Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.
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Taylor Swift’s smash hit “Shake It Off” just reached an impressive milestone on Spotify. The single moved past the 200 million global stream mark. As of July 18, the song boasts 200,133,498 plays on the world’s leading streaming platform. “Shake It Off” was the lead single from Swift’s Grammy-winning 2014 album “1989.” The song initially launched on Spotify in the summer of 2014 but was later pulled when Swift withdrew her catalog from streaming services. It returned to Spotify in the summer of 2017. “Shake It Off” currently holds a 9x platinum certification in the United States, signaling 9 million ... Read more
Honoring the year’s most substantial and memorable achievements in sports, the 2018 ESPY Awards took place in Los Angeles Wednesday night. Prior to the celebration, noteworthy names from the worlds of sports and entertainment made their presences felt on the show’s official red carpet. Those spotted on the red carpet included host Danica Patrick, Aaron Rodgers, Olivia Holt, Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Alvin Kamara, Russell Wilson, Ciara, Jessica Szohr, Eiza Gonzalez, Adam Rippon, Lana, Odell Beckham, Stefon Diggs, Paige Spiranac, Trevor Jackson, Alison Brie, Chloe Kim, Katie Nolan, Aly Raisman and more. ABC, which handled broadcasting duties for this year’s ... Read more
Nikki and Brie Bella are headed to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” NBC confirms the WWE notables — and “Total Divas”/”Total Bellas” stars — for the July 25 edition of its flagship late-night talk show. The Bella Twins will appear as interview guests on the episode. Alec Baldwin is also booked for an interview, while Toots & The Maytals will close the show with a musical performance. Official “Tonight Show” listings follow: Thursday, July 19: Guests include Pierce Brosnan, Deepak Chopra and musical guest Pusha T Ft. 070 Shake. Show 899 Friday, July 20: Episode to feature new monologue ... Read more
Imagine Dragons’ newly released “Natural” is predictably gaining traction on the US iTunes store. The song, which launched Tuesday, entered the Top 5 on the store’s all-genre sales chart on Wednesday. It sits at #5 on the chart as of press time at 11:55PM ET Wednesday night. Only Drake’s “In My Feelings” (#1), Lauren Daigle’s “You Say” (#2), Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You (featuring Cardi B)” (#3) and Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin’s “I Like It” (#4) are selling at a faster pace. “Natural” is one of two Imagine Dragons singles currently in the Top 10. “Whatever It ... Read more
Update: “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” star Amanda Seyfried appeared as the lead guest on Wednesday’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” In addition to chatting with Fallon, Seyfried participated in the latest edition of “Google Translate Songs.” Wednesday’s “Fallon” also featured an interview with Daveed Diggs and a performance by Wiz Khalifa & Swae Lee. A video of the Google Translate Songs segment follows, as do photos from the taping. Additional videos will be posted upon availability. THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 0898 — Pictured: (l-r) Actress Amanda Seyfried during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon ... Read more
Update: Wednesday’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers” featured an appearance by Miranda Lambert. The country superstar closed the broadcast with a performance of “Pink Sunglasses.” She also filmed “Ugly Lights” as a digital exclusive. Videos of both performances follow. Photos from Wednesday’s “Late Night” taping are also embedded. LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS — Episode 708 — Pictured: Musical guest Miranda Lambert performs on July 18, 2018 — (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC) LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS — Episode 708 — Pictured: Musical guest Miranda Lambert performs on July 18, 2018 — (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC) LATE NIGHT WITH SETH ... Read more
Earlier this week, FOX revealed the hosts as well as some attendees for the 2018 Teen Choice Awards. Wednesday, FOX confirmed a performer for this year’s show. According to the network, the Grammy-nominated Khalid will take the stage at the August 12 ceremony. Khalid will perform a medley of his hits during the broadcast. Nick Cannon is hosting this year’s show, which will air live from Los Angeles. Lele Pons will be co-hosting. Celebrities confirmed for appearances include Maddie Ziegler, Lucy Hale and Nina Dobrev. The broadcast airs from 8-10PM ET on August 12.
Fall Out Boy will embark on its “M A N I A” tour later this summer. Prior to hitting the road, the band will take the stage on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” NBC confirms Fall Out Boy for the July 25 edition of its late-night talk show. The performance will follow host Seth Meyers’ interview with Amy Poehler. An additional guest may be confirmed at a later date. Official “Late Night” listings follow: Wednesday, July 18: Guests Christine Baranski, Niecy Nash and musical guest Miranda Lambert. Emmanuelle Caplette sit-in with the 8G Band. Show 0708. Thursday, July 19: ... Read more
Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” appeared at #6 on this past week’s Mediabase pop radio chart. It was #7 on the hot adult contemporary listing. This week, it will make the Top 5 on both charts. “Girls Like You” received 5,870 pop radio spins during the first three days of the July 15-21 tracking period. Up a whopping 24% from the same-time-last-week mark, the count slots “Girls Like You” at #5 on the building pop chart. It meanwhile takes #4 on the building hot adult contemporary chart with 2,206 spins (+17%). As it does not face imminent threats from below, ... Read more
Featuring the artist’s strongest vocal performance on record, the audio for Daya’s new single “Safe” premiered on June 22. The music video launched on July 18. Along with the music video, Daya commenced her new “#safeis” campaign, “encouraging fans to express what their version of “safe” is with a video, gif, or message on social media using the campaign’s hashtag.” Daya co-wrote “Safe” with Laleh and Joel Little in the aftermath of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas. It channels their grief, while also reflecting on a time in which the world seemed more innocent and “safe.” ... Read more