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‘Encanto’ Becomes First Soundtrack Album to Reach No. 1 in Two Years; ‘Bruno’ Song Hits Top 5



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Adele’s reign atop the album chart is over, at least temporarily, as the music of Disney’s “Encanto” took over the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, becoming the first film or TV soundtrack to reach that peak in more than two years.

The animated movie’s popularity after its debut on the Disney Plus streaming service was also felt on the Billboard Hot 100, as the Lin-Manuel Miranda-penned song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” soared 45 spots to No. 5.

Adele could still claim one out of two chart-topping spots, as her song “Easy on Me” made its stand at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for an eighth week, even as her album, “30,” slipped to the No. 2 spot on the album chart after six weeks of supremacy.


Granted, the competition among albums was not especially fierce in these dog days after the holiday season. “Encanto” only had to come up with 72,000 album-equivalent units to land at No. 1, ahead of “30,” which had 57,000. The Disney soundtrack was up 76% for the week, while Adele’s album was down 43%.

For the “Encanto” album, it was definitely a case of “from small things, big things one day come,” since the soundtrack entered the chart in December at an extremely modest No. 197, when the film’s theatrical bow was generating far less interest than what’s being seen with its  streaming popularity now. Even two weeks ago, the album had peaked at just No. 110, before leaping to No. 7 last week. Billboard reports that it is only the third album in history to debut in one of the last three rungs of the Billboard 200 and eventually make it to No. 1, the others being “Led Zeppelin II” and the Monkees’ “Headquarters.”

The last soundtrack to reach No. 1 also came from Disney — “Frozen II,” which stood on top for a single week in Dec. 2019.

(As Variety‘s Clayton Davis reported last week, the song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” would have seemed likely to become a sure thing for at least an Oscar nomination for best song, based on its sudden surge in popularity… if only it had been submitted by Disney. But it wasn’t; the studio instead took its chances before the Nov. 1 deadline by submitting another song as a singular entry from “Encanto,” the tear-jerker “Dos Oruguitas.”)


In news that may be greeted with mixed reactions, given the artist’s ongoing polarizing qualities, the biggest album of 2021 — Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” — celebrated its one-year anniversary on the chart with a rise back up to the No. 3 spot. The controversial country star’s album spent 10 weeks at No. 1 and only fell out of the top 10 once in the past year.

Following Wallen in the top 10 albums are some other chart perennials going back months: Olivia Rodrigo at No. 4, Taylor Swift’s “Red (Taylor’s Version)” at No. 5, Drake at No. 6, Doja Cat at No. 7, the Weeknd’s greatest-hits compilation at No. 8, and Juice WRLD and Polo G at Nos. 9-10.

The Weeknd will easily land on top of next week’s Billboard 200 with his new album, “Dawn FM,” and if his “The Highlights” hangs in there, the artist could have two albums in the coming top 10.

There was more fresh blood among the top 10 singles. Besides the “Encanto” song, there were two other tunes reaching the top 10 on the Hot 100 for the first time: Dua Lipa and Elton John’s ““Cold Heart (Pnau Remix),” leaping 13 spots to No. 7, and Kodak Black’s “Super Gremlin” at No. 10, a six-spot jump.


Some of the big boosts being seen by certain albums and singles in the latest frame have as much to do with the sudden, quick exit of Christmas tunes and collections from charts they’ve had had a hold on for the last 4-6 weeks.

The Hot 100’s top 10 was rounded out by the Kid Laroi featuring Justin Bieber at No. 2, Glass Animals reaching a peak-to-date No. 3, Ed Sheeran’s “Shivers” at No. 4, Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s “Industry Baby” at No. 6, Sheeran again with “Bad Habits” at No. 8 and Doja Cat at No. 9.

“Cold Heart” represents Elton John’s first single to make the top 10 of the Hot 100 since “Candle in the Wind” in 1997-98. According to Billboard, he now has the record for the longest span between first and most recent top 10 songs on the chart — if holiday songs aren’t included — with 51-plus years having transpired since “Your Song” hit the mark in early 1971.



