Back in February, amid Kesha’s legal battle with Sony and former producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, Demi Lovato sent out a number of tweets supporting her friend. Taylor Swift also supported Kesha in the form of a $250,000 donation to the “Tik Tok” singer’s legal defense. After news spread of Swift’s donation, Lovato tweeted, “Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed,” which was taken as a dig at the “Shake it Off” star.
After she sent the tweet back in February, she posted to Instagram to explain and wrote, “As most people know, I tend to get fired up about the things I believe in, and although my heart and intentions are always in the right place, unfortunately sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn’t say. And when doing so it takes away from the real reason I am speaking up in the first place. Our focus should be on the topic of victims of sexual and physical abuse being afraid to come forward with their stories.”
The Jungle Book” dominated the global box office, racking up $96 million this weekend and pushing the Disney film’s worldwide haul to $528.5 million.
The live-action version of the Rudyard Kipling stories played particularly well in China, where it has earned $97 million, and in India, where it has become the highest-grossing Hollywood release with $28.8 million. India tends to be dominated by Bollywood releases, so it’s rare for Western films to do big business in the country.
The new song follows a day after the Dangerous Woman tracklist was revealed, which will also feature appearances by Nicki Minaj, Future and Macy Gray.
“Let Me Love You” is a a slow sultry jam with whispering vocals from Grande about getting over an ex and laying on the chest of someone new. Lil Wayne responds to her verses with catchy word play raps; “she’s grinding on this Grande.”
Dangerous Woman will be out on May 20. Listen to “Let Me Love You” below.
Tori Kelly sings her heart out on stage during the second show of the Unbreakable Tour held at the Marquee Theatre on Wednesday (April 6) in Tempe, Ariz.
The 23-year-old Grammy-nominated singer kicked off the tour this past week and she will be traveling the country until the end of May promoting her album.
Tori is joined on the tour by the hot new band Thirdstory, a New York-based trio set to release their debut LP with Verve/Universal Music Group in the fall. They are testing out their material on the tour!
The sequel to the 2014 hit “God’s Not Dead” performed admirably over the weekend and gave faith-based studio Pure Flix another profitable project.
“God’s Not Dead 2” made $2.95 million on Friday and used that momentum to lead to a solid $8.1 million opening weekend. The film, which stars Melissa Joan Hart and Pat Boone, played in 2,419 theaters. The original movie, which starred Kevin Sorbo on a budget of $2 million, netted $9.2 million its opening weekend and went on to gross more than $60 million domestically.
Taylor Swift performed her new single, “Shake It Off,” at tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards. It’s a song about all her “haters,” many of whom say the pop-country star can’t sing live. So here’s her isolated vocal track.
She probably should have lip-synced more.
Pure Flix has released a full six-minute trailer for “God’s Not Dead 2” ahead of the release date on Apr. 1, 2016 across the US.
Meanwhile, the Christian band Newboys has contributed a track called “Guilty” to the official soundtrack of “God’s Not Dead 2.” They will also have a cameo in the flick after making their debut in the original film.
Michael Tait, Newsboys frontman, said that “Guilty” aims to release a powerful message to the youth of today.
“‘Guilty’ is a song for all Christians, as we seek to honor God each day in every way, no matter the cost,” he said. “We pray it will help encourage and empower Believers-in our country and around the world-to live boldly for Him.”
‘Zootopia,’ meanwhile, gave Disney Animation its highest China debut ever, pulling in $23.5 million and earning rave local reviews.
Ip Man 3, the latest installment of the hit Hong Kong martial-arts franchise starring Donnie Yen, punched its way to a massive opening weekend in mainland China.
The fight flick, which was produced by Pegasus Motion Pictures and includes the stunt casting of Mike Tyson as a bone-crunching villain, grossed $71.5 million from Friday to Sunday, according to estimates from Beijing-based box-office monitor Ent Group.
The film’s high-flying rollout has been marred by widespread allegations of fraud, however.
Several major media outlets, including the state-backed China Daily, carried reports Monday alleging that Ip Man 3’s Chinese distributor, Dayinmu Film Distribution, orchestrated an audacious scheme to enhance the film’s perceived performance.
It may have been the most emotional moment of the Oscars.
Toward the end of Lady Gaga’s impassioned performance of “Til It Happens to You,” her Oscar-nominated song about sexual assault, a curtain parted onstage, and dozens of grim-faced young men and women stepped forward. The group, all of them survivors of sexual assault, exposed their forearms to reveal such words and phrases as “Survivor,” “You Are Love,” “Unbreakable” and “Not Your Fault.”
China anointed a new box-office champion over the weekend after the fantasy romantic comedy “The Mermaid” took in $140 million during its second week in theaters, bringing its total earnings to $418 million.
By Wednesday afternoon, that figure had risen to $441 million since the film’s release at the beginning of the Chinese New Year holiday on Feb. 8, according to ChinaBoxOffice. The previous record, of $381 million, was set by the Chinese family film “Monster Hunt.”
Despite a rather low-profile North American release by Sony Pictures over the weekend, “The Mermaid” registered a relatively strong performance by a Chinese movie stateside as well, pulling in just over $1 million on 35 screens, according to Box Office Mojo.