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UK government set to sell broadcaster Channel 4
The British government has decided to sell Channel 4, the public but commercially funded broadcaster founded almost 40 years ago as a forward-thinking alternative to the BBC and ITV, the company announced on Monday. Ministers said last year that privatization would help secure Channel 4’s future as a public service broadcaster.
Box Office: ‘Morbius’ opens at No. 1 with a decent $39 million
“Morbius,” the latest comic book adventure from Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, opened at the domestic box office, although ticket sales were considerably weaker than recent superhero blockbusters. Hit by terrible comedic reviews, “Morbius” sunk its teeth into $39.1 million from 4,268 North American theaters in its first weekend of release. This initial tally is both a sign that audiences really like comic book movies (during a pandemic, a non-superhero movie with 17% on Rotten Tomatoes wouldn’t stand a chance at the box office) and a indication that every superhuman character will also be welcomed on the big screen. (Sony’s 2018 anti-hero origin story “Venom” was similar, but still managed to score at the domestic box office with $80 million to start and $213 million in total).
Shawn Mendes’ New Song Doesn’t Hold Back After Public Breakup
Shawn Mendes is working on his very public split from singer Camila Cabello with his new single, “When You’re Gone.” Mendes called the rhythmic tune therapeutic and said it was “the essence of processing a breakup and what it is and the memories and all those feelings that start to flow.”
Batiste wins album honor, Zelenskiy appeals to Grammys
Multi-genre artist Jon Batiste won album of the year and R&B duo Silk Sonic picked up two top honors on Sunday at a Grammy Awards ceremony that featured a surprise plea for support from the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in wartime. Batiste, who fronts the band on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” picked up five awards in total, including the biggest prize of the night for “We Are,” a jazz album inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Zelenskiy asks Grammys audience to support ‘in any way possible’
On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy made a surprise video appearance at the music industry’s Grammy Awards celebration in Las Vegas and called on viewers to support his country “in any way possible”. “What could be more opposed to music? The silence of ruined cities and slain people,” Zelenskiy said in the video which featured John Legend’s performance of “Free” and featured Ukrainian musicians and a reading by Ukrainian poet Lyuba Yakimchuck.
Factbox-Key Music Grammy Awards Winners
The Grammy Awards, the music industry’s highest honors, were handed out at a live ceremony in Las Vegas on Sunday. Below is a list of winners in key categories.
(With agency contributions.)