Mr. Pop History – In a continuing series here at Mr. Pop – here’s another great one.
This began airing around 1972. It’s the Canada Dry (taste like love) campaign for radio. Wonderfully produced! 104 – Canada Dry Commercial
Mr. Pop History – In a continuing series here at Mr. Pop – here’s another great one.
This began airing around 1972. It’s the Canada Dry (taste like love) campaign for radio. Wonderfully produced! 104 – Canada Dry Commercial
The Week Of February 15, 2011 in news, pop culture, technology, entertainment and more.
Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com
In The News -
Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, who has dodged corruption trials and no-confidence votes with the skill of an Olympic athlete, faced a potentially fatal challenge to his power Tuesday when a judge ordered him to stand trial on prostitution and abuse of power charges. Berlusconi is going on trial April 6 in Milan on charges that he paid for sex with a 17-year-old Moroccan girl and then tried to cover it up. Berlusconi has been in court for a number of business-related charges, but this is the first time the 74-year-old billionaire businessman is being tried for personal conduct.
The Dalai Lama’s nephew was killed Monday (Feb. 14) along a Florida highway during one of his long treks to bring awareness to the Tibetan struggle for independence from China, officials said. Jigme K. Norbu, 45, was hit by an SUV around 7:30 p.m. on State Road A1A along the state’s eastern coast, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Police released few other details.
Consumers bought more from retailers for a seventh straight month in January. But snowstorms limited the spending gains expected from workers with more money in their paychecks from a Social Security tax cut. Retail sales rose 0.3 percent last month to $318.6 billion, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Demand rose at department stores, electronic stores and auto dealerships. Sales have risen more than 14 percent from the recession low in December 2008.
Bernard L. Madoff said he never thought the collapse of his Ponzi scheme would cause the sort of destruction that has befallen his family. In his first interview for publication since his arrest in December 2008, Mr. Madoff — looking noticeably thinner and rumpled in khaki prison garb — maintained that family members knew nothing about his crimes. But during a private two-hour interview in a visitor room here on Tuesday (Feb.16) and in earlier e-mail exchanges, he asserted that unidentified banks and hedge funds were somehow “complicit” in his elaborate fraud, an about-face from earlier claims that he was the only person involved in the fraud.
Hundreds of people clashed with police and government supporters overnight in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, a witness and local media said, in a rare show of unrest in the oil exporting country. Libya has been tightly controlled by leader Muammar Gaddafi for over 40 years but has also felt the ripples from popular revolts in its neighbors Egypt and Tunisia.
Iraq’s capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
The city’s government issued its demands in a statement on Wednesday that said Baghdad’s infrastructure and aesthetics have been seriously damaged by the American military.
MANAMA, Bahrain – Army patrols and tanks locked down the capital of this tiny Gulf kingdom after riot police swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into demonstrators, many of them sleeping, in a pre-dawn assault Thursday that uprooted their protest camp demanding political change. Medical officials said four people were killed.
More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, one week after claims had fallen to the lowest level in nearly three years. The big drop a week earlier had occurred largely because bad weather in many parts of the country had kept people from applying for benefits. The Labor Department said Thursday that 410,000 people sought unemployment assistance last week, a jump of 25,000 from the previous week. The rise was much larger than economists had expected.
Bahrain’s leaders banned public gatherings and sent tanks into the streets Thursday (Feb. 17), intensifying a crackdown that killed five anti-government protesters, wounded more than 200 and turned a hospital into a cauldron of anguish and rage against the monarchy. Bahrain’s streets were mostly empty after the bloody clampdown, but thousands defied authorities by marching in cities in Libya and Yemen as the wave of political unrest continued in the wake of uprisings that toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia.
The father of The 5 Browns musical group pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing his daughters when they were children. With scratches on his face from a car crash, 55-year-old Keith Brown entered his plea to three felony counts in Fourth District Court.Court records show Utah County prosecutors charged Brown with one first-degree felony count of sodomy on a child and two second-degree felony counts of sexual abuse of a child. Brown’s daughters are part of the classical piano group The 5 Browns whose albums have topped the classical music charts and who have appeared on “Oprah” and other shows.
Protesters who have descended on Wisconsin’s Capitol in hopes of halting a Republican effort to end a half-century of collective bargaining rights for public workers steeled themselves for a long fight, buoyed by Democrats’ decision to flee to avoid the measure’s near-certain passage. With Democrats saying they won’t return before Saturday, it was unclear when the Senate would be able to begin debating the measure meant to ease the state’s budget woes. Democrats who disappeared Thursday at first kept their whereabouts secret, then started to emerge to give interviews and fan the protests.
Thousands of mourners called for the downfall of Bahrain’s ruling monarchy and worshippers at Friday prayers chanted against the king as anger shifted toward the nation’s highest authorities after a deadly assault on pro-reform protesters that has brought army tanks into the streets of one of the most strategic Western allies in the Gulf. The cries against the king and his inner circle — at a main Shiite mosque and at burials for those killed in Thursday’s crushing attack — reflect an important escalation of the political uprising, which began with calls to weaken the Sunni monarchy’s power and address claims of discrimination against the Shiite majority in the tiny island nation.
Jolted to action by deficit-conscious newcomers, the Republican-controlled agreed early Saturday to cut $61 billion from hundreds of federal programs and shelter coal companies, oil refiners and farmers from new government regulations. By a 235-189 vote, largely along party lines, the House sent the bill to the Senate, where it faces longer odds, and defied a veto threat from President Barack Obama.
Libyans set up neighborhood patrols in the shaken eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday as police disappeared from the streets following an attack by government forces on a two-day-old encampment of protesters demanding an end to Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, eyewitnesses said. The situation in the North African nation has become increasingly chaotic, with a human rights group estimating 84 people have died in a harsh crackdown on anti-Gadhafi demonstrations and the U.S.-based Arbor Networks security company saying Internet service was cut off around 2 a.m. Saturday, eliminating a critical link to the outside world.
