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Lorde has her first number-one album as “Melodrama” debuts atop “Billboard” 200

LAVA/Republic RecordsCongratulations are in order to Lorde whose Melodrama has debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart.

Melodrama is Lorde’s first U.S. number-one album.  Her 2013 debut, Pure Heroine, peaked at number three.

The album tops the chart with 109,000 in sales and streams during the week ending June 22, of which 82,000 were traditional sales.

Pure Heroine actually sold more in its debut week, when it peaked at number three — 129,000 in pure sales, since at the time Billboard did not count certain numbers of individual track sales and streams as equivalent to album sales, as the magazine does now.

It’s been a good couple of weeks for female artists on the Billboard 200.  Melodrama is the third album in a row by a woman to top the cart following Halsey‘s hopeless fountain kingdom and Katy Perry‘s Witness

The last time women topped the album chart three weeks running was in 2012 when the run included the debuts of Rhianna‘s Unapologetic and Alicia KeysGirl on Fire followed by a rebound to number one by Taylor Swift‘s Red.  And it’s the first time three new albums by women debuted at number one in successive weeks since Reba‘s Keep On Loving You, Colbie Caillat‘s Breakthrough and Whitney Houston‘s I Look to You did it in 2009.

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Lorde has her first number-one album as “Melodrama” debuts atop “Billboard” 200

LAVA/Republic RecordsCongratulations are in order to Lorde whose Melodrama has debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart.

Melodrama is Lorde’s first U.S. number-one album.  Her 2013 debut, Pure Heroine, peaked at number three.

The album tops the chart with 109,000 in sales and streams during the week ending June 22, of which 82,000 were traditional sales.

Pure Heroine actually sold more in its debut week, when it peaked at number three — 129,000 in pure sales, since at the time Billboard did not count certain numbers of individual track sales and streams as equivalent to album sales, as the magazine does now.

It’s been a good couple of weeks for female artists on the Billboard 200.  Melodrama is the third album in a row by a woman to top the cart following Halsey‘s hopeless fountain kingdom and Katy Perry‘s Witness

The last time women topped the album chart three weeks running was in 2012 when the run included the debuts of Rhianna‘s Unapologetic and Alicia KeysGirl on Fire followed by a rebound to number one by Taylor Swift‘s Red.  And it’s the first time three new albums by women debuted at number one in successive weeks since Reba‘s Keep On Loving You, Colbie Caillat‘s Breakthrough and Whitney Houston‘s I Look to You did it in 2009.

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Michael Jackson remembered by family on 8th anniversary of his death

Tim Whitby/Getty ImagesIt was eight years ago Sunday that Michael Jackson died at 50 at his home in Los Angeles.

The King of Pop, known for creating timeless music across multiple genres, died on June 25, 2009, after going into cardiac arrest.

Surviving members of Jackson’s famous family marked the occasion by remembering him during live performances and on social media.

The Jacksons — the singing group started with Michael Jackson back in 1964 — performed at the Glastonbury Festival in England on Saturday.

On stage, his brothers dedicated two of their hit songs to him — “I’ll Be There” and “Gone Too Soon.”

Jermaine Jackson also took to Twitter before the performance to remember his younger brother in his own way.

“We’ll be 4 brothers on stage joined by Michael in spirit,” he wrote. “Through the music we made together, we find comfort in memories, esp this weekend.”

And Michael Jackson’s official Facebook page, run by his estate, remembered the music legend in a lengthy message.

“While our hearts remain heavy over the passing of Michael Jackson eight years ago, we take solace in the timelessness of his music and his message,” the note began.

“‘When I create my music, I feel like an instrument of nature,’ Michael once said. ‘I wonder what delight nature must feel when we open our hearts and express our God-given talents,'” the message continued.

“For a planet in desperate need of open hearts and compassionate minds, we continue to seek joy and fulfillment in the music and entertainment he shared with us — and express hope that Michael’s message may someday ‘heal the world,’ as he tirelessly strove to do,” it concluded.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

“Transformers: The Last Knight” wins at the box office with franchise low

Left to right: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock and Director/Executive Producer Michael Bay on the set of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, from Paramount Pictures.(LOS ANGELES) –Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight grabbed the number-one spot at the weekend box office, while recording the lowest-earning debut of any Transformers movie.

