Pop Culture Internet History. Web Sites and Facebook Pages Still With Us, Although Their Authors Have Passed-On.

Mr. Pop Culture – I admit, it can be a little creepy – but it’s an increasing by-product of the Internet and the times. Websites and Facebook pages, among others – still alive, although their authors/owners have passed on.

www.claycoleshow.com

Clay Cole was a New York pop culture icon – someone Baby Boomers adored. And, he was a great guy. I had the pleasure of interviewing him October 2010. Clay passed away suddenly the first week of December, 2010.

MrPopCulture Report/Clay Cole Interview – October 2010.

Clay’s wonderful website is stuck on December 2010 – Christmas music and all. He updated it almost daily – until his untimely death.

Do you have stories of someone who passed, whose website or social pages live on??

Gary West – www.mrpopculture.com

First Internet Radio Station Live Concert. Pop Culture Radio Media History.

Radio station concert events go all the way back… In early rock ‘n roll days – Alan Freed presided over many radio station tie-in concerts with WJW Cleveland and later WINS, NY. Hundreds and hundreds, perhaps thousand of local radio stations and personalities – tied to a particular concert event through these years.

And now, it’s finally happened. Internet radio presents its first concert event. True, it is Clear Channel and its top star – Ryan Seacrest – but hey, it’s a first. This came out last week – but it’s the first time in pop culture history that an Internet radio station is out front in a concert event:

Ryan Seacrest will host a two-day music festival in Las Vegas, featuring Lady Gaga, Coldplay, The Black Eyed Peas (Mr. Pop Culture Video) and Bruno Mars among others. The iHeartRadio Music Festival, put on by Clear Channel Radio, will take place at the MGM Grand. Scheduled for Sept. 23-24, it will also be streamed online and on all Clear Channel radio stations. ‘This is a once in a generation gathering of artists and fans from all over the country for a true, must-see music event,’ Seacrest said in announcing the event.

Gary West – www.mrpopculture.com

Week In Review With Videos – July 1, 2011. News, Pop Culture, Tech, TV, Entertainment. Lady Gaga Slams Critics… Casey Anthony Aquitted…

Week In Review – Week Of July 1, 2011

Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com

In The News -

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released without bail on Friday(July1) after a dramatic court hearing where the sexual assault case against him appeared to shift in his favor. Strauss-Kahn, who smiled as he walked out of court, still faces felony charges of attempted rape and sexual assault over the alleged attack on a hotel maid in New York. His lawyers said they will seek to have the charges dismissed but the judge said prosecutors were continuing to investigate.

A day after stepping down as CIA director, Leon Panetta was sworn in Friday as secretary of defense. (Mr. Pop Video) He began settling into the job by telling members of the military and their families they are “at the top of my agenda.” He was meeting later with his civilian staff and then with the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. He planned to have lunch with Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs. A spokesman, Doug Wilson, said Panetta intends to work at maintaining close relations with the military at all levels.

Minnesota Government Shutdown – Minnesota lawmakers headed home for a long holiday weekend, bracing for likely public anger as some of them meet constituents for the first time since a failure to reach a budget agreement forced a government shutdown.The reception they get starting Saturday, and during 4th of July parades around the state, could go a long way toward determining how long the shutdown lasts. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP leaders had no plans for new talks before Tuesday, five full days after the shutdown started. Minnesota’s second shutdown in six years was striking much deeper than a partial 2005 shutdown. It took state parks and rest stops off line, closed horse tracks and made it impossible to get a fishing license. But it also was hitting the state’s most vulnerable, ending reading services for the blind, silencing a help line for the elderly and stopping child care subsidies for the poor.

The outgoing U.S. commander in Afghanistan marked his last Fourth of July in uniform by speaking to American troops during a re-enlistment ceremony in the south of the country. Gen. David Petraeus, who was recently confirmed as the next director of the CIA, told the 235 troops re-enlisting in Kandahar province that they have achieved progress on the battlefield but that “much work remains” to be done in Afghanistan. “You raised your right hand and said ‘Send me,’ and today you raised your right hand again and said ‘Send me again, if needed,’” he told the soldiers on America’s 235th birthday.

Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta marked his first Fourth of July by making calls to troops serving abroad, the Defense Department said Monday.

Six forward-deployed U.S. service members began their Independence Day with telephone calls from Panetta, who reached out to convey his thanks and support for their service, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Doug Wilson said. Panetta, who was sworn in as the nation’s 23rd defense secretary on Friday, spoke by phone with service members deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Bahrain. The six individuals, representative of America’s men and women in uniform who are away from their families, come from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Army National Guard. Panetta told them how proud he was of their service and emphasized his commitment to fight for them and their families as they are fighting for their country, Wilson said. He told them he looks forward to meeting them during his travels as secretary.

(Mr. Pop Video) A Florida jury has acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. Anthony began crying when the jury’s verdict was read Tuesday after more than 10 hours of deliberations. She hugged her attorney afterward, and a prosecutor shook his head in disbelief. She could have received a death sentence if she had been convicted of first-degree murder. She was found guilty of lying to investigators. Judge Belvin Perry will sentence her Thursday. She could receive up to a year in jail for each count.

President Barack Obama kicked off his first Twitter town hall with — what else? — a tweet. Using a laptop set up on a podium in the East Room of the White House, Obama typed this message: “In order to reduce the deficit, what costs would you cut and what investments would you keep?” The tweet set the tone for the town hall focused on jobs and the economy, and hosted by Twitter, the social media service. The White House sees social media as an opportunity for the president to interact with Americans directly, particularly the younger and more tech-savvy part of the electorate, as his re-election campaign ramps up.

The Obama administration must stop enforcing the ban that prevents gay men and women from serving openly in the U.S. military, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. President Barack Obama last year signed a landmark law repealing the policy that forced gays to keep their sexual orientation secret if they want to be in the military. The Pentagon has been in the process of writing rules for the new policy.

A female grizzly bear attacked and killed a man who encountered the bruin and her cubs while he was hiking with his wife on Wednesday in Yellowstone National Park, park officials said. The fatal mauling occurred about a mile and a half from the start of the Wapiti Lake trail, and another group of hikers nearby heard the victim’s wife crying out for help and used a cell phone to call park rangers for assistance. A National Park Service statement said the couple had inadvertently surprised the mother grizzly and her cubs, and in “an attempt to defend a perceived threat to her cubs, the bear attacked and fatally wounded the man.”

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law a bill that would require voters to show identification at the polls in 2012, with a photo required before casting a ballot in 2014, his office announced on Wednesday. “Having reflected a great deal on the issue, I believe that requiring identification at the polling place is a reasonable request to ensure the accuracy and integrity of our elections,” Chafee, an Independent, said in a statement.

A judge sentenced Casey Anthony on Thursday(July7) to four years for lying to investigators but says she could go free in late July or early August because she has already served nearly three years in jail and has had good behavior.  While acquitted of killing and abusing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, Anthony was convicted of four counts of lying to detectives trying to find her daughter in July 2008. She lied to them about working at the Universal Studios theme park, about leaving her daughter with a non-existent nanny named Zanny, about leaving the girl with friends and about receiving a phone call from her. She’ll be released from jail July 13.

New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, government data showed on Thursday, but distortions associated with the holiday weekend and a government shutdown in one state made it difficult to get a clear view of the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 418,000, the Labor Department said.

A gunman opened fire in two separate Michigan homes Thursday(July7), killing seven people, including a child, before leading police on a high-speed chase through downtown Grand Rapids, authorities said. Within hours, dozens of officers with guns drawn had cordoned off a neighborhood near a small lake in the northern part of the city and shut down nearby Interstate 96. State police believed they had the man surrounded but warned residents to stay in their homes. The manhunt began after four people were found dead in one Grand Rapids home and three were found in another across town. Mayor George Heartwell said police were seeking 34-year-old Rodrick Shonte Dantzler.

