Washington [US], February 5 (ANI): American country music star Morgan Wallen has been dropped by his booking agency WME following a video surfaced that featured the singer using a racial slur.
The representative for the company confirmed the news to Variety. Apart from this, the singer’s contract with the label Big Loud has also been suspended indefinitely.
On Wednesday, Big Loud Records said in the statement, “In the wake of recent events, Big Loud Records has made the decision to suspend Morgan Wallen’s contract indefinitely.” Republic Records, which he is co-signed to, said it “fully supports Big Loud’s decision and agrees such behaviour will not be tolerated.”
Wallen, whose new track ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’ is about to have a fourth week at the top of the charts, saw his music being taken down from major radio networks and streaming service playlists within hours of the video being published on TMZ on Tuesday night.
Cumulus, which is powerful in the country radio sphere, sent out a directive to the program directors of all of its 400-plus stations with the header “MORGAN WALLEN — EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.”
The message read, “Team, unfortunately, country music star Morgan Wallen was captured on video Sunday evening using a racial slur. Effective immediately we request that all of Morgan Wallen’s music be removed from our playlists without exception. More to follow.”
Apart from these, radio giants like iHeartMedia and Entercom soon followed suit, as did the country music television network CMT. His music has also been pulled from the satellite service SiriusXM and the streaming service Pandora, as well as being removed from any visible spots on Spotify and Apple Music.
The video reportedly recorded by Wallen’s neighbours, shows him yelling profanities after a night out in Nashville, including the N-word.
Wallen issued a statement on Tuesday night after TMZ first reported the incident, saying, “I am embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”
Wallen has a history of having used the N-word on social media, quoting rap lyrics. In 2012, he tweeted a lyric by rapper Meek Mill, “I burn bread I ain’t talkin toast n—.” (That tweet was deleted from Wallen’s account on Wednesday morning.)
The move follows a similar one involving singer Marilyn Manson earlier this week, where Loma Vista Records, which distributed his last three albums, announced that it has parted ways with the artist. In 2019, Sony Music dropped R Kelly after multiple allegations of sexual assault and abuse against the singer. (ANI)
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NUSHRRATT SHARES MOTION POSTER OF HER NEW FILM
MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Nushrratt Bharuccha, on Thursday, shared a motion poster of her new upcoming film ‘Janhit Mein Jaari’ on her social media.
Nushrratt took to her Instagram and shared the film’s motion poster, which had a super catchy foot-tapping soundtrack. In the caption, she wrote, “Ek womaniya sab pe bhaari, yeh suchna hai #JanhitMeinJaari.”
Producer Vinod Bhanushali and writer-director Raaj Shaandilyaa had earlier announced the film with a quirky poster. Shaandilyaa has also penned the film’s script, which has been directed by debutant, Jai Bantu Singh.
Produced by Bhanushali Studios Limited and Think Ink Picturez in association with Shree Raghav Entertainment LLP, the movie commenced filming today in Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh.
ANUSHKA SHARES POST-WORKOUT SNAP
MUMBAI: Bollywood diva Anushka Sharma is back in town with her daughter Vamika after being in the UK with her husband Virat Kohli as India toured England for a cricket series.
Taking to her Instagram story, Anushka posted a surreal sea view picture from the balcony of her Mumbai residence. In the next IG story, she shared a post-workout selfie of herself. Anushka can be seen sporting a lime green t-shirt with her hair tied in a bun, as she hit the workout session. Alongside the picture, she also added a sticker that reads “Sweaty Selfie.” For the unversed, Anushka had gone to the UK with her husband Virat and daughter Vamika in July. She had shared a series of pictures from her English countryside getaway. The star couple had also celebrated Vamika’s six-month birthday in London.
On the work front, Anushka was last seen in the 2018 movie ‘Zero’, co-starring actors Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.
KIRTI KULHARI FULFILLS HER DREAM
MUMBAI: People who love nature should travel in toy trains once in their life to experience the scenic routes that have been carved through mountains. Actor Kirti Kulhari recently fulfilled her dream of taking a toy train ride in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Taking to Instagram, Kirti posted a few picturesque pictures from her toy train journey. “Is the journey more important than the destination??? My answer is a ‘BIG YES’..#toytrain #jutogh #simla #himachalpradesh #traveldiaries. P.S – finally one more thing ticked off in my #bucketlist .. sitting in a #toytrain,” she captioned the post. The Kalka-Shimla toy train is a popular way of reaching Shimla. The particular railway line was declared a UNESCO world heritage line in 2008 and has been a great tourist attraction since then.
‘GODFATHER OF BLACK CINEMA’ MELVIN VAN PEEBLES NO MORE
WASHINGTON: Veteran filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles has passed away at the age of 89. According to CNN, Melvin died at his home in Manhattan on Tuesday night. The news of his demise was announced by his family. “Dad knew that Black images matter. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what was a movie worth? We want to be the success we see, thus we need to see ourselves being free. True liberation did not mean imitating the colonizer’s mentality. It meant appreciating the power, beauty and interconnectivity of all people,” Melvin’s son Mario Van Peebles said in a statement.
Melvin was popularly known as the godfather of modern Black cinema. He had helped champion a new wave of modern Black cinema in the 1970s — especially with his films ‘Watermelon Man’ and ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song’. Melvin also was also a novelist, theatre impresario, songwriter, musician and painter.
RANVEER URGES TO CREATE INCLUSIVE SPACE FOR THE HEARING-IMPAIRED
MUMBAI : September 23 is celebrated as the International Day of Sign Languages, and on this occasion, Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh has made a special appeal to the youth of the country.
Basically, he urged the youth to create an inclusive space for the deaf community. “If there is anything we all have come to value and embrace in the last year and a half is the power of community and being there for each other. My message to the youth today would be to keep doing the work you are… and if in any way you can create or propagate an inclusive space by working with the Deaf community, please do. From hospitality to education to creative arts. We can only make this change together,” Ranveer said.
Ranveer has been working hard to help the community. He has also been urging authorities to consider and declare Indian Sign Language (ISL) as the 23rd official language of India and also signed a petition aimed at furthering awareness of this cause.
Tom Hanks’ sci-fi movie ‘Finch’ drops first trailer
WASHINGTON: The first official full trailer of Hollywood star Tom Hanks’ upcoming sci-fi adventure movie ‘Finch’ has recently been dropped by Apple TV+, where it will premiere on November 5.
The movie narrates the story of a lone survivor of a global apocalypse who has embarked on a dangerous journey to find a new home for his unlikely family, a dog and a newly created robot. Hanks has portrayed the titular character, a robotics engineer, who is the only survivor of a solar event. Finch creates the robot named Jeff (Caleb Landry Jones) to take care of his loyal companion, dog Goodyear, when he’s gone.
The almost 3-minute trailer of ‘Finch’ begins with Hanks’ character saying “It all happened so fast. There was a solar flare. Goodbye crops and food, goodbye everything,” as scenes of a deserted, dystopian America pass by. “So I hid, frightened and so alone, and I found you,” he continues, addressing the sweet dog.
After Finch develops the robot Jeff, it learns its purpose (“Robots must protect dog”), the trio then set out west, embarking on a treacherous journey to beat a deadly storm to safety. “If we don’t go before that storm hits, we’ll die. All of us,” Finch says in the trailer.
During the journey, they experience some lighthearted moments on the road, Finch teaching Jeff how to drive, Jeff learning how to “talk dog”, all while the pressures of the post-apocalyptic world seem to be closing in. Along the way, they navigate through extreme weather phenomena, merciless heat, UV radiation, and other unexpected challenges.
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