Taylor Swift makes history: 'Midnights' leads 'Billboard' 200 for fifth week

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Taylor Swift continues to make history on the Billboard charts as her Midnights album claimed its fifth week at #1. This pushes her total number of weeks spent in the top spot to 60, making her the first female artist to ever achieve that number.

Taylor retains her third-place lead in the race for the most cumulative weeks atop the chart. She is quickly catching up with second-place finisher Elvis Presley, who notched 67 total career weeks at #1. However, Taylor still has ways to go before catching up with the Beatles, who led the chart for a whopping 132 weeks.

Looking back at Taylor's recent chart leaders, folklore ruled the chart for eight weeks in 2020, while its sister album, evermore, led the chart for four weeks the following year. Her rereleased version Red spent two weeks at the top, while Fearless spent a week at #1.

As for her most recent #1 album, Midnights was streamed 117.93 million times and 60,000 more copies were sold over the past week.

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Amber Heard seeks new trial in Johnny Depp defamation case

Amber Heard is seeking a new defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp, claiming the Virginia trial last spring stacked the deck against her. Depp was awarded a $10.35 million verdict after arguing Heard's Washington Post op-ed, in which she claimed she'd experienced domestic abuse, was defamatory.

“The trial court improperly prevented the jury from considering several separate instances in which Heard reported Depp’s abuse to a medical professional,” the Aquaman actress's lawyers argue in a 68-page document, filed November 23 and obtained by the New York Post.

“If not reversed, the trial court’s exclusion of contemporaneous reports of domestic abuse to medical professionals will make it more difficult for other abuse victims to prove allegations of abuse, and likely deter them from coming forward,” they insist.

Attorneys for Heard also argued the trial should have taken place in California, where the couple once lived together, and not in Virginia, where the Washington Post houses its servers.

Virginia was an “entirely inconvenient forum with no connection to Depp or any meaningful connection to his claims,” the filing states.

The case “should never have gone to trial because another court had already concluded that Depp abused Heard on multiple occasions,” her lawyers added, referencing the 2020 English ruling in favor of Britain’s The Sun, which Depp had sued for calling him a wife-beater.

Depp, 59, filed his own appeal in the case, claiming, “The jury’s emphatic favorable verdict on all three defamatory statements alleged in his complaint fully vindicated Mr. Depp and restored his reputation.”

A group of judges will issue a ruling on both claims, and each party will then have a chance to appeal once more, according to the newspaper.

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Imagine Dragons reflects on "incredible" success of "Enemy": "We're excited"

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Imagine Dragons' "Enemy," a collaboration with hip-hop artist JID, was one of the biggest songs of 2022, landing on YouTube's Top U.S. Songs year-end charts. Speaking with ABC Audio, frontman Dan Reynolds calls the success of the single "incredible."

"Especially after 10 years as a band," Reynolds says. "We have the best fans in the world, I've felt that from the very beginning, I still feel it now."

Reynolds feels "Enemy" points to the longevity of a group that just celebrated a decade since releasing their debut album.

"I mean, we're still here after 10 years," Reynolds says. "That's rare for a band. So, we're excited."

As for how the song came together, Reynolds calls "Enemy" "one of those easy collaborations."

"We love JID, we were very familiar with his work before, reached out to him, just cold reach-out," Reynolds recalls. "We knew that we wanted someone on 'Enemy' with us, and he just sounded like he would fit the bill perfectly, and he did. He did one take, and it was perfect."

"Enemy" is included on Imagine Dragons' new double album Mercury -- Acts 1 & 2, out now.

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New trailer for Netflix doc 'Harry & Meghan' released

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Prince Harry and Meghan's upcoming Netflix docuseries now has a release date and a new trailer, which draws comparisons between the couple's experiences and the fate of Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana.

Harry & Meghan will air in two parts, with the first three episodes dropping Dec. 8 and the final three episodes dropping one week later, on Dec. 15, according to Netflix.

The docuseries is described by the streaming giant as sharing "the other side" of Harry and Meghan's "high-profile love story."

In the new trailer released Monday, Harry and Meghan appear to open up about tensions within the royal family and their decision to step down from their senior, working royal roles in 2020.