Banks across Egypt threw open their doors Sunday, returning to business after an almost weeklong closure mandated by the central bank because of strikes and labor protests that have hampered efforts to reboot the nation’s economy. It marked the second time in three weeks that Egypt’s banks have reopened after a state-ordered closure,
As union supporters moved inside for a sixth straight day of protests at the Wisconsin Capitol, Gov. Scott Walker reiterated Sunday (Feb.20) that he wouldn’t compromise on the issue that had mobilized them, a bill that would eliminate most of public employees’ collective bargaining rights. Democratic lawmakers have said they and union members would agree to financial concessions that the Republican governor wants in exchange for workers keeping their collective bargaining rights. But Walker said he wasn’t willing to budge, and he expected the bill to pass as is.
A Delta plane’s engine failed in mid-air over Florida, forcing the flight to make an emergency landing Sunday morning, authorities said. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said it was a so-called “contained” engine failure, meaning small parts such as fan blades came out the back of the engine. A more dangerous scenario would be if the pieces penetrated the engine’s cover and were uncontained.
A spate of attacks on taxis in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco has left 12 taxi drivers or passengers dead, police said Sunday, just hours before the Mexican Open tennis tournament is scheduled to start.
Acapulco has been the scene of bloody drug cartel turf wars, and taxi drivers have often been targeted for extortion or recruited by the gangs to act as lookouts or transport drugs.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to an Afghan government office Monday, killing at least 30 people — many who were waiting in line to obtain government identification cards, police said. The attack occurred around noon in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan where there has been a sharp slide in security in recent months, said district police chief Abdul Qayum Ebrahimi. At least 40 people were wounded in the blast, he said
Libyan protesters celebrated in the streets of Benghazi on Monday (Feb.21), claiming control of the country’s second largest city after bloody fighting, and anti-government unrest spread to the capital with clashes in Tripoli’s main square for the first time. Moammar Gadhafi’s son vowed that his father and security forces would fight “until the last bullet.”
Michael Waltrip won at Daytona on the 10-year anniversary of his Waltrip passed Elliott Sadler in the final hundred yards of the season-opening Trucks Series race Friday night, then celebrated an emotional victory a decade after his car owner died on the last lap of the Daytona 500. Waltrip had tears in his eyes as he talked about what the win meant. He also became the 22nd driver to win races in each of NASCAR’s top three series.
But Wait – Sunday’s A Different Story – We knew that the two-by-two racing would play a significant role in Sunday’s Daytona 500. And we knew that Michael Waltrip would have a significant role on the 10th anniversary of his landmark 2001 win. As it turns out, both storylines blended early in the race, with catastrophic effect. In Lap 29, Michael Waltrip, pushing David Reutimann, got misaligned and spun Reutimann, triggering a wreck that took out literally one-third of the field. Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Brian Vickers, Greg Biffle, Marcos Ambros and feel-good story Brian Keselowski were among those collected in the wreck.
Kobe Bryant scored 37 points and was named the most valuable player in leading the West to a 148-143 victory over the East in the 60th NBA All-Star Game today at Staples Center. Bryant was five points off the record 42 set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. It was the most points he scored in his 12 All-Star Games. LeBron James and Amar’e Stoudemire each scored 29 for the East. James had a team-high 12 rebounds and a game-high 10 assists. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh added 14 each, Ray Allen 12 and Joe Johnson and Derrick rose 11 each.
Apple is saying that if publishers want to sell digital newspapers and magazines for the iPhone and iPad, they must give customers the option of paying through its iTunes store. Apple Inc.. receives a 30 percent cut from such sales. If people choose to leave the app anyway and buy through a Web browser, Apple does not receive any of the proceeds. That option will remain available. News Corp. unveiled The Daily, the first iPad-only newspaper, this month. People are charged through iTunes for a subscription.
A powerful solar eruption that has already disturbed radio communications in China could disrupt electrical power grids and satellites used on Earth in the next days, NASA said. The massive sunspot, which astronomers say is the size of Jupiter, is the strongest solar flare in four years, NASA said Wednesday.
A new version of board game staple Monopoly will ditch the dice and paper money in exchange for an ominous computer tower that monitors player activity. Hasbro unveiled the product –somewhat ironically dubbed “Monopoly Live” — at this week’s Toy Fair in New York. The ten-inch tower sits in the middle of the game board, using infrared technology to keep track of the action while barking out instructions to players. Move one too many spaces? The all seeing eye computer tower will know. It even rolls the (virtual) dice for you.
SONY has launched the latest iTunes competitor in the United States. “Music Unlimited” was unveiled last September in the U.K. Now, Sony and three other record labels have introduced the streaming music service in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. Sony aims to introduce the service, which offers basic membership for $3.99 a month, in at least nine more countries before the end of the year. Music Unlimited, which has more than six million songs, lets Sony Music Entertainment and partners Unversal Music Group, EMI Music and Warner Music Group sell directly to customers, giving them increased control over revenue as the industry battles piracy and declining CD sales.
To keep up with soaring sales of Apple’s hit iPad tablet, competitors will have to do more than just design and market a good rival. A report Friday said they may face problems building them.
It’s no secret that Apple, which sold more than 14 million iPads last year and could see sales of more than 45 million in 2011, hedges its bets by ordering components it needs in massive quantities, ahead of demand.
Entertainment news –
Billy Ray Cyrus says the Disney TV show “Hannah Montana” destroyed his family, causing his divorce and sending daughter Miley Cyrus spinning out of control. In a December interview published in the Feb. 22 issue of GQ Magazine, Cyrus said he wished the show that launched his daughter to pop stardom had never happened” “I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I’d take it back in a second,” Cyrus said. “For my family to be here and just be everybody OK, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic. Heck, yeah. I’d erase it all in a second if I could.”
Passing – actor Kenneth Mars – best known for his performance as a Nazi playwright in the original film version of The Producers. He was 75.
