Week of May 15, 2011 In News, Pop Culture, Tech Trends, Entertainment.

A Complete Look At The Week Of May 15, 2011.

Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com

In The News -

New York police say the maid who accuses the head of the International Monetary Fund of sexually assaulting her in his luxury hotel room picked the Frenchman out of a lineup. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested Saturday and was to be arraigned later Sunday. He has been among the most popular potential candidates to challenge French President Nicolas Sarkozy in elections next year, and his arrest could throw his Socialist party into disarray.Sofitel hotel spokewoman Stacy Royal says the maid has worked there for three years and has been a satisfactory employee. Royal says the company is cooperating with police but will have no further comment on the case.

Evangelist Billy Graham was released on Sunday from a North Carolina hospital where he had been treated for pneumonia, the hospital said. Graham, 92, returned to his home in Montreat, North Carolina, after a five-day stay at Mission Hospital in nearby Asheville, North Carolina. Doctors said his response to treatment was “excellent” but that his recovery would be slow. “We expect continuing recuperation at home with very gradual recovery, returning to normal activities over several weeks. I’m delighted that he has come back this fast,” Dr. Lucian Rice said in a statement released by the hospital.

Deputies warned people Sunday to get out as Mississippi River water gushing from a floodgate for the first time in four decades crept ever closer to communities in Louisiana Cajun country, slowly filling a river basin like a giant bathtub. Most residents heeded the warnings and headed for higher ground, even in places where there hasn’t been so much as a trickle, hopeful that the flooding engineered to protect New Orleans and Baton Rouge would be merciful to their way of life.

Mobilized by calls on Facebook, thousands of Arab protesters marched on Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday in an unprecedented wave of demonstrations, sparking clashes that left at least 15 people dead in an annual Palestinian mourning ritual marking the anniversary of Israel’s birth.

The U.S. and Pakistan agreed Monday(May16) to work together in any future actions against “high value targets” in Pakistan, even as U.S. Sen. John Kerry defended Washington’s decision not to tell Islamabad in advance about the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The pledge, which was made in a joint statement, could help mollify Pakistani officials and citizens, who were enraged that one of the country’s most important allies would conduct a unilateral operation on its soil. But details of the promised cooperation were unclear.

Endeavour blasted off on NASA’s next-to-last shuttle flight, thundering through clouds into orbit Monday morning as the mission commander’s wounded wife, Gabrielle Giffords, watched along with an exhilarated crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands.

“Good stuff, good stuff,” Giffords was quoted as saying by her chief of staff as Endeavour took flight for the final time. Husband Mark Kelly, the shuttle’s skipper, had red tulips presented to her afterward. She wore his wedding ring on a silver chain while he carried hers with him. NASA is winding down its 30-year-old shuttle program before embarking on something new.

Undeterred by real or fake bombs, Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday began the first visit by a British monarch to the Republic of Ireland, a four-day trip to highlight strong Anglo-Irish relations and the success of Northern Ireland peacemaking. Resplendent in a cloak of emerald green and a dress of St. Patrick’s blue, the 85-year-old queen stepped out from a bombproof, bulletproof Range Rover outside the official residence of Irish President Mary McAleese. Irish Army artillery units fired a 21-gun salute as a military brass band played “God Save the Queen.”

Mississippi River Flooding – The Coast Guard said it closed the Mississippi River at the port in Natchez, Miss., because barge traffic could increase pressure on the levees. Heavy flooding from Mississippi tributaries has displaced more than 4,000 in the state, about half of them upstream from Natchez in the Vicksburg area.The closure is the latest high-stakes decision made to protect homes and businesses that sit behind levees and floodwalls along the river. To take pressure off levees surrounding heavily populated New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the Army Corps of Engineers opened the key Morganza Spillway, choosing to flood more rural areas with fewer homes. Another spillway near New Orleans was opened earlier, but it doesn’t threaten homes. Most residents in the path of the Morganza’s floodwaters have heeded the call to leave their homes. Bernadine Turner, who lives in a mandatory evacuation zone near Krotz Springs, La., spent a third day Monday moving her things out. Water from the Morganza opening was not expected to reach the town about 40 miles west of Baton Rouge for several days, but most residents were taking no chances.

Hundreds of protesters, angered by an overnight NATO raid that they believed killed four civilians, clashed on Wednesday with security forces on the streets of a northern Afghan city. Twelve people died in the fighting, government officials said. There was also deadly violence in the east on Wednesday. A suicide bomber crashed a car into a police bus, killing 14 people and wounding 16, said Zemeri Bashary, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry. Most of the casualties were police officers, he said.

The United States slapped sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad and six senior Syrian officials for human rights abuses over their brutal crackdown on anti-government protests, for the first time personally penalizing the Syrian leader for actions of his security forces.

The White House announced the sanctions Wednesday, a day before President Barack Obama delivers a major speech on the uprisings throughout the Arab world. The speech is expected to include prominent mentions of Syria.

May 21 – Some shut themselves inside to pray for mercy as they waited for the world’s end. Others met for tearful last lunches with their children, and prepared to leave behind homes and pets as they were swept up to heaven. And across the globe, followers of a California preacher’s long-publicized message that Judgment Day would arrive Saturday turned to the Bible, the book they believe predicts the beginning of Earth’s destruction on May 21. The doomsday message has been sent far and wide via broadcasts and web sites by Harold Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer who has built a multi-million-dollar nonprofit ministry based on his apocalyptic prediction. After spending months traveling the country to put up Judgment Day billboards and hand out Bible tracts, Camping follower Michael Garcia planned to spend Friday evening with his family at home in Alameda, near the Christian media empire’s Oakland headquarters.

Sports –

Passing – Harmon Killebrew, the affable, big-swinging Hall of Famer whose tape-measure home runs made him the cornerstone of the Minnesota Twins, died Tuesday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., after battling esophageal cancer. He was 74.The Twins said Killebrew passed away peacefully with his wife, Nita, and their family at his side. He announced his diagnosis just six months ago and last week Killebrew said doctors had deemed the “awful disease” incurable.

