Entertainment News Roundup: Ne-Yo Wants The Music To Speak For Itself On New Album ‘Self Explanatory’; Has Netflix found its Bond? Ryan Gosling starred in the spy film The Gray Man


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In the new album “Self Explanatory” Ne-Yo wants to let the music speak for itself

US R&B singer Ne-Yo is letting his music speak for itself with the release of his eighth studio album, Self Explanatory, which was released last week. The three-time Grammy winner said that at this point in his career, making music is easier and comes with less pressure.

Has Netflix found its Bond? Ryan Gosling stars in spy movie The Gray Man

In the new Netflix movie The Gray Man, Ryan Gosling’s character jokes that he goes by the name Six because 007 was taken. The film is a big-budget, effects thriller in the spirit of a James Bond adventure. Netflix Inc. and the film’s directors are hoping the film, which begins streaming Friday, will launch the company’s long-running spy series.

K-pop star J-Hope makes music history at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival

K-pop star J-Hope of boy band sensation BTS will be the final act at Chicago’s annual Lollapalooza show this month, becoming the first South Korean artist to headline a major US music festival, organizers said on Tuesday. J-Hope, 28, who made his debut as a member of BTS in 2013 and released his first solo mixtape five years later, is set to wrap up the four-day Lollapalooza festival with a performance on the main stage on July 31, according to Live Nation Entertainment.

Pearl Jam cancels Vienna concert after heat, smoke damages singer in the throat

US rock band Pearl Jam canceled a concert in Vienna on Wednesday after singer Eddie Vedder’s vocal cords were damaged by heat, dust and smoke from fires at an outdoor venue near Paris. “To everyone who was waiting for a great Pearl Jam show in Vienna tonight, so were we. However, due to the extreme circumstances at the last outdoor venue outside of Paris (heat, dust and smoke from the fires), our singer Ed Vedder’s throat was damaged,” the group said in a statement posted to Instagram on Wednesday.

Chris Pine Promotes Dungeons & Dragons Movie As Comic-Con Returns

Actor Chris Pine said he had never delved into the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons until a few years ago when he was asked to star in a film about the fantasy world of swords and sorcery. Now he is a convert. Speaking to thousands of fans in a convention hall at San Diego Comic-Con, Pine said he hopes the Paramount Pictures big-screen reveal of the game, slated for release in theaters next March, would help spread “the gospel of D&D to spread”. It’s a game, he said, that everyone should play in high school.

Jean-Michel Jarre sells music publishing catalog to BMG

French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre has sold his entire music publishing back catalog to BMG, following in the footsteps of other artists who benefit from their work. In a statement on Thursday, BMG, which is owned by German media company Bertelsmann AG, said the acquisition, for which financial details were not disclosed, was the largest single deal it had made in France. It includes the rights to Jarre’s famous 1970s albums Oxygene and Equinoxe, as well as its author’s source of income.

Ricky Martin’s restraining order overturned by a Puerto Rico judge

A Puerto Rican judge has lifted a restraining order against actor and singer Ricky Martin at the request of the man who earlier this month said the pop icon molested him, attorneys representing Martin said on Thursday. The man had said in a domestic violence complaint that he feared for his safety because Martin had refused to accept his decision to end a romantic relationship, continued to call him and hang around outside his home.

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