New this week: 'Jungle Cruise' and music from Prince, Eilish
World Premiere of "Jungle Cruise" From left, Edgar Ramirez, Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson, cast members in "Jungle Cruise," pose together at the world premiere of the film, Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) (Chris Pizzello)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES— Amusement park attractions don't always make great movies, but Disney's "Jungle Cruise" will hope its transition from Disneyland to screen goes more like "Pirates of the Caribbean" than "Tomorrowland." Starring Dwayne Johnson as a riverboat captain and Emily Blunt as a scientist, "Jungle Cruise" is one of the splashier Hollywood spectacles to wade into the pandemic. — Prince may be gone but his music is definitely not. Five years after the music legend's death, a studio album is set to be released Friday from the artist's material.wftv.com
The joy of music returns for Grammy winners, performers
Beyonce, left, and Megan Thee Stallion accept the award for best rap song for "Savage" at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, March 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish made history at the Grammy Awards. Just as joyously, dozens of creators largely sidelined for a year due to the pandemic got to make music again. 's topical “I Can't Breathe” won song of the year and Megan Thee Stallion was named best new artist. ___This story has been corrected to show the ceremony was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, not Staples Center.
A 'Black Parade' Grammys: Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations
(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Beyoncé is bringing her Black parade to the Grammys: The pop star’s anthem about Black pride scored multiple nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine. A winner of 24 Grammys, Beyoncé becomes the second-most nominated act in the history of the awards show with 79 nominations. Beyoncé is only behind her husband Jay-Z and Quincy Jones, who have both earned 80 nominations each. Jay-Z picked up three nominations this year for his contributions to Beyoncé’s songs: He co-wrote “Black Parade” and “Savage,” thus earning nominations for song of the year, best R&B song and best rap song. Instead, multiple nominations went to Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch, who each earned six nominations and followed Beyoncé as the second-most nominated acts.
Country artist Cam confronts hard truths on 'The Otherside'
Country singer Cam poses in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 to promote her second album The Otherside. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The five-year journey between albums for country singer Cam was an evolution in coming to grips with hard truths about a music industry that had left her a bit bruised but not broken. But two years ago, Cam decided to walk away from Sony Nashville’s imprint Arista citing different values, but remaining under Sony on the RCA Record label based in New York. The title track, a meticulously crafted country dance track, was co-written with acclaimed Swedish dance artist Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling. She knew what she was getting into when she heard Smith’s easily recognizable voice on the demo for “Happier For You,” a melancholic country song that fit well with Cam's aesthetic of moody and introspective country tunes.
Lucky No.7: Taylor Swift nabs 7th No.1 album with 'folklore'
1 on Billboard's 200 albums chart this week, marking the best first-week sales of the year and giving the pop star her seventh No. (Republic Records via AP)NEW YORK To no one's surprise, Taylor Swift's surprise album folklore" is dominating the music charts. Swift's Lover" album, released last August. Swift dropped folklore" in a surprise form, announcing the album's release a day before it came out on July 24. A digital version of folklore" came with a purchase of one of the merchandise items, counting as an album sale for Swift.
Taylor Swift will release surprise album 'Folklore' Friday
This cover image released by Republic Records shows Folklore," the eighth record by Taylor Swift. Swift says the standard edition, available Friday, will include 16 tracks and the album will feature Bon Iver, Aaron Dessner of The National and frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff. (Republic Records via AP)NEW YORK While in isolation, Taylor Swift has created a new album and is releasing it Friday. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Thats the side of uncertainty I can get on board with," Swift wrote.
New this week: 'Psych,' The Chicks album, '30 Rock' reunited
Heres a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment journalists of whats arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. In her review, AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr called it essential to Miranda disciples. After the film's June debut was postponed in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests, it lands on Hulu on Friday. AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC The Chicks: After changing their name and recording their first album in 14 years, Grammy-winning country trio The Chicks will release their new album, Gaslighter, on Friday. AP Music Editor Mesfin FekaduTELEVISIONThe documentary Showbiz Kids promises a candid look at the high risk, high reward careers of child actors, with perspective from those who have been there.
Dixie Chicks announce first new album in 13 years
Getty Images(CNN) - The Dixie Chicks are ready to give their fans what they've been waiting for -- some new music! The short video featured Maines saying, "Dixie Chicks!" It's been 13 years since the country group released an album, "Taking the Long Way," which won a Grammy for album of the year. The Dixie Chicks first came on to the scene in the early '90s in Dallas and achieved commercial success in 1998 with their hit songs "There's Your Trouble" and "Wide Open Spaces." "The Dixie Chicks were making such interesting music and doing it in such an unapologetically feminine, imaginative way," Swift told the magazine.