Passing – Macho Man” Randy Savage, a professional wrestler who became a fan favorite thanks to his outlandish outfits and trademark catchphrase, dies in a car wreck. The 58-year-old Savage reportedly suffered a heart attack while driving his 2009 Jeep Wrangler in Tampa, Fla., and careened across lanes of oncoming traffic before colliding head-on with a tree. He died later at a local hospital. Savage’s wife Lynn, who was riding in the passenger seat, escaped with only minor injuries.

Tech news –

Google has shut down its Google News Archives digitization program, which aimed to make the world’s newspaper archives accessible and searchable online. The archives of several hundred newspapers will continue to be available at news.google but is “no longer accepting new microfilm or digital files for processing,” a Google spokesperson confirmed in an email to Mashable. According to the Boton Phoenix, Google emailed its contributing partners Thursday to notify them that the initiative was coming to a close so that the company could redirect resources to “newer projects that help the industry, such as Google One Pass, a platform that enables publishers to sell content and subscriptions directly from their own sites.” Although Google will no longer process any more papers, publishers can continue to add material to their individual archives via sitemaps. They are also welcome to pursue alternative partnerships to get the content Google has scanned for them online elsewhere.

Apple has signed a cloud-music licensing agreement with EMI Music and is close to completing deals with two other music labels, according to a report by tech news site CNET, citing multiple music industry sources. Such a product would throw Apple into direct competition with Amazon and Google, both of which recently launched cloud-based music streaming services of their own. Such services store songs on Web servers, where they are accessible from any device with an Internet connection, instead of on a user’s hard drive. Apple signed a similar licensing deal with Warner Music last month. Its negotiations with Sony Music Group and Universal Music Group, the remaining of the four major labels, could be wrapped up as early as next week, CNET reports.

As further proof of how digital media dominate today’s entertainment, Amazon announced Thursday that its customers now buy more e-books for its Kindle device than all print books — hardcover and paperback — combined.

Nielsen compares usage patterns of nearly 12,000 U.S. owners of tablets, eReaders or smartphones.

The key findings, as Nielson sees it:

  • 70% of tablet owners and 68% of smartphone owners said they use their devices while watching television, compared with 35% of eReader owners.
  • 61% percent of eReader owners use their device in bed, compared with 57% of tablet owners and 51% of smartphone owners

Playboy Enterprises on Thursday announced a subscription service that provides online access to every page of every issue, giving readers everywhere the chance to catch up with those, um, fiction excerpts, interviews and investigative articles. The service, called iPlayboy, contains every last photo image, news story, interview, work of fiction, advertisement and nude centerfold published in monthly magazines over the span of 57 years, according to a statement released by the Chicago-based Playboy Enterprises. More than 130,000 pages of content have been rendered viewable, readable and searchable online and optimized for electronic tablets including the Apple iPad, according to the statement.

Entertainment news –

A former Playboy Playmate whose mummified body was found in her dilapidated Beverly Hills home last month, died of heart failure, the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday. Yvette Vickers, a B-movie actress who was named Playboy’s Miss July in 1959, was found dead at her home on April 27 after evidently being undiscovered for up to a year.

It’s official: Miranda Lambert is a married woman! The 27-year-old “House That Built Me” singer wed longtime love Blake Shelton late Saturday evening at Texas’ Don Strange Ranch.

Las Vegas marks the end of an era this week as one of the US gambling mecca’s last original “Rat Pack” casino-hotels, the Sahara, finally closes its doors. Opened in 1952, the Sahara hosted everyone from Elvis Presley and Jerry Lewis to Frank Sinatra and the Beatles in the 1950s and 60s, and their photos still decorate the walls above the reception. But in recent decades Vegas saw an explosion of mega-sized casino resorts which left the “small” Sahara struggling to fill its 1,700 rooms at the end of the famous Strip. The death knell was sounded in March, when its owners since 2007, SBE Entertainment, announced that the casino-hotel complex with its more than 1,050 staff was no longer a viable business.

Passing – Actress Mary Murphy has died at 80. She was discovered in a coffee shop and landed a role as the small-town wholesome girl opposite Marlon Brando in “The Wild One.”Daughter Stephanie Specht tells the Los Angeles Times that Murphy died May 4 of heart disease at her Beverly Hills home.

Passing – Los Angeles rapper M-Bone, a member of the group Cali Swag District, was killed in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting, police and celebrity news sites said on Monday(May16.) Police said a man was shot while outside a liquor store in the Inglewood area on Los Angeles on Sunday night and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Website TMZ.com identified him as rapper M-Bone, whose real name is Montae Talbert.M-Bone was a member of hip-hop group Cali Swag District who found success with the 2010 single dance hit “Teach Me How to Dougie”.

After 45 years of hosting the Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day telethon, Jerry Lewis says goodbye. The 85-year-old comedian said in a statement, that it was time for a “new telethon era. Lewis will make his final appearance during the six-hour event on Sept. 4; he’ll perform his song “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

What A Putz – The marital split of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and broadcast journalist Maria Shriver took a shocking new twist Tuesday with a Los Angeles Times report that the couple separated after Shriver was informed that her husband and a longtime female member of their household staff had a child together more than a decade ago. According to the Times, the 25-year marriage went south earlier this year, when Shriver moved out of the couple’s Brentwood mansion after Schwarzenegger confirmed the paternity. The employee had retired in January after 20 years with the family, says the paper.  In a statement to the newspaper, Schwarzenegger, 63, said Monday: “After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago. I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.” (People)

Arnold’s son, Patrick (17)  Patrick is putting his family first. On Tuesday he tweeted: “Some days you feel like sh*t, some days you want to quit and just be normal for a bit, yet I love my family till death do us apart. #family” Later in the week, he changed his Twitter last name to Shriver. Yea, right!

After a dramatic semifinals round, “Dancing with the Stars” has named its final three.Sadly, for early Season 12 frontrunners Ralph Macchio and professional partner Karina Sminoff, they will not be part of that group.

