“Rocketman” To Premiere At Cannes

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Paramount Pictures

The Dexter Fletcher-directed Elton John biopic “Rocketman” is set to make its global debut at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, two weeks before it’s release in the United States, Variety is reporting.

The film features Taron Egerton as John with Paramount Pictures distributing worldwide, reuniting him with his Eddie the Eagle director Fletcher.

“We are incredibly honoured and excited to premiere our movie Rocketman at the Cannes film festival on May 16th. This has been a labour of love for all of us and we couldn’t dream of a better launching pad for this very special film,” said Rocket Pictures and Marv Films in a statement.

Fletcher recently directed the recent blockbuster Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

Rocketman also stars with Jamie Bell as longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard and Gemma Jones.

The 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival will run from May 14 to 25, with the full slate set to be released on Thursday. Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die” will open the festival.

Orion Pictures Sets Acclaimed Composer Bear McCreary For Child’s Play

Orion Pictures announced today that Emmy® and BAFTA Award winning composer Bear McCreary (“The Walking Dead,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “10 Cloverfield Lane”) has been brought on to score the reimagining of the 1988 horror classic CHILD’S PLAY. The upcoming film follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature and stars Plaza, Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry and recently revealed Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky.

KatzSmith’s Aaron Schmidt said, “Bear comes with boundless ideas and energy, and his approach to this score has been incredible to witness. He’s developed themes and melodies that underscore our horror, our emotion and our AI concept while combining unique instruments and toys from around the world with his orchestral score. He’s elevated every moment of the film he’s touched.”

CHILD’S PLAY is directed by Lars Klevberg (“Polaroid”) from a script by Tyler Burton Smith (“Sleeping Dogs,” “Quantum Break” video games) and produced by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith on behalf of KatzSmith Productions (“It”). Aaron Schmidt and Chris Ferguson executive produced the project.


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“Grease” Prequel In The Works

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Paramount Pictures

A prequel to the 1978 blockbuster hit musical “Grease” is reportedly in development by Paramount Studios’ division Paramount Players, this according to Hollywood Reporter.

Titled “Summer Nights,” the film will tackle the fling that high school characters Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Olivia Newton John (Sandy Olsson) initially had before their paths crossed during high school senior year.

John August is said to be writing the film’s screenplay. August was responsible for writing Go (1999), Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Frankenweenie (2012).

The 1978 film was a global blockbuster as well as a critical hit, while its soundtrack remains one of the best selling albums of all time, producing hits such as Hopelessly Devoted to You, and You’re the One That I Want.

The film was followed by a sequel in 1982 starring Michelle Pheiffer and Maxwell Caulfield.

Cardi B Lead Nominations For 2019 Billboard Music Awards

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Atlantic

Cardi B is certainly having a great run, this time leading the 2019 Billboard Music Awards with 21 nominations in 18 categories, NBC and Dick Clark Productions announced on Thursday morning, April 4.

Also earning impressive nomination count are Drake and Post Malone, each earning 17 noms, followed by Travis Scott with 12 nominations, the late XXXTentacion with 10, and recent chart topper Ariana Grande with nine.

Cardi B recently made history after becoming the only female solo rapper win the best rap album at the Grammys for her debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy.

She also topped the Hot 100 chart last year with “I Like It” featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny and “Girls Like You” with Maroon 5.

Kelly Clarkson announced some of the nominees with country duo Dan + Shay on Thursday morning’s Today show at NBC. Clarkson is also set to host the show for the second year in a row, while Dan + Shay are also nominated in seven awards this year.

The 2019 Billboard Music Awards is set to be broadcast live on NBC on May 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Here is the full list of nominations:
Top Artist
Cardi B
Drake
Ariana Grande
Post Malone
Travis Scott

Top New Artist
Bazzi
Juice WRLD
Lil Baby
Dua Lipa
Ella Mai

Billboard Chart Achievement Award
Dan + Shay
Drake
Ariana Grande
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Dua Lipa

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“Shazam!” Soundtrack Album Release Date Announced

WaterTower Music has announced that soundtrack to “Shazam!” is set to be released on April 5. Directed by David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation”), New Line Cinema’s superhero origin story will be in theaters April 5, 2019.

The 29-track “Shazam!” soundtrack album features original score by acclaimed composer Benjamin Wallfisch (“Blade Runner 2049,” “IT”), under the direction of David F. Sandberg, with whom he worked on the box office hit “Annabelle: Creation.”

“It’s always such an incredible joy collaborating with David,” explained Wallfisch. “Not only is he a visionary filmmaker, he’s also a great musician. We both have a shared love of the classic superhero, fantasy and adventure scores of the 80s, and we started the SHAZAM! score by trying to channel the feeling of wonder and hope that incredible music gives you. It felt like being a kid again; I grew up in the 80s in total awe of, and in love with that music.”

Sandberg spoke about working with Wallfisch on the film’s music. “Ben is the only composer I’ve worked with so far, and the guy is amazing,” explains the director. “Something we talked about is that I wanted it to feel very much like a classic superhero score, because Shazam is a Golden Age Super Hero, and I wanted to honor that history.”

The Shazam! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is now available for digital and CD preorder. It will be available for streaming and for purchase digitally April 5, and on CD configuration May 10.
Click the link below for the track listing.
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Eagles To Perform “Hotel California” Album Live In Its Entirety

For the first time ever, the Eagles – Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Deacon Frey and Vince Gill – will perform their iconic album “Hotel California” in its entirety in their only North American performances of 2019.

