Worship News and Notes for March 25 – thereporteronline

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Grace Baptist Church of Blue Bell offers an Easter Egg Hunt for local children birth to 5th grade on Saturday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. rain or shine at the church located at 437 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell. There will be games, face painting, and lots of fun. Children will be grouped according to age. No need to register. Come with a basket, bag, or egg collecting container for each child.

Sanctuary United Methodist Church, 1346 E. Prospect Avenue, North Wales, is hosting its first ever community Health and Wellness event. A variety of screenings will be provided by local medical professionals and health organizations. The event will be on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information contact 215-699-9331.

The Chancel Choir at St. John’s United Church of Christ will sing “Out of the Depths” by Alan Hovaness at the 10:15 a.m. service on March 26. There is also an 8 a.m. service. Later the service is available on St. John’s Facebook page, website and YouTube channel:youtube.com/stjohnsucclansdalepa. The church is at 500 W. Main St., Lansdale. Call 215-855-5489 or visit www.st-john-ucc.org.

St. John’s United Church of Christ will hold a Lenten Book Study on “Freeing Jesus” by Diana Butler Bass every Wednesday in Lent, continuing through April 5 at 7 p.m. The weekly study will meet in person at the church with a hybrid Zoom option available. For information and to register call the church office at 215-855-5489 or e-mail office@st-johns-ucc.org The church is at 500 W. Main St., Lansdale. Call or visit www.st-johns-ucc.org

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale, holds weekly worship, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday.  The 8:30 Sunday service is livestreamed. Radio worship is 11 a.m. Sunday at 97.1 FM. An Easter Egg Hunt will be Sunday,  April 2, at 1:30 p.m. Bring your basket for an egg hunt for children 2-11.

St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 191 Allentown Road, Souderton, services are Holy Eucharist on the first and third Sundays, and Morning Prayer on the second and fourth Sundays, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Services are  streamed on Facebook and Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/@saintpetersanglicanchurch/streams. A bulletin to follow along may be found at https://www.stpetersanglican.org/  in the ‘Weekly Bulletin’ section.

Grace Lutheran Church, 40 N. Main St., Hatfield, and Pastor Nancy M. Raabe will hold Sunday Lenten services through March 26 at 8 and 10:30 a.m. The Sunday 10:30 worship services are streamed live under “Online Worship” at gracelutheranhatfield.org. For more information, call 215-855-4676.

Indian Creek Mennonite Church, 647 Harleysville Pike, Telford, services are Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship service, 10:15 a.m. Questions? Call Kevin Moyer (215) 721-9127.

Gwynedd Square Presbyterian Church PC(USA), 837 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale: Please join live in the sanctuary or live online via Zoom with an internet-enabled device or by telephone. Sunday Worship is at 10 a.m. and Early Worship is at 8:30 a.m.  For web links or dial in numbers, visit www.gwyneddsquare.org. Weekly Bible Study meets at 10:30 a.m. in the pastor’s study and on Zoom and will meet every Wednesday at this time. The Adult Forum meeting Mondays on Zoom at 7 p.m. will continue its six-part Lenten series as Lent is a time of community outreach and social vision. Please send an email to office @gwyneddsquare.org or call the church office at 215-699-9159 for the link to attend and to receive the participant handouts for the Lenten series.

Gwynedd Square Presbyterian Church Lenten Soup Suppers continue Wednesdays throughout Lent with the final one on March 29. The suppers begin at 5:30 with plenty of homemade soups provided by members of the various committees of the church along with bread. The suppers will be followed by a Lenten study program entitled “Love God, Neighbor, Enemy” lead byS GPC’s Pastor Wonjae Choi. This study curriculum comes from the series “Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living.” The church is at 837 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale.

Montco Bible Fellowship, 160 E. Main St., Lansdale, holds virtual services accessed via website (www.montcobf.org) or in-person each Sunday. Adult Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship services at 10 a.m., along with Children’s Church at 10 a.m. Virtual Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7:20 p.m. Call 215-855-0899 for the Bible Study Zoom link.

