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Chicagoan based rapper Kanye West continued to make headlines in 2010. After his infamous mic-gate on country singer Taylor Swift last November on the MTV Awards (which was the No. 1 Newz Story of 2009 on OUTTOWN), the media episodes continued. Starting off with the nagging 2008 $1 million lawsuit embattled rap label impresario Suge Knight filed against Ye on a shooting incident that occurred at Ye’s MTV party in Miami in ‘05 blaming him for getting shot in the leg. It was eventually thrown out in November due to non-evidence .
He started the year with a controversial photograph (one of three instances this year) taken by photographer David LaChappelle of he and a naked Lady Gaga being carried by a tattered West in a jungle setting. The following months involved his on and off again relationship with bisexual model Amber and rumors of dating reality show star Kim Kardashian (the latest being she’s having his baby).
In June, the focus reset to his music when he began an unorthodox ed pre-buzz campaign to promote his as yet untitled CD that was initially titled “Good Ass Job” since 2008 (it was eventually named , “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” in early October ). He created a Twitter account and used it to update fans about his CD by starting what he called “Good Friday” leaking tracks every Friday up until the release of his CD (which was initially set for September but pushed to mid November)
In July, he began his freestyle publicity tour visiting the headquarters of Twitter, Facebook and Rolling Stone performing new tracks a Capella style to the employees, a first for an artist. In September, he went onto Twitter and sent a PR strategized apology to Taylor Swift regarding the ‘09 VMA Awards upstaging incident (and later in the year recanted on Twitter saying Swift fed on the incident) a week prior to his performing on the much pre buzzed ’10 award show (where he debuted the self effacing, “Runaway” and Swift debuted Kanye influenced single, “Innocent”).
After September, the Kanye Machine went into overdrive. He performed on Saturday Night Live with a remodeled stage set to an all white set (a first for the show), websites leaked a nude pic of Ye he sent via MySpace; MTV, BET and websites broadcast his directed 30 minute avante guard film for “Runway,” he took out his bottom teeth and capped them with diamonds, he cancelled am interview on Oprah's show, he released the artwork for the five album covers for his release with one causing controversy and an eventual ban of a painting showing a sex act between a beast and a nude white girl, President George W commented on the Today Show with Matt Lauer that Ye’s Katrina Telethon comment was one of the lowest points in office; Ye’s outlandish rebuttal backfired on the same show with Lauer, got booed performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade….and after all of that, his CD is released and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Albums chart and named by Time Magazine as the Best Album of 2010.
This year was the year where Internet based videos on such social networks as YOUTUBE went ‘viral’ (or catch on like a virus). One video in particular was an Auto-tuned remix of Chicago native/former Huntsville, Alabama resident Antoine Dodson’s interview on July 28 by a NBC news affiliate, in now infamous red bandanna covering his unkempt hair, black tank top and jeans, after the alleged attempted rape of his sister by an intruder in her bedroom. The video of the interview caught attention due to Dodson’s flamboyant delivery of what occurred (and creating a catch phrase with “Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wives, Hide Your Husbands….”)
The video soon after went viral on YOUTUBE and grabbing the attention to the Gregory Brothers who auto tune news casts. What followed was “The Bed Intruder Song” initially selling thousands of copies (100, 000 copies as of September) on I Tunes and eventually reached number 89 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. The popularity of the song inspired many covers and remixes and he becoming a cult hero to the viral generation..
Dodson appeared on the Today Show (and via satellite on European TV and radio stations shows) in August regarding his Internet super stardom and the video was dubbed "one of the most watched online videos ever," of over 16 million times as of that month. Akin to singer Susan Boyle’s 2009 Britain’s Got Talent’s performance video hitting YOUTUBE, he also became an Internet sensation overnight. Thus, he made enough money to move out of the ghetto and buy his family a house in Hollywood (and also has his own hair salon), appeared on BET’s 106 and Park, performed on The BET Awards, licensed Halloween costumes and a greeting card line, endorsed a sex offender tracker smartphone application, and was in talks for a reality show set for 2011.
YOUTUBE reported in December that Dodson’s original news interview and the remixed Autotuned video in total were the most watched videos on the social network (beating out music stars Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Lady Gaga) of 2010 with over 60 million hits.
