Kanye West announces album
Kanye West took to Twitter Sunday to announce the name of his new album: “So Help Me God.”
The rap artist also tweeted a photo of what several media outlets say is the Catholic symbol for the Virgin Mary, fueling speculations that this could be the cover art.
Few details are known about West’s follow up to 2013’s “Yeezus,” but in a recent interview with BBC’s Zane Lowe, he compared his new tracks to “Amazing Grace.”
Shatner defends his absence
William Shatner couldn’t make it to Leonard Nimoy’s funeral Sunday so he gave his longtime co-star and friend a send-off on Twitter.
Shatner, 83, reflected on Nimoy’s life along with fans, sharing experiences and anecdotes on and off the “Star Trek” set. Nimoy, 83, who played Mr. Spock in the TV series and subsequent movies, died Friday from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk, said he couldn’t attend the funeral because of a charity engagement in Florida.
“So let’s spend some time tomