Bono on U2’s first PHL concert: “It took us four decades… We should have been here every year”

  (Eagle News) – For what Filipino U2 fans said was a “once-in-a-lifetime concert,” they braved hours of traffic and long lines just to watch the legendary Irish rock band perform at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena on Wednesday night, Dec. 11. The sound and sights of the first-ever Manila concert of the band which has won the most Grammys in history at 22 awards, more than lived up to fans’ expectations. The band that was […]

Star Wars fans camp outside LA theater week before film opens

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Star Wars fans with sleeping bags and a portable movie projector have started camping outside Hollywood’s Chinese Theater, more than a week before the blockbuster begins playing. Roughly 20 sci-fi lovers were in place Thursday, seven days before doors swing open for the first preview screening of the much-hyped, saga-concluding “The Rise of Skywalker.” Organizers expect that number to swell to 150 in the coming days, with fans of […]

First-ever U2 concert in the country at PHL Arena promises unique visual-aural experience for fans

  (Eagle News) – U2 at the Philippine Arena. The combination sets fans’ imagination on fire as the popular Irish rock band known for its socially relevant songs stages its first ever concert in the country at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena. With lead vocals Bono, drummer Larry Mullen Jr., bassist Adam Clayton and guitarist “The Edge,” U2 promises a unique visual and aural experience, going by their previous concerts where the latest digital and visual […]

‘It Must Have Been Love’ Roxette singer dies aged 61

by Gaël BRANCHEREAU Agence France-Presse STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AFP) — The lead singer of Swedish pop duo sensation Roxette, Marie Fredriksson, who shot to global fame in the 1990s with hits like “It Must Have Been Love”, has died aged 61 after a long fight with cancer, her manager said Tuesday. The mother of two, who died on Monday, had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002 but went into remission and made a musical […]

Actor Miko Palanca passes away at 41

(Eagle News) — Actor Miko Palanca has passed away. This was announced by his family in a statement on Tuesday, Dec. 10. “We are extremely saddened and heartbroken by the sudden passing of our beloved brother, Miko Palanca. The whole family is grateful for the incredible outpour of love and support that has been coming in today,” the family said. The family did not reveal the circumstances behind his death. He was 41 years old. […]

‘Sesame Street’ puppeteer Caroll Spinney — aka Big Bird — dies at 85

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who brought Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life on the iconic children’s television show “Sesame Street” for half a century, died on Sunday at the age of 85. Spinney died at home in Connecticut after living for some time with the movement disorder dystonia, which causes uncontrollable muscle contractions, according to a statement from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces the show. The actor […]

Di Caprio among celebrities backing new climate initiative

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Actor Leonardo di Caprio joined former US vice president Al Gore and other personalities Wednesday in backing a new initiative to seek solutions to climate change. Leading figures from politics, economics, science, and entertainment are lending their support to Countdown, which seeks to build support for zero-net emissions and is organized by the TED conference platform. TED President Chris Anderson and former UN environment chief Christiana Figueres launched the […]

Drake declared Spotify’s most-streamed artist of decade

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — As the 2010s winds to a close streaming titan Spotify announced Tuesday that poppy rap sensation Drake is the most globally streamed artist of the decade with more than 28 billion streams. British crooner Ed Sheeran, hip hop warbler Post Malone, pop royalty Ariana Grande and rap iconoclast Eminem rounded out the top five most-streamed artists between 2010 and 2019, Spotify said. Global hit machine Sheeran’s “Shape of You” […]

China fans desert K-pop star for ‘liking’ Hong Kong tweet

BEIJING, China (AFP) — A South Korean pop star has become the latest celebrity to spark anger on the Chinese internet after he “liked” a tweet about the divisive issue of pro-democracy unrest in Hong Kong. Choi Siwon, a member of popular K-pop boy band Super Junior, was forced to apologize twice after liking a post on Twitter by South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo about the Hong Kong protests. Twitter is blocked in China, […]

‘Frozen 2’ ices out competition at N. American box office

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Disney’s new release “Frozen 2” iced out competitors to top North American box offices over the weekend, taking in $130.2 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday. The film follows the beloved characters from 2013 hit “Frozen,” as they travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest in search of the origin of Queen Elsa’s (voiced by Idina Menzel) magical ice powers. “Frozen 2,” which has come out just in […]

K-pop star Goo Hara found dead at her home

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — K-pop star Goo Hara was found dead at her home on Sunday, South Korean police confirmed. Goo, a former member of the girl group Kara, was discovered at her home in Seoul early Sunday evening, officers said. The exact cause of death was still under investigation, they added. South Korea has one of the world’s highest rates of suicide which, according to recent government figures, is among the top causes […]

From 10 cents to $1.3 million, first Marvel comic sets auction record

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The first comic book produced by Marvel, the famed US publisher behind Spider-Man, X-Men and The Avengers, went under the hammer Thursday, fetching a record $1.26 million, Heritage Auctions said. “This is a historic copy of a historic comic book,” Ed Jaster, auction house senior vice president, said of the book, which was published in 1939 by Timely Comics, which later became Marvel. “Without question, this is the granddaddy of […]