Pop star Prince albums rise up the charts following his death

newslide Fourteen Prince albums climb UK charts Fourteen albums by the late US pop superstar Prince have flooded back in to the British charts since his sudden death last week. The Very Best Of Prince was at two, Ultimate was third and Purple Rain — OST from Prince & The Revolution climbed 51 places to […]

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Fourteen Prince albums climb UK charts

Fourteen albums by the late US pop superstar Prince have flooded back in to the British charts since his sudden death last week. The Very Best Of Prince was at two, Ultimate was third and Purple Rain — OST from Prince & The Revolution climbed 51 places to fourth, according to the Official Charts Company. Three more Prince albums entered the higher reaches of this week’s chart: The Hits/The B-sides at 13, Sign O’ The Times at 15 and 1999 at 28. In all, 14 of the singer’s albums were in the top 100. The influential singer, musician and songwriter was found dead at age 57 on April 21 in an lift at his Paisley Park Studios compound in Minneapolis. The cause of death is not yet known. Reuters

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Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander to play Lara Croft in reboot 

Swedish Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander has scooped the coveted role of Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider movie reboot, according to industry reports. Vikander, who won an Academy Award this year for her role in The Danish Girl, follows in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie to play the famed adventurer. According to industry publication Variety, Roar Uthaug will direct the movie. – Reuters

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Kesha releases first single after label dispute

Pop star Kesha released her first new music in three years on Friday. This comes after the 29-year-old lost a legal bid earlier this month to scrap her recording contract with Sony Music and producer Dr Luke, whom the singer had accused of sexual assault. Kesha has teamed up with DJ Zedd on the single True Colors, an electropop ballad. In a tweet on Friday, Kesha said “#truecolors spoke to me so deeply I had to spread the beautiful message of personal empowerment.” Earlier this year, Kesha appealed a New York Supreme Court justice’s decision to refuse to release her from a six-album contract with Sony, after the singer filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Dr Luke in 2014. — Reuters

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Anil Kapoor bitter about not winning awards for his role in 1989 Bollywood film

Actor Anil Kapoor says no one can portray his popular character Lakhan from the 1989 film Ram Lakhan better than him, and wished he had got awards for his performance in the film. Kapoor made the comments at an event for IIFA Awards in response to filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s reported plans for a remake of the film, with younger actors. Helmed by filmmaker Subhash Ghai, the original became a blockbuster Reportedly, Shetty is planning to cast Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh as Ram and Lakhan respectively. — IANS

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Amitabh Bachchan rallies to educate women in India 

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has urged everyone to “save and educate” daughters. The 73-year-old cinema icon shared two black and white photographs of himself along with his daughter Shweta Nanda on Twitter and Facebook on the weekend. “Daughters are the best … Save them educate them! They are our continuity!” Big B captioned the photographs. The actor will be seen in the upcoming film Pink by Shoojit Sircar. Actress Taapsee Pannu will be seen sharing screen space for the first time with Bachchan in the film. The veteran will also star in Sujoy Ghosh’s production TE3N alongside Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. TE3N is slated for release in June. – IANS

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