Faith Lutheran Church, 615 Cowpath Road, Montgomeryville, continues to worship in the sanctuary as well as on Zoom at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School is held Sundays from 9:45 to 10:25 a.m. for ages 3-11. Nursery will be provided for the 3- to 5-year-olds during the 10:30 a.m. service. Pastor Ethan Doan will be preaching and leading worship. All services will also be uploaded to Facebook. Find that at www.faithmontgomerville.org and click on “Connect on Facebook.” For the Zoom link or more information, please email faithmont@verizon.net

The Church of the Holy Spirit of Harleysville (Episcopal), 2871 Barndt Road at the corner of Sumneytown Pike, Upper Salford, holds Holy Communion services in-person at 8 and 10:15 a.m. on Sundays. The church also live-streams the 10:15 a.m. services on Sundays on the church website and Facebook page, Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville. Church school for preschool through adult classes begins at 9 a.m.  Services are led by the Rev. Kathryn Andonian, rector. A Lenten study,  “Finding Rest When You are Busy and Burned Out,” will be held noon to 1:30 p.m. on Sundays through March 26, based on the book, “Sacred Rest, Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy and Restore Your Sanity,” by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith.  The Palm Sunday, April 2 services will include a palm procession and distribution of palms. Holy Week services will include a 7:30 p.m. service with foot washing on Maundy Thursday, April 6 and a 7:30 p.m. service on Good Friday, April 7.  An Easter Vigil service with candlelighting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, and Easter morning services will be held at 8 and 10:15 a.m.  For more information, visit www.chyurchoftheholyspirit.us.  For more information, visit www.chyurchoftheholyspirit.us.

The Horsham Interfaith Coalition through its participating congregations, will be collecting new (and very gently used) children’s clothes sizes 6 months to children’s size 12 during Lent. Collection sites are  St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Horsham Library and St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in their PREP Office. No stuffed animals or blankets, please.

Gwynedd Square Presbyterian Church invites you to a Community Easter Concert featuring the GSPC Choir and GSPC Concert Band on Sunday, April 2, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of Gwynedd Square Presbyterian Church, 837 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale.  Light refreshments will follow the concert.

Gwynedd Square Presbyterian Church invites the community to attend Holy Week worship services in person or on-line. Christ’s joyous arrival in Jerusalem will be celebrated on Palm Sunday, April 2, at the 10 a.m. worship service. Palm fronds and palm crosses will be available. The Last Supper will be observed on Maundy Thursday, April 6 by a service of remembrance at 7 p.m. Christ’s resurrection will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, April 9 at the 10 a.m. worship service which will feature song, prayer and an opportunity to make memories with friends and family members. See GwyneddSquare.org, for on-line link to the worship services.

Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 1101 Cowpath Road, Hatfield, will be having Maundy Thursday Meal/Communion Service April 6 at 6:30 p.m.  A Prayer Vigil will be on Good Friday, April 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. For more details call 215-368-0442. Easter  Communion Service will be April 9 at 10:45 a.m.

St. John’s United Church of Christ: There will be one Worship Service at 10:15 a.m. on Palm Sunday, April 2, including a “palm procession” to usher in Holy Week. At  4 p.m., St. John’s Artist Series presents Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. Continue your Holy Week journey with a powerful afternoon featuring the St. John’s Chancel Choir and Friends, soprano soloist Julie Frey, and musicians from the Philadelphia Ballet Orchestra. Maundy Thursday, April 6 : 7 p.m., an intimate, interactive worship experience around tables in the Assembly Hall including communion and music by piano and cello. April 6-7: Prayer Vigil begins on Maundy Thursday at noon and will continue through noon on Good Friday. Good Friday, April 7, 7 p.m., a moving worship service that includes a dramatic reading of the Passion story and music by the Chancel Choir and organ. Easter Sunday, April 9: 7 a.m. worship with Communion at the band shell at White’s Road Park with music by the Children’s Choir and United Ringers; 10:15 a.m. worship in the sanctuary with Communion and music by the brass ensemble, Chancel Choir, United Ringers and organ. All services available on St. John’s Facebook page, website and YouTube channel:youtube.com/stjohnsucclansdalepa. For information, call the church office at 215-855-5489 or e-mail office@st-johns-ucc.org.  The church is at 500 W. Main St., Lansdale.

