Entertainment News Roundup: Italian rockers Maneskin to kick off first U.S. and Canada tour; Netflix Sues Creators of Alleged Infringing ‘Bridgerton’ and More
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Italian rockers Maneskin will launch their first tour in the United States and Canada
Italian rockers Maneskin, winners of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, will tour North America for the first time from October. The musicians’ hit singles include “Beggin'”, “I Want To Be Your Slave”, and “Supermodel”.
Netflix sues creators of alleged infringement of ‘Bridgerton’
On Friday, Netflix Inc sued the creators of an alleged unauthorized musical production of its popular period drama “Bridgerton”, accusing them of copyright infringement after creating a demand for their infringement on TikTok. The lawsuit was filed against Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear in federal court in Washington, three days after a sold-out performance of “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical” at the Kennedy Center in that city.
Will Smith, in new video, says he’s ‘deeply remorseful’ about Oscar slap
Actor Will Smith said on Friday he was “deeply remorseful” for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars this year and reached out to the comedian to speak but was rebuffed. Smith posted a video on YouTube in which he answered questions about Rock’s attack on stage during the march ceremony after the comedian made a joke about the appearance of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith .
Amapiano stars put South African dance music on the map
The South African musical export Amapiano has crossed borders and cultural barriers, reaching as far as Japan. For top female artists Kamo Mphela and DBN Gogo, who helped put the dance music genre on the map, it’s all about inclusivity. Mphela, 22, from Soweto Township in Johannesburg, took a leap of faith four years ago and jumped into the world of Amapiano. Now she is known in South Africa and is touring the world.
Spanish prosecutor demands eight years in prison for Shakira
A Spanish prosecutor has requested an eight-year prison sentence for Colombian superstar Shakira over a 14.5 million euro tax evasion case, a document from the prosecutor’s office revealed on Friday.
The singer, who has sold more than 80 million records worldwide with hits such as “Hips Don’t Lie,” earlier this week rejected a settlement offer from the prosecutor’s office to close the case.
Giant video screen falls at Hong Kong pop concert, dancers injured
A large video panel fell on a stage during a concert by Hong Kong Mirror boy band Thursday, injuring at least two dancers, one of them seriously, and prompting authorities to ban the band from performing in the awaiting investigation. Video clips of the falling screen were circulating on social media as Hong Kong media reported that three members of the public were also injured.
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