Bourgeois Brief: Drake Continues to Break Streaming Records, Toni Braxton and Queen Latifah Ink Production Deals with Lifetime, Vice Investigates Asian Representation in Hollywood & More!
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Drake Logs Another Week at Number One
Drake’s latest blockbuster single, “God’s Plan”, logs its eighth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The song accounts for 8 of the biggest 11 streaming weeks of all time. Also this week, Drake appeared on a new remix of N.E.R.D.’s “Lemon” and guest starred in Migos’ latest 70s-inspired music video (more on that below). For more chart news, head to Billboard.
Bloc Party to Tour Their Debut Album
Indie rock band Bloc Party, fronted by out singer Kele Okereke, are set to tour their 2005 debut album, Silent Alarm. The tour kicks off in October with a date in Amsterdam and hits select citites across Europe. The band will play the album in full—surely a huge treat for longtime fans. Get the tour dates at Pitchfork.
Queen Latifah and Toni Braxton Ink Production Deals with Lifetime
Both Queen Latifah and Toni Braxton have announced production deals with Lifetime. Queen Latifah will serve as executive producer of two projects—a documentary about women in hip hop and a show about the rerecording of her 1993 hit, “U.N.I.T.Y.”, in which she’ll also star. Toni Braxton is locked in for multiple projects including an upcoming holiday program. Find out more at Shadow and Act.
Big Boi Announces Third Leg of Tour
Big Boi, one-half of the iconic rap duo Outkast, is extending his Daddy Fat Saxxx Tour with 16 new North American dates. The third leg of his tour kicks off in St. Louis in May. This tour serves as support for his 2017 album, Boomiverse. Get additional info at Billboard.
Vice Examines Asian Representation on Broadway
Vice shines a spotlight on the push to diversity casting on Broadway. The current tour of Hamilton features Korean-American actor Marcus Choi as George Washington. While Choi’s casting is a sign of hope for representation in Hollywood, there’s still progress to be made. Several actors discuss their hardships in the industry. Read the full piece at Vice.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Migos & Drake channel Soul Train for “Walk It Talk It” video [EW]
Toni Braxton premieres heartbroken new ballad [Rolling Stone]
Ving Rhames cast in Cagney & Lacey reboot [Shadow and Act]
Food for thought
The New York Times reviews a new biography about Tiger Woods’ epic rise and fall in professional golf.
“It’s a confident and substantial book that’s nearly as sleek as a Christopher Nolan movie. It makes a sweet sound, like a well-struck golf ball.
I found it exhilarating, depressing, tawdry and moving in almost equal measure. It’s a big American story that rolls across barbered lawns and then leaves you stranded in some all-night Sam’s Club of the soul.”
Read the full review here.
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