Post Malone’s “rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage, ruled the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for its eighth week, while Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, stayed behind at No. 2. Ed Sheeran, with a little help from Beyoncé, pushed his song “Perfect” into the top three, and G-Eazy scored his second individual top 10 hit as “No Limit,” featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B, jumped to No. 8. Taylor Swift continued to reign the Billboard 200 album chart with Reputation, becoming the first woman since Adele in 2016 to hold the No. 1 spot for three or more weeks.
Bette Midler’s final bow in the smash revival of Hello, Dolly! will be a charitable performance for the Actors Fund. The benefit show will take place on Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. and will have tickets ranging in price from $250 to $5,000. Following Midler’s departure, the show will close for a week and resume performances on Jan. 20 with a new cast that will include two-time Tony-winner Bernadette Peters as Dolly, Victor Garber as Horace and Olivier Award nominee Charlie Stemp as Barnaby. The original actor playing Barnaby, Taylor Trensch, will go on to star in Dear Evan Hansen as the titular character.
James Levine, the famed conductor who reshaped the Metropolitan Opera as its music director, has been suspended after new sexual assault allegations came from three young men who claim to have been abused by Levine since they were teenagers. The Met Opera’s general manager Peter Gelb announced that the institution has parted ways with Levine after four decades, and has asked an outside law firm to thoroughly investigate the incident.
Singers Gloria Estefan and Lionel Richie, actors Norman Lear and Carmen de Lavallade and hip-hop artist LL Cool J were awarded with the 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors. The ceremony, which is annually held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., was overcast by the fact that President Donald Trump, in an unprecedented move, became the first sitting president ever to skip the ceremony without citing a national crisis or convention as a reason.
Kicking off the film award season, the National Board of Review announced its top picks for best movies and performances of the year. The Post took home best picture, as well as best actor and best actress for Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, respectively. Lady Bird won best director for Greta Gerwig and best supporting actress for Laurie Metcalf. Willem Dafoe gathered best supporting actor for The Florida Project.
The revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-winning play M. Butterfly will say farewell to Broadway on Jan. 14 — six weeks earlier than scheduled. The bold production, which was directed by Julie Taymor and stars Clive Owen, will perform 19 previews and 93 regular shows at the time of its closing.
Twitter has announced its most influential celebrities of 2017. For men, Justin Bieber stayed at No. 1 as Trump, Justin Timberlake, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jimmy Fallon took spots in the top five. For women, Katy Perry remains the most influential, with Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Ellen DeGeneres and Demi Lovato following up.
Rock legend Bruce Springsteen has extended his tenure in the sensational Springsteen on Broadway for four months, allowing his fans who have registered with the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program another chance to see their idol in the intimate setting of a Broadway theater until June 30.