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Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ stings streaming competition
NEW YORK (AP) — Drake’s “Scorpion” has set a record for most one-day streams for an album on Apple Music.
The streaming platform says the album has logged more than 170 million streams worldwide since its release Friday, more than doubling Drake’s prior one-day record on Apple Music with last year’s “More Life.”
The 25-track “Scorpion” includes the No. 1 hits “Nice for What” and “God’s Plan.” The album features Michael Jackson on a previously unreleased track as well as collaborations with Jay-Z and Ty Dolla $ign.
The album is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Sean Spicer book tour will be a mix of public and private
NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Spicer’s book tour will be a mix of public and private.
The former White House press secretary has a memoir, “The Briefing,” coming out July 24. Regnery Publishing announced Friday that Spicer will make appearances in the summer and fall, everywhere from Barnes & Noble in New York City and Middletown, Rhode Island, to a Books-A-Million in Katy, Texas. He also has more than a dozen events listed as private and visits scheduled to the presidential museums of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. On Aug. 13, he will go to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Spicer is also reportedly working on a television interview show in which he banters with guests about a variety of topics.
Czech film fest to honor Tim Robbins, Barry Levinson
PRAGUE (AP) — An annual international film festival in the western Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary kicked off with an award for American actor, director, and producer Tim Robbins.
Robbins won an Oscar in 2004 for best supporting actor in “Mystic River” and was nominated for a best director for his 1995 movie “Dead Man Walking.” Friday’s opening night at the 53rd edition of the festival honored his outstanding contributions to world cinema.
U.S. producer and director Barry Levinson who won the Academy Award for “Rain Man” in 1988 will receive the same award at the event’s closing night on July 7.
The event opened with the screening of “Loves of a Blonde,” a 1965 movie by Milos Forman to honor the Czech born filmmaker who died in April.