The singer Justin Bieber revealed Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with Lyme disease in an Instagram post that called out people who have made comments about his appearance in recent months. “These things will be explained further in a docu series I’m putting on YouTube shortly.. you can learn all that I’ve been battling and OVERCOMING!!” Bieber said.
YouTuber PewDiePie has announced he will be taking a break from the video-sharing platform, saying he is “very tired”. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, is known for his video-game commentary, but has also been the center of controversy due to accusations of racism and antisemitism. With 102 million subscribers, the Swedish vlogger and comedian was for many years the platform’s most popular star.
Taking $350m (£272m) worldwide in its opening weekend, according to studio estimates, Frozen 2 has broken the record for the highest-grossing weekend ever for an animated film globally. It comes six years after the release of the first film, a box office sensation which spawned a flurry of merchandising, a Broadway musical, two Oscar wins and one of the decade’s biggest earworms in Menzel’s Let it Go.
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.