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Disney+ Hotstar to premiere Bollywood films, bypassing theatres

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Walt Disney Co’s streaming service Disney+ Hotstar plans to premiere seven big-ticket Bollywood films originally meant for theatrical release this year, as it seeks to expand its lead in subscribers over rivals Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video.

Monday’s announcement follows similar moves in India by Netflix and Prime and deals a fresh blow to movie theatre operators like PVR and Inox Leisure, which have seen a raft of likely box office hits opt for digital releases due to theatre shutdowns in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is something that we’ve been thinking of for a long time. The pandemic provided this opportunity because a number of films that are ready or about to be ready don’t have any clarity on when they can be released,” said Uday Shankar, who heads Disney’s operations in India.

India has eased restrictions around its more than two-month-long nationwide lockdown, but malls, multiplexes and theatres largely remain shut.

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Streaming platforms like Amazon and Netflix have in the past signed deals with Indian studios for digital rights, but mainstream releases have prioritised theatrical revenues in the past.

Shankar said direct-to-digital releases were always on the horizon, due to a lack of movie screens and limited release windows in India, but the lockdown had accelerated the idea of releasing films digitally.

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Hotstar reported 300 million monthly active users last year. Most use the free, advertising-supported service, but Disney has said it aims to convert many of these users into paying subscribers.

Disney acquired Hotstar via its $71 billion purchase of Twenty-First Century Fox’s film and television assets in 2019. It rebranded the service as Disney+ Hotstar in April.

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Hotstar said the first release, a Bollywood remake of the Hollywood hit “The Fault in Our Stars”, will be released on July 24 this year.

 

 

 

 

 

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DJ Khaled announces 12th studio album, titles

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DJ Khaled has revealed the title of his forthcoming 12th studio album, the follow-up to 2019’s ‘Father Of Asahd’.

Sharing the news in a 90-second clip on Instagram, the producer took fans on a journey through his lengthy career, ending with the big reveal of the LP’s title: ‘Khaled Khaled’.

He captioned the post:

“MY ALBUM TITLE: KHALED KHALED. MY 12th STUDIO ALBUM. GOD IS THE GREATEST. ALBUM MODE.”

Aside from revealing the title of his new album, Khaled also shared the titles of his first two singles,

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which both feature Drake and arrive at midnight tonight (July 17).

Posing with an owl on his shoulder as a nod to Drake – with two keys in its beak – Khaled announced the first track ‘Popstar’, in a clip on Instagram.

“SOME BOY DEM MAKE POP CHUNE WE MAKE CHUNE THAT GO POP! POP PON THEY HEAD!!,” adding,

“Great to collaborate with the team prod @ozmusiqe we work AMAZING together ALSO BIG UP @ovo40 @ovonoel @chubbsview

@futuretheprince @oliverelkhatib always great to work with the OVO team.

“WE WORK AMAZING TOGETHER! DRAKE LUV FOREVER !”

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Rema, Kwesi Arthur set to drop new song

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Top Nigerian act, Rema, has confirmed on Y107.9FM that he has a joint with Kwesi Arthur and fans should watch out for it.

The singer cum rapper made this revelation while on a phone interview with Kojo Manuel on the Dryve of Your Lyfe show on YFM.

He also disclosed that they recorded the song while in a hotel room somewhere in 2019.

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Asked about the title of the jam or when it will be released, the ‘Ginger’ hitmaker said:

“I no fit leak am now. I can’t say but let’s watch out.”

The fast-rising Afrobeat singer and ‘lady crooner’, as they usually refer him to, named some Ghanaian artistes that he knows.

He mentioned artistes like Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, and Kwesi Arthur whom he revealed he has a record with.

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Rema again told YFM that even before the hit of the Coronavirus, he met with Sarkodie in London and he is looking forward to making more dope

collaborations with Ghanaian artistes especially Sarkodie and Shatta Wale, as he has been an enormous fan even before he rose to fame.

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You are setting an example to other women-Tacha praises Venita Akpofure for divorcing husband

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Brand influencer and socialite, Tacha has praised her colleague, ex-BBNaija housemate, Venita Akpofure, after she revealed a bit on her divorce from her marriage.

During the latest BBNaija Reunion episode, Venita Akpofure opened up on leaving her marriage despite having two kids for her husband

In reaction to Venita’s story, Tacha stated that the decision made by the mother of two is an example to other women seeking to leave their marriage.

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“I really think Venita you’re setting an example out there because there are lots of women in marriages that they really want to leave for different reasons but I would want to hit on domestic violence and they are like ‘oh what would people say, what would society say, what would my family say’ but then you see someone like her that is a public figure and then she owns it, I think it gives some people strength, it gives a lot of women strength. So she is setting the pace.”

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