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    The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS 1. The Rolling Stones ; $9,996,473; $158.81. 2. U2; $8,355,366; $117.39. 3. Coldplay; $4,373,643; $108.05. 4. Lady Gaga; $2,838,540; $117.65. 5. Bruno Mars; $2,674,096; $111.65. 6. Guns N' Roses; $2,575,272; $118.75. 7. Roger Waters; $2,298,860; $117.98. 8. Dead & Company; $1,667,123; $111.11. 9. Ed Sheeran; $1,441,881; $85.05. 10. Ariana Grande; $1,401,503; $90.29. 11. Depeche Mode; $1,372,431; $87.90. 12. Neil Diamond; $1,370,818; $113.35. 13. Marc Anthony; $1,224,459; $100.77. 14. The Weeknd; $1,098,035; $85.18. 15. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; $1,084,704; $89.82. 16. Tim McGraw / Faith Hill; $1,050,287; $83.27. 17. Florida Georgia Line; $1,005,776; $51.75. 18. Foo Fighters; $1,001,748; $92.06. 19. Luke Bryan; $964,321; $50.71. 20. Kendrick Lamar; $960,444; $80.70. For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com ___
  • As of Thursday morning, the Walt Disney Co. is set to own a large part of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal. With this merger, the number of major studios in Hollywood will go from six to five, and the combined Disney and Fox assets would have a 39% theatrical market share, according to Variety.  >> Read more trending news  The deal, which some have said will raise red flags among antitrust officials, is still awaiting regulatory approval, which could take anywhere from 12 to 18 months, according to Variety. This deal is sort of the opposite of the Paramount Case of 1948, when RKO Pictures shuttered, divorcing movie theaters from the ownership of the studios that created the films those theaters were screening.  A merger is a wish your boardroom makes, and all that.  (In other news, the FCC is expected to repeal net neutrality Thursday, so...more great news for big corporations.) >> Related: MoviePass now officially has some Texas competition  Most of the chatter around this deal has centered around two things: one is that Disney is becoming a monopoly. Disney already owns Pixar, Marvel and The Studio Formerly Known As Lucasfilm. Disney’s acquiring of Fox isn’t just another merger deal — it’s one of the biggest deals to go down in Hollywood history. The other talking point is that, well, hey, now that Disney owns Fox properties, that means that a majority of the Marvel properties are now in Disney’s hands.  This means — as many have pointed out on Twitter — that the X-Men can now theoretically be in “Avengers: Infinity War” and other Marvel films. Ditto Deadpool and the Fantastic Four. >> Related: Pixar celebrates Day of the Dead, family ties with captivating ‘Coco’ But there’s some other properties that Disney has now acquired that don’t really fit the House of Mouse’s squeaky clean image. Read on to see some of what might be coming to a theater near you under a new Disney banner.  Comic books X-Men Deadpool Fantastic Four Legion “Kingsman” All of the above films and characters are either super violent or not very Disney-like, something that “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds pointed out on Twitter last week. The other fun thing to think about here: What if Disney made an Avengers film with Captain America and the Fantastic Four? Chris Evans plays Captain America and also played The Human Torch in Fox’s 2005 bid to make that live-action franchise happen. (If you really want to check out something special, peep this unreleased “Fantastic Four” that Fox made back in 1994 solely to keep the rights to the franchise.) >> Related: How comic book movies are making comic books worse Action franchises “Alien” “Avatar” “Die Hard” “Independence Day” “Planet of the Apes” “Predator” Ho, ho, ho. Now I have a lot of R-rated franchises. Does this mean we’re going to see a “Yippee-ki-yay, Mr. Falcon!” PG-13-ification of some of film’s most enduring action franchises?  >> Related: ‘The Holiday' is a better Christmas movie than 'Love Actually' and here's why But, on another note, Disney now owns the “Avatar” franchise, which is reported to have four planned sequels. The first film, released in 2009, brought in almost $3 BILLION worldwide. Kid’s franchises “Alvin and the Chipmunks” “Doctor Doolittle” “Goosebumps” “Home Alone” “Ice Age” “Night at the Museum” “Rio” All of these franchises are at least three films in, with the exception of “Goosebumps.” Expect more from the House of Mouse in the coming years. Straight-up weird properties to now think of as ‘Disney’ properties “Cocoon” “M*A*S*H” (Robert Altman film and the Fox TV series) “The Omen” franchise “Rocky Horror Picture Show” “Romancing the Stone” “The Sound of Music” “X-Files” franchise All that needs to be said: Read more here.
