Hollywood Happenings

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This week in Hollywood brings musical adaptations, firings and award show boycotting. Here’s the latest out of the entertainment industry.

Monday, March 8

- Singer Miley Cyrus released a music video for “Angels Like You” off her latest album “Plastic Hearts.” Cyrus revealed in a tweet she shot the video at the #TikTokTailgate prior to Super Bowl LV.

- According to theater website Playbill, “The Queen’s Gambit” is in the works to become a musical after production company Level Forward acquired the rights to rework the novel. In October 2020, “The Queen’s Gambit” grabbed the attention of many after Netflix released its miniseries based on Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel of the same name.

Tuesday, March 9

- Independent Television announced broadcaster Piers Morgan would be leaving his position as presenter on “Good Morning Britain,” effective immediately, following comments he made on the show regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired Sunday, March 7.

- The CW Network has found its leads for its upcoming live-action “The Powerpuff Girls” series. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, actors Dove Cameron (“Descendants”), Chloe Bennet (“Agents of SHIELD”)  and Yana Perrault (“Jagged Little Pill” on Broadway) are set to play the sister trio that consists of Buttercup, Bubbles and Blossom. 

- Singer and Academy Award-winning actress Lady Gaga posted a behind the scenes look at her upcoming film “House of Gucci,” which she stars alongside Academy Award-nominated actor Adam Driver (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). Gaga shared a photo of herself and Driver clad in snow gear to her Instagram and Twitter accounts with the caption “Signore e Signora Gucci #HouseOfGucci,” which translates from Italian to “Mr. and Mrs. Gucci.”

Wednesday, March 10

- Actor and producer Michael B. Jordan is set to make his directorial debut with the upcoming “Creed III,” MGM announced Wednesday. Jordan is also set to star in the film, which will be released Nov. 22, 2022 as reported by Variety.

- The Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival, which is set to take place Sept. 17 to 19 in  Las Vegas, announced its lineup consisting of Billie Eilish, Green Day and Tame Impala as headliners. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday, March 12. 

Thursday, March 11

- Singer Gwen Stefani released her new single “Slow Clap” after announcing it to fans via social media Tuesday by posting a photo of the single’s cover art.

- Singer The Weeknd announced in a statement to The New York Times that he is boycotting the Grammy Awards and he will “no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.” The Weeknd wasn’t nominated for any awards in this year’s ceremony despite his song “Blinding Lights” topping the charts. As reported by Complex, “Blinding Lights”  “has now spent 52 weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 chart” and has “become the first song in the history of the Hot 100 to spend a year in the top ten.” 

Friday, March 12

- Pop rock group Imagine Dragons released two singles, “Follow You” and “Cutthroat,” off their upcoming album. Lead singer Dan Reynolds posted about each song’s meaning on his Instagram account prior to their release and mentioned that the group’s upcoming album has been in the making for three years.

- Singer and actor Joshua Bassett released his self-titled debut EP Friday, which consists of six songs. Alongside the release, Bassett released the music video for his song “Telling Myself.”

- Singer Nick Jonas released his new album “Spaceman” Friday. The album follows the release of its titular single on Feb. 25 and “This Is Heaven” on March 4.

Award show update: The Grammys

- Best New Artist: Megan Thee Stallion

- Best Country Album: “Wildcard” by Miranda Lambert

- Best Pop Solo Performance: “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles

- Song of the Year: “I Can’t Breathe” by H.E.R.

- Best Rap Song: “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé 

- Best Pop Vocal Album: “Future Nostalgia” by Dua Lipa

- Best R&B Performance: “BLACK PARADE” by Beyoncé

- Album of the Year: “folklore” by Taylor Swift

- Record of the Year: “everything i wanted” by Billie Eilish

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