5 Seconds Of Summer, Australia's answer to One Direction, have topped the U.S. albums chart with their self-titled debut. With 259,000 sales, the release scores the third biggest first week of the year (14) - and the quartet becomes the first act to rocket to the top of the Billboard 200 with a 250,000-plus-selling debut since American Idol star Chris Daughtry's namesake band Daughtry shot to number one in 2006 with 304,000 sales.
5 Seconds of Summer also become the first Australian act to debut at number one with a first full-length album. The band is the first Australian group to hit number one since AC/DC's Black Ice spent two weeks atop the countdown in 2008.
Meanwhile, the Frozen soundtrack is refusing to leave the top five after over 30 weeks - it rises three spots to two on the new Billboard 200, and last week's number one, 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Mandatory Fun, falls to three.
Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour and the latest Kidz Bop Kids compilation round out the new top five.
On the singles chart, MAGIC!'s Rude spends a third week at number one, a spot ahead of Iggy Azalea's record-breaking chart-topper Fancy. Sam Smith's Stay With Me rounds out the top three for a second week.
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The Fault In Our Stars and TV series Orange Is The New Black were the big winners at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards on Sunday (27Jul14), scooping three honours each.
The teen romance film picked up the Favourite Flick accolade at the annual prizegiving, which celebrates the achievements of the entertainment industry's young stars. The movie's main star, Ansel Elgort, won Fan Favourite - Male and was also awarded Best On-Screen Couple with co-star Shailene Woodley.
The prison-based TV series was crowned the most Bingeworthy TV Show while Danielle Brooks, who plays Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson in the show, won Breakthrough Actress and Pablo Schrieber won the We Love to Hate You trophy for his evil character George 'Pornstache' Mendez.
Troubled pop star Justin Bieber also took to the stage in Los Angeles to be honoured with the Champ of Charity Award, for his humanitarian work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Other winners included Ed Sheeran, Chloe Grace Moretz and British singer Sam Smith. The ceremony, hosted by Kelly Osbourne, will be televised in the U.S. on Monday (28Jul14).
Pop parody king 'Weird Al' Yankovic is having a laugh at the top of the U.S. album chart after debuting his latest collection of comedy tunes at the top of the Billboard 200. The 54 year old's new release, Mandatory Fun, has rocketed to number one, giving the star his first chart-topper.
Weird Al took to his Twitter account on Wednesday (23Jul14) to alert fans to the news, writing, "It's official. MANDATORY FUN enters the Billboard album chart this week at #1. Wow. WOW."
He added, "If you'd told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would've believed it. If you'd told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would've believed it.
"I'm so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I'm enormously grateful for everyone's support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU."
Mandatory Fun is Weird Al's 14th studio album, and features comedy takes on hits like Pharrell Williams' Happy (Tacky) and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines (Word Crimes), but the highlight is his reimagining of Iggy Azalea's Fancy, which Yankovic has turned into a handyman anthem, called Handy.
He promoted the new album by releasing eight music videos in eight consecutive days, and recently hinted the new release may be his last: "I hate to draw lines in the sand and say this is absolutely the last album, but it sure looks that way. It's the end of my record deal."
Jason Mraz's Yes! debuts at two on the new countdown and rockers Rise Against enter at three with The Black Market.
Meanwhile, pop/reggae group MAGIC! land a second week at the top of the Hot 100 with Rude.
Iggy Azalea's Fancy and Sam Smith's Stay With Me are unmoved at two and three on the new singles countdown, while Ariana Grande's Problem and Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz round out the top five.
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Pop superstar Beyonce looks set to triumph at the MTV Video Music Awards after scooping eight nominations.
The Crazy in Love hitmaker released promos for every track on her self-titled fifth album, and three of those clips have landed nominations, including nods for Video of the Year and Best Collaboration for Drunk in Love, which features her husband Jay Z.
She is also in the running for Best Female Video and Best Choreography for Partition, and Best Video with a Social Message for Pretty Hurts at the annual MTV prizegiving.
Beyonce's closest rivals are rappers Eminem and Iggy Azalea, who have picked up seven nods apiece.
