Rapper Jailed - Lil Wayne gets sentenced to a year in jail in New York City for having a loaded gun on his tour bus in 2007, then was taken away in handcuffs to begin his term immediately.The Grammy Award-winning rapper, born Dwayne Carter, was sentenced in Manhattan after pleading guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted having the loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun on his tour bus.
The rapper will serve his sentence in city jails, not a state prison. He could be released in about eight months with good behavior.
Money Doesn’t Talk - This year’s best picture – “The Hurt Locker” hasn’t eve done $13 million in business. Good for the Academy Awards.
Movie Record - Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s “Alice in Wonderland” earned a whopping $116.3 million in its opening weekend — a record for a 3-D film. The surprisingly huge total easily surpassed all other films in release and gave Walt Disney Studios an even bigger opening than that of the hugely popular 3-D film “Avatar.” It also marked the biggest opening weekend for a non-sequel.
Wishing On A Star – Brooke Burke has been named the new co-host of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Host Tom Bergeron announced that Brooke would take over for Samantha on “Good Morning America.” She has previously hosted “Rock Star: INXS,” “Rock Star: Supernova,” TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look,” and E!’s “Wild On.” As an actress she has made appearances on “Less than Perfect,” “Las Vegas,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” the new “Melrose Place” and “Monk.”
Johnny Cash On Top Of the Pop Album Charts/Top Albums:
American VI: Ain’t No Grave – Johnny Cash
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Soldier of Love – Sade
The E.N.D. – Black Eyed Peas
Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1970:
John Chancellor and Frank McGee will replace retiring Chet Huntley as the New York anchormen on NBC’s early evening news program. The program, now titled the “Huntley-Brinkley Report” will be renamed “NBC Evening News” after Huntley leaves July 31.
Passing – Erle Stanley Gardner, author of Perry Mason. He was 80 and lived in Temecula, CA.
Music news –
Saturday night – NBC presents the “Switched-On Symphony” which includes Bobby Sherman, Jethro Tull and Ray Charles (see ad).
Grammy Awards – some winners:
Song of the year – “Games People Play” – Joe South
Best album – Blood, Sweat & Tears
Best new artist – Crosby, Stills, Nash
Best male vocalist – Harry Nilsson – “Everybody’s Talkin’”
Best female vocalist – Peggy Lee – “Is That All There Is?”
Best original score – Burt Bacharach – “Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid”
Best R&B male – Joe Simon – “The Chokin’ Kind