Flash Mobs – BAD TREND – The headlines from Chicago these days are about “flash mobs” — dozens of young thugs attacking people and cleaning out stores in broad daylight…

  • 15 people storm a couple of city buses, making off with the passengers’ mobile phones and iPods
  • More than 20 young men attack a guy parking his scooter near the downtown campus of Northwestern University. “It was boom, like a swarm of insects,” the victim recalled. They took his phone

Up to 50 people storm a drugstore in the Magnificent Mile shopping district, cleaning out the shelves of merchandise, overwhelming any security that tried to respond

Similar stories of “flash mobs” — often coordinating their attacks via cell phone — come from Washington, D.C.; Venice Beach, California; Philadelphia; and St. Paul, Minn. The trend is building pace at a time when many cities are cutting back their police departments.

Tech News –

Twitter posts way up – As we reach the halfway point of 2011, users of the microblogging service now post 200 million tweets a day, Twitter announced. That’s up from 65 million tweets a day a year ago. Even in little 140-character bites, that’s a lot of verbiage. Twitter offers some context on this: Assuming the average tweet is 25 words, that means that “every day, the world writes the equivalent of a 10 million-page book” — or 8,163 copies of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel “War and Peace.”

A federal judge has denied Google’s request to dismiss several lawsuits accusing the company of illegally collecting private information from open Wi-Fi networks. The ruling, filed in California court Wednesday, is a setback for Google as it tries to put its “Street View” debacle behind it. In May 2010, Google admitted that the cars it uses to capture images for the “Street View” map feature accidentally collected about 600 gigabytes of data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries. Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., apologized in a blog post and called the data collection “a mistake” Google also said that it never used the data and would work to dispose of it as quickly as possible.But several lawsuits hit a few months later, accusing Google violations of state and federal wiretap laws. The complaints have been consolidated into one case seeking class-action status. In Google’s motion to dismiss, the company maintained that the data collection wasn’t illegal because open Wi-Fi networks are “readily accessible to the general public.”

(Mr. Pop Video) Hackers apparently broke into the FoxNews.com’s Twitter feed for political news early Monday and used it to announce — falsely — that President Barack Obama had been assassinated. Obama was “shot twice at a Ross’ restaurant in Iowa while campaigning. RIP Obama, best regards to the Obama family,” read one of several Twitter messages posted on @FoxNewsPolitics early Monday. “We wish @joebiden the best of luck as our new President of the United States. In such a time of madness, there’s light at the end of tunnel,” the last in the series of tweets said later. An article on FoxNews.com confirmed the hack.

This week, Verizon Wireless, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, caps the amount of data downloads allowed under its $30-a-month wireless broadband plan; it will also unveil more costly options for users with big appetites for digital data. The changes will affect only new customers. Customers who now have unlimited data plans, or who sign with Verizon today, will be able to continue paying a flat fee for all the data they wish to download. Verizon follows the country’s number one carrier, AT&T Inc., which did away with unlimited data plans last year. The smallest of the nation’s top four cellular companies, T-Mobile USA, still offers an unlimited service, but the company dramatically slows down data transfers for heavy users – in effect, imposing a speed limit instead of a usage quota. Of the top wireless companies, only Sprint Nextel  still offers unlimited data plans.

Facebook will add Skype video chat to its pages, aiming to spice up the appeal of the world’s No. 1 Internet social networking service while fending off increased competition from Google The agreement, announced by Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg at the company’s Palo Alto, California, headquarters on Wednesday, deepens the company’s cooperation with Microsoft Corp, which is in the process of buying Skype to build up its web presence. Zuckerberg said Facebook has hit a record 750 million users. The new service, rolling out from Wednesday, could be a huge boost for Skype, which currently has about 145 million regular users.

Sports –

(Mr. Pop Video) A man attending a Texas Rangers game with his young son died after falling out of the stands and about 20 feet to the ground while trying to catch a baseball tossed his way Thursday night, the Rangers and Arlington fire officials said. Arlington Fire Department officials in a statement that another fan nearby tried unsuccessfully to grab the man to keep him from falling. They said the victim’s son did not fall. “We had a very tragic accident tonight and one of our fans lost their life reaching over the rail trying to get a ball,” team president Nolan Ryan said. “As an organization, and as our team members and our staff, we’re very heavy-hearted about this, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.” The accident in Texas occurred in the second inning after Oakland’s Conor Jackson hit a foul ball that ricocheted into left field. Josh Hamilton, the reigning AL MVP, retrieved the ball and tossed it into the stands. Replays on Oakland’s television broadcast show the man reaching for the ball and apparently catching it before tumbling.

