In a social media post, musician Taylor Swift said she has been blocked from performing her own older songs by Swift’s former record label head Scott Borchetta and his partner Scooter Braun. Swift contends that decision will affect not only her appearance at the American Music Awards (AMA), where she is expected to be named Artist of the Decade, but a Netflix documentary chronicling the past few years of Swift’s life.
Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, has already seen 10 million sign-ups since launching Tuesday, the company announced Wednesday. At $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year, Disney+ is significantly cheaper than competitors such as Netflix, which charges $12.99 for its most popular standard HD plan. Disney is offering a seven-day free trial, so likely not all of the sign-ups represent customers who will continue to pay for the service.
Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Killing Eve star Jodie Comer were among the big British winners at this year’s Emmy Awards. The ceremony, which recognizes excellence in television, took place in Los Angeles on Sunday. Game of Thrones won the night’s most prestigious prize – best drama – despite the eighth and final series receiving a mixed response from fans and critics.
New Zealand will reprise its starring role as Middle Earth with confirmation Amazon Studios will film its new Lord of the Rings television series on its shores. The country – where Sir Peter Jackson filmed the original Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies – beat rival Scotland to be named the production location for the series, set to be the most expensive TV show ever made.
Rapper Nicki Minaj has said she is retiring from the music industry. The “Megatron” rapper shared the news with her fans on Twitter Thursday and asked for their support in the next stage of her life. The 36-year-old musician’s line about starting a family fuels recent rumors that she’s expecting a baby with controversial fiance Kenneth “Zoo” Petty.
Singer Ariana Grande is asking for $10m (£8.3m) in damages from Forever 21, saying the retailer “stole her name” to promote its clothing and beauty products. She said the firm published at least 30 “unauthorised” images and videos that suggested she had endorsed the brand. It also hired a model with an “uncanny” resemblance to Ms Grande for some of its social media posts, she said.
A jury on Monday found that Katy Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song. The case now goes to a penalty phase, where the jury will decide how much the plaintiffs are owed for copyright infringement. “Dark Horse,” a hybrid of pop, trap and hip-hop sounds that was the third single of Perry’s 2013 album “Prism,” spent four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2014, and earned Perry a Grammy nomination.
“Avengers: Endgame,” the Disney and Marvel blockbuster, will move past “Avatar” on the list of all-time highest grossing films on Sunday in its 13th weekend of release, Disney reported Saturday night. “Avatar,” James Cameron’s science fiction film set on the planet of Pandora, held the record for 10 years. The latest “Avengers” film, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, has made more than $2.789 billion worldwide.
Prosecutors in the US state of Massachusetts have dropped a criminal case against Kevin Spacey. Mr Spacey, 59, was accused of groping an 18-year-old man at a bar in 2016. But indecent assault and battery charges were dropped on Wednesday after the accuser refused to testify about a missing phone, which the defense said could prove the actor’s innocence.
Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she says she wants to show support for women’s rights, gay rights and freedom of expression. The Human Rights Foundation issued a statement last week, calling for Minaj and other performers to pull out of the show. On Tuesday, the New York-based organization praised Minaj’s decision to not perform at the concert.