Flamboyant pop singer Lady Gaga ousted U.S. media mogul Oprah Winfrey to top this year’s Forbes celebrity power list released on Wednesday. Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, moved up four positions from last year to claim the top spot in Forbes’ annual “The Celebrity 100″ 2011 list that measures power by entertainment-related earnings, media visibility and social media popularity. Forbes rated the American singer-songwriter No. 1, estimating her earnings in the past 12 months as $90 million, but also noting her 32 million Facebook fans and 10 million Twitter followers.

Jeff Conaway, who rose to fame thanks to his roles in Grease and the TV series Taxi, is in critical condition following an apparent overdose. According to family members, Conaway is being treated at Encino Hospital Medical Center with pneumonia; he is currently unconscious. The actor, 60, is no stranger to substance abuse problems. He began using drugs in the mid-1980s, and in 2008, he appeared on VH1′s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, where he sought treatment for addictions to cocaine, painkillers and alcohol.

Musician Pete Doherty was jailed for six months on Friday after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine, the Press Association reported. The 32-year-old was arrested in January last year by police investigating the suspected overdose death of heiress Robyn Whitehead. The controversial Babyshambles singer has been jailed twice before and has repeatedly admitted possession of banned substances.

Bieber – He already launched a nail polish line and a unisex fragrance, “My World,” and now teen pop sensation Justin Bieber, 17, is coming out with his first-ever women’s perfume.”Let’s be real, the way a girl smells is very important to a guy,” Bieber said.. “I have such a deep connection with my fans, so creating a fragrance that I personally love is another way I can bring them closer to my world.” The fragrance, which is called “Someday,” is described as a “fruity gourmand” and is scheduled to hit department and specialty stores in June. And to make hordes of teenage girls swoon even more, the Biebs is donating all proceeds of the $35 scent to charity.

Don’t expect a speedy return to the silver screen for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Days after his shocking split with Maria Shriver and the news of his alleged love-child going public. “At the request of Arnold Schwarzenegger we asked Creative Artists Agency to inform all his motion picture projects currently underway or being negotiated to stop planning until further notice,” his lawyer said.

At the movies –

Thor

Bridesmaids (1st week $24.4 million)

Fast Five

Priest (1st week $14.5 million)

Rio

Jumping the Broom

Something Borrowed

Water For Elephants

Tyler Pery’s Madea’s Big Happy Family

Soul Surfer

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

Top video games –

Portal 2 (X360)

Mortal Kombat (PS3 X360)

Pokemon Black/White Version (DS)

Just Dance 2 (Wii)

Wii Sports

Zumba Fitness (Wii)

Portal 2 (PS2)

Wii Sports Resort

SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALS (PS3)

This Week In News, Pop, Entertainment, Tech History. Pop Culture History. Week Of May 8-14, 2011.

Compiled By Gary West of www.mrpopculture.com

A Complete Look At The News, Pop Culture, Entertainment and More – From The Week Of May 8-14, 2011

In The News –

More Memphis residents were being told Sunday to flee their homes for higher ground as the Mississippi’s crest edged toward the city, threatening to bring more flooding to parts of an area already soaked. Officials were going door-to-door, warning about 240 people to get out before the river reaches its expected peak Tuesday. In all, residents in more than 1,300 homes have been told to go, and some 370 people were staying in shelters.

Gunfire and shelling rattled a city in central Syria on Sunday and killed a 12-year-old boy, as President Bashar Assad’s autocratic regime expanded its military crackdown on a seven-week uprising by sending tanks and reinforcements to key areas, activists said. Activists said authorities also arrested a 10-year-old boy, apparently to punish his parents, and filed charges against a leading opposition figure who is suffering from cancer.

Animal Kingdom, who was 20-1 on the morning line, won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Shackleford kept a commanding lead throughout the race, but Animal Kingdom, ridden by John Velazquez and trained by H. Motion, overtook his competitors on the homestretch to win the 137th Kentucky Derby. Velazquez, who was initially set to ride Uncle Mo before the horse was scratched, replaced jockey Robby Albarado after an injury. Shackleford only placed fourth.

Al-Qaida’s front group in Iraq reaffirmed its support Monday for the terror network’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, a week after U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden. Al-Qaida has not yet announced a successor and there is some uncertainty about whether al-Zawahri will indeed take over for bin Laden. In a statement posted on an insurgent website Monday, the Islamic State of Iraq also taunted President Barack Obama as “the rat in the black house” and said he should remain fearful of bin Laden’s promise to threaten the United States.

Newt Gingrich is running for president. The former House speaker disclosed his bid on Twitter and Facebook on Monday and urged followers to tune into Fox News on Wednesday. “I will be on to talk about my run for president of the United States,” Gingrich wrote after spending a year or more publicly laying the groundwork for a GOP presidential candidacy. “I have been humbled by all the encouragement you have given me to run.”

The nation’s first full face transplant recipient said the first thing his young daughter told him when she saw him after the operation was “Daddy, you’re so handsome.” Dallas Wiens, sporting a goatee and dark sunglasses, joined surgeons Monday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in his first public appearance since the 15-hour procedure in March. “It feels natural,” said the 25-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, man, who received a new nose, lips, skin, muscle and nerves from an anonymous donor. The operation was paid for by the U.S. military, which hopes to use findings from the procedure to help soldiers with severe facial wounds.

Geological monitoring services say a magnitude 7.1 earthquake has hit in the South Pacific off the French territory of New Caledonia. No injuries or damage were immediately reported. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there was no threat of a widespread tsunami based on historical earthquake and tsunami data.

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit its highest point in two years — 60 percent — and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. In worrisome signs for Republicans, the president’s standing improved not just on foreign policy but also on the economy, and independent Americans — a key voting bloc in the November 2012 presidential election — caused the overall uptick in support by sliding back to Obama after fleeing for much of the past two years.

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits plummeted last week, reversing nearly all the sharp rise reported the previous week. The number of laid-off workers seeking benefits dropped 44,000 to a seasonally adjusted 434,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is the steepest weekly fall since February 2010.