Entertainment news –

Patricia Arquette and Thomas Jane are officially single. The couple’s divorce was finalized in Los Angeles. The two, who wed in 2006, will share joint custody of their 8-year-old daughter, Harlow.

Passing – Anna Massey, the member of an acting dynasty whose roles ranged from lonely spinsters to Margaret Thatcher, has died. She was 73. Massey died Saturday after a battle with cancer, with her husband and son at her side, her agent Pippa Markham said Monday.

Mr. Pop Culture/Lady GagaLady Gaga slams critics who accuse her of “[using] the gay community to sell records.” That’s “one of the most ridiculous statements anyone can make about me,” the 25-year-old pop star says. “I would say the top thing I think about every single day of my life, other than my fans, loving the music, and my family being healthy, is social justice and equality.” Gaga (real name: Stefani Germanotta) put her money where her mouth was in a recent controversy with Target. The retailer was planning to sell a special edition of her Born This Way album, but members of the LGBT community were outraged at the deal when Target contributed thousands in cash and in-kind goods to a PAC that supported antigay candidate Tom Emmer in his failed 2010 run for governor of Minnesota. After the incident, Gaga met with the company’s “entire executive staff” and shortly thereafter canceled the deal.

Comedy Central set to roast Charlie Sheen – “You could say I’ve been providing kindling for this Roast for a while,” 45-year-old Sheen says of the special, airing Sept. 19. “It’s time to light it up. It’s going to be epic.”

(Mr. Pop Video) A man arrested outside Paris Hilton’s coastal home was charged Tuesday with disobeying a court order to stay away from the socialite. Sheriff’s deputies arrested James Rainford on Monday, the third-time in less than a year that the 36-year-old has been jailed for trying to meet Hilton. Rainford is expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on the misdemeanor charge. He is being held on $20,000 bail and jail records do not indicate whether he has an attorney. Authorities said Rainford was arrested Monday after paparazzi who were outside Hilton’s home recognized him.

Hot hits this week In 2011 –

Rolling In The Deep – Adele

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

PartyRockAnthem – LMFAO fea. lauren Bennett & GoonRock

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

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

E.T. – Katy Perry (Mr. Pop Video)

The Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera

The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars

How To Love – Lil Wayne

The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco

Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean

Just Can’t Get Enough – The Black Eyed Peas

Honey Bee – Blake Shelton

Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez

Don’t Wanna Go Home – Jaseon Derulo

Till The World Ends – Britney Spears

Good Life – OneRepublic

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

Who Says – Selena Gomez & The Scene

Motivation – Kelly Rowland fea. Lil Wayne

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

Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band fea. Jimmy Buffet

Roll Up – Wiz Khalifa

At the movies this week in 2011 –

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (1st week $97.4 million)

Cars 2

Bad Teacher

Larry Crowne – (1st week $13 million)

Monte Carlo (1st week $7.6 million)

Super 8

Green Lantern

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Bridesmaids

Midnight In Paris

X-Men: First Class

Mr Pop Culture Report – December 15… It’s Time for Zuckerberg… Neil Diamond To Be Hall of Famer… Resume no-no’s… A long-ago rock ‘n roll concert…

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time’s “Person of the Year” for 2010, joining the ranks of winners that include heads of state and rock stars as the person the magazine believes most influenced events of the past year. At 26, Zuckerberg is the youngest “Person of the Year” since the first one chosen, Charles Lindbergh; he was 25 when he was named in 1927, Time said Wednesday. Zuckerberg beat out Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II by just two weeks: She was 26 when she was named in 1952.

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond will enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, he announced on his website. “Any club that has Chuck Berry and Little Richard and The Everly Brothers is a club that I want to be a part of,” the 69-year-old “Sweet Caroline” singer said in a statement. “I think it’s great. I’m happy that they recognized me and my work.” Artists are eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first single or album, although Diamond began recording in the 1960s.

