Ciara Postpones Texas Concert Over Coronavirus Concerns

Ciara has postponed an upcoming concert in Texas over fears about the coronavirus.

The 34-year-old singer, who is pregnant, was scheduled to perform at the grand opening of the USO Fort Hood on March 19.

“With the continued spread of the coronavirus throughout the U.S., as a pregnant woman, my doctors have advised me to limit travel and large group gatherings,” Ciara said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. “I am disappointed I won’t be able to return this month to the place where I was born, Ft. Hood Texas, and put on the amazing show we had planned.”

The grand opening of the Fort Hood USO is reportedly being rescheduled for this summer. Ciara’s concert at the venue will take place later this year.

“I urge everyone to be diligent in taking steps to stay healthy and safe,” Ciara said.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease at the end of 2019, more than 80,000 people have contracted the disease, resulting in more than 2,700 deaths according to the World Health Organization. With the disease reaching more than 40 countries, Billboard has compiled an ongoing list of major concerts and events that have been postponed or canceled due to the outbreak.


Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Celebrate Their First Holi As Married Couple: See the Pics

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra radiate love in every single photo they take, but the pics they’ve shared from their first Holi celebrations as Mr. and Mrs. are just as bright and cheery as the vibrant festival.

Holi — which takes place on Monday (March 9), officially, and marks the changing of seasons and start of spring — started early for the couple on Friday when they joined Chopra’s loved ones in Mumbai for some quality family time. Donning breezy white outfits, they posed for family photos before attending a party together.

Holi is known as the festival of color, and throwing heavily pigmented powder during celebrations is one of its most vivid and eye-catching traditions. Jonas fully embraced the spirit of his first Holi, and shared a few photos of him dancing while drenched and splattered with various hues alongside a beaming Chopra.

Chopra shared a few joyful photos as well of the pair, along with portraits of her, Jonas and the rest of her family before the party got underway.

Check out Chopra’s Holi photos below.

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Box Office: ‘Onward’ Battling to Hit $40M in U.S. Opening

The animated family pic Onward is having trouble finding its groove at the Friday (March 6) box office, according to early returns.

At this pace, projections show the Disney-Pixar release opening in the $37 million to $40 million range domestically in what would mark one of the lowest nationwide openings ever for the storied Pixar brand. Heading into the weekend, Onward was already tracking for a relatively modest domestic launch of $40 million to $45 million, meaning that expectations were muted for the original offering.

Box office analysts say they won’t know until later this weekend, when they are able to study returns on a market-by-market basis, whether worries over the coronavirus are impacting Onward, or whether it is the movie itself.

Onward follows two teenage elf brothers (Chris Pratt and Tom Holland) who embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there, and if they can use it to bring back their late father. Dan Scanlon, who directed Monsters University, is behind the film and wrote the movie with Jason Headley and Keith Bunin.

The film, which currently sits at an 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, is playing in 4,301 theaters in North America, including 400 Imax screens, 800 premium large-format screens and 2,300 3D locations.

In 1995, Toy Story — Pixar’s first release — opened to $29.1 million domestically, not adjusted for inflation. Pixar’s other lowest nationwide opening belonged to 2015’s The Good Dinosaur ($39.2 million).

Also launching this weekend is Warner Bros.’ adult drama The Way Back, starring Ben Affleck as a former basketball all-star struggling with the loss of his wife and addiction as he attempts to make a comeback by becoming the coach of his alma mater’s high school basketball team.

The Way Back is on course for a domestic start of $8 million, which would put it on the higher end of expectations.

Focus Features’ Emma expands across the country this weekend, and should clear a solid $5 million to $6 million.

Studio distribution executives and box office analysts were heartened Friday that the two films, along with a cluster of holdovers, were doing solid business.

Universal and Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man could fall 50 percent or less in its second weekend with nearly $14.5 million or more, good enough for a second-place finish.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


Apple Music & Lady Gaga Team Up to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Apple Music has tapped Lady Gaga to help celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday (March 8).

As the music streaming service’s new Artist in Residence, Gaga has curated an exclusive playlist, titled Women of Choice, featuring her new single “Stupid Love,” along with music by St. Vincent, Rosalia, Grimes, Charli XCX and HAIM, among others.

