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Snapchat announces new scripted shows to win over users
Snap Inc on Wednesday announced new scripted shows for its photo messaging app Snapchat which will launch this fall and struck partnerships with Hollywood production companies and writers in hopes of reversing its decline in users. Shares of Snap have fallen 52 per cent since the beginning of the year as Snapchat has struggled to attract new users as rivals Facebook Inc and Instagram introduced Snapchat-like features on its own apps.
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.
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.
'First Man' depicts astronauts 'with death nipping at their heels'
Neil Armstrong went down in history as the first person on the moon, but it was the personal sacrifices and challenges along his journey that most interested the makers of movie "First Man." "First Man," opening worldwide this week, places audiences inside the bone-rattling, deafening, claustrophobic cockpits inhabited by Armstrong and his fellow astronauts in the risky early days of the U.S. space program.
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.
Robbie Williams' daughter, 6, to be the bridesmaid at UK royal wedding
Theodora Williams, the six-year-old daughter of singer Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field is to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie, Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday. Eugenie, 28, younger daughter of Queen Elizabeth's third child Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, will marry Jack Brooksbank, 32, at the monarch's Windsor Castle home on Friday.
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.)