Authorities say former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Kordell Stewart has been charged with driving with a suspended license and speeding. Fulton County sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said Stewart was booked into jail in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta Wednesday and freed on $3,000 bond about four hours later. Stewart is scheduled to appear in court July 12. It wasn’t immediately known whether he has an attorney.

A pair of Taliban suicide bombers attacked paramilitary police recruits eagerly heading home for a break after months of training, killing 80 people Friday in the first act of retaliation for the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden. In claiming responsibility, the al-Qaida linked militant group cited anger at Pakistan’s military for failing to stop the American incursion on their soil. The blasts in the northwest were a reminder of the savagery of Islamist insurgents in Pakistan. Tensions also have risen between the U.S. and Islamabad over allegations that some elements of Pakistani security forces had been harboring bin Laden, who died in a May 2 raid in Abbottabad, a garrison town about three hours’ drive from the scene of the bombing.

A computer glitch corrupted the State Department’s annual worldwide lottery for U.S. immigrant visas and the results will be scratched, the Obama administration said Friday, disappointing tens of thousands of would-be immigrants who were notified this year that they had won a chance to come and live legally in the United States.Nearly 15 million people had entered the 2012 lottery hoping to win one of 50,000 U.S. immigrant visas available under a wild-card program that gives entrants who otherwise would have little hope of getting a coveted U.S. visa.

An 18-year-old college student died from a bullet to his chest as he chased three teens who robbed him and his girlfriend when he was buying a computer advertised on Craigslist for $600, a prosecutor said Friday.

Details of the killing emerged at an arraignment for three 17-year-old males who were charged as adults with murder, robbery and shooting at an occupied vehicle.Superior Court Judge Joseph Brannigan entered not guilty pleas on their behalf and set bail at $5 million each — $3 million higher than the amount sought by prosecutors.

A worker at Japan’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant died on Saturday, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said, bringing the death toll at the complex to three since a massive earthquake and tsunami in March. Despite the prolonged nuclear crisis, Prime Minister Naoto Kan is set to announce at a G8 summit in France that Japan will keep using nuclear power, the Yomiuri newspaper said.

Sports –

Tiger Woods withdrew after nine holes at The Players Championship on Thursday because of leg injuries that sent him limping off the course toward a future that is murkier than ever. Woods shot a 42 on the front nine, walking some 20 yards behind his playing partners, holding his club for support and limping more noticeably with each hole.

Harmon Killebrew announced Friday that he no longer plans to fight his esophageal cancer and has settled in for the final days of his life, saddening friends and fans of the 74-year-old Hall of Fame slugger. In a statement released jointly by the Minnesota Twins and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Killebrew said “it is with profound sadness” that he will no longer receive treatment for the “awful disease.” He said the cancer has been deemed incurable by his doctors and he will enter hospice care

Terribly tragic news in the hockey world tonight as New York Rangers forward Derek Boogard has passed away at the age of 28. Boogaard was found dead inside his apartment in Minneapolis by family members. No cause of death is known at the moment, but an autopsy will be performed.

Tech News –

Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy the popular Internet telephone service Skype SA for $8.5 billion in the biggest deal in the software maker’s 36-year history. Buying Skype gives Microsoft access to a user base of about 170 million people who log in to Skype every month, using the Internet and Skype usernames as a complement to the traditional phone network and its phone numbers. Microsoft said it will marry Skype’s functions to its Xbox game console, Outlook email program and Windows smartphones. All of these platforms already have other options for Internet calling, but the addition of Skype users would expand their reach, making them more useful.

New York City will launch a new national emergency alert system by the end of the year that will send messages to cellphones during disasters.Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the announcement Tuesday at a news conference overlooking the World Trade Center site. He says the new technology will give the public clear and accurate information about imminent safety threats. The mayor says it will be geographically targeted and send messages to all cellphone users.

A new craze sweeping the Internet known as “planking” claimed a life in Australia Sunday and police fear the tragedy may not be the last. Planking involves someone lying flat on their stomach with their arms against their bodies in unusual and sometimes dangerous situations, with photographs of their exploits shared through social media sites. It has gone viral in recent weeks with Facebook page Planking Australia boasting over 55,000 fans and hundreds of photos of people lying on train tracks, escalators, fire hydrants, motorbikes and other objects. Police last week warned “plankers” of the dangers and their fears have been realised with the death of a man in Brisbane who plummeted from a seventh-storey balcony and died at the scene.

Radio news –

Satellite radio users can expect to pay more. Sirius XM President/CEO Mel Karmazin has confirmed that the company plans to raise subscription rates once a three-year cap imposed by the FCC as a condition of merger approval expires. He told analysts in a conference call explaining first-quarter financial results that the increase would be “more than inflation” and compensate the company for investing in content. Karmazin said Sirius XM hasn’t decided how much the increase would be or when it would begin.  It’s been lobbying the FCC to let the cap on the basic subscription price of $12.95 a month expire when the three years is up this July, saying it faces a much more crowded competitive media landscape now than in 2008 when Sirius and XM combined.

Entertainment news –

Whitney Houston is back in rehab. A representative for the superstar singer confirmed Monday that Houston is undergoing treatment. Kristen Foster says Houston is in an out-patient program for drug and alcohol treatment. She says it is a voluntary measure and part of Houston’s “long-standing” recovery process. The 47-year-old, one of the most successful singers in pop music history, has battled problems with drug addiction for years. But in 2009, as she released a comeback album, she declared herself healthy and clean.

The Oprah Winfrey Network announced Friday that Discovery executive Peter Liguori will replace Christina Norman as CEO. News of Norman’s ousting arrives less than five months after OWN’s debut. The channel since then has averaged a small 283,000 viewers in prime time. Winfrey admitted that the network was “not where I want it to be.” In making Friday’s announcement, the network said the shakeup is the result of “a transition from a launch phase to a more long-term focus on business and creative strategy, development and execution.”

