Clint Eastwood’s latest war epic American Sniper had a very good weekend. The adaptation of late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s memoir took in more than $90 million during the three-day weekend. That’s enough to break a bunch of box-office records. Not only is it the largest opening ever for a Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, it’s also the biggest January opening of all time, surpassing 2010’s Avatar. The Bradley Cooper-starring Best Picture-nom was also director Clint Eastwood’s biggest opening of all time, and even beat out The Passion of the Christ to become the largest opening weekend for a drama ever ... Discuss
Taylor Swift has once again proved that she is one of the world’s coolest pop stars. A few weeks after releasing her Swiftmas video—in which she sent custom gift boxes to a few lucky social media followers—she reached out to another fan. Swift was so impressed by a fan’s Friends-themed tribute video, that she sent her own bodyguard to hand-deliver a package. Along with an assortment of personal gifts (that contained some references to her latest album, 1989) the box also contained check and a note that said, “Now you're $1989 closer to paying off those student loans" ... Discuss
The summer of 2015 continues to be the season of generation-bridging music festivals. Weeks after Coachella released their lineup—revealing that Steely Dan and AC/DC would be playing alongside acts like Drake and Jack White—Bonnaroo has unveiled their own festival schedule. And sitting atop the list of acts like Hozier, The War on Drugs, Flying Lotus, is none other than the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel. Also, notable is the fact that Mumford & Sons—who have been on a hiatus for more than a year—are also among the headliners.
The four-day Tennessee festival will also host performances from acts including Kendrick Lamar, My Morning Jacket, Childish Gambino, Bleachers, Spoon, Ben Folds, Run the Jewels, Belle and Sebastian and dozens of others. Tickets go sale on Jan. 17, so get them while they last, and enjoy your humidity-soaked sweat blanket! ... Discuss
Last we heard from Purity Ring, they released one of the best debuts of 2012 before all but falling off the earth. But that time has clearly been put to good use. After an intriguing, surprise song called "Push Pull" was released last month, we've finally got the full details on their follow-up. It'll be called Another Eternity and it'll release on March 3. As with last time, Corin Roddick will supply the sparkling pop production and Megan James will bring the haunting lyrics. Unlike last time, they'll actually be recording in the same place (their first album, Shrines was recorded long distance.) They've released an excellent new song, "begin again," to whet our palates. Check it out below ... Discuss
Five years after the release of the experimental electronic LP The Age of Adz, Sufjan Stevens has announced that he is releasing a new album. Carrie & Lowell—named for his mother and stepfather—drops on March 31. A press release for the album explains that the new record is an exploration of "life and death, love and loss, and the artist's struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love." If this brief album trailer is any indication, it sounds like Carrie & Lowell may be a return to the dreamy, folk sounds of his earlier work ... Discuss