Apple Music will also feature artist-curated playlists by Taylor Swift (Playlists by ME!), Meghan Trainor (Who Runs the World), Kehlani (#OnRepeat), Hailee Steinfeld (Heartbreak Pop) and others.

In addition, the music streaming service’s Beats 1 will feature past interviews with Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Miranda Lambert, Dua Lipa and Halsey, among others.

Earlier this week, Gaga announced her upcoming album, Chromatica, scheduled for release on April 10 through Interscope. The news came on the heels of Gaga’s release of “Stupid Love,” her joyous new banger that had fans everywhere rejoicing at the prospect of a proper pop album from the superstar singer.


Omarion, Bow Wow & More Give Throwback Vibes With New School Energy on Millennium Tour 2020

New York City experienced a major Flashback Friday moment on Friday night (March 6). Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater was packed to the rim for the second edition of the highly-successful Millennium Tour, which features early-2000s R&B and hip-hop hitmakers guiding fans on a trip down memory lane. 

Last year’s national tour, which garnered an impressive $25.5 million over 44 dates, was headlined by B2K and featured Mario, Ying Yang Twins, Lloyd, Pretty Ricky and Chingy. This time around, Omarion is rolling solo, and over 32 dates, he’ll share the spotlight with Bow Wow, Ashanti, Pretty Ricky, Soulja Boy, Sammie, Ying Yang Twins and Lloyd.

The massive crowd piling into MSG from all sides featured concertgoers of all ages and ethnicities, showcasing just how impactful the early-aughts musical era was for adolescents and teens, who are now somewhere in their 20s and 30s. Of course, a night out means looking the part, and if it’s 2000s-themed, people will show up and show out: women were decked in their finest Baby Phat threads and doorknocker earrings, while the men in attendance sported face bandaids a la Nelly and du-rags to keep their waves contained. 

Before the nearly four-hour concert began, the arena pregamed with songs from current cultural behemoths DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, and the late native New Yorker Pop Smoke (“Welcome To The Party” played twice, and received the most raucous reaction of the entire event). Thanks to the Hulu Theater’s intimate setting, the audience was able to be fully immersed in the show no matter where they sat, a pleasant touch considering — even after all these years — this may have been the first time fans have seen these artists in concert.

Many of the acts performed their newer songs in addition to their throwback joints. Teen idol Sammie proved he’s all grown up now with mature performances of “I’m Him” and “Expiration Date,” in addition to his star-making hit, 2000’s “I Like It.” The now 33-year-old was discovered at the Apollo Theater in 1999, and while some vocal talents come and go, there’s no denying that he’s still got the pipes. He often melted into an impressive falsetto throughout his time on stage. The charged-up Ying Yang Twins provided a glimpse of their new material with “Stupid,” but of course, the crowd was most lit when they performed their biggest tracks “The Whisper Song,” “Badd,” and “Salt Shaker.” Their transition from “Whistle While You Twurk” into their finale, the Billboard Hot 100 smash “Get Low,” was the smoothest of the whole show. 

Soulja Boy ran through a slew of songs from his catalog that further amped up the already energetic crowd. The fur coat-wearing emcee performed F.L.Y’s “Swag Surfin’” (he was featured on the remix), which predictably sent the audience into a frenzy as they clutched onto each other to dance as a unit. “Crank Dat (Soulja Boy)” elicited cheers from the entire arena, who hopped out their seats to do the 2007 viral dance craze. With performances of “Kiss Me Thru The Phone,” “Pretty Boy Swag,” and Roscoe Dash’s “All The Way Turnt Up,” props must be given to Young Draco for providing memorable music moments throughout the 21st century.

Pretty Ricky and Lloyd had the ladies swooning from start to finish. The Miami quartet — comprised of Pleasure P, Slick Em, Spectacular and Baby Blue — put on a production complete with eye-popping choreography, superb singing and impressive rapping. They performed legacy tracks “Grind With Me” and “On The Hotline,” and showcased their X-rated new song “Body.” Each member of the group had a solo moment on stage, with Pleasure P’s inimitable vocals (which sound “just like his motherf–king records”) and Spectacular’s pec-tacular dance routine stealing the show. Lloyd, whose luscious vocals and megawatt smile had fans going apes–t even before his set began, ran through a string of memorable melodies like “Bedrock,” “Get It Shawty,” and “You.” The musician, who had his enviable curls braided up this go-around, wore an olive green OBEY jumpsuit with a print of Nipsey Hussle on the back, one of the many tributes to fallen icons throughout the evening. Ashanti, Bow Wow and Omarion paid their respect to Hussle, Kobe Bryant, Pop Smoke and more during their sets.

