Compiled by Afolabi Ezekiel (+234(0)8142658024: +234(0)7065560179)
Welcome to Bridge Update Entertainment Round-up for Thursday, 9th April, 2020
🇳🇬 NIGERIAN ENTERTAINMENT
“Rema is way bigger than Drake” – Journalist, Kemi Olunloyo
“I have chest pains” – AY begs Nigerians as they call him out for defending Funke Akindele
“Davido should explain what is always happening to his close friends” – Man reacts to Jhafi’s death
Man says Funke Akindele is suffering the consequences of not attending her late father’s burial
BBNaija’s ‘Mercy and Ike Reality Show’ hits TV screens from April 26
“I need to relax my hair to understand how Covid-19 and 5G correlate” – Daddy Freeze shades Pastor Chris
Drake confirms that he worked on a project with Rema
🏁 FOREIGN ENTERTAINMENT
Cube Entertainment’s (G)I-DLE have signed a new label deal with Republic Records in the US to focus on the group’s debut and promotions into the American market and “accelerate their trajectory towards global stardom.”
5SOS’ Ashton Irwin addresses the 10k albums copies that were sent out earlier than expected, costing the band the #1 spot on Billboard 200: “Other artists have had records released early before. Seems like that’s not gonna happen for us.”
MGM Studios has acquired Ridley Scott’s “Gucci” — a true crime drama about the murder of fashion trailblazer Maurizio Gucci — and is in negotiations for Lady Gaga to star as Patrizia Reggiani, Gucci’s ex-wife. The film’s release date is set to be on November 24th, 2021.
BTS will reportedly release their fourth Japanese studio album in July of this year which will feature a Japanese version of “On.”
Bazzi has released the intimate music video for “Renee’s Song.”
Charli XCX and her boyfriend shoot three alternate cover photos for her new song, “Forever.”
Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he is officially dropping out of the presidential race, clearing Joe Biden’s path to the Democratic nomination and a showdown with current President Donald Trump in November.
Charli XCX will release her new song, “Forever” today, April 10th
Twenty One Pilots will release their new song “Level of Concern” and its music video today April 9th.
Louisiana Pastor Says if Parishioners Die from COVID-19, It’s Sacrifice for God
R. Kelly’s request for an early prison release due to COVID-19 has been denied by a Brooklyn judge today, who claims that he is not among the inmates most endangered by the disease.
Forbes’ early contenders for Best New Artist at the 2021 #GRAMMYs:
• Summer Walker
• Megan Thee Stallion
• Doja Cat
• Tones And I
• Conan Gray
📈 MUSIC DATA
African Giant Album by Burna Boy has now surpassed 200 million streams on Spotify becoming the most streamed Nigerian album on the platform
“Kill This Love” by BLACKPINK has reached 300 MILLION streams on Spotify. This is the group’s second song to achieve this.
TWICE, BLACKPINK, (G)I-DLE, and IZ*ONE are the only girl groups to sell 100K units on Hanteo in the first week.
Drake’s “Toosie Slide” could dethrone The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” at #1 on the Hot 100 next week. Projections have the song earning over 45m US streams, 20m in airplay audience & 20k downloads in its first full tracking week.
Camila Cabello’s “Never Be the Same” audio video has now surpassed 100 million views on YouTube.
Lauren Jauregui’s “Expectations” has now sold over 100,000 units in the US.
Bob Dylan earns his first ever #1 single on any Billboard chart this week (“Murder Most Foul” on Rock Digital Song Sales).
Artists with the most Hot 100 #1 hits since 2015:
The Weeknd 5
Justin Bieber 5
Post Malone 4
Cardi B 3
Taylor Swift 3
Ariana Grande 2
Bruno Mars 2
Camila Cabello 2
Ed Sheeran 2
Kendrick Lamar 2
Louis Tomlinson’s “Just Like You” has now sold over 100,000 units in the US.
Halsey’s “You should be sad” has now sold over 1 million units in the US.
5SOS’ “No Shame” has now sold over 100,000 units in the US.
Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You” has now surpassed 500 million streams on Spotify.
The Weeknd simultaneously ranks at #1 on the Hot 100, Billboard 200 and the Artist 100 for a second week in a row.
Da Baby’s “Find My Way” has now sold over 100,000 units in the US.
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