Kanye West is making headlines for exhibiting manic behavior around the upcoming release of his latest album, “The Life of Pablo”. Is it erratic behavior or a canny promotional tactic? And is West’s album actually finished, or are the many changes he’s making before its official release all part of an intentional, yet public, artistic process.
In more serious news, music heavyweights are beginning to speak out about the court battle between artist Kesha and music producer Dr. Luke. The musician is attempting to break free of a record contract which ties her to a man Kesha says “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally” abused her for years.
Meanwhile, we’re going to look at a worldwide box office phenomenon that has set records in the United States and around the world. Not “Deadpool”, but rather China’s “The Mermaid,” which had the highest per screen average of any movie in North America this past week.
Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including the new owner of movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon’s plans to distribute Woody Allen’s next movie and new rules for the Eurovision song contest.
‘Deadpool’ Bedevils ‘Risen,’ ‘The Witch’ With $55M
China Box Office: ‘Mermaid’ Becomes Top-Grossing Film Ever With $400M-Plus
China Box Office: ‘Mermaid’ Becomes Top-Grossing Film Ever With $400M
‘WarGames’ and Cybersecurity’s Debt to a Hollywood Hack
Adam Sandler, ‘Fifty Shades’ Lead Razzies Nominations
Berlin Film Festival 2016: Full List of Winners
Kanye’s Beautiful, Haphazard Yeezy Season 3 Spectacle
Kanye West Had Epic Meltdown Backstage at ‘SNL’
Kanye West Says He’s $53 Million in Debt
Kanye West Is Fixing His Album in Public. You’ll Want to Read the Edits.
Kesha Sobs As Judge Refuses to Cancel Contract With Producer Dr. Luke and Sony
Publishers Throw the Book at SAR Over Missing Five
In China, Books That Make Money, and Enemies
Journey Frontman Steve Perry Planning 2016 Comeback
Oscars: Two Original Song Performances Nixed From Broadcast
Fandango Buys Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster
Amazon Studios Acquires Woody Allen’s Next Movie
Sony’s Michael Lynton Faxes Memos in Wake of Hack
Eurovision Song Contest Overhauls Voting Rules
RIAA Debuts Album Award With Streams
Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Dies at 89
Umberto Eco, 84, Best-Selling Academic Who Navigated Two Worlds, Dies
Warren Manzi, Author of New York’s Longest-Running Play, Dies at 60