Bob's News Archives for 2017-04

Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature & More to Set Sail on 'Ship-Hop' Cruise

If you loved the "I Love the 90s Tour," then you're really gonna do a Hammer dance over the upcoming "Ship-Hop, Starring I Love the 90s Tour" all-star throwback cruise, which features some of the most beloved acts from the wildly successful retro Bush/Clinton-era arena tour -- but this time, on a boat.

Among the acts slated to perform on the four-day party slated to set sail on Jan. 11, 2018, from Miami to Key West and Cozumel on the Carnival Sensation are: Vanilla IceSalt-N-PepaNaughty By NatureBlackstreetAll-4-OneColor Me BaddKid 'N PlayCoolioSisqóTone LocBiz MarkieRob BaseYoung MCC+C Music Factory and DJ Kool.

Staterooms for the cruise will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday (Apr. 26 at noon ET at

The tour promises meet-and-greets, interactive events and activities, theme nights and plenty of performances, along with a boat boasting a spa, casino and 24-hour dining. 

“We are thrilled to partner with Ship-Hop. With our tours selling out arenas, the only other place to conquer is the sea!” said tour co-creators Jeff Allen and Jeff Epstein in a statement. “It’s definitely a once in a lifetime event. Legendary music and a luxury cruise, it doesn’t get better than that.”

Source: Billboard


Carrie Fisher Will Not Appear in "Star Wars: Episode IX" Lucasfilm Confirms

Despite the late actress’ brother Todd Fisher’s suggestion that Carrie would be a part of the franchise’s ninth installment, Kennedy told ABC News on Friday, April 14, that the beloved star’s last appearance as Princess Leia will be in The Last Jedi.

"We finished everything in VIII, and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie, and we're so lucky that we were able to complete shooting in the summer. Unfortunately, Carrie passed away by the time we were well underway with Episode IX in our thoughts. We had not written the script yet. But we've regrouped. We started over again in January," Kennedy explained to the outlet. "So sadly, Carrie will not be in IX."

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images


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However, she did say that "we'll see a lot of [Carrie] in VIII."

Kennedy’s clarification comes just days after Todd, 59, told the New York Daily News that he and his niece, Billie Lourd, gave Lucasfilm permission to use Carrie’s likeness in Episode IX. "Both of us were like, 'Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t," he told the newspaper. “She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi-Wan — when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue. I’m not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her. She’s owned by them.”

In response, Kennedy told ABC News that Todd “was probably confused.”
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As previously reported, Carrie died on December 27 at age 60 after suffering cardiac arrest earlier that week. Not long after she passed away, Lucasfilm released a statement, saying that the company had “no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa” in Episode IX.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017, and Episode IX is due in 2019.

Souce: US Weekly


The Chainsmokers' 'Memories' Album Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

The Chainsmokers bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with their debut full-length album, Memories… Do Not Open. The EDM duo's set earned 221,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 166,000 were in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new April 29, 2017-dated chart (where Memories starts at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, April 18.

Memories’ sales launch was powered by a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the duo’s tour, which kicked off on April 13 in Miami. The ticket/album offer was also included with select dates of the act’s residency at the XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas.



Memories is the first album to simultaneously lead both the Billboard 200 and the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart in nearly three-and-a-half years. The last to do so was Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, when it debuted at No. 1 on both tallies dated Nov. 30, 2013 (with 258,000 copies sold in its first week). 

Memories contains the Billboard Hot 100-charting hits “Paris,” “Something Just Like This” (with Coldplay) and “The One.”

The Chainsmokers previously charted two EPs on the Billboard 200: 2016’s Collage, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200; and Bouquet, which hit No. 31 in January of 2016, following its release the previous year.

Memories bumps Drake’s More Life from the top slot on the Billboard 200, as it slips to No. 2 with 108,000 units (down 21 percent) in its fourth chart week. The set spent its first three weeks atop the tally. Ed Sheeran’s fellow former No. 1 ÷ (Divide) dips from No. 2 to No. 3 in its sixth chart week, earning 70,000 units (down 13 percent).



Vocal group Pentatonix claims its seventh top 10 album as PTX Vol. IV: Classics starts at No. 4 with 54,000 units (50,000 in traditional album sales). The a cappella quintet previously hit the top 10 with A Pentatonix Christmas (No. 1 in January), its self-titled album (No. 1; 2015), That’s Christmas to Me (No. 2; 2014), PTX: Vol. III (No. 5; 2014), PTX: Vol. II (No. 10; 2013) and PTXmas (No. 7; 2013).

The new Classics effort includes renditions of familiar favorites like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Over the Rainbow” and the group’s Grammy Award-winning redux of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” (alongside Parton herself).

Joey Bada$$ bows at No. 5 with All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, earning 51,000 units its first week (28,000 in traditional album sales). It’s the second top 10 set for the rapper, who previously hit the top five with B4.DA.$$ in 2015, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 with 58,000 units (54,000 in sales).



Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic falls two slots to No. 6 (45,000 units; down 5 percent), the soundtrack to Moana slips 6-7 with 43,000 units (down 2 percent), Kodak Black’s Painting Pictures descends 3-8 in its second week with 39,000 units (down 46 percent) and Future’s self-titled album moves 8-9 with 38,000 units (up less than 1 percent).

Father John Misty closes out the top 10, as the singer-songwriter earns his highest-charting album yet -- and first top 10 -- with Pure Comedy. It bows at No. 10 with 35,000 units (33,000 in traditional album sales -- his best sales week yet). The artist’s previous high on the chart came in 2015 with I Love You, Honeybear, which debuted and peaked at No. 17 with 30,000 units (28,000 in album sales).


First Look: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper in 'A Star is Born' Remake

First Look: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper in 'A Star is Born' Remake

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Lady Gaga arrives for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Fox After Party on Sept. 20, 2015 in Los Angeles.

The Warner Bros. feature has kicked off production, filming at the Coachella music festival.

The first look of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in Warner Bros.' A Star is Born remake is here. The image sees the American Hustle star onstage playing guitar next to the singing superstar. 

Gaga, who will go by her legal name Stefani Germanotta in the film's credits, stars in the story of an up-and-coming starlet who struggles to break into the entertainment world with guidance from an industry veteran on the way down. Sam Elliot and Andrew Dice Clay are also set to star in the remake, which will be Cooper's directorial debut. 



A Star is Born has officially kicked off production, with Gaga and Cooper filming a few scenes at the Coachella music festival, which are meant to take place during a country concert in the movie. Gaga is headline the Indio, California-based festival, taking over for Beyoncé after she had to drop out.



Gaga posted the first look image on her Instagram, writing, "I always wanted to be an actress on the big screen. The story of A Star is Born is so special and I'm so grateful to Bradley for making my dream come true. Can't wait for you to meet Ally."



This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.



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