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Singer Debuts Diamond Ring – Hollywood Life

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Congratulations to Rosalia and Rauw Alejandro! The Spanish songstress and the Puerto Rican singer, both 30, revealed the news of their engagement in their music video “Beso”, which dropped on Friday, March 24. The collaboration was the first single off their album R & R and in the accompanying clip, Rosalia and Rauw shocked fans by letting them know he proposed! At the end of the video, the “Malamente” hitmaker showed off her gigantic sparkler, wiped a tear from her eye and said in Spanish, “Oh my God, I love you.”

Rosalia also took to her Instagram on Friday to share the video, aka the big news, as well.  Writing in Spanish, she captioned it, “R & R has come out, after more than 3 years together here are these 3 songs made with all the love in the world💝I hope you enjoy this little piece of us.”

Two of the biggest Latin music superstars preparing to walk down the aisle together was happy news for their stans. Rosalia has amassed a legion of followers with her resume of hits like “Con Altura” with J Balvin, as well as “La Fama” with The Weeknd and “La Noche de Anoche” with Bad Bunny. Rauw is famous in his own right for “Todo de Ti,” “Lokera” and “Te Felicito” featuring Shakira.

The couple first sparked romance rumors when they were photographed holding hands while leaving a restaurant in Hollywood on Aug. 19, 2021. From there, they kept on the low down and only gave fans a peek at their relationship on social media, as both Rosalia has gushed about Rauw on her Instagram and vice versa.

Rosalia and Rauw Alejandro are engaged! (Shutterstock)

Through the stars’ social media, fans were able to see them celebrate Rosalia’s birthday, take a romantic vacation together and, of course, collaborate in the studio! However, the couple finally took their love public again and made it red carpet official at the Los40 Music Awards in November, 2021 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

And at the Latin Grammys on Nov. 17, 2022 in Las Vegas, the couple showed up in coordinating outfits! Later, Rosalia shared snaps from the night, captioning them in Spanish, “Thank you very much for the grammys that the academy has awarded me so far but this year is more special than ever, I am sharing it with The Love Of My Life ❤️ @rauwalejandro.”

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“She Looks Like Rihanna”: Tall Lady With Good Shape Dances and Whines Waist to Native Music, Video Goes Viral

  • A beautiful lady has taken Instagram by storm with her mesmerising dance to a traditional music
  • The lady used her waist to dance in a very sweet and entertaining way, and this has made her go viral
  • Instagram users are praising her amazing beauty as well as the talent she displayed on the dance floor

A lady who is an excellent dancer has gone viral on Instagram due to how she whined her waist.

In a video posted on the platform by @ines_ouqs, the lady shook her behind in a fast manner.

Photos of a beautiful lady posing for a dance.
The lady used her flexible waist to dance. Photo credit: Instagram/@ines_ouqs.
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She was dressed in a flowing gown, but that did not cover her beauty, nor did it impede her dance.

Beautiful lady’s waist dance makes her go viral

She danced among other women, but she was clearly the star of the entire show.

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The pretty lady danced around, turning many times while showcasing the flexibility of her beautiful body.

The way she shook her waist and her beauty made her popular after the video was reposted on Instagram by @NWE.

Many who have seen the video are saying the lady looks like Rihanna. Others praised her cultural way of dancing. The dance was said to have been performed in Morrocco.

Watch the video below:

Reactions from Instagram users

@victoire_katerphan said:

“I prefer this dance when it’s danced by Sudanese, Ethiopia or Gabon it’s much prettier and graceful with an amazing body. Here NO.”

@jerylcook said:

“Beautiful dance..I will visit. ..this seems like Ethiopians dancing tho…but I may be wrong.”

@fatima_zahra_zumba said:

“I am proud Moroccan and proud being African. Guys!! This’s in our blood.”

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@duwire said:

“Is that Rihanna’s younger sister?”

@nothing__official__ commented:

“Something about her face reminds me of Rihanna.”

@the_prosperity_ said:

“Damnm I never knew Rihanna was a twin.”

@iamwanpaul said:

“She looks like Rihanna.”

Beautiful lady jumps on popular TikTok trend, shakes her waist gently in video

In a related story, Briefly News reported that a young Nigerian lady with natural hair made into two side buns made a video of her dance moves.

She combined the popular reverse TikTok dance with some trending Killimajaro moves. The hun captioned the video ‘bored’ to suggest what influenced her decision to make the video.

Many people in her comment section said that she was, indeed, beautiful. A man directly professed his love to her.