Michael Douglas to be Guest of Honor at Meihodo International Youth Visual Media Festival – Global Bulletin



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Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker Michael Douglas will serve as guest of honor and advisor at the fourth annual Meihodo International Youth Visual Media Festival. Douglas will appear during the short film festival’s 2022 virtual awards ceremony to announce the grand prize winner and offer insights to young filmmakers. The ceremony will be organized via Japan-based Meihodo’s U.S. headquarters in New York City, and stream on YouTube for U.S. audiences on Feb. 22,

The theme of this year’s festival will be “Dreaming Big in the Digital Revolution.” The festival has received thousands of entries from around the world and Meihodo will introduce a new element, awarding top winners with custom NFTs and cryptocurrency and bestowing a prize of $20,000 to one standout work, with total prize money exceeding $100,000.

“I’ve had the good fortune to work in the film business for decades, and I’m both humbled and excited to connect with young filmmakers at the fourth annual Meihodo festival,” Douglas said. “From a young age, thanks to my father, I’ve had a front-row seat to watching films be made and it’s a pleasure to not only share some of that wisdom but also learn from a new wave of artists.”


The festival’s special advisor is Oscar-winning “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” composer Tan Dun and the honorary chair is acclaimed producer Yue-Sai Kan.


Banijay Iberia has appointed Miguel Martín as the new managing director of its label Zeppelin, replacing Amparo Castellano. Zeppelin’s recent hits include “Secret Story,” “Big Brother,” “The Bridge and SKAM España.” Martín began his tenure at Banijay Iberia in 2019 at IP development hub Banijay Birds and has also served as executive producer on local titles including “LOL: Last One Laughing” for Amazon Prime Video. He has also directed and produced shows across multiple genres. The executive also has U.S. experience, having served as executive producer on formats for NBC-Telemundo and FOX.

Meanwhile, Sivan Pillay has been appointed CEO of the newly formed Trace Studios, which was formed by the acquisition of Trace by the Cape Town-based Okuhle Media Studios. Pillay joined Endemol South Africa in 2000 and rose to managing director in 2008. He was named CEO of Endemol Shine Africa after the global Endemol-Shine merger. After his Endemol years and until the end of 2021, Pillay was the founder and CEO of 360 Degrees South and Zero Gravity TV and Media where he developed over 40 TV formats that will be part of Trace Studios format catalogue.



BBC Studios and Pastel Film are adapting Sally Wainwright’s BAFTA winning drama “Happy Valley” for the Turkish audience as “Son Nefesime Kadar,” the first time it has been remade for an international audience. Acclaimed actor Nurgül Yeşilçay stars as Catherine Cawood, a no-nonsense police sergeant in a small town whose world is turned upside down when the man she thinks is responsible for her daughter’s death – Tommy Lee Royce- is released from prison. Emre Bey plays Royce, with Emre Kinay playing Catherine’s ex-husband Richard Cawood and Ertan Saban as new character, Vedat.

Adapted by Hatice Meryem, whose previous work includes local adaptations of “Shameless” and “Desperate Housewives,” the series is currently in production in Istanbul. It is produced by Yaşar İrvül and Efe İrvül and directed by Deniz Çelebi Dikilitaş. It is due to air on free-to-air channel FOX in the coming months.


Tribeca Film Festival selection and Nashville Film Festival grand jury prize winning film “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road” is currently on release in U.K. cinemas. The music documentary explores the life and career of legendary The Beach Boys musician Brian Wilson, through a literal and metaphorical road trip exploring his hometown. 2022 marks 60 years of The Beach Boys. The film features 36 of Wilson’s most iconic hits, including “God Only Knows,” “Good Vibrations” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” rare tracks, never-before-heard demos and his personal home movies and photo albums.


In addition, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Nick Jonas and Taylor Hawkins share the impact Wilson has had on their careers. The documentary is by “Streetlight Harmonies” filmmaker Brent Wilson (no relation).