  • Pink is joining the list of stars performing in Minneapolis during Super Bowl week.The singer will perform Friday, Feb. 2, at Nomadic Live! in the refurbished Minneapolis Armory building.Imagine Dragons will headline the EA Sports Bowl on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Armory. Jennifer Lopez will also perform in the building near U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 3.Super Bowl week will be packed with entertainment. Performers at various venues include The Chainsmokers, Florida Georgia Line and the Dave Matthews Band. A 10-day free concert series features a 'Prince night' and local acts such as Soul Asylum and Mint Condition.Gwen Stefani will close out the week on Sunday, Feb. 4, at Club Nomadic at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.___More AP NFL: http://pro32.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Music mogul Russell Simmons said on Instagram that he plans to defend himself a day after a New York Times story published claims by three women saying he raped them.The allegations in the Times' Wednesday report stem from the 1980s and 1990s. Simmons denied the allegations Wednesday and again on Thursday.'Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges,' Simmons wrote Thursday on Instagram.Simmons posted his words under a photo that read #NotMe, explaining that he isn't trying to go against the anti-harassment movement #MeToo, where millions have shared their stories about being sexually harassed and assaulted.'My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in any way, but instead hold my accusers accountable,' he wrote. 'Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #MeToo. It's just a statement about my innocence.'Also on Thursday, the New York Police Department confirmed that it is investigating the rape claims and are reaching out to the alleged victims.'Our detectives are in the process of reviewing that information,' Deputy Chief Timothy Trainor said in a statement.The allegations in the Times story weren't the first to hit Simmons. Model Keri Claussen Khalighi said Simmons coerced her to perform a sex act and later penetrated her without her consent in 1991. Simmons said the sex with Klalighi was consensual.'Today, I will focus on 'The Original Sin' (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile,' Simmons wrote on Instagram. 'Stay tuned! We'll share information today.'He also said 'and tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet,' referring to the screenwriter who said Simmons had sex with her more than two decades ago despite her repeated demands that he stop. Simmons said he had a different memory of the night but apologized. Following Lumet's claims, HBO said it would edit out any link to Simmons in its 'All Def Comedy' show.Simmons founded Def Jam Recordings with mega-producer Rick Rubin in 1984. It made stars of such hip-hop artists as LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy.
  • Black Entertainment Television will soon have a new president.BET Networks announced Thursday that Scott M. Mills will take over as president, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Debra L. Lee, who will remain as chair and CEO. Most recently, Mills was executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Viacom, BET's parent company.He says in a statement that he looks forward to overseeing 'exciting, thought-provoking' programs for African Americans and young people worldwide. Lee had served as president since 2005, when she succeeded BET founder Robert L. Johnson.BET is known for a wide range of programming, from the comedy series '50 Central' to the Soul Train Awards.
  • The Latest on allegations of sexual misconduct against Tavis Smiley (all times local):4:20 p.m.Walmart is suspending its relationship with talk show host Tavis Smiley.The retail giant says it is 'troubled by the recent allegations' facing the TV, radio and book star.The move comes a day after PBS indefinitely suspended distribution of Smiley's talk show after an independent investigation uncovered 'multiple, credible allegations' of sexual misconduct by its host.Smiley responded that he has never harassed anyone and claimed one relationship the network uncovered was consensual.Walmart had been a sponsor of Smiley's show and an upcoming touring theatrical show. It says it will be 'suspending our relationship with Mr. Smiley, pending the outcome of the PBS investigation.'___12:15 p.m.Talk show host Tavis Smiley says PBS 'overreacted' when it indefinitely suspended his show after an independent investigation uncovered 'multiple, credible allegations' of misconduct by its host.In a Facebook post, Smiley says he has never harassed anyone and claimed one relationship the network uncovered was consensual.Smiley also claims PBS 'refused to provide me the names of any accusers, refused to speak to my current staff, and refused to provide me any semblance of due process to defend myself against allegations from unknown sources.'His show's page at PBS was scrubbed on ThursdaySmiley has a development deal with Warner Bros. Television and was working with J.J. Abrams to turn his new book about Michael Jackson's last days and death into a limited TV series. Next month he is expected to launch a nationwide 40-city tour of a theatrical production focusing on the last year of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. 'Death of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience' is based on Smiley's 2014 book of the same title and was to start Jan. 15, King's birthday.___1 a.m.PBS says it has indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley's talk show after an independent investigation uncovered 'multiple, credible allegations' of misconduct by its host.PBS said Wednesday it had engaged an outside law firm to investigate 'troubling allegations' against the host, it said in a statement.'This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley,' the statement said. 'The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today's decision.'A representative for PBS declined to specify the nature of the allegations against Smiley.His nightly program has aired on PBS since 2004.Representatives for Smiley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
