Friday. By Saturday morning, the ship date for iPad pre-orders, originally set to guarantee delivery by April 3, had been pushed back to Tuesday April 12. Customers who had already pre-ordered are still scheduled to get their iPads next Saturday.

An Expensive Comic - The record price for a comic book, already broken twice this year, has fallen again. A copy of the 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1 sold Monday for $1.5 million on the auction Web site The issue features Superman’s debut and is widely considered the Holy Grail of comic books. The same issue sold in February for $1 million. That number was quickly bested when a 1939 comic book featuring Batman’s debut sold for $1 million and change.

Ricky Martin Comes Out, revealing that he is gay. Ricky spoke about his fears, writing: “Many people told me: ‘Ricky it’s not important,’ ‘it’s not worth it,’ ‘all the years you’ve worked and everything you’ve built will collapse,’ ‘many people in the world are not ready to accept your truth, your reality, your nature.’ Because all this advice came from people who I love dearly, I decided to move on with my life not sharing with the world my entire truth…”

Left A Good Job In The Citi – The Treasury Department said it will begin selling the stake it owns in Citigroup Inc., which could result in a profit to the government of more than $8 billion. The government received 7.7 billion shares of Citigroup in exchange for $25 billion it gave the bank during the 2008 credit crisis. It said it will sell the shares over the course of this year, depending on market conditions. Like any investor, the government will likely hold on to its shares if prices fall steeply. However, Citi shares have steadily been rising with the broader market in recent months, which means the Treasury Department stands to pocket a hefty profit.

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1991 -

Gulf commander H. Norman Schwarzkopf says he wanted to annihilate Iraq’s armies as Hannibal once crushed the Romans, but President Bush pulled him up short. In an interview with David Frost, Schwarzkopf also said Baghdad’s cease-fire negotiators “suckered me” into letting Iraq keep flying the helicopters it is now using against Shiite and Kurdish rebels.

HBO presents “Welcome Home Heroes” – a special Whitney Houston concert for the men and women of Operation Desert Storm. Simulcast on Westwood One Radio.

The Black Crowes are dropped as the opening act for ZZ Top for criticizing the tour affiliation with the corporate sponsor, Miller Beer. Actually, the criticism came from lead singer Chris Robinson.

Top albums –

Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips

The Soul Cages – Sting

Gonna Make You Sweat – C+C Music Factory

Shake Your Money Maker – Black Crowes

Television news –

A recent photo spread in “People” magazine shows the “Today” show’s Deborah Norville breast-feeding her new baby, causing much criticism.

ABC renews Rick Dees’ “Into the Night” – encouraged by a ratings uptick.