Mr. Pop Culture Report – April 29…

Lady Gaga makes the Time top 100 most influential people (past year) – a list that just came out.  Besides Gaga, a number of musicians made the list, including Taylor Swift, Prince and Elton John.

And…

Lady Gaga’s former boyfriend, producer and business partner, is suing the pop star for $30.5 million, claiming he was pushed away after their failed romance. Songwriter-producer Rob Fusari’s lawsuit contends he transformed Stefani Germanotta into “Lady Gaga” and switched her rock riffs with dance beats to make her songs commercial hits. ” Lady Gaga, one of the world’s hottest recording acts, won two Grammys this year for her debut album.

Renewing one’s wedding vows is typically a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey prefer to do it a little more frequently than that — like every year! “I encourage everybody to do it. If you are happy and in love, celebrate it!” Cannon, 29, said Friday on his New York radio show, confirming that he and his pop-star wife, 40, will renew their vows — for a second time — to celebrate their second wedding anniversary.

Blasts Leno – In his first interview since quitting NBC in January, Conan O’Brien says that if the situation had been reversed, he would have gone “someplace else” rather than do what Leno had done. “He (Leno) went and took that show back and I think in a similar situation, if roles had been reversed, I know — I know me, I wouldn’t have done that,” O’Brien told “60 Minutes” in an interview to be broadcast on CBS on Sunday.

And – last year at this time – Can you believe It?…

Hugh Jackmanhas left his mark in Hollywood. The Australian actor had his hand and footprints cast in cement on Tuesday, in front of Hollywood’s historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

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.

Top movies this week in 2009 –

Obsessed

17 Again

Fighting

The Soloist

Earth

Monsters vs. Aliens

State of Play

Hannah Montana The Movie

Fast & Furious

High Voltage

I Love You, Man

Mr. Pop Culture Report – April 28…

Sandra Bullock says that she and her estranged husband, Jesse James, adopted a baby boy in January and that, in the wake of allegations of James’ infidelity, the Oscar-winning actress has filed for divorce and plans to raise the 3 1/2-month old child as a single mother.

Conan O’Brien – former “Tonight Show” host, will speak to CBS’ “60 Minutes” this Sunday in an interview conducted by Steve Kroft. O’Brien’s exit deal with NBC says he can’t do formal interviews until May 1. Sunday is May 2.

Hewlett-Packard announced Wednesday that it would buy struggling smart phone maker Palm for $1.2 billion. HP –  known more for its computers, notebooks and printers than its smart phones — will buy Palm for $5.70 a share in cash, a 23% premium over Palm’s closing price of $4.64 on Wednesday.

Hot albums this week in 2010 -

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber

Congratulations – MGMT

Now 33

Year of the Black Rainbow – Coheed And Cambria

Animal – Ke$ha

Still Standing – Monica

Mr. Pop Culture Report – April 26

American Idol” raised more than $15 million as part of their “Idol Gives Back” special, and one more contestant was sent home. Despite his good looks and contagious smile, Tim Urban was the contestant who was eliminated. Celebrities including Jennifer Garner, Elton John, the Black Eyed Peas, Joss Stone and Mary J. Blige showed their support at the “Idol Gives Back” charity event.

Music news – Teen sensation Justin Bieber was forced to cancel his only Australian gig on Monday after chaos broke out among fans. Scores of supporters camped overnight at Sydney Harbor to see their idol perform and by Monday morning, thousands of youngsters were packed into the Circular Quay area. The frenzied crowd began to surge, prompting police to cancel the event after “more than 100 teens” became “distressed,” according to officials.

Randy and Evi Quaid showed up in a criminal courtroom two weeks late Monday and were arrested on outstanding warrants, authorities said.The actor and his wife were ordered held on $100,000 bail and told to return for a court hearing Wednesday, Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said in an e-mail. The couple have repeatedly failed to show up in a Santa Barbara court for hearings in a felony case alleging that they defrauded an inn out of more than $10,000.