Soccer star David Beckham was at the wheel of a Cadillac that struck another vehicle on a Los Angeles-area freeway, but he was not injured or cited in the collision, police said on Saturday. Beckham was driving on Friday on the 405 Freeway in Torrance, about 20 miles (32 km) from downtown Los Angeles, when he struck a stalled Mitsubishi, the California Highway Patrol said. The owner of the Mitsubishi, a 40 year-old Los Angeles man, complained of pain and was taken to a hospital, police said.

Justin Bieber has agreed to record a public service announcement on cyberbullying in order to resolve criminal charges filed against his manager and a record executive after a frenzy at a New York mall. The case stemmed from an incident in 2009, when thousands of unruly girls turned up at a Long Island clothing store to see the teen pop star sign autographs. Police hadn’t been expecting the crowd, and ordered the event cancelled.

Def Jam Records executive James Roppo was arrested after police said he refused to help disperse the crowd. Months later, police also pressed child endangerment charges against Bieber’s manager, Scott Braun.

After 25 years of marriage, California’s power couple has announced their separation.It was a shock to the outside world Monday night when Arnold Schwarzengegger and Maria Shriver and announced their separation after 34 years together, 25 of them as husband and wife.

Sarah Ferguson tells Oprah Winfrey it was “difficult” not to be invited to last month’s royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.The Duchess of York says in an interview scheduled to air Wednesday on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that she instead went to Thailand. Ferguson says she wanted to be with her daughters, who attended the wedding with their father and Ferguson’s former husband, Prince Andrew.

Multiplatinum singer Whitney Houston has entered an out-patient treatment program. “Whitney voluntarily entered the program to support her long-standing recovery process” said a press release.

Paula Joins X-Factor – TV’s most favorite dysfunctional duo, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul will reunite on the U.S. launch of Fox’s ‘The X Factor’ this fall. LA Reid and Cheryl Cole will join them at the judges table. All four attended the first judges taping on Sunday.

Justin Bieber vomited during his Monday night performance in Manila! The 17-year-old pop star tweeted before his show: “Sick as a dog… but the show must go on. got called a trooper!” He had to go backstage mid-set and vomit, but finished the 90-minute performance.

Lady Gaga is turning to an unusual method to cultivate her fan base: The pop icon is releasing songs from her new album on a section of the popular online game “FarmVille” before they can be heard anywhere else. The singer, known for her outrageous styles and hits such as “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance,” will allow singles from “Born This Way” (due out May 23) to be heard within a specially-created farm, called “GagaVille,” in the game. Players will have to complete tasks to hear one exclusive new track per day streamed online from May 17 to 19. Starting on May 20, players will be also able to unlock additional songs that aren’t exclusive.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smity will appear on the final episode of Oprah’s talk show – which is scheduled for May 25.

Actress Lindsay Lohan was sentenced on Wednesday to four months in jail after changing her plea and effectively admitting stealing a $2,500 gold necklace from a Los Angeles store. But Lohan, who was not in court on Wednesday, will likely serve just 16-17 days of her sentence — most likely under house arrest, officials said. “I am glad to be able to put this past me and move on with my life and my career,” Lohan said in a statement. “I support the judge’s decision and hold myself accountable for being in this situation.” Lohan’s lawyer entered a no contest plea on behalf of the actress to a reduced misdemeanor theft charge

Heather Mills, Paul McCartney’sex-wife, has left a hospital after receiving treatment for a shoulder injury she sustained during a skiing accident in Austria, an official said Thursday. Mills crashed on the Moelltaler glacier Wednesday and was flown by helicopter to a hospital in the southern city of Lienz where she was diagnosed with a fractured right shoulder blade, hospital spokesman Alfred Fast said.

The 38-year-old TV sports anchor for NBC’s Chicago outlet was found dead on Thursday of unknown causes, the second time in the past decade the station’s sports anchor has died suddenly. Employees at an Atlanta hotel discovered Daryl Hawks in his room Thursday morning, and he was pronounced dead at a hospital. He was in Atlanta to cover a Chicago Bulls-Atlanta Hawks NBA playoff game.

Mary Tyler Moore has a benign tumor from her brain. The procedure will remove a meningioma, a benign tumor on the lining tissue of the brain.

Rocker James Durbin is voted off “American Idol.” With Durbin, 22, now out of the competition, Idol hopefuls Lauren Alaina, 16, Scotty McCreery, 17, and Haley Reinhart,, 20, will compete for a place in the finale during the May 18 episode.

Ashton Kutcher will replace Charlie Sheen on “Two And A Half Men.” Charlie Sheen says the show will tank with him in the lead.

Katy Couric will leave CBS Evening News on Thursday. She’ll be replaced by Scott Pelley on the CBS Evening News. The anchor, whose contract expires June 4, announced her exit date on Friday’s broadcast, adding that she will look back at “some of the amazing stories we’ve covered over the past five years” on her last day.

Jazz vocalist Etta James has been hospitalized with a blood infection.

The three-time Grammy winning singer of “At Last” was admitted to a hospital in Riverside, Calif., earlier this week with a urinary tract infection and sepsis.James, 73, has struggled with obesity and underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2003.

Saturday Night Live this week – Ed Helms hosted for the first time, welcoming old Daily Show co-stars Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert, among other surprise guests. Carell and Colbert, who voiced the SNL cartoon “The Ambiguously Gay Duo” in the ’90s, helped bring the popular sketch to life for the first time. However this time, Carell and Colbert played two of the villains — along with Helms — while superheroes Ace and Gary were portrayed by Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon.

At the movies –

Thor (1st week $65.7 million)

Fast Five

Jumping the Broom (1st week $15.2 million)

Something Borrowed (1st week $13.9 million)

Rio

Water For Elephants

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family

Soul Surfer

Prom

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

Insidious

Source Code

Top albums this week

21 – Adele

NOW 38

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes

Love? – Jennifer Lopez

Musiqinthemagiq – Musiq Soulchild

In Your Dreams – Stevie Nicks

The Ultimate Collection – Sade

This Is Gonna Hurt – Sixx: A.M.

