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Singles Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
January - Americans bought more music in 2008 than ever before, but album sales — the music industry's main source of revenue — dropped for a fourth year. According to the Nielsen Co.'s year-end figures, music purchases — CD, vinyl, cassette and digital purchases of entire albums (grouped together as total albums), plus digital track downloads, singles and music videos — attained a new high of 1.5 billion, up 10.5% over 2007... "Low" is the all-time best-selling digital song, with 4.53 million downloads. The only other track above 4 million is Timbaland & OneRepublic's Apologize, at 4.01 million... Obama Ball The Pop Hot Spot as Beyonce provided the vocal styling for Barack and Michelle Obama's first dance on inauguration night, but will she perform one of her chart topping hits. Dies - Jett Travolta - John Travolta's teenage son, who died after apparently hitting his head on the bathtub while the family was vacationing at their home in the Bahamas... Jonas Brothers went to the White House to surprise two of their biggest fans -- Malia and Sasha Obama.. The visit came after Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, joined some school friends to see two movies -- 'High School Musical 3: Senior Year” and “Bolt”…
Top Movies- January 22, 2009
Paul Bart: Mall Cop
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Hotel For Dogs
Super Bowl XLIII Halftime Show - Bruce Springsteen
February - Jennifer Hudson makes her first appearance since the October slayings of her mother, brother and nephew. Ms. Hudson lip-synced the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl – though you would never know it. Joaquin Phoenix says there's no hoax about it: He really has given up acting to become a hip-hop musician… Eminem is back - The 36-year-old white rapper turned up at the launch of his autobiography, “The Way I Am,” at a sports shop in Manhattan. Look for a new album soon… Miley Cyrus issues a heartfelt apology for the racially offensive photograph she took with her friends.In the picture, Miley is seen using her fingers to make her eyes slant, which is considered degrading to Asian people… A tearful Jennifer Hudson won her first Grammy, thanking her family "in heaven and those who are with me today" to kick off an evening already stoked with drama when police said they were investigating double nominee Chris Brown for an alleged assault on an unidentified woman… Chris Brown who was arrested in connection with a domestic violence investigation, says he is "sorry and saddened"…. He apparently beat up his girlfriend - Rihanna.
51st Grammy Awards - Some Winners:
Song of the year - Coldplay - 'Viva La Vida"
Record of the year - Robert Plant and Allison Krauss- "Please Read the Letter"
New artist - Adele
Rock album - Coldplay - Viva La Vida
81st Academy Awards - Some Winners:
Best picture - "Slumdog Millionaire"
Actress - Kate Winslet - "The Reader"
Actor - Sean Penn - "Milk"
Supporting actor - Heath Ledger - "The Dark Knight"
Supporting Actress - Penelope Cruz - "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
More February mrtimeline - All the divorce business between Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons has been sorted out… Jerry Seinfeld is reteaming with NBC to launch his first reality series. The comedian's project is tentatively called "The Marriage Ref…A photo that appears to be Rihanna's face with bruises, scratches and swelling from an attack allegedly at the hands of boyfriend Chris Brown is posted by the celebrity Web site TMZ... Britney Spears will be sawed in half -- among other stunts -- on her upcoming "Circus" tour... Elton John is playing his final notes on the red piano in Las Vegas. Promoters say the pop singer will close his Las Vegas Strip show, "The Red Piano," on April 22.The show made its debut in February 2004 at The Colosseum Theater at Caesars Palace.
March - Passing – Radio great Paul Harvey… Paul Harvey, the legendary radio host whose career sharing "the rest of the story" with listeners spanned more than 70 years, has died. He was 90. Nobody could sell a product, do a "live" read - like Paul Harvey - the most believable voice in radio history.
Goodbye Paul Harvey
More March mrtimeline - Jimmy Fallon debuts as host of NBC's "Late Night”… Beverly Hills Police Department is confirming a warrant was in fact issued [March 13] for the arrest of Lindsay Lohan . The $50,000 warrant issued by the Beverly Hills Superior Court stems from a May 2007 arrest of Miss Lohan for DUI and hit-and-run…. Passing - Actor Ron Silver (62)… Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has left the Smashing Pumpkins…Natasha Richardson, the wife of actor Liam Neeson, has been critically injured in a skiing accident in Canada. Richardson, 45, had suffered a "traumatic head injury" at the ski resort of Mont Tremblant, about 75 miles from Montreal....
Rock band U2 is getting official recognition for its stint this week on David Letterman’s show. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is temporarily renaming part of West 53rd Street in New York City as "U2 Way" on Tuesday of this week, the day the group's latest CD is being released. The band is performing an unprecedented five consecutive times this week on the Letterman show over CBS..
U2 Doing Lettermen Top-10
More March mrtimeline - Marry - Bruce Willis and model/actress Emma Heming… Ryan Seacrest announces the performance line-up for Wango Tango set for Saturday, May 9: Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson , Flo Rida, Lady Gaga, All American Rejects, Soulja Boy Tellum, Kevin Rudolf, Pitbull and Jamie Foxx. Ryan will host the show which is in association with KIIS-FM Los Angeles… Grammy-winning rapper T.I. is sentenced to a year and a day in prison on Friday for illegally possessing machine guns and silencers…
"Poker Face" - Lady Gaga
April – Miley Cyrus … She’s coming to "American Idol." The 16-year-old superstar, who is gearing up for the release of "Hannah Montana The Movie," pre-taped a performance of her hit song, "The Climb," for the hit FOX reality competition… Rock music producer Phil Spector is convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a film actress at his mansion six years ago, a verdict that will send him to prison for at least 18 years barring a successful appeal…. Ryan Seacrest , music’s number one radio host with a weekly worldwide audience estimated at more than 20 million, will expand the nationally syndicated On Air with Ryan Seacrest to include a fourth hour of programming beginning May 4. His syndicated show was launched nearly a year ago on 50 radio stations and is now in 130 markets….. Madonna is under the care of doctors after falling off a horse over the weekend an accident she is blaming on the paparazzi… Elton John bids farewell to the Las Vegas Strip after five years and 241 shows at Caesars Palace — but said it won't necessarily be a long, long time before he returns… Christina Applegate graces the cover of People magazine's "Most Beautiful" issue…
Top Alternative Rock –
Know Your Enemy – Green Day
Hey You – 311
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked – Cage the Elephant
May – Ramone Bain - Michael Jackson’s former publicist filed a $44 million lawsuit against the self-styled "King of Pop" for failing to pay her for her services…. Ryan Seacrest has Paula Abdul on his KIIS-FM show to debut her much- anticipated new single, Here For the Music …Sarah Palin - the Alaska governor pulled from the U.S. political periphery onto the 2008 Republican presidential ticket, has signed a deal to write her memoirs with HarperCollins... British folk singer Yusuf Islam performed his first U.S. concert in 33 years on Monday, treating 400 fans to classics from his youthful days when he was known as Cat Stevens... A documentary that shows Farrah Fawcett’s battle against cancer in wrenching detail drew an estimated 8.9 million viewers, NBC said. "Farrah's Story" details the former "Charlie's Angels" star's treatment and hopes for recovery, following her through chemotherapy and other grueling treatment. Fawcett, 62, was diagnosed in 2006 with anal cancer that has spread to her liver... Joan Rivers wins Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice”…
Nielsen Top TV Shows - May 1, 2009
American Idol" (Tuesday)
American Idol" (Wednesday)
Dancing With The Stars
Dancing With The Stars Results
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Criminal Minds" special
Grey's Anatomy" ABC
The Mentalist" special
Two and a Half Men
More May - Cynthia Nixon announced her engagement to girlfriend Christine Marinoni at a rally for gay marriage. Cynthia began dating Christine in 2003 after splitting with husband Danny Mozes… Susan Boyle , the frumpy Scottish spinster whose amazing voice has become a global YouTube sensation, stunned audiences again on Sunday as she was voted through to the final of "Britain's Got Talent”…
Susan Boyle On YouTube Here in 2009
More May mrtimeline - New book by rapper Kayne West. The Grammy Award winner, known for his No. 1 albums and outspoken statements on everything from racism in America to the banality of Twitter, is the co-author of "Thank You And You're Welcome"… Phil Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot through the mouth in the music producer’s home six years ago…George Strait is saluted as the Academy of Country Music's artist of the decade in an all-star concert on CBS-TV this week.The show was taped last month in Las Vegas and features performances by Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Tony Keith, Keith urban, Taylor Swift, Jamie Foxx, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brooks & Dunn, and more.Garth Brooks, named artist of the decade for the 1990s, presented Strait his award. Strait joins only four other artists who have received this distinction: Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Alabama and Brooks...George Takei and his longtime love, Brad Altman, are still legally wed...
