Adele Returns to No. 1 In U.K. With ‘Easy On Me’

Adele holds off a spirited challenge from Gayle to scale the U.K. singles chart summit once again.

“Easy On Me,” the first track lifted from Adele’s 30 (Columbia) album, zooms 37 places for an eighth non-consecutive week at No. 1. It’s Adele’s longest-running leader in her homeland, besting the five-week run at the top for 2011’s “Someone Like You” (her other leader, 2015’s “Hello,” logged three weeks at No. 1).

Coming in close at No. 2 this week is Gayle’s viral Atlantic hit “abcdefu”, which zooms 14-2 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart for a fresh peak.

Also scaling new heights is Sam Fender, whose “Seventeen Going Under” (Polydor) blasts 30-3. It’s a first U.K. Singles Chart Top 5 appearance for this one-time BRITS Critics’ Choice Award winner, though he does two No. 1 albums to his name.

As Christmas songs make their exodus, several songs spike on the weekly survey.

SwitchOTR and A1 & J1 power 41-5 with “Coming For You” (Robots & Humans), Fireboy DML and Ed Sheeran‘s “Peru” (Asylum/Island/YBNL Nation) vaults 28-6, Arrdee’s Island release “Flowers (Say My Name) is up 33-7, D-Block Europe featuring Central Cee’s “Overseas” (D-Block Europe) rises 36-8, Acraze featuring Cherish’s “Do It To It” (Thrive) soars 43-9, and Ed Sheeran’s former leader “Shivers” (Asylum), up 42-10.

The highest new entry this week is courtesy of the soundtrack to Disney’s Encanto. Three songs from the original film score arrive in the U.K. Top 40, led by “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” up 66-4; “Surface Pressure,” up 46-14; and “The Family Madrigal,” new at No. 30.

Finally, Australian producer Luude scores his first U.K. chart hit with “Down Under” (Sweat It Out). It’s a reworking of Men At Work’s signature single of the same name, which led the Official U.K. Singles Chart in 1983. The track, listed as Luude featuring Colin Hay, is new at No. 32. 

Billie Eilish & Finneas and Hans Zimmer Win 2022 Golden Globes

“No Time to Die” from the film of the same name became the third song from a James Bond film to win the Golden Globe for best original song on Sunday (Jan. 9), putting it one step closer to an Oscar nomination and perhaps win. Billie Eilish co-wrote the song with her brother and chief collaborator, Finneas O’Connell, for the long-delayed, but ultimately successful, MGM/United Artists Releasing film.

Adele’s “Skyfall” and Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” were the first two Bond songs to win Golden Globes. They went on to become the first two Bond songs to win Oscars.

Hans Zimmer’s Dune (Warner Bros.) won the Globe for best original score.  It’s Zimmer’s third win in the category, following The Lion King (1994) and Gladiator (2000). He went on to win the Oscar for The Lion King, though his Gladiator score lost the Oscar to Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The Globes are normally one of the top-rated (and most entertaining) award shows, but NBC declined to air the show this year in reaction to allegations of financial and ethical lapses and a problems with diversity among its members (including not one Black member), first reported a year ago in The Los Angeles Times. The organization has since overhauled its bylaws and taken steps to diversify its membership, but many power brokers in the entertainment industry are boycotting the awards until they are satisfied that the changes are real and permanent.

This year’s Golden Globes were presented at a private event without any celebrities or nominees present, and without a livestream. They were announced with little fanfare on the the organization’s website and social media. So this year’s Golden Globe Awards don’t mean much – except as a possible predictor of how the Oscars may go. The Globes have been a fairly reliable predictor of future Oscar glory.

Six of the last 10 Globe winners for best original song went on to win the Oscar – “Skyfall” from the film of the same name, “Glory” from Selma, “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre, “City of Stars” from La La Land, “Shallow from A Star Is Born and “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman.

Seven of the last 10 Globe winners for best original score went on to win the Oscar – The Artist, Life of Pi, The Hateful Eight, La La Land, The Shape of Water, Joker and Soul.

“No Time to Die” appears to be the front-runner to win the Oscar for best original song. It won a Grammy in March 2021 for best song written for visual media and an award for song – feature film from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards on Nov. 17.

Dune was nominated for original score — feature film at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, but lost to Nicholas Britell‘s score for Don’t Look Up, which was passed over in the Globe nods.

Zimmer is one of six composers to win three or more Globes for best original score. Maurice Jarre, Dimitri Tiomkin and John Williams lead with four wins each. Alan Menken and Ennio Morricone also won three times.

Oscar nominations will be announced on Feb. 8. The awards will be revealed on March 27.

The other nominees for the Globe for best original song were “Be Alive” from King Richard (Warner Bros.) — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson;  “Dos Orugitas” from Encanto (Walt Disney Pictures) — Lin-Manuel Miranda; “Down to Joy” from Belfast (Focus Features) — Van Morrison and “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from Respect (MGM/United Artists Releasing) — Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King.

