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Ne-Yo Wants To Let The Music Speak For Itself In New Album ‘Self Explanatory’
American R&B singer Ne-Yo lets his music speak for itself with the release of his eighth studio album ‘Self Explanatory’, released last week. The three-time Grammy winner said making music at this stage of his career was easier and less pressure-intensive.
WWE chief Vince McMahon to retire amid investigation into misconduct allegations
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc’s Vince McMahon said on Friday he would retire as the company’s chief executive and president, about a month after stepping down from those duties due to an investigation into his alleged misconduct. . McMahon, 76, was under investigation by the board for $12 million payout deals over the past 16 years to suppress allegations of sexual misconduct and infidelity, previously said reported the Wall Street Journal. https://on.wsj.com/3PtSOdb
Pat Benatar will no longer perform “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”
American singer Pat Benatar will no longer perform her song “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” during live shows out of respect for American families affected by the mass shootings. In an interview with USA Today on Thursday, Benatar said his take on the song’s lyrics, which include the words “fire away,” has changed.
Global brands take note of African music and talent
Global media and music brands are racing to claim a stake in Africa’s music market as internet and smartphone penetration popularizes artists and genres far beyond Africa’s borders. Companies are taking note of global interest, with Universal Music Group launching Virgin Music Africa Label & Artist Services in June for independent African labels and artists. The service will digitize depleted music catalogs to tap into the continent’s growing market for sounds and charts.
A Different Middle-earth Is Explored In Amazon’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Series
The creators of Amazon.com Inc’s “Lord of the Rings” unveiled the most comprehensive look at the series at the annual San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, promising an entirely different immersion into the fantasy world of Middle Earth. The expensive series, subtitled “The Rings of Power”, is set 4,000 years before the events of the blockbuster film adaptations of writer JRR Tolkien’s beloved books. The period of time is known as the Second Age.
Chris Pine touts ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ movie as Comic-Con returns
Actor Chris Pine says he never got into the popular Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game until a few years ago when he was asked to star in a film about the fantasy world of swords and sorcery. Now he’s a convert. Speaking to thousands of fans in a convention hall at Comic-Con in San Diego, Pine said he hoped Paramount Pictures’ big-screen fantasy game, due in theaters next March, would help. to “spread the gospel of D&D”. It’s a game, he says, that everyone should play in high school.
Ricky Martin’s restraining order overturned by Puerto Rico judge
A judge in Puerto Rico has lifted a restraining order against actor and singer Ricky Martin at the request of the man who earlier this month said the pop icon harassed him, say lawyers representing Martin on Thursday. The man had said in a domestic violence complaint that he feared for his safety because Martin refused to accept his decision to end a romantic relationship, kept calling him and loitered outside his home.
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