Coldplay, Bruno and Beyonce bring the love at halftime


Peace, love and revolution.

These were the prevailing themes during Super Bowl 50’s halftime show featuring Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyonce.

It all kicked off with a lowkey Chris Martin singing the opening to “Viva la Vida” on his haunches while fans ran around him onto the field.

Once Martin took to the stage, which doubled as a video screen pulsing with a swirl of colorful flowers and sunbursts, he and the band quickly ran through a few hits, including “Adventure of a Lifetime” while Martin jumped as though equipped with a pogo stick.

Young violinists and a psychedelically dressed marching band backed up the Brits.

Adele’s ’25’ Album Back to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart for Eighth Week


Adele’s 25 returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after a two-week vacation from the top of the list, as it rises 2-1 in its 10th week on the chart.

The album earned 116,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Jan. 28, according to Nielsen Music (down 21 percent).

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Feb. 13, 2016-dated chart (where Adele returns to at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

In the latest tracking week, 25 sold another 97,000 in pure album sales (down 20 percent), which brings its cumulative sum to 7.94 million in the U.S. It is likely 25 will reach 8 million sold in the next week.

13 Hours’ hopes to be the next ‘American Sniper’ at the box office


The Paramount film opens on the same weekend that another war movie, “American Sniper,” did last year. “Sniper” made $89.3 million for its opening weekend in 2015.
Box office analysts forecast that “13 Hours,” which has a budget of $50 million and is opening in 2,400 theaters, should bring in an opening weekend of $20 million to $25 million.
With the buzz, however, it could follow in the footsteps of other war films like “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Lone Survivor” that caught on with audiences in January.

David Bowie Dies at 69; Star Transcended Music, Art and Fashion

David Bowie

David Bowie, the infinitely changeable, fiercely forward-looking songwriter who taught generations of musicians about the power of drama, images and personas, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday.

His death was confirmed by his publicist, Steve Martin, on Monday morning. No other details were provided.

Mr. Bowie had been treated for cancer for the last 18 months, according to a statement on his social-media accounts. “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family,” a post on his Facebook page read.

His last album, “Blackstar,” a collaboration with a jazz quartet that was typically enigmatic and exploratory, was released on Friday — his birthday. He is to be honored with a concert at Carnegie Hall on March 31 featuring the Roots, Cyndi Lauper and the Mountain Goats.

He had also collaborated on an Off Broadway musical, “Lazarus,” which was a surreal sequel to the 1976 film that featured his definitive screen role, “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”

Adele’s ’25’ Set for Historic Third Million-Selling Week in U.S.


This week her single Hello was finally knocked off the top of the Billboard Pop Songs chart after four weeks at number one.
But it doesn’t seem to be affecting sales of Adele’s album, as 25 is about to set yet another world record.
As reported by Billboard, the 27-year-old singer’s album is set to sell a million copies for a third non-consecutive week.

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2’ Stays on Top at the Box Office


Fans of “The Hunger Games” are still filling up on the final film in the series.

For the third weekend in a row, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is the number-one movie at the box office. It earned an estimated $18.6 million, pushing its domestic gross to date to $227 million.

The horror-comedy “Krampus” opened in second place, collecting $16 million.

“The Letters,” a film on Mother Teresa that debuted in about 900 theaters, finished outside the top 10.

Coldplay and Adele Battle it Out For U.K. Chart Crown


Who is Britain’s favorite act, Adele or Coldplay? A heavyweight tussle for the crown will be decided when the Official U.K. Albums Chart is published this Friday.

As it stands at the midweek point of the chart cycle, Coldplay’s new album A Head Full of Dreams (Parlophone) is leading Adele’s record-breaking 25 (XL) by a margin of just 2,000 copies, according to the Official Charts Company.

Coldplay’s seventh – and apparently final – album has registered sales so far of just under 160,000 (gold certification in the U.K. is 100,000 units, platinum is 300,000) and is No. 1 on the Top 100 Official Albums Chart Update.