2007 IN REVIEW: MUST SEE VIDEO
Sunday, December 30, 2007
The Internet gave plenty of people their 15 minutes of fame this year. The most annoying viral video star of the year was Chris Crocker. This gender-bender cried and cried over Britney Spears, explaiming, "Leave Britney alone!" There was also "Obama Girl," a music video about a girl who has a crush on presidential candidate Barack Obama. And who could forget Will Ferrell's landlord skits on funnyordie.com? The Daily Edition's pick for the best online video of the year is from Britain's Got Talent. Paul Potts was a cell phone salesman who looked like he couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. But he blew away the audience and Simon Cowell with an unforgettable opera song that'll give anyone goose bumps. Potts went on to win the show. Here's a look at his audition. It will take your breath away...
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AMERICAN IDOL: SUCCESS STORIES
Former American Idol contestants dominated the airwaves. Chris Daughtry didn't even win the show, but the rocker struck it big with 2007's Daughtry. The album was Billboard's best-selling album of 2007. Fellow contestant Carrie Underwood also hitting it big in '07 with her album and the song "Before He Cheats," an anthem for girls who've been done wrong. Elliott Yamin also scored a hit single with the break-up song Wait For You this year.
Things didn't go so well for American Idol winner and chart-topper Kelly Clarkson. Her third album, My December, only spawned one radio hit, Never Again, which was no where near as good as tracks from her previous albums. This year's Idol winner, Jordin Sparks, is also not fairing so well. Her debut album came in at number ten on Billboard, the lowest debut ever for an American Idol winner. Let's not forget about last season's runner-up, Katherine McPhee, whose debut album debuted at number two on Billboard, but quickly fizzled. Her single, "Over It," never really went as far as intended.
He's been in the music biz forever, producing hit tracks for arists like Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake. But this year, Timbaland struck gold with his own album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value. The rapper paired up with stars like Timberlake and Furtado and unknown artists like Keri Hilson and One Republic for a string of chart-topping singles.
- The Dixie Chicks swept the Grammy Awards, taking home five awards.
- Kanye West and 50 Cent battled in out when both of their albums dropped on September 11. Kanye easily sold more copies than 50, whose album failed to meet expectations.
- Kanye West's mother, Donda, died after having plastic surgery.
- Britney Spears bombed during a performance at the MTV VMA's. She also lost her hair, her kids and her mind. Despite all that, her album got decent reviews and produced a hit single, "Gimme More."
- Radiohead released their new album online telling fans they could pay whatever they wanted for it.
- Hannah Montana aka Miley Cyrus cast a spell on the tween audience, selling out concerts all over the country.
- Amy Winehouse was praised for her unique sound and panned for her wild behavior.
- Sirius and XM Radio spent the year trying to merge, but the powers that be in Washington aren't so sure it's such a good idea.
- The Police, Genesis, Van Halen, The Spice Girls and Led Zeppelin reunited in 2007.
Alicia Keys, "No One"
Fergie, "Big Girls Don't Cry"
Lily Allen, "LDN"
My Chemical Romance, "Teenagers"
Nickelback, "Rock Star"
Paramore, "Misery Business"
Plain White T's, "Hey There Delilah"
Sean Kingston, "Beautiful Girls"
Shop Boyz, "Party Like A Rock Star"
Soulja Boy, "Crank That"
Timbland ft. Keri Hilson, "The Way I Are"
Timbaland ft. One Republic, "Apologize"
Fall Out Boy, "I'm Like A Lawyer..."
Mims, "This Is Why I'm Hot"
Nickelback, "If Everyone Cared"
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2007 IN REVIEW: OBITS
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Easily the most high-profile death of the year, the media was like a dog with a bone when Anna Nicole Smith was found dead in a Florida hotel room. Smith's passing led to a huge custody battle for Smith's newborn daughter, Dannielynn. Smith's best friend and lawyer Howard K. Stern and her former boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, both claimed to be the father of the girl, while Smith's mother also battled for custody. Paternity tests determined that Birkhead was indeed the dad.
BORIS YELTSIN, 76, April 22
Russia's first freely elected leader died from heart failure at a hospital in Moscow.
The ultra-conservative Christian preacher is remembered as a uniter and a divider. He was a lightening rod for controversy in life. He was known for his attacks on gay and raised eyebrows years ago when he said that the purple Teletubbie was gay. Falwell had a history of heart problems and was found unconscious in May.
