Katy Perry’s “Prism” is set to roar its way to the top of the Billboard albums chart next week with an impressive forecast of 275,000 copies sold.
If industry predictions hold steady, Perry will see the best first-week sales of her career. Her last album, 2010’s “Teenage Dream,” opened with 192,000 copies sold, while 2008’s “One of the Boys” moved 47,000 upon its debut. “Dream” has gone on to sell 2.8 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“Prism” is on course to top Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz,” which sold 270,000 copies when it was released earlier this month. Perry will also come out ahead of Ariana Grande’s “Yours Truly” (138,000), Vampire Weekend’s “Modern Vampires of the City” (134,000) and Selena Gomez’s “Stars Dance” (97,000). It falls significantly behind some of the year’s biggest debuts, however, including Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” (658,000), Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” (528,000), Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (968,000) and Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” (339,000).
Writer-director Andrew Niccol broke through in 1997 with his feature debut Gattaca, a science fiction drama that starred Ethan Hawke as a genetically inferior man forced to masquerade to achieve his dream of space travel. The role continues to be one of the most noteworthy of Hawke’s career, and so it should be little surprise that he and Niccol are looking to reteam for the filmmaker’s next effort.
Deadline reports Niccol is in pre-production on his next feature, an untitled thriller, and Hawkes has entered into talks to star. Should he sign on, Hawke will play a former fighter pilot turned Las Vegas-based drone pilot. Half of his day is spent battling the Taliban via remote control, while the other half is spent arguing with his wife and kids in his suburban home. Amid all this fighting, this pilot begins to wonder if his mission is effectively eradicating terrorists, or just creating more in a vicious cycle without an end. If Hawkes commits to the project, this would be his third collaboration with Niccol, following Gattaca and the 2005 crime-drama Lord of War, in which Hawke co-starred with Nicolas Cage.
Her debut hit maintains its reign, while Ylvis’ ‘The Fox’ reaches the Digital Songs top 10 and Justin Bieber and Eminem storm the Hot 100’s top 20
Lorde’s “Royals” commands the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, Ylvis’ “The Fox” darts to the Digital Songs top 10 and Justin Bieber and Eminem soar into the Hot 100’s top 20.
As we do every Wednesday, let’s break down the Hot 100’s top 10 and more.
“Royals” crowns the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart with 2.8 million on-demand U.S. streams, according to Nielsen BDS (up 1%). The activity helps keep the cut at its No. 3 peak to date on the overall Streaming Songs chart (8 million U.S. streams, up 5%).
“Royals” tops Digital Songs for a fourth week with 293,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It pushes closer to the Radio Songs chart’s summit, bulleting at No. 2 with an 11% gain to 158 million audience impressions, according to BDS.
First the good news: Warner Bros’ Gravity continued to defy the laws of box office playing in the widest release of 3,820 theaters. The only question mark was whether the Alfonso Cuaron/Sandra Bullock 3D space drama could orbit #1 for its 3rd straight domestic weekend despite a trio of newcomers in the marketplace. But none of the openers could muster strong openings or even 50% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. So no surprise Fandango reported that Gravity was pre-selling more tickets this weekend than most movies do at opening. (Remember: the studio mogul Jeff Robinov responsible for this yowza was forced out.) Its $31M weekend led a fresh $170.5M cume. Internationally pic has earned $114.2M from 51 territories for a new worldwide cume through Sunday of $284.7M and #1.
In their fourth week, NBC’s “The Voice” and “The Blacklist” held tight to their audiences, leading the network to its fourth consecutive Monday win.
Both shows have been big successes for NBC this season, and both are flat with last week in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” was the top show in the demo, followed by “The Blacklist.”
NBC was first in ratings with a 4.0 rating/11 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in total viewers with an average of 13 million, according to preliminary numbers.
The Voice” at 8 earned a 4.5/12 and 13.8 million viewers, making it the highest-rated and most-watched program on the night. “The Blacklist” at 10 received a 3.2/9 and 11.4 million viewers.
Fox was second in ratings with a 2.3/6 and third in total viewers with 7.3 million. “Bones” at 8 got a 2.0/6 and 7.1 million viewers. At 9, “Sleepy Hollow” had a 2.6/7 and 7.5 million viewers.
ABC was third in ratings with a 2.1/6 and second in total viewers with 12.2 million. “Dancing With the Stars” at 8 earned a 2.1/6 and 12.8 million viewers. “Castle” at 10 received a 2.2/6 and 11.1 million viewers.
When it comes to box office, you can take Sandra Bullock to the bank.
The weekend’s $55 million opening for “Gravity,” the stranded-in-space saga in which she stars with George Clooney, put an exclamation point on that and adds another jewel to her late-career renaissance.
Bullock, who won a Best Actress Oscar for 2009’s “The Blind Side,” has come a long way since breaking out in 1994’s “Speed.” Read more
It’s a question that’s been running around in the brains of millions, and Friday on TODAY the Norwegian band Ylvis asked once again, “What Does the Fox Say?”
Bard and Vegard Ylvisåker, two brothers in furry animal costumes, have racked up 100 million YouTube views and have the web’s most-streamed song. But they told TODAY that they were actually trying to produce an “anti-hit,” and it “backfired.”
lso, the real reason behind writing the song, they joked, was to secure an interview and performance on TODAY — a plan that worked beautifully. “This was our plan,” said Vergard. “This is the main goal. We were sitting back home in Norway, thinking if we were going to perform this on TODAY show, how were we going to do it? So then we made the song about the fox.”
Today in show business news: NBC is sending people to space, MTV reups with The Challenge, and Rachael Ray gets two more years.
NBC has picked up a space travel reality series from mega producer Mark Burnett and crazed billionaire Richard Branson. The show is called Space Race and it’s about people competing for a chance to go space on one of Richard Branson’s spaceships. Yes, Richard Branson has spaceships! Or at least one spaceship. And soon regular Joes like you and me (specifically you and me — see you there!) will be competing to go on one of the space flights. I should add that these space flights are almost assuredly doomed. Terrifyingly, the first one is packed with celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. (Winslet won a seat on the flight as a thank you from Branson, after Winslet saved his mother from a burning building on Branson’s private island. Winslet then married Branson’s nephew, a man named Ned Rocknroll. And now she is going to space. That is all true. All of it.) So maybe once all the celebrities die in a ball of silent screaming and fire, NBC will pull the plug on this show. But for now, it’s on. [Deadline]
Over the past four months, award-winning touring director Baz Halpin has been working tirelessly on designing the production, visuals and lighting for Britney Spears’ upcoming nightclub-esque residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
“The level of detail in this show is ridiculous,” says Halpin, whose full-service production company Silent House has designed mega-tours by such superstar pop acts as Katy Perry, P!nk and Taylor Swift. “I get into the office at 7 a.m. and probably put down the phone at 11 p.m. It’s non-stop every day.”
It’s a sunny late-September morning at CenterStaging in Burbank, Calif., and Halpin is sipping a cappuccino while on break from auditioning hundreds of dancers for the two-year show, titled “Britney Spears: Piece of Me.” The residency’s Dec. 27 launch date is quickly approaching and Halpin has been speaking directly with Spears about every 10 days on new ideas for the show. Read more