Don’t use these words on your resume – according to Linkedin – they’re way overused and don’t make you stand out:

1. Extensive experience

2. Innovative

3. Motivated

4. Results-oriented

5. Dynamic

6. Proven track record

7. Team player

8. Fast-paced

9. Problem solver

10. Entrepreneurial

Fifty years past (1960-2010): Clay Cole’s Christmas Show
December 23 – January 1, 1960
The Clay Cole all-star ten-day Christmas show at the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre
Producer Sid Bernstein approached New York television host, Clay Cole  in fall of 1960 with an offer he couldn’t refuse; return to The Brooklyn Paramount Theatre to continue the Alan Freed holiday tradition, a 10-day all-star rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza, Clay Cole’s Christmas Show.
Bernstein put together an all-star lineup of  hit-makers, and knowing that he could lure audience members back for two or more shows, he signed Bobby Rydell to headline for three days, Brenda Lee for three, and Ray Charles for four. Murray the K, New York’s top deejay (1010-WINS) was hired to replaced Clay as he raced back to Channel 13, Newark NJ each day to fulfill his live television duties.
The five daily shows broke the all-time box office attendance record at the former 4500+ seat showplace, a record that still stands to this day.

Supporting acts included a million-dollar line-up:
Dion (“Lonely Teenager”)
Neil Sedaka (“Calendar Girl”)
The Drifters (“Save The Last Dance For Me”)
The Coasters (“Searchin” / Yakety Yak”)
The Shirelles (“Will You Still Love Me”)
The Skyliners            (“Since I Don’t Have You”)
Johnny Burnette      (“You’re Sixteen”)
Chubby Checker       (“The Twist”)
Kathy Young (“A Thousand Stars”)
Bobby Vee (“Rubber Ball”)
Jimmy Charles         (“A Million To One”)
Bo Diddley (“Say Man”)
Dante
& The Evergreens   (“Alley-Oop”)
Little Anthony
& The Imperials      (“Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop”)
plus, orchestra conductor, an unknown trumpet virtuoso, Bobby Vinton,
with the Delicates, as back-up singers.
Notes: During the run of the show, Billboard magazine arrived announcing the #1 recording on the
Hot 100 – The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” their first at #1.
Clay Cole celebrated his 23rd birthday (January 1, 1961) on stage on New Year’s Eve.
Bo Diddley literally “broke a leg.”

Mr. Pop Culture Report – November 18… Puff The Magic Diddy (drinks by the sea), Keith Urban Goes Urban… Paul McCartney Is Sirius About This Concert… Bill Nye The Unconscious Guy… A Note From HBO.

He’s Puff The Magic Diddy – Advertising Age names Ciroc vodkas one of America’s hottest brands — and Brand Manager/CMO Sean “Diddy” Combs loves it. “This is a huge honor for us to be included in this illustrious list,” “It shows that Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka is a brand America loves and hard work pays off!” “Made in France, Croc vodka … is one of the first vodkas made from fine French grapes, mauzac blanc and ugni blanc, and it is distilled five times,” says the magazine. “But what really sets this brand apart are its street credentials.”

Keith Urban Is Back – Country music star Keith Urban is used to seeing screaming fans — just not necessarily meeting them up close at the train station. Urban promoted his new album, “Get Closer,” in stops at New York’s Penn Station and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia on Tuesday. The CD is now getting into fans’ hands and looks to land #1 on the country album charts in a week or two.

Beatles Now On iTunes – Users can buy the Fab Four’s remastered studio albums, collections and a digital box set. Looks like “Abbey Road” is the top seller – at least for now.  While Beatles fans celebrate the addition of the band’s catalog to iTunes, Paul McCartney will help Sirius XM Radio ring in a milestone of its own next month. McCartney will play New York’s Apollo Theater for the first time on December 13, in an invitation-only event for listeners of the satellite radio service as it approaches 20 million subscribers. The concert will be broadcast live on six different Sirius XM channels. The company also announced the launch of “Paul McCartney’s ‘s Band on the Run Radio,” a commerical-free music channel showcasing McCartney’s catalog that will run 24/7 from November 29 to December 26. The channel coincides with the reissue earlier this month of “Band on the Run,” McCartney’s 1973 album with Wings.