Each night’s concert – Friday, September 27, 2019 and Saturday, September 28, 2019 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada – will also include an additional set of the band’s greatest hits. The shows are scheduled to begin at 8 PM. Tickets starting at $179 (not including applicable service charges or fees) go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 12 at 10 AM PDT through Ticketmaster.com.

“Hotel California” is the third best-selling U.S. album in history, recently certified 26-times Platinum by the RIAA. After its release in 1976, it topped the charts and won two GRAMMY Awards for “New Kid in Town” and “Hotel California.” Several of the songs from the album have never been performed since the original “Hotel California” tour. The RIAA also certified “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1977” as the best-selling U.S. album in history (38-times Platinum).

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, April 8 at 10 AM PDT through Thursday, April 11 at 10 PM PDT.

A limited number of LaneOne Premium Packages will also be available. Packages include amazing seats in first 3 rows, hotel accommodations, exclusive hospitality events, transportation, preferred entrance and more. Check LaneOne for details.

Check Eagles.com for complete tour information.
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Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, TWENTY ØNE PILØTS, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Flume, The Chainsmokers and J Balvin To Headline Lollapalooza 2019

Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, TWENTY ØNE PILØTS, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Flume, The Chainsmokers and J Balvin will headline this year’s all-encompassing Lollapalooza lineup. The summer’s premier music festival will feature more than 170 bands on eight stages for an unforgettable four full days of music, August 1-4 at Grant Park in Chicago. View the entire lineup at Lollapalooza.com.

2019 marks Flume’s return to Lollapalooza since his historic 2016 performance and will bring fans the first U.S. opportunity to see his newly released music performed live. This year’s incredible roster also includes Record of the Year Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves in her first Lolla performance, as well as highly anticipated performances by Lil Wayne, Janelle Monáe, Meek Mill, Hozier, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Gary Clark Jr., H.E.R., Maggie Rogers, a hometown performance from Louis The Child, and more!

Festival founder Perry Farrell will also perform solo material with Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven Orchestra, and fans will be treated to a special set from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

Lollapalooza, known for giving fans a wealth of musical discovery and breakout stars, continues to bring fans fresh performances. This year’s class includes King Princess, Rosalía, FISHER, Gunna, Lauren Daigle, Normani, Lennon Stella, J.I.D, IDLES, Conan Gray, Pink Sweat$ and more.
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2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards Winners List

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It was another big night for music at the sixth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards, which kicked off on Thursday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Hosted by rapper and Masked Singer winner T-Pain, the night featured performances from some of the most celebrated artists such as Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, The Backstreet Boys, Halsey, Garth Brooks, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves and more.

Coming into the night, Cardi B lead the list of nominations with 14 in total, followed by Drake with eight nom.

During the show, Taylor Swift was awarded with the Tour of the Year Award:

Check out the full list of winners below:

Song of the Year
Ariana Grande

Male Artist of the Year
Drake

Best Duo/Group of the Year
5 Seconds of Summer

Best Collaboration
“Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B

Best New Pop Artist
Marshmello

Alternative Rock Song of the Year
“High Hopes” – Panic! at the Disco

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year
Imagine Dragons
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The Black Keys Confirm Extensive 31-Date North American Tour

This morning, The Black Keys confirm their extensive, thirty-one-date arena tour of North America. The “Let’s Rock” Tour will hit cities including Chicago, Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, and Austin (full dates below). Special guests Modest Mouse will provide support on all dates, and Shannon & The Clams, *repeat repeat, and Jessy Wilson will each open select shows on the tour. Tickets for all dates go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 22 at 10 AM local time here.

The 31-city outing will kick off September 23 in Denver, CO and will make stops in Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles and more before wrapping November 24 in Vancouver, BC.

To ensure tickets get in to the hands of fans and not scalpers or bots, the tour has partnered with Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan® platform. Fans can register now through Sunday, March 17 at 10pm EST HERE for the Verified Fan presale. Registered fans who receive a code will have access to purchase tickets before the general public on Tuesday, March 19 at 10am local time through Thursday, March 21 at 10pm local time.

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Pharrell Williams Launches SOMETHING IN THE WATER Art, Culture And Music Festival Celebrating Virginia Beach

Pharrell Williams Launches SOMETHING IN THE WATER Art, Culture And Music Festival Celebrating Virginia Beach

Today visionary recording artist, producer, songwriter, philanthropist, fashion designer, and entrepreneur, Pharrell Williams announced his newest venture – SOMETHING IN THE WATER, a multi-day music festival and cultural experience on the beach in his hometown of Virginia Beach.

The first annual SOMETHING IN THE WATER is produced by Live Nation. The stage will be set on the beach and will feature weekend performances by Pharrell and friends, Travis Scott, Migos, Dave Matthews Band, Missy Elliott, J Balvin, Janelle Monae, SZA, Lil Uzi Vert, Diplo, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Pusha T, Kaytranada, Ferg, Jhené Aiko, Rosalía, Maggie Rogers, Mac DeMarco, Masego, Virgil Abloh, DRAM, Leikeli47, Jaden Smith, Radiant Children, John-Robert and more.

Tickets for the first ever SOMETHING IN THE WATER will go on sale beginning Friday, March 8 at 12pm local time at SOMETHINGINTHEWATER.COM

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