Showbiz Sandbox 313: Is Kanye West Crazy Like A Fox, or Just Crazy?

February 22, 2016


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