The other nominees for the Globe for best original score were The French Dispatch (Searchlight Pictures) — Alexandre Desplat, Encanto (Walt Disney Pictures) — Germaine Franco, The Power of the Dog (Netflix) — Jonny Greenwood, and Parallel Mothers (Sony Pictures Classic) — Alberto Iglesias.

In related categories, Steven Spielberg’s new version of West Side Story won best motion picture, musical or comedy. In addition, Rachel Zegler won best actress in a motion picture musical or comedy for her playing Maria in that film, which was her motion picture debut. Ariana Debose won best supporting actress in a motion picture for playing Anita. Rita Moreno won a Globe and an Oscar for playing that role in the original 1961 film classic.

Encanto won best animated motion picture. The soundtrack zooms from No. 7 to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote all the songs on the album.

Andrew Garfield won best performance by an actor in a motion picture musical or comedy for tick…tick…BOOM!, in which he plays Rent creator Jonathan Larson.

John Stamos, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart and More Remember Bob Saget: ‘Just the Funniest and Nicest’

A number of Hollywood stars took to social media on Sunday (Jan. 9) to remember Bob Saget after the Full House star and comedian was found dead earlier that day. Saget was 65.

Saget was found unresponsive in a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes and pronounced dead on the scene, the Orlando Sheriff’s Department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday night. Authorities have no information on the cause of death. Detectives have found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case, and the Orange County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

The famous stand-up comedian and Philadelphia native is best known for his breakout role as Danny Tanner on ABC’s popular family sitcom Full House, which ran from fall 1987 through May 1995.

Comedians from Norman Lear to Jon Stewart paid tribute on social media on Sunday. Gilbert Gottfried said he was “still in shock” upon hearing the news: “I just spoke with Bob a few days ago. We stayed on the phone as usual making each other laugh. RIP to friend, comedian & fellow Aristocrat Bob Saget.” Whoopi Goldberg wrote, “Sail on my friend Bob Saget. With your huge heart and abject lunacy.”

Full House co-star John Stamos wrote, “I am broken. I am gutted.  I am in complete and utter shock.  I will never ever have another friend like him.  I love you so much Bobby.”

See what Hollywood is saying below.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

Bob Saget, Comedian and ‘Full House’ Star, Dies at 65

Bob Saget, whose comedic, affable portrayal of widowed dad Danny Tanner on the sitcom Full House made him one of TV’s most popular dads, was found dead Sunday (Jan. 9) in his hotel room in Orlando, Florida, the Sheriff’s Department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 65.

Saget, who was also the longtime host for America’s Funniest Videos and was on a comedy tour, was found unresponsive in his room at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, authorities said. The actor was pronounced dead on scene, authorities said.

No information was released on the cause of death, but the sheriff’s department said detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use.

“We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today. He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter,” the Saget family said in a statement to THR. “Though we ask for privacy at this time, we invite you to join us in remembering the love and laughter that Bob brought to the world.”

The Philadelphia native got his start with a stint on CBS’ The Morning Program in 1987, just before landing his breakout role as Danny Tanner on ABC’s popular family sitcom Full House.

Saget shot to fame with his potrayal of Tanner, a father of three daughters who recently lost his wife and moves in with his brother-in-law (John Stamos) and his best friend (Dave Coulier). Though the ABC show was hardly a critical success, it struck a chord with audiences and ran from 1987 to 1995. The sitcom was later revived with much of the cast on the Netflix sequel series Fuller House in 2016.

Full House launched the careers of then-child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Candace Cameron Bure, while propelling the paths of Stamos, Coulier and Lori Loughlin.

“I am broken,” Stamos tweeted Sunday. “I am gutted.  I am in complete and utter shock.  I will never ever have another friend like him.  I love you so much Bobby.”

In 1989, Saget debuted as the original host on America’s Funniest Home Videos, a role he held until 1997.

He was also known for his film work, making his feature directorial debut with the raunchy 1998 Norm MacDonald movie Dirty Work. He later directed 2007’s Farce of the Penguins, a parody of the hit documentary March of the Penguins.

Other notable television work included the voice of the adult Ted Mosby on CBS’ long-running How I Met Your Mother.

Saget was also an accomplished stand-up comic, and his on-stage work, as was the case with projects like Dirty Work, reflected his less family-friendly perspective. During a 2015 Esquire profile, Saget explained that he saw humor as an outlet for life’s difficult moments, including the loss of two sisters who died at young ages.

“When you’ve seen a lot of bad stuff and just want to enjoy your life and be happy and have your kids happy and have your friends happy, you just have a value system where it raises the bar on what’s important,” he said about valuing comedy.

