Welcome to Bridge Update Entertainment Round-up for Thursday, 11th June, 2020
Compiled by Afolabi Ezekiel 0. (+234(0)8142658024 : +234(0)7065560179)
🇳🇬 NIGERIAN ENTERTAINMENT
“Nollywood girls are the best. If you see someone you like, go for her. What matters is Love, Friendship, and understanding,” Chizzy Alichi stated.
Igbos are failing to do with Nollywood, what the Yoruba nation is doing with the press – Reno Omokiri
🏁 FOREIGN ENTERTAINMENT
Iggy Azalea reveals she gave birth to a son: “I want to keep his life private but wanted to make it clear he is not a secret & I love him beyond words.”
DJ Khaled appeared to tease upcoming collaboration with Drake on social media:
George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, has been offered a full-ride scholarship to Texas Southern University.
J.K. Rowling writes lengthy essay defending her comments about transgender people: “‘woman’ is not a costume. ‘Woman’ is not an idea in a man’s head. ‘Woman’ is not a pink brain, a liking for Jimmy Choos or any of the other sexist ideas now somehow touted as progressive.”
Harry Styles reschedules ‘Fine Line’ North America tour with Jenny Lewis to Summer 2021.
Rihanna joins Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj as the only female artists to have fifty or more songs surpass 100 MILLION streams on Spotify.
Early projections for next week’s #Hot100:
•DaBaby’s #ROCKSTAR ft. Roddy Ricch to spend second week at #1
•Intentions by Justin Bieber ft. Quavo to reach new peak.
•Harry Styles’ #WatermelonSugar to jump 10 spots to #30.
A statue of Christopher Columbus in Boston was beheaded amid protests.City officials say they will now consider taking down the statue permanently.
MTV’s #TheChallenge severs ties with cast member Dee Nguyen over Black Lives Matter comments.
6ix9ine & Nicki Minaj will drop the music video for #Trollz at midnight on Friday, June 12th.
Coachella 2020 has been canceled, The festival – which featured headliners Rage Against The Machine, Frank Ocean & Travis Scott – was originally postponed to October.
The Recording Academy announces that the Grammy Award for ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ is being renamed ‘Best Progressive R&B Album.’ The definition for the category describes albums which “may include samples and elements of hip-hop, rap, dance, and electronic music.”
The Grammy for ‘Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album’ has also removed ‘Urban’ — the ‘Latin Pop’ award is now ‘Latin Pop and Urban.’
‘Best Rap/Sung Performance’ has been renamed ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ and limits on prior releases for ‘Best New Artist’ have been lifted.
Grammy committee announces there’s no longer a maximum cap on releases that would prohibit ‘Best New Artist” qualification: Artists who attained a breakthrough or prominence prior to the eligibility year will not be considered.
HBO Max removes ‘Gone with the Wind’ from its streaming service following an op-ed from screenwriter John Ridley and the ongoing protests.
Emma Watson tweets in support of trans lives after J.K. Rowling’s tweets and essay: “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are”
Journalist covering George Floyd protest is permanently blind in left eye after being shot by police with rubber bullets, @TMZ reports. The mother of two is now suing the city for violation of First and Fourth Amendment rights.
📈 MUSIC DATA
Billboard staff ranks the Best Songs of 2020 so far:
1 Blinding Lights
2 Savage Remix
3 Adore You
4 Say So
5 The Box
6 Stupid Love
7 People, I’ve Been Sad
9 Delete Forever
Red Velvet’s “Power Up” has now surpassed 100 million views on YouTube
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain On Me” is the fastest female collaboration to hit 100 million streams on Spotify.
Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Rage Against the Machine’ re-enters this week’s Billboard 200, up 57% in sales.
Mac Miller’s ‘Circles’ debuts at #1 on this week’s Vinyl Albums chart. It’s his second #1 on the format following ‘Swimming’.
Best selling downloads in 2020 (US)
1 Blinding Lights – The weeknd
2 Dance Monkey – tones Andi
3 Nobody But You – Blake Shelton
4 Savage – Megan Thee Stallion
5 Say So – Doja Cat
6 Circles – PostMalone
7 Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
8 Memories – Maroon5
9 The Box – Roddy Ricch
10 Yummy – Justin Bieber
Travis Scott and Kid Cudi’s “THE SCOTTS” has now surpassed 200 million streams on Spotify.
Shakira’s “Whenever, Wherever” has now surpassed 200 million streams on Spotify.
Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” was up 510% in US downloads last week with 4K sold
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