Universal Music jumps on the K-pop bandwagon

Universal Music Group has said it will join a livestreaming platform set up by K-pop’s major record labels. Universal – the world’s biggest music label – represents superstars such as Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. It said it would invest in the platform launched last year by Big Hit Entertainment, the company behind K-pop superstars BTS. YG, the record …

Katherine Heigl speaking out over being labelled ‘difficult’

Actress Katherine Heigl discussed being labelled “difficult” and facing a pariah status for speaking her mind in the entertainment industry and the harmful impact it had on her mental health. The Grey’s Anatomy star drew criticism when she described 2007’s Knocked Up – her breakout film – as “sexist.” She told the Washington Post her “shunning” from Hollywood left her …

Universal pulls its music from TikTok rival Triller

The world’s largest record label, Universal Music, has removed all of its songs from video sharing app Triller. The company says Triller has “shamefully withheld payments owed to our artists” and refused to negotiate a license to use the music legitimately. Triller is a fast-growing rival to TikTok, and allows its users to create short videos, often set to music. …

A Utah theme park is suing Taylor Swift over ‘Evermore’ album title

Utah’s Evermore Park filed a federal lawsuit against Taylor Swift claiming the title of her latest album infringes on the theme park’s trademarks. The park is seeking millions of dollars in damages. In December, Swift released the “Evermore” album, her second of 2020 and it went to number one on the Billboard Top 200 charts twice. Evermore Park is about …

K-pop star Sowon apologizes for flirty pictures with Nazi mannequin

K-pop star Sowon apologized after posting photos of herself posing with a mannequin dressed as a Nazi soldier on her Instagram page where she has over 800,000 followers. Sowon, the oldest of six members of girl group GFriend, deleted the post “when she understood the significance of the image,” according to her management company, Source Music. It said Sowon was …

Live events: Connecting online

As most of the world still remains in lockdown, many of us spend our time in the comforts of our home as we long for the days pre-pandemic. Whether you just yearn for the embrace of a friend or you’re reminiscing the experience of a live concert, we all just miss being in the company of people. It seems like …

Britain’s Got Talent postponed until 2022 over COVID safety fears

Britain’s Got Talent has been postponed until next year due to concerns around safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. Filming on the show was due to start this month, but was pushed back three weeks ago due to the third English lockdown and rising cases. However, the talent show’s producers said “safety has to come first” and called it off until …

Harry Potter TV series in the works at HBO Max

A live-action Harry Potter TV series is reportedly in the works at HBO Max. The project is described as in “extremely early stages,” with the streamer merely having conversations with writers looking into various ideas. The studio and HBO Max are both outright denying having a project officially in development as of yet. The situation sounds a bit similar with …

The Weeknd: Grammys ‘mean nothing to me’ after nominations snub

The Weeknd said he no longer cares about being snubbed by the Grammys, after getting zero nominations this year. The singer headlined the Super Bowl half-time show on February 7, and was asked by Billboard how he felt about the snub. He said, “I personally don’t care anymore. I have three Grammys, which mean nothing to me now, obviously. I …