MTV Movie Awards:
Best Picture - "Twilight"
Best Male Performance - Zac Efron - "High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Best Female Performance - Kristin Stewart - "Twilight"
Kris Allen wins "American Idol" but wait - American Idol" champion Kris Allen said on Friday he just wants respect in the music industry -- but runner-up Adam Lambert has stars in his eyes.
"Boom Boom Pow" - Black Eyed Peas
June - Conan O'Brien makes his Tonight Show debut…
More June mrtimeline - Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr came together to promote "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game. The two surviving Beatles, along with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, appeared at Microsoft's Electronic Entertainment Expo presentation…
More June 2009 MrTimeline - Miley Cyrus is taking her music on the road and bringing her rock 'n' roll style to Walmart. Miley announced her 2009 North American Tour on Wednesday, presented by Walmart, and promoted by AEG Live. And just in time for her tour, Miley is launching a new clothing line with designer Max Azria of apparel house BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, sold exclusively at Walmart starting in August… It's official: Angelina is the most powerful celebrity in the world. So says Forbes magazine's annual Celebrity 100 list. The star -- who earned $27 million last year - knocked Oprah Winfrey out of the top spot, which the talk show host has held for the past two years…. “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert tells Rolling Stone magazine he’s gay - the first time he’s said it in public. "I'm proud of my sexuality”… Chastity Bono is having a sex change to become a man… Ed McMahon , the loyal "Tonight Show"sidekick who bolstered boss Johnny Carson with guffaws and a resounding "H- e-e-e-e-e-ere's Johnny!" for 30 years, dies. He was 86….The estranged daughter of actor Billy Bob Thornton has been indicted on several charges in the death of a 1-year-old girl she was babysitting in central Florida. Amanda Brumfield, 29, was booked at the Orange County Jail... Farrah Fawcett dies of cancer...
Pop icon Michael Jackson dies - and according to TMZ - it could have been from an OD of Demerol by his doctor. The news was unbelievable to most people. He was rehearsing for comeback shows slated for Europe.
NBC Reports Pop Superstar Michael Jackson Is Dead
July - Hilary Duff is The CW's newest "Gossip Girl" as the singer-actress is joining the show's cast for its upcoming third season… Fans say goodbye to Michael Jackson at a public memorial service to be held at L.A.'s Staples Center… Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder and Usher sang emotional farewells to Michael Jackson, who was hailed as "the greatest entertainer that ever lived”… Hip Hop moguls - Jay-Z The Brooklyn-born rapper pulled in an estimated $35 million over the past 12 months, topping the list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings... Ryan Seacrest - The "American Idol" host has closed a major new three-year deal with CKX, parent of "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment, worth $15 million per year. Under the pact, which is believed to be the richest ever for a reality host, Seacrest will be exclusive to CKX in broadcast TV primetime to host "Idol" or any CKX-produced show that might succeed it…. Forty-five years after the Beatles' American TV debut at the Ed Sullivan Theater, Paul McCartney got back — with a concert on top of the marquee. McCartney put on an outdoor show atop the theater's marquee Wednesday for a crowd estimated at between 3,500 to 4,000 people. The performance was shown during the former Beatle's first appearance on CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman…
"Best I Ever Had" - Drake
August - Best-selling country duo Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn posted a message on their Web site saying they agreed to "call it a day" after 20 years of making music together. "This ride has been everything and more than we could ever have dreamed ... We owe it all to you, the fans," they said in the message. "If you hear rumors, don't believe them, it's just time."... Michael Jackson’s 79-year-old mother was awarded custody of the singer's three children and given more time to spell out objections to having two music executives administer his multi-million dollar estate… After eight seasons, Paula Abdul confirmed late that she is leaving the hit FOX show American Idol… Best-selling country duo Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn posted a message on their Web site saying they agreed to "call it a day" after 20 years… Arista Records says Whitney Houston’s long-awaited album will be released Sept. 1. Houston hasn't released a CD in seven years... Britney Spears appeared on "Late Show" on Tuesday to deliver a Top Ten list of ways the country would be different if she were president. "Free pie for everybody," Spears declared. For No. 10 on the list, Spears said she'd be "the first president since Nixon to wear eye shadow." Lindsay Lohan’s Hollywood Hills home was burglarized over the weekend, according to her mother, Dina… DJ AM , the sought-after disc jockey who became a celebrity in his own right with high-profile romances and a glamorous lifestyle and survived a plane crash just months ago, was found dead in his apartment…ABC-TV says LaToya Jackson will give her first one-on-one interview since brother Michael Jackson’s death when she sits down with Barbara Walters next month. She will discuss her relationship with Michael and account for her belief that he was murdered...
Top Movies – August 8, 2009
GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Jule and Julia
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
"I Gotta Feeling" - Black Eyed Peas
September - Whitney Houston struggled with her voice during her much-hyped comeback performance on ABC's "Good Morning America" as “I Look To You" -- Houston's first album in seven years -- is expected to sell upward of 200,000 copies….
Whitney on GMA
More September mrtimeline - Oprah Winfrey says her taped interview with Whitney Houston is "jaw-dropping, open, honest and candid" conversation that the daytime talk show queen is calling, "the best interview I've ever done." Oprah sits down with Whitney for a two-day television segment Sept. 14…. Finally -the whole of the Beatles back catalog will be made available to buy on iTunes… It’s “Idol” for Ellen DeGeneres - FOX said the talk show host/comic will become the new fourth judge on America's top-rated show…
MTV Video Awards – The big news – Kayne West’s “ambushing” Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for her best video award. On his blog, West went on to say that he was "in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment." As the 19-year-old singer accepted the Best Female Video award for "You Belong With Me," the rapper, 32 -- who had been drinking Hennessy on the red carpet -- appeared on stage and stated that Beyonce should have won for "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"….