Although Ashanti fell victim to wardrobe and ear pack mishaps, she didn’t miss a beat, and felt the support from the largely-female crowd. The multi-hyphenate, who emerged from the ground in a throne and sported a red leather bodysuit and fur jacket, gave pleasant nods to the East and West Coasts. She interpolated Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s “The Next Episode” with her hit “Happy,” and dusted off “Unfoolish,” the promotional version of her chart-topping track “Foolish,” which features The Notorious B.I.G. Tunes like “What’s Luv?” “Mesmerize,” “Rock Wit U,” and an appearance by Lloyd for their collab “Southside” had the audience’s attention. As someone who noted she’s recovering from a recent foot surgery, her enthusiasm was on 100 from start to finish.

The night ended with Omarion and Bow Wow, who each performed solo, and then came together for a much-too-short on-stage reunion of the songs from their 2007 joint project, Face Off, including “Let Me Hold You.” O’s theatrical, dance-heavy renditions of “Icebox,” “Entourage,” “Post To Be,” and his latest single “Can You Hear Me” brought vivacity to the show’s conclusion. Bow Wow, who’s stamina could only be compared to the Energizer Bunny, performed hits from when he had the “Lil” attached straight through to his more adult songs. From “Bounce Wit Me” to “Shortie Like Mine” to “Ain’t Thinking About You,” the audience appeared to know every single word to the songs in this icon’s catalogue.

While news of the world outside seems to get bleaker each day, the Millennium Tour 2020 was an excellent way to escape the drama and reminisce about the good ol’ times. Even if it was just for a few hours, nothing feels better than dropping your cares and remembering how things used to be.


Watch J-Pop Girl Group Nogizaka46’s New Video Featuring Departing Member Mai Shiraishi

J-pop girl group Nogizaka46 shared its new music video accompanying “Shiawase no hogoshoku,” the last single for main member Mai Shiraishi before she leaves the group in March.

The concept of the video, shot in early February at a Yamanashi studio, was to visualize what it would be like for the rest of the group to see Shiraishi off “prom-style.” The video-specific choreography features the departing 27-year-old dancing with small groups of members from the first to the fourth generations before converging as the group as a whole toward the end.

The remaining members had a hard time holding back tears during the shoot, and rushed to Shiraishi’s side after each take and burst out crying. The scene where the members present her with purple bouquets was particularly emotional for everyone, and Shiraishi herself can be seen trying to control her expression at around the 3:56 mark before she manages to smile for the camera. Watch below:

The video was helmed by Kazuma Ikeda, the visual artist who directed the group’s visuals for “Seifuku no mannequin,” “Kodoku kyodai” and “Synchronicity.” “Shiawase no hogoshoku” roughly translates to “the protective coloring of happiness.”

Katy Perry Shows Off Baby Bump for First Time in Public Since Revealing Pregnancy

Katy Perry’s pregnancy glow is in full effect.

On Saturday (March 7), the 35-year-old pop star — who’s expecting her first child with finance Orlando Bloom — proudly showed off her baby bump for the first time in public since revealing her pregnancy earlier in the week.

Perry was photographed in Melbourne, Australia, where she was rehearsing for an appearance at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 Final. The American Idol judge will give a live performance before and after the cricket match on Sunday, which also falls on International Women’s Day.

Perry took to her Instagram Story to encourage female fans to attend the game. “We’re trying to make it the most attended female sporting event ever. We’re almost there,” she said in a selfie video.

On Thursday, the singer surprised the world with news of her pregnancy by showing off her baby bump in the music video for her dramatic new ballad “Never Worn White.” Following the reveal, Perry told SiriusXM Hits 1 that “Never Worn White” isn’t the lead single from her forthcoming record, but it came out at the best time.

“Honestly, I was getting way too fat to hide it, so I was like, ‘Well, I think this song would be a great reveal! Let’s start there,” she revealed to Piff with a laugh. “And that’s how I communicate things — I communicate through music.”

See below for more photos of Perry’s first time showing off her baby bump in public.