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Songs that prove Emraan Hashmi’s movies have the best music – ThePrint –

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 23 (ANI): Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi, known for his suspense and thriller films, turns 44 years old on Friday. He made his acting debut in 2003, with Vikram Bhatt’s thriller film, ‘Footpath’ alongside Aftab Shivdasani and Bipasha Basu. After this, he was featured in Anurag Basu’s thriller movie ‘Murder’ with Mallika Sherawat and Ashmit Patel in which he was appreciated for his acting skills by the audience.

Over the years, Emraan has proven his versatility in all kinds of genres. Films like ‘Jannat’, ‘Raaz Series’, ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbai’ and ‘Humari Adhuri Kahani’ are loved by the audience. Apart from his acting skills, the audience is always looking forward to the soulful tracks from his movies.

On his birthday, let’s have a look at some of the soulful tracks of his films.

1. Aashiq Bnaya Aapne

‘Aashiq Bnaya Aapne’ is enjoyed by one and all over the years by the audience. The song features Emraan. Sung and composed by Himesh Reshammiya, this iconic song has a special place in our hearts.

2. Woh Lamhe Woh Baatein

The song ‘Woh Lamhe Won Baatein’ remains one of the biggest hits from the 2000s. The song was from the movie ‘Zeher’, which starred Emraan Hashmi, Shamita Shetty, and Udita Goswami.

3. Ishq Sufiyana

‘Ishq Sufiyana’ was composed by the famous music director duo, Vishal-Shekhar. It was sung by Kamal Khan, and the lyrics were written by Rajat Arora.

4. Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai

The beautiful track ‘Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai’ was featured on Emraan and Kangana Ranaut. It was sung by the late singer KK, composed by Pritam, and written by Sayeed Quadri for Anurag Basu’s romantic thriller ‘Gangster: A Love Story’.

5. Haal-E-Dil

Sung by Harshit Saxena, ‘Haal-E-Dil’ is an unforgettable musical piece from the 2011 film ‘Murder 2’ that has been heard all over the years by the audience. Mithoon composed and wrote the lyrics.

6. Humnava

‘Humnava’ portrays the beautiful love story of Vasudhaa, played by Vidya Balan and Emraan’s character in the film ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’. It was composed by Mithoon and crooned by Papon.

7. Main Rahoon Yaa Naa Rahoon

The song ‘Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon’ featuring Emraan and Esha Gupta is beautifully sung by Armaan Malik and composed by Amaal Malik. It has over 300 million views and more than 2 million likes on YouTube.

8. Lut Gaye

‘Lut Gaye’ broke all records and was trending on all the social media platforms. Emraan showcases his amazing acting skills in the song. It has more than 1 billion views and approximately 10 million likes on YouTube. Sung by Jubin Nautiyal, the music of the song was given by Tanishk Bagchi.

Emraan was last seen in the family entertainer film ‘Selfiee’ alongside Akshay Kumar, Nushrratt Bharuccha and Diana Penty. Helmed by Raj Mehta. (ANI)

This report is auto-generated from ANI news service. ThePrint holds no responsibility for its content.

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MTV Brought Back Their ’90s News Breaks For ‘Yellowjackets’

Picture this: it’s 1996, and you are waiting to watch your favorite music video from No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom, and suddenly the familiar voice of Kurt Loder shows up on your screen with an important MTV News Break. Remember the good ‘ole days?! Now MTV is just 24 straight hours of Ridiculousness and the horror docu-drama 16 and Pregnant.

But back then, MTV News was how you got the latest on all of those juicy celebrity feuds and everything you could ever need to know about Madonna. So when a teen-oriented drama takes place in 1996, not bringing up MTV News would be a missed opportunity.

Fortunately, nostalgia is always in, so ‘MTV News’ released a spoofy segment revolving around those missing teens from Yellowjackets. It also included a link that brings users to a very early internet page looking for the missing girls. Remember life before everything was only on social media? Me neither.

The clip begins, “Hi, I’m Kurt Loder with an MTV news brief. Today marks three months since the disappearance of the Wiskayok High Yellowjackets, the New Jersey girls soccer team whose plane — bound for the U.S. Championship in Seattle — seemingly vanished,” Loder says before referencing a bunch of fun ’90s trivia.

