Pop Culture Business History – Groupon Tripping And M.C.Hammer’s New Search Engine

Mr. Pop History -

I do a lot of marketing consulting. Just over a year ago, businesses couldn’t even get on Groupon’s list – there was a huge wait for call backs. I kept hearing how hot they were – and, well – it was almost a privilege if you were doing business with them.

Today – it’s much different. I’ve often been asked, “should I use Groupon for my business?” I always told my clients to proceed with caution, because, you’re never going to make money with the initial offer, and – those that come in – those customers – are bottom feeders. My research said – that about 3% will even return – that is, those that came in with their Groupon offer.

Now, the Internet is full of stories of just how Groupon is tripping. Oh, and as far as call backs, no problem. In fact, they’ll almost hassel you now – to get into an offer. Recently – for one of of my clients – they’ve called at least 4 times. They really wanted the offer.

So, here is a quick summary of one story out there. Seems that Groupon is really tripping. And, the landscape is now full of Groupons. It’s just not that special any more:

Business – Only a few months ago, Groupon was the Internet’s next great thing. Business media christened it the fastest growing company ever. Copycats proliferated. And investors salivated over the prospect of Groupon going public. Today, the startup that pioneered online daily deals for coupons is an example of how fast an Internet darling can fall. Groupon is discounting its expectations for the IPO that in June was valued as high as $25 billion. In a regulatory filing Friday, the company said that it expects a valuation that is less than half that at between $10.1 billion and $11.4 billion. Groupon is a disaster,” says Sucharita Mulpuru, a Forrester Research analyst. “It’s a shill that’s going to be exposed pretty soon.”

 

And, did you hear? Early pop-rap pioneer M.C. Hammer is starting his own search engine. 

The project, called WireDoo, has been two years in the making, said Hammer (real name Stanley Burrell) this week at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco.

Good luck. Internet pop history tells us – it’s littered with search engines old and new. You’d be surprised how many there are – right now.

 

Gary West – www.mrpopculture.com

 

Pop Culture TV – Stem Cell Progress In A New Videoblog

 

Mr. Pop History – When it comes to health, the Internet is chock-full of places to go. But, very few document the immense progress of stem cell research, therapy and breakthroughs like Stem Cell TV. For example, stem cell therapy is helping the average consumer – today. And, there’s so much news about stem cell progress – that, it gets lost. Stem Cell TV follows that progress every day.

Stem Cell TV features four channels: A consumer channel, a stem cell headline news channel, a doctor/researcher interview channel and – coming – a stem cell business/biotech channel.

The consumer and headline news videos are for everybody. For example, did you know that even today, your stem cells can be used as face-filler or even heal bad burns? That’s just the beginning. This channel captures consumer news reports on the good things and all the progress being made here.

There’s terrific research coming out each day. And, lot’s of money is being poured into companies specializing in stem cell biotech and equipment.

You can follow it all on this fascinating video blog – updated every day.

Stem Cell TV

Pop Culture Television History. Unknown Fact About “Lassie” The Dog.

Mr. Pop History – My friend Robert Neill got into a discussion with actor Jon Provost. Many remember Jon as the first TV “master” of Lassie.

Well, it seemed that when the camera was off, Lassie’s trainer would have his dog fetch “cigarettes” from as far as a quarter-mile away. Here’s what Robert told me. Thanks Robert Neill:

“The most interesting anecdote, IMO, concerned Lassie’s trainer.  Jon said when he was a youngster, he was out at the Weatherwax ranch with Lassie and the trainer.  The trainer wanted to smoke, but discovered he’d run out of cigarettes.  He instructed Lassie to go back to the house and get some for him.  Jon said the house was a quarter mile away and he was skeptical, but Lassie ran to the house and brought back a pack of cigarettes.”

Lassie fetching cigarettes for his master.

If we only knew.

Both Robert and I agree, it would have made a terrific scene in one of the many Jon Provost/Lassie episodes seen on CBS-TV – way back when. Thanks Jon Provost!

Oh, and – here’s Jon Provost and Lassie:

 

Gary West – www.mrpopculture.com  

 

 

 

Week In Pop Culture & News With Videos – October 8, 2011… Mr. Pop Culture

Week In Review – News, Pop Tech & More

October 8, 2011 as compiled by Gary West & www.mrpopculture.com

In The News –

Flames lit up downtown Cairo (Mr. Pop Video) where massive clashes raged Sunday, drawing Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims and Egyptian security forces. At least 24 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the worst sectarian violence since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February. The rioting lasted late into the night, bringing out a deployment of more than 1,000 security forces and armored vehicles to defend the state television building along the Nile, where the trouble began. The military clamped a curfew on the area until 7 a.m.

