Lambert wins 4, but Luke Bryan takes top prize at ACM Awards

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Miranda Lambert won four awards, including album and song of the year, but the singer lost the night’s top prize to Luke Bryan at Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

It was a repeat of the Country Music Association Awards in November, where Lambert won multiple prizes but lost the big award to Bryan.

“Listen guys, what an amazing night of music,” an excited Bryan said onstage after winning the fan-voted award. “Thank you to my wife, my kids … my fans, country radio.”

Lambert was the sole female nominated for entertainer of the year; other nominees included Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, who won two awards Sunday at the AT&T Stadium.

Box-Office Milestone: ‘Furious 7’ Crosses $1 Billion


In just 17 days, Furious 7 is crossing the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.

It’s a new record for the fastest climb to the major milestone (The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 crossed $1 billion in 19 days). Plus, the film is the first Universal project to make it to the $1 billion mark in its original run (1993’s Jurassic Park reached $1.044 billion after the 3D re-release in 2013).

Furious 7, directed by James Wan and starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, and Ludacris, has propelled the Fast & Furious series past $3 billion worldwide ($3.392 billion).

Furious 7 has earned an estimated $735.2 million overseas in 17 days and an estimated $273.7 million in North America after 15 days. The film could go as high as $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion by the end of its run.

Michael Bolton Pays Tribute to Music Legend Percy Sledge

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Michael Bolton paid tribute today to Famed R&B singer Percy Sledge, who died earlier at the age of 73.

Bolton sang Sledge’s song “When a Man Loves a Woman,” bringing it back to the charts in 1991. Sledge originally made the song a classic in 1966.

“An inspiration as an artist & one of the most gracious human beings. We sang together. Forever grateful! Love MB,” Bolton tweeted today after the news of Sledge’s death broke.

Sledge died this morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, his agent Steve Green confirmed to ABC News. He died after a long battle with cancer, his agent of 35 years added.

Sledge had been singing for the past 50 years and music was released under his name all the way till 2013 with “The Gospel of Percy Sledge.”

According to Sledge’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bio, his hit “‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ topped the R&B and pop charts for multiple weeks and raised the bar for soul balladeering for all time. Yet Sledge’s career didn’t end with that momentous first single. Over the years he racked up a dozen hits at Atlantic, including ‘Warm and Tender Love,’ ‘It Tears Me Up,’ ‘Out of Left Field’ and ‘Take Time to Know Her.'”

‘Furious 7’ outpaces box office rivals for second week

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“Furious 7” easily outpaced the competition to claim the top North American box office spot for a second straight week, selling nearly $61 million in tickets, industry estimates showed Sunday.

The seventh in the stunt-filled “Fast and Furious” street-racing franchise that has raked in more than $2 billion worldwide since 2001, “Furious 7” pulled in more than $252 million in its first two weekends, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The film features the late Paul Walker, who was killed in an unrelated car crash in November 2013 while the film was still in production

Coachella 2015: Marina and the Diamonds takes selfie with crowd

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Welsh singer Marina Lambrini Diamandis, who goes by the stage name Marina and the Diamonds, asked the crowd at the Coachella Stage on Sunday evening for a favor.

“Can you take a selfie with me?” she asked.

She took the took photo just before ending the dance-filled set with “How to be a Heartbreaker.”

“Coachella, thank you. You’re so sweet,” she said.

‘Furious 7’ Wins the Box-Office Weekend


Universal Pictures more than proved its mettle over the weekend, releasing the problem-plagued seventh installment of its “Fast & Furious” action franchise to critical acclaim and record-breaking global ticket sales.

Furious 7,” which faced the death of a principal cast member, Paul Walker, before filming was complete, sold an estimated $143.6 million in tickets at North American theaters — or 47 percent more than “Fast & Furious 6” took in over its first three days in 2013. “Furious 7” generated an additional $240.4 million overseas. That action film was released in 14,009 theaters worldwide.

It was the biggest April opening in Hollywood history; the previous record-holder was “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which took in $95 million a year ago. Imax said on Sunday that “Furious 7” broke multiple sales records, including some in foreign markets. A competing network of extra-large movie screens in the United States, led by the Cinemark chain, also reported record sales.