[January-May] | [June-December]

From Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new baby to the passing of Whitney Houston, the entertainment world saw some high highs and low lows in 2012.

Combining national media attention and local entertainment stories, here are your top headlines in the pop culture world from 2012:

Top 2012 Headlines: January to May

Jan. 7: Beyonce, Jay-Z Welcome Baby Girl

Sources say Jay-Z paid $1.3 million to rent out the entire fourth floor of the hospital.

(credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Feb. 11: Whitney Houston Found Dead In Hotel

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice was ravaged by drug use and her regal image was ruined by erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48.

Feb. 26: ‘The Artist’ Wins Big At The Oscars

‘The Artist’ becomes the first silent-film to win Best Picture at the Oscars since 1927’s ‘Wings.’

March 9: ‘The Hunger Games’ Mania Takes Over

The Hunger Games‘ cast stopped by Mall of America on March 9 to a huge, screaming crowd before raking in $155 million in its first weekend a few weeks later.

(credit: Kevin Winter/ImageDirect)

(credit: Kevin Winter/ImageDirect)

April 18: Dick Clark Dies At 82

Dick Clark, the American Bandstand and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve host, died at age 82. Clark suffered a massive heart attack following a procedure in Los Angeles.

May 17: Donna Summer Dies

The iconic singer passed away at age 63 after a battle with lung cancer.


[January-May] | [June-December]

Combining national media attention and local entertainment stories, here are your top headlines in the pop culture world from 2012:

Top 2012 Headlines: June to December

June 1: Former WCCO Radio Personality Dark Star Found Dead

“Before KFAN or the Vikings, he took me under his wings and was instrumental in so many things in my life,” Paul Allen said. “I love him and so wish he was here.”

Katie Holmes Tom Cruise

Katie Holmes!

June 29: TomKat Files For Divorce

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes call it quits after five years of marriage.

(credit: Warner Bros.)

(credit: Warner Bros.)

June 29: ‘Magic Mike’ Hits Theaters

Some love it, some loathe it, some are all “Gah, bare flesh pecs on screen drool cup need quick!!”

July 4: Frank Ocean Announces He’s Gay

Frank Ocean came out in a letter he posted on tumblr, which read, in part, “I don’t know what happens now, and that’s alrite. I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore.”

July 7: Adrian Peterson Arrested In Houston

Adrian Peterson was arrested at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7 after being at a nightclub in downtown Houston, police say.

July 8: Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw Headline First Target Field Concert

Thousands of country music fans have taken over downtown Minneapolis in anticipation of tonight’s first-ever concert at Target Field.

(Photo: Andrew Cooper/Summit Entertainment)

(Photo: Andrew Cooper/Summit Entertainment)

July 24: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson Break Up Over Affair

“Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart was caught by paparazzi kissing director Ruper Sanders.

Aug. 16: Minnesota Kids Release ‘Hot Cheetos & Takis’ Song

“The kids were like ‘We have to do a video for this song, because this is our favorite thing,’” said Alicia Johnson, the Center Director for the North Community YMCA. “Plus, they wanted to eat their favorite snack.”

Sept. 6: Call Me Maybe Is Named Song Of The Summer

“It’s hard to look right at you baby, But here’s my number, so call me, maybe?”

iPhone 5 - 2012

Sept. 12: Apple Unveils The iPhone 5

After a year of speculating, Apple finally released the iPhone 5, which featured a larger screen and a thinner, sleeker design.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Oct. 16: Frank and Amelia Co-Host On ‘The Talk’

Frank and Amelia were asked to co-host on the CBS show ‘The Talk,’ where they interviewed Annie Potts and burned some calories in a workout segment.

Nov. 4: Madonna Returns To MN After 25 Years

It may have taken more than two decades — and several minutes — before she took the stage, but as Madge fans are accustomed to know, Madonna always does what she wants.

Nov. 24: Psy’s ‘Gangham Style’ Is The Most Watched YouTube Video, Ever

YouTube viewers recovered from their Bieber Fever and Korean pop singer Psy’s ‘Gangham Style’ took the title of most watched video.

Dec. 3: Prince William And Kate Announce Pregnancy

The Royal family announced their expanding to three, with the anticipation of their first child.

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