- Adele's '25' sells record-breaking 3.38 million copies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adele's new album "25" has sold 3.38 million copies in its first week, smashing single week sales records, according to Nielsen Music.As reported by Billboard, "25" is the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in one week in Nielsen's history, which has been tracking first week purchases since 1991. The previous record was held by 'NSYNC whose 2000 album "No Strings Attached" sold 2.4 million copies in its first week.
- 'Gods of Egypt' studio, director apologize for white cast
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Gods of Egypt" director Alex Proyas apologized for casting mostly white actors in his upcoming film based on Egyptian mythology.The filmmaker and studio Lionsgate issued separate statements on Friday acknowledging the controversy sparked by the release of the film's first trailer two weeks ago, featuring a cast led by Scottish actor Gerard Butler and Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
- PSY set to release 1st album since smash hit 'Gangnam Style'
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean rapper PSY, who is set to release his first album since becoming an international sensation more than three years ago with the smash hit "Gangnam Style," says the pressure to live up to that success caused him to take his time with his next project."There were many thoughts going around in my head, including thoughts like 'If I write like this, it would be not as good as Gangnam Style,' and 'If I write like this, the international audience will not understand,' so it took me a very long time to organize all those thoughts into one," PSY said at a news conference in Seoul on Monday, a day before "Chiljip PSY-Da" debuts.
- 'Hunger Games' beats 'Good Dinosaur,' 'Creed' at box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite some mighty competition, Katniss and her crew dominated the box office once again."The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2" held on to its first-place spot in its second weekend in theaters, earning $51.6 million to top "The Good Dinosaur" and "Creed," which both debuted Wednesday, according to Rentrak estimates on Sunday.
- Russian film director Eldar Ryazanov dies at 88
MOSCOW (AP) — Eldar Ryazanov, a filmmaker who satirized and romanticized the life of ordinary Russians in his immensely popular comedies for almost six decades, has died. He was 88.Russian film industry group Kinosoyuz said in a statement that Ryazanov died in hospital early Monday. Russian news agencies quoted his family members, saying that the film director died of heart failure.
- Sinatra's birthplace commemorates his 100th its way
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Chicago was his kind of town, L.A. was his lady and he certainly was a big part of New York, New York. But despite a love-hate relationship, the mile-square New Jersey city where Frank Sinatra was born is finding the centennial of his birth to be a very good year.Throughout 2015, Hoboken has remembered its native son, who died in 1998 at age 82, with outdoor screenings of his movies, a "Sinatra Idol" competition and concerts that will be capped by a centennial birthday bash on Dec. 12 at the Stevens Institute of Technology, which awarded the high school dropout an honorary degree in 1985.
- Barnes art museum looks to build on successful move
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — More than a million people have visited The Barnes Foundation since the art museum moved to Philadelphia from a suburb in May 2012. That's almost three times the number of visitors who saw its extensive collection in its former home in the five years before the relocation.The foundation's leaders say that growth not only validates the contested and controversial move of the museum and its renowned collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern art, but also indicates a need for further change to build on that success.
- Palace releases photos of 6-month-old Princess Charlotte
LONDON (AP) — Princess Charlotte looks delighted with a cuddly toy dog in a photo taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.It's one of two images of the 6-month-old princess released Sunday by Kensington Palace.
- Luc Bondy, Swiss opera, theater director, dies at 67
BERLIN (AP) — Luc Bondy, a Swiss opera, theater and film director who staged productions on renowned stages across Europe and the United States, has died. He was 67.The Odeon Theatre in Paris, where Bondy last worked, announced his death Saturday, saying he died of pneumonia.
- Ex-US Rep. Patrick Kennedy and wife welcome new baby girl
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his wife Amy are welcoming a new baby girl to their family.The couple, who live in Brigantine, New Jersey, say Nell Kennedy was born at 4:31 a.m. Sunday.