Kanye West Interrupts MTV VMA 2009
More September mrtimeline - It’s “Idol” for Ellen DeGeneres - Fox-TV said the talk show host/comic will become the new fourth judge on America's top-rated show, starting with the live episodes in February. She replaces Paula Abdul, who quit "Idol" over the summer due to a salary scuffle... Passing - Patrick Swayze, the hunky actor who danced his way into viewers' hearts with "Dirty Dancing" and then broke them with "Ghost," died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57... President Obama’s candid thoughts about Kanye West are provoking a debate over standards of journalism. ABC News says it was wrong for its employees to tweet that Obama had called West a "jackass" for the rapper's treatment of country singer Taylor Swift...
Goodbye Patrick Swayze
Mary Travers, one-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, dies. She was 72 and had battled leukemia for several years…
Goodbye Mary Travers
Some winners in major categories for the 61st Annual Emmy Awards:
Drama Series: " Mad Men," AMC
Comedy Series: "30 Rock," NBC
Reality Series: "The Amazing Race," CBS
Miniseries: "Little Dorrit," PBS
Made-for-TV Movie: "Grey Gardens," HBO
Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC
Actress, Drama Series: Glenn Close, "Damages," FX Networks
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Michael Emerson, "Lost," ABC
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Charry Jones, "24," FOX
Actor, Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," NBC
Actress, Comedy Series: Toni Collette, "United States of Tara," Showtime
October - A CBS News employee is accused of trying to extort $2 million from David Letterman, forcing the late-night host to admit in an extraordinary monologue before millions of viewers that he had sexual relationships with female employees…. Michael Jackson’s highly anticipated new single, "This Is It" debuts online nearly four months after the singer died of a prescription drug overdose at the age of 50… Two weeks after the cancellation of her "Fame Kills" tour with Kanye West, Lady Gaga has announced the details of a solo tour. Described by Gaga as "the first-ever 'pop electro opera,'" "The Monster Ball" tour kicks off November 27 in Montreal… Britney Spears on top again, with the U.S. pop singer cementing her comeback with a new single, "3," rocketing to No. 1 in its debut!... . Donny Osmond makes his debut atop the "Dancing With the Stars" leaderboard with his professional partner Kym Johnson… Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to attempted weapon possession in a Manhattan courtroom -- and is to be sentenced to a year in prison, according to the Associated Press. The rapper (nee Dwayne M. Carter Jr.), 27, remains free on $30,000 bail… November - Taylor Swift is headlining KIIS-FM’s annual Holiday Concert event,œ”Jingle Ball,” happening December 5 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. In addition to Swift, the live performances include: Keri Hilson, Fabolous, Ting Tings, 3OH!3, LMFAO, Jay Sean and Jason DeRulo. Ryan Seacrest and other KIIS-FM (Los Angeles) air personalities will appear live at the event…. Mary J. Blige, Green Day, Keith Urban and Shakira have joined the already star-filled list of performers set to take the stage at the "2009 American Music Awards." These artists join other previously announced acts including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, The Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry and Adam Lambert….Jennifer Lopez is suing her ex-husband Ojani Noa for $10 million. He is trying to produce a feature film called How I Married Jennifer Lopez and she claims it violates a settlement agreement…
CMA Awards Taylor Swift - picked up a slew of awards including Best Album (for "Fearless"), Female Vocalist, Music Video (for "Love Story") and Entertainer of the Year. Also picking up awards - Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley…
Love Story - Taylor Swift
November - Elton John has been hospitalized after suffering from a case of E. coli bacterial infection and the flu. The pop star hopes to be released soon but has been forced to cancel concerts in England, Ireland and the United States.. Britney Spears releases the full music video for her new single, "3," posting it on her website... Oprah Winfrey says she is shutting down her popular TV talkshow in 2011. The final show will air on September 9, 20011... GQ’s “Badass” men of the year include Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman... A tour bus carrying the concert production crew of singer Miley Cyrus overturned in Virginia -- killing driver Bill Douglas. Nine others suffered minor injuries. Cyrus, 16, was not on board the bus when it flipped on Interstate 85, about 40 miles south of Richmond..
Miley Cyrus Bus TV Story
More November mrtimeline - ABC television said it had received about 1,500 complaints about the sexually-charged performance by "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert at the American Music Awards this week. Millions of viewers saw Lambert simulate oral sex with a back-up dancer, plant a passionate kiss on the mouth of a male keyboard player and gesture to the audience with his middle finger during the closing act of the live music awards show... Regis Philbin will be out of commission - four to six weeks for hip replacement surgery…The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty will premiere Dec. 13,on A&E. The series kicks off with two back-to-back episodes before moving to it's regular time at 10/9c on Dec. 20. The reality show will follow Jackson brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon as they prepare a Jackson Five reunion tour and album and deal with brother Michael’s death...Donny Osmond (along with Kym Johnson) was declared the new champion of "Dancing With Stars" on Tuesday night, taking home the show's mirror ball trophy in the season finale of the ABC contest reality program...
CMA Awards - Single of the Year: "I Run to You," Lady Antebellum
More November - Johnny Depp gets People Magazine’s sexiest man alive. Depp is back for a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie… A judge has granted a civil restraining order against a man accused of stalking Ryan Seacrest. The order requires Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr. to stay 100 yards (100 meters) away from the radio and television personality…The fake Seinfeld reunion proved to be a real ratings grabber for HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm's Season 7 season finale, helping it become the series' most-watched episode in more than five years. All four main characters were part of the episodes...
Top Movies – November 15, 2009
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Michael Jackson’s This Is It
The Fourth Kind
"Empire State Of Mind" - Jay-Z/Alicia Keys
December – “Family Ties” mother Meredith Baxter says she’s a lesbian….. Tiger Woods said he would take an indefinite break from professional golf, admitting he cheated on his wife and bowing to the pressure of two weeks of frenzied media scrutiny of his private life…Taylor Swift is headlining KIIS-FM's annual Holiday Concert event, “Jingle Ball,” happening December 5 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. In addition to Swift, the live performances include: Keri Hilson, Fabolous, Ting Tings, 3OH!3, LMFAO, Jay Sean and Jason DeRulo. Ryan Seacrest and other KIIS-FM (Los Angeles) air personalities will appear live at the event...
Diane Sawyer exited ABC's "Good Morning America" with an emotional moment that recalled the biggest story of her time on the show: meeting the children born after their fathers were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks…. Jersey Shore nabbed 2.1 million viewers, a big boost from the 1.3 million viewers that tuned in for the show's debut. The series follows eight twenty-somethings living together in a rented beach house in Seaside Heights, N.J….
Charles Gibson conducts his final “ABC World News Tonight” telecast on Friday. Diane Sawyer will take over.
More December - The Jonas bachelors are down to two as eldest brother Kevin Jonas tied the knot with Danielle Deleasa… Authorities say actor Charlie Sheen has been accused of using a weapon in an alleged case of domestic violence in Aspen. Sheen spent part of Christmas Day in jail after being arrested at a home in the Colorado ski resort town… Tyra Banks is ending her daily TV talk show and wants to concentrate on production... 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.... Dick Clark ushers in his 36th New Years - Clark, who turned 79 last month and has been in front of the cameras for 61 years, said that his appearance on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2009," diminished though it may be, is a labor of love and "not really a job." "Obviously, I'm not able to be as actively involved as I used to be out on the street, up on a platform and interacting with the crowds in Times Square" in New York, Clark wrote. "Thank goodness my friend Ryan Seacrest is able to handle that end of the activity on the show these days. ABC-TV's 3 1/2-hour live extravaganza will include performances by Natasha Bedingfield, Fall Out Boy, Jesse McCartney, Ne-Yo, Pussycat Dolls, Solange and Robin Thicke. Fergie hosts the Hollywood segments.