CHARLES NELSON REILLY, 76, May 25
The flamboyant actor was best known for his role as a panelist on the 1970's hit game show, "Match Game."
The wife of President Lyndon Johnson was one of the nation's most beloved public figures because of her warm manner and devotion to the country. She died of natural causes.
Known for her loud make-up and matching personality, Messner helped build a multi-million dollar evangelism empire in the 1980's. That empire collapsed when Messner's then husband, Jim Bakker, admitted to defrauding his followers. Tammy Faye had battled cancer for more than a decade. Just days before she died, she appeared on Larry King Live weighing only 65 pounds.
The Irish singer and banjo player used his music to spread stories of Irish culture throughout the world. He died of lung cancer.
The host of the popular "Merv Griffin Show" also created the syndication mega-hits, "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" He died before his final game show, "Merv Griffin's Crosswords" made it to air in September 2007.
She ran a $5 billion dollar hotel and real estate empire in New York and was known as thr "queen of mean." Even in death, Helmsley caused controversy. She left her dog $12 million, while leaving two of her grandchildren out of her will.
One of the most popular opera singers ever, a New York Times critic once wrote that Pavarotti's vocal chords were "kissed by God." He was presented with the Grammy Legend Award in 1998 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2001. Pavarotti died at his home after a long battle with cancer.
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"I personally believe the U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh...people out there in our nation don't have maps, and, uh, I believe that our education like such as South Africa and, uh, the Iraq everywhere like, such as and...I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., err, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future for our..." - Miss Teen South Carolina Caitlin Upton in the Miss Teen USA pageant. This was her response to the question, "Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can't locate the United States on a world map. Why do you think this is?"
"Don't tase me, bro!" - University of Florida student Andrew Meyer to police before he was tased for causing a disturbance at a John Kerry forum.
"In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country." - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during a speaking engagement at Columbia University in New York
"That's some nappy-headed hos there." - radio host Don Imus, referring to the Rutgers University women's basketball team
"(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom." - Idaho Republican Senator Larry Craig, explaining why his foot touched the foot of an undercover police officer in an airport men's room
"I am not gay. I never have been gay." - Larry Craig in a presser after being busted in the bathroom
"I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history." - Former President Jimmy Carter, referring to the Bush Administration in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper
“We are only taking questions on hair.” - Peter Berdovsky, one of the two men arrested in Boston for planting electronic ads that were mistaken for bombs all over the city. After Berdovsky and his accomplice appeared in court, they addressed the media, but refused to answer any questions about the incident. Instead, they would only discuss 1970's hairstyles. It pissed off the media and Boston's Mayor Menino, but this was by the most entertaining presser of 2007.
"How many 83-year-old men get up every morning knowing that they're going to have a standing ovation sometime during the day?" - Bob Barker on what he'll miss about "The Price Is Right"
"We push each other. I look at me and Justin like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day." - Kanye West on the rivaly between himself and Justin Timberlake
Labels: year in review
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2007 was not a good year for many celebrities. Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse and Lindsay Lohan were in and out of rehab. A prominent politician was busted in a gay bathroom sex scandal, while the careers of an A-list movie star and a reality star took major hits after their private conversations were made public. The Daily Edition looks back at the biggest star scandals of 2007:
LARRY CRAIG BATHROOM SEX SCANDAL
In one of the most stomach-turning stories of the year, actor Alec Baldwin was caught threatening his 11-year-old daughter, Ireland. After Ireland didn't pick up on his scheduled phone call, Baldwin went loco on her voicemail. He screamed, calling his own kid a "thoughtless little pig" and saying things like, "Once again, I have made an ass of myself trying to get to a phone" and "you have insulted me for the last time." He also threatened to "straighten" her "ass out." The tapes were leaked to TMZ which broke the story. A judge was so alarmed by them that he temporarily banned Baldwin from seeing his Ireland.
He was one of the biggest football stars in the NFL, but this year Michael Vick was suspended for his role in an illegal dog-fighting ring. Vick and three other men were charged in July for operating the dog-fighting venture called "Bad Newz Kennels." After months of boycotts by angry fans, Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison in December.
Labels: year in review
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MUST SEE VIDEO: WLS CAR CRASH
Monday, December 24, 2007
MUST SEE VIDEO
Incredible video from a live newscast at WLS in Chicago. An anchor was tossing to a liveshot on Sunday night when a mini-van crashed right into the studio! WLS has a ground level studio, so people passing by can look in and drivers like this dude can drive in. The best part of this video is when the anchor screams and the reporter just keeps on going as if nothing happened. No one was hurt in the accident. The driver has been charged with felony damage to property.
