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    Artist of the Week: Morgan Wallen

    Straight off his CMA big win as New Artist of the Year, the ‘More Than My Hometown’ crooner is ascending the country music charts with two of his new singles.

    Nov 30, 2020
    AceShowbiz – Hot on the heels of his big win as the best New Artist of the Year at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, Morgan Wallen is climbing up the charts with two of his new singles. “Somebody’s Problem” has risen to the second position on the U.S. Apple Music chart while “Still Goin Down” has reached the third place.
    Both songs are expected to continue their ascend if the singer’s chart history is any indication – he topped country single charts with his two previous singles “More Than My Hometown” and “7 Summers”. All those tracks were taken from his upcoming sophomore effort called “Dangerous: The Double Album”.

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    The new album is due to came out in January next year. It features a collaboration with fellow country star Chris Stapleton and includes a country version of “Heartless”, Wallen’s previous collaboration with Diplo, which has been certified triple platinum for selling more than three million units in sales and streams.
    Wallen offers 30 songs in his latest studio offering. “The ‘double album’ idea started off as just a joke between me and my manager because we had accumulated so many songs over the past couple of years,” he explained. “Then quarantine hit, and we realized it might actually be possible to have enough time to make it happen.”
    While the CMA award was a big celebration for Wallen, it has also inspired him to work harder as he knows it’s only the beginning of his journey to make his mark in the industry. Describing the win as “a kick in the rear toward the top,” he said, “I’ve had a lot of really good things happen this year, and a lot of things I wouldn’t consider good, but I’d put this at the top of the good list for sure.”

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    BTS Beats Megan Thee Stallion to Land Atop Billboard 200 With 'Be'

    The Houston femcee’s debut full-length album ‘Good News’ arrives at No. 2 with 100,500 equivalent album units earned, while Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ jumps back into the Top 10.

    Nov 30, 2020
    AceShowbiz – BTS’ (Bangtan Boys) new album “Be” has landed atop Billboard 200 chart, marking the South Korean group’s fifth No. 1 album. The album, which was released via Big Hit Entertainment on November 20, bows with 242,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending November 26, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
    Of the number, 177,000 are in the form of album sales. Meanwhile, TEA units comprise 35,000 with the rest being SEA units which equals to 48.56 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs. “Be” joins BTS’ other four No. 1 albums, including “Map of the Soul: 7”, “Map of the Soul: Persona”, “Love Yourself: Answer” and “Love Yourself: Tear”.
    Back to the chart, Megan Thee Stallion’s debut full-length album “Good News” arrives at No. 2 with 100,500 equivalent album units earned. Of the sum, 82,500 comprise SEA units and 16,000 are in album sales. Meanwhile, a little over 2,000 are TEA units. The set marks as the most streamed album of the week.
    Trailing behind is Ariana Grande’s “Positions” which ascends one spot to No. 3 with 61,000 equivalent album units earned. Pop Smoke’s former leader “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” also rises from No. 5 to No. 4 with 52,000 equivalent album units. Meanwhile, Future and Lil Uzi Vert’s “Pluto x Baby Pluto” dips 3 spots from No. 2 to No.5 with 46,000 units.

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    Returning to the Top 10 this week is Taylor Swift’s “Folklore”. The album soars high from No. 29 to No. 6 with 44,000 equivalent album units thanks to the release of the set’s vinyl edition. Later at No. 7 is Luke Combs’ “What You See Is What You Get” which descends from No. 6 to No. 7 with 41,000 equivalent album units.
    Also falling down this week are Chris Stapleton’s “Starting Over” and Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die”. “Starting Over” dips from No. 3 to No. 8 after earning 37,000 units, while “Legends Never Die” occupies No. 9 with 36,000 units earned.
    Carrie Underwood’s holiday album “My Gift” rounds out the Top 10 this week. Jumping back into the Top 10 after ascending from No. 25 to No. 10, the set earns 35,000 equivalent album units.
    Top Ten Billboard 200:
    “Be” – BTS (Bangtan Boys) (242,000 units)
    “Good News” – Megan Thee Stallion (100,500 units)
    “Positions” – Ariana Grande (61,000 units)
    “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” – Pop Smoke (52,000 units)
    “Pluto x Baby Pluto” – Future & Lil Uzi Vert (56,000 units)
    “Folklore” – Taylor Swift (44,000 units)
    “What You See Is What You Get” – Luke Combs (41,000 units)
    “Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton (37,000 units)
    “Legends Never Die” – Juice WRLD (36,000 units)
    “My Gift” – Carrie Underwood (35,000 units)

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    Chris Brown Wins Big at 2020 Soul Train Awards

    H.E.R, who led the nominations with eight, walks away with two trophy, whereas Monica secures Lady of Soul title and Brandy collects the coveted Certified honor.