Baltimore County Police responded to a call at about 10:48 a.m. Saturday and found two women fighting inside the store. The bleach and disinfectant created toxic fumes, forcing the immediate evacuation of the entire Arbutus store, officials told ABC News affiliate ABC 2. It closed for several hours.Fire, EMS and hazardous materials units were dispatched to the scene, as well as 10 medics. A Saturday morning of shopping turned into an emergency hazmat situation at a Baltimore Walmart where two patrons threw bleach and disinfectant at one another, officials said.

Stocks rose sharply in the U.S. and Europe Monday after French and German leaders promised to strengthen European banks. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 275 points, led by Bank of America. The euro rose against the dollar. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy said they would finalize a “comprehensive response” to the debt crisis by the end of the month, including a plan to make sure that banks have adequate capital.

A sea exploration company said Monday it has discovered a ship filled with silver 8,000 feet beneath the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean. Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. said it found the remains of the SS Mantola, which sank on Feb. 9, 1917. It was torpedoed by German submarine U-81. The ship was insured to carry silver worth 110,000 British pounds when it sailed in 1917. That value would mean that the ship could hold as much as 600,000 ounces of silver based on silver prices in 1917. Odyssey will retain 80 percent of the value of the silver that’s recovered. At current market prices, that much silver would be worth more than $19 million.

President Barack Obama is spending time with wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Obama traveled to the facility in Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington on Monday afternoon. Obama has occasionally visited service members wounded in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. He visited the National Naval Medical Center in February and made a trip to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in June, before the center was renamed and moved to its current location.

A copy of Steve Jobs’ death certificate made public Monday indicates that the Apple Inc. co-founder died of respiratory arrest resulting from pancreatic cancer that had spread to other organs. He battled pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January — his third since his health problems began — and resigned in August, handing the CEO job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook.

A steam-powered car considered the oldest vehicle in the world still running has sold at auction in the United States for more than $4.6 million. The De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout, nicknamed “La Marquise,” which was built in France in 1884, sold for more than twice its estimate at auction Friday in Hershey, Pennsylvania. RM Auctions listed its top speed as 38 miles per hour (61 kilometers per hour) and said it had only had four previous owners over the past 127 years.

Another Republican Debate – All eyes were on Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain in Tuesday’s Republican debate, and both failed to ­­seize the moment. Cain arrived as a candidate rising on the strength of a buoyant personality and a catchy tax plan that has captured the imagination of many conservative Republicans. But after a series of debates in which his rivals treated him kindly, Cain found himself on the defensive for the first time, with his tax plan under attack. Perry arrived in a slump after three mediocre debate performances in September and poll numbers that were sinking. But he found himself struggling to reassert himself, at times sidelined as others took over the debate and at times caught in exchanges that turned unexpectedly against him.It was Mitt Romney who prospered most.

Obama’s Job Bill – No Pass – as the Senate blocked his signature American Jobs Act. The cleverly named bill was sold as a paid-for, bipartisan package of cures for the country’s anemic job market. But the Senate soundly defeated the measure, leaving it eight votes shy of the 60 that Obama needed just to get the Senate to consider it. Worst of all for Obama were the defections of two of his fellow Democrats, which limited the bill to getting more than a bare majority, as well as the declarations from several more that they would vote against the package if the Senate ever did consider it for an up-or down vote.

Congress approved free trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, ending a four-year drought in the forming of new trade partnerships and giving the White House and Capitol Hill the opportunity to show they can work together to stimulate the economy and put people back to work. In rapid succession, the House and Senate voted on the three trade pacts, which the administration says could boost exports by $13 billion and support tens of thousands of American jobs. None of the votes were close, despite opposition from labor groups and other critics of free trade agreements who say they result in job losses and ignore labor rights problems in the partner countries.

A gunman opened fire in a busy hair salon, killing eight people and critically wounding another while leaving bodies scattered throughout the business in a normally sedate Southern California beach community. The gunman got into a truck and drove away from Salon Meritage after Wednesday’s shootings. Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, was stopped by officers about a half-mile away and surrendered without incident while saying he had multiple weapons with him, police Sgt. Steve Bowles said. Dekraai was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder, Bowles said. In all, one man and five women died at the salon, one man and one woman died after being transported to a nearby hospital, and one woman remained in critical condition late Wednesday. Their names have not been released.

