We knew the French were sneaky, but what the heck was soccer star Zinedine Zidane thinking with that bizarre overtime head bump? Well, at least he didn’t use his hands as the Italians took home their first World Cup in soccer since 1982 with a stirring penalty-kick win over Les Bleus.


Italy Captures Cup, Pirates Collect Booty, Album Chart Checks Cash, Wu’s Next, Who’s That Guy?, Yahoo for Jessica, Knight’s Death Sentence
We knew the French were sneaky, but what the heck was soccer star Zinedine Zidane thinking with that bizarre overtime head bump? Well, at least he didn’t use his hands as the Italians took home their first World Cup in soccer since 1982 with a stirring penalty-kick win over Les Bleus. Now, can we get back to baseball, as the All-Star game looms and the Mets enjoy their 12-game lead in the National League at the halfway point.

PIRATES’ TREASURE: The film business got a major boost this week, as Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, the second in the planned trilogy, racked up $132 million for a weekend box office record, topping the $114.9 million scored by Aquaman (and the $114.8 million by Spider-Man) just two weeks ago. That’s a lot of booty, folks. Pirates also broke the single-day record when it opened Friday with ticket sales of $55.5 million, eclipsing Star Wars: Episode III Return of the Sith, which grossed $50 million when it came out May 19, 2005. The weekend's second-biggest movie, Superman Returns, grossed $21.9 million. Exhibitor Relations estimated the weekend's overall receipts at $216 million, a record three-day haul and a 45% jump from the same period in 2005. Pirates looks to be the first movie this year to score a cumulative $250 million at the U.S. box office. Disney has already targeted next Memorial Day weekend to open the third film in the trilogy, the unfinished Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. The first film grossed $305 million in the U.S. and Canada and $654 million worldwide. Fox's comedy hit The Devil Wears Prada was #3 with $15.6 million, bringing its total to $63.7 million. Disney's Cars continued to hold up well, raising its total to $205.5 million.

THIS WEEK’S CHART: Meanwhile, the record business looks for its own Pirates, with this week’s HITS Top 50 (check the building sales chart on the site) promising one of the lowest winning totals in history, with Geffen’s Nelly Furtado album looking to return to #1, with a total of 80k, where it will battle American/Lost Highway’s posthumous, Rick Rubin-produced Johnny Cash album and Open Wide/ Monument/Columbia’s Dixie Chicks album for the top spot, with Universal Motown’s India.Arie and Def Jam/IDJ’s Rihanna also in the Top 5 mix.

THAT ‘80S VIDEO: A couple of ex-Arista execs have chimed in on who the “other” executive is in that classic YouTube video floating around the Internet about the label honcho demanding a sauna be put into his office, which can be seen here. Roy Lott reports the individual is Mark Dymond, head of Human Resources for the label at the time, part of a clip made for a convention.

CLAN RALLY: Wu-Tang Clan has announced dates for a month-long summer tour that will include performances at San Diego's Street Scene, two Rock the Bells concerts and a pair of shows at New York's Webster Hall. The tour will feature all the original members, whose roots go back nearly 15 years. While they haven't released any new albums since 2001's Iron Flag, the Clan’s Ghostface Killah recently came with the critically acclaimed Fishscale and Method Man's 4:21: The Day After is slated to hit the streets August 22.

RADIO TOP 10: Radio Ink Magazine has released its list of Top 40 Most Powerful People in Radio. The Top 10 includes: 1) Mark and Randall Mays, President/CFO, Clear Channel Communications, 2) John Hogan, President/CEO, Clear Channel Radio, 3) Joel Hollander, Chairman/CEO, CBS Radio, 4) Farid Suleman, Chairman/CEO, Citadel Broadcasting, 5) Lewis W. Dickey Jr., Chairman/CEO, Cumulus Media, 6) David Field, President/CEO, Entercom Communications, 7) Jeffrey Smulyan, Chairman/CEO, Emmis Communications, 8) Bob Neil, President/CEO, Cox Radio, 9) Alfred Liggins, President/CEO, Radio One, 10) Bruce Reese, President/CEO, Bonneville International.

