‘Black Panther’ Is Already Breaking Records

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All hail the King!

Black Panther comes out a month from now, but it’s already making headlines—and breaking records.

Tickets for the Ryan Coogler-helmed film went on sale Monday and, according to Fandango, it’s sold more pre-sale tickets than any other Marvel movie (the top spot was originally held by Captain America: Civil War in 2016). Even Lupita Nyong’o, one of the stars of the film, tried to buy a ticket… with no luck.

Pre-sale numbers don’t necessarily mean that the movie is going to be a box office hit, but it’s definitely a good indicator. What we do know is that Black Panther was the ninth most tweeted about film of 2017 (the only on the list that hasn’t been released yet), so it is, indeed, one of the most anticipated of the year. What this also shows is that people are willing to put coins behind their hype. 

Most importantly, though, it shows that movie-goers want to see representation in films—and that includes superhero-led ones. If you look at the success of Wonder Woman combined with that of Girl’s Trip, you’ll find a pattern, and that’s inclusivity. People want it and, as we’ve learned, are willing to pay money to see it.

Your move, Hollywood execs.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.