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Little Simz Wins Mercury Prize for ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ Album
Rapper Little Simz won the Mercury Prize on Tuesday for her fourth studio album ‘Sometimes I Could Be Introverted’, triumphing over contenders such as Harry Styles and indie rock duo Wet Leg for the British Music Prize. The 28-year-old, previously nominated in 2019 for the album ‘Grey Area’, was among the favorites to win the award for her critically acclaimed record.
Jin, member of K-pop star BTS, will release his first solo single next week before his military service
K-pop singer Jin, a member of hit boy band BTS, will release his first official solo single next week, the seven-member group’s agency announced on Wednesday, following this week’s announcement that he would soon to start his military service. The song, titled “The Astronaut,” will be released on October 28 at 1 p.m. (0400 GMT), with pre-orders due to start later Wednesday.
Simon Cowell’s new TikTok project offers users unreleased music
Renowned talent scout Simon Cowell is back, but this time his focus is on the social media platform, TikTok. With the international TV series “Got Talent,” “American Idol,” and many other projects already under his belt, Cowell is ready to help budding musicians on TikTok share their unique sounds with the world.
Saudi group MBC signs deals with Turkish production companies as diplomatic ties thaw
Saudi Arabia’s MBC Group, the Middle East’s biggest broadcaster, said on Wednesday it had signed a five-year partnership with two Turkish production houses, signaling the end of an unofficial boycott imposed on Turkey by the Saudi Arabia as the two countries strive to improve relations. . MBC, which in March 2018 axed Turkish programming, including soap operas popular with Arab audiences, said in a statement that the deal would allow it to exclusively host content from production houses Medyapim and Ay Yapim, and to produce original Arabic language content in Saudi Arabia.
One minute with: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson on “Banshees of Inisherin”
Fourteen years after ‘In Bruges’, filmmaker Martin McDonagh has reunited Irish actors Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson for the male friendship and comedy-drama ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’. Set and filmed on an island off the west coast of Ireland, “The Banshees of Inisherin” tells the story of great friends Padraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson). However, Colm unexpectedly ends their friendship, issuing an ultimatum if the former bothers him.
Hollywood’s Anna May Wong will become the first Asian American to use US currency
The U.S. Mint will feature an Asian American on its currency for the first time when it issues a coin next week engraved with the likeness of actress Anna May Wong, who once worked in Hollywood. open racism and stereotypes. A quarter-dollar coin featuring a profile of Wong with her signature bangs and long fingernails will begin circulation Tuesday as part of the American Women’s Quarters program, the U.S. Mint said in a statement.
BTS Management Shares Rise After Group Clears Up Uncertainty Over Military Service
The announcement by K-pop megagroup BTS that the members would perform compulsory military service in South Korea has lifted a cloud of uncertainty over their plans. Investors in HYBE Co, the management group of BTS, reacted to the news by sending its shares soaring as high as 7.8% on Tuesday.
Russell Crowe at the Vatican New Movie Screening with Beer and Popcorn
The Vatican offered beer and popcorn to new recruits to its police force and Swiss Guard at a special screening of the new film “The Greatest Beer Run Ever” on Monday, capped off by a meeting with the one of its stars – Russell Crowe. Crowe, in Italy for the Rome Film Festival, made his way to the tiny Vatican screening room – which seats only around 50 people – to greet the audience between back-to-back screenings.
Dwayne Johnson calls comic book movie ‘Black Adam’ his passion project
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in the DC Comics anti-hero movie “Black Adam,” and he calls it his passion project. “It’s the one for me,” Johnson told Reuters. Although the ‘Red Notice’ actor starred in a string of box office hits, he felt uncomfortable releasing this film as it deviates from his past roles.
(With agency contributions.)