Mr. Pop Culture Report – July 8… … Ryan Seacrest Is Up To Something… Lower Ticket Demand Pulls Back “Idol” Tour… Hot Hits This Week.

Lower demand – Seven shows on the American Idol Live! Tour have been canceled while others have been changed, according to a revised schedule released by tour organizer Live Nation. The tour featuring the ninth season’s top 10 singers was originally planned to end Sept. 16 in Portland, Maine, but is now scheduled to stop on Sept. 14 in Pittsburgh.

The Hollywood Reporter says Ryan Seacrest is piloting a new dance show project for E! Networks. Exact details of the untitled project have yet to be revealed, but the show will co-star Lady Gaga choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson and will revolve around choreographers and dancers in Los Angeles

Music passing – Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Moonglows member and Motown legend Harvey Fuqua died at age 80 on Tuesday in a Detroit hospital. The cause of death was “coronary problems” from an unspecified illness, according to the Motown Alumni Association.

Hot Hits This Week In 2010 –

California Gurls – Katy Perry fea. Snoop Dogg

OMG – Usher fea. will.i.am

Love The Way You Lie – Eminem fea. Rihanna

Billionaire – Travie McCoy fea. Bruno Mars

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

Find Your Love – Drake

Your Love Is My Drug – Ke$ha

Cooler Than Me – Mike Posner

Mr. Pop Culture Report – May 19

Miley Cyrus may sing about how she “Can’t Be Tamed” in her new single, but it looks like the producers of “Dancing With the Stars” ” think that actually can. Miley, who is set to perform the song on Tuesday’s “Dancing,” has been warned by producers to keep things G-rated.  The report comes a week after Miley was filmed giving one of her “Last Song” producers a lap dance. The recent release of the “Can’t Be Tamed,” in which a highly sexualized Miley dances in a birdcage (see video below), also caused controversy.

FOX is changing the “American Idol” ” format after it sagged in the ratings (dropping 9% in young viewership) giving a push to “Glee” and focusing on comedy heading into the next television season. In response to viewer requests for more performances, Fox will increase the Tuesday night competition show from an hour to 90 minutes. The Wednesday results show will be chopped in half to 30 minutes, Fox executives said. Despite the ratings slide, “American Idol” continues as the nation’s most popular TV show.

William Shatner will star in his first sitcom. CBS has given the green light to a show, “Bleep My Dad Says,” on which the son of Shatner’s character has more than a million followers to a Twitter account where he writes down his father’s musings.

Hot Hits This Week -

OMG – Usher fea. will.i.am

Not Afraid – Eminem

Airplanes – B.o.B. fea. Eminem & Haley Williams

Nothin’ On You – B.o.B. fea. Bruno Mars

Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz fea. Ludacris

Hey, Soul Sister – Train

Rude Boy – Rihanna

Your Live Is My Drug – Ke$ha

Mr. Pop Culture Report – May 3

Warren Buffet said he is seeing real signs of improvement in the economy, especially in manufacturing, though it will take another year for a sustainable housing recovery to take hold.

Apple Inc. reports it is has sold 1 million of its new iPad tablet computers in the month after its launch, meaning it’s been selling more than twice as fast as the iPhone did when it was new. Apple said it reached the milestone this week, when the new 3G model of the iPad was delivered to its first buyers. That model can access AT&T’s cellular broadband network. The first models had only Wi-Fi access.

William Shatner  - commander the Starship Enterprise on TV’s “Star Trek,” but can he command his native land of Canada? Some die-hard fans think so – they want the original Capt. James T. Kirk to lead Canada as Governor General. The Shatner believers have launched a Facebook campaign calling for Shatner, a native of Montreal, to be appointed to a real five-year mission as the ceremonial Governor General of Canada. As of Wednesday, nearly 41,000 people were supporting the bid.

Passing – Lynn Redgrave  who became a 1960s sensation as the freethinking title character of “Georgy Girl ” and later dramatized her troubled past in such one-woman stage performances as “Shakespeare for My Father” and “Nightingale,” has died. She was 67.

Hot hits this week in 2010 –

Rude Boy – Rihanna

Nothin’ On You – B.o.B. fea. Bruno Mars

Hey, Soul Sister – Train

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

OMG – Usher fea. will.i.am

Airplanes B.o.B. fea. Hayley Williams of Paramore

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1977 –

President Carter says the U.S. welfare system is “worse than we thought” and should be scrapped. He proposed a new system of jobs for those who can work and a guaranteed income for those who cannot.

First Lady Rosalynn Carter gives a box lunch on the south lawn of the White House for president Carter’s staff. The President attended, put his foot up on a piano bench and listened to live Dixieland jazz.

Wholesale prices, an indicator of prices consumers eventually pay, soar 1.1% in April – the third big monthly increase in a row.

Census Bureau reports – America’s population of 216 million is growing older as the median age of the population jumped from 27.9 years in 1970 to 29.0 in 1976.

Communities may not prohibit display of “For sale” signs on private property, the Supreme Court rules.

In a 90-minute David Frost interview – Richard Nixon in his first public comment on Watergate since resigning on Aug. 9, 1974, admits that he failed to meet his responsibility to enforce the nation’s laws during the Watergate coverup. And he admitted, he had not told the truth to the American people at the height of the Watergate scandal. “I let down my friends. O let down the country. I let down our system of government and the dreams of all those young people that ought to get into government, but think it’s too corrupt… I let the American people down, and I have to carry that burden with me for the rest of my life,” Nixon told Frost.