Taylor Swift reacts to CATS Golden Globes nom: "This is just purrfect"
Taylor Swift has reacted to her Golden Globes nomination in typical cat-lady fashion.
As previously reported, Taylor has received her third Globes nod for "Beautiful Ghosts," the song she co-wrote with Andrew Lloyd Webber for the upcoming movie musical, CATS, in which she also stars.
On Instagram, Taylor writes, "I woke up today to the news that Beautiful Ghosts is nominated for a Golden Globe - it’s so cool that one of the most fun, fulfilling creative experiences I’ve ever had is being honored in this way by the HFPA."
She adds, "I ended up spending many days on set watching the other performers do their scenes. Watching the character Victoria, played by [Francesca Hayward] inspired me so much and Beautiful Ghosts was the result. "
And Taylor finishes her statement by noting, "Congrats to my co-writer and buddy 4 life Andrew Lloyd Webber. This is just purrfect."
Album chart is Frozen with holiday cheer, thanks to Mariah, Michael & Pentatonix
If you weren't fully convinced that winter is here and Christmas is just weeks away, just take a look at the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
Topping the chart is the soundtrack of the smash Disney sequel Frozen II, which rises from number three to number one. It's the third soundtrack to hit number one in 2019, following A Star Is Born and Kanye West's Jesus Is King, which is technically the soundtrack to the rapper's short film of the same name.
Meanwhile, holiday albums by Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé return to the top 10, while the official group of Christmas, Pentatonix, has scored its 10th top-10 album with The Best of Pentatonix Christmas.
Mariah's 1994 album Merry Christmas jumps from #21 to number nine. It initially hit the top 10 when it was first released, and then returned to the top 10 again in January 2019. With U.S. sales of 5.7 million copies, it's the third-biggest-selling holiday album since sales started being tracked electronically in 1991. The album's perennial hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is currently #18 on the Hot 100.
Michael's 2011 album Christmas rises from #17 to number six. The album has returned to the top 10 every year since its initial release. With U.S. sales of 4.3 million copies, it's Michael's biggest album, and the fifth-biggest-selling album since 1991.
As for Pentatonix, fully half of the group's ten top-10 albums are Christmas albums. Their new release, The Best of Pentatonix Christmas, has moved from #18 to number eight. It features four new songs, including a "virtual duet" with the late Whitney Houston on "Do You Hear What I Hear."
Julia Michaels says she and Selena Gomez bonded over "s****y ex-boyfriends"
(NOTE LANGUAGE) While Julia Michaels has written songs for the likes of Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Gwen Stefani and Hailee Steinfeld, she's best known for her work with Selena Gomez, which has produced hits like "Hands to Myself," "Good For You," "Bad Liar" and her two new tracks, "Lose You to Love Me" and "Look at Her Now." So why does she and Selena mesh so well musically? Julia tells Variety it's all about bonding over shared experiences.
“When [Selena and I] first started working together [in 2013], it started as me writing the songs,” Julia tells Variety. "I walked into the session one day because she wanted to change some words to the song, and [Selena] was like, ‘We must be going through the exact same thing because you’re writing everything that I feel.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, cool, you had a s****y ex-boyfriend too? Let’s go!'”
“She walks into the room and we instantly start pouring out our feelings," Julia adds."There’s a blending of perspectives, and then we write.”
“The thing that inspires me the most is conversations, conversations I have with other people and ones I have with myself. That helps me figure out what I want to say lyrically,” the Grammy-nominated singer continues.
“I write everything as if you’re talking to the person you’ve wanted to confront; if you could say it to somebody, why couldn’t you say it exactly how you would in a song?”
Over the weekend, Julia was honored with the Voice of Impact Award at Variety's Hitmakers ceremony. As for her next musical move -- another EP? an album? -- Julia says, "I have no idea. I change my mind about it all the time.”
Frozen 2 threepeats with $34.7 million in weekend box office win
Disney's Frozen 2 continued its grip on first place at the box office with an estimated $34.7 million weekend in its third week of release. The film has now grossed $337.6 million domestically -- a feat that took its predecessor more than twice as long to accomplish. Frozen 2 is currently the seventh highest grossing movie of the year stateside.
Overseas, the film added an estimated $90.2 million, bringing its worldwide totals to nearly $920 million. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.
The weekend's only major release, Playmobil: The Movie, on the other hand, delivered an anemic $660,000 from 2,337 theaters, for a $282 per theater average -- the third worst opening average ever for a film opening in 2,000 or more locations. The animation/live-action film, based on the German toy line, starred Gabriel Bateman and Anya Taylor-Joy, along with the voices of Jim Gaffigan, Daniel Radcliffe, Meghan Trainor and Adam Lambert.
Finishing second for the weekend was the Rian Johnson whodunnit Knives Out, delivering an estimated $14.15 million in its second week of release.
Third place is a tossup between Ford v Ferrari and Queen & Slim, both films grabbing an estimated $6.5 million.
Rounding out the top five was A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, earning an estimated $5.2 million for a domestic haul of more than $43 million in its third week of release.
In limited release, The Aeronauts, the thriller starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, delivered an estimated $185,000.
Here are the top 10 movies Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:
1. Frozen 2, $34.7 million
2. Knives Out, $14.15 million
3. Ford v Ferrari, $6.6 million
4. Queen & Slim, $6.5 million
5. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, $5.2 million
6. Dark Waters, $4.1 million
7. 21 Bridges, $2.88 million
8. Playing With Fire, $2 million
9. Midway, $1.9 million
10. Joker, $1 million
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