“‘Long Promised Road’ is an affectionate and satisfying movie, sentimental at times but often stirringly insightful, a collection of pinpoint testimonials to Wilson’s artistry by such authoritative fans as Springsteen and Elton John, and a movie that lets the enchanting qualities of Wilson’s music cascade over you,” wrote Variety critic Owen Gleiberman in his review of the film.

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“Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road”
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Metallica, the Strokes, Foo Fighters to Headline Boston Calling 2022 Festival; Rage Against the Machine Pull Out



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Boston Calling, the  three-day festival scheduled to return to Allston, Mass. Over Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 – 29, 2022, has unveiled its full lineup. One previously announced headliner, Rage Against the Machine, is off the bill, but Metallica and the Strokes join Foo Fighters as headlining acts, and more than 50 artists are slated to perform, including Haim, Rüfüs Du Sol, Weezer, Run the Jewels, Glass Animals, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Avril Lavigne, Modest Mouse and more. Rage, who have pushed back their entire 2022 tour to the summer, and the Foo Fighters were scheduled to headline ...poned 2020 festival; the full 2020 lineup is below.

“We are so thrilled to bring Boston Calling back, and we cannot thank our loyal fans enough for supporting us as we navigated the pandemic. This year’s lineup is particularly special for us,” said Boston Calling c-fgounder/CEO Brian Appel. “It not only signifies a return to the things we love, but it also celebrates some of the world’s most renowned acts, exciting up-and-comers, and Boston’s talented music scene. Knowing how much Boston musicians endured during the pandemic, it was very important to us that Boston Calling 2022 shine a spotlight on local and regional artists more than ever before. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone come together on Memorial Day Weekend.”

The announcement also notes that 18 acts with New England ties will be performing throughout the weekend, including Van Buren Records, Cam Meekins, Born Without Bones, Avenue, Ali McGuirk, Crooked Coast, Aaron and the Lord, Miranda Rae, Coral Moons, Paper Tigers, Dutch Tulips, The Chelsea Curve, Frances Forever, Oompa, Julie Rhodes, Charlotte Sands, Pom Pom Squad and Cliff Notez.


The 2022 festival will expand its offerings in the VIP and Platinum tiers, with a VIP lounge, enhanced viewing areas within the VIP and Platinum sections, including a new double-decker VIP experience with views of both the Red Stage and Green Stage, and an expanded viewing deck within the Platinum section. Platinum pass holders will also have access to a full specially priced bar featuring premium beer, fine wine and craft cocktails, a daily gifting suite with complimentary products, and a daily complimentary parking pass (3-day passholders only).

A limited number of 3-Day General Admission tickets ($369.99), 3-Day VIP tickets ($999.99), and 3-Day Platinum tickets ($1,999.99) are on sale now at A special limited 2-pack of 3-Day GA tickets ($699.99) is also available.


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2022 Boston Calling Lineup:

Foo Fighters

Rüfüs Du Sol



Avril Lavigne

Cheap Trick

Oliver Tree


The Struts

Paris Jackson

The Backseat Lovers



Paris Texas

Mob Rich

Pom Pom Squad

Born Without Bones



Miranda Rae

The Chelsea Curve



Saturday, May 28, 2022

The Strokes

Run The Jewels

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard


Black Pumas

Orville Peck


Sudan Archives



Frances Forever

Charlotte Sands

Julie Rhodes


Van Buren Records

Ali McGuirk

Coral Moons

Dutch Tulips



Sunday, May 29, 2022




Glass Animals

Modest Mouse


Japanese Breakfast



Peach Tree Rascals




Cam Meekins


Cliff Notez

Crooked Coast


Aaron and the Lord

Paper Tigers

Boston Calling is produced by Boston Calling Events LLC (BCE), which is owned by Crash Line Productions and Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. Its 2022 sponsors are Delta Air Lines, Samuel Adams, Miller Lite, Chase, Shopkick, Thomas Tew Rum, Subaru of New England, Tivoli Audio, Jack Daniels, and Happy Valley.



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