The host of the Emmy-winning 1990s TV show Bill Nye the Science Guy, 54, collapsed mid-sentence in front of hundreds of audience members during a speaking engagement at the University of Southern California. About 10 seconds after his fall, “he popped back up with much gusto and asked everybody how long he was out for and went on with a story about how a similar thing happened to him that morning,” an audience member said.

Check out HBO’s upcoming documentary called PUBLIC SPEAKING, directed by Oscar winner Martin Scorsese and produced by Emmy - and Peabody-winning documentary producer Graydon Carter, about legendary New York writer Fran Lebowitz. PUBLIC SPEAKING premieres Monday, November 22nd on HBO. Directed in the style of Scorsese’s early documentaries “Italian American” and “American Boy,” PUBLIC SPEAKING showcases Lebowitz’s worldview and experiences.  Spotlighting her trademark humor, the film weaves together extemporaneous monologues with archival footage. We have key art, stills, trailer and clips from the film for you. http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/public-speaking It’s Mr. Pop Culture recommended!

Mr. Pop Culture Report … October 23… Yea Texas… Shales Going… They Get Married… Mobile Is Taking Over…

Sports – The Texas Rangers best the Yankees – and for the first time – will be in the World Series.  Vladimir Guerrero drove in three runs before Nelson Cruz hit a towering, two-run homer and the Rangers beat New York 6-1 Friday night in Game 6 of the AL championship series, the biggest victory in the franchise’s 50 seasons.

Tom Shales, the Washington Post‘s Pulitzer-prize winning television writer, says he’s probably going to leave the paper when his contract expires at the end of December. “It’s been a long process,” he says. Shales took the paper’s buyout offer in 2006. “I hate that expression, ‘took the buyout,’” he says. It reminds him of an old Gregory Peck movie that ends with a boy killing his pet deer.  Shales went on contract immediately after, remaining the paper’s TV critic until last summer, when Hank Stuever was named lead critic; Shales, the Post announced, would become an at-large culture critic with a mission to Illuminate, pontificate and eviscerate, on TV and other subjects.”

They Get Married – British comedian Russell Brand and U.S. pop singer Katy Perry married on Saturday in a closely guarded traditional Hindu ceremony at an exclusive hotel resort in India’s Rajasthan. Pop star Rihanna played the maid of honor as a priest chanted Hindu hymns around a sacred fire.

Technology – A September study conducted by Forrester Research found that 37 percent of 18- to 30-year-old Americans access the internet with their mobile phones and 15 percent use their phones to watch videos or TV. “Mobile data traffic is up 5,000 percent over a 3-year period,” said Dawn Benton, the director of corporate communications at AT&T. That growth is a perfect example of the fact that more people are choosing to use smartphones and “emerging devices,” like tablets and notebooks, she added.

Mr. Pop Culture Report… September 28… Virtual Is Hot… Singer Arrested For Cocaine… Goodbye Gloria… And…

The “virtual goods” market is growing at a healthy clip, according to an industry report issued Tuesday. The research group Inside Network says the U.S. virtual goods market will hit $2.1 billion in 2011, up from $1.6 billion this year. The group, which also owns a blog about Facebook, attributes much of the growth in that market to social online games like “FarmVille.”

British singer Pete Doherty was charged on Tuesday with possessing cocaine in connection with an inquiry into the suspected overdose death of heiress Robyn Whitehead. The 31-year-old Babyshambles frontman and former partner of supermodel Kate Moss was one of four people questioned after the January death of the filmmaker, who had been working on a documentary of Doherty at the time. Two of Doherty’s friends were also charged — Peter Wolfe, 42, for supplying and possessing cocaine, and Alan Wass, 29, for possessing cocaine.

Passing – Gloria Stuart, the 1930s Hollywood leading lady who years later became the oldest Academy Award acting nominee for her role as the spunky survivor in “Titanic,” has died. She was 100.

Sarah smiles at daughter Bristol – live from the audience on “Dancin’ With The Stars.” Naturally, the press thought they heard boo’s.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – September 25… My Generation Stinks In the Ratings… So, That’s Why Zucker Is Leaving NBC? … No more Heart in this marriage… Hot albums this week.