You might be thinking, does Kurt Loder age? Yes, but aging doesn’t matter anymore, thanks to deep fake tech. Loder himself was impressed by the news broadcast that perfectly mimicked the style of his iconic ’90s reports.

Season two of Yellowjackets will pick up in the dead of winter, where the team is still awaiting their rescue while trying to survive each other. Showrunners have teased that this season will be a lot darker than the first, which was already pretty dang dark! Maybe next season they can do a quick crossover with Daria.

Yellowjackets return this Sunday, March 26th on Showtime.

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Darius Rucker, The Black Crowes & More Added as CMT Music Awards Performers – Billboard

Darius Rucker will team up with The Black Crowes for a world premiere collaboration of the band’s 1991 hit “She Talks to Angels” during the CMT Music Awards on April 2, airing live from Moody Center in Austin, Texas.


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Rucker, who is nominated in the CMT performance of the year category the upcoming awards show (for his rendition of “Let Her Cry” from CMT Storytellers), has earned nine No. 1 singles on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, while The Black Crowes have earned six No. 1 singles on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock chart.

They are among the latest round of performers for the CMT Music Awards, with newly-announced performers also including Jelly Roll, Tyler Hubbard, and a collaboration from Wynonna Judd with Ashley McBryde.

Hitmaker Jelly Roll, who reigned atop Billboard‘s Emerging Artists chart for 25 weeks and is set to release his forthcoming album, Whitsitt Chapel on June 2, will perform his single “Need a Favor.” He earns his first CMT Music Awards nominations this year, with nods for male video of the year, breakthrough male video of the year, and CMT digital-first performance of the year.

A decade after Hubbard made his CMT Music Awards debut as part of Florida Georgia Line (performing “Cruise” at the 2013 ceremony, collaboration with Nelly), Hubbard will make his first solo awards performance, offering “Dancin’ in the Country.”

Wynonna will return to the CMT Music Awards stage, following her memorable final performance of “Love Can Build a Bridge” with her mother and the Judds bandmate, the late Naomi Judd. That performance is nominated for CMT performance of the year at this year’s ceremony.

These six new performers join previously announced performers Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown + Katelyn Brown, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini and Lainey Wilson. Meanwhile, newcomers Avery Anna, Chapel Hart, Jackson Dean, Lily Rose, Megan Moroney and Nate Smith will perform from the Ram Trucks Side Stage.

The CMT Music Awards will air on the CBS Television Network and will stream live and on demand on Paramont+.

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Music volunteer nominated for Coronation Champion Award for work supporting refugees

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Ify Iwobi currently volunteers part time with Race Council Cymru

A volunteer from Swansea has been nominated for a Coronation Champions Awards for inspiring young people from diverse-ethnic backgrounds through music and culture.

29-year-old Ify Iwobi volunteers part time with Race Council Cymru at the African Community Centre and is now in the running to become one of 500 volunteers, who will be selected as the nation’s Coronation Champions.

The awards are to be held as part of the King’s Coronation and will recognise the exceptional work of volunteers from across the UK.

Talented musician Ify established a project called Crossing Borders Music and Heritage to help young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds explore how their cultural roots impact on their creativity and increase their sense of self-worth.

More than 30 young people aged 14–29, many of whom have fled from war and persecution, benefited from the project, seeing improvements in their mental health and wellbeing.


A volunteer for 15 years, Ify also donates time each week to teach piano to young asylum seekers and refugees who don’t have the financial means to pay for lessons.

During the pandemic, Ify also led a collaboration to compose a track to raise money for NHS Wales.

‘We Won’t Forget’ raised over £2000 and won the Wales Culture Matters Bread and Roses Award in 2021.

All 500 Champions will be invited to a Coronation event and will receive an official Coronation Champions pin along with a certificate signed by The King and Queen Consort.

Ify Iwobi said: “Becoming a Coronation Champion would completely change my life and, I hope, inspire other young people to volunteer alongside study or work. We can all give back a little to make the world a better place and power up those around us.”

“For me, music has been a life line and I believe many young people who have fled from war, trauma and distress could find it therapeutic to use creative art as a form of expression of their pain, stress and anxiety.