Ryan Seacrest/Dick Clark Times Square - New Years Eve 2009-2010
Here's how the decade of 2000-2009 summed up in music:
Music/Decade of the 2000’s - Eminem has sold 32.2 million albums over the course of the 2000s, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making him the decade's most successful artist. And the rapper, who has released four solo albums over the last 10 years, had some serious competition - The Beatles. The Fab Four notched the decade's best-selling release with singles compilation "1," which sold 11.5 million copies. Just below was *NSYNC's "No Strings Attached" with 11.1 million copies sold, the same album that set a one-week sales record in 2000 with 2.4 million copies moved upon its release.
No Strings Attached - NSYNC
The decade's top-selling track digitally was Flo Rida’s "Low" with 5.2 million downloads, which topped other online hits such as Lady Gaga’s 's "Just Dance" (4.7 million), Jason Mraz’ "I'm Yours" (4.6 million) and the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow."
Radio airplay, the decade's most-spun songs were Nickelback's "How You Remind Me," Train's "Drops Of Jupiter," and songs by Lifehouse, 3 Doors Down and Lee Ann Womack.
January 1 - In Aspen, a fireworks show was postponed and many bars and restaurants were forced to close on New Year's Eve after gasoline bombs were discovered at two banks shortly after 2 p.m., police said…President-elect Barack Obama plunged into rare pre-inaugural crisis talks with congressional leaders, declaring the national economy was "bad and getting worse" and embracing tax cuts now expected to reach $300 billion...Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ordered Gazprom to stop all shipments of natural gas to Europe through Ukraine. Russian gas is already not getting through the pipelines that cross Ukraine.
January 8 - President-elect Barack Obama said Thursday the recession could "linger for years" unless Congress pumps unprecedented sums from Washington into the economy…. Prosecutors say Bernard Madoff had $173 million in signed checks in his office desk that he was ready to send out at the time of his arrest last month. The detail was provided in a court filing Thursday as prosecutors argued that Madoff should have his bail revoked and be sent to jail. They said the 100 checks were further evidence that he wants to keep his assets away from burned investors… The unemployment rate jumped to 7.2% in December, the highest in nearly 16 years,…
January 15 - A US Airways jetliner crashed into the frigid Hudson River after a flock of birds apparently disabled both its engines, but rescuers pulled the more than 150 passengers and crew members into boats before the plane sank… A most amazing event - a remarkable story like no other.
President-elect Barack Obama launches a four-day inaugural celebration before thousands of cheering onlookers from Philadelphia to the nation's capital. He promised to bring the country "a new Declaration of Independence" - free from small thinking, prejudice and bigotry… Microsoft Corp. plans to cut up to 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months, including 1,400 immediately, as its profit tumbles amid PC market weakness…Retail sales plunged far more than expected in December, a record sixth straight monthly decline as consumers were battered by a recession, a severe credit crisis and soaring job losses, none of which are likely to ease anytime soon... President Bush Farewell address - Bush told the country that while his policies have been unpopular, there can be little debate about the results...
January 23 - President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration. "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders…Medical – in S. California - A woman gave birth to eight babies, only the second time in history octuplets have survived more than a few hours...
January 28 - Stimulus package - Not a single Republican supported President Obama's economic recovery package on the House floor. It passed 244-188, with 11 Democrats joining the Republicans…
February 1 - Banks in Florida, Maryland and Utah were closed as regulators wrapped up the busiest month for failures since the housing slump began in 2006. Ocala National Bank in Florida and Suburban Federal Savings Bank of Crofton, Maryland, were shut by federal regulators… The Senate confirmed Eric H. Holder Jr. as the nation's first African American attorney general by a vote of 75 to 21…
February 8 - President Obama took his case for more than $800 billion in economic stimulus directly to the American people, accusing Republicans of playing politics with a plan that's "exactly what this country needs." Fresh from a visit to Elkhart, Ind… A Continental commuter plane coming in for a landing nose-dived into a house in suburban Buffalo,sparking a fiery explosion that killed all 49 people aboard and a person in the home…
February 15 - Nuclear-armed submarines from Britain and France collided in the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month, authorities acknowledged Monday — touching off new concerns about the safety of the world's deep sea missile fleets. The HMS Vanguard, the oldest of Britain's current nuclear-armed submarine fleet, and the French Le Triomphant submarine, which was also carrying nuclear missiles, both suffered minor damage... President Obama ordered the U.S. Treasury to implement tax cuts for 95 percent of Americans, fulfilling a campaign pledge he hopes will help jolt the economy out of recession...
February 22 - Some good news as commercial banks and investment firms trimmed borrowing over the past week from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending program, a modest sign of some easing in credit strains... Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency because of three years of below-average rain and snowfall in California, a step that urges urban water agencies to reduce water use by 20 percent...
NBC Nightly News - February 26, 2009
March 1 - The Dow hits its lowest point since 1997 - around 6500…. The U.S. unemployment rate bolted to 8.1 percent in February, the highest since late 1983, as cost-cutting employers slashed 651,000 jobs…
March 8 - Bernard Madoff pleads guilty to 11 criminal counts including money laundering, perjury and securities, mail and wire fraud…A 17-year-old gunman dressed in black opened fire at his former high school in southwestern Germany , killing at least 15 people before police shot him... Another shooting spree – this one in Alabama - Police say Michael McLendon of Kinston went on a two county rampage before turning the gun on himself. Death toll is 12 including his mother...
March 15 - Federal prosecutors have notified a New York court that they also want the assets of Bernard Madoff’s wife...Two U.S. Navy vessels — a nuclear-powered submarine and an amphibious ship — collided before dawn in the mouth of the Persian Gulf, one of the world's most important sea passages for oil supplies....
March 22 - President Obama ordered 4,000 more military troops into Afghanistan, vowing to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat" the Taliban and al-Qaida… March 29 - GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner will step down immediately at the request of the White House...
April 1 - Shooting Spree - At Binghamton, NY - 13 people were killed when a gunman ( Jiverly Wong ) walked into an immigrant services center and opened fire…
April 8 - Aftershocks from the earthquake that has killed at least 260 people in central Italy sent new fears through the tent camps that shelter thousands of survivors…
April 15 - Somali pirates attacked two ships off the Horn of Africa on Saturday, capturing a Belgian dredger and its 10 crew. NATO forces intervened in the other assault, chasing the pirates down and freeing 20 fisherman on a Yemeni dhow…
April 22 - David Kellermann, the acting chief financial officer of mortgage giant Freddie Mac, was found dead at his home Wednesday morning in what police said was an apparent suicide… President Obama’s first 100 days on the job exploded with activity on many fronts: the $787 billion economic stimulus, the order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year, a withdrawal plan for Iraq , an expansion of U.S. forces in Afghanistan , and outreach to several hostile nations… April 28 - The swine flu epidemic crossed new borders with the first cases confirmed in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, as world health officials said they suspect American patients may have transmitted the virus to others in the U.S…
May 1 - Scores more schools shut down around the country because of the swine flu virus at week's end and Education Secretary Arne Duncan offered tips to teachers and students on how to deal with classroom interruptions… Passing - Jack Kemp , the ex-quarterback, congressman, one-time vice-presidential nominee. He was 73…
May 8 - Longtime suspect Drew Peterson is arrested and charged with the murder of his third wife. He is also the prime suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife...Another shooting spree - Pentagon officials say five Americans are dead after a U.S. soldier opened fire at a U.S. base in Baghdad. They say the attacker is in custody...