"It's really hard to look back on it now and go, 'What on earth happened?'" Harry says in the trailer.

As clips are shown of Harry's family and Buckingham Palace, the prince is heard saying, "There's a hierarchy of the family. You know, there's leaking, but there's also planting of stories."

"It's a dirty game," Harry adds.

Also in the trailer, clips are shown of Harry's mother, Diana, who died in a 1997 Paris car crash as their driver attempted to escape the paparazzi.

"I was terrified," Harry says. "I didn't want history to repeat itself."

The one-minute trailer ends with Harry saying, "No one knows the full truth. We know the full truth."

Last week, Netflix released the first trailer for Harry & Meghan, which showed never-before-seen personal moments from the Sussexes, from falling in love to leaving their royal roles and charting their own future in California.

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In Brief: 'Moonhaven' grounded by AMC+, and more

Four months after renewing Moonhaven for a second season, AMC+, in a somewhat surprising move, has decided to pull the plug on the sci-fi series due to cost-cutting measures, according to Deadline. Moonhaven -- starring Dominic Monaghan, Emma McDonald, Amara Karan, Ayelet Zurer, Joe Manganiello, Kadeem Hardison and Yazzmin Newell -- focused on a utopian colony on the Moon that may hold the keys to preserving life on Earth...

The Witcher's Joey Batey is set to reprise his role as Jaskier in the upcoming prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin. The arrival is teased in the first full trailer, released on Saturday. Blood Origin, per Netflix, is “set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of The Witcher. It will tell a story lost to time – the creation of the first prototype Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal conjunction of the spheres, when the world of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.” The four-part prequel series, also starring Sophia Brown, Laurence O’Fuarain, Michelle Yeoh, Mirren Mack, Lenny Henry, Minnie Driver, Francesca Mills, Zach Wyatt, Lizzie Annis and Huw Novelli, premieres on Netflix on December 25...

NBC has ordered an additional nine episodes of Lopez vs Lopez, bringing the first season total to 22 episodes. The sitcom, starring George Lopez and his real-life daughter, Mayan, follows "a working-class old-school Latino who moves in with his modern Gen Z daughter as they rebuild their dysfunctional relationship one argument at a time," according to the network. Selenis Leyva, Brice Gonzalez, Matt Shively and Al Madrigal also star...

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'Sesame Street' cast member Bob McGrath has died, family says

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Bob McGrath, an original Sesame Street cast member, has died, his family announced Sunday. He was 90 years old.

"Our father Bob McGrath passed away today. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family," they wrote on Facebook. A cause of death was not given.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces educational children's programs, wrote on Twitter that it "mourns the passing of Bob McGrath, a beloved member of the Sesame Street family for over 50 years."

"A founding cast member, Bob embodied the melodies of Sesame Street like no one else, and his performances brought joy and wonder to generations of children around the world," the statement continued. "... whether teaching them the ABCs, the people in their neighborhood or the simple joy of feeling music in their hearts."

McGrath's entertainment career began in 1962 as a singer on Mitch Miller’s hit TV series Sing Along with Mitch, before stepping into his signature role on Sesame Street as the friendly music teacher Bob Johnson in 1969. McGrath was a mainstay on the popular PBS kids series for over five decades and 47 seasons, and was featured in several of the show’s most iconic sequences, including musical performances of “People in Your Neighborhood.”. His final series appearance came in 2017, though he continued to make public appearances at various events tied to Sesame Street.

Beyond the TV series, McGrath was one of the most prominent human faces of the property across various film, video game and sing-a-long productions.

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'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' spends fourth week atop the box office with $17.6 million

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever once again ruled the box office, delivering an estimated $17.6 million in North America in its fourth week of release. The Black Panther sequel, which is expected to hit $400 million dollars domestically this week, stands at upwards of $730 million worldwide.

The weekend's only new major release, the R-rated Christmas action movie Violent Night -- starring David Harbour as a not-so-saintly Saint Nick, had a solid debut, opening in second place with an estimated $13.3 million.

Taking third place was the Disney animated adventure Strange World, grabbing an estimated $4.9 million, for a two-week total of $25.5 million in North America. Globally, the film has earned $42.3 million.