“Through volunteering and managing this project, I have used my creative talent and ability to empower, uplift and transform young people’s lives, enabling them to be the best they can be”

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Planting Hope’s RightRice(R) Sponsors Whole Foods Market’s Whole Planet Foundation Fundraising Event for Women Entrepreneurs at SXSW Music Festival – Music Industry Today

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Entertainment News Roundup: Biden honors Springsteen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mindy Kaling; ‘Succession’ star Brian Cox gets into character at final season premiere and more

Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.

Biden honors Springsteen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mindy Kaling

U.S. President Joe Biden made an observation when conferring the National Medal of Arts on rocker Bruce Springsteen on Tuesday: “Bruce, some people are just born to run, man.” Springsteen and a host of actors, authors, singers and other artists joined Biden in the White House East Room where they received either a National Medal of Arts or National Humanities Medal for their contributions to American society.

‘Succession’ star Brian Cox gets into character at final season premiere

“Succession” actor Brian Cox briefly turned into his commanding patriarchal character Logan Roy on the red carpet on Monday, as the cast of the hit HBO drama premiered its fourth and final season. Swearing just like Roy regularly does in the award-winning show about a family jockeying for control of a media empire, Cox playfully shouted as he and his fellow cast members posed for pictures together.

Streaming boosts recorded music revenue, China market growing

Global recorded music revenues rose 9% last year to $26.2 billion, with growth registered in every region and an increase in paid subscription streaming helping drive sales, a report said on Tuesday. Among the trends highlighted by the IFPI, a trade body for the recorded music industry, were China nudging into the top five markets globally for the first time, and income from the use of recorded music in adverts, film, television and games, rising by 22.3%.

‘Winnie the Pooh’ horror film cancelled in Hong Kong

The screening of “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey”, a British slasher film due to be released in Hong Kong this week, has been cancelled after cinemas in the city declined to show it, its distributor said on Tuesday. VII Pillars Entertainment said it didn’t know the reason for the cancellation; the movie had been scheduled to open March 23 in 32 cinemas in the city.

Dramas ‘This is Going to Hurt’, ‘The Responder’ lead BAFTA TV nominations

Medical comedy-drama “This is Going to Hurt” and police series “The Responder” led nominations for Britain’s BAFTA Television Awards on Wednesday, receiving six nods each, while live coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee and her state funeral were also recognised. Based on former doctor Adam Kay’s memoir and set on an obstetrics ward at a London hospital, “This is Going to Hurt” secured a leading actor nomination for star Ben Whishaw as well as recognition as a mini series.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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Kacey Musgraves, Reese Witherspoon Talk Contest – Billboard

A conversation between six-time Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves and Academy Award-winning actress/entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon led to the globally focused country music competition series My Kind of Country, which premieres Friday (March 24) via Apple TV+, in partnership with the Witherspoon-founded media company Hello Sunshine.


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“We were talking about, ‘Why is country music so closed off? Why are there not more global influences and people who have a different perspective?’” Nashville native Witherspoon told Billboard via phone. “Kacey really illuminated it for me — it’s been a closed-door business for a long time. So this idea [is] to start a country music competition series and make it very international, because the reach of Apple is global. An important piece of this is highlighting voices that have not been heard. At Hello Sunshine, we have a spotlight that we would like to shine on people who have not had the opportunity to have their work highlighted.”

Witherspoon and Musgraves serve as executive producers on the eight-part series, which airs a new episode each Friday. Also serving as executive producers are Hello Sunshine’s Sara Rea and Lauren Newstadter, and Sandbox Entertainment’s Jason Owen (Musgraves is a Sandbox client), Izzie Pick Ibarra and Done+Dusted’s Katy Mullan.

The series’ dozen contestants hail from across the globe, including five artists from South Africa, two from India, one from Mexico and four from the United States.

“It’s been really cool for me to be part of this because since day one it’s been really important for me to keep reaching out globally, to try to find the people that connect with my music across the world,” said Musgraves, who is one of the few country artists to have toured Japan. “The easier thing to do would be to stay in America and play shows, but I want to build audiences around the world. I have been so moved and floored by being able to tour in places so far away from my home and see that my stories have connected with people there. Being part of this show is another angle of that for me. It just shows that no matter where you come from, when it’s brought back to the heart of the matter in the songs, we have the same emotions and the same human connection.”