YAHOO! FOR JESSICA: Yahoo! Music will host the premiere of the fans-only video for Jessica Simpson’s new single, “A Public Affair” today as part of its “Ger Your Freak On” program in which users create their own clip for the song, an approach that proved a huge success for Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie.” For more information, click here. Yahoo! Music’s additional video premieres this week include Lyfe Jennings’ “S.E.X.” (7/11), Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Cheating Hearts” (7/12), Thalia’s “No No No” (7/13) and Hoobastank’s “Inside of You” (7/14).

KNIGHT FALL: A judge has ordered a bankruptcy trustee to take control of Death Row Records from Suge Knight, ruling that the label has been mismanaged due to accounting practices, according to a report in allhiphop.com. Judge Ellen Carroll ruled Friday that the Row’s accounting practices were in "disarray," after noting that Knight testified he hasn't reviewed financial statements in almost a decade. Knight was not present during the proceedings. According to his lawyers, Knight injured himself during a motorcycle accident and was under doctors orders to recuperate and also experienced a death in his family. Caroll, who stated that "it seems apparent there is no one at the helm,” authorized the new trustee "owners" of Death Row Records to take the assets that are left from the label and convert them into cash to pay off creditors. According to reports, the label has assets worth between $1 million and $10 million, but has more than $100 million in debts.

POLITICALLY INCORRECT: U2’s Bono, touted for a Nobel Peace Prize because of his advocacy for Third World debt relief, has come under attack from left-wingers for investing in a video game that depicts Venezuela as a banana republic led by a "power-hungry tyrant." His private equity firm reportedly invested $300 million in Pandemic Studios, the L.A.-based maker of the game, "Mercenary 2: World in Flames." Players assume the role of a mercenary sent to a fictitious Venezuela, where a dictator has seized control of the country and its oil. The gun-for-hire is instructed, "If you can see it, you can buy it, steal it, or blow the living crap out of it." Hey, it’s only a game.

NOTHING PETTY ABOUT IT: Tom Petty in Esquire on the eve of the release of his new American/WB album, Highway Companion, which is not political: "The war in Iraq is shameful. Whether you're pro or con Bush, you've got to admit it: The guy lied. And he continues to do so. I can't understand why he's just not run out on a rail. To send somebody's kids off and have them killed for no good reason — he's going to have his day in hell for that. I wouldn't want that karma. When you kill somebody's little sister with a missile, he's going to hate you forever. And the next generation will hate you even more."


In 1964: A crowd of 200k lined the route The Beatles took to a civic reception in Liverpool, where their film A Hard Day’s Night had its premiere.

In 1965: The Rolling Stones had their first #1 single with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

In 1966: The Rolling Stones performed on The Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1967: Kenny Rogers left the New Christy Minstrels, which he had joined the year before.

In 1968: Eric Clapton announced that Cream was splitting.

In 1969: Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was buried in the Priory Road Cemetery in Cheltenham, England. Jones’ epitaph was “Please don’t judge me so harshly.”

In 1970: Johnny Cash recorded his version of Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning, Coming Down.”

In 1975Cher filed for divorce from Gregg Allman, a mere 10 days after they were married. A year to the day later, she gave birth to Allman’s child, Elijah.

In 1983: Bon Jovi signed with Mercury Records.

In 1984: Huey Lewis & the News sang the national anthem at the All-Star baseball game in San Francisco.

In 1985: Playboy published nude photographs of Madonna taken when she was a model.

In 1986: Jerry Garcia slipped into a diabetic coma, which he eventually recovered from.

In 1989: The Monkees received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1995: TLC declared bankruptcy the same day their album Crazysexycool was certified quadruple platinum.

In 2000: Diana Ross announced her Return to Love tour with the faux-Supremes had been canceled.

In 2002: The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were among those paying their last respects to the band’s bassist John Entwistle, who was buried in his hometown of Stow-on-the-Wold, England.

In 2002: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder made a guest appearance at a Seattle show by his buddy Neil Finn, performing “The Kids Are Alright” in memory of John Entwistle.

In 2002: Rod Stewart was sued by a consortium of concert promoters who said he hadn’t returned a $780k deposit for a tour of Mexico and South America that was later cancelled.