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Michael Buble finds a calling “Higher” on his latest album
After a 20-year career, singer Michael Buble has found a new purpose for his 11th studio album, “Higher.” “I was so excited to try things, to be things not just to go places I might have feared to go earlier in my career or in my life, but I was excited to rush in for the challenge.”
Will Smith banned from attending Oscars for 10 years after slap
The Hollywood Film Academy on Friday banned Will Smith from attending the Oscars for 10 years after the Best Actor winner slapped presenter Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars 12 days ago. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of trustees took action at a meeting held a week after Smith preemptively resigned from the group following his outburst during the live TV event.
WarnerMedia, Discovery completes merger, becomes Warner Bros. Discovery
AT&T Inc’s WarnerMedia unit and Discovery Inc have completed their merger, the companies announced Friday. The merged company, Warner Bros Discovery Inc, will begin trading on the Nasdaq on Monday under the symbol “WBD”.
Camila Cabello is getting “true to herself” with a new album
Pop star Camila Cabello has gone from a bad place to a good place in the making of her third album, “Familia,” which is slated for release April 8. The 25-year-old singer said part of that happiness came from a shift in priorities.
Analysis: Warner Bros Discovery’s Zaslav takes over as streaming bubble bursts
As David Zaslav prepares to take the helm of Hollywood’s soon-to-be-formed new powerhouse, Warner Bros. Discovery, he will face a challenge few foresaw last May, when WarnerMedia’s $43 billion merger and Discovery Inc has been announced – how to make streaming video as profitable as the old television company it replaces. Nearly two years after AT&T Inc’s WarnerMedia division launched its HBO Max streaming service in May 2020 to challenge market leader Netflix, Wall Street has grown skeptical of streaming’s long-term prospects, citing heavy investment and continuous in new content and an uncertain future for even market leaders like Netflix. The revaluation came in January, as the world’s largest streaming service forecast modest growth for its first quarter.
Pink Floyd teams up with injured Ukrainian singer in new song
British rock band Pink Floyd will release a new song on Friday to raise money for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, featuring the voice of a Ukrainian singer who left an international tour to fight for his country and was injured . Single “Hey Hey, Rise Up” – Pink Floyd’s first new original music in nearly 30 years – was recorded last week and features vocals by Ukrainian band Boombox’s Andriy Khlyvnyuk, which was taken from message on social networks.
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