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1987 –

Sports – NBA playoffs – as Larry Bird helps the Celtics beat the Bulls in a 108-104 victory. Will the Bulls come back?

NBA Expansion – Both Miami and Orlando are awarded franchises and you can add those to Minneapolis and Charlotte. The Miami Heat, The Minneapolis Timberwovles and the Charlotte Sprit will begin play during the 1988-1989 season. The Orlando Magic begin in 1989-1990.

Technology – Apple Computer says it is creating an independent software company to develop, publish and market applications software for its Macintosh and Apple II personal computers. The company also will publish software products developed by other companies.

Entertainment news –

Actress Mia Farrow is pregnant, and the father is her long-time beau Woody Allen. , The baby will be her ninth child, five of whom were adopted. Farrow (42) and Allen (51) began their professional association in 1982 when Farrow made “A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy” and have made six movies together.

Elizabeth Taylor teams up with Japanese businessman Ryoochi Sasakawa in an alliance to bring her anti-AIDS crusade to that country. She’s also meeting with Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – April 21

Actor and director Leonard Nimoy (79) has announced plans to retire from acting after 60 years in the movie business. The “Star Trek” icon began his acting career in the early 1950s and rose to international stardom as Mr. Spock in the sci-fi series. He says, “I’ve been doing this professionally for 60 years. I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I’ve had a great, great time.”

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

Rude Boy – Rihanna

Hey, Soul Sister – Train

In My Head – Jason Derulo

Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz fea. Ludacris

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

Telephone – Lady Gaga fea. Beyonce

Rocker Courtney Love is changing her name to Courtney Michelle – and that’s that. The 45-year-old, born Courtney Michelle Harrison, also added that she is “sick” of talking about her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. “I am not his spokesperson on Earth,” she said. “I don’t know what he’d be like now, he could be into society girls, he could be into fat girls, he could be homosexual. We don’t know, he died at 27.”

Mr. Pop Archives – This Week In 1970 –

Phil Esposito scores a three-goal hat trick against Tony Esposito, his younger brother to lead Boston to a 6-3 victory over Chicago in the opening game of their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Eastern Division final playoff series.

Pitcher Tom Seaver drives in three runs with a single and a two-run double to score his first victory of the Season as the Mets defeat the St. Louis 6-4.

Music news – Three British pop singers are picking up $9.6 million on tours of the Untied States. Tom Jones, currently regarded as the world’s highest paid male singer, is on a four-month U.S. tour. He’ll make $4.8 million. Engelbert Humperdinck is set for a nine-month tour and will share $4.8 million with British songstress Lulu.

Entertainment News

Sock-It-To-Me girl Judy Carne makes her Broadway debut in “The Boy Friend” at the Ambassador Theater.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – April 20

Latest James Bond film suspends production - Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on BOND 23 indefinitely,” producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a joint statement. “We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of BOND 23.” MGM has been on the brink of bankruptcy as it works with creditors to find a new owner.

Goldman Sachs reaffirmed its leadership among Wall Street banks as it reported its first-quarter profits doubled. But the news was overshadowed by the investment bank’s growing legal problems. As Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executives held conference calls with banking industry analysts and reporters Tuesday, the questions focused more on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s civil fraud charges against the company rather than its $3.3 billion earnings.

Apple Explodes - The company sold almost 11 million iPods last quarter and doubled its iPhone sales from this time last year, selling a record 8.8 million smartphones during the quarter ended March 27. Those sales helped Apple report a profit of $3.1 billion on revenue of $13.5 billion, blowing past Wall Street’s expectations.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – April 19

All news on radio Station WINS (1010 WINS) NY is 45 years old. It was Monday, April 19, 1965 that WINS became all-news, switching from top-40 music (see below – this week in 1965)

At the 46th Annual Country Music Awards – Lady Antebellum leads with five wins at the 45th ACMs, while Carrie Underwood makes history by becoming the first woman to win entertainer of the year twice. Other winners include Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Brooks & Dunn.

