Hello! Back in New York, after an in-out visit to the UK where Spring feels much more on its way…
* The weekend box office results show that Divergent raked in most of the movie-going share, while the Muppets, sadly, did not.
* By the end of this week, tickets will go on sale for Kate Bush‘ return to the stage. The ethereal singer of whimsical delights such as Wuthering Heights has not toured in 35 years, and the news, understandably, has the British press – and her legions of fans, myself included, very giddy.
* This weekend Lady Gaga shared with the world her longest music video to date. The Hearst Castle-set G.U.Y, which she also directed, clocks in at 11 minutes and 46 seconds – 4 minutes of that purely for the credits. It’s filled with snippets of other tracks, synchronized swimmers, men in suits, sort-of cameos by Michael Jackson and Ghandi, and some solo grinding.
* An album of previously unreleased Johnny Cash songs will be released this week – as part of the lost 1980s album, Out Among the Stars. The selling point here, aside from this being uncovered music from one of the world’s most beloved country singers, is that this material was recorded in between the lowest point in his career and the time he started working with super-producer Rick Rubin, who helped resuscitate the late Cash’ commercial appeal.
* Onto another John – an auction of John Lennon‘s letters and drawings is going under the hammer in June, under the title You Might Well Arsk. Continuing commemorations of the 50 years since the Beatles performed for the first time in the US, a piece of the Ed Sullivan stage backdrop will also be auctioned at a later date.