Arts Briefs

The latest film in the Marvel series, Avengers: Infinity War smashed records as it scored the biggest box office opening ever, reports Variety.

As one of the most expensive films ever made, with a budget of over $300 million, the film is already a blockbuster, scoring $250 million in North America and an additional $380 million internationally for an astonishing $630 million in its first weekend.

Featuring an ensemble cast, Infinity War centers around various Marvel characters joining forces against the mega-villain Thanos. The film is on its way to become the fastest film to reach $1 billion in grosses, a record currently held by Black Panther, which was released earlier this year.

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The nominations for the 72nd annual Tony Awards were announced on May 1 by actors Katharine McPhee and Leslie Odom Jr. Marching ahead are two musical adaptations, Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical with 12 nominations each, capitalizing on their big names.

The revivals of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Carousel and Angels in America as well as new musical The Band’s Visit followed with 11 nominations, while Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and My Fair Lady joined the pedestal with 10 nominations.

Aside from competitive awards, it was also announced that rock legend Bruce Springsteen and comedian John Leguizamo would receive special Tony awards for their one-man shows. The ceremony will take place June 10 at the Radio City Music Hall.

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J. Cole and Ariana Grande made history as their new singles debuted in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100. Grande’s single “No Tears Left to Cry” arrived at No. 3, making Grande the first and only artist to have four album campaigns start with singles debuting in the top 10.

Hip-hop artist J. Cole was a triple threat, as “ATM” appeared at No. 6, “Kevin’s Heart” at No. 8 and “KOD” at No. 10, becoming the first artist to debut three separate singles in the top 10. This also marks the first instance of four songs arriving in the top 10 in their first week. J. Cole’s album KOD, also arrived at the top of the Billboard 200 with 397,000 copies, being Cole’s fifth chart-topper and the biggest debut of 2018.

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Entertainment Tonight reported that legendary Swedish pop band ABBA have creatively reunited for the first time in over 35 years and will be releasing new music. In a joint announcement, the band stated that it has recorded two new songs, one of which is called “I Still Have Faith in You” and will be streamed as part of a TV special produced by the BBC and NBC in December.

ABBA was one of the best-selling musical acts with $375 million in records sold and is well known for the jukebox musical Mamma Mia! A film sequel to the musical called Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, hits theaters this July.