Occupy Wall Street – City officials said early this morning they will postpone a cleanup of  Zuccotti Park after earlier threatening to evict Occupy Wall Street protesters who have been encamped here. As the announcement was made via the “people’s mic” just before 7 a.m., the crowd waved their brooms in triumph.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office tweeted that Brookfield Properties, owner of the park,  (and not the city) decided to postpone cleaning. The city was informed “late last night.” Occupy Wall Street had vowed yesterday to stay in the park and try to prevent the cleaning crews from entering.

A van driven by a sheriff’s deputy who ran a group home for adopted and foster children collided with an empty cattle trailer on Thursday in a highway construction zone, killing him and five children and injuring seven other children. Howard Mitchell, 57, was taking 12 of the children from the home in Kit Carson to Eads at the time of the crash around 7:30 a.m., troopers said. The school district in Eads, about 15 miles away, said on its website that the Mitchell family had close ties to the community of about 600 people.

Time Poll – Despite sweeping pessimism about the nation’s fortunes and his own sliding approval ratings, President Obama leads potential. Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Perry in hypothetical general-election match-ups, according to a new poll. Obama leads Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who sits atop the GOP presidential field, 46% to 43% among likely voters.The President has opened a double-digit lead over Perry, 50% to 38%, highlighting concerns percolating through the GOP that the Texas governor would face a steep uphill climb should he capture the nomination. Obama also boasts a 49% to 37% edge over businessman Herman Cain, whose strong Tea Party support has propelled him toward the top of Republican ranks in recent weeks.

Gap Inc. plans to close stores in the U.S., while expanding in China. The struggling retailer, which runs the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic chains, detailed plans on Thursday to close 189 locations, or 21 percent of its namesake Gap stores in the U.S., by the end of 2013. At the same time, the largest U.S. clothing chain said it plans to triple the number of Gap stores in China from about 15 by the end of the year to roughly 45 by the end of next year

Sports News –

Passing -  (Mr. Pop Video) Al Davis, the renegade owner of the Oakland Raiders who bucked NFL authority while exhorting his silver-and-black team to “Just win, baby!,” died Saturday. He was 82. The Hall of Famer died at his home in Oakland, the team said. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

A strange year for Tiger Woods took another bizarre twist Sunday when a fan was arrested for running toward the seventh green at CordeValle and tossing a hot dog in Woods’ direction. The bun barely reached the green. The hot dog landed on the putting surface. e 31-year-old man, whose name wasn’t released, dropped to the ground to be arrested as Santa Clara sheriff’s deputies converged on him.-

Tech News –

Netflix Inc Chief Executive Reed Hastings reversed an unpopular decision to separate his company’s DVD rental business and online video streaming service, sending the stock up 7 percent in early trading. U.S. customers will continue to go to Netflix.com for streaming and DVD-by-mail rentals, as the company has dropped plans to move its DVD rentals to a separate business called Qwikster, Hastings announced in a short statement on the company blog on Monday.

One year, six months, and seven days after the iPad first went on sale, Facebook has at last released its app for Apple’s tablet.

Blackberry Outage –BlackBerry service has had reported outages in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia already this week, has acknowledge problems with North American services today as well. This morning there were widespread complaints of outages in the United States. The company, headquartered in Canada, confirmed that the problems here are similar to what it had seen in other parts of the world.

Entertainment news –

(Mr. Pop Video) Marry – Paul McCartney Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell are now married.

Passing - Roger Williams, a pianist who was one of the most popular instrumentalists of the mid-20th century and who hit No. 1 on the pop charts in 1955 with his arpeggio-strewn “Autumn Leaves,” has died. He was 87. Williams died Saturday at his Los Angeles home of complications from pancreatic cancer, his former publicist, Rob Wilcox, told the Associated Press.

At the movies –

Real Steel – (1st week $27.3 million)

The Ides of March (1st week $10.4 million)

Dolphin Tale

Moneyball

50/50

Courageous

The Lion King

Dream House

What’s Your Number?

