Entertainment News Bundle: Spotify says it will suspend service in Russia; Five things to watch out for at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony and more

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Rio pop star Anitta becomes first Brazilian to top Spotify’s global chart

Rio de Janeiro pop star Anitta on Friday became the first Brazilian to top Spotify’s daily global chart with her song “Envolver.” The song rose to No. 1 on the daily global top 50 charts following an online campaign by other Brazilian singers and celebrities. “Envolver” had 6.4 million streams as of Friday and 71.6 million since its release in November.

Oscar ceremony to display ‘respectful’ moments about Ukraine

As Hollywood’s top celebrities gather for their film’s annual celebration at the Academy Awards on Sunday, live broadcasts will also recognize the effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Organizers gave few details on Thursday but said there would be a moment during the Oscar ceremony that would recognize the invasion, which has killed thousands and driven a quarter of Ukraine’s 44 million people from their homes.

Spotify says it will suspend service in Russia

Spotify Technology SA said on Friday that it would suspend its streaming service in Russia in response to the country’s new media law. The audio streaming platform closed its offices in Russia indefinitely earlier this month, citing what it described as Moscow’s “unprovoked attack on Ukraine.”

Getting an Oscar nomination can bring you praise, love and lots of prizes

For its 20th year, marketing firm Distinctive Assets has independently presented a gift bag to best acting and director Oscar nominees — this year it’s $138,000. While every star might be able to afford the item, Lash Fary, the company’s founder, says that’s not the point. This is an acknowledgment of outstanding performance and it is about business. And after two decades of gift-giving, Fary says the process of acquiring items has become easier.

Five things to watch out for at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony

The Academy Awards, Hollywood’s annual red carpet celebration, take place on Sunday. Here are five things to watch out for during the ceremony, which will be broadcast live in the United States on ABC. SHOW SHAKEUP

British Vogue puts Queen Elizabeth on the cover to mark the Platinum Jubilee

A young Queen Elizabeth appears on the cover of British Vogue for the April issue, in what the fashion magazine says is a tribute to the king’s Platinum Jubilee of the year. The black and white image was taken by photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones in the early 70 years of Elizabeth’s reign. Armstrong-Jones, who died in 2017, was married to Elizabeth’s late sister, Princess Margaret, between 1960 and 1978.

Keanu Reeves fired by Chinese video platform after Tibet concert

Chinese streaming platforms including Tencent Video and iQiyi have removed films and video content starring Canadian actor Keanu Reeves after he participated in a Tibet-related concert hosted by the non-profit organization founded by the Dalai Lama. A check by Reuters shows his acclaimed works, the Matrix and John Wick franchises, as well as Speed, are among the films that have been removed. Reuters was unable to determine when the films were taken down.

The talent behind the recent K-pop hit movement is a 20 year old Japanese dancer

South Korea’s distinctly K-pop music genre has swept the globe in recent years, its catchy songs and flashy dance videos make international stars top performers. But not all elements of the global phenomenon are made in Korea.

Oscar faces a make-or-break moment to build an audience

Three female comedians will share hosting duties, fans will vote for two awards, and several acceptance speeches will be recorded prior to the live broadcast. It was part of a plan to rock this year’s Academy Awards broadcast, which faces a crucial test on Sunday to try and bounce back from last year’s record low ratings.

(With input from the agency.)

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