The film, starring Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins, opened on Wednesday, bringing in an estimated $69.1 million in its first five days of release and $45.3 million over the three-day weekend. By contrast, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third film in the series and the only other to open on a Wednesday, raked in $162 million in its first five days, $97 million of which came over the three-day. Overseas, The Last Knight brought in an estimated $196.2 million.

Disney’s Cars 3 and Warner Brothers’ Wonder Woman finished dead even in second place with an estimated $25.175. ABC News is owned by Disney.

Wonder Woman’s total earnings here in the states now stand at just below $320 million, passing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Internationally, it’s collected an additional $334.5. The Patty Jenkins-directed film set another milestone on Friday, becoming the highest-grossing live-action film to be directed by a woman, according to Variety.

The thriller 47 Meters Down finished in fourth place with $7.4 million, and the Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez On Me rounded out the top five with a $5.85 haul.

Elsewhere, Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick earned $169,255 from just five theaters. Its $87,000-per-screen average was the largest of any film opening on more than one screen this year. Sophia Coppola’s Beguiled also did well, collecting $240,545 in limited release.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. Transformers: Last Knight, $45.3 million
2. Cars 3, $25.175 million
2. Wonder Woman, $25.175 million
3. 47 Meters Down, $7.43 million
4. All Eyez On Me, $5.85 million
5. The Mummy, $5.8 million
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, $5.2 million
7. Rough Night, $4.7 million
8. Captain Underpants, $4.28 million
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, $3 million
10. Beatriz at Dinner, $1.8 million

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Ron Howard “beyond grateful” to helm Han Solo movie

Getty Images/Richard Bord(LOS ANGELES) — Ron Howard is as psyched as many fans are by the news he’s taken the reigns of the still-untitled Han Solo stand-alone film.

“I’m beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77,” tweeted the Oscar-winning director, who’s known George Lucas since he starred in the Star Wars creator’s  1973’s hit, American Graffiti.

“I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film,” Howard continued, referencing the contributions of movie’s previous directors, The LEGO Movie‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The pair exited the Han Solo earlier this week over creative differences with the executive production team.


Filming on the movie will get back on track July 10, according to Lucasfilm.

The Han Solo movie, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of the scoundrel famously played by Harrison Ford in the Star Wars movies, is still slated for a May 25, 2018 release.

Atlanta star Donald Glover will play the young Lando Calrissian, and Woody Harrelson has been cast as unlikely mentor for the pilot, smuggler, and scruffy-looking Nerf herder to-be. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is also in the cast.

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Johnny Depp says “assassination” comment about President Trump was a “bad joke”

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(LOS ANGELES) — Hours after actor Johnny Depp made it sound like he’d be interested in killing President Trump, he’s saying he’s sorry.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star seemingly referenced Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth, while Depp introduced his new film The Libertine at England’s Glastonbury Festival Thursday. Depp asked the crowd, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

He then added, “Maybe it’s time.” 

Following a huge outcry, and a condemnation by the White House, Depp now tells People, “I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended…I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”

In a statement, the White House said, “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead.”

The statement added that the White House hoped that, “some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democratic elected official.”

The actor is just the latest celebrity to level violent words against the president. 

Back in January, Madonna told a crowd she, “thought a lot about blowing up the White House.” She later said she was taken out of context.

Weeks ago, comedienne Kathy Griffin apologized for a photo shoot in which she held a bloodied dummy head made to look like President Trump’s.

The Central Park’s Shakespeare in the Park retelling of Julius Caesar currently features the title character, actor Gregg Henry, specifically dressed like Trump, getting stabbed to death nightly.

Depp’s “assassination” message comes weeks after a disgruntled former Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer opened fire on a group of Republican legislators, critically wounding Rep. Steve Scalise.