Former pro-wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson will host WrestleMania XXVII on April 3 in Atlanta, the WWE announced on Tuesday. “I’m absolutely thrilled and fired up to be the host of WrestleMania. My goal was to partner up with Vince McMahon and WWE to create and deliver something globally entertaining and electrifying,” the star said in a press release. “As an actor, entertainer and someone who both loves and has grown up in the sports entertainment business, the opportunity to host 75,000 passionate fans in a live venue, not to mention the millions that will be watching worldwide, is not only thrilling but quite honestly the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s going to be one helluva an epic night.”
David Cassidy has pleaded no contest in a Florida court to driving under the influence, officials said. Cassidy, 60, is a singer-actor best known for his work on the TV series “The Partridge Family.” He was arrested in November after he was allegedly spotted driving erratically. Police said Cassidy claimed he was tired and admitted having taken a hydrocodone tablet earlier in the day. Investigators also said they found a half-empty bottle of bourbon in his car. Cassidy will be on probation for a year.
Mickey Rooney has been granted a restraining order against his stepson.According to court documents, the veteran actor, who rose to stardom in the 1930s, is claiming that Chris Aber has been withholding food and medicine from him and meddling in his personal finances. Earlier this week, a Los Angeles Superior Court approved the order that requires Aber to stay 100 yards away from Rooney.
Passing – Walter Seltzer, a Hollywood press agent turned producer, died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s retirement home. He was 96.
Music news –
Lady Gaga makes an appearance on “Good Morning America.”
Fresh off his weekend Grammy win, singer Bruno Mars pleaded guilty to cocaine possession on Wednesday but avoided jail in exchange for probation, community service and drug counseling. Mars, 25, who had a breakthrough year in 2010 with hits “Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade”, made a brief appearance in a Las Vegas courtroom where a judge sanctioned a plea deal worked out with prosecutors. Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, was arrested in September in a bathroom at the Hard Rock Hotel with a bag of cocaine, according to a police report.
Rod Stewart got another reason to rock: He just became a father for the eighth time! Stewart’s wife Penny Lancaster gave birth to a son, Aiden, on Wednesday, the 66-year-old rocker’s rep tells us.
Passing – John Strauss, a composer and sound editor whose work includes theme songs from early TV shows and the film and soundtrack for Oscar best picture winner “Amadeus,” has died. He was 90.
Michael Jackson’s’s estate has generated $310 million in revenue from album sales, a film, merchandising and other products since the “Thriller” singer died in 2009, according to court papers filed on Thursday. His estate’s administrators have used $159 million to pay down the pop star’s debt, which when Jackson died amounted to more than $400 million, court records show.
Thursday was a big day in the world of 10-year-old Canadian singers!
Canada in the Spotlite – First, Lady Gaga threw her support behind Winnipeg resident Maria Lourdes Aragon’s YouTube performance of “Born This Way,” and now, Simon Cowell has added a different 10-year-old performer — Toronto native Heather Russell — to his record label. The former “American Idol” judge/music mogul gave Heather a contract after viewing a YouTube video of the budding artist – shared with him by former “Canadian Idol” judge Zack Werner.
Justin Bieber finally won a trophy in L.A. The teen singing sensation, who was shut out at the Grammys, was chosen most valuable player despite playing for the losing team in the NBA All-Star celebrity game on Friday night. Bieber had eight points, four assists and two rebounds for the West team, which lost 54-49 to the East at the Los Angeles Convention Center.With actorJamie Foxx and Lakers star Lamar Odom watching, Bieber missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it with 30 seconds to go. Afterward, the 16-year-old was hurried off the court by burly security guards.
Bieber’s week began when he lost out on his two Grammy nominations at Staples Center. But things picked up with another TV guest appearance on “CSI” and his “Never Say Never” concert movie was No. 2 at the box office.
Television news –
In the ”Jeopardy” battle of man vs. machine, man and machine were neck-and-neck on Monday (Feb.14). Human player Brad Rutter and the supercomputer named Watson ended an initial round tied at $5,000. The other challenger, human Ken Jennings, was far behind with $2,000. Rutter (the show’s all-time money-winner with $3.25 million) and Jennings (who has the longest winning streak at 74 games) are the most successful players in “Jeopardy!” history. Watson, named for IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, is powered by 10 racks of computer servers running the Linux operating system.
Passing – Actor Len Lesser — perhaps best known as “Uncle Leo” on Seinfeld — passed away on Wednesday at age 88. The actor died in his Burbank, Calif. home of pneumonia related to cancer.
“Two and a Half Men” will resume production Feb. 28.Four more episodes will be produced this season, instead of eight as originally planned. The CBS comedy has been on hiatus since Charlie Sheen entered rehab Jan. 28, a day after being admitted to a hospital because of abdominal pain. Up to $250 million in domestic syndication deals — as well as millions more in ad revenue — were in jeopardy because of the shutdown. Sheen reportedly offered to cover one-third of the salaries of the “Two and a Half Men” crew during the shutdown if CBS and Warner Bros. TV would pay the rest.
Hot hits this week –
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Firework – Katy Perry
Black and Yellow Wiz Khalifa
F**in’ Perfect – P!nk
Grenade – Bruno Mars
F**k You (Forget You) – Cee Lo Green
Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You) – Enrique Iglesias fea. Ludacris & DJ Frank E
S&M – Rihanna
The Time (Dirty Bit) – The Black Eyed Peas
Hold It Against Me – Britney Spears
Hey Baby (Drop It TO the Floor) – Pitbull fea. T-Pain
What The Hell – Avril Lavigne
Rocketeer – Far*East Movement fea. Ryan Tedder
What’s My Name? Rihanna fea. Drake
6 Foot 7 Foot – Lil Wayne fea. Cory Gunz
Raise Your Glass – P!nk
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Hit the Lights – Jay Sean fea. Lil Wayne
We R Who We R – Ke$ha
Moment 4 Life – Nicki Minaj fea. Drake
More – Usher
Yeah 3X – Chris Brown
I Do – Colbie Caillat
Back to December – Taylor Swift
Never Say Never – Justin Bieber fea. Jaden Smith
Hip Sunday Night TV (TV Squad)
ABC: ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’
CBS: ’60 Minutes’
ABC: ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’
CBS: ‘The Amazing Race’ (season premiere)
FOX: ‘The Simpsons’
Disney: ‘Good Luck Charlie’
ESPN: ‘Year of the Quarterback’
Sundance: ‘Brick City’
FOX: ‘Bob’s Burgers’
Disney: ‘Shake It Up!’
