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Album sales at an all-time low: 5 things that only maybe could save a dismal 2014

4 September 2014 1:14 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As we previously reported, album sales are at a record all-time low in the U.S. Last week, album sales totaled 3.97 million for the week, marking the first time the tally has dropped below 4 million, unprecedented in the SoundScan era (which kicked off with tracking sales data in 1991). Billboard -- who has a partnership with SoundScan -- is the first to report album and sales news, the good, the bad and the ugly. Today it was reported that sales are slightly up from that grim news last week, 5% only (to 4.2 million), due to Ariana Grande's fresh "My Everything." But still, that makes it trending low, which Ed Christman said is only to be expected. "The weekly average number of album sales fell from 4.75 million units in the first quarter to 4.55 million units in the second quarter. In the first 8 weeks of the third quarter, the average has fallen further to 4.2 million. »

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Ariana Grande’s on Top of the Charts (Again)

3 September 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Ariana Grande's second album, My Everything, will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 today, with 168,000 albums sold. (Another reminder that it really does not take many albums sold to hit No. 1, does it?) Anyway, congratulations to Ariana, who has just landed her second No. 1, making her the first woman since Susan Boyle in 2010 to see her first two albums debut on top. Someone send Iggy Azalea one of those edible fruit arrangements, stat. »

- Lindsey Weber

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Million Dollar Arm Review

29 August 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Directed by Craig Gillespie, Million Dollar Arm is a heart-warming and well-told tale that remains appealing in spite of its unsubtlety, and you certainly don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy it.

Based on a true story, Million Dollar Arm focuses on J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm), a floundering sports agent who is in desperate need of a big signing. Late night channel-flipping between a cricket match and Susan Boyle’s ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ brings inspiration (as it so often does) and soon Bernstein is journeying to India to host a talent competition that will determine which would-be cricketers have the best chance at being groomed into baseball players. Returning to America with the contest winners Rinku Singh (Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh Patel (Madhur Mittal) in tow, the two prospects soon begin training under unorthodox coach Tom House (Bill Paxton), but have »

- Amon Warmann

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Million Dollar Arm review: Jon Hamm in warm, witty baseball drama

27 August 2014 10:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director Craig Gillespie; Screenwriter Thomas McCarthy; Starring: Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin; Running time: 124 mins; Certificate: PG

In between Mad Men seasons, Jon Hamm has understandably steered away from roles that could be seen as riffs on the Don Draper persona - he'll pop up as the sleazy booty call in Bridesmaids, or the dangerously dumb Dr Drew in 30 Rock. But the affable Million Dollar Arm opens with Hamm's sports agent Jb Bernstein practising his smooth, confident pitch for a prospective new client.

This might be in the ballpark of the Draper hard sell, but here nobody's buying it. Bernstein's independent management company has hit the skids, with most of their star players now past their prime, and behind the slick exterior lies desperation: he urgently needs to sign new star talent in order to turn things around. So begins a true story which Thomas McCarthy »

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Simon Cowell Is Bringing Betty Boop Back to the Big Screen

14 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Well this just doesn't make a lot of sense, but we're willing to role with it anyway. Variety is reporting that beloved animated icon Betty Boop is returning to movie theaters, courtesy of a deal forged between Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Animal Logic Entertainment, the animation studio behind "The Lego Movie," working in conjunction with Fleischer Studios, who owns the rights to the character. Boo-boo-be-doo?

The character has been off of movie screens since the late thirties (and the last movie didn't even feature Betty Boop), although she did make a memorable appearance in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," as a waitress at the Ink & Paint Club (the code phrase to get in? "Walt sent me") Boop first appeared in cartoons in the late twenties, hence her flapper ensemble, and in several memorable appearances danced with live action personalities. Apparently the new film will be completely animated.

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- Drew Taylor

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Betty Boop Movie in the Works with Simon Cowell (Exclusive)

14 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Betty Boop is returning to the big screen, with Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Animal Logic Entertainment developing and producing the first feature-length film for the feisty cartoon flapper.