Azalea's Fancy music promo, based on cult comedy film Clueless, will compete for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video, while she also appears in the Best Female Video category twice for Fancy and Problem, her collaboration with Ariana Grande. Other acts to land nods include Pharrell Williams and Grande, who have three nominations each.
The ceremony will take place at The Forum venue in Los Angeles on 24 August (14). Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer are scheduled to perform.
The list of main nominees is as follows:
Video of the Year: Drunk in Love - Beyonce featuring Jay Z; Fancy - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus; Happy - Pharrell Williams; Chandelier - Sia
Best Female Video: Problem - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea; Partition - Beyonce; Fancy - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; Dark Horse - Katy Perry featuring Juicy J; Royals - Lorde
Best Male Video: Sing - Ed Sheeran featuring Pharrell Williams; The Monster - Eminem featuring Rihanna; All Of Me - John Legend; Happy - Pharrell Williams; Stay with Me - Sam Smith
Best Pop Video: Happy - Pharrell Williams; Fancy - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz; Problem - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea; Wake Me Up - Avicii
Best Hip-Hop Video: 3005 - Childish Gambino; Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake; Berzerk - Eminem; Black Skinhead - Kanye West; We Dem Boyz - Wiz Khalifa
Best Rock Video: Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys; Royals - Lorde; Demons - Imagine Dragons; Until It's Gone - Linkin Park; Fever - The Black Keys
Best Collaboration: Problem - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea; Drunk in Love - Beyonce featuring Jay Z; Loyal - Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga; The Monster - Eminem featuring Rihanna; Dark Horse - Katy Perry featuring Juicy J; Timber - Pitbull featuring Kesha.
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There are dozens of superhero movies in theaters, in the middle of filming and still in development, but the biggest and most exciting of all is 2015’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thanks to the track record of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the massive, rippling consequences of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, fans are dying to find out more about the next adventure of Cap, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Hulk. Entertainment Weekly was kind enough to oblige with their annual Comic-Con preview issue. First, they unveiled Ultron on the cover, giving everyone a look at the super-powerful, hyper-intelligent AI that the Avengers will be facing this time around. If his appearance reminds you of a particular genius/billionaire/playboy/superhero, that’s because it’s supposed to.
Turns out that Ultron is actually a creation of Iron Man himself, which director Joss Whedon revealed in an interview. What was intended as a kind of AI sidekick for the team backfired with spectacular results, creating the villain you see before you, and forcing the Avengers to face the only thing more difficult to fight than an army of teleporting aliens. Whedon’s reveal is the first major hint we’ve gotten as to the plot of the film and how it will handle the aftermath of The Winter Soldier, so we thought we’d break down everything that EW revealed in order to determine how much we actually know about the next Avengers movie, and how much we’re still guessing at.
What We Know: As we saw in Iron Man 3, the Avengers are having a difficult time dealing with the consequences of saving the world. Now that SH.I.E.L.D. is no more, they have to take care of every threat themselves. So Tony, in an attempt to give the team some time to recover, invents Ultron, a “self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence designed to help assess threats, and direct Stark’s Iron Legion of drones to battle evildoers instead.” Of course, the whole thing ends up backfiring and creating perhaps the biggest threat to humanity the world has ever seen.
According to Whedon, Ultron isn’t evil so much as he is lacking in human emotions. Once he realizes that the biggest threat to life on Earth is humanity itself, he decides to eradicate it in order to – in a roundabout, overly-logical way – save the planet. Unfortunately for the Avengers, since Ultron is so self-aware and constantly learning, he figures out that he’s not just a robot, which would be easily destroyed, but a computer program capable of uploading itself to the Cloud and then replicating in increasingly more complex and powerful forms. Basically, they’re keeping everything that made Ultron such a long-standing, formidable villain, but reworking his origin somewhat for the modern age.
What We Don’t: Also featured in EW’s preview are the twins (the Marvel Cinematic Universe can’t actually call them mutants), Petyr and Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, and although we know that they’ll play a significant role in the film, we don’t know if they’ll be on the Avengers’ side or on Ultron’s. They were introduced in a mid-credits scene during The Winter Soldier in the custody of Baron von Strucker, and the magazine seems to hint that they might not be the good guys. We're curious as to how they manage to join up with the Avengers in the first place, and how much of a hand Baron von Strucker will have in that introduction...