ABC: ‘Desperate Housewives’
CBS: ‘Undercover Boss’
NBC: ‘Saturday Night Live Backstage’
FOX: ‘Family Guy’
PBS: ‘Masterpiece Classic’
Food Network: ‘Worst Cooks in America’
History Channel: ‘Ax Men’
Cooking Channel: ‘Food(ography)’
Style: ‘Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane’
HBO: ‘Big Love’
FOX: ‘The Cleveland Show’
Showtime: ‘Episodes’ (season finale)
ABC: ‘Brothers & Sisters’
CBS: ‘CSI: Miami’
Food Network: ‘Iron Chef America’
Bravo: ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’
HGTV: ‘House Hunters’
Comedy Central: ‘Wanda Sykes: I’ma Be Me’
E!: ‘Kourtney & Kim Take New York’
Style: ‘The Dish’
HGTV: ‘House Hunters International’
E!: ‘Holly’s World’
Cartoon Network: ‘Robot Chicken’
Top TV This Week –
|2.||American Idol” (Wednesday)||FOX|
|3.||American Idol” (Thursday)||FOX|
|5.||NCIS: Los Angeles||CBS|
|6.||Two and a Half Men||CBS|
|10.||The Big Bang Theory||CBS|
|11.||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||CBS|
|12.||Mike & Molly||CBS|
|15.||The Good Wife||CBS|
All media is rapidly moving online. Print, audio, video and everything in between. And, it’s all about content. Jerry Barmash made the transition to paid online writer – reporting on… the media! And, he’s pretty good it at.
Conducted by Gary West @www.mrpophistory.com and www.mrpopculture.com
Mr. Pop: Jerry – where can we find your work?
Jerry B. – I write for Fishbowl, New York which is part of Media Bistro. They have sites that deal with media, literature and others. I’ve been there since August. Before that, I worked for Examiner.com.
Mr. Pop: And, you have a radio background.
Jerry B. – Yes for 20 years, so I have a lot of connections and experience. Radio of course, gave me in interest in television – and that’s what I write about at Fishbowl: New York radio and television.
Mr. Pop: Yes, you seem to be on top of things in the radio and television world. I am very impressed with your style. You’ve seem to have conquered the concept of nailing a story – but not using a lot of space. Writing on-line is different than writing for print – isn’t it?
Jerry B. – That’s correct. On-line, readers don’t have time – and I guess I’ve adapted to that style. The challenge is to write to your audience and still make it interesting, with fewer words.
Mr. Pop: Yes – stories must be shorter these days, but you have to use stronger sentence structure – get in, tell the story and get out without missing the essence. That’s not easy.
Jerry B. – That’s correct.
Mr. Pop: Let’s go back to your former work at Examiner. That was interesting because you really got paid per click. For our readers, that means you had to create, develop and nurture an audience, didn’t you?
Jerry B. – Yes, pay-per-click means you’re self-marketing. So, I began by creating a Twitter page, a regular Facebook page, then a Facebook fan page. And I developed an e-mail list.
Mr. Pop: This is such a great lesson for those looking to get more exposure online. So, your updates were then posted across the board?
Jerry B. – Yes and that would include the latest updates. Remember – the whole idea is to get your audience wanting more.
Mr. Pop: Jerry, obviously you have other fans. You were just featured on Joey Reynolds’ new television talk show. What was that like?
Jerry B. – For me, it was nerve-wracking. I’d worked on the air at radio stations, worked at television stations, but had never done anything like this. But, those who have seen it have said, I was relaxed and I got a few one-liners in there.
Mr. Pop: So you must have done an OK job. Joey Reynolds is such a radio legend, so that in itself must have put you at ease. When you worked for Bloomberg radio, you got to work with another favorite of mine – radio news anchor and reporter Mitch Lebe.
Jerry B. – He’s one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet, but beyond that – he was as talented as you can get.
Mr. Pop: I’m glad to see he’s still on the air – now at Talkradio WABC. Jerry, thanks so much for your time. Keep up the great work!
You can find Jerry here – www.jerrybarmash.com
Mr. Pop History – Charlie Sheen has nothing on the year 1997 when actors Christian Slater, Martin Lawrence , Hugh Grant and Robert Downey Jr. were doing “bad” things. August of that year, it was a continuing list of bad publicity for Slater, Lawrence and Downey, while Hugh Grant was in trouble for getting caught with a prostitute near Hollywood – in a car.
The public seems to tolerate misbehavior – if the celebrity comes with a pre-conceived “roguish” image. Pop history tells us – Slater, Lawrence and Downey came through fine. Grant, though not a rogue, was “forgiven” as well. He (masterfully) made fun of his escapade on TV talk shows, endearing him to his audience.
You can check the week-by-week pages of Mr. Pop to find out more.
Mr. Pop History – Let’s face it, Tiger Woods isn’t the golf leader he once use to be. Way to many gaffe’s lately.
The first true media superstar of golf was Sam Snead. And, he had his own golf show – a syndicated TV feature back in the 1950′s titled, “The Sam Snead Show.”
Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com and www.mrpophistory.com
Mr Pop History – It’s amazing with today’s technology – you can do a radio show from your house. Back in October of 1990 – R&B DJ Tom Joyner celebrated FIVE years commuting between mornings at KKDA-FM (K-104) in Dallas and afternoons at WGCI-FM, Chicago.
At first, it was five days a week, but Joyner, who lived in Texas, began to do his WGCI-FM Chicago show from a sister station in Dallas – twice a week. Joyner, who was nicknamed “Flyjock” – became an expert on commuter travel: “People think my worst time for traveling would be winter, but there are actually more problems in spring and early summer because of the electrical storms that can completely shut down an airport.”
These days, Tom Joyner does a popular syndicated morning show – heard on many stations – from a single location!
Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com and www.mrpophistory.com
Mr. Pop History – Keanu Reeve’s band was “Dogstar” and they began recording back in 1996. Their first was released was an EP titled, “Quatro Formagi,” released in July 1996. A full album, “Our Little Visionary,” was released August 27. Not a bad band.
This was back when Rapper 2Pac ruled the pop charts. His “How do U Want It” was #1 around that time.
Mr. Pop History – Some interesting Saturday Night Live trivia. Back in 1998 – Mike Myers was doing those “coffee talk” skits on Saturday Night Live (remember?) TV being TV and all that, somehow, his mother-in-law (somehow) got a TV talk pilot made (for real) – and it was titled, “Coffee Talk With Linda Richman.” It was another celebrity interview type show. I kid you not!
Sometimes – you have to wonder about all the ego satisfying in TV and showbiz. It never went into production.
Mr. Pop History – When it debuted back in 1990, MTV “Unplugged” was loved by music critics. Artists singing their songs the acoustic way – and it really made for some interesting song translation. But, Paul McCartney became the first artist to release his MTV appearance when Capitol put out “Unplugged” The Official Bootleg” in the summer of 1991.
By the summer of 1992 – that success spurred “Unplugged” CD success by the likes of Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton and Sting. It was sticking – and there was much more to come!
Gary West – www.mrpopculture.com
The Week Of February 8, 2011 In News, Pop Culture, Entertainment, Technology, Trends.
Compiled By GaryWest @ www.mrpopculture.com and www.mrpophistory.com
In The News –
President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion investment in high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jumpstart job creation. An initial $8 billion investment will be part of the budget plan Obama is set to release Monday. If Congress approves the plan, the money would go toward developing or improving trains that travel up to 250 miles per hour, and connecting existing rail lines to new projects. The White House wouldn’t say where the money for the rest of the program would come from, though it’s likely Obama would seek funding in future budgets or transportation bills.
A young leader of Egypt’s anti-government protesters, newly released from detention, joined a massive crowd of hundreds of thousands in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for the first time Tuesday, greeted by cheers, whistling and thunderous applause when he declared: “We will not abandon our demand and that is the departure of the regime.” Wael Ghonim, the 30-year-old Google Inc. marketing manager who was a key organizer of the online campaign that sparked the first protest on Jan. 25 to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Straight from his release from 12 days of detention, Ghonim gave an emotionally charged television interview Monday night where he sobbed over those who have been killed in two weeks of clashes.
Employers posted fewer job openings in December, the second straight month of declines. That’s a sign hiring is still weak even as the economy is gaining strength. The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised nearly 3.1 million jobs that month, a drop of almost 140,000 from November. That’s the lowest total since September.
Passing – J. Paul Getty III, the troubled grandson of one of the world’s richest men who lost an ear in a grisly kidnapping as a teenager and suffered a devastating stroke as a young man, has died. He was 54. His son, actor Balthazar Getty, confirmed that his father had died last Saturday at his Buckinghamshire estate northwest of London surrounded by his family. The cause of death was not disclosed, but Getty had been gravely ill for some time.
A second powerful blizzard in a week roared through parts of the nation’s midsection on Wednesday, bringing biting winds and dumping a foot of snow on areas still digging out from last week’s major storm.The storm that rolled into Oklahoma on Tuesday had dropped about a foot of snow by Wednesday morning in Bartlesville, about 50 miles north of Tulsa, and another 9 inches across the state line in Siloam Springs, Ark., said Michael Lacy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa. He said strong winds created blizzard conditions that limited visibility and made travel hazardous. Heavy snow was reported in parts of Kansas and Texas.
A natural gas explosion rocked a downtown (Allentown, PA) neighborhood overnight, leveling two houses and spawning fires that burned for hours through an entire row of neighboring homes. One person was killed, and at least five others were unaccounted for Thursday.
President Barack Obama wants nearly all Americans to have access to speedy wireless services. He’s promoting that plan in a small city in Michigan that’s becoming a model for how the Internet can bring prosperity to far-flung places. Obama on Thursday heads to Marquette, Mich., a university and tourism town of 20,000 overlooking Lake Superior that cherishes both its geographical remoteness and technological savvy.
Egypt’s powerful military tried to defuse outrage over President Hosni Mubarak’s refusal to step down, assuring it would guarantee promised reforms. But hundreds of thousands only grew angrier, deluging squares in at least three major cities Friday and marching on presidential palaces and the state TV building, key symbols of the authoritarian regime. A day after handing most of his powers to his vice president, Mubarak flew to the Sinai resort of Sham el-Sheikh, some 250 miles away from the turmoil. He has a palace there where he often lives and works during the winter.
Fireworks burst over Tahrir Square and Egypt exploded with joy and tears of relief after pro-democracy protesters brought down President Hosni Mubarak with a momentous march on his palaces and state TV. Mubarak, who until the end seemed unable to grasp the depth of resentment over his three decades of authoritarian rule, finally resigned Friday and handed power to the military.
House Republicans called for cuts in hundreds of programs across the face of government Friday night in a $61 billion savings package toughened at the last minute at the demand of tea party-backed conservatives. From education to job training, the environment and nutrition, few domestic programs were left untouched — and some were eliminated — in the measure, which is expected to reach the floor for a vote next week.
