Entertainment News Roundup: British music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards dies of sudden illness; From British pubs to American tour: The Longest Johns rides the wave of nautical shack craze and more

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British music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards dies of sudden illness

Jamal Edwards, the founder of British online music platform SBTV which helped launch the careers of stars including Ed Sheeran, died on Sunday following a sudden illness, his mother announced. Edwards, 31, founded SBTV when he was 15 and later received an MBE in 2014 for his services to music. He was also an ambassador to the Princes Trust, the charity founded by the heir to the throne, Prince Charles.

From British pubs to American tour: The Longest Johns rides the wave of sailor’s hut craze

Two years ago, British a capella folk band The Longest Johns performed their sea shanties in local Bristol pubs. This week they embark on their first US tour, riding a wave of success stemming from a social media craze for traditional tunes sung aboard ships.

Tom Holland’s ‘Uncharted’ tops box office charts with $44 million debut

Sony’s long-running video game adaptation “Uncharted” raised $44 million over the weekend, enough to top the domestic box office charts and solidify Tom Holland’s star power. The big-budget action-adventure was positioned as a key test of Holland’s bankability outside of his blockbuster success as Spider-Man. “Uncharted” received mixed reviews, at best, so it’s safe to assume the 25-year-old British actor had a good hand in ticket sales. It also helps that “Uncharted” is rated PG-13 and based on one of the most popular video games.

Justin Bieber tests positive for COVID, postpones Las Vegas show -CNN

Justin Bieber has a mild case of COVID-19, CNN reported Sunday citing a representative for the Canadian singer. Bieber was scheduled to perform as part of his “Justice World Tour” in Las Vegas on Sunday, but the show was postponed due to his positive COVID test, according to the report.

Iconic Madonna dress and pre-Beatles drum kit up for auction in California

The pink Marilyn Monroe-style dress worn by pop star Madonna in her 1984 ‘Material Girl’ music video and a drum set used by the prototype Beatles are some of the items up for auction at a musical memorabilia auction in California. The Madonna lot, consisting of a pink satin dress with a strapless top and an oversized pink satin bow, satin opera gloves and rhinestone bracelets, is estimated between $100,000 and $200,000 when it will go under the hammer in May, as part of the “Music Icons Auction” at Julien’s Auctions.

(With agency contributions.)


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