May 15 - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran test-fired a new advanced missile with a range of about 1,200 miles, far enough to strike Israel, southeastern Europe and U.S. bases in the Middle East…General Motors told about 1,100 of its dealers — one in five — that they would be dropped by late next year, adding to the economic pain radiating from the beleaguered Detroit automakers to cities and towns across the country, including Chrysler's decision a day earlier to eliminate a quarter of its own, about 1,900 dealerships...
May 22 - Embattled former President Roh Moo-hyun — a reformist shamed by a corruption scandal that tarnished his image as a "clean" politician — jumped to his death while hiking in the mountains behind his rural home in South Korea…North Korea defied world powers and carried out an underground test Monday of a nuclear bomb Russian officials said was comparable to those that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki... First Hispanic on the court? - President Barack Obama chose federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice
June 1 - A missing Air France jet carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris ran into lightning and strong thunderstorms over the Atlantic Ocean, officials said Monday. Brazil began a search mission off its northeastern coast…. Swine flu cases have now been reported in all 50 states, with the total number of people infected probably surpassing 200,000, U.S. health officials said…
June 8 - The Treasury Department has approved 10 of the nation's largest banks to repay $68 billion in government bailout money. The department on Tuesday said the banks, which were not named, will be allowed to repay the money they received from the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program created by Congress last October…North Korea convicted two American journalists and sentenced them Monday to 12 years of hard labor for crossing into its territory, intensifying the reclusive nation's confrontation with the United States...The world's oldest man, 113-year-old World War I veteran Henry Allingham, died after spending his final years reminding Britain about the 9 million soldiers killed during the conflict...
June 22 - Conflict in Iran - Riot police attacked hundreds of demonstrators with tear gas and fired live bullets in the air to disperse a rally in central Tehran, carrying out a threat by the country's most powerful security force to crush any further opposition protests over the disputed presidential election… Historic swindler Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison … U.S. troops pulled out of Baghdad , triggering jubilation among Iraqis hopeful that foreign military occupation is ending six years after the invasion to depose Saddam Hussein… Republican Norm Coleman has conceded to Democrat Al Franken in Minnesota's contested Senate race, ending a nearly eight-month recount and court fight…
July 1 - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a fiscal emergency to address California's deficit and has ordered state offices closed three days a month to save cash…Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Republican John McCain's vice presidential running mate in 2008, said on Friday she will resign this month and will not run for re-election as governor...Riots and street battles killed at least 140 people in China's western Xinjiang province and injured 828 others in the deadliest ethnic unrest to hit the region in decades... President Barack Obama opened his first Moscow summit with confidence, predicting "extraordinary progress" out of meetings set to test his diplomatic skills on important priorities such as nuclear arsenal reductions and the fight in Afghanistan... Fans will get a chance to say goodbye to Michael Jackson at a public memorial service to be held at L.A.'s Staples Center on Tuesday, a spokesman for the singer's family confirmed...
July 8 - John Demjanjuk was formally charged with 27,900 counts of acting as an accessory to murder — one for every person who died at the Nazi death camp…Vice President Joe Biden has announced a White House deal with the hospitals to help pay for President Barack Obama's overhaul of health care... Lasting worldwide recovery "is still a ways off," President Barack Obama declared , but he also said at the conclusion of a global G-8 summit that a disastrous economic collapse apparently has been averted...
July 15 - Bank of America joined the nation's other big banks in reporting better than expected earnings, posting a $2.42 billion second-quarter profit even as losses from failed loans continued to rise…The Senate health committee cast a milestone vote Wednesday to approve legislation expanding insurance coverage to nearly all Americans, becoming the first congressional panel to act on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority. The 13-10 party line vote advanced a $600 billion measure that would require individuals to get health insurance and employers to contribute to the cost....
Legendary TV anchorman Walter Cronkite(92)…
July 22 - Three New Jersey mayors, two state lawmakers, a deputy mayor and five rabbis were among 44 people charged in a two-track corruption and international money-laundering probe, the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey announced…The U.S. minimum wage goes up 70 cents to $7.25 an hour, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It is the third minimum-wage increase in three years
August 1 – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sworn in for a second term as Iran's president while security forces battled hundreds of protesters chanting "Death to the Dictator" in the streets around parliament where the ceremony was held… The Senate is poised to add $2 billion to the popular "cash-for-clunkers" program after lawmakers agreed to vote on the government car incentives and give shoppers until Labor Day to visit their local dealerships and make a deal…
August 8 -The Charles Manson follower convicted of trying to assassinate President Gerald Ford was released Friday from a Texas prison hospital after more than three decades behind bars. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, 60, left the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth...
August 15 - A suicide car bomb exploded Saturday outside the main gate of NATO's headquarters five days before Afghanistan's presidential election, killing seven and wounding 91 in the biggest attack in the Afghan capital in six months...
August 22 - Passing - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate and haunted bearer of the Camelot torch after two of his brothers fell to assassins' bullets, dies at his home in Hyannis Port after battling a brain tumor. He was 77…
CBS Reports The Death Of Ted Kennedy
A family responded with joy after a little girl kidnapped nearly two decades ago was found alive, even as horrifying details emerged about how she has lived all those years: kept by a convicted rapist in his backyard as a sex slave and forced to bear two of his children. Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was 11 in 1991 when she was kidnapped. …Ryan Jenkins - A reality show contestant wanted for murder in the gruesome death and mutilation of his ex-wife was found dead of an apparent suicide after hanging himself in a secluded mote in Vancouver, CA... The Los Angeles County coroner ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide...
September 1 - The unemployment rate jumped almost half a point to 9.7 percent in August, the highest since 1983… Michael Jackson was given an intimate, private version of the lavish public memorial held shortly after his death in June. The funeral at Glendale Memorial Park was simple but touching, according to one guest….
September 8 - Los Angeles brush fire update - The blaze was 56 percent contained and had blackened 157,220 acres, or 246 square miles, as it burned deeper into the wilderness. Damage assessment teams counted 78 homes... Police are hunting for the killer who stuffed a body believed to be that of a Yale University graduate student behind a wall in the high-security laboratory building where she worked. Police found the body around 5 p.m. Sunday, on what was to have been 24-year-old Annie Le's wedding day... In a Gallup Poll – President Obama’s approval rating falls to 49%.
September 15 - The U.S. military closed Camp Bucca, an isolated desert prison that was once its largest lockup in Iraq, as it moves to release thousands of detainees or transfer them to Iraqi custody before the end of the year... President Barack Obama says there should be an investigation into the hidden-camera video involving employees at the activist group ACORN and a couple posing as a prostitute and her pimp. The two ACORN workers are seen apparently advising the couple to lie about her profession and launder her earnings to get housing aid.