Contagion

Top TV -

1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Atlanta NBC
2. NCIS CBS
3. Two and a Half Men CBS
4. Dancing With the Stars ABC
5. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC
6. Dancing With the Stars Results ABC
7. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
8. The Big Bang Theory CBS
9. Criminal Minds CBS
10. 60 Minutes CBS
11. Modern Family ABC
12. Mike & Molly CBS
13. The Mentalist CBS
14. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
15. Football Night in America NBC
16. The X-Factor” (Wednesday) FOX
17. The X-Factor” (Thursday) FOX
18. Unforgettable CBS
19. Person of Interest CBS
20. 2 Broke Girls CBS

Week In Pop Culture With Videos. September 22, 2011 Including News, Tech, Entertainment. This Week In Pop Culture History.

Week Of September 22, 2011 In Pop Culture, News & More.

Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com

In The News –

Strapped to a gurney in Georgia’s death chamber, Troy Davis (Mr. Pop Video) lifted his head and declared one last time that he did not kill police officer Mark MacPhail. Just a few feet away behind a glass window, MacPhail’s son and brother watched in silence. Outside the prison, a crowd of more than 500 demonstrators cried, hugged, prayed and held candles. They represented hundreds of thousands of supporters worldwide who took up the anti-death penalty cause as Davis’ final days ticked away. “I am innocent,” Davis said moments before he was executed Wednesday night.(Sept21) “All I can ask … is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth. I ask my family and friends to continue to fight this fight.”

(Mr. Pop Video) A white supremacist gang member was executed Wednesday (Sept21) evening for the infamous dragging death slaying of a black man. James Byrd Jr., 49, was chained to the back of a pickup truck and pulled whip-like to his death along a bumpy asphalt road in one of the most grisly hate crime murders in recent Texas history. Lawrence Russell Brewer, 44, was asked if he had any final words, to which he replied: “No. I have no final statement.” A single tear hung on the edge of his right eye.

A U.S. man is suing Starbucks Coffee Co after his 5-year-old daughter allegedly found a video camera pointed at the toilet in a bathroom in one of their cafes. William Yockey, of Virginia, is asking for $1 million in the civil suit on four counts, including breach of privacy, his lawyer, Hank Schlosberg, told Reuters on Tuesday. Yockey and his daughter went into a Starbucks in downtown Washington to use the restroom during an April sightseeing trip, he said. After using the unisex toilet, the girl discovered a digital video camera hidden in the U-shaped drain pipe under the sink. The camera was aimed at the toilet and recording, Schlosberg said.

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week, though the decline isn’t enough to signal improvement in the job market. Weekly applications dropped by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 423,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile figure, rose slightly for the fifth straight week to 421,000.

Hewlett-Packard Co.’s decision to fire CEO Leo Apotheker after just 11 months and replace him with former eBay chief Meg Whitman is another dizzying turn of the executive merry-go-round at a company whose leadership issues are straining a sprawling technology empire.

Swapping Apotheker, who has now been ousted from two high-profile CEO jobs in two years, for Whitman is a decision designed to stem investor fury over a series of questionable strategy moves

U.S. Stocks are falling as recession fears and global selling take them to new yearly lows. Shares were on track for their fifth straight day of declines and their worst weekly losses since 2008. Finance ministers from of the world’s leading economies pledged early Friday to take whatever steps are necessary to calm the markets. The statement did little to stem the selling.

Another Republican slug fest – this one in Orlando on Thursday. As usual – Mitt Romney and Rick Perry went at it – with their smug smiles and all.

Vladimir Putin said Saturday he’ll run for Russia’s presidency in 2012, almost certainly ensuring he’ll retake the office he previously held and likely foreshadowing years more of a strongman rule that many in the West have called a retreat from democracy. If Putin wins two presidential terms in a row, he will have been atop the Russian hierarchy for almost a quarter-century.

A six-ton NASA science satellite pierced the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean and fell back to Earth, the U.S. space agency said on Saturday, but it was not yet known where the remains landed. NASA said its decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, which took an unpredictable course as it tumbled through the upper atmosphere, fell to Earth sometime between 11:23 p.m. EDT on Friday and 1:09 a.m. EDT on Saturday.

UBS chief executive Oswald Gruebel has resigned over a $2.3 billion rogue trading loss, the bank said Saturday. The move ends days of speculation about whether Gruebel could retain his position following the latest scandal to hit Switzerland’s biggest bank.

A millionaire developer who lived in the same central Florida neighborhood as Tiger Woods and other celebrities was convicted Saturday of murdering his wife in their mansion. The six jurors deliberated more than 12 hours over two days before finding Bob Ward guilty of second-degree murder. The two-week trial took place in the same courthouse where the Casey Anthony case was tried this summer. Ward was stoic as the verdict was read. Before the verdict, he hugged his two college-aged daughters as the women wept. He faces up to life in prison when he’s sentenced in November.

