After a nasty $38 million domestic haul on its opening day, the live-action version of The Little Mermaid is expected to gross $125 million in the US alone this weekend, making it the fourth-biggest Memorial Day weekend opening. And with a projection of an additional $80 million outside the States, the movie (starring Halle Bailey as the title character) is well on track to gross over $1 billion (contrary to Mena Massoud’s hot-ass take).
In 1994, the producers of GoldenEye, the 17th movie in the James Bond series, began making plans for the movie’s theme song. They initially approached Depeche Mode, but due to scheduling conflicts, the band passed on the opportunity. Enter Tina Turner.
While the Queen of Rock has written a hit song or two in her day, she was tapped purely for her singing chops. Bono and The Edge from U2 were asked to write a song, and after learning of Tina Turner’s involvement, agreed to do it. The song was produced by Nellee Hooper.
(Sidebar: Tina Turner wasn’t the only artist to record a theme song for GoldenEye. Ace of Base recorded a song called “The GoldenEye” that was turned down — the band later reworked it into a song called “The Juvenile.”)
As far as Bond theme songs go, “GoldenEye” is one of the best ever. Tina’s deep vocals deliver each word in a way that is sexy yet dangerous, capturing the very essence of the Bond movies. The song didn’t crack the Billboard Hot 100; however, it was a major hit across Europe.
In a catalog full of classics, it is very easy for quality songs to be obscured.
And we’re not talking about album cuts here. We’re talking about the singles that didn’t quite go all the way. The ones that didn’t crack the top 40. The ones didn’t quite leave an imprint on the public consciousness.
For Missy Elliott, one of such songs is “Teary Eyed,” the second single from her sixth album, The Cookbook. Written by the singer and Warryn Campbell (and produced by the latter), the song is about a relationship that comes to a (possibly) tragic end after an apparent infidelity. None of this is spelled out in the lyrics, but the video definitely fills the blanks in.
“Teary Eyed” underperformed in every market and missed the Billboard Hot 100 altogether, but to say that this isn’t solid song would be untrue. Lyrically and melodically, it is a strong showing and arguably one of the best R&B songs in Missy’s catalog.
In a statement made via Instagram, Beyoncé hinted at a new project that aims at carrying her mother’s legacy. Her mother, Tina Knowles, owned a salon in Houston back in the day.
The idea of Bey opening a salon seems highly unlikely, so our guess is that she’s releasing a hair care product. The statement was accompanied by a new pic where the icon’s fixing her hair in front of a mirror — with an array of products on the counter.
This week in 1983, Donna Summer released “She Works Hard for the Money” as the lead single from its namesake album. The song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned the Queen of Disco a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
An LA County judge has denied Tory Lanez motion for new trial. Through his legal team, the Canandian cited errors in the first trial, and while appearing in court yesterday, made desperate pleas for the judge to not “ruin” on his life.
The singer (born Daystar Peterson) is facing up to 22 years in prison for shooting Megan Thee Stallion and is expected to be sentenced to a minimum of nine. His sentencing is scheduled for June 13.
The news broke doing an interview with ET Canada, where the interviewer asked him about his six children, after which the Oscar winner corrected him by announcing that he recently welcome a seventh. One of his seven — his eldest, Drena De Niro — was adopted.
While the movie legend didn’t share any details about the birthdate or with whom he fathered the child, he is believed to be dating Tiffany Chen, a Tai Chi instructor he met on the set of 2015 movie The Intern (co-starring Anne Hathaway), where she played a martial arts instructor.
If you’ve been on social media this week, you’ve probably come across the horrific video where an ex-marine murdered an unhoused man who was having a mental health episode on an NYC subway. New York’s chief medical examiner has since ruled it a homicide. The ex-marine was never arrested.
Major media outlets have been quick to characterize the deceased, 30-year-old Jordan Neely, as being the aggressor, but that simply doesn’t line up with any of the accounts of what happened.
The media has also gone above and beyond to keep the killer’s identity a secret, but he has now been identified as 24-year-old Daniel Penny. And according to new reports, he has retained defense attorney Thomas Kenniff, a Republican who lost the Manhattan DA election to Alvin Bragg.