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The catalog of the late rocker David Bowie sold to Warner Music
Warner Music Group’s publishing unit has purchased British rock star David Bowie’s entire catalog spanning six decades, including hits such as ‘Heroes’ and ‘Let’s Dance’. Bowie, who pushed the boundaries of music and his own sanity to produce some of the most innovative songs of his generation, died in 2016 at the age of 69.
The show must go on: Madrid races to replace La Bohème cast hit by COVID
Madrid’s Teatro Real opera house had to act quickly when the leads of its production of La Bohème contracted COVID-19 one after another, forcing the director to scramble for replacements to perform together for the first time Monday night. To mitigate the risk of contamination, Teatro Real productions operate with two full casts, who alternate performances and never come into contact with each other, a theater spokeswoman said.
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ continues to dominate the box office, surpassing $600 million in North America
Another weekend, another chance for Sony’s superhero adventure “Spider-Man: No Way Home” to flex its box office dominance. The comic book sequel, starring Tom Holland as Marvel’s favorite web-slinger, topped the domestic box office charts for the third weekend in a row. “No Way Home” snagged $52.7 million over the New Year holiday, bringing its domestic total to $609 million. It extends an epic streak for Spidey’s latest adventure, which continues to deliver the kind of ticket sales one might have expected in pre-pandemic times. No other blockbuster has been able to reach similar heights at the box office, at least in the United States and Canada. After “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the next highest-grossing tent pole of COVID-19 times is Disney and Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” with $224 million domestically. With no real competition until Paramount’s chilling sequel “Scream,” the fifth installment in the slasher series, opens Jan. 14, Holland’s teenage vigilante will continue to rake the dough.
(With agency contributions.)