The project has been in the works for several months with Fleischer Studios, owner of the Betty Boop charater, partnering with Syco Entertainment and Animal Logic — which performed the animation for “The Lego Movie” — on a music-driven hybrid animated comedy.

Producers are Zareh Nalbandian and Jason Lust from Animal Logic and Simon Cowell and Adam Milano from Syco. No writer or director is attached yet.

Betty Boop first appeared in 1930 and made numerous appearances in Max Fleischer’s “Talkartoons” and her own cartoon series as a fun-loving, flirtatious character with a signature line  “Boop-oop-a-doop!”

The bobbed-hair, short-skirted character became the first female animated star at the end of the Roaring ’20s.

Betty Boop appeared in over 100 cartoons and had been »

- Dave McNary

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Alison Steadman sings karaoke to relax

13 August 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Alison Steadman sings karaoke to relax when her shooting schedule stresses her out. The 67-year-old actress - who can currently be seen in BBC One comedy 'Boomers' - likes to sing along to her favourite Adele and Susan Boyle songs when she's had enough on set. Luckily, her 36-year-old son Toby bought her a home karaoke machine so she can warble on the mic whenever the feeling takes her. She said: ''My son Toby bought me a karaoke machine and if I get really stressed I put it on and sing Adele, Susan Boyle and Nina Simone - basically any song my voice »

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TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs From Chasing Life, Suits, Gracepoint, Under the Dome and More

2 August 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

I’m searching for a song tonight, I’m changing all the stations… Just in time for an all new TVLine Mixtape!

What follows is a collection of tunes showcased recently on your favorite shows, complete with artist and album information in case you want to add them to your permanent collection.

Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked – but we always want to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, then hit the comments with your favorite TV jams. And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @NiveaSerrao.

Related Save the Dates! »

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Simon Cowell to Be Feted at Cannes TV Market Mipcom

30 July 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Simon Cowell is to be feted as Personality of the Year at the 30th anniversary edition of TV program market Mipcom in Cannes, France.

Cowell will receive his award at a gala dinner for industry executives at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes on Oct. 14. On Oct. 13, he will give a keynote interview in Cannes’ Palais des Festivals.

Simon Cowell is a visionary producer whose television franchises are on air in almost 200 territories around the world, underlining his status as a global creative icon. In recognition of his amazing career as a creator of international formats and his formidable impact on the entertainment industry as a whole, we are honored to welcome him to Cannes as the Mipcom 2014 Personality of the Year,” said Paul Zilk, CEO of Reed Midem, organizer of Mipcom.

Cowell’s Syco Entertainment is a music, film and television production company, whose television assets include “Got Talent” and “The X Factor, »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘Mukhna’ by Ar Rahman ft Sukhwinder Singh from Disney’s Million Dollar Arm

23 July 2014 6:34 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Legendary music maestro has Ar Rahman has yet again broken new boundaries, with the amazing soundtrack for Walt Disney’s new feature film Million Dollar Arm. Featuring music composed and performed by two-time Academy Award®-winning composer A. R. Rahman, the soundtrack includes collaborations with Australian hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea, Grammy®-nominated rapper Wale and Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall.

Described by Variety as a ‘jubilant wall-to-wall song score,’ Rahman has created a powerful and driving sound that blends classic Indian styles and instruments with rap, rock and electronica delivering a celebratory soundscape to America’s favourite sport.

I’m excited to share with music fans some unusual collaborations with Iggy Azalea, Wale, and KT Tunstall on the music in Million Dollar Arm,” said A.R. Rahman. “The soundtrack we created together truly captures the beautiful culture and energy behind the film – reminding us all how important it is to be open to new possibilities in life. »

- Press Releases

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More on Disney’s Million Dollar Arm Soundtrack By Ar Rahman

15 July 2014 2:46 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Legendary music maestro has Ar Rahman has yet again broken new boundaries, with the amazing soundtrack for Walt Disney’s new feature film Million Dollar Arm. Featuring music composed and performed by two-time Academy Award®-winning composer A. R. Rahman, the soundtrack includes collaborations with Australian hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea, Grammy®-nominated rapper Wale and Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall.