TV Ratings – Big Bang, in its Thursday debut, drew 14 million viewers and improved over its Monday season premiere a year ago among the adults-18-to-49 demographic. The strong start also lifted freshman comedy S#*! My Dad Says (12.5 million viewers) to a solid debut and provided a healthy lead-in to CSI (14.6 million viewers) and The Mentalist (15.3 million viewers). However, the two procedurals were down in the demo 17 percent and 8 percent, respectively, versus a year ago. NBC’s rival Thursday comedies suffered, as Community (5 million viewers) fell 42 percent from its freshman debut. (It did, however, premiere after The Office a year ago.) 30 Rock ( 5.8 million viewers), which also premiered post-Office last year, was down 13 percent in the demo. The Office (8.4 million viewers) was up slightly, providing a nice platform to new comedy Outsourced (7.4 million viewers).

NBC placed third overall behind (goodbye Jeff Zucker), ABC, which debuted documentary-style scripted drama “My Generation” to a disappointing 5.2 million viewers. The show tied with the CW in the demo during the 8/7c timeslot and was down 60 percent compared to FlashForward‘s debut last year.

Universal Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Zucker will step down once Comcast Corp. completes its takeover of the company as the new owners move to reshape management. Zucker’s ratings simply stink and he’s made some horrific decisions over the past few years. Some say, it’s amazing he’s kept his job this long.

Divorcing after 24 years of marriage – Heart’s Nancy Wilson and movie director Cameron Crowe.

Top albums this week –

Passion, Pain & Pleasure – Trey Songz

A Thousand Suns – Linkin Park

The Guitar Song- Jamey Johnson

Recovery – Eminem

Band of Joy – Robert Plant

Now 35

Hurley – Weezer

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Mr. Pop Culture Report… September 18… Getting Into Trouble Are Russell Brand And Adam Lambert… He’s A Killer Queen And Hot Hits This Week.

Russell Brand has been released from police custody for a misdemeanor charge of simple battery, after having been arrested at LAX on Friday afternoon. The British comic, 35, and his fiancee, Katy Perry, were going through airport security when Brand reportedly began pushing and striking photographers snapping pictures of the famous pair. One of those  paparazzos then placed Brand under citizen’s arrest.

Borat” star Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play flamboyant rocker Freddie Mercury in a dramatic feature focusing on his glory days as the frontman of Queen, its producers said on Thursday. The untitled film is being written by Peter Morgan, the British scribe behind “The Queen” and “The Last King of Scotland.” No director is attached yet.

Adam Lambert Accused of Battery – According to a police report, Victor Eras, who was taking pictures of the 28-year-old singer Thursday, alleges that Lambert ran toward him “in an aggressive manner,” grabbed his backpack and wrestled him to the ground.

Hot hits this week in 2010 –

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

Love The Way You Lie – Eminem fea. Rihanna

Dynamite – Taio Cruz

DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher fea. Pitbull

I Like It – Enrique Iglesias fea. Pitbull

Take It Off – Ke$ha

Just A Dream – Nelly

Mr. Pop Culture Report – September 7… Ipad Competitors Coming… Virtual Cigarette… Creator of TVs “Bonanza” Passes

iPad competitors coming – Beginning this fall (with several new devices launching at IFA Berlin last week) and stretching through next year (with the Consumer Electronics Show in early January), there are going to be far more consumer touch-screen tablets to choose from. And not just from small niche manufacturers. They include The Samsung Galaxy Tab and the The Toshiba Folio.

Interesting – Galen Kipe hasn’t smoked a cigarette in more than three months. He couldn’t kick his habit of 17 years with nicotine patches or gum. He finally put away his Marlboro menthols for good by swapping them for electronic cigarettes, which look like the real thing and give him his nicotine fix but do not contain tobacco. “It’s the closest thing to what I was doing before,” the 34-year-old steelworker from Asheboro, N.C., said. “I’m still getting the nicotine, but I don’t feel like I’m getting any kind of bad side effects. It can’t be any worse than actual cigarettes.”

Passing – David Dortort (93) creator of the long-running hit Western Bonanza, has died. He was 93. The long running series debuted in 1959 against ratings monster Perry Mason over at CBS. Then, NBC moved the show to Sunday nights were it became a top-rated show for most of the 1960′s. It was the first of its kind – the very first regular TV series to go color.