  • The publisher of The New York Times Co. is stepping down after 25 years and will be succeeded by his 37-year-old son, the Times announced Thursday.Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. will retire as of Dec. 31 but will remain as chairman of the board of directors, the Times said. His son and current deputy publisher, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, will take over as publisher.'It is the greatest honor to serve The Times — and the people who make it what it is — as the next publisher,' the younger Sulzberger, known as A.G., said in a staffwide email.Sulzberger praised his father as 'the only publisher of his generation who took the reins of a great news organization and left it even better than he found.'A.G. Sulzberger will be the fifth generation of the Ochs-Sulzberger family to serve as publisher since Adolph Ochs, his great great-grandfather, bought the Times in 1896.The outgoing publisher, who is 66, took over from his own father, Arthur O. Sulzberger, in 1992 and went on to preside during an era of rapid change brought on by the rise of digital media.The Times published its first color photo in 1993 and its first web edition in 1996.The newspaper's 2011 move to charge online readers through a pay wall was watched closely, with some doubting consumers would pay for content they were used to getting for free. The Times now has 3.5 million subscribers, 2.5 million of them paying for digital-only content.'It has been an extraordinary honor to serve as publisher of The New York Times and I will step down at the end of the year prouder than I have ever been of the strength, independence and integrity of this institution,' Sulzberger said in a statement.The Times won 60 Pulitzer Prizes during Sulzberger's leadership but weathered controversies including a 2003 plagiarism scandal involving reporter Jayson Blair and the 2014 firing of Jill Abramson, the paper's first female executive editor.The younger Sulzberger headed a team that produced a 2014 'innovation report' that outlined strategies for adapting to the digital era.The Times has set a goal of bringing in at least $800 million in digital revenue by 2020, double what the company earned in 2014.The younger Sulzberger joined the Times in 2009 after working as a reporter at the Providence Journal and the Oregonian. He worked as a New York metro reporter and later as the head of the Times' Kansas City bureau, where he wrote about his struggle to survive as a vegetarian in a 'Mecca of meat.'After Kansas City, he became an assistant editor and was appointed deputy publisher last year.
  • 21st Century Fox said Thursday it will still try to complete its 11.7 billion pound ($15.4 billion) takeover offer for Sky, a move that would hand the major European broadcaster over to Disney as it in turn buys most of Fox.Sky is based in London but has strong news and pay-TV operations across Europe, and is particularly prized for its sports broadcasting operations, including the English Premier League soccer matches.Fox, controlled by Rupert Murdoch's family, has faced hurdles in trying to buy the 61 percent of Sky it doesn't already own. But it said Thursday that it remains confident that Britain's competition regulator and government will approve the Sky takeover by the expiration of the offer on June 30, 2018.The takeover values Sky at 18.5 billion pounds.'Assuming 21st Century Fox completes its acquisition of Sky prior to closing of the transaction, The Walt Disney Company would assume full ownership of Sky, including the assumption of its outstanding debt, upon closing,' the companies said in a statement.Disney is buying much of Fox for about $52.4 billion in stock, including film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses.Britain's competition regulator is conducting an investigation into whether Fox's bid for Sky would give Murdoch and his family too much control over the country's news media.Culture Secretary Karen Bradley asked the Competition and Markets Authority to evaluate the takeover in September, taking a look at Fox's commitment to broadcasting standards and the deal's impact on media plurality in the U.K.Her decision touched off a six-month investigation, bringing renewed attention to the mogul's holdings and efforts to consolidate his empire. With Murdoch already owning the Sun and The Times newspapers, there are concerns that he and his company would wield too much power in Britain.But the regulator will also look at a variety of other issues to determine whether the merged entity would have a 'genuine commitment to broadcasting standards objectives.' Among these are allegations that 21st Century Fox's board failed to recognize that sexual harassment was a problem until a Fox News anchor took the issue to court, according to a Sept. 12 letter to the company from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which Bradley heads.One question raised by Disney's takeover of Fox is whether it could make it easier for British regulators to approve the takeover of Sky, knowing that it would not remain within Murdoch's stable of news operations.Longtime Murdoch critic Tom Watson said Disney had to take care not to let the 'toxic corporate culture we have seen in the Murdoch empire to contaminate their business and tarnish their reputation'This is the end of an era for the Murdochs who after decades of aggressive empire expansion are now in retreat,' he said.