Libyan revolutionary authorities say they have discovered a mass grave containing the remains of 1,270 inmates killed by the regime of Moammar Gadhafi in a 1996 prison massacre. The site was found near Tripoli’s Abu Salim prison, where the victims were killed on June 26, 1996, after protesting conditions at the facility.

President Barack Obama is on the road selling his jobs plan — and his re-election hopes — to plugged-in networkers in Silicon Valley and around the country. He was to appear Monday at a town hall-style event hosted by the career-focused social networking site LinkedIn to pitch his nearly $450 billion jobs proposal as he travels through California scooping up campaign cash.

(Mr. Pop Video) Boeing’s long-awaited dream machine became a commercial reality on Sunday when the lightweight plastic-composites 787 Dreamliner was formally delivered to its first Japanese customer. Boeing says the revolutionary carbon fiber design will hand 20 percent fuel savings to airlines struggling to avoid a new recession, and give passengers a more comfortable ride with better cabin air and large electronically dimmable windows. The first $200 million aircraft was handed over to Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways three years behind schedule after persistent delays that cost Boeing billions of dollars.

A new survey shows that the average cost of employer-sponsored health insurance surged this year, snapping a trend toward moderate growth, but experts say increases may slow again in 2012. A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation says annual premiums for family coverage climbed 9 percent compared to 2010, when they rose only 3 percent.

Greece’s international debt inspectors will return to Athens on Thursday after they suspended their review of the country’s finances early this month amid talk of budget shortfalls. European Commission spokesman Amadeu Altafaj Tardio said the decision to go back to Athens “follows recent announcements by the Greek authorities concerning fiscal consolidation measures that constitute an important” development.

President Obama is encouraging students to work hard in their classes, saying the country is counting on them. Obama was scheduled to speak Wednesday afternoon at Washington’s Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. His back-to-school address will be televised live and carried online. In his prepared remarks, Obama urges students to pursue an education after high school and says that in tough economic times, the country needs their ideas and passion. “Whether we fall behind or race ahead in the coming years is up to you,” he says.

A man was arrested Wednesday (Sept 28) and accused of plotting an assault on the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using remote-controlled aircraft armed with explosives — the latest of several terrorism cases to spring from federal sting operations. Rezwan Ferdaus was arrested in Framingham, Massachusetts, after undercover federal agents delivered materials he had allegedly requested, including grenades, six machine guns and what he believed was 24 pounds of C-4 explosive. Federal officials said the public was never in danger from the explosives, which it said were always under control and closely monitored.

In a significant new blow to al-Qaida, U.S. airstrikes in Yemen on Friday(Sept 30) killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American militant cleric who became a prominent figure in the terror network’s most dangerous branch, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to draw recruits for attacks in the United States. The strike was the biggest U.S. success in hitting al-Qaida’s leadership since the May killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. But it raises questions that other strikes did not: Al-Awlaki was an American citizen who has not been charged with any crime. Civil liberties groups have questioned the government’s authority to kill an American without trial.

Federal agents on Thursday raided a Boeing plant that makes military helicopters in a Philadelphia suburb and charged more than three dozen people with distributing or trying to get prescription drugs, among them powerful painkillers. The arrests were made by the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration at the 5,400-employee plant in Ridley Park, where workers build aircraft including the H-47 Chinook helicopter and the V-22 Osprey. The plant is part of Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security unit.

Tech News –

(video www.mrpopculture.com/Facebook) Facebook f8 – as founder Mark Zuckerberg rolled out new features including a personal timeline. In his keynote speech at f8, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg unveiled new ways for users to share information — and for content creators to gather fresh intel on what is beings shared. Facebook is expanding its vocabulary beyond “Like” to add verbs: Users will soon be able to “watch” a movie or “read” a book. Facebook also unveiled changes to the permissions process users go through when they install new apps. The new version will let users control in more detail what information their apps share with others.

According to a new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 31% of American adults prefer text messages to phone calls. An additional 14% said the contact method they prefer depends on the situation. To put this in perspective, most Americans (but just barely: 53%) still generally prefer to get voice calls rather than text messages. Also, Pew notes that 4% of cell owners do not make or receive any voice calls on an average day. And 27% of cell owners do not use text messaging, even occasionally.