1995 Saturn Car Commercial
September 22 - General Motors said it would shut down its Saturn brand after an agreement with Penske to acquire it fell apart…. Passing - Susan Atkins , a follower of cultleader Charles Manson whose remorseless witness stand confession to killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate in 1969 shocked the world, has died. She was 61 and had been suffering from brain cancer….
October 1- The unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September, the highest since June 1983, as employers cut far more jobs than expected…
October 8 - President Barack Obama wins the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize in a stunning decision designed to build momentum behind his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism…
October 15 - The father of a 6-year-old boy who was thought to be in a helium balloon that floated away said Friday accusations that the ordeal was a publicity stunt are "extremely pathetic." The sheriff said he would be asking more questions. Richard Heene and his family made the rounds on all three television networks, and the boy at the center of the saga got sick twice when he and his father were asked during separate interviews what he meant when he said that "we did this for a show"…
October 23 - More than 300 suspects have been arrested in a series of drug raids across the country that law enforcement officials say is the largest single strike at a Mexican drug cartel operating in the United States… One of the two pilots of a Northwest Airlines jetliner that overflew its destination by 150 miles denied speculation that they were asleep at the controls…
November 1 - Ford, the only Detroit automaker to dodge direct government aid and bankruptcy court, surprised investors with net income of nearly $1 billion in the third quarter and forecast a "solidly profitable" 2011…A U.S. soldier opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, killing at least 11 people and wounding 31 others, military officials said. The gunman was shot to death, and two other soldiers were in custody... Swine flu has sickened about 22 million Americans since April and killed nearly 4,000, including 540 children, say startling federal estimates…Bernie Madoff said he thought it was "over" several times over the years when SEC investigators came to question him. It was, "amazing to me that I wasn't caught"...
November 15 - In China - President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao promised a determined, joint effort to tackle climate change, nuclear disarmament and other global troubles yet emerged from their first full-blown summit Tuesday with scant progress beyond goodwill... President Barack Obama aims to bring the Afghan war to an end before he leaves office, the eve of a swearing-in ceremony Western officials hope can help salvage Hamid Karzai's tattered reputation...
November 22 - A gunman burst into a Washington state coffeehouse Sunday and opened fire on four police officers as they sat working on their laptops, killing the three men and one woman …The economy grew at a 2.8 percent pace last quarter, as the recovery got off to a slower start than first thought... Somali pirates seized a tanker carrying more than $20 million of crude oil from Saudi Arabia to the United States in the increasingly dangerous waters off East Africa...
December 1 - President Barack Obama is sending 30,000 extra U.S. troops to Afghanistan on an accelerated timetable that will have the first Marines there as early as Christmas and all forces in place by summer. But he'll also declare Tuesday night that troops will begin leaving in less than three years…. Iran freed five British sailors detained when their racing yacht drifted accidentally into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf. Britain said it was delighted with Wednesday's release and praised Tehran's handling of the incident…
December 8 - The House passed the most ambitious restructuring of federal financial regulations since the New Deal , aiming to head off any replay of last year's Wall Street failures that plunged the nation deep into recession. The sprawling legislation would give the government new powers to break up companies that threaten the economy, create a new agency to oversee consumer banking transactions and shine a light into shadow financial markets that have escaped the oversight of regulators. No Republicans voted for the bill and 27 Democrats voted against it… President Obama receives Nobel Peace Prize - Norway - President Barack Obama acknowledged the controversy surrounding the Nobel Peace Prize, which he received in here, acknowledging his own few accomplishments while delivering a robust defense of war and promising to use the prestigious prize to "reach for the world that ought to be."... Time Magazine Person of the Year - is Ben Bernanke - Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
December 15 - The Philippines' most active volcano oozed lava and shot up plumes of ash, 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...
Diane Sawyer Takes Over ABC-TV World News - December 21, 2009
December 22 - Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama's legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country's history…. An alleged terrorist bent on destroying a jetliner was thwarted by a malfunctioning detonator and some quick-thinking passengers. An apparent malfunction in a device designed to detonate the high explosive PETN may have been all that saved the 278 passengers and the crew aboard Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day. No undercover air marshal was on board and passengers subdued the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab , 23, of Nigeria. Abdulmutallab was hospitalized with burns from the attack…
CBS News - Looks At 2009
January – Digital TV - The government's $1.34 billion coupon program for digital converter boxes ran out of money. Anybody requesting a $40 coupon to offset the cost of buying a converter box for digital TV will now be placed on a waiting list, says Meredith Baker, acting head of the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Those who still use antennas to receive their TV signals, will need the boxes as regular analog TV shuts down later next month… Best Buy begins to offer refurbished Apple 3G iPhones in 350 stores. Refurbished iPhones will cost $149 and $249,depending on the memory. (Original prices: $199 and $299, respectively.)… Sony’s Playstation 2 leads the list for most popular game consoles in 2008: PlayStation 2 31.7% Xbox 360 17.2% Wii 13.4% Xbox 9.7% PlayStation 3 7.3% GameCube 4.6% Other 16.2% … Japan's Sony Corp plans to launch the world's lightest 8-inch notebook PC, taking aim squarely at a rapidly growing market for ultra-portable personal computers. The new Sony Vaio PC will come with Microsoft Corp's Windows Vista operating system, supporting all the software programs found in full-sized notebooks, and sell for about $900, setting itself apart from Netbooks… Apple Inc. co-founder and Chief Executive Steve Jobs (53) says he is taking a medical leave of absence until the end of June— just a week after the cancer survivor tried to assure investors and employees his recent weight loss was simply caused by a treatable hormone deficiency…. Movies-by-mail service Netflix announces that business was booming. And the service gave most of the credit to the appeal of near-instant delivery of films streamed to subscribers' TV sets via Xbox 360 game systems, some Blu-ray Disc players, Net-enabled TV sets and set-top boxes…A British man who murdered his wife after becoming enraged when she changed her relationship status on Facebook to "single" was jailed for at least 18 years late this week. Edward Richardson, 41, stabbed wife Sarah, 26, to death in a "frenzied and brutal" attack at her parents' home in Biddulph, central England, last May after she altered her profile on the Internet social networking site...Vatican to begin YouTube channel - Now the Pope is trying to broaden his audience by joining the wannabe musicians, college pranksters and water-skiing squirrels on YouTube. The Vatican said that with the YouTube channel, it hoped to broaden and unite the pontiff's audience — an estimated 1.4 billion people are online worldwide
February – Google Problems as an apparent system error left millions of visitors to the site puzzled when links to all search results were flagged with the warning 'This site may harm your computer'. It is thought the site had erroneously identified all other websites - and some of its own pages - as containing malicious software or 'malware'… Google is releasing free software that enables people to keep track of each other using their cell phones. "Latitude" uses GPS systems and what's called cell tower triangulation to do the job…
March - YouTube surpassed 100 million video views in January, breaking a record, according to new stats from market tracker ComScore. YouTube showed 101.87 million videos. Fox's MySpace and Yahoo were neck and neck with 62.5 million and 62.1 million videos. Hulu, the fast-rising site from NBC and Fox that will celebrate its one year anniversary this month, was in sixth place, with 24.4 million videos - MSN's 30 million and AOL's 27 million…
April - It’s estimated that Google is loosing about $30 million a month with YouTube because of all that bandwidth…
May - Google is under attack for profiting from content produced by newspaper executives, magazine publishers, and The Associated Press, but the company's Marissa Mayer on Wednesday sought to convince the U.S. Senate that Google adds to journalism, too…. Microsoft plans to unveil a new video camera that would allow players of its Xbox 360 console to control games by moving their bodies… Microsoft confirmed that it is planning to release Windows 7 this year in time for the holiday shopping season… Facebook announced on Tuesday a $200 million investment from Digital Sky Technologies, whose social networks are market leaders in Europe. Presuming Facebook is valued at $10 billion, DST's $200 million comes out to about a 1.96 percent stake…In response to the reopening of an investigation into inadvertent file sharing with peer-to-peer software, an executive for Lime Wire told Congress in a letter that the new version of the program is "the most secure file-sharing software available." The main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives reopened a probe of Lime Wire and other peer-to-peer file-sharing companies last week, citing data breaches blamed on the technology... Twitter has confirmed that someone broke into its network and gained access to 10 accounts, which appear to include Britney Spears and Ashton Kutcher, according to screenshots posted on a French blog site.