The year 2010 was a good year for this Oak Park, Ill. native comedic actress via the social network site, Facebook. In February, her Snickers Commercial with Abe Vigoda that ran during the Super Bowl was voted the Best Ad of the event. As a result, there was a massive campaign on Facebook called "Betty White to Host SNL Please" pleaded for folk to post up on the page to have the 88 year old host Saturday Night Live. Five-hundred -thousand votes later, SNL producer Lonre Michaels saw the immense attention and as result, White hosted the SNL finale--which made her the oldest host in the show's history-- on May 8 which featured SNL female castmates from the past and present (She even joked about the Facebook campaign during her opening monologue saying she didnt have a clue a to who Facebook was) . It was the highest rated SNL in two years. The campaign on Facebook also spawned a trend for everyday people using the social network to demand to see certain personalities on network TV (The campaign now is for Sesame Street's Cookie Monster to host SNL.)
After her Emmy win, the career projects ensued. She was cast in the Nick at Nite original sitcom "Hot in Cleveland" to big ratings, setting records first for the network. She also was seen in the film, "You Again" which made the Top 5 at the Box Office. She even received accolades outside the TV industry being named an honorary U.S. Forest Ranger during her visit to Washington DC in November to see SNL castmate Tina Fey receive an award, and came out with her own clothing line and 2011 calendar among other projects involving her love of animals. She also guest starred on the second season of the NBC sitcom, "Community" and in December, she was named one of the most fascinating people of 2010 on Barbara Walters annual special.
After announcing her show she was starting her own network OWN in January 2011 and ending her hit daytime talk show after 25 years on a live show last November , there has been nonstop media attention about Chicago based talk show queen Oprah (akin to Kanye's media moments).Oprah began the year sitting in between talk show hosts Jay Leno and David Letterman in a Super Bowl commercial that aired in February,. But throughout the year she has been the constant target of newz not involving her occupation from her confession of dating former Entertainment Tonight anchor John Tesh back in the 1970s, the unauthorized biography of Oprah written by Kitty Kelley, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojaveich saying on tapes during his infamous corruption trial this summer that he wanted Oprah to fill in Barack Obamas; Senate seat, settling the sexual assault lawsuit against the ex-headmistress at her South African school for girls, and allegations that her contest, The Search for the Next Talk Star to seek a host for her show on her Own network was rigged
Fast forward to Sept 13 and Oprah began her final season journey in the 25th season premiere during her Most Favorite Things segment where members of that particular audience won a eight-day trip to Australia during the country's summer in December (where she taped shows at the Sydney Opera House for January 2011) . Since then, she has had reunion shows of cast members from monumental films (from "The Sounds of Music" to "The Color Purple") interviewed the parents of the late Michael Jackson and re-introduced her National Book Club with Chicago native author Johnathan Frazen's novel, "Freedom" (who guested on Oprah after his media fail dissin' Oprah 10 years ago when he was selected).
Oprah also was mentioned in a hit song "Billionaire " by Bruno ("I want to be on the cover of Fortune Magazine/standing next to Oprah and the Queen")
In November, United Airlines (the official airline that flies her guests that are featured on her daytime talk show) launched a Farewell Season airplane in Chicago where certain passengers were eligible for 1 million frequent flier miles and win round trips. Throughout her giveaways of trips, I-pods and Volkswagen Beetles, she copped a Kennedy Center Honors award along the way traveling to the White House in early December for the award along with Paul McCartney, and Merle Haggard among others.
Also, in December, TV news personality Barbara Walters was given her own hour on her Most Fascinating Special where she asked the talk show mogul about her leaving her daytime talk show, and the headline grabber, about the constant lesbian rumors and that her and BFF Gayle King were lovers. From that interview she has made her response infamous: "I' Never Have Been a Lesbian. I never have been Kinda Lesbian...and Tissue Please." LOL
Throughout the trial, the infamous tapes planted by the FBI were played of Blago's expletive drenched conversations with colleagues and shot callers involving the propositions to sell Obama's Senate seat (with Senator Jessie Jackson Jr and Oprah's name being thrown as possible candidates) as well as bribing The Chicago Tribune into firing members of the paper who were anti-Blagoans for a kickback to help in their selling Wrigley Field. Witnesses for both sides spoke for and against Blago and the Man Himself was advised not to testify.