 

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SPORTS NEWS

Scoreboard roundup — 6/25/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Detroit 7, San Diego 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 4, Cleveland 0
Baltimore 8, Tampa Bay 5
L.A. Angels 4, Boston 2
Texas 7, N.Y. Yankees 6
Oakland 5, Chicago White Sox 3
Toronto 8, Kansas City 2
Houston 8, Seattle 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 4, Chicago Cubs 2
Cincinnati 6, Washington 2
Milwaukee 7, Atlanta 0
N.Y. Mets 8, San Francisco 2
L.A. Dodgers 12, Colorado 6
Arizona 2, Philadelphia 1, 11 Innings
St. Louis 8, Pittsburgh 4

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Scoreboard roundup — 6/25/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Detroit 7, San Diego 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 4, Cleveland 0
Baltimore 8, Tampa Bay 5
L.A. Angels 4, Boston 2
Texas 7, N.Y. Yankees 6
Oakland 5, Chicago White Sox 3
Toronto 8, Kansas City 2
Houston 8, Seattle 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 4, Chicago Cubs 2
Cincinnati 6, Washington 2
Milwaukee 7, Atlanta 0
N.Y. Mets 8, San Francisco 2
L.A. Dodgers 12, Colorado 6
Arizona 2, Philadelphia 1, 11 Innings
St. Louis 8, Pittsburgh 4

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Kevin Harvick records first win of the season with victory at Sonoma

iStock/Thinkstock(SONOMA, Calif.) — Kevin Harvick cruised to an 8.036-second victory at Sonoma on Sunday for his win of the season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Harvick won under caution following a late Kasey Kahne crash near the finish line with just enough fuel.

Martin Truex Jr. led the race for 25 laps, Harvik for 24. But Truex’s No. 78 Toyota lost a cylinder late in the race, dropping Truex to 37th place and allowing Kyle Larson to take the season points lead with a 26th place finish.

Clint Bowyer finished second. Brad Keselowki finished third, with Denny Hamlin in fourth and Kyle Busch in fifth.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is in Datyona next Sunday for the Coke Zero 400.

Here are the standings after Sunday’s race:

1) Kyle Larson — 659 points
2) Martin Truex Jr. — 646
3) Kevin Harvick — 548
4) Kyle Busch — 542
5) Brad Keselowski — 519
6) Chase Elliott — 509
7) Jimmie Johnson — 483
8) Jamie McMurray — 477
9) Denny Hamlin — 476
10) Joey Logano — 434

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NATIONAL NEWS

Government websites in Ohio hacked with pro-ISIS message

iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Several government websites in Ohio, including one for Gov. John Kasich, were hacked on Sunday displaying a pro-ISIS message, according to officials.

The message read, “You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries.”

It ended with, “I love Islamic state.”

Other websites that were affected by the hacking were those belonging to the Ohio First Lady Karen Kasich, the Office of Workforce Transformation, the Casino Control Commission, Medicaid, the Office of Health Transformation, the state Inspector General, the Office of Facilities and Construction Commission and LeanOhio, according to the Plain Dealer.

A group known as Team System Dz claimed responsibility for the hacking. According to ABC affiliate WEWS-TV, the Dayton City Paper, a free weekly arts publication, was hacked by the same group in 2015.

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LGBTQ pride marches marked by protests across the U.S.

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The celebratory tone of gay pride marches from San Francisco to Istanbul on Sunday were undergirded by an atmosphere of political expression and protest.

Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. army soldier who was imprisoned for leaking classified military information about the Iraq war before being released through a pardon by outgoing president Barack Obama, celebrated her first New York City Pride March on Sunday in front of a float sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

As the same New York parade started, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that artist Anthony Goicolea was chosen to design the first official monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people commissioned by the state of New York. Goicolea’s design will take the form of “nine boulders, some bisected with glass that acts as a prism and can emit a subtle rainbow,” according to a report in The New York Times.

In addition to appearances by performers like LeAnn Rimes, progressive organizations like The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a group that has seen a surge in membership since Trump’s election, gave the event a more urgent tone. Marchers and revelers held signs that criticized capitalism, and highlighted the radical undertone of the 1969 Stonewall riots that helped to launch the modern day LBGTQ movement.

“Vulnerable communities are under attack right now, and they’re suffering systemic oppression, including transphobia, homophobia, and racism,” Natalie James, who served as one of the organizers for DSA’s contingent at the New York City Pride march, told ABC News by phone from the event. “We feel that socialism, as a political approach, is uniquely situated to addressing those issues.”

In downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, activists briefly disrupted a pride march by bringing attention to lingering anger over the death of Philando Castile, and the acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who shot him, according to a report in the Star Tribune.

Protesters held signs that read “No KKKops, make pride revolutionary again!” and “No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us,” the paper reports.

In the progressive hub of San Francisco, some marchers used pride to criticize the influence of corporations on the event, with one woman holding a sign that said, “COPS and CORPORATIONS OUT OF OUR PARADE.”