    Nov 30, 2020
    AceShowbiz – Chris Brown was a four-time winner at the 2020 Soul Train Awards in Hollywood on Sunday night (November 29).
    The singer was named the night’s Best R&B/Soul Male Artist while his “Go Crazy” collaboration with Young Thug nabbed Best Song, Best Collaboration, and Best Dance Performance.

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    H.E.R., who went into the ceremony as the leading nominee, with eight nods, picked up two – she was named Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, while her protest track “I Can’t Breathe” scored the Songwriter’s Award.
    It was also a big night for former duet partners Monica and Brandy – Monica was named Lady of Soul and Brandy picked up the coveted Certified honour.
    The full list of winners is:

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    Halsey Accuses Grammys of Accepting Bribes in Response to 2021 Nomination Snub

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    The ‘Without Me’ singer says Grammy nominations are about knowing the right people with the right handshakes as she responds to her lack of nominations.

    Nov 30, 2020
    AceShowbiz – Halsey has weighed in on the drama surrounding the 2021 Grammy nominations.
    The star, who released her acclaimed album “Manic” in early 2020, failed to pick up any nods in the shortlist, which was announced earlier this week (ends27Nov20).
    Taking to her Instagram Stories, the “Nightmare” singer addressed the situation, writing, “I’ve been thinking and wanted to choose my words carefully because a lot of people have extended sympathy and apology to me since the Grammy nominations (sic).”

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    “The Grammys are an elusive process,” she explained. “It can often be about behind the scenes private performances, knowing the right people, campaigning through the grapevine, with the right handshakes and ‘bribes’ that can be just ambiguous enough to pass as ‘not-bribes.’
    “And if you get that far, it’s about committing to exclusive TV performances and making sure you help the Academy make their millions in advertising. Perhaps sometimes it is (!!) but it’s not always about the music or quality or culture.”
    Halsey went on to mention The Weeknd, who labelled the Recording Academy “corrupt” after also missing out on the nominations, despite landing critical and commercial success with album “After Hours” and one of the biggest-selling songs of 2020, “Blinding Lights”.
    “@theweeknd deserves better, and Manic did too. Perhaps it’s unbecoming of me to say so but I can’t care anymore,” Halsey concluded. “While I am THRILLED for my talented friends who were recognized this year, I am hoping for more transparency and reform. But I’m sure this post will blacklist me anyway.”

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    Mariah Carey Taps Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg and More for Christmas Special

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    The ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ hitmaker enlists Tiffany Haddish as a narrator and the likes of Ariana Grande, J-Hud, and Snoop Dogg for holiday performances.

    Nov 30, 2020
    AceShowbiz – Mariah Carey has recruited Tiffany Haddish to narrate the trailer for her upcoming Christmas special.
    The actress and comedian adapts the beloved ” ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” tale for the new “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” teaser, which features clips of the pop superstar performing at a makeshift North Pole.
    The special, featuring appearances from Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, and Carey’s nine-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, will hit Apple TV+ on 4 December (20).
    Ballet dancer Misty Copeland, comedian Billy Eichner, and “Mixed-ish” child star Mykal-Michelle Harris are due to make appearances as well to help the diva on a magical journey to save Christmas after a tough year.
    “I got a great story to tell you,” Tiffany said while sitting on a couch next to a cozy fireplace. ” ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and 2020 had been rough. So Santa decided the season couldn’t be merry without the one and only, Mariah Carey.”

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    “This Christmas, we could all use a little magic,” Mariah chimed before her iconic holiday song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” played.
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    Mariah’s comment section on Instagram was lit up by numerous excited response from her followers as soon as she posted the teaser. “I’m so excited for this!!!” Jordin Sparks exclaimed. Kris Jenner was also equally psyched as she wrote, “Amazing!!!!!!”
    The likes of Busta Rhymes, Naomi Campbell, Tori Kelly, Holly Robinson Peete, Chaka Khan, and Mariah’s own boyfriend Bryan Tanaka also showed their support.
    Meanwhile, Mykal-Michelle who appeared in Mariah’s new video for “All I Want for Christmas Is You” last year gushed on her own Instagram, “Guyyyyyyyyyyyuys…..you KNOW it’s not Christmas until the QUEEN saaaays it’s Christmas.”

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    George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' Gets New Stereo Mix on Anniversary of His Death

    The title track of the late Fab Four’s 1970 studio album has been remastered and rereleased to mark the album’s 50th anniversary which also happens to be the 19th anniversary of his passing.

    Nov 30, 2020
    AceShowbiz – George Harrison’s family is marking the 50th anniversary of his “All Things Must Pass” album by releasing a new stereo mix of the title track.
    The late Beatles star’s son Dhani reveals the remastered 1970 tune is “just a taste of more things to come in 2021.”