We'll have to keep speculating about that, since we also know nothing about how big of a role Strucker himself will play in the new film. Casting Thomas Kretschmann to play him seems to suggest that he’s going to be very important very soon – if you’ll recall, Thanos didn’t get an official voice until recently – but most of the Avengers’ focus so far seems to be on Ultron. Although, considering the fact that this film seems to get a new villain every time we look away, that's proabbly a good thing. And speaking of Thanos, we’re still not sure if he’ll be making an appearance in Age of Ultron, or if he’ll be content to just torment the Guardians of the Galaxy for now.
What We Suspect: The other new addition to the cast, besides Quicksilver and the Scarlet witch, is Vision, who in the comics is an android created by Ultron in order to enact revenge on his creator. However, a few months ago, it was reported that Paul Bettany, who voices Tony Stark’s AI butler, JARVIS, was doing makeup tests for the character, which led some to speculate that JARVIS will be turning to the dark side. EW’s reveal of Ultron’s new origin seems to fit those suspicions quite well. After all, if one AI that Tony has created has turned evil, what’s stopping the other one from switching allegiances as well? And even if Tony isn’t the reason that JARVIS has gone bad, it would make perfect sense for Ultron to turn him against their creator. Granted, we could be wrong, and they could have just been using Bettany as a temporary stand-in, as the studio refuted, but this is all lining up rather nicely, so we’re going to trust our gut on this one.
Now all we need is for someone to confirm whether or not Sam Wilson and Falcon will join up with the team, and we can really start to get excited.
Rapper will.i.am has scored his 10th number one in the U.K. singles chart with It's My Birthday. The Black Eyed Peas star's new song, featuring Cody Wise, has shot to the top of the countdown, knocking Ariana Grande's Problem into second place.
Coming in at number three is Ella Henderson's Ghost, while The Vamps' Somebody To You and George Ezra's Budapest round out the top five, in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Meanwhile, in the U.K. albums chart, Ed Sheeran's X holds on to the number one spot for the third week in a row.
Manic Street Preachers' Futurology is new at two, followed by Dolly Parton's Blue Smoke at three.
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage place fourth and fifth on the charts, respectively.
British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has been named the most important artist in Britain's black and urban music scene by a panel of experts. A list put together by bosses at BBC Radio 1Xtra names The A Team hitmaker the most important musician in the music genre, followed up dance duo Disclosure and rapper Tinie Tempah.
Presenter Yasmin Evans writes of Sheeran, "Having JUST his music in mind and disregarding anything else that we may have considered for other artists there is SO much power in what he produces & writes that this alone holds so much power."
However, the list has sparked a backlash among some musicians and fans, with rapper Wiley insisting black British musicians are being pushed out.
In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, Wiley writes, "We influence a man and all of a sudden it turns he has influenced us... Lol (laugh out loud)... England music industry is backwards. God bless those who try tho (sic)... People think i am mad. I am not mad i can just see skull duggery from miles away... We have been bumped basically. Not taking anything away from ed... he is sick. but black artist in england we are getting bumped."
Singer Sam Smith, production team Rudimental, Emeli Sande, Katy B and Krept & Konan also appear in the list's top 10.
"She thought I was black. I love that. It's a huge compliment." British singer Sam Smith reveals R&B star Mary J. Blige was fooled by the sound of his soulful vocals. The musicians duet on a new version of Smith's Stay With Me ballad.
All the way back in Season 2 of Game of Thrones, Maester Luwin of Winterfell tells Bran Stark, "Maybe magic once was a mighty force in the world, but not anymore. The dragons are gone, the giants are dead, and the Children of the forest forgotten." But so far, the late Maester has been mistaken on nearly all accounts: Daenerys' dragons are terrorizing the skies of Meereen. Jon Snow warded of giants in the battle of Castle Black. And as we saw in this week's Season 4 finale, the Children, while still forgotten, are still living way up in the North. It can be easy to forget after spending so much time mired in the messy human politics of King's Landing, but magic is still the real force turning the gears of Westeros. In "The Children," we are introduced (or re-introduced) to some of the most important magical entities in Game of Thrones. So who were all these bizarre creatures?
