FOX NETWORK BRINGS BACK COOKIE LYON (EMPIRE S4)

Empire_2_lgThe Lyons are coming back for a fourth season of drama and Cookie-isms.

download (21)Empire” has been renewed for Season 4, it was announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour by Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Gary Newman. Alongside Newman, Fox exec David Madden said Season 4 will consist of 18 episodes.

The fourth season will return in the 2017-2018 television season. Currently on hiatus, “Empire” returns with the back-half of its third season this spring on Mar. 22.

 

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The renewal is hardly a surprise, as “Empire” is one of the biggest hits to come to network television in the past decade. In its third season, the primetime family soap ranks as the top broadcast drama among adults 18-49 — a title it has held through its entire run. Though its ratings dipped this year, “Empire” still finished out the first half of its third season with nearly 8 million overnight viewers for the midseason finale. For the 2016-2017 season, the show has averaged almost 16 million total viewers, becoming the show to nab Fox’s largest total multi-platform audience.

images (61)“Empire” has received numerous Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations through its three seasons, including a Golden Globe win for star Taraji P. Henson, who has received back-to-back Emmy nods.

Along with Henson — who plays the breakout character Cookie — “Empire” stars Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Bre-Z, Xzibit and Morocco Omari. The series is known for bringing on notable guest stars, including Mariah Carey, Taye Diggs, Phylicia Rashad, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Marisa Tomei, Naomi Campbell, Ludacris, Adam Rodriguez, Rosie O’ Donnell and Andre Royo.

Taraji-P-Henson-Terrence-Howard-Fight-Instagram-Video“Empire” was co-created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. Ilene Chaiken serves as showrunner. Executive producers are Daniels, Strong, Chaiken, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri. Imagine Television produces with 20th Century Fox Television.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that “Empire” had its fair share of celebrity appearances like Mariah Carey appearing as a guest star and stars like Taye Diggs and Phylicia Rashad had recurring appearances on the series. It has also been speculated that Rumer Willis will show up in multiple episodes of “Empire” season 4.

Watch “Empire” in Australia on Fox8 channel. The show can also be streamed online on Channel Ten.

 

“Empire” has over time proved to a critical hit with multiple Emmy Awards to its name. It is also Fox’s largest total multiplatform traffic magnet with an average of 16 million total viewers for the 2016-17 broadcast session, according to a Deadline report.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Empire” season 4 will consist of 18 episodes, much like the previous two seasons. The show is currently under a three-month pause, as music drama “Star” has taken over the time slot, which prevents “Empire” from returning until March 2017.

The THR further reports that NBC’s debut family drama, “This Is Us” could prove to be a competition for the show. “Empire’s” ratings fell to a 2.5 low during the early phase of the last season before making a rebound in the final episodes.

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Voting Selfies Are Now Legal in Tennessee, Thanks to Justin Timberlake

 by Lauren Tom


Remember way back in October when Justin Timberlake caused a media frenzy during election time by posting a selfie from his Memphis voting booth? Well, according to Tennessee law, that was an illegal act that could lead to a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail. Wife Jessica Biel even chimed in during the whole fiasco and totally poked fun at her “SexyBack” husband about the potential jail time.

Well, it turns out Timberlake is officially in the clear: Tennessee lawmakers have ruled that photography and other videotaping devices are now allowed to capture a filled-out ballot as of last week, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The Tennessee lawmakers made it official by passing a bill to allow selfie taking in voting poll stations, with the exceptions of the acts of committing voter intimidation, fraud or selling a vote — clearly all thanks to Timberlake’s innocent blunder.

The “Can’t Stop the Feeling” singer had only good intentions when he took that since-deleted Instagram picture with his ballot, which might have prompted officials to change the law in the first place. Hopefully this new law can encourage citizens to go out and vote in the next election — just as Justin intended.

Kendrick Lamar Replaces Himself at No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks Chart 4/7/2017 by Trevor Anderson

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Kendrick Lamar scores his fifth No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks as “Humble” storms in atop the chart dated April 15, knocking his own “The Heart Part 4” from the summit. With the new No. 1, he becomes the fourth act to succeed himself at the top, following Zayn (who completed the feat twice), Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran.

In addition to “Heart,” Lamar previously reigned on Top Tracks with “I” (one week in 2014) and his featured turns on Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” (three weeks in 2015) and Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” (one week in 2016).

Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks is a weekly ranking of the most shared and/or mentioned songs on Twitter in the U.S., ranked by the volume of shares over a seven-day period (Monday to Sunday).

“Humble” and its accompanying music video premiered on March 30, and the clip has soared to more than 33.1 million global views on YouTube through April 4.

The release of two new tracks within the past two weeks had lead to speculation over an impending new album from the rapper. He ended “Heart” with the prophetic line – “Y’all got ’til April the 7th to get y’all sh*t together,” which some interpreted as a possible release date for his fourth studio set. However, on Apr. 6, an iTunes page for a new Kendrick album — titled, at least tentatively, as ALBUM — appeared, with Apr. 14 listed as the expected release date.

One last note on “Heart”: Though the song departs the Top Tracks peak, dipping 1-16, it arrives on other Billboard surveys, including a No. 11 start on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and a No. 22 debut on the Billboard Hot 100.