Labels: must see video
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AP'S TOP 10 NEWS STORIES OF 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
The Associated Press is out with their annual list of the year's top stories. Here are the big stories that made the cut:
1. VIRGINIA TECH KILLINGS: Seung-Hui Cho, 23, who had avoided court-ordered mental health treatment despite a history of psychiatric problems, killed two fellow students in a dormitory on April 16, detoured to mail a hate-filled video of himself to NBC News, then shot dead 30 students and professors in a classroom building before killing himself. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
2. MORTGAGE CRISIS: A record-setting wave of mortgage foreclosures, coupled with a steep slump in the housing market, buffeted financial markets, caused multibillion-dollar losses at major banks and investment firms, and became an issue in the presidential campaign.
3. IRAQ WAR: The "surge" that sent more U.S. troops to Iraq was credited with helping reduce the overall level of violence. But thousands of Iraqis and hundreds of U.S. personnel were killed nonetheless during the year, and Iraqi political leaders struggled to make meaningful progress toward national reconciliation.
4. OIL PRICES: Oil prices soared to record highs, at one point reaching nearly $100 a barrel. The high prices, which burdened motorists and owners of oil-heated homes, nudged Congress to pass an energy bill that ordered an increase in motor vehicles' fuel efficiency.
5. CHINESE EXPORTS: An array of Chinese exports were recalled, ranging from toys with lead paint to defective tires to tainted toothpaste and food. Despite the high-profile problems, America's trade deficit with China was running at record-high levels.
6. GLOBAL WARMING: Warnings about the consequences of global warming gained intensity with new reports from scientific panels and a Nobel Prize to Al Gore for his environmental crusading that included the film "An Inconvenient Truth." Across the U.S., many state governments sought to cap emissions blamed for global warming.
7. BRIDGE COLLAPSE: An Interstate 35 bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed during the evening rush hour on Aug. 1, killing 13 people and injuring about 100. The disaster fueled concern about possible structural flaws in other bridges nationwide.
8. PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN: In a yearlong drama with shifting subplots, large fields in both major parties battled for support ahead of the caucuses and primaries that will decide the 2008 presidential nominees. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama led among the Democrats; some polls showed five Republicans with double-digit support.
9. IMMIGRATION DEBATE: A compromise immigration plan, backed by President Bush and Democratic leaders, collapsed in Congress due to Republican opposition. The plan would have enabled millions of illegal immigrants to move toward citizenship, while also bolstering border security. The issues remained alive in the presidential campaign.
10. IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM: Worried that the ultimate goal is a nuclear arsenal, the United States and other countries pressed Iran to halt uranium enrichment. Iran said it never had a weapons program. A U.S. intelligence report concluded there was such an effort, but it stopped in 2003.
Just missing the Top 10 were the Southern California wildfires and the resignation of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general.
Labels: year in review
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STARBUCKS CHEER CHAIN
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Looking for a heart-warming story this holiday season? Look no further:
One woman's act of kindness to a fellow Starbucks customer resulted in more than 1,000 others spreading some Christmas cheer.
It all started last Wednesday when a woman at a Marysville, Washington Starbucks paid for the person in line behind her. Her good deed set off a chain of 1,013 customers paying for the next person's drink. Many of the customers also threw in an extra $10 or $20 which will be donated to the coffee giant's Chistmas toy drive.
The long run of kindness finally ended at 6:20 AM on Friday. So, who's the cheap bastard who decided to end this cheer chain?
This isn't the first time something like this has happened at a Starbucks. Last week in Pampano Beach, Florida, one man decided that instead of getting mad at the guy honking behind him, he'd buy him a latte.
