Weekend box office news… Chuck Berry dies at 90… K-Pop girl group spent $100K on plastic surgery… Is Kanye West preparing to drop surprise project?… and Katy Perry tried to pray her ‘gay away’
Despite the controversies over the casting of Emma Watson as Belle and Disney’s announcement that they were featuring their first openly gay character, “Beauty and the Beast” killed it at the box office, earning $170 million in its opening weekend. It’s the highest opening movie ever for the month of March…the highest opening ever for a PG movie…the biggest debut ever for a female-led film…and the seventh biggest movie opening of all time! Last week’s number one, “Kong: Skull Island,” got bumped down to second with $29 million. Hugh Jackman’s “Logan” was in third with $17.5 million.
The man known as the Father of Rock ’n Roll — Chuck Berry — passed away at his home in St. Charles, Missouri, Saturday at the age of 90. So many celebrities and fellow musicians commented on Twitter, including Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, Billy Idol, Keith Urban, Bruno Mars, Lenny Kravitz….even Marie Osmond! Elton John tweeted that Chuck was “the greatest rock & roll songwriter of all time,” which is a huge compliment coming from him! And Bruce Springsteen said, “Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived.”
K-Pop is gaining in popularity, but this one South Korean girl band called SixBomb still hasn’t quite caught on. These four women have been together since 2012 and they’ve put out five albums, but they’re still bubbling just under the surface. Because this genre of music is very youth-oriented and these girls are now in their mid-20s, they’re afraid their window of opportunity to make it is slowing slamming shut. So what’s an aging K-Pop girl group to do? Do a song called “Becoming Pretty” to show off the almost $100K worth of plastic surgery you just got! All four of these girls went through some sort of procedure — from a standard boob job to getting the eyes made rounder and the cheekbones shaved down. They documented the whole process in their music video and put up billboards all over South Korea, encouraging others to change their lives with plastic surgery, saying things like, “Everyone but you has done it.” And they sort of have a point. Despite having a population of only 50 million, South Korea is the world’s third biggest plastic surgery market with 1.2 million procedures performed every year.
A source close to Kanye West told Page Six that he’s doing really well since his nervous breakdown last year. In fact, the source says he’s back in the recording studio and he’s planning to put out another album and will tour to support it. MTV News reported last week that Kanye may be planning a surprise album because someone in their office received a “mysterious package.” But this source told Page Six, “The last place he would send a mysterious package is MTV News. He would send it to (BLANKING) Vogue.”
Katy Perry received the National Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign Gala Saturday night. During her acceptance speech, Katy revealed that she struggled with her sexuality as a teenager and tried to “pray the gay away.” Katy’s parents are both pastors and she actually started out as a Christian singer. She said of her sexuality struggle, “How was I going to reconcile that with a gospel singing girl raised in youth groups that were pro-conversion camps?” She said, “Honestly, I haven’t always gotten it right but in 2008 when that song (“I Kissed a Girl”) came out I knew that I started a conversation and a lot of the world seemed curious enough to sing along, too.” When she shifted from gospel to pop, Katie said, “I found my gift and my gift introduced me to people outside my bubble and my bubble started to burst…These people were nothing like I had been taught to fear. They were the most free, strong, kind and inclusive people I have ever met.”
See Katy Perry’s emotional speech at Human Rights Campaign Gala (scroll forward 35 minutes in order to skip ahead)