Entertainment News Roundup: Zelenskiy asks Grammys audience to support ‘in any way possible’; UK to ban celebrities popular with under-18s from gambling adverts and more

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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.

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.

UK to ban celebrities popular with under-18s from gambling adverts

Gambling adverts in Britain featuring celebrities, sportspeople and social media influencers popular with under-18s will be banned under a new ruling to protect children on one of the largest betting markets in the world. The stricter rules are part of the Advertising Standards Authority’s commitment to “protect young people and vulnerable audiences”, the regulator said on Tuesday.

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.

New Batman Story Coming to Spotify Podcasts in May, in 9 Languages

Spotify’s podcast fiction series about Batman’s alter-ego Bruce Wayne will debut globally in May with local adaptations in nine countries, including India, Brazil and Japan, the company announced on Tuesday. society. The podcast follows the movie “The Batman,” which hit theaters in March and sold nearly $712 million in tickets worldwide.

Factbox-Key Music Grammy Awards Winners

The Grammy Awards, the music industry’s highest accolades, were handed out at a live ceremony in Las Vegas on Sunday. Below is a list of winners in key categories.

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