Ed Sheeran was the most-played artist in the UK in 2018 - without releasing any new music. Topping the chart for the second year in a row and third year in total, the singer-songwriter finished ahead of Calvin Harris in second and Little Mix in third. His last official single release in the UK was the multiplatinum-selling Perfect, the 2017 Christmas number one. famous for hits including Shape Of You, Photograph and Sing, has held the top spot in three of the last four years - 2015, 2017 and 2018 - and has been in the top five most-played artists five times since his first album + was released in 2011. Nine of the top 10 most-played artists of 2018 were British, with George Ezra and Coldplay - who also had a break from releasing music in 2018 - all making the list. P!nk is the only non-UK artist featured.
Marvel’s Phase 4 slate of movies now includes Black Panther 2. At Disney’s D23 Expo on Saturday, August 24, Marvel officially announced that Black Panther 2 will arrive in theaters on May 6, 2022. Director Ryan Coogler will return to the franchise. The first Black Panther film was a massive hit, and biggest solo superhero movie for Marvel in history.
Pete Davidson has scrapped a stand-up gig at Temple University's Comedy Night Live after ending his engagement to Ariana Grande. The comedian has pulled out of the upcoming college show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania due to "personal reasons". The Saturday Night Live star's romance with the singer fell apart over the weekend (12-14Oct18), and Ariana has already returned her $100,000 engagement ring to her former fiance. The couple confirmed the engagement news in June (18), a month after Davidson and Ariana started dating. Adam Devine will replace Davidson at the Temple University event. Meanwhile, Grande appears to be struggling on the set of her upcoming Wicked 15th anniversary TV special following her latest love split. The pop star reportedly missed the dress rehearsal on Tuesday (16Oct18), a day after returning to work on A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway, which airs on 29 October (18) in America. "Can't believe I almost let my anxiety ruin this for me today!" the singer captioned an Instagram photo of herself in full make-up backstage. "Not today Satan! Not tomorrow or the next day either not no more u can suck my big green d**k (sic)." She went on to promise fans she was going to "sing my heart out and be a big walking vessel of love". But People.com sources claim she was a no-show. Grande, who is a huge fan of the Wizard of Oz prequel musical, will join original Wicked stars Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, and Adam Lambert and Pentatonix for the TV special.

Taylor Swift has reignited her feud with Kim Kardashian by hinting the reality TV star's past comments sent her spiraling to a new low. Kim stood up for her husband Kanye West when he insisted Swift had given him the OK to poke fun at her in the lyrics to his Famous track. When Taylor denied his claims back in 2016, Kardashian took to Twitter to note that it was "National Snake Day", before releasing footage which appeared to show Swift consenting to the song lyrics while on speaker phone with Kanye. The Look What You Made Me Do hitmaker has never spoken about the drama, but in a new Elle magazine article she makes it clear that Kim cut her deeply with her social media remarks. "In my experience, I've come to see that bullies want to be feared and taken seriously," the singer explains. "A few years ago, someone started an online hate campaign by calling me a snake on the internet. The fact that so many people jumped on board with it led me to feeling lower than I've ever felt in my life." Taylor reveals she turned the negative into a positive by turning Kim's snake comment into a stage prop on her Reputation Tour. "I can't tell you how hard I had to keep from laughing every time my 63-foot inflatable cobra, named Karyn, appeared onstage in front of 60,000 screaming fans. "It's the Stadium Tour equivalent of responding to a troll's hateful Instagram comment with 'lol' (laugh out loud)." Taylor reveals she has never had an apology from Kim, adding, "It would be nice if we could get an apology from people who bully us, but maybe all I'll ever get is the satisfaction of knowing I could survive it, and thrive in spite of it."

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