Kanye West tweeted the announcement that he would be the producer of five new albums over the coming months, indicating that one would be made up of his own performances. This will be West’s first music release since the Life of Pablo in 2016 and a series of personal troubles that resulted in the rapper’s hospitalization and cancellation of 21 concerts. In true West style, the rapper announced in a series of laconic tweets that his own album will feature only seven songs and will come out June 1. Another album will be in collaboration with Kid Cudi, set for release a week later, on June 8. West tweeted that he had produced the upcoming albums of Nas, Pusha T and Teyana Taylor, which are all expected to come out this spring as well, making for a strong comeback.
Pop stars Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes and Dua Lipa are the first set of artists reported by the People magazine to be performing at this year’s annual Billboard Music Awards. The awards show will take place on May 20 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be hosted by Kelly Clarkson.
TheaterMania.com reported that Bette Midler will reprise her Tony-winning performance in the title role of Hello Dolly! After the scheduled departure of Bernadette Peters — who is currently playing Dolly — on July 17, Midler will come home to the Shubert Theatre for the show’s last six weeks alongside original cast members David Hyde Pierce and Gavin Creel, who will be returning as well. Creel also won a Tony for his role. The production, which also won best revival and best costume design, will play its final performance on Aug. 25.
Playbill revealed that this year’s Tony Awards will honor groundbreaking actress Chita Rivera and prolific composer Andrew Lloyd Webber with lifetime achievement awards. Webber is a world-renowned creator of hits such as Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar. Rivera is a two-time Tony-winning performer who was among the very first Latina actresses on a U.S. stage. The 72nd annual Tony Awards will take place on June 10 at Radio City Music Hall and will be co-hosted by best-selling musicians and Broadway alums Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban.
The shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, one of England’s most coveted literary awards, was announced. The award celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.” This year’s shortlist consisted of Sight by Jessie Greengrass; Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie; Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward; The Idiot by Elif Batuman; The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar and When I Hit You: Or, a Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy. The final winner will be announced on June 6.