Christina Hendricks has been named America’s best-looking woman in an Esquire Cover article, but there’s more than meets the eye with this one. For starters, though the article appears in a men’s magazine, the fiery “Mad Men” star won the best-looking title from a poll of over 10,000 women. Hendricks nabbed 30 percent of the votes that were cast, beating out the likes of Megan Fox, who got 14 percent of the votes, and Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima  who got 17 percent. Fox was last year’s title-holder in Esquire‘s annual issue dedicated to the fairer sex.

Facebook – the social networking giant – with 400 million users worldwide – will push its “like” feature onto other Web sites, enabling users to share preferences for news stories, Web sites and products more easily. Currently, Facebook users click the “like” button on Facebook.com to alert their online friends that they find a certain status update, photo or other Facebook item interesting. The reported change would put that functionality on many other Web sites, too, linking a person’s preferences for all kinds of things into the Facebook social network.

This Week In 1965 From The Mr. Pop Culture Archives -

The New York World’s Fair opens for its second season. The
honors were performed by Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
The second season will include more exhibits and more free
shows. Here are some features – Kodak will show some of
funnyman Herb Shriner’s “Madcap Movies’ for its pavilion …
Ford has added an animated show featuring its Philco
Appliances … The Spanish Pavilion is replacing the Goyas
and El Greco paintings shown last year with other
masterpieces brought from Spain … Walt Disney has
overhauled “Moments with Mr. Lincoln” – with the addition of
new movements … There will be discotheques for dancing in
the Bourbon St. and Pavilion of Paris buildings … Pope Paul’s
jeweled tiara, will be on display … Disneyland cartoon
characters will answer the phone for children at the Bell
Pavilion. Fair admission price is up 50 cents for adults to $2.50 … Children can
get in for 25 cents.
Radio news – Gary Stevens is the new nighttime DJ – the most coveted teenage
radio slot in radio – at WMCA, New York – replacing B. Mitchel Reed. Stevens
comes from WKNR, Detroit … “Goodguy” Jack Spector – 1-4pm DJ on WMCA is
now doing a daily 7 to 8pm show via tape on Radio Caroline South and North.
Tune in if you’re in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, France or
Holland.
New York’s 1010-WINS goes all-news this week. The music station, owned by
Group W – Westinghouse Broadcasting had been sluggish in the ratings overall
the past few years, slipping to #6 overall. The new WINS format was inspired by
two elements: the station took a survey last year with many responses saying “a
talking newspaper” might be viable. Group W was also intrigued by Gorden
McLendon’s Chicago all-news station – WNUS, which switched to the format
September of last year. Critics doubt that WINS will be all-news for long. Most of
the stories are turning over every 15 minutes, so there’s not much incentive to
stay with the station very long. WINS is betting many listeners will tune-in for its
continuous news blocks to attract advertisers. Most New York radio stations
feature news twice an hour. Group W says it’s committed to the format.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – April 16

3D TV Concerns – According to Samsung, children and teenagers may be more at risk to health issues related to 3D viewing. Those with family history of epilepsy or strokes are warned that exposure to flashing lights may cause seizures. Who else should avoid watching television in 3D? Pregnant women, the elderly, the sleep-deprived, those suffering from serious medical conditions and anyone under the influence of alcohol.Samsung also warned people to stop watching 3D if they experience any of the following symptoms: altered vision, lightheadedness, dizziness, – involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching, confusion, nausea, convulsions, cramps, and disorientation.

PR Power Play – Ryan Seacrest Saves The Day – American Idol” contestant Crystal Bowersox has been a frontrunner on the FOX reality competition from the start, but she reportedly almost quit the show two weeks ago. She walked off the show and was ready to call it quits, when host Ryan Seacrest saved the day. Crystal reportedly told Ryan, “What’s the point?” and said she couldn’t handle the competition. The singer said she was planning on leaving and returning to Ohio to be with her family.

