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‘Men in Black: International’ Heads for Disappointing $24 Million Launch



Sony’s “Men in Black: International” is heading for a disappointing $24 million opening weekend in the top spot at a mild North American box office, early estimates showed Friday.

The fourth iteration of the sci-fi comedy franchise is performing well under modest expectations, which had been in the $30 million range at 4,224 locations. “Men in Black: International” stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, replacing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the black-suited agents dealing with a baffling series of alien attacks against Earth.

New Line’s launch of its “Shaft” reboot is also showing little traction at multiplexes with Friday estimates coming in around $8 million at 2,952 sites, far below forecasts in the $16 million to $24 million range for the weekend. And Amazon’s widened release of its Mindy Kaling-Emma Thompson comedy “Late Night” was also falling flat at about $4 million at 2,218 venues.

The sole bright spots for the weekend appear to be Universal’s second weekend of “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” declining about 53% to around $22 million, and Disney’s fourth frame of “Aladdin” with about $17 million. The live-action reboot of “Aladdin” should finish the weekend with approximately $262 million domestically.

“Men in Black: International” takes place in the same universe as the previous trilogy, with Emma Thompson reprising her role as Agent O. Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall and twins Laurent and Larry Bourgeois also star. The film, set in the London bureau of the top-secret Men in Black organization, is directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, based on the Malibu comic by Lowell Cunningham. The budget for “Men in Black: International” is $110 million, co-financed by Hemisphere and Tencent.

The previous three “Men in Black” films combined for more than $1.6 billion in worldwide box office. All three scored North American debut weekends of more than $50 million. “Men in Black: International” is also launching in most international markets. Reviews were dismal with a 25% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Shaft,” the fifth film in the franchise, stars Jessie Usher playing John “JJ” Shaft Jr., an FBI agent and a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT. Samuel L. Jackson plays his estranged father and Richard Roundtree plays his grandfather, the original Shaft, as he did in the first three “Shaft” movies in the early 1970s. Critics were unimpressed, resulting in a 35% Rotten Tomatoes score.

“Late Night” had generated forecasts in the $5 million to $9 million range. The film was acquired by Amazon following its Sundance premiere for a record $13 million and launched in four locations last weekend with a solid $246,035. It benefits from more positive reviews, sitting at 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Focus is seeing moderate returns on its launch of Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die” with around $3 million at 613 locations. The zombie comedy, starring Bill Murray and Adam Driver, was the opening night film at the Cannes Film Festival last month. Reviews have been mixed with a 51% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Year-to-date domestic box office as of June 12 has hit $4.93 billion, down 6% from the same point last year, according to Comscore. “Avengers: Endgame,” which has topped $826 million in seven weeks, and “Aladdin” had helped narrow the gap — which should widen again this weekend, thanks to overall business falling short of last year’s $182 million opening for “Incredibles 2.”

Disney’s “Toy Story 4” should rescue the box office next weekend. Early tracking had placed the animated comedy with a debut in the $150 million range.

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StarZee features Edem on new song “Catch Fire”.



Sierra Leone Dancehall heavyweight, Star Zee, who featured Stonebwoy on a banger “Leader” is set to release another major tune dubbed “CATCH FIRE” which features the VRMG Boss Edem.

StarZee exclusively revealed to Remedi Entertainment that her yet to be released song is going to be one of the biggest tune to hit Africa and beyond.

“ It’s a song people can listen to and let the music do what it’s meant: to be steady, stay grounded and just take a minute to dance and feel good.”

CATCH FIRE is produced by StreetBeatz and serves as her first single of the year 2019.

It’ll be interesting to see how this fares on the charts given how solid the record is.

(Source: Beenie Words)

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THE LION KING: THE GIFT: “Don’t Belittle This Unique Collaboration. – Shatta Wale Urges Ghanaian Media



Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall artiste, Charles Nii-Armah Mensah popularly known to his fans as Shatta Wale has revealed that, he exhausted an estimated Seventy-Two hours(72hrs) in selecting a tool to make his music language readable amidst writing his verse on the yet to be released 'The Lion King: The Gift' music album.

According to the Afro-fusion artiste, determination to attain perfection; displaying his artistry and writing prowess, exhibiting vocal dexterity, on the 'Lion King: The Gift' music album was his hallmark, hence the need to spend at least three days to make his quota on the album a remarkable one.

This comes at the back of American singer, songwriter and actor, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, professionally known as Beyoncé featuring the Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall and Afro-Fusio artiste, Shatta Wale on her yet to be release music album project dubbed "The Lion King: The Gift".

Beyoncé revealed the tracklist for her new Lion King-inspired album The Lion King: The Gift. along with several new Beyoncé songs, the LP features contributions from Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Pharrell, and more. In addition, there’s a song with JAY and Bey’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter. Some of today’s most talented and important African artists pay tribute to the iconic film while bringing the authentic sounds of African music to the world.

Speaking as a guest to Sammy Flex on Zylofon 102.1 Fm, a subsidiary company to defunct gold dealership firm, Menzgold Ghana, the 'Kpu Kpa' hit maker stated that, it was an overwhelming opportunity for his talent to be employed by the management of astute and illustrious American singer, Beyonce to bless the latter's album.

Not mentioning the particular genre he performed, Shatta Wale also revealed that, this is a memorable call to elevate Ghana's tourism, creative arts, culture and entertainment ecosystem, as he's believed to inculcate a sense of African-ism on the minds of the Ghanaian, African diaspora, adding that, this is "The Year of Return".

However, Charles Nii-Armah Mensah, Shatta Wale urged the Ghanaian traditional media and mass communication pratictioners; journalists, writers, bloggers, his colleague musicians not to belittle this opportunity but rather, promote this collaboration to the core.

