‘The Other Woman’ Tops ‘Captain America’ At Weekend Box Office


A femme-fueled comedy beat a superhero blockbuster at the box office this weekend.

After holding the top position for three weeks, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has been topped by “The Other Woman” for the No. 1 spot.

Fox’s revenge comedy, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, debuted with $24.7 million, while Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America,” led by Chris Evans, grossed $16 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $225 million.

The PG-13 rating of the Nick Cassavetes-directed “The Other Woman” — about three women wronged by a three-timing spouse played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of “Game of Thrones” — helped it draw a larger audience, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst of box-office tracker Rentrak. Read more

Beyonce, Jay Z Announce On The Run Summer Stadium Tour


The Carters have officially announced their rumored joint tour. Beyonce and Jay Z will head out on a 16-date stadium tour they’re calling On The Run, to kickoff in Miami on June 25th and wrap in San Francisco on August 5. The tour is sponsored by Chase.

Chase cardholders as well as Beyonce Fan Club members will be granted access to a ticket pre-sale tomorrow, April 29, at 10AM. General pre-sale will be available at 10AM on May 1. $1 from each ticket sale will be donated to the Shawn Carter Foundation, which provides scholarships to underserved students. The donations are in partnership with Beyonce’s #BeyGOOD initiative, which supports a number of charities.

The couple recently made surprise appearances during the first weekend of Coachella, with Beyonce popping in during her sister Solange’s set and Jay Z dropping by Nas’ midnight set in Indio.

Jay Z’s tour with Justin Timberlake in 2013 brought in an average of $5 million a night, according to Billboard Boxscore.

Top Grossing Broadway Shows


The top-grossing Broadway shows had a pretty lucrative week. Take a peek at the numbers below.

1. Wicked $2.77m
2. The Lion King $2.54m
3. The  Book of Mormon $1.69m
4. Kinky Boots $1.63m
5. Matilda $1.58m
6. The Phantom of the Opera $1.52m
7. Cinderella $1.41m
8. Les Miserables $1.40m
9. Aladdin $1.23m
10. A Raisin in the Sun $1.21m

Lorde’s Single “Tennis Court” Debuts at Pop Radio After All


Keeping true to a promise she made last September, Lorde will finally give her critically acclaimed song “Tennis Court” its “time in the sun.”

Label Republic Records confirmed that the song, as per its original plan, will this week impact Top 40 radio as the third pop single from the singer-songwriter’s platinum-selling “Pure Heroine.”

Initially pegged as the follow-up to “Team,” “Tennis Court” was put on standby when inclusion in the Winter Olympics broadcast and a high-profile campaign for the “Vikings” television show gave fellow “Pure Heroine” track “Glory and Gore” a prominent position on the pop culture radar (and on the iTunes Single Sales chart).

In the wake of that eruption of interest, Republic announced that “Glory and Gore”–not “Tennis Court”–would be the next Lorde song shipped to alternative and pop radio.

Indeed, “Glory and Gore” was issued to alternative radio earlier this spring. Not the instant, smash hit many expected given the song’s buzz and Lorde’s credibility, the song is nonetheless steadily rising at the format. According to Mediabase, it was alt radio’s 14th-most-played song for the seven days ending April 20.

Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Justin Timberlake Lead 2014 Billboard Music Awards Finalists


The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards were announced today with Imagine Dragons and Lorde leading all artists followed by Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM ET.

Jason Derulo, who will perform at the ceremony, broke the news this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Read more….

Box Office: ‘Captain America’ Maintains Winning Perch Worldwide, Edging Out ‘Rio 2′


In a tight race for No. 1 at the worldwide box office, Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” with its estimated $41.4 million domestically, eked out a victory over Fox’s newcomer “Rio 2,” which ended with a projected $39 million three-day Stateside opening.

Globally, “Rio 2″ grossed $101.3 million worldwide this weekend, while “Captain America” raked in just under $102 million globally.

In the States, the weekend started out favorably for “Rio 2,” winning a photo-finish race on Friday, though “Winter Soldier” wound up proving sturdier than expected, falling just 56% in its second weekend. The tentpole reached $159 million domestically (nearly 90% of the lifetime gross of the original), with more than $476 million worldwide. Read more..

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Tops List of 7 Most Successful Movie Sequels


With its record-breaking $92 million weekend debut, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has earned itself entry to an exclusive club: movie sequels that outdid their originals.

Not only did “Winter Soldier” outperform “Captain America: The First Avenger,” which earned $65 million domestically in its first three days out, but the sequel scored the biggest April opening of all time, according to the L.A. Times.

The film was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, which also released the original “Captain America: The First Avenger.” The Walt Disney Co. also owns ABC News.

The Killers, Tim McGraw and LL Cool J Pump Up NCAA March Madness Fest


For a while now, the Killers have openly campaigned to be America’s band — whether America realizes it or not. Ever since 2006’s sepia-tinged Sam’s Town, Brandon Flowers and Co. have championed the same communal convictions Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger sang about decades earlier; a beatification of blue-collar ethics and the liberation of limited opportunities. Their highways are always dusty, their screen doors eternally tattered — and even when they’ve veered from that vision of America, they didn’t stray far: There’s a reason “A Dustland Fairytale” is on Day & Age, after all. Read more

Billboard and Twitter Partner to Create ‘Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts’


Pharrell’s gleeful clap-along “Happy” is sitting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 as it dominates pop radio, but what are music fans currently buzzing about on social media?

Right now fledgling British boy band the Wanted are trending after releasing a teaser for an upcoming music video with their fans posting reactions to the song. The single, “Glow in the Dark,” might not be anywhere on the charts, but it’s driving the conversation on Twitter right now.

What music fans are tweeting about will be the basis of a soon-to-launch music chart that Billboard and the social media platform paired up to launch. The Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts will track music conversations occurring on Twitter in a bid to measure the popularity of music in real time.

The chart will reflect the top tracks being discussed at any given time and also track the most shared songs by new and upcoming acts on Twitter. Read more