June - Microsoft’s new Bing search engine debuts… AMD launched its first six-core processor, which will compete against Intel's "Dunnington" chip. The "Istanbul" Opteron processor is for high-end server computers that use two, four, and eight processors or "sockets"…
Television stations across the United Statescut their analog signals, ending a six-decade era for the technology and likely stranding more than 1 million unprepared homes without TV service. Stations made the switch at different hours. The Federal Communications Commission put 4,000 operators on standby for calls from confused viewers, and set up demonstration centers in several cities. Volunteer groups and local government agencies were helping elderly viewers set up digital converter boxes that keep older TVs functioning. So, if you have an old TV with channels 2-13 and UHF - it is now obsolete. You'll need a converter box, or, you'll need to purchase a new TV - as all signals are digital and - are broadcast (primarily) on new UHF channels...
New iPhone 3GS (faster performance, new features) available on June 19th in the U.S. and seven other countries. Pricing: iPhone 3GS 16GB for $199, and 32GB for $299…Regional prepaid cell phone carrier MetroPCS announced Wednesday a new plan that allows its customers to make unlimited international calls to over 100 different countries for only $5 extra a month. To be eligible for the $5 unlimited international calling plan, users must already be signed up to an unlimited national calling plan that costs $40, $45, or $50 a month. Making international phone calls from a cell phone has typically been rather expensive with major carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless... Microsoft announced retail pricing for Windows 7 that was at or below comparable Windows Vista prices, while also offering a chance for people to preorder the software at a substantial discount... From Friday through July 11, consumers in the U.S. will be able to buy an upgrade copy of Windows 7 Home premium for $49 or Windows 7 Professional for $99. That offer is good for both XP and Windows Vista PCs, regardless of whether someone has been trying out the pre-release version of the operating system. That matches the details in a memo from Best Buy that leaked earlier this month.
July - Internet radio got a break when the sector reached an agreement on streaming-music royalty rates with SoundExchange, the group that collects royalties on behalf of artists and labels. The agreement calls for large ad-supported radio services, such as Pandora, to either share 25 percent of revenue with the music industry or pay a per-stream rate of 0.08 cent retroactive to 2006, whichever is greater. That rate will increase until reaching 0.14 cent in 2015…There was already little doubt that Google was aiming at Microsoft's empire, but the announcement of a Chrome OS takes the competition to a new level. For those who missed it, Google said late Tuesday that it plans to enter the operating system game in the second half of next year with a Linux-based OS that can run on both traditional PC chips and the ARM-based chips popular in cell phones. The idea behind Chrome OS is to create an extremely lightweight operating system that boots directly to the browser, in which all applications run....
September - Facebook is making enough money to cover its costs and now has 300 million users, the world's largest social networking site said on Tuesday, proving the Internet's newest star industry can be a viable business.Facebook is now generating enough cash to cover its operating expenses, as well as the capital spending needed to maintain its fast-growing service. Analysts said this shows the financial viability of Facebook, which has faced questions about its underlying business model, despite its popularity, and was a good sign for a potential initial public offering.…
November - Intel says it is paying AMD, its largest rival in the market for computer processors , $1.25 billion to settle all antitrust and patent suits. Intel Corp . says it has agreed to abide by a set of " business practice provisions." In return, Advanced Micro Devices Inc . is dropping suits in the U.S. and Japan , and withdrawing complaints to antitrust regulators worldwide…. Microsoft Corp. co-founder and billionaire investor Paul Allen has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is undergoing chemotherapy. In a memo sent to employees, Jody Allen, Paul Allen's sister and the CEO of his investment firm Vulcan Inc., said the 56-year-old received the diagnosis early this month…
December - AOL is shaking loose from Time Warner Inc. and heading into the next decade the way it began this one, as an independent company. Unlike the 1990s, though, when AOL got rich selling dial-up Internet access, it starts the 2010s as an underdog, trying to beef up its Web sites and grab more advertising revenue. Despite a few bright spots in its portfolio of sites, such as tech blog Engadget, AOL has a long way to go until Web advertising can replace the revenue it still gets from selling dial-up Internet access. One especially popular property, entertainment site TMZ, is a joint venture with a Time Warner unit that will keep TMZ and its revenue after AOL splits off… The Federal Trade Commission sues 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…
January - Americans bought more music in 2008 than ever before, but album sales — the music industry's main source of revenue — dropped for a fourth year. According to the Nielsen Co.'s year-end figures, music purchases — CD, vinyl, cassette and digital purchases of entire albums (grouped together as total albums), plus digital track downloads, singles and music videos — attained a new high of 1.5 billion, up 10.5% over 2007. More than 70% of those transactions were digital track downloads, a record total of 1.07 billion that swamped 2007's previous high of 844.2 million by 27%.... Passing – actor Patrick McGoohan , best known for starring in cult 1960s TV shows “The Prisoner” and “Secret Agent” des at the age of 80…. Passing – Ricardo Montalban (88)… Passing – - Bob May , who donned The Robot's suit in the hit 1960s television show “Lost In Space.” He was 69… Passing - John Updike , the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, prolific man of letters and erudite chronicler of sex, divorce and other adventures in the postwar prime of the American empire. He was 76…
February - Michael Phelps is suspended from competition for three months by USA Swimming, the latest fallout from a photo that showed the Olympic great with a marijuana pipe (bong)… Grand Slam Breakfast giveaways - With the economy in a tailspin, Denny's shook up the restaurant industry — if not the nation — Tuesday by doing something no family dining chain had done before: giving out free meals coast-to-coast from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. The entire promotion — including food, labor and airing an ad on Sunday's Super Bowl — cost Denny's about $5 million...