More Egypt – The ruling military pledged Saturday (Feb.12) to eventually hand power to an elected civilian government and reassured allies that Egypt will abide by its peace treaty with Israel after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, as it outlined the first cautious steps in a promised transition to greater democracy.
A man accused of going on a bloody 28-hour rampage through New York City was expected to appear in court Sunday, a day after he was tackled on a subway train by police.Maksim Gelman, 23, was to be arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court in the deaths of four people, including his stepfather, a female acquaintance and her mother, and a complete stranger he ran over with a car, prosecutors said. The violent spree started just after 5 a.m. Friday, when police say Gelman snapped during an argument over the use of his mother’s Lexus sedan. His stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, intervened and was stabbed to death at their apartment in Brooklyn. Police found the 54-year-old’s body in his home. His mother was uninjured. Later that morning, Gelman turned up at the home of a 20-year-old acquaintance, Yelena Bulchenko, and stabbed to death her mother, 56-year-old Anna Bulchenko. When Yelena arrived home at about 4 p.m., she found her mother dead in a pool of blood and called 911. But Gelman was waiting for her there, chased her outside and stabbed her 11 times, authorities said.
Thousands of Algerians defied a government ban on protests and a massive deployment of riot police to march in the capital Saturday, demanding democratic reforms a day after similar protests toppled Egypt’s authoritarian leader. Heavily armed police tried to seal off Algiers, blocking streets, lining up along the march route and setting up barricades outside the city to try to stop busloads of demonstrators from reaching the capital.
Salvador Dali’s “Portrait de Paul Eluard” set a world record at Sotheby’s auction house in London Thursday when it was sold for more than 13 million pounds (21.6 million dollars, 15.8 million euros). An anonymous bidder paid 13.4 million pounds for the 1929 masterpiece, the most ever for a Surrealist work at auction, breaking a record set in London only last night for a Dali piece at auction.
Clothing prices are expected to rise about 10 percent in coming months, with the biggest increases coming in the second half of the year, said Burt Flickinger III president of Strategic Resource Group. Cotton has more than doubled in price over the past year, hitting all-time highs. The price of other synthetic fabrics has jumped roughly 50 percent as demand for alternatives and blends has risen.
President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.73 trillion budget Monday (Feb.14) that holds out the prospect of eventually bringing deficits under control through spending cuts and tax increases. But the fiscal blueprint largely ignores his own deficit commission’s view that the nation is imperiled unless huge entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare are slashed. Obama called his new budget one of “tough choices and sacrifices,” but most of those cuts would be held off until after the next presidential election. Overall, Obama proposed trimming the deficits by $1.1 trillion over a decade. The administration is projecting that the deficit will hit an all-time high of $1.65 trillion this year and then drop sharply to $1.1 trillion
Alexei Ramirex would love nothing more than to spend the rest of his career with the Chicago White Sox. Consider this a big step. The shortstop and the team finalized a new contract that adds $32.5 million over four years through 2015. Chicago exercised Ramirez’s $2.75 million option for 2011 in December. The agreement announced Thursday adds salaries of $5 million in 2012, $7 million in 2013, $9.5 million in 2014 and $10 million in 2015. The White Sox have a $10 million option for 2016 with a $1 million buyout.
After repeated clashes with star point guard Deron Williams, Jerry Sloan steps down immediately after 23 seasons leading the Utah Jazz.
Losing Streak Snapped – Nearly two months after it started innocently, the Cavaliers stopped their NBA-record skid at 26 games Friday night with a 126-119 win in overtime against the Los Angeles Clippers, who did all they could to extend Cleveland’s winter misery
Goodbye Guitar Hero! – The company behind “Guitar Hero” said Wednesday (Feb. 9) that it is pulling the plug on one of the most influential video game titles of the new century. Activision Blizzard Inc., which also produces the “Call of Duty” series, is ending the “Guitar Hero” franchise after a run of more than five years. The move follows Viacom Inc.’s decision in November to sell its money-losing unit behind the “Rock Band” video games. Harmonix was sold to an investment firm for an undisclosed sum. Harmonix, incidentally, was behind the first “Guitar Hero” game. Game industry analysts have long lamented the “weakness in the music genre,” as they call it — that is, the inability of game makers to drum up demand for the products after an initial surge in popularity in the mid-2000s. Music games are often more expensive than your typical shoot-’em-up game because they require guitars, microphones and other musical equipment. While extra songs can be purchased for download, this hasn’t been enough to keep the games profitable.
Verizon and Apple stores across the country opened their doors at 7 a.m (Feb.10) local time to sell the iPhone 4, which for the first time is available on a U.S. wireless network not named AT&T). In contrast to the lines of thousands that turned out in June in June for the iPhone 4′s release, the Verizon iPhone got off to a quieter start. The line of waiting buyers held just eight people 15 minutes before it went on sale at Apple’s flagship New York City store near Central Park.
TouchTab Tablet Debuts (iPad competitor) – Hewlett-Packard showed the fruits of its acquisition of Palm on Wednesday. The technology giant demonstrated a new tablet device and two new smartphones, as well as disclosing plans to bring its webOS software to computers and printers. All three gadgets run a new version of webOS, the software that Palm began developing five years ago. HP is designing these products to work wirelessly together.
At a cell phone show in Barcelona – Alcatel-Lucent will be demonstrating its “LightRadio cube,” a cellular antenna about the size and shape of a Rubik’s cube, vastly smaller than the ironing-board-sized antennas that now decorate cell towers. The cube was developed at the famous Bell Labs in New Jersey, birthplace of many other inventions when it was AT&T’s research center. The small antennas are designed to make big cell towers go away. The cube, Sweldens said, can make the notion of a conventional cell tower “go away.” Alcatel-Lucent will start trials of the cube with carriers in September. The company hopes to make it commercially available next year. For cell phone companies, the benefits of dividing their networks into smaller “cells,” each one served by something like the cube antenna, go far beyond esthetics. Smaller cells mean vastly higher capacity for calls and data traffic. Instead of having all phones within a mile or two connect to the same cell tower, the traffic could be divided between several smaller cells, so there’s less competition for the cell tower’s attention.