Indeed, the show is intent on highlighting diversity and inclusion — not just with the contestants, but through the three artists who serve as scouts, mentors and judges: Jimmie Allen is a Grammy nominee and a 2021 CMA new artist of the year winner with three No. 1 Billboard Country Airplay chart hits; Mickey Guyton, who broke through with songs “Black Like Me” and “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” and was the first Black female solo artist to earn a Grammy nomination in a country category; and Orville Peck is a gay country artist who has collaborated with Shania Twain and is known for his fringed masks and retro-tinged brand of country music. Each handpicked four contestants to become part of their teams.

“It was cool to hear country music during different parts of the world, sometimes in different languages,” Allen told Billboard via Zoom, “and being part of choosing artists. I remember being on Zoom with show producers and going through and listening to so many artists that were really good.”

The dozen selected contestants traveled to Nashville, and throughout the eight episodes, viewers watch as they hone their skills and confidence, as the scouts narrow down the competition via weekly eliminations, culminating in a finale performance in front of Musgraves, Witherspoon and the mentors/scouts, with one ultimate winner.

Allen’s artists are Ale Aguirre, who hails from Chihuahua, Mexico, and blends bilingual lyrics with elements of Norteño and banda. Dhruv Visvanath, from New Delhi, wrote the score to two independent films. North Carolina’s Camille Parker launched her career in R&B and pop music before pursuing a career in country music. Johannesburg’s Justin Serrao blends elements of alternative rock and country.

Guyton’s artists are two singer/songwriters from Nashville: Ashlie Amber and Chuck Adams, as well as South African sibling duo The Betsies (Zel and Landi Degenaar) and South African singer/songwriter Wandile.

Peck’s artists are Cape Town’s The Congo Cowboys (Julie Sigauque, Simon Attwell and Chris Bakalanga), who perform in both English and Lingala, the official language of the Democratic Republic of Congo; nonbinary bluegrass-influenced singer/songwriter Ismay Hellman of Petaluma, Calif.; Alisha Pais of Goa, India, and former South Africa Idols contestant Micaela Kleinsmith of Cape Town.

For all three scouts, their contestants have already moved them musically and emotionally.

“I feel like we’re all very nurturing people and to be around these amazing, incredible artists, it’s such a fulfilling thing to get to do,” Guyton told Billboard via Zoom. “The coolest part is you’re seeing how many people love country music globally.”

“Camille’s first performance, she sang ‘Space Cowboy’ by Kacey Musgraves, but the way she performed it, her vocal tone and delivery, it just hit me and she made the song her own,” Allen said.

Peck, who also hails from South Africa, noted watching fellow South Africa artist Kleinsmith progress in confidence was heartening.

“Coming into the competition, she was insecure about many things and had imposter syndrome,” Peck told Billboard via Zoom. “She is so incredibly talented and just getting to watch someone find themselves and their confidence in such a short amount of time that we did this show was really special for me to watch.”

Guyton recalled witnessing Adams’ vulnerability on the show.

“You never get to hear artists go through mental health struggles, but Chuck was very vocal about those things and it was beautifully honest,” she said. “Then he performed and you hear the pain and angst and this beautiful person. You just don’t often get to see that vulnerable side of people, especially on a show like this.”

“We cried a lot,” Allen added, sharing how he related to Adams’s story. “With Chuck, you know, I got diagnosed with bipolar [disorder] when I was 13, and I’ve had my moments where for two or three months I wanted to die, but I fought and stayed alive. So when you have those moments of him being open and then hearing his song, I knew if it was hitting me and inspiring me, all the people that see it are going to be inspired.”

Musgraves sees My Kind of Country as another essential step in the evolving progress of opening country music’s doors to a more diverse range of life stories and perspectives.

“Progress is progress, but there’s a long way to go,” Musgraves says. “Country music is woven with so many different stories and styles. And it’s not just about inclusivity in terms of color or gender. I want to see inclusivity when it comes to song matter and production style—that the songs that are able to be popular on country radio aren’t sung by the same kind of person about the same kind of thing. There are a lot of factors that could still be improved on.”

Witherspoon anticipates additional seasons of My Kind of Country, saying, “I sure hope so, because I do think country music is due for a disruption. We need to talk about why it’s been a closed-door business for so long. I think it’s the voice of the working people, whether that means you live in India, Africa, China, Japan…I think storytelling is storytelling, and we are here to promote great storytellers.”

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