Plus: Timberlake stays on top of charts; Chris Brown back in court; Madonna to sell art for charity; Spanish director Bigas Luna dies at 67.
Justin Timberlake stays on top of the chart
Timberlake stays on top of charts
Justin Timberlake held on to the top spot of the Billboard 200 album chart this week, beating competition from new albums by Lil Wayne and Blake Shelton, who placed second and third respectively. Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, featuring the hit single Suit & Tie, is the biggest-selling album of 2013 so far. In the digital songs chart, Pink landed at the top spot with Just Give Me a Reason. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s Thrift Shop placed second, while Imagine Dragons soared to third place with Radioactive. – Reuters
Alabama back on the road
No farewell tour is complete these days without a reunion tour a few years later. A decade after waving goodbye, the country band Alabama are hitting the road again – this time to celebrate their 40th anniversary. “I just thought it would be a shame if we didn’t make some kind of an effort to celebrate the 40th year, and what we do best is sing,” said the vocalist Randy Owen. Alabama are going to play in several cities across the US. – Reuters
Chris Brown is back in court
It has been four years but apparently Chris Brown still hasn’t paid his dues for assaulting Rihanna – he has been ordered to appear in a Los Angeles court. A judge said information was being gathered after allegations that Brown had cut corners on his community service requirement. Brown, 23, was sentenced to 180 days of community service and domestic-violence counselling when he assaulted Rihanna in 2009. The two have reportedly rekindled their relationship. – Reuters
4. Madonna to sell art for charity
Madonna is selling a painting by the French artist Fernand Léger to raise money for girls’ education projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries. The 1921 painting, which the singer bought at an auction in 1990, will go on auction next month at Sotheby’s in New York. “I cannot accept a world where women or girls are wounded, shot or killed for either going to school or teaching in girls’ schools. We don’t have time to be complacent,” Madonna said in a statement. The move comes amid mounting controversy surrounding her plans to build 10 schools in Malawi, with reports of clashes over costs and mismanagement. – Reuters
Spanish director Bigas Luna dies at 67
One of Spain’s best-known film directors, Juan Jose Bigas Luna, who shot the actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem to fame in the 1990s with his celebrated film Jamon, Jamon, died of cancer on Friday at the age of 67. He had more recent success internationally with My Name Is Juani (2006). Spain’s Academy for Cinematography Arts and Sciences said Bigas Luna was in the middle of working on his next film. – Reuters
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