Entertainment

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ revolution turns 40

PARIS, France (AFP) – Mixing rock, pop and RnB like never before, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, 40 years old next week, became the most successful album of all time and defined a coming era with its audiovisual ambition. “Thriller” has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide since its release on November 30, 1982. It consecrated Jackson as the “King of Pop” and remains a musical lodestone. Even renewed allegations of paedophilia in the 2019 documentary “Leaving […]

Adidas probing allegations about Kanye West’s behavior

Frankfurt, Germany (AFP) – Adidas said Thursday it was investigating claims against Kanye West after a report detailed alleged inappropriate behavior, just weeks after the German sportswear giant ended its partnership with the rapper. US magazine Rolling Stone reported claims that the rapper played pornography to Adidas staff in meetings, and discussed porn and showed an intimate photo of ex-wife Kim Kardashian in job interviews. It said former members of the team involved in “Yeezy” — […]

BTS star to begin S. Korea military service next month: report

Seoul, South Korea (AFP) — The oldest member of K-pop phenomenon BTS will begin his military service on December 13, becoming the first in the band to enlist, local media reported Thursday. All able-bodied South Korean men under the age of 30 must perform about two years of military service, mainly because the country remains technically at war with nuclear-armed North Korea. That means the age cut-off is approaching for 29-year-old Jin, senior member of […]

Taylor Swift tour chaos spurs calls to probe ticketing industry

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) – When Taylor Swift announced her first tour in five years, Jacob Landry couldn’t wait to jump in line to see his favorite artist take the stage. But after diligently registering for and receiving a presale code, the 20-year-old jazzed for his first concert ever was confronted with a massive queue, site glitches and soaring costs. Landry’s experience was far from unique: thousands of social media users reported similar experiences, including […]

Beyonce-Adele rematch set to dominate 2023 Grammys

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) – Pop royalty Beyonce and Adele will face off at the Grammys once again, after the music titans released blockbuster albums that vaulted them to the front of the list of 2023 nominees. Beyonce leads the pack with nine chances to win during the performance-heavy ceremony on February 5 that honors the industry’s best, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday. Rapper Kendrick Lamar notched eight nods, while Adele and fellow balladeer Brandi […]

‘Black Panther’ fights on without Chadwick Boseman

by Paul NOLP Agence France-Press PARIS, France (AFP) — “Black Panther” returns to cinemas worldwide this week, having lost its star with the tragic early death of Chadwick Boseman, but none of its determination to push for greater diversity in superhero movies. Boseman, who died from cancer two years ago aged 43, makes several flashback appearances in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”. The real-life grief of the filmmakers is reflected in the film as Wakanda struggles […]

Singer Aaron Carter dead at 34: TMZ

Los Angeles, United States | AFP | Aaron Carter, the American singer who soared to fame at the turn of the millennium with his hit album “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),” died Saturday, TMZ said. He was 34 years old. The entertainment outlet reported that the brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was found dead in his tub at his residence in Lancaster, California. A police spokesperson told AFP that officers responded to Carter’s home […]

‘Black Adam’ stays atop N.America box office

  Los Angeles, United States | AFP | Warner Bros.’ film “Black Adam” remained atop competition for the second weekend running, hauling in a modest estimated $27.7 million in North American box office receipts, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday. A feature that explores the origin story behind 2019’s “Shazam,” the DC Comics superhero, “Black Adam” stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a former slave bestowed with special powers. Coming in second for the Friday-through-Sunday […]

Adidas cuts ties with Kanye West over anti-Semitic remarks

  Berlin, Germany | AFP |  by Sebastien ASH with Huw GRIFFITH in Los Angeles German sportswear giant Adidas said Tuesday it was ending its partnership with Kanye West after a series of anti-Semitic outbursts by the controversial rapper. Recent comments by West — now known formally as Ye — were “unacceptable, hateful and dangerous”, Adidas said in a statement. “After a thorough review, the company has taken the decision to terminate the partnership with […]

Animation of Paris Algerian massacre among student Oscars winners

Los Angeles, United States (AFP) — A French animation about the deadly police crackdown on protests by Algerians in 1960s Paris was among the winners Thursday of the Student Academy Awards, held for the first time at Los Angeles’ recently opened film museum. The short film is the latest effort to spotlight a violent event which was covered up for decades by French authorities, before President Emmanuel Macron condemned it as “inexcusable” last year. “We […]

Fela Kuti, who used ‘music as weapon’, honoured in Paris

by Philippe GRELARD Agence France Presse Paris, France (AFP) — The son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti spoke of his father’s bravery in using “music as a weapon” ahead of an immersive exhibition opening at the Paris Philharmonic on Thursday. “Instead of picking up a gun, music was the only tool he had. It was a weapon to use against authority, against colonisation and corrupt African governments,” said Femi Kuti, 60, himself a hugely successful […]