Also in the top five on Top Tracks, Cheat Codes makes its chart debut as “No Promises,” featuring Demi Lovato, arrives at No. 4. With the debut, Lovato earns her seventh top 10 hit and the first since “Body Say” last August. Cheat Codes posted the song’s official audio clip to their YouTube channel on March 30; the clip has climbed to 465,000 global clicks.

Joining the above cuts in the top 10 is The Chainsmokers‘ “The One,” which zooms to a No. 10 debut. The duo posted the song — the first track on their first-full length album Memories: Do Not Open, arriving April 7 — on Facebook on March 27. The clip has 1.9 million views on Facebook, and more than 10.5 million global plays on Spotify through April 6.

“The One” is the fifth top 10 hit for the EDM pair on the Top Tracks chart, following “Closer,” featuring Halsey (No. 1 for one week), “All We Know,” featuring Phoebe Ryan (No. 4), “Paris” (No. 5) and “Something Just Like This,” with Coldplay (No. 10).

Just underneath “The One,” Selena Gomez sprints to a No. 11 entrance on Top Tracks with “Only You,” from the soundtrack to the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which she co-executive produced. The tune is a cover of Yaz’s 1982 song, which reached No. 67 on the Hot 100.

Gomez’s official YouTube audio for “You,” released March 30, has clocked more than 4.2 million global plays. “You” continues a busy week on the charts for the pop singer, as her collaboration with Kygo on “It Ain’t Me” jumps 19-14 on Top Tracks and completes an identical five-spot rise (from 20-15) on the Hot 100.

Azealia Banks’ Arrest Warrant Retracted Following Court Appearanceby Colin Stutz

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A New York judge set aside an arrest warrant for Azealia Banks, after the rapper appeared in court on Tuesday (March 7). Banks’ entertainment attorney John Vafa confirmed the news with Billboard

The arrest warrant was issued because Banks failed to appear in court on Monday for a hearing on misdemeanor assault and attempted assault charges related to a 2015 incident where she allegedly attacked a female security guard at a New York nightclub.

Vafa issued a statement on Tuesday saying Banks had mixed up her court date, thinking it was Wednesday, and was unable to attend because she was in France for Paris Fashion Week. 



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“The Court retracted the warrant. Azealia appeared immediately after she returned to New York,” Vafa told Pitchfork in a statement. 

‘T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle’ Ending After 6th Seasonby Colin Stutz

‘T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle’ Ending After 6th Season

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T.I. and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle-Harris attend the VH1 Big In 2015 with Entertainment Weekly Awards at Pacific Design Center on Nov. 15, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. 

The VH1 reality series T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle will end its run after its upcoming sixth season, reps for the show have confirmed with Billboard

The news comes amidst marital problems for the show’s stars, T.I. and Tameka “Tiny” Harris. The two have been married since 2010 and share two sons and one daughter together. In December Tiny filed for divorce from T.I. but last week the divorce hearing was dropped. 

The show has run since 2011 and follows the family and their seven children living in Atlanta. It will end in April with its 100th episode. 



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“VH1 is incredibly proud of this long running series and our partnership with Tip and Tameka,” Nina L. Diaz, EVP, head of unscripted, VH1 and MTV told People in a statement. “For six years, they have opened their home and shared countless family moments with us. Reaching 100 episodes is a milestone and we couldn’t be more excited to bring viewers the highly anticipated final season.”

Puma Announces Big Sean as New Global Ambassador & Creative Collaborator by Braudie Blais-Billie

Puma Announces Big Sean as New Global Ambassador & Creative Collaborator

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Big Sean performs during his “I Decided” Secret Show at The Sayers Club on Feb. 10, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif. 

Back in January, Big Sean announced his endorsement move with Puma after five years at Adidas. On March 7, Puma announced Sean’s new position: Global Ambassador and Creative Collaborator.

As a Global Ambassador, the Detroit rapper will be the face of the next Puma Classics campaign this summer. The sportswear brand will also be supporting Sean’s Sean’s fourth studio, I Decided. —which charted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — with a brand sponsored summer tour.

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As Creative Collaborator, Sean is working with Puma’s creative team to design an exclusive collection set to release Spring 2018. “His passion for creativity and individuality is very strong,” Puma’s Global Director for Brand Marketing Adam Petrick said in a release. “We’ve already kicked off the design process with Sean and we’re glad to see a fusion of his unique style.” 

Billboard has reached out to both Puma and Big Sean for comment.

Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee Wants to Date Malia Obama: Watchby Lyndsey Havens

While recently at LAX, Rae Sremmurd‘s Swae Lee told TMZ that he not only wants to date Malia Obama, but knows exactly how he would set up their first date.

Lee wasn’t directly asked about his dating life, though when questioned about who he would like to write for as an artist he said, “I want to write for Adele, or with Adele. I want to do some crazy shit I never did before and break some boundaries, you know? Hell yeah. Malia Obama get at me. I know you’re on vacation.”



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Lee, who is 21, said he would take Malia, who’s 18, to the Bahamas, and laid out an elaborate dinner date that would be “200 feet in the air on a suspended table at a five-star restaurant.” He would then take her to the beach, “maybe go on some jet skis,” then take her home. 

When asked how he would approach her famous presidential father, Barack Obama, Lee said he would pay his respects and “do it like a gentleman,” teasing, “I might come with some flowers, you never know.” 

Watch the full interaction below.

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