Described by Variety as a ‘jubilant wall-to-wall song score,’ Rahman has created a powerful and driving sound that blends classic Indian styles and instruments with rap, rock and electronica delivering a celebratory soundscape to America’s favourite sport.

“I’m excited to share with music fans some unusual collaborations with Iggy Azalea, Wale, and KT Tunstall on the music in Million Dollar Arm,” said A.R. Rahman. “The soundtrack we created together truly captures the beautiful culture and energy behind the film – reminding us all how important it is to be open to new possibilities in life. »

- Press Releases

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The Quest for Bannockburn: TV review

29 June 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This Bannockburn replay is a bit like like the World Cup coverage, with the plucky Scots as Costa Rica

Take that, Jk Rowling. Plus Gordon Brown, David Tennant, Susan Boyle, Bobby Gillespie from Primal Scream, Wee Jimmy from the Krankies, and all the rest of ye nay-voters.

You can speak out all you like in favour of the union, make the economic case, the cultural one, good arguments, less good ones ("Alex Salmond can sod off"), donate your millions to Better Together. Ha though, because in return I give you Bannockburn! There's nothing quite like Robert the Bruce's famous and unlikely victory in battle 700 years ago this year, the pivotal moment in Scotland's first war of independence, that says perhaps we should never have been together in the first place. I say I give you Bannockburn; actually it's provided by the BBC, whose own future north of an international border would be uncertain. »

- Sam Wollaston

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Everything mentioned from 2008 to 2009 in VH1's 'I Love the 2000s'

22 June 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The years 2008 and 2009 really weren’t that long ago. So it seems a bit odd to reflect on Breaking Bad—it just wrapped its final season in September and is an Emmys hopeful this year—or Lady Gaga when they are still relevant today. “Remember when” just doesn’t carry as much meaning here as it does with the earlier episodes in VH1′s I Love the 2000s series.

That being said, the show’s brilliant talking heads brought the last two installments in the series to life. (I certainly wasn’t sorry I spent my Saturday night watching them, »

- C. Molly Smith

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Britain's Got Talent: Did the right act win? - poll

7 June 2014 2:03 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Britain's Got Talent ended in grand style tonight (June 7) with Collabro being crowned the series eight winners.

And just like Susan Boyle all those years ago, the bookies' favourites failed to walk away as the winners - instead Bars & Melody had to make do with third place, as operatic boyband Collabro emerged victorious, bagging a coveted spot at the Royal Variety Performance and a cool £250,000.

Will Collabro be another Diversity, or do you think that they will struggle to find pop success? Vote on whether you think the right act triumphed in our poll below: »

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Britain's Got Talent semi-final 3: As it happened

28 May 2014 10:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

So far we've got a sexy magician, a mega-voiced boyband, a deliciously dark dance troupe and a cute-as-One-Direction-button singer in the Britain's Got Talent final. Tonight, two more acts will join them, but who will it be?

Brian Chan, Cartel, Crazy Rouge, Ellis Chick, Kitty & Rosie, Lucy Kay, REAformed, Sam Jones and Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Medhi will face the judges and British public tonight. They'll also have to face the verdict of our live blog as we watch along live. We're sure they're terrified.

Join us from 7.30pm when we'll be live-blogging the fun and games on ITV.