The Menu pulled up in fourth place with an estimated $3.6 million, for a three-week total of $24.7 domestically and $42.2 million worldwide.

The Korean War film Devotion rounded out the top five, earning an estimated $2.8 million in its fifth weekend. Its North American box office tally currently stands at just $13.8 million.

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Lewis Capaldi says Elton John picked his latest hit

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"Forget Me," the first single from Lewis Capaldi's upcoming sophomore album, is a success -- it topped the charts in his native U.K. -- and Lewis says he's got none other than Elton John to thank for that.

Lewis first met Elton three years ago, and at the time, he told Lewis that his song "Someone You Loved" would be a number one hit in America. "And a couple of months later, I had a number one in America," Lewis tells Music Week.  So it's no wonder that he asked for Elton's opinion when it came time to pick a single from the new album.

“I played him three singles from this record and he was like, ‘I think you should go with that one first,’ and it was 'Forget Me,'" reveals Lewis. "To get advice from someone like that is amazing, he’s a legend.”

As for the new album, Broken By Desire to Be Heavenly Sent, Lewis tells Music Week that it's similar thematically to his hugely successful debut, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent.

"It’s sad music: songs about heartbreak or loss...I didn’t want to change things up too much and confuse people," he explains. "We’ve been away for three years and that’s a long time. Plus, I was enjoying making the music that I was making before, so why stop?”

The album will be released in May 2023.

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Minnie Driver reflects on 25th anniversary of 'Good Will Hunting'

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25 years ago today Good Will Hunting hit theaters, making Matt Damon and Ben Affleck stars and Oscar winners. Minnie Driver also got an Oscar nomination for her role in the film, and she tells ABC Audio it was an extraordinary experience to be a part of it.

"It is a classic film," the English actress states. "It’s beautiful -- and only those of us who made it know what a tiny chamber movie it was and how it was never meant to be, it was never designed to be this gigantic movie which speaks to its heart, which is beautiful and strong."

Driver adds that being a part of the psychological drama is something she cherishes. 

"Listen, whenever I see any of those hundred greatest movies of all time, Good Will Hunting is on that list," she says. "What an extraordinary thing to be part of a film that has survived the test of the last 25 years and maybe will continue." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Good Will Hunting, released in 1997, also starred Robin Williams and Stellan Skarsgård. It chronicles the story of Will Hunting, a gifted young janitor at MIT with a habit of self-sabotaging, who eventually gets help from a psychologist to help sort out his life. 

The film grossed over $225 million and earned several accolades, including nine nominations at the 70th Academy Awards, where Williams won Best Supporting Actor for his role and Best Original Screenplay went to Affleck and Damon. 

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Taylor Swift fans officially file lawsuit against Ticketmaster

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Taylor Swift fans are mad as heck and they're not gonna take it anymore.  After a disastrous ticket presale for Taylor's Eras tour left many fans empty-handed, some of them have now banded together to sue Ticketmaster.

The Hill reports that the fans brought the class-action lawsuit against Live Nation Entertainment, which owns Ticketmaster. The suit, filed in the Superior Court of California in LA, charges the company with fraud, breach of contract, antitrust violations and intentional misinterpretation, among other things.

The plaintiffs include verified users who had the correct codes but were still unable to purchase tickets.  The lawsuit accuses Ticketmaster of providing ticket codes to users even though it was aware that it could not meet the demand. It also claims that Ticketmaster allowed bots and third-party resellers to purchase tickets during the presale.

According to The Hill, the lawsuit states that Ticketmaster, which has already apologized to fans and Taylor, has imposed "agreements and policies at the retail and wholesale level that have prevented effective price competition across a wide swath of online ticket sales.”

Among those policies, the lawsuit alleges, is forcing buyers to resell tickets on its own secondary market sites, and controlling how much buyers can ask for those tickets.

Taylor herself responded to the chaos in a lengthy Instagram Story, in which she wrote of Ticketmaster, "I'm not going to make excuses for anyone because we asked them, multiple times, if they could handle this kind of demand and we were assured that they could." 

She added, "It really p****s me off that a lot of [fans] feel like they went through several bear attacks to get [tickets]."

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