Kindle – The maker of the world’s most popular e-book reader is rumored to be announcing a color, touch-screen tablet device called the “Kindle Fire,” that claims to have seen the gadget. Here are the Kindle Fire’s specs: 7-inch color screen, compared to 6-inch for current Kindles

– Wi-Fi only (no 3G version)

– Touch-screen navigation

– Glowing LED screen instead of paper-like e-ink

– Android operating system

– Hits stores in November

– Current Kindle will remain on sale

MoboTap, the creator of the popular Dolphin Browser for Android and iPhone, has unleashed a browser for the iPad. The app, Dolphin Browser HD, contains all of the gesture control features that have made it a hit on the Android platform. Drawing a “<” will take you back a page, and drawing a “>” will take you forward. Users can also create their own gestures and shortcuts to access their favorite websites or launch browser commands. (We suggest “M” for Mashable.) The iPad app also includes Dolphin Webzine, the browser’s Flipboard-style system for reading web content, tabbing browsing, a URL bar that predicts what website you’re going to type, and a speed dial for accessing favorite websites with a quick tap. Users can access their bookmarks by swiping from left-to-right or their open tabs by swiping right-to-left.

Entertainment news –

(Mr. Pop Video) Big-voiced R&B diva Vesta Williams, perhaps best-known for her 1980s hits “Don’t Blow A Good Thing” and “Congratulations,” has been found dead of a possible drug overdose in a Southern California hotel room, coroner’s investigators said Friday. She was 53. Williams was found dead at 6:15 p.m. Thursday in an El Segundo hotel room, Los Angeles County coroner’s Capt. John Kades (KAY’-dihs) said.

More than two years after Michael Jackson went into cardiac arrest at his mansion, the doctor accused of responsibility for his death went on trial on Tuesday.

Jackson’s parents, Joe and Katherine, his sisters, Janet and La Toya, and other family members arrived at the Los Angeles court, where dozens of media and fans holding pictures of the dead “Thriller” singer, sunflowers, and placards saying “Justice for Michael” gathered outside. Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial is expected to give the public a glimpse into the King of Pop’s final days as he rehearsed for a series of concerts aimed at restoring a career shattered by a 2005 child molestation trial, despite his acquittal. The trial, which is being televised live in the United States, is expected to last four to six weeks.

Top albums this week –

21 – Adele

Own the Night – Lady Antebellum

Tha Carter IV – Lil Wayne

Staind – Staind

1 – The Beatles

Halfway To Heaven – Brantley Gilbert

Watch The Throne – Jay Z Kanye West

A Dramatic Turn of Events – Dream Theater

Dead Throne – The Devil Wears Prada

Hot hits this week –

Someone Like You – Adele

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO fea. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People

(Mr. Pop Video) Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes fea. Adam Levine

Lighters – Bad Meets Evil fea. Bruno Mars

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

You and I – Lady Gaga

Cheers (Drink To That) – Rihanna

You Make Me Feel… – Cobra Starship

Give Me Everything – Pitbull fea. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer

How to Love – Lil Wayne

Good Life – OneRepublic

Without You – David Guetta fea. Usher

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)- Katy Perry

Paradise – Coldplay

In The Dark – Dev

I Wanna Go – Britney Spears

Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

Rolling In the Deep – Adele

Headlines – Drake

I’m On One – DJ Khaled fea. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne

If I Die Young – The Band Perry

At the movies –

The Lion King

Moneyball (1st week $20.6 million)

Dolphin Tale (1st week $20.3 million)

Abduction (1st week $11.2 million)

Contagion

Drive

The Help

Straw Dogs

I Don’t Know How She Does It

The Debt

Top TV –

1. NFL Football: New Orleans at Green Bay NBC
2. NFL Football: Dallas at N.Y. Jets NBC
3. NFL Thursday Pre-Kick NBC
4. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC
5. Football Night in America NBC
6. NFL Kickoff 2011 NBC
7. America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday) NBC
8. 9/11: 10 Years Later CBS
9. America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday) NBC
10. NCIS CBS
11. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
12. The O.T. FOX
13. 60 Minutes CBS
14. Big Brother 13″ (Wednesday) CBS
15. NCIS: Los Angeles” (Tuesday CBS
16. Big Brother 13″ (Thursday) CBS
17. Dateline NBC” (Friday) NBC
18. The Big Bang Theory CBS
19. Football Night in America NBC
20. Criminal Minds CBS