The Children of the Forest First Mentioned: Season 2In This Episode: Bran is saved from a gang of Wights (more on that later) by a fairy-grenade chucking member of the Children named Leaf.What Are They: These diminutive, human-like creatures were the original inhabitants of Westeros, and they predate the arrival of the First Men by thousands of years. The children inhabited the great stretches of forests that made up much of Westeros before men arrived to create their own civilizations. They are believed to be the ones that carved the faces into the weirwood trees seen in different locations throughout the continent. They are also believed to have supplied the Night's Watch with weapons made of dragonglass, a substance akin to obsidian and the only material proven able to kill a White Walker (Sam uses a dragonglass spear tip to kill the White Walker in Season 3). Over the years, the children have faded into myth and legend, but a few (such as Maester Luwin) believe that they really did exist once upon a time, but are long gone.
The Wights First Seen: Season 1 In This Episode: The Wights are the skeleton creatures that attacked Bran, Jojen, Hodor, and Meera near the big weirwood tree.What Are They: There has been much confusion among TV watchers about the difference between White Walkers and Wights. The White Walkers are a mythological race entirely separate from humans, while the wights are the reanimated corpses of dead humans that serve as minions to the White Walkers. Wights are brought to life by White Walker magic, and any dead person is susceptible to the transformation unless his or her body is burned (which is why Jon Snow has been so burn-happy with all the dead bodies as of late). Their bodies exhibit various stages of decay that correspond roughly to how decomposed one's corpose was when transformed. The Wights are largely mindless, but are not susceptible to dragonglass weapons like their White Walker masters.
The Three-Eyed Raven First Mentioned: Season 1 In This Episode: The three-eyed raven is the old man seen in the cave after Bran escapes the Wight attack.What is he: Getting into exactly who and what the three-eyed raven actually is would border on spoiler territory, but we can tell you that the raven is an entity that has been watching Bran with interest for a long time now, and that he has a very close connection with the Children of the Forest. After Bran loses the ability to walk in the first season, Much of his storyline has involved the presence of a three-eyed raven, an image that has visited him multiple times during his dreams. It was the raven that led him to the Stark family crypt right after his father died. After meeting Jojen and Meera Reed, Bran is spurred north by visions of the three-eyed raven and a giant weirwood tree, which he reaches at the end of last night's episode. Let's just say that the three-eyed raven has huge plans for Bran going forward.
Stars including Stephen Fry, Colin Baker and Robert Lindsay have paid tribute to British comedy actor Sam Kelly, who has died aged 70. The veteran star passed away on Saturday (14Jun14) after a lengthy illness.
Confirming his death, his agent Lynda Ronan said, "Sam Kelly died peacefully... after a long illness bravely fought.
"He does not leave any family but a host of friends who were his chosen family. His death is a great loss to them and the profession."
After news of his death broke, stars from screen and stage took to Twitter.com to pay their respects to the beloved actor.
Fry wrote, "Very saddened to hear about Sam Kelly's death. He played a splendid Hitler in a comedy drama called Stalagluft I made with Nick Lyndhurst..."
Former Doctor Who star Baker, who went to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art alongside Kelly, added, "Cannot believe that lovely Sam Kelly has died. We were at drama school together - lovely, funny, talented chap. So sad."
Sherlock actor Mark Gattis also tweeted, "Desperately sad news that the wonderful Sam Kelly has left us. Such a funny, talented man and one of the good guys," while Lindsay, who was preparing to perform in West End show Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, wrote, "Feel so depressed about the amazing Sam Kelly's passing how do we manage a second comic musical tonight? we dedicate it to him RIP."
Kelly was best known for his roles in classic U.K. sitcoms 'Allo 'Allo! and Porridge. He also appeared in longrunning comedies Barbara, On the Up, Black Books, and his film work included 2010 family film Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang and Mike Leigh's 2002 movie All or Nothing.