Rumours – Fleetwood Mac

Wasting Light – Foo Fighters

My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean

Paper Airplane – Alison Krauss & Union Staton

Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Lemonade Mouth – Soundtrack

So Beautiful Or So What – Paul Simon

F.A.M.E. – Chris Brown

Femme Fatale – Britney Spears

Hello Fear – Kirk Franklin

Greatest Hits… So Far!!!  P!nk

19 – Adele

Rolling Papers – Wiz Khalifa

Glee, The Music Presents: The Warblers

Top TV –

1. Dancing With the Stars ABC
2. American Idol” (Thursday) FOX
3. American Idol” (Wednesday) FOX
4. NCIS CBS
5. Dancing With the Stars Results ABC
6. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
7. 60 Minutes CBS
8. The Mentalist CBS
9. Criminal Minds CBS
10. The Voice NBC
11. The Good Wife CBS
12. Castle ABC
13. Survivor: Redemption Island CBS
14. Bones FOX
15. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
16. The Big Bang Theory CBS
17. Blue Bloods CBS
18. Body of Proof ABC
19. Grey’s Anatomy ABC
20. Desperate Housewives ABC

This Week In News, Pop, Entertainment, Tech History – May 1-May 7, 2001. Pop Culture History

Week of May 1-May7, 2011. Compiled By Gary West www.mrpopculture.com

In The News –

After two airstrikes in a week on targets close to Moammar Gadhafi, NATO was on the defensive Sunday over accusations that it was overstepping its mandate by trying to kill the Libyan leader. Russia said Sunday that the bombing of the home of Gadhafi’s youngest son raised “serious doubts” about NATO’s assertions that it is not targeting the Libyan strongman or his relatives.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before 1.5 million faithful in St. Peter’s Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood in one of the largest turnouts ever for a Vatican Mass. The crowd in Rome and in capitals around the world erupted in cheers, tears and applause as an enormous photo of a young, smiling John Paul was unveiled over the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica and a choir launched into hymn long associated with the Polish-born pope.

Space shuttle Endeavour’s final launch is off until at least the end of the week because technicians need to replace a switch box in the engine compartment, NASA said Sunday. The six astronauts — led by commander Mark Kelly — wasted no time heading back to Houston. Kelly’s wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, did not join the astronauts in flying back. The timing of her return to Houston, to resume rehab after being wounded in a shooting rampage four months ago, was uncertain.

Authorities say an 8-year-old girl apparently slept through the fatal shootings of four family members at a rural southern Ohio home, and the relative suspected of killing them later died in a shootout with police. Twenty-seven-year-old Randle Lee Roberts II died Saturday in the shootout in Columbus, about an hour after the girl alerted a neighbor that something had happened at her home about 95 miles away near West Union.

(May1) Osama Bin Laden Is Finally Dead – Declaring the killing of Osama bin Laden “a good day for America,” President Barack Obama said Monday the world was safer without the al-Qaida terrorist and mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. His administration used DNA testing to help confirm that American forces in Pakistan had in fact killed bin Laden, as U.S. officials sought to erase all doubt about the stunning news. A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden went down firing at the Navy SEALs who stormed his compound.”Today we are reminded that as a nation there is nothing we can’t do,” Obama said of the news bound to lift his political standing and help define his presidency. He hailed the pride of those who broke out in overnight celebrations as word spread around the globe. Bin Laden was shot in the head during a firefight and then quickly buried at sea. White House officials were mulling the merits and appropriateness of releasing a photo.

Celebrating Bin Laden’s Death In America – Joyous at the release of a decade’s frustration, Americans streamed to the site of the World Trade Center, the gates of the White House and smaller but no less jubilant gatherings across the nation to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden — cheering, waving flags and belting the national anthem. Ground zero, more familiar these past 10 years for bagpipes playing “Amazing Grace” and solemn speeches and arguments over what to build to honor the Sept. 11 dead, became, for the first time, a place of revelry. “We’ve been waiting a long time for this day,” Lisa Ramaci, a New Yorker whose husband was a freelance journalist killed in the Iraq war, said early Monday. “I think it’s a relief for New York tonight just in the sense that we had this 10 years of frustration just building and building, wanting this guy dead, and now he is, and you can see how happy people are.”

A Dutch woman received a maximum 12-year prison sentence Tuesday for smothering her four newborns in an effort to conceal her pregnancies and keep up the appearance of being a perfect daughter. The woman, identified only as Sietske H. in line with Dutch privacy laws, was arrested last year after the babies’ decomposed bodies were discovered in four suitcases in the attic of her house. They were born between 2003 and 2009. The District Court in the northern city of Leeuwarden convicted her of one count of manslaughter and three counts of murder.

A spokesman for George W. Bush says the former president has declined an invitation from President Barack Obama to attend an observance at New York’s ground zero. Obama plans to visit the site of the destroyed World Trade Center towers Thursday in the aftermath of a Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The al-Qaida attack, which killed about 3,000 people, occurred in the early months of Bush’s presidency in 2001.The spokesman, David Sherzer, says the former president appreciated the offer to attend but has chosen to remain out of the spotlight during his post-presidency.

Saudi Arabia says an al-Qaida member on the kingdom’s most wanted list called from abroad and turned himself in. Interior Ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said in a statement Wednesday that Khaled Hathal Abdullah al-Atifi al-Qahtani contacted the security authorities from an undisclosed country and expressed his wish to come home.

Marking Osama bin Laden’s death where the terrorist inflicted his greatest damage, President Barack Obama soberly laid a wreath Thursday at New York’s ground zero and declared to the city and the world, “When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say.” The president closed his eyes and clasped his hands at the outdoor memorial where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once dominated the Manhattan skyline. He shook hands with 9/11 family members and others dressed in black at the site where the skyscrapers were brought down by planes commandeered by bin Laden’s followers. Nearly 3,000 people were killed.