Entertainment news –
$5 million! – Why did Simon Cowell and the producers of Fox’s The X Factor decide to offer contestants the biggest grand prize on television? To make everybody a little nervous, Cowell says. By putting up that kind of prize money, it’s a massive, massive risk. But it’s also an incredible incentive,” Cowell told reporters Monday of the decision to offer the winning X Factor act a $5 million recording contract. “I think it puts everybody, rightly, under an enormous amount of pressure. I didn’t want to go into this show without a feeling a certain amount of pressure, because with pressure, you’ve got to find a star.
Michael Moore has crunched the numbers and concluded he is owed millions of dollars more for his film “Fahrenheit 9/11.” The documentary filmmaker sued financiers Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein in Los Angeles on Monday, claiming the brothers have used creative accounting to keep Moore from receiving more than $2.7 million for the 2004 documentary.
Lindsay Lohan arrives at the Los Angeles International Airport Superior Court on Wednesday (Feb. 9) afternoon, where she is expected to enter her plea to a charge of felony grand theft over an alleged stolen necklace.
Update – Lindsay Lohan pleaded not guilty to felony grand theft at the Los Angeles International Airport Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon. The actress’ attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, entered her plea of not guilty on the star’s behalf. The prosecutor in the case asked for $20,000 bail, and asked for her current probation (in connection with her 2007 DUI misdemeanor case) to be revoked and set bail for that incident, also in the amount of $20,000, which Judge Keith L. Schwartz approved. Following the hearing, Lohan posted bail and left the courthouse without being captured on camera.
Former figure skating champion Tonya Harding and her husband, Joseph Price, are expecting a son. The 40-year-old, best known for conspiring an attack on skating nemesis Nancy Kerrigan, said she is “super excited” about her first child. Harding later took up boxing and was also a regular commentator on truTV’s The Smoking Gun Presents: World Dumbest.
Charlie Sheen and Brook Mueller Divorce Settlement – state that the pair get joint custody of 1-year-old twins Bob and Max with Mueller scoring primary physical custody. As stipulated, “Under no circumstances shall the child support paid by Charlie for Bob and Max be less than the child support paid by Charlie to Denise Richards for Sam and Lola.” That sum would be $55,000 per month, amounting to a combined $110K in child support toward Richards and Mueller. As for Mueller, she waived her right to spousal support. But she does get a takeaway prize of $757,698.70 in addition to a $1 million share of the family home, valued at $6.4 million, that Sheen is keeping. Meanwhile, Mueller gets the Mercedes, their home in the Los Angeles neighborhood Los Feliz and $45,000 in moving expenses. Sheen gets their Four Seasons Club timeshare, which Mueller has permission to use one week out of each year.
Oscar-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor has been admitted to a Los Angeles hospital to treat congestive heart failure, the latest in a long history of serious medical problems. Taylor, 78, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center earlier this week for what her publicist said on Friday was “an ongoing condition.”
Passing - Betty Garrett, a comedic actress who had good times and bad in Hollywood in a 65-year show biz career, has died. She was 91.
Music news –
She Messed Up – One of the biggest fumbles came before Super Bowl XLV — from Christina Aguilera’s performance of the national anthem. The Grammy winner, 30, botched the lyrics, mistakenly singing “what so proudly we watched, at the twilight’s last reaming” instead of “o’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.” The flub immediately caught the attention of viewers across the country and was a big topic on Twitter throughout the game.
Barbra Streisand has been tapped to perform at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards. Mike Jagger will make his first appearance as well. Also look for Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady gaga, Katy Perry, Miranda Lambert and Muse. Other performances include collaborations by Justin Bieber, Usher and Jaden Smith, Bruno Mars, Janelle Mone, B.o.B., Cee Lo Green and Wyneth Paltrow.
Some of music industry’s biggest names — including Paul Simon, Bette Midler, John Legend and Elton John are slated to present at the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on March 14 in NYC. The event will be televised on Fuse on Sunday, March 20 at 9 p.m. EST. Rod Zombie, The Doors’ John Densmore and Lloyd Price will also be on hand to induct this year’s honorees. The eight artists being inducted are Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love, Tom Waits, Jac Holzman, Art Rupe and Leon Russell.
Dr. Dre and Eminem are reuniting: The duo plans to perform together at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. Dre, who’s nominated as a producer for Eminem’s’s album Recovery, hasn’t performed on live television in more than 10 years. The announcement comes on the heels of the rapper’s first studio album since 1999, Detox, set to drop this spring.
Good news for Carrie Underwood – she’s about to save a whole lot of money on international calls! Carrie’s professional hockey player hubby, Mike Fisher, was traded on Thursday from the Ottawa Senators to the Nashville Predators – nice and close to where Carrie currently lives in Tennessee!
Justin Bieber Seems To Be Everywhere – Now, Justin Bieber’s likeness gets place on the cover of MAD Magazine. From the latest Best Buy Super Bowl ad with Ozzy Osbourne to the film ” Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” to hit singles online, on the air and everywhere else, the so-called Beliebers have elevated the mop-topped Canadian to dizzying heights of stardom. Now, he’s about to come back to Earth: MAD magazine’s longtime public face, Alfred E. Neuman — with his big ears and goofy grin — sports a Bieberesque bowl of hair on the cover of the Feb. 16 issue. The headlines: Justin Bieber: “HIS STUPID HAIR!” “HIS DUMB BOOK!” “HIS TERRIBLE MOVIE!” “HIS AWFUL MUSIC!” Bieber has already been on the cover of Vanity Fair, certainly no easy accomplishment.
