Queen's 1975 hit Bohemian Rhapsody has become the first pre-1990s music video to reach one billion plays on YouTube. The six-minute long promo, which is often hailed as a pioneering example of the music video, hit the milestone over the weekend. YouTube bosses claim it is the first song released before the 1990s to make the milestone. To celebrate, the band is releasing a newly remastered high definition version of the clip on their YouTube channel on Monday and are also launching a project titled You Are the Champions, allowing fans the opportunity to take part in three new user-generated videos. "We are honoured that Bohemian Rhapsody has just hit one billion views on YouTube," bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor said in a statement posted on their website. Inviting fans to take part in their new project, they added: "We want to thank you all and celebrate with our amazing fans all around the world by creating three new music videos to our songs, all featuring you! Whether you are a musician, singer, dancer, visual artist or you just want to have some fun. Go to www.youarethechampions.com to find out more and we'll see you on the road somewhere." Their initiative allows singers and instrumentalists to submit their take on Bohemian Rhapsody, dancers can work on a video for Don't Stop Me Now, and visual artists have been asked to design any word or phrase from the lyrics to A Kind of Magic. Queen's YouTube channel will feature the finished fan videos later this year. The band's already immense popularity received a boost following the success of their biopic, also titled Bohemian Rhapsody, which debuted last October, made more than $900 million (£720 million) at the box office and won four Oscars, including a Best Actor prize for Rami Malek's portrayal of frontman Freddie Mercury.
You can take the girl out of country, but you can't take country out of the girl. Taylor Swift pivoted toward pop with her synth-laden 2014 album 1989 and audacious latest effort Reputation, out Friday. Yet the Nashville transplant hasn't entirely abandoned her country roots. In fact, Swift earned her 12th Country Music Association Award Wednesday, taking home song of the year for writing Little Big Town's Better Man. The four-piece group's Karen Fairchild accepted the award on behalf of Swift, the sole writer on the breakup ballad who was not in attendance at the ceremony. "Taylor, wherever you are, thank you for this beautiful song and for loving songs and loving Nashville," Fairchild said. Swift, who is performing on Saturday Night Live this weekend, posted her stunned reaction to the honor on social media, writing, "In NYC for SNL rehearsals. I LOVE YOU @littlebigtown and CMAs." Better Man marks the first song of the year CMA for Swift, who previously picked up the show's top trophies for entertainer of the year and album of the year (Fearless).
On Monday morning, Vin Diesel, one of the epic franchise’s stars and producers, posted a video of himself standing before a barren landscape, where he discussed who’s going to be in the ninth installment. "Week three. Fast 9. Here on set. We’ve got a lot of the original cast here, including Oscar winners like Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren," he tells the camera. "Uh…a few new surprises, including John Cena, who I believe is going to completely shine in this movie." As fans will remember, Theron played Cipher, a cyberterrorist who managed to break up the team inThe Fate of the Furious. As for Mirren, she also briefly appeared in the most recent sequel as Deckard and Owen Shaw’s (Jason Statham and Luke Evans) mother, Magdalene Shaw. She’s also slated to reprise the character in the spinoffHobbs & Shawthis summer. The film's cast will also include franchise regulars like Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel.
Will season 5 of “Jane The Virgin” be the last? Series star and co-executive producer Gina Rodriguez said so during the Women To Watch day of panels from Create & Cultivate and Fossil in Austin, Texas on Sunday. Rodriguez discussed directing, which she tried her hand at in a pivotal season 4 episode, saying, “When it came to directing ‘Jane,’ as the star of the show — as a woman, as Latina, I was like, ‘I need to come so correct that I cannot be denied.'” After calling it “the most incredible experience,” Rodriguez noted that her episode happened to be “the highest-rated of the season” and concluded by noting that she has plans to “do more [directing] next year — in our final season.” However, the CW has not yet made any official announcements or pick-ups for returning shows next season. “Jane The Virgin” is not Rodriguez’s only project at the CW. She is also developing a female-driven drama entitled “Femme” and a dramedy about an undocumented immigrant called “Illegal.” Back in January, CW president Mark Pedowitz told Variety that he wanted to “stay in the Gina Rodriguez business.” “Gina is a friend,” he said. “She is a special, special person. Really, she is the real frickin’ deal. That’s how much I feel about her and respect her.” Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Jane Villanueva on the comedic take on a telenovela in 2015. It was the first-ever Globe for the network. The latest episode of “Jane The Virgin” grabbed approximately 600,000 live+same day viewers and earned a 0.2 in the 18-49 demo. It is averaging a 0.3 in adults 18-49 and 652,000 viewers per episode in live+same day this season, down around 30% in both measures from last season. It remains one of CW’s lowest-rated originals, ranking above only “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and freshman shows “Valor,” “Dynasty” and “Life Sentence,” the last of which debuted last week.