Saget was on tour in Florida, where he performed Saturday night at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, near Jacksonville. In his final tweet, sent early in the morning on Sunday, he gushed about the “appreciative audience” at his show that night. “I had no idea I did a 2 hr set tonight,” he wrote, in part. “I’m happily addicted again to this s—.”

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

Selena Gomez Thanks Rare Beauty Team With Full-Page Ad in ‘New York Times’

Selena Gomez “was inspired to sit down and personally write” a letter to her Rare Beauty team over the holiday break, and she published that letter on the back page of the Styles section of Sunday’s New York Times.

“I want to thank you for all your hard work in making the brand such a beloved part of our community. None of it would have been possible without you,” she wrote in the full-page letter, published on Jan. 9.

“My goal with Rare Beauty was to launch a brand that helped shape the dialogue around the beauty of self-acceptance and embracing your uniqueness — something that has been desperately needed in the beauty space. The heart of this brand is in recognizing that we’re not meant to look a certain way, and that we’re all unique and different and that’s something that should be celebrated,” said Gomez, who launched the cosmetics line in September 2020.

“I knew when I founded the brand that we would need to win over skeptics who doubted our commitment to deliver great products with an authentic mission,” Gomez said. “But with all your hard work and dedication, I believe we have proven that we are building a brand that will deliver on our promise.”

The singer — whose Spanish-language Revelación debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart in March and earned Gomez a Grammy nomination for best Latin pop album — went on to thank her Rare Beauty team for “making an impact,” “building a community,” “prioritizing mental health in the workplace” and “developing an amazing line of vegan, cruelty-free products for all to feel good in.”

With a goal to provide mental health resources to underserved areas through their Rare Impact Fund, Gomez wrote that over the past year, “we donated $1.2M to 8 grantees. We also launched #MentalHealth101, a campaign to rally the philanthropic community around mental health in schools, raising 68,000 signatures and $400,000 in support.”

Gomez congratulated her team on getting more than 200 products in Sephora locations around the world, and for helping cultivate a brand that encourages its customers to “feel good wearing our products and feel good about who they are.”

“If you’re wondering why you’re seeing this letter in the New York Times, it’s because I wanted to give your accomplishments the platform they deserve,” Gomez noted.

See a clip of Gomez with the letter, and read it in full, below.

CID Presents to Move Forward with Mexico Destination Events Following Dead & Co Cancellation

Event producer CID Presents plans to move forward with its current slate of destination events in Mexico following the cancellation of Dead & Company’s Playing in the Sand weekends. Playing in the Sand was scheduled to take place between Jan. 7-10 and 13-16 in Riviera Cancun, Mexico before the band and producers announced the cancellations Thursday due to the surge in COVID-19 cases across the globe.

In a statement provided to Billboard, CID Presents says they intend to proceed with their other January events at the same location, including Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa (Jan. 19-22) and Hootie and the Blowfish’s The Big Splash (Jan. 26-29).

“As we all know this is an ever-evolving situation and the rise and fall of COVID-19 over the past several months has been outside of our control. We are continuing to monitor the latest guidelines and recommendations from both the U.S. & Mexican governments as well as our on-site medical teams,” the statement reads.

CID promises to keep artists, crew and guests abreast of the ever-changing situation due to the omicron variant and states, “If, at any point during the two weeks leading up to a particular event, the CDC Risk Assessment Level for COVID-19 for the Quintana Roo (Cancún) region of Mexico rises to a Level 4 or Mexico designates the area unsafe to hold an event we will be offering full refunds to those not wishing to attend the particular event and will work closely with the artists and their representatives to determine if an event should be cancelled. At this time, we are taking this situation day by day and event by event.”

CID Presents is also scheduled to host events by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds’ on Feb. 18-20, Phish on Feb. 24-27 and My Morning Jacket on March 2-5.

“We are focused on Crash My Playa, our next event slated to start on Jan. 19, 2022 and look forward to delivering the outdoor beachfront concert experiences our fans have been waiting for while maintaining as safe an environment as possible. We continue to recommend buying travel insurance which may help protect against the risks of COVID-19 and traveling internationally during the pandemic,” the statement concludes.

Earlier this week, Dead & Co were forced to cancel their two weekends of events in Mexico after member Bill Kreutzmann announced he would not attend the shows in Mexico due to health complications and frontman John Mayer revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 before leaving for Mexico. Playing in the Sand attendees were instructed to check their emails for refund information.

Following the Dead & Co cancellation, electronic music festival Departure cancelled its inaugural show in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico on Friday. The electronic event was scheduled to begin Friday (Jan. 7) in the resort destination and extend through Jan. 11 with a stacked lineup featuring more than 70 artists.

“We have been liaising with local authorities from Playa Del Carmen and with the recent severe rise in the cases of omicron in the past few days, the governor announced last night that Playa Del Carmen is returning to yellow tier COVID restrictions and therefore we cannot continue with a show of this size as planned,” organizers Pollen wrote in a statement posted to social media on Friday.