Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
K-pop comes to London as South Korea's BTS take to the stage
South Korean boy band BTS made their London stage debut to a packed O2 arena on Tuesday, with K-pop fever sweeping the British capital ahead of the hugely successful group's sold-out concerts. Fresh from their stadium performance in New York last week, the seven-member band brought their "Love Yourself" world tour to London, where they will play two nights at the venue which has a capacity of up to 20,000 people.
India's #MeToo movement takes aim at alleged sexual misconduct, triggering probes, departures
The #MeToo movement in India has gathered momentum in recent days, with more than a dozen complaints of sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct levelled online against prominent journalists, actors, movie directors, comedians and other public figures. On Monday, it triggered an investigation into a leading journalist and questions about the future of India's top comedy collective.
Trump likes Taylor Swift 'about 25 per cent less' as the singer gets political
Taylor Swift's decision to break her silence on politics triggered a storm on Monday, with even U.S. President Donald Trump weighing in on the pop music star's remarks in support of Democrats. Swift, 28, has notably stayed out of the U.S. political fray in contrast to her more vocal peers, like Democratic supporters Katy Perry and Beyonce and Republican backer Kid Rock.
French rappers fined for airport brawl that held up flights
Two French rappers who clashed in a gang fight at Paris's Orly airport, delaying flights and damaging a departures lounge, were fined 50,000 euros ($57,000) each on Tuesday but escaped jail time. Their trial shone a light on the lifestyle of rappers, whose swaggering lyrics are often part of a bad-boy image which heightens their notoriety and music sales, but sometimes ends up being played out for real.
Kanye heads to West Wing, lunch with Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump will host one of his most famous fans at the White House, musician Kanye West, to talk about prisons, jobs and what to do about violence in Chicago, the White House said on Tuesday. West will have lunch with the Republican president and also meet with Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner on Thursday, according to the White House.
Taylor Swift drives voter sign-ups after turning political
Pop superstar Taylor Swift's decision to wade into electoral politics for the first time has driven a spike in online voter registration, particularly among young people, according to the website Vote.org. The nonprofit site, which helps people register online, reported more than 250,000 new registrations since Swift posted a message on Instagram on Sunday endorsing two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee and urging people to register.
Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard early favourites for Rock Hall of Fame
Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks and glam metal band Def Leppard led voting among fans on Tuesday for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, outstripping the 13 other nominees eligible for a place in music history. Nicks and British band Def Leppard were among 15 acts from a wide range of styles announced as nominees, including country singer-songwriter John Prine, Chicago funk group Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and leftist rockers Rage Against the Machine.
Glastonbury 2019 proves to be a hit for Vivendi's See Tickets business
See Tickets, the ticket sales business of French media conglomerate Vivendi, notched up record sales for next year's Glastonbury music festival, Vivendi said on Tuesday. Tickets for Glastonbury 2019 sold out half an hour after going on sale as record numbers of people attempted to buy one, the festival organizers have said.
Taylor Swift sets new American Music Award record, urges people to vote
Taylor Swift, straight off a controversial dive into U.S. politics, was the big winner at the American Music Awards on Tuesday where she used her platform to again urge her fans to get out and vote. The 28-year-old pop singer won a record fourth artist of the year trophy at the fan-voted American Music Awards, beating rappers Drake and Post Malone, as well as Britain's Ed Sheeran and rock band Imagine Dragons for the top prize.
Soldiers were given a voice in century-old footage in Jackson's new war film
For his new World War One documentary film, "They Shall Not Grow Old", director Peter Jackson was adamant the soldiers should tell their own stories. To do that, the acclaimed New Zealand director hired forensic lip-readers to go through old silent film footage of the war and uncover the conversations that took place in the trenches and on the battlegrounds 100 years ago.
(With inputs from agencies.)