    “We’ve been digging through mountains of tapes, and they just kept coming – boxes and boxes of them,” Dhani Harrison says. “Making this album sound clearer was always one of my dad’s greatest wishes and it was something we were working on together right up until he passed.”
    “With the help of new technology and the work of (producer) Paul Hicks on this project, we are now able to make that happen. We can’t wait for you all to hear everything we’ve been working on and your patience will be rewarded next year.”

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    Originally released in November, 1970, the album was produced by Phil Spector.
    George Harrison died in November 2001 after battling various health issues including brain tumor and lung cancer that had spread to his brain. He was 58.
    Coicidentally November is also the anniversary of his death. His family paid tribute by sharing a tranquil video showing the late star at his Friar Park estate in England with gnomes.

    “I like the Garden,” George in a 1981 interview. “In the garden you see all the seasons come and go. Whatever you do can affect it all but at the same time, the flowers don’t answer you back. They don’t give you no trouble!”
    “I’m really quite simple,” he explained in another occasion. “I don’t want to be in the [music] business full time, because I’m a gardener. I plant flowers and watch them grow. I don’t go out to clubs. I don’t party. I stay at home and watch the river flow.”

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    Bad Bunny Credits New Album for Preventing Him From Turning Into Zombie During Pandemic

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    The ‘YHLQMDLG’ star keeps stress at bay by working in the recording studio as he watches people around him turn into ‘The Walking Dead’ during Covid-19 pandemic.

    Nov 29, 2020
    AceShowbiz – Working on his new album has helped Bad Bunny stay mentally healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
    The reggaeton star dropped “El Ultimo Tour del Mundo” on Thursday (26Nov20), revealing the record helped him stay positive amid the ongoing devastation around the world.
    “Looking at the world, everyone looks like The Walking Dead,” he tells Entertainment Tonight. “100 per cent (this album helped my mental health). This is like, a relief for me because I was quarantined… the only thing that I had was the music, and so eso me mantuvo vivo como digo yo (that’s what kept me alive, like I say).”

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    Bad Bunny had to drop out of his performance at the Billboard Music Awards due to contracting Covid-19. However, despite suffering from the virus, the 26-year-old is still feeling good. “The new thing that I learned (was) to be more carinoso… lovable with my people. Sometimes you have people and you don’t say that you love them. So that is (one) thing that I learned,” he said. “I’m healthy. You know, I have Covid right now, but I am still healthy. I feel good.”
    “El Ultimo Tour del Mundo” is Bad Bunny’s second studio album in a year, following the release of his sophomore set “YHLQMDLG” in February.
    Thanks to “YHLQMDLG”, he received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album or Urban Album at the upcoming 63rd awards. He is pitted against Camilo, Kany Garcia, Ricky Martin, and Debi Nova.
    The musician additionally collected another Grammy nod for the song “Un Dia (One Day)”, his collaboration with J Balvin, Dua Lipa, and Tainy. The gang are vying for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance against Justin Bieber & Quavo for “Intentions”, BTS for “Dynamite”, Lady GaGa & Ariana Grande for “Rain on Me”, and Taylor Swift & Bon Iver for “Exile”.

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    Imelda Staunton and Husband Jim Carter Tapped for Online Christmas Show

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    The two ‘Downton Abbey’ stars are among the big stars officially enlisted for an upcoming virtual festive celebration dubbed ‘Looking a Lot Like Christmas’.

    Nov 29, 2020
    AceShowbiz – “Downton Abbey” stars Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter are among the famous faces set to take part a virtual Christmas show.
    The actors, who also appeared together in the “Harry Potter” movies, will make appearances alongside Minnie Driver, Rosalie Craig, and Giles Terera in the show, featuring music, comedy sketches and poetry, on 16 December (20).
    “Looking a Lot Like Christmas”, organised by bosses at the Donmar Warehouse theatre, will be broadcast from St Luke’s Church in central London.
    While the showing is free, audience members are encouraged to donate money to support the theatre’s work, with 15 per cent of money raised going to the Connection at St Martin’s homeless charity.

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    “At the end of a very difficult year for us all, we wanted to bring together a group of incredible artists to celebrate the festive season in true Donmar style,” Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Longhurst said.
    “Even though we can’t be together in person, we hope you will all join us online to share the joy of music and theatre which has endured throughout the challenges of 2020.”
    Tune in from 7.30 pm GMT here: youtube.com.
    Another Christmas online event comes from Andrea Bocelli. The Italian tenor has announced “Believe in Christmas” show. He is scheduled to perform live from the Teatro Regio di Parma opera house on 12 December (20) with special guests.
    Before the live performance, Bocelli will join Disney holiday singalong on November 30. It features the likes of Katy Perry, Pink, BTS, Michael Buble, Chloe x Halle, Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert, Julianne Hough, Adam Lambert, Leslie Odom Jr., and Kerry Washington.

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