Interest in a new book about Navy SEAL Team Six is sky-rocketing in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden by members of the elite U.S. special force.

“SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper” is being rushed into U.S. stores this week ahead of its originally scheduled May 24 publication date. A representative for publisher St. Martin’s Press said it has almost quadrupled the print run to 70,000 copies to meet the demand. On Amazon.com the book has moved from ranking No. 20,000 to the No. 5 bestselling book for the web retailer. Hollywood talent agency CAA was brought in last week to handle movie rights. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the co-authors Howard Wasdin, a member of SEAL Team Six in the 1990s, and Stephen Templin, a Navy veteran and professor at Meio University in Japan, are now at work on a series of “SEAL Team Six” novels.

Pakistan’s army on Thursday(May5) called for cuts in the number of U.S. military personnel inside the country to protest the American commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and threatened to cut cooperation with Washington if it stages more unilateral raids on its territory. The statement, the first since Monday’s raid, signaled the army’s anger at the unilateral operation, but was also aimed at pacifying domestic critics who have accused it of failing to protect the country’s sovereignty — potent charges in a country where anti-Americanism runs deep.

Al-Qaida on Friday confirmed the killing of Osama bin Laden and warned of retaliation, saying Americans’ “happiness will turn to sadness.” The confirmation came in an Internet statement posted on militant websites, signed by “the general leadership” of al-Qaida. The announcement opens the way for the group to name a successor to bin Laden. His deputy Ayman al-Zawahri is now the most prominent figure in the group and is a very likely contender to take his place.

Oil plunged nearly 9 percent to settle below $100 per barrel. Investors who had ridden a months-long rally fled the market Thursday because of concerns about weakening demand for fuel in the U.S. The decline of $9.44 per barrel, or 8.6 percent, brings the week’s loss for oil to $14.13, or 12.4 percent. Other commodities like silver and cotton have plunged as well.

Employers added more than 200,000 jobs in April for the third straight month, the biggest hiring spree in five years. The Labor Department reported Friday that the economy added 244,000 jobs last month. Private employers shrugged off high gas prices and created 268,000 jobs — the most since February 2006. The job gains were widespread. Retailers, factories, financial companies, education and health care and even construction companies all added jobs. Federal, state and local governments cut jobs. But the unemployment rate ticked up to 9 percent from 8.8 percent in March, the first increase since November.

Federal authorities on Friday(May6) opened seven new inspection booths for commercial traffic heading north to the U.S. from Mexico, nearly doubling capacity at the bridge that’s the busiest commercial port on America’s southwestern border — and a prime smuggling corridor for drug gangs. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the new posts will ease wait times on Laredo’s World Trade International Bridge, where more than 4,800 18-wheelers rumble into American territory daily, or one about every 18 seconds.

Tech News  –

Google has unveiled Google Business Photos for Maps, a new product that allows users to check out the inside of local businesses. Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of location and maps, made the announcement Thursday at the Social-Loco conference in San Francisco. During a demo on stage, Mayer and a co-worker showed off the ability to “enter” local businesses and see the inside of a building. Businesses can provide photos to Google, which can then be compiled into a 360-degree view of a building’s interior

The Coast Guard closed a stretch of the swollen Mississippi to barge traffic Friday in a move that could cause a backup along the mighty river, while police farther south in Memphis went door to door, warning thousands of people to leave before they get swamped. Emergency workers in Memphis handed out bright yellow fliers in English and Spanish that read, “Evacuate!!! Your property is in danger right now.”

Reality television and movies sparked a surge in the popularity of Maci, Bentley and Kellan as baby names last year, a report from the Social Security Administration on Thursday suggests. Maci and Bentley were the names with the greatest increases in popularity. Maci Bookout is a personality from MTV show “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom.” Bentley is the name of her son. Kellan is the second fastest-growing boy’s name, from “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz, while Tiana, the name of Disney’s first African-American princess in “The Princess and the Frog” is increasingly popular for girls. Knox, the moniker for one of Brad Pitt’s’s and Angelina Jolie’s’s twins, was third on the boys. However, the most popular baby names were a bit more classic. For the twelfth year in a row, Jacob was the favorite boys name. Isabella, for the second year, won out for the girls.

The Wall Street Journal quietly launched a WikiLeaks competitor yesterday, SafeHouse, a data dump and tip site for government and corporate wrongdoing. The attention-capturing power of WikiLeaks has often compelled reluctant partnerships with legacy media outlets. Founder Julian Assange’s personal life and insistence on selectively handing out evidence to multiple outlets puts publishers in the awkward position of negotiating with a liable upstart muscling in on their territory.

Entertainment news –

Mariah Carey gives birth to twins. The singer, 42, and her husband Nick Cannon welcomed their twin son and daughter on Saturday (Apr30) – their fourth wedding anniversary! The baby girl was born first, weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces, measuring 18 inches long; her brother followed, weighing 5 pounds 6 ounces, and was 19 inches.Carey and Cannon, 30, have not yet named their kids. Cannon rushed his wife to the hospital in their Rolls-Royce Phantom; the Grammy-winning singer was calm, assuming it was another false labor incident. When they arrived, Berger told the Associated Press, the first-time Dad was so nervous that he went to the wrong unit in the hospital, and had to be guided to the maternity ward by a nurse.

Almost 23 million American TV viewers tuned in to watch live coverage of Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton despite the wedding taking place before dawn in much of the United States.

A former porn star from Fort Wayne who recently has become known as one of actor Charlie Sheen’s “goddesses” has had her driver’s license suspended for 90 days after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in her hometown. A judge on Tuesday also sentenced 24-year-old Rachel Oberlin to a year on probation. She was arrested Feb. 3 after police say she crashed into a light pole and didn’t adequately participate in a breath test.

Actor Charlie Sheen toured an Alabama neighborhood leveled by tornadoes and said Monday he wants to organize a relief event for victims in the state. After going through the decimated Alberta neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, Sheen told The Associated Press he was working with local officials to organize a benefit. He said a date has not been set. “I want some money, hope, faith and healing to the area,” said Sheen, the former star of the sitcom “Two and a Half Men.”