(Spotting a Trend) Radio Producer Is Looking For This (This Week) - I am looking for someone who can address a recent article on a clothing chain who pulled it’s bikinis because they had padded tops. What does selling this type of product do for a young girls self esteem? Is the media/ marketing companies making our kids grow up faster than they are ready for?

He Loves His Pad - When Norway’s prime minister found himself stuck in New York as a volcanic cloud grounded flights to Europe, he fired up his new Apple iPad and did the job remotely. In what could be a first for the new gadget, Jens Stoltenberg told CNN he used the iPad to manage the situation at home as Norway closed its airspace under threat from the ash.A photograph of Stoltenberg using the device was posted on the Internet by Norwegian officials under the title “The prime minister is working at the airport.

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.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – April 12

TBS Gets Conan – Late-night mainstay Conan O’Brien is headed to TBS to resume his comedic duties with a talk show expected to debut in November, the network says.The program will air Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. Eastern, shifting TBS’ “Lopez Tonight,” starring George Lopez, to midnight. The surprise announcement hit the same day O’Brien starts a two-month, nationwide comedy tour in Eugene, Ore., amid persistent reports that he was likely to claim Fox as his new late-night home.

Trend – A New Arbitron (radio ratings company) study shows for the first time more people would rather surf the Internet than watch TV.

Apple has unveiled details of its next-generation iPhone operating system in a press event at the company’s headquarters. The new operating system, iPhone OS 4, will be released to developers this week and to consumers this summer. It will give developers access to calendar, photo library, still image and video data, and includes features aimed at helping apps run faster. As expected, the new OS will support multitasking of apps.

Passing – From TV – “Designing Women” star Dixie Carter, whose Southern charm and natural beauty won her a host of television roles, has died at age 70. Carter died Saturday morning, according to publicist Steve Rohr, who represents Carter and her husband, actor Hal Holbrook. He declined to disclose the cause of death or where she died. Carter lived with Holbrook in the Los Angeles area.

Hot movies –

Date Night (1st week – $27 million)

Clash of the Titans

How To Train Your Dragon

Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?

The Last Song

Alice in Wonderland

Mr. Pop Culture Report – April 8

Ipad Glitches – Apple is acknowledging complaints that its new iPad computer has trouble connecting to the Internet. And it’s offering some possible solutions. “Under certain conditions, iPad may not automatically rejoin a known Wi-Fi network after restart or waking from sleep,” Apple said on its technical support site.

Oh Yes – For OS4 - Apple has unveiled details of its next-generation iPhone operating system in a press event at the company’s headquarters here. The new operating system, iPhone OS 4, will be released to developers this week and to consumers this summer. It will give developers access to calendar, photo library, still image and video data, and includes features aimed at helping apps run faster. As expected, the new OS will support multitasking of apps.

Don’t Expect Him Home Anytime Soon - Survivor” producer Bruce Beresford-Redman is a suspect in his wife’s death days after reporting her missing in the resort city of Cancun, a Mexican official said. The body of Monica Beresford-Redman was found Thursday in a sewer at the swanky Moon Palace resort where the family was on vacation, according to the official at the office of the attorney general for Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located. A witness at the hotel saw the couple arguing Sunday, and Bruce Beresford-Redman has been detained as a suspect.

Music Passing – The British agent for former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren says the music impresario has died in New York. He was 64. Les Molloy says McLaren had been suffering from cancer for some time and died Thursday. The multitalented McLaren rose to fame as the colorful manager of seminal punk band The Sex Pistols. The art college dropout is also known for his famous “Let It Rock” clothes shop he opened on London’s Kings Road with Vivienne Westwood.

Retro question of the day - Mr. Pop – Can you name an oldie that was essentially a top-5 dance record named after an animal? Mr. Pop – Has to be “The Horse” by Cliff Noble & CO. 1968 was the year.