K-Pop? How about T-Pop? Thai artists shoot for global audience

Move over K-Pop. Here comes T-Pop. Thai female band Lyra, backed by the world’s biggest music label Universal Music Group, is hoping to harness its devoted fan base and match the success of South Korean artists who have who turned ‘K-Pop’ into an international phenomenon. Last year UMG partnered with Thai firm Independent Artist Management to launch the six-member group, …

Fresh faces lead the way in Netflix’s Shadow and Bone

On April 23, Netflix is premiering live-action series “Shadow and Bone.” It adapts and combines storylines and characters from Leigh Bardugo’s best-selling fantasy-adventure novels — Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows Duology. For those not familiar with these stories, they both happen in the same Grisha universe but on different timelines. The plot follows Alina Starkov, a …

Destiny’s Child stage costumes go up for auction

Costumes worn by pop group Destiny’s Child at the height of their fame are hitting the auction block in June, along with gowns belonging to Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston and Cher. Julien’s Auctions said in March it was selling over 100 lots of costumes owned and used by Destiny’s Child members Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams during the late …

Open door to Bruno Mars

The incredibly talented Bruno Mars can always be counted on to perk things up with his feel-good sound. Remember how he did it with Uptown Funk? Well, he has done it again. The tune is titled “Leave the Door Open” and it is funky, sexy and lots of sparkling fun. With his honeyed vocals, Mars sings about how he is …

Simon Cowell accused of maltreating One Direction, Little Mix

“X-Factor” alums and Irish identical twins John and Edward Grimes, more popularly known as Jedward, spoke out against Simon Cowell and his company Syco Entertainment in a series of tweets recently. The duo opened a floodgate when they tweeted: “The biggest regret in life was not telling the judges on Xfactor to [bleep] off.” It came with a series of …

#FlashbackFriday: Taylor Swift’s rerecorded ‘Fearless’ album takes fans on nostalgia trip

Filipino Swifties were transported to 13 years ago when singer-songwriter Taylor Swift dropped her iconic album that catapulted her to international success. The 31-year-old released on April 9 “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” to reclaim her artistic and financial control of her original recordings after her former record label sold it in a reported 300-million-dollar deal. “Fearless,” her sophomore album, is the …

Broadway’s Diana musical to be shown first on Netflix

A new musical about Princess Diana will premiere on Netflix before opening on Broadway in December, in an innovative move to promote the project. In one of the first Broadway shows to announce a firm date following a pandemic-induced shutdown of over a year, “Diana: The Musical” will have its opening night on December 16. But it will be released …

Super-villains take on ‘do or die’ assignment in first trailer of James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’

From “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn comes the latest superhero action adventure “The Suicide Squad.” Warner Brothers released the first trailer featuring a collection of the most degenerate delinquents in the DC lineup. In the first teaser trailer, the worst Super-Villains are kept in Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate. They will do anything to …

‘Bridgerton’ star Page absent from second series of Netflix smash hit

Rege-Jean Page will not return for the second season of Regency romance “Bridgerton,” Netflix said, prompting howls of despair from fans of the dashing Duke of Hastings. The wildly popular series from “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes puts a modern twist on the books about an upper-class family in early 19th-century England, including color-blind casting. Page was a breakout star …