22:01It might not have been vintage Got Talent, but you definitely couldn't call it dull. Hopefully that was the point. It was a crazy evening and I think we all need a lie down. We'll be live-blogging again tomorrow night. See you there? Don't you dare leave us to face it alone. »

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Review: 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' Starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron & Liam Neeson

28 May 2014 6:44 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Even if you’re not a fan of Seth MacFarlane, you have to acknowledge that the comedic multi-hyphenate has built an empire with his quick-fire, profanity-laced delivery and encyclopedic understanding of pop culture. You’ve got to give him something for the fearlessness, and possibly tonal cluelessness, with which he tackles material. The problem of course is that, armed with that gusto, MacFarlane often belly flops when he’s outside of his comfort zone. He's printed his own money off the success of satiric, scatological cartoons like "Family Guy" and "American Dad," and his blockbuster film "Ted" was comprised of such of-the-moment jokes that there's a gag built around Susan Boyle, but when he, say, tries to host the Oscars, or attempts a live-action show in the same dim bulb style as his animated series ("Dads"), things become downright disastrous. MacFarlane takes his biggest leap yet with this week's "A Million Ways to Die in the West »

- Drew Taylor

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Will Piers Morgan make Britain's Got Talent return?

19 May 2014 3:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Piers Morgan remained coy on Twitter yesterday over reports that he is angling for a return to the Britain's Got Talent panel next year.

The former judge, who has time on his hands after losing his news series on CNN earlier this year, was linked to the show by a gossip column in the Daily Mail.

In the report, it was claimed that David Walliams and Simon Cowell were no longer getting along so well behind-the-scenes and it implied that he could be dropped for Morgan in 2015.

Walliams quickly brushed aside the rumours with the following tweet:

According to the @MailOnline I am being replaced on #Bgt by @piersmorgan It's on their website so it must be true. pic.twitter.com/siNtgq75ne

David Walliams (@davidwalliams) May 18, 2014

However, Morgan appeared to enjoy the speculation and added only "no comment" to the rumour.

'No comment' > Rt @davidwalliams According to @MailOnline I »

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Film Review: ‘Million Dollar Arm’ Misses the Strike Zone

16 May 2014 5:20 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “Million Dollar Arm” harkens back to a period of shameless family friendly schmaltz that used to play to families in theaters and then run in perpetuity on “The Wonderful World Of Disney” on television. But this treacly baseball drama throws nothing but balls.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Although slightly more believable than a story about a football kicking mule who wins the big game, its ambitions are the same. It yanks at the heartstrings by whatever means necessary while largely ignoring the sport the redemption tale is ostensibly about.

Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) stars as a failing sports agent just barely getting by. When his big NFL recruit leaves him- he’s left in dire financial straights. But one night while watching singing phenom Susan Boyle he gets that far away look that signals inspiration in movies like this. He heads to India to organize a reality competition show to turn a »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Emeli Sandé: The X Factor and The Voice 'exploit dreams'

7 May 2014 2:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Singer, who reportedly turned down role as judge on BBC show, says TV talent shows need to feature more new songwriting

Emeli Sandé has called for TV bosses to feature more new songwriting on shows such as The X Factor and The Voice, and called the "exploitation" of contestants "heartbreaking".

The best-selling singer, who has penned tracks for Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, Alicia Keys and Rihanna, said that she did not have anything against TV talent shows.

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- Press Association

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Film Review: ‘Million Dollar Arm’

30 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jerry Maguire Goes to India” or “Slumdog Fireballer” must have been the high-concept pitch for baseball drama “Million Dollar Arm,” but the highly enjoyable result isn’t nearly as opportunistic as it sounds — even if it is, in part, a portrait of a shameless opportunist. Drawn from the real-life efforts of sports agent Jb Bernstein to turn Indian cricket bowlers into Major League Baseball pitchers, this sharp, slickly produced addition to the Disney sports movie canon works as both a stirring underdog tale and as a revealing look at the expanding global footprint of the American sports-entertainment machine. Deftly counter-programmed against pre-summer tentpoles “Godzilla” and “X-Men,” the pic stands to hit somewhere in the $60 million ballpark of the studio’s previous “Miracle” and “Invincible.”

Those two movies also repped the handiwork of “Million Dollar Arm” producers Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, who by now know their way around this sort »

- Scott Foundas

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