Arts Briefs

The American Music Awards have announced their 2017 nominees. Bruno Mars leads the parade with eight nominations, while Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Kendrick Lamar, Drake and The Weekend received five nominations each. The AMAs have already received criticism, as female artists either received nominations only in female categories such a Favorite Female Artist, or as a featured artist in collaborations, but almost no female artist is up for the major solo awards.

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Post Malone’s hit track “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage has reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It is the first No. 1 song for both artists. Cardi B slides down to no. 2 with “Bodak Yellow.” Sam Smith returns to the top 10 with the lead single “Too Good At Goodbyes” from his upcoming album, reaching No. 7. Rapper NF achieved his first No. 1 album with Perception, which debuted at number one with 55,000 equivalent album units — the lowest sales for a No. 1 album in 2017.

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American accessible-luxury group Coach Inc., which owns companies such as Coach, Stuart Weitzman and Kate Spade, has announced its intentions to change the name of its parent company to Tapestry Inc. This was done in order to better express its new shape as a multi-brand entity with a variety of unique properties.

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Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson will star in a new film adaptation of the Shakespeare classic King Lear. Co-produced by BBC and Amazon Studios, the film will be adapted and directed by Richard Eyre and will take place in the modern era.

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John Michael Friedman, an experimental Broadway composer and lyricist, died at the young age of 41. Regarded as one of the most daring and unconventional composers of his generation, Freedman was primarily known for his musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. The composer died of HIV/AIDS complications, striking a nerve in the theater community, where many have regarded this epidemic an issue of yesteryear.

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The Tony-nominated musical War Paint will close on Nov. 5, earlier than the previously announced closing date of Dec. 30. Starring two-time Tony award winners Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone, the show will close earlier due to LuPone’s muchneeded hip replacing surgery following a timely recovery period.

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Italian luxury brand Gucci announced that starting next season, their entire collection will be fur- free. As the brand is switching its focus to younger and more progressive customers, it decided to give up its usage of animal furs. This could be considered a major red flag to the entire fashion industry, which has been reluctant to give up this luxurious product.

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