Police in Las Vegas say rapper and reality television star Flavor Flav was arrested on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for driving offenses. Las Vegas police Officer Marcus Martin said Monday the entertainer whose real name is William Jonathan Drayton was arrested Friday night after a traffic stop east of the Las Vegas Strip.

Scott Pelley will be the new anchor for the “CBS Evening News,” CBS said on Tuesday. Pelley, a Texas native who most recently has been part of the CBS “60 Minutes” team, replaces Katie Couric, who confirmed last month that she was stepping down as the anchor. Pelley’s appointment as anchor and managing editor will take effect June 6, CBS said in a statement.

Pop star Rick Springfield was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk through Malibu in his vintage Corvette over the weekend, police said on Monday. Springfield, 61, was taken into custody on Sunday night after failing a field sobriety test, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman said in a statement. The singer, best known for his 1981 hit “Jessie’s Girl,” was stopped by sheriff’s deputies after rapidly accelerating his 1963 Corvette along Pacific Coast Highway in the celebrity enclave of Malibu. He “exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication,” the statement said.

President Obama will guest on “60 Minutes” this Sunday. He’ll sit down with Steve Kroft for his first and only interview since the death of Osama bin Laden. The interview, which will be filmed Wednesday at the White House, will air Sunday, May 8 at 7/6c. This will be the president’s first sit-down following the death of bin Laden, although he did an interview alongside First Lady Michelle with Oprah that aired Monday, but it was pre-taped and had no discussion of the Al Qaeda leader.

Gleeks, get your popcorn ready. The Glee concert tour is becoming a 3D movie to hit theaters this August, Fox announced Wednesday. Glee Live! 3D! will be released on Aug. 12 for a limited two-week run. The film will be produced by series co-creator Ryan Murphy and directed by Kevin Tancharoen.

On the final track of their new album — their first together in 30 years — Donny and Marie Osmond give a nod to difficult times. “Sun follows rain, strength follows pain,” the duo sings before echoing the song’s title. “We will find a way.” Also this week, she and her brother Donny released “Donny & Marie,” which has them revisiting their country roots. Marie Osmond rose to her own fame as a country artist in the 1970s, with her hit “Paper Roses” reaching No. 1 on the country charts in 1973.

Marie Osmond remarries first husband – Stephan Craig.

British singer Cheryl Cole will join Simon Cowell as a judge on the U.S. version of his upcoming “The X Factor” talent show, broadcaster Fox television said on Thursday, leaving one more space to be filled on the panel. Cole, 27, a member of the British pop group “Girls Aloud”, and a judge on the U.K. version of the show, is a household name in Britain, but virtually unknown in the United States. But Cowell has long championed Cole for his U.S. project, which is due to start airing in September. Cole will join record executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid as an “X Factor” judge.

Passing – Actor Jackie Cooper. He was 88.

Passing – Aurthur Laurents – the Tony-winning playwright of Broadway’s West Side Story and Gypsy, has died. He was 93.

Lady Gaga will mentor the remaining four American Idol finalists next week, Fox announced Friday. Gaga will join Jimmy Lovine in the studio to help Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinheart and prepare to sing songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and. Reinhart performed the singer’s unreleased track “You and Me” on Wednesday.

Paul McCartney and his girlfriend Nancy Shevell are engaged, his publicist said Friday, nearly four years after they were first spotted together. McCartney, 68, started dating the 51-year-old New York socialite and businesswoman following his bitter split from second wife Heather Mills. McCartney publicist Stuart Bell confirmed recent media speculation over a proposal as true, but declined to give further details on when and how the former Beatle asked Shevell to marry him, saying only “we’re all thrilled for him.”

Jerry Seinfeld has launches a website as JerrySeinfelddotcom went live Friday morning with three short comedy clips — “The Fattest Man in the World” from The Tonight Show in 1981, “Do the Horses Know They’re Racing?” from a 1988 HBO special and “No Room in the Newspaper” from “The Tonight Show” in 1990. The site is taking an unusual approach to offering the content by running just three new clips per day. The clips, which range from 30 seconds to two minutes, will be available for only 24 hours and then will be replaced with three new ones.

Top TV This Week –

1. Dancing With the Stars” (Monday) ABC
2. American Idol” (Wednesday) FOX
3. American Idol” (Thursday) FOX
4. Dancing With the Stars” (Tuesday) ABC
5. The Mentalist CBS
6. Dancing With the Stars” (Special _ Tuesday) ABC
7. Body of Proof ABC
8. The Voice NBC
9. Survivor: Redemption Island CBS
10. Better With You ABC
11. NCIS CBS
12. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
13. 60 Minutes” (7-7:46 p.m. Eastern) CBS
14. The Big Bang Theory CBS
15. Grey’s Anatomy ABC
16. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
17. Blue Bloods CBS
18. Bones FOX
19. 60 Minutes” (7:46-8 p.m. Eastern) CBS
20. Desperate Housewives ABC

Hot hits this week –

E.T. – Katy Perry fea. Kanye West

Till The World Ends – Britney Spears fea. Nick Minaj & Ke$ha

Rolling In The Deep – Adele

The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars

Just Can’t Get Enough – The Black Eyed Peas

S&M – Rihanna

On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez fea. Pitbull

Blow – Ke$ha

Look At Me Now – Chris Brown fea. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

Down On Me – Jeremih fea. 50 Cent

Written In The Stars – Tinie Tempah fea. Eric Turner

F**k You (Forget You) – Cee Lo Green

The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco

Roll Up – Wiz Khalifia

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

I Need A Doctor – Dr. Dre fea. Eminem & Skylar Grey

F**kin’ Perfect – P!nk

All Of The Lights – Kanye West

Born This Way – Lady Gaga

Judas – Lady Gaga

Moment 4 Life – Nicki Minaj fea. Drake

For the First Time – The Script

I Feel Pretty/Unpretty – Glee Cast

Firework – Katy Perry