The Lion King: The Gift, executive produced by Beyoncé, is out this Friday, July 19 via Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records. The soundtrack to The Lion King arrived last week. As with The Gift, it includes Beyoncé’s new song “Spirit.” The CGI live-action remake of the The Lion King hits theaters July 18.

According to a press release, The Lion King: The Gift is a “love letter to Africa” and “features a beautiful, multi-genre symphony, steeped in African influences from various corners of the Continent, with unexpected collaborations, pulsating rhythms and crisp production that celebrate the African diaspora, and will be released on the 19th of July, 2019.

The Lion King: The Gift:

01 Beyoncé: “Bigger”
02 Beyoncé: “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”
03 Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi: “Don’t Jealous Me”
04 Burna Boy: “Ja Ara E”
05 Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar: “The Nile”
06 Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino: “Mood 4 Eva”
07 Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé: “Water”
08 Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé: “Brown Skin Girl”
09 Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi: “Keys to the Kingdom”
10 Beyoncé: “Otherside”
11 Beyoncé / Shatta Wale: “Already”
12 Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly: “My Power”
13 070 Shake / Jessie Reyez: “Scar”
14 Beyoncé: “Spirit”

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Burna Boy Announces New Album, ‘African Giant’.



Forthcoming on July 26th, the new project will features previously released singles “Anybody”, “Dangote”, “Gbona” and “On The Low”.

In the middle of his The African Giant Returns world tour, after performing at milestone gigs such as Coachella, Nigerian superstar Burna Boy just announced a new album, African Giant.

The new project, due on July 26th on Atlantic Records, is a follows the widely acclaimed Outside, released in 2018. It will feature formely released singles such as “Anybody”, “Dangote”, “Gbona” and “On The Low”.

Read our article on why Burna Boy is today’s youth.

Listen to Burna Boy in our One Dance playlist on Spotify or Deezer.

African Giant, out on July 26th. Pre-order it here.

(Pan African Music)

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LOYALTY: Grammy Nominee, Stonebwoy Featured On Morgan Heritage’s New Studio Album.



Grateful for innumerable achievements, awards and honors such as a GRAMMY win and nomination for Best Reggae Album. Gramps, Peetah and Mr. Mojo make up the Iconic culturally driven band that has bridged continents and styles of Reggae with their latest offering “LOYALTY” featuring Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall Grammy nominee artiste, Stonebwoy.

An album that was not only created across several continents but saw its completion done in an unorthodox way with all three brothers in different locations. Mojo was in Kenya focusing on the group’s philanthropic efforts, while Gramps was traveling around the world healing people with his immediate family’s Masya CBD products and Peetah was in Miami, Florida anchoring the production.

That meant they had to use technology to bring them together in one studio while orchestrating the finishing touches on their new masterpiece. Longevity and consistency are what defines icon. Morgan Heritage are a true testament of the latter as the band's twelfth studio album is slated for release summer 2019.

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Worldwide they are known for their riveting stage presence and exciting showmanship. So, it’s no surprise that the Royal Family of Reggae will trek 2019 and 2020 globally from Africa to Europe, North America to South America and beyond. The itinerary not only embodies Morgan Heritage's global citizenship but is a testament of the siblings embrace of unifying cultures that is prominent in their music. “The new album showcases the universal state of Reggae and Jamaican music today. Our music is not one dimensional and we’re not loyal to one dimension of the music, rather we’re loyal to our genre”. – Morgan Heritage

Personified by an impressive discography that claims authentic Roots Rock Reggae, with albums displaying the eclectic fusion of sounds that have influenced each member such as Reggae, Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, RnB, and Afrobeat, the common thread has been constant original Reggae. On the latest album released under the trio’s imprint label CTBC Music Group (Cool to Be Conscious Music Group), "LOYALTY" can be defined as a globe- trotting work of art.

It offers 16 tracks produced by Morgan Heritage with co-production from GRAMMY award winning producers such as Jerry Wonda, Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer, Shane Brown and Aston Barrett Jr, amongst others. The album also features star studded appearances from award winning African superstars Diamond Platnumz, Stonebwoy, Patoranking, to Reggae Rock stars Pepper and Iration to Dancehall sensation Popcaan, as well as the voice of Emmy Award & Peabody Award winner Jeff Koinange on the intro of the album.

The lyrical prowess lurking in the heart of the various songs will captivate attentive listeners throughout the assorted tracks. The stand out productions all manage to embrace showy instrumental breaks that allow individual artists and instruments to shine on their own merit, yet all songs are uniformly geared towards further elevating the music.

The new album delivers the nostalgic Morgan Heritage sound that fans recognize as "Rockaz". As prolific lyrics runs a gamut of topics from; love with "All for You" to social commentary with "The Awakening”. Motivational tracks like "The World is Yours" accompanies stories about relationships in "Pay Attention" a tribute to the ladies. They embrace and pay homage to their African and Jamaican roots with the international hit song "Africa x Jamaica". The closing song on the album “Home” penned on Father’s Day by Esh Morgan and his dad Mr Mojo, is an ode to all travelling parents that work hard for their families.

The title indeed befitting of the Royal siblings’ latest offering, is a 16-track musical journey that adhere and remain faithful to Morgan Heritage's philosophy. "We chose the title “LOYALTY” because of how loyal we’ve been to the brand Morgan Heritage as a family, a band and group after so many years. Hence the reason we say Heritage 4 Life. As well as our loyalty to Reggae music while not being afraid to travel the journey of change through musical evolution." - Morgan Heritage

Releases like this stand the test of time and are representative of what committed, tasteful artistry is still capable of accomplishing. The Iconic GRAMMY Award-winning band has managed to stay true to their formula while collaborating with creators from all four corners of the Earth. With “LOYALTY” Morgan Heritage’s name is duly cemented in history.

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