  • Disney is buying a large part of Fox , but Fox News Channel and other U.S. television businesses are staying with the Murdoch family.Here's a look at what the Disney and Murdoch empires will look like under The Walt Disney Co.'s $52.4 billion deal for 21st Century Fox:THE DISNEY BANNERBesides classics such as Mickey Mouse and Goofy, Disney already owns several iconic franchises, including the Muppets, 'Star Wars' and Marvel superhero movies and comics. It operates a major movie studio and several TV networks, including ABC, ESPN, the Disney Channel and Freeform.With the deal, Disney gets the Fox movie business, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000. Fox held rights to some Marvel characters; this deal will bring Marvel's X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool under the Disney roof. Disney will also take ownership of the 'Avatar' franchise, which has already spawned a Disney theme park ; sequels are on the way.In terms of television production, Disney will get Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21, with shows including 'The Simpsons' and 'Modern Family.'Disney will get at least a 39 percent stake in European satellite-TV and broadcaster Sky. Fox is hoping to acquire the remainder of Sky before the deal closes, giving Disney full control. Disney is also acquiring Star India, a major media company with dozens of sports and entertainment channels.Disney, a co-owner of Hulu, will get Fox's share in the streaming company, giving Disney a majority control.THE MURDOCH FAMILYBefore the sale, Fox will spin off some properties into a separate company, which the Murdoch family will control. Murdoch's new Fox will have the Fox television network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and the U.S. sports channels FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network. It will also keep the Fox studio lot in Los Angeles and an equity investment in Roku, a maker of TV-streaming devices.The publishing and newspaper businesses will stay with Murdoch, as those have already been separated into a different company, News Corp. Those businesses include the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Sun and The Times in the U.K., and book publisher HarperCollins.There's been speculation the Murdoch family will try to combine News Corp. with what's left of Fox, though Rupert Murdoch told investors Thursday, 'We haven't thought about combining with News Corp.
  • Washington state prosecutors have determined they cannot proceed with criminal charges against rapper Nelly for allegedly raping a woman while on tour with Florida Georgia Line. On Wednesday, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reportedly told TMZ that it’s impossible to move forward with criminal charges against Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, Jr., for any crimes due to the alleged victim’s refusal to cooperate with authorities. The woman, who claimed he raped her on his tour bus, told police she didn’t want to press charges after coming forward with her story. >> Read more trending news  “Police responded to and investigated a sexual assault allegation involving Mr. Haynes,' a statement from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, obtained by E! News, read. “However, within days of her initial report to police, the complainant, through her attorney, informed investigators from the Auburn police department that she did not wish to assist in prosecution or the investigation of Mr. Haynes.” Related: Rapper Nelly accused of rape, arrested after show The woman’s attorney, Karen Koehler, posted a letter online, saying her client believed the courts would be against her if she pursued a suit. “Every step of the way, since the time she called 911, she wishes she had not,” the letter read. “Not because what happened didn’t occur exactly the way she described it. Not because she did not want the police to charge the celebrity with alleged rape. She wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her.” Related: Rapper Nelly denies rape allegation, says he is ‘completely innocent’ In October, the rapper was arrested for allegedly raping the woman in his tour bus in an Auburn, Washington, Walmart parking lot while he was touring with the country band Florida Georgia Line. She specifically identified Nelly as her attacker and said the incident occurred around 3:48 a.m. Nelly was arrested just over three hours later, booked on second-degree rape charges and later released. “Let me say that I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation,” Nelly tweeted after his release. “I am completely innocent. I am confident that once the facts are looked at, it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation.” “I also want to thank my fans for their unwavering support,” he said in another tweet. “They know me. I assure you I will be vindicated. And I assure you, I will pursue every legal option to address this defaming claim.” Nelly soon responded to the allegations through his attorney, Scott Rosenblum, who said, “Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation. Our initial investigation, clearly establishes the allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once the scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to pursue all all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation.” Related: Woman who accused rapper Nelly of rape asks police to stop investigation “Her reckless accusation, once investigated thoroughly, was exposed for what it was – a fabrication,” Rosenblum said. “A fabrication that has caused Nelly and his family to suffer emotionally and financially.” Rosenblum indicated that he would like a public apology from he accuser while stating that he would recommend Nelly take legal action against her.