Other signs at the march also focused on health care and President Trump’s immigration policies.

A transgender female activist at the San Francisco rally held a sign that read: “NO PRIDE FOR SOME WITHOUT LIBERATION FOR ALL OF US.”

Meanwhile, Turkish police attempted to stop activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for an LGBTQ pride event in Istanbul on Sunday, dispatching officers after a ban on the event was imposed.

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Video shows moment when teen falls from Six Flags ‘sky ride’

Crystal Nadareski/Facebook(QUEENSBURY, N.Y.) — Stunning video published on social media shows the moment when a teenage girl dropped from a stopped ride at an upstate New York amusement park and fell into a crowd of park visitors and employees who had gathered below her to catch her.

The unidentified 14-year-old girl from Greenwood, Delaware, survived the ordeal and is at Albany Medical Center in stable condition with no serious injuries, according to The Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is insane! We were just about to leave The Great Escape a Six Flags theme park, when I hear screams of a girl calling for help! People and security started to gasp and gather not knowing what to do. The ride continued to dangle her for 2-3 minutes before it stopped. Once it stopped she continued to hang for about 3-4 minutes screaming!,” Facebook user Crystal Nadareski wrote in a post accompanying the video.

The accident happened on the “Sky Ride” at Six Flags Amusement Park, about 55 miles north of Albany, New York.

Six Flags released a statement saying that New York State’s Department of Labor has cleared the ride for operation, but that no one can use it until an internal review of the incident has occurred.

“As the safety of our guests and team members is our top priority, and out of an abundance of caution, the ride will remain closed while we conduct a thorough internal review,” the company wrote in a statement.

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WORLD NEWS

At least six dead after Colombia tourist boat capsizes

iStock/Thinkstock(MEDELLIN, Colombia) — At least six people died when a boat carrying more than 150 passengers capsized while on a sightseeing tour on a reservoir in northwestern Colombia.

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos visited the El Peñol-Guatapé reservoir, about 40 miles east of the city of Medellin, and promised authorities would do “everything in their power” to rescue any survivors and promised that searches would continue through the night.

Colombia’s national disaster agency reported that 133 people were rescued, 16 were missing and six had died on Sunday evening.

“Rescue operations will continue as long as the weather conditions allow. There are 25 well-equipped rescue experts working,” said the agency’s director, Carlos Iván Márquez Pérez.

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Landmarks light up in honor of LGBT pride

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Structures across the world are bathed in rainbow lighting in honor of LGBT pride.

June is internationally recognized as Pride Month, and many cities are hosting Pride Month marches on Sunday.

From New York City’s Empire State Building to Minnesota’s Lowry Bridge, cities of all sizes are gushing with pride. And overseas, U.S. embassies and consulates are also paying tribute to LGBT pride.

Here’s a roundup of the some of the most colorful structures lighting up their respective cities — and social media.

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY

THE MONTROSE BRIDGES, HOUSTON

LOWRY BRIDGE, HENNEPIN COUNTY, MINNESOTA

CHRISTOPHER STREET, NEW YORK CITY

TRUMP HOTEL, CHICAGO

HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY, HOUSTON

ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER, NEW YORK CITY

CITY HALL, NEW YORK CITY

U.S. EMBASSY, NEW DELHI, INDIA

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British Parliament targeted in cyber-attack attempt

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — British Parliament is the latest target of an apparent cyber attack.

Members of parliament are temporarily unable to access e-mail remotely after officials discovered “unauthorized attempts” to access accounts of members of parliament, a Parliamentary spokesman said Saturday.

Government sources told the BBC the attack appeared to have been contained, but officials would still “remain vigilant.”

A National Cyber Security Centre spokesperson said they were aware of the incident, and the NCSC is “working around the clock with the UK Parliamentary digital security team to understand what has happened and advise on the necessary mitigating actions.”

It was not immediately clear who was behind the hack and an investigation is ongoing.

One MP tweeted on Saturday: “Sorry no parliamentary email access today – we’re under cyber attack from Kim Jong Un, Putin or a kid in his mom’s basement or something…”

 

 

Last month, the National Health Service in the U.K. was the victim of a major cyber attack. British officials said according to the BBC that they suspected North Korean hackers were behind the incident.


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  5. “Castle On The Hill” by Ed Sheeran

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