New single for the Lady – Lady Gaga has returned… and she’s “on the right track baby!” The singer has dropped her highly anticipated new single, “Born This Way,” which was co-produced by Gaga, Fernando Garibay and DJ White Shadow. The song, which sounds vaguely similar to Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” was previously described by Elton John as the “new gay anthem.”
Los Angeles – Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett and a trio of “Glee” stars led Barbra Streisand on a musical journey through her nearly 50-year career. They joined Faith Hill, Barry Manilow and Seal in launching Grammy weekend by honoring the Oscar-winning singer and actress as MusiCares Person of the Year. Streisand, who turns 69 in April, was singled out for her musical achievements and philanthropic work.
Grammy Awards Held This Week – Some Winners:
Album Of The Year
The Suburbs — Arcade Fire
Record Of The Year
Need You Now — Lady Antebellum
Best Rap Album
Recovery — Eminem
Best New Artist
Song Of The Year
Need You Now — Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)
Best Country Album
Need You Now — Lady Antebellum
Best Pop Vocal Album
The Fame Monster — Lady Gaga
Best Rock Album
The Resistance — Muse
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Hey, Soul Sister (Live) — Train
Best Female Country Vocal Performance
The House That Built Me — Miranda Lambert
Best Rap Song
Empire State Of Mind — Shawn Carter, Angela Hunte, Burt Keyes, Alicia Keys, Jane’t “Jnay” Sewell-Ulepic & Alexander Shuckburgh, songwriters (Sylvia Robinson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Alicia Keys)
Best Rap Solo Performance
Not Afraid — Eminem
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
On To The Next One — Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Empire State Of Mind” — Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Top albums this week –
Pink Friday – Nicki Minaj
Musica + Alma + Sexo – Ricky Martin
Until We Have Faces – red
Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars
Kidz Bop 19 – Kidz Bop Kids
Loud – Rihanna
My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
Greatest Hits… So Far!!! – P!nk
Speak Now – Taylor Swift
Recovery – Eminem
Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars
Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Live Forever: September 23 – Bob Marley And the Wailers
Best Night Of My Life – Jamie Foxx
2011 Grammy Nominees – Various
Love Letter – R. Kelly
My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber
The King Is Dead – The Decemberists
The Beginning – The Black Eyed Peas
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fame – Kanye West
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Brothers – The Black Keys
I Am Not A Human Being – Lil Wayne
Mission Bell – Amos Lee
Television News –
First Lady Michele Obama stops by the Regis and Kelly Show as part of her visit to New York marking the first anniversary of her Let’s Move! Campaign to fight childhood obesity.
Keith Olberman lands a show on Current TV.
Miley Cyrus to host “Saturday Night Live” on March 5!
Tuesday night television (TV Squad)
ABC: ‘No Ordinary Family’
NBC: ‘The Biggest Loser’
The CW: ‘One Tree Hill’
PBS: ‘Pioneers of Television’
MyTV: ‘Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?’ (two episodes)
HGTV: ‘My First Place’
Cooking Channel: ‘FoodCrafters’
CBS: ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’
FOX: ‘Raising Hope’
The CW: ‘Hellcats’
Lifetime: ‘Seriously Funny Kids’ (two episodes)
Food Network: ‘Cupcake Wars’
Travel Channel: ‘Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern’
History Channel: ‘Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy’
BBC America: ‘Ramsay’s Best Restaurant’
Discovery: ‘Dirty Jobs’
TLC: ‘What Not To Wear’
FOX: ‘Traffic Light’ (series premiere)
Cooking Channel: ‘United Tastes of America’
ABC: ‘Detroit 1-8-7′
CBS: ‘The Good Wife’
USA: ‘White Collar’
FX: ‘Lights Out’
Lifetime: ‘One Born Every Minute’
Bravo: ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’
Comedy Central: ‘Tosh.0′
BBC America: ‘Cherry Goes Dating’
TLC: ‘Fabulous Cakes’
MTV: ‘Teen Mom 2′
Spike: ‘1000 Ways To Die’
WE: ‘A Stand-Up Mother’
BET: ‘The Game’
Comedy Central: ‘Onion SportsDome’
Spike: ‘Three Sheets’
BET: ‘Let’s Stay Together’
Late-Night Talk Shows
PBS: ‘Charlie Rose’: Bill Gates
TBS: ‘Conan’: Craig Ferguson, Kevin Hart and Red
Comedy Central: ‘The Daily Show’: T. Boone Pickens (repeat)
E!: ‘Chelsea Lately’: Minka Kelly
BET: ‘The Mo’Nique Show’: Tyler James Williams, Stephen Stafford, Khalil with Lil Twist
Comedy Central: ‘The Colbert Report’: Brian Greene (repeat)
ABC: ‘Nightline’: TBA
CBS: ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’: Adam Sandler, Chris Colfer, Ty Burrell and Gang of Four
NBC: ‘The Tonight Show’: Javier Bardem, Paula Abdul and Merle Haggard
ABC: ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’: Matthew Perry, Morena Baccarin and Pitbull
PBS: ‘Tavis Smiley’: Helena Bonham Carter and Hailee Steinfeld
TBS: ‘Lopez Tonight’: Channing Tatum, Margaret Cho and 50 Cent
CBS: ‘The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson’: Emily Blunt and Dr. Kara Cooney
NBC: ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’: Kevin Nealon, Timothy Olyphant and Little Big Town
NBC: ‘Last Call With Carson Daly’: Thomas Lennon, Makeba Riddick and Jimmy Eat World
Top TV –
|1.||Super Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay||FOX|
|2.||Super Bowl Post Game||FOX|
|4.||American Idol, Wednesday||FOX|
|6.||American Idol, Thursday||FOX|
|7.||NCIS: Los Angeles||CBS|
|9.||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||CBS|
|10.||The Big Bang Theory||CBS|
|11.||The Good Wife||CBS|
|13.||Two and a Half Men||CBS|
|16.||S— My Dad Says||CBS|
|20.||Super Bowl Great Commercials||CBS|