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UK rich list: Lloyd Webber takes £20m COVID hit – as Rihanna could become ‘first music billionaire’

UK rich list: Lloyd Webber takes £20m COVID hit – as Rihanna could become ‘first music billionaire’

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Andrew Lloyd Webber is expected to take a £20m hit to his fortune due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Sunday Times Rich List - as new entry Rihanna could become the first British-based billionaire musician.The annual countdown of the UK's wealthiest musicians has been revealed ahead of the full list being released at the weekend. With a calculated wealth of £800m, Lord Lloyd Webber still comes joint top alongside Sir Paul McCartney, despite the composer apparently standing to lose millions due to the closure of his theatres in the West End and on Broadway. Image: Paul McCartney tops the list alongside Lord Lloyd Webber And now that she is based in London, singer Rihanna has jumped straight into third place after amassing
What was the best year for music?

What was the best year for music?

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From the swinging 60s to punk, acid house to Britpop, everyone has a favourite era in music. But is there a single year where rock and pop peaked? Maybe it came with The Beatles' mould-breaking sonic experiments of 1968, or the mid-80s purple patch where Prince, Madonna and Michael Jackson pushed each other to ever-greater heights.If you ask most people to choose a defining year in music, they'll almost certainly name one of their teenage years.In adolescence, our brains are more active, we have more time to listen to music and we're experiencing a lot of things for the first time - all of which makes songs from that period more memorable.When economist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz analysed Spotify data on people's listening habits, ...
What to stream this weekend: ‘Onward,’ ‘Tales from the Loop,’ new music

What to stream this weekend: ‘Onward,’ ‘Tales from the Loop,’ new music

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April 3 (UPI) -- As people practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, more entertainment options have become available to stream from the comfort of home. Here's a list of films, TV shows, music and video games that will be released this weekend. Films Onward -- Disney+ Disney and Pixar's Onward, which hit theaters before they closed March 6, is available on the Disney+ streaming service Friday. Tom Holland and Chris Pratt voice two brothers who embark on a magical quest after a mysterious staff helps bring back the legs of their late father. The duo race against the clock in order to fully bring their dad back before the spell wears off. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer also provide voices. [embedded content] Coffee and Karem -- Netflix Ed Helms and 12-year-old Ter...
Grammy-winning country music star dies after contracting coronavirus

Grammy-winning country music star dies after contracting coronavirus

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Grammy-winning country music star Joe Diffie has died two days after revealing he had contracted coronavirus.The 61-year-old had a string of hits in the US in the 1990s and had two albums that went platinum. On Friday, he announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 - the first country music star to go public with such a diagnosis. Image: Diffie pictured attending the 2019 Country Music Awards Diffie's publicist Scott Adkins said the singer, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, died on Sunday due to complications from the virus.The US has the most coronavirus cases in the world, with more than 136,000 suspected and confirmed infections, according to Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the outbreak. ...
Country music legend Kenny Rogers dies aged 81

Country music legend Kenny Rogers dies aged 81

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Country music legend Kenny Rogers who had a series of hits, including Coward of the County and The Gambler, has died at the age of 81.The Grammy-winning star, whose career spanned six decades, "passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family", his representative said in a statement. Rogers, who also enjoyed success in partnership with Dolly Parton, had announced a farewell tour in 2015 but had continued performing until 2017. Image: Rogers also enjoyed success in partnership with Dolly Parton The Houston-born singer, known for his trademark husky voice and silver beard, sold tens of millions of records and broke through into the world of pop.He also gained fame as an actor, sta...