The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in SuperBowl 43. It was a riveting fourth quarter that saw the Cardinals rally to a 23-20 lead…
March -The Coast Guard called off the search for two NFL players and a third man lost at sea off the Florida coast after their boat capsized during a fishing trip. Officials said the search would end at sundown, with Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent defensive lineman Corey Smith, who played with the Detroit Lions last season, and former South Florida player William Bleakley still missing in the rough, chilly seas...Passing - Jimmy Boyd(70) , the child singer and actor best known for the original rendition of the Christmas novelty hit "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" in 1952 …
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause
April - Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart was among three people killed in a crash at an intersection, just hours after the 22-year-old rookie made his first start of the season… Radio station owner Clear Channel is making it clear - it is in the syndication business. It’s A-list of personalities - such as Ryan Seacrest and Elvis Duran - are available to voice track on all Clear Channel stations - in many cases, taking the place of a local personality…
May - Passing - Dom DeLuise(74)… One of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 classic film “The Wizard of Oz” has died. Mickey Carroll died at the age of 89…. Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and has been suspended for fifty games. It’s a major disappointment for Los Angeles Dodger fans as Ramirez is supposed to be the team superstar. He’ll be back in July – but will it be the same?... Passing - Chuck Daley - who coached the original Dream Team to the Olympic gold medal in 1992 after winning back-to-back NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons, has died. He was 78.... Mark Landon, an actor and eldest son of "Little House on the Prairie" star Michael Landon, was found dead Monday at his home. He was 60… Former Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden is replacing Tony Kornheiser on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast team. Kornheiser cited a fear of flying in his decision to leave after three years… Billy Bob Thornton’s oldest daughter, Amanda Brumfield, was arrested on charges of child neglect on Friday, after an infant she was babysitting died…Wanda Sykes, who served as mistress of ceremonies at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner., jabbed at Rush Limbaugh for suggesting that he wants Obama to fail...It's a prime time to be a Vanessa Williams fan. She's on the small screen weekly, as the shrewtastic fashion magazine editor on "Ugly Betty," and she plays a conniving label publicist in "Hannah Montana: The Movie." But on June 2, Williams returns to her first love -- music -- with the release of "The Real Thing"...The 4-year-old daughter of boxer Mike Tyson dies, a day after her neck apparently got caught in a treadmill cord at her Phoenix home, police said. Exodus Tyson had been on life support and police have said their investigation showed her injury on Monday was a "tragic accident."
Indy 500 - Helio Castroneves is the winner.
June - Casey Kasem no longer relevant to current music as Premiere Radio yanks his “American Top 10” and “American Top 20” syndicated countdown shows…. Passing - Kenny Rankin, pop vocalist and highly regarded musician-songwriter(69)…
Stanley Cup - In seven Games - Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Detroit Red Wings. Evengi Malkin gets MVP.
More June - Mike Tyson - former heavyweight boxing champion marries girlfriend Lakiha Spicer… Miss California USA Carrie Prejean , who stirred up trouble for herself when she said gays shouldn't be allowed to marry, got the word from pageant poobah Donald Trump that she’s been let go…. Ryan O’Neal says he and longtime love Farrah Fawcett are tying the knot…. Rosie O’Donnell, the former talk show queen will host a daily radio show for Sirius XM Radio Inc. Launching this fall, "Rosie Radio"… Oops - Farrah Fawcett , whose luxurious tresses and blinding smile helped redefine sex appeal in the 1970s as one of TV's “Charlie’s Angels" dies after battling cancer. She was 62… A Florida medical examiner says television pitchman Billy Mays likely died of a heart attack but further tests are needed. The burly, bearded television pitchman whose boisterous hawking of products such as Orange Glo and OxiClean made him a pop- culture icon, has died. He was 50…
NBA Champs - Los Angeles Lakers beat rivals Orlando Magic, 99-86, to win the NBA Finals Sunday. The victory secured Los Angeles their 15th title.
July - Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair’s shooting death was a homicide, police said, but authorities stopped short of saying it was a murder-suicide committed by the 20- year-old girlfriend found dead by his side. McNair, 36, was shot four times, twice in the head, by a semiautomatic pistol… Passing - Karl Malden, the Academy Award-winning actor. He was 97…
August - Tiger Woods shot a 69 and coasted to a three-shot victory with a 20-under 268 at the Buick Open for the 69th PGA Tour title of his career… President John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver , a champion for the rights of the mentally disabled and founder of the Special Olympics, has died. She was 88…. Don Hewitt , the CBS Newsman who invented "60 Minutes" and produced the popular newsmagazine for 36 years, dies. He was 86… Passing - Political columnist Robert Novak , after a battle with brain cancer…. Glenn Beck returns to Fox News Channel after a vacation with fewer companies willing to advertise on his show than when he left, part of the fallout from calling President Barack Obama a racist…. Passing - Ellie Greenwich , who co-wrote some of pop music's most enduring songs, including "Chapel of Love," "Be My Baby" and "Leader of the Pack" She was 68…. NBC’s “Today" show has hired As a new correspondent former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager. Hager, a 27-year-old teacher in Baltimore, will contribute stories about once a month…
September - Anand Jon Alexander - a fashion designer has been sentenced to 59 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting aspiring models he lured to Los Angeles…. Serena Williams was fined $10,000 Sunday for a profanity-laced tirade directed at a U.S. Open line judge, and an investigation is under way to determine whether there should be additional punishment.... ABC newsanchor Charlie Gibson announces his retirement at the end of the year and replacing him on ABC’s nightly newscast is Dianne Sawyer….. The final flicker of CBS' “Guiding Light,” as that venerable daytime drama logged its farewell hour after 72 years on the air… Passing – Henry Gibson (73)… Director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland as he arrived in the country for a film festival and could be extradited to the United States to face 32-year-old charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl…
October - Tiger Woods is the first athlete to reach a $billion dollars in career earnings, according to Forbes.com, cementing his status as the top pitchman/athlete in sports history….
Passing – Crooner great Al Martino (82)… "Spanish Eyes"
Passing - American wrestler and entertainer Captain Lou Albano, known for his outrageous declarations and unruly hair.. He was 76…
Passing – The one, the only - Soupy Sales (83)…
The New York Yankees defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in game 6 to win the World Series. Final was 7-3…
November - CNN anchor Lou Dobbs announced his resignation from the news network, effective immediately…. Passing - Ken Ober - hosted MTV’s “Remove Control” during the 1980’s. He was 52…. Tiger Woods did not suffer facial lacerations from a his SUV accident as reported.. They were inflicted by his wife, Elin Nordegren – according to a conversation Woods had after the accident. He said his wife had confronted him about reports that he was seeing another woman… Serena Williams was fined a record $82,500 for her U.S. Open tirade and could be suspended from that tournament if she has another "major offense" at any Grand Slam in the next two years…
Big bout in Las Vegas - Manny Pacquiao admitted that he was pushed to the limit when he went against Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto in their “Firepower” bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena....
December - Solange Magnano A 38-year-old former Miss Argentina has died from complications after undergoing cosmetic surgery on her buttocks…. Marketers have pulled all Tiger Woods ads from prime-time television broadcast networks and 19 cable channels following reported extramarital affairs. Included – a product endorsement for Gatorade. Later this week - Global consulting firm Accenture PLC has ended its relationship with Tiger Woods... Tiger Woods said he would take an indefinite break from professional golf, admitting he cheated on his wife and bowing to the pressure of two weeks of frenzied media scrutiny of his private life.... Zhu Zhu Pets- one of the holiday season’s hottest toy crazes, do not violate safety standards, federal toy regulators said after a consumer group raised concerns over the presence of a heavy metal on one model…. Passing - Actor Gene Barry (90)…. The Dallas Cowboys beat the unbeaten New Orleans Saints 24-17 leaving the Indianapolis Colts the only undefeated NFL team with 14 wins!... Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry dies, a 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…. Passing - George Michael - Legendary top-40 DJ in Philadelphia and New York. Later - hosted and produced the groundbreaking George Michael Sports Machine - seen Sunday nights. He was 70… Passing – Arnold Stang (90)…
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