Netflix’s teen drama “13 Reasons Why” will end after Season 4. The announcement came on the same day the streaming service unveiled the trailer for the show’s third season. Netflix did not say when the fourth and final season was scheduled to be released or provide an episode count.
“13 Reasons Why” is based on the young adult book of the same name by Jay Asher about a teen girl who leaves behind 13 audio recordings on cassette tapes after killing herself. The show’s treatment of teen suicide has been under scrutiny since its start, making headlines earlier this month when one study linked the show to a spike in suicide deaths among boys ages 10 to 17. That led Netflix to removing a graphic suicide scene from the first season, two years after it was initially released.
The new season picks up eight months after the previous season concluded and centers on the mysterious death of a teen character named Bryce Walker. Season 3 of “13 Reasons Why” is set to be released on August 23; you can watch the new trailer at the link: here.
Universal’s “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” took the No. 1 at the domestic box office with a projected $60 million opening weekend, after earning $23.7 million in Friday ticket sales. The film overtook previous top earners “The Lion King” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” this weekend.
The $60 million opening marks one of the lowest openings for a “Fast & Furious” film. However the Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham spinoff has fared even better overseas, taking in $90 million in Friday ticket sales for a projected $120 million global total come Sunday. That would mark the biggest global opening for either of the film’s stars outside of the original “Fast and Furious” franchise.
Coming in at No. 2 is “The Lion King,” takingin another $11 million on Friday and is eyeing a $37.8 million weekend finish. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” earned another $5.6 million in Friday domestic ticket sales for a projected $19.3 million weekend finish. If estimates hold, the film should end up with about $78 million after ten days in theaters. Rounding out the top five is “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and “Toy Story 4.”
Cole Swindell has just released the video for his current hit “Love You Too Late.” “Love You Too Late” is featured on Swindell’s third album,All of It, which was released in August 2018.
This year marks Swindell’s 5th year anniversary of becoming a recording artist back in 2014. To commemorate the occasion, he’ll release the fifth edition of his Down Home Sessions EP this year. He’s been releasing songs prior to the EP’s release, starting with “Drinkin’ Hours” in June and this month’s track, “All Nighter.”
Take a look at the video for “Love You Too Late” at the link: here
Updated 8/2/19: Katy Perry and her collaborators at her record label have to pay $2.78 million to Gray. Perry herself was hit for just over $550,000, with Capitol Records responsible for the biggest part of the award — $1.2 million. Defense attorneys had argued for an overall award of about $360,000. Perry’s five co-writers were each given penalties to pay that ranged from about $60,000 for Dr. Luke to more than $250,000 for Martin.
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This week a jury found that Katy Perry’s hit song “Dark Horse” improperly copied parts of a 2009 Christian rap song called “Joyful Noise.” The unanimous decision agreed that the beat and instrumental line of the two songs were “substantially similar” and Perry’s song constituted copyright infringement.
All six “Dark Horse” songwriters — including Perry and Juicy J, who wrote the rap segment of the song — as well as all four corporations that released and distributed the song were found liable. The jury will decide on a settlement for Marcus Gray, who released “Joyful Noise” in 2009 under the stage name “Flame,” and the song’s two co-authors.
Gray’s attorneys contend “Dark Horse,” released in 2013, has earned $41 million. Perry earned $3.2 million from the song minus $800,000 in expenses, her lawyers said. Capitol Records received $31 million from the song, but the label said after costs, their profit was just $630,000. Also found liable in the case were Capitol Records and Perry’s producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut.
“Dark Horse” was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks, and Perry was nominated for a Grammy for the song.
Taylor Swift teased in a YouTube video: “Hi it’s Taylor Swift. I have something to announce tomorrow.” On Wednesday, in a quick video clip from a remote location broadcast on “Good Morning America,” Swift revealed she’ll be performing a concert in New York City’s Central Park on August 22.
The Central Park concert announcement came as a surprise to some Swift fans, many who believed she would be premiering the video for her latest release, “The Archer.” Her performance is scheduled the day before her new album, “Lover,” is set to drop.
CMA Fest 2020 will be held June 4–7, 2020, and although the lineup hasn’t been announced yet, tickets to country music’s biggest festival will go on sale Friday, August 2 at 10 a.m. CT.
The four-day passes for the 2020 festival will included admission to each of Nissan Stadium’s four nightly shows, four-day admission to Xfinity Fan Fair X, early admission to the Chevy Riverfront Stage all four days, meet-and-greet opportunities inside Xfinity Fan Fair X and free access to daytime and nighttime shuttles.
2019’s CMA Fest featured 11 official stages with more than 300 acts, including Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Maren Morris, Luke Bryan, Kane Brown and many more. Artists performing at CMA Fest donate their time and talent so a portion of ticket proceeds can directly help enrich and sustain music education programs across the country through CMA’s nonprofit arm, the CMA Foundation.
The 2019 Global Citizen Festival will feature performances from Alicia Keys and Queen + Adam Lambert, and Pharrell Williams. The annual music festival confirmed its lineup in a tweet, after announcing the news on the Today show.
Keys, Williams, and Queen + Adam Lambert will take the stage September 28 at Central Park in New York, along with OneRepublic, H.E.R. and Carole King. The 2019 festival will also feature special guests French Montana, Ben Platt, Jon Batiste and Stay Human. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness will host the event.
“Where you live shouldn’t determine whether you life. I’m partnering with @GlblCtzn to end extreme poverty by 2030. Help us call on world leaders and join us at the 2019 #GlobalCitizen Festival on 9/28,” Williams tweeted.
Global Citizen is an organization seeking to end extreme poverty by 2030. The World Bank defines extreme poverty as those living on less than $1.90 a day.
PBS will air a documentary on EGOT winner Rita Moreno, called “Rita Moreno: The Girl Who Decided to Go for It.” The documentary will follow Moreno’s decades-long career, featuring interviews, archival footage, and reenactments of Moreno’s childhood and animation.
Norman Lear and Lin-Manuel Miranda have partnered to produce the project, slated to air in 2020. Moreno is currently filming the Steven Spielberg remake of “West Side Story.” She won a best supporting actress Oscar for the film in 1962.
Meanwhile Moreno’s sitcom “One Day at a Time,” produced by Lear, was just saved from cancellation by Pop TV after three seasons on Netflix.
Garth Brooksrevealed the second of sevenDive Bar Tourstops: Thursday, August 15 atBuck Owens’ Crystal PalaceinBakersfield, California. The Crystal Palace is a special location Brooks, as it’s the spot where he asked Trisha Yearwood to marry him in 2005.
Garth’s seven-date Dive Bar Tour takes its name from his current single, “Dive Bar,” which features Blake Shelton. Garth’s first show took place at Joe’s on Weed Street in Chicago on July 15.