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 – July 3

Rapper Lil Wayne, already serving one year in a New York jail for a gun-related crime, was sentenced on Wednesday to three years probation in Arizona on a drug possession charge. Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was spared time in an Arizona jail under a plea deal stemming from his January 2008 arrest at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in the state. Under the deal, the 30-year-old Grammy winner pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a dangerous drug. Three other drug and weapons charges were dismissed.

Never Been Published – Elvis Presley archivists have found three rare photos dating back more than 50 years that show the young singer greeting fans at the Graceland gates. Negatives of the photos were discovered as archivists pored through a vast collection of documents from the office of Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father. The office is a stop on the daily tour of Graceland, Elvis’ Memphis estate.

Hot Hits This Week –

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

Mr. Pop Culture Report… June 14

Top albums this week in 2010 –

To The Sea – Jack Johnson

Glee: The Music, Volume 3

My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber

Raymond V Raymond – Usher

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

The Fame – Lady Gaga

Tried and True – Clay Aiken

Live at the Troubadour – Carole Kin & James Taylor

Rokstarr – Taio Cruz

The Oracle – Godsmack

Animal – Ke$ha

Interesting Tony Trend as Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Catherine Zeta-Jones take home their first Tonys.

Knocked Out The Competition – The Karate Kid KO’d the A-Team in 1st week box office revenues by a clear margin of 2:1.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – May 1

Passing: (The Buck) – Leslie Buck (87) who designed the iconic Anthora coffee cup – popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s has passed away.

Hitmaker Usher says “American Idol” and shows of its ilk are taking a toll on the music business. Usher says, “The true art form of music is being lost, because it seems so easy that everyone can do it, and that it can happen overnight. Television is a lie. It can’t happen overnight. The artist who thinks that it can just comes and goes. The reason why great singers cannot exist in this time is maybe because they’re not properly managed, and maybe they don’t understand the full gamut of what being an entertainer is.” Usher recently made an appearance on “Idol” as a music mentor.

The person who found and sold an Apple iPhone prototype says he regrets not doing more to return the device to its owner, according to a statement provided by his attorney. Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, California, says although he was paid by tech site Gizmodo, he believed the payment was for allowing the site exclusive access to review the phone. Gizmodo emphasized to him “that there was nothing wrong in sharing the phone with the tech press,” according to his attorney Jeffrey Bornstein. On April 19, Gizmodo, which is owned by Gawker Media, published a bombshell story about the iPhone prototype, which had apparently been left at the Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City. It was left behind by an Apple engineer named Gray Powell.

Peter Lopez (60), a successful entertainment attorney who was married to actress Catherine Bach was found dead in an apparent suicide.Bach played Daisy Duke in the 1980s TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.”Lopez was Michael Jackson’s’s music attorney for several years. He also represented The Eagles, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli and.

Mr. Pop Culture Report For April 14

Another Trend – A market study says some 800,000 households have left – or shut of their cable TV. This, from a study by Tech Crunch. There’s plenty to watch online or with devices such as xBox. Still, there are still about 100 million subscribers to cable, satellite and similar systems according to the Tech Crunch report.

He’s Out Of There – Kevin Eubanks is leaving as Jay Leno’s sideman in May after 18 years with the late-night host. He told Leno during Monday’s taping of Tonight in Burbank, Calif., that he was ready for a career change of pace, but he didn’t announce specific plans. Eubanks called the NBC late-night show his “home” and said it had been “a wonderful experience” working there.

Last night was Elvis Presley night on “American Idol.”

Dead Show For Dead Man – Reality TV star Jesse James’’ alleged cheating scandal has cost him his hit U.S. show. “Jesse James Is A Dead Man” will not return for a second season on cable channel Spike TV.  A spokesman reveals the decision was made shortly after news of James’ infidelities first broke, and his wife Sandra Bullock walked out on him.

Sweet Tweet – Every 140-character snippet of info you’ve ever shared publicly on Twitter will soon have a home next to the Declaration of Independence. Twitter and the Library of Congress announce that every public tweet posted since Twitter started in 2006 will be archived digitally by the federal library. The purpose, according to a blog post by Library of Congress communications director Matt Raymond, is to document “important tweets” as well as gather information about the way we live through the sheer masses of tweets on the site.

Top albums this week in 2010 –

My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber

Now 33

Raymond V Raymond – Usher

Freight Train – Alan Jackson

Still Standing – Monica

Now Ladies And Gentlemen – Mr. Pop Archives And This Week In 2004…

Weekly radio address – President Bush said that U.S. forces were taking control of Fallouja “block by block” and allied troops were “finding and engaging the enemy” elsewhere in the country despite this being one of the bloodiest weeks of the Iraq war.  He warned that the military offensive against the widespread insurgency could rage for weeks, but reaffirmed his commitment to the June 30 deadline for transferring sovereignty to Iraqis.

Television news –

Mark Wahlberg is one of the executive producers on a new HBO show called “Entourage.” The series stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven.

Donald Trump will double his take on the second season of “The Apprentice.” He was getting $50k per episode and now he’ll get $100K.

“The Swan” – getting a nice lead-in from “American Idol” on Fox, beats ABC’s “The Bachelor in the ratings.

Saturday night on USA – “Nashville Star” – as four contenders are left.