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VH1 got back to what it does best this week: doing shows about music. Each night, VH1 counted down the top 100 songs of the 1990's. The five-parter featured commentary with some of the biggest artists of the 90's like Hanson, Collective Soul, Edwin McCain, En Vogue, the Spin Doctors, and Korn. We also found out what some of the stars that have fallen are up to now. White rapper Snow lives in his native Canada where he's still a hometown hero and MC Hammer is a Christian minister. Just a great five-part series. If you missed it, VH1 is repeating it all weekend long. Meantime, here's a look at the top 20:
20. Hanson - "MMMBop"
19. Beastie Boys - "Sabotage"
18. Metallica - "Enter Sandman"
17. Destiny's Child - "Say My Name"
16. M.C. Hammer - "Can't Touch This"
15. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Under The Bridge"
14. Mariah Carey - "Vision of Love"
13. Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg - "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang"
12. Alanis Morissette - "You Oughta Know"
11. Pearl Jam - "Jeremy"
10. Sinead O'Connor - "Nothing Compares 2 U"
9. R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"
8. TLC - "Waterfalls"
7. Britney Spears - "...Baby One More Time"
6. Sir Mix-A-Lot - "Baby Got Back"
5. Madonna - "Vogue"
4. Whitney Houston - "I Will Always Love You"
3. Backstreet Boys - "I Want It That Way"
2. U2 - "One"
1. Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
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BRITNEY SPEARS' SISTER IS PREGNANT!!!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
File this under pathetic. Britney Spears' 16-year-old sister, Jamie-Lynn, tells OK! Magazine that she is pregnant. She's 12 weeks along and the father is her "longtime" boyfriend. She's a junior in high school.
"It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected," Jamie-Lynn told OK!. "I was in complete and total shock and so was he."
"I didn't believe it because Jamie Lynn's always been so conscientious," her mother, Lynne Spears, told OK!. "She's never late for her curfew. I was in shock. I mean, this is my 16-year-old baby."
Once again, multi-millionaires acting like clueless white trash. Not to mention, a great example for teenager's everywhere who are already cranking out babies they can't support left and right.
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LATE-NIGHT TALK SHOWS TO RETURN IN JANUARY?
Friday, December 14, 2007
Late-night talk shows that have been in the dark because of the writers strike could be back on the air in January. David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel have been airing repeats since the strike started on November 5th. All of the hosts have refused to cross the picket line and ratings have taken a huge dive. Daily Variety is reporting that Leno and Conan are eyeing a return in early January, even if the strike isn't settled by then. Variety is also reporting that Kimmel may also be close to returning. One thing to keep in mind: if the hosts return, it'll anger the union, so they may still opt to stick out and stay home.
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HOWARD STERN'S CHRISTMAS
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Howard Stern's crew exchanged Christmas gifts this morning. Instead of buying gifts for everyone, each person on the staff bought one gift for someone else. Howard got to buy for an intern named Lori and she got hooked up big time. Howard bought the college student a Marc Jacobs handbag (worth more than $1,000) and a $1,000 gift card to Bloomingdale's. Robin bought Howard his gifts, a letter opener and a silver magnifying glass. Robin's gift wasn't so nice. A Stern staffer named Ryan was her Secret Santa. He bought her a wooden windchime, which everyone made fun of. Robin said she'll probably never use it, so she traded it to Fred, who had received a hooded sweatshirt. Like Howard, Fred also gave his present to an intern who he hooked up with $500 cash. Artie got tickets to a Yankees dinner from another staffer. While Artie gave Benji a few presents, including an i-Phone. Gary got a gift certificate to The Sharper Image from J.D.
Howard Stern will be off the next two weeks for Christmas break, but be sure to tune in this Monday for the "History of Howard Stern." This special that's been a year in the making starts from Howards beginnings in radio all the way until now.
Labels: howard stern
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IKE TURNER DIES
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Ike Turner's manager says the musician and ex-husband of Tina Turner has died at his home in San Diego, California. He was 76 years old. There's no word on the cause of death. Turner was a pioneer of rock and roll, but was also known for brutally abusing Tina. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won a Grammy earlier this year. Turner appeared on the Howard Stern show just weeks ago, talking about his thriving sex life and his love for younger women.
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MTV, Mondays 10pm/ET
Based on a popular documentary film, this weekly series follows people who are in online relationships. They meet their longtime loves with the help of the show, but things aren't always what they seem.
FAST FOOD MANIA
DESTINATION AMERICA, Sundays 10pm/ET
If you listen to the Howard Stern show, the you already know that Jon Hein is the biggest fan of fast food around. Join Jon as he checks out the best places to chow down for cheap on this new show on the new network, Destination America. If you're not craving something greasing after watch this show, then something is wrong with you.
Trisha Goddard hosted talk shows overseas for years. Now, she's the star of her own show, a spin-off of Maury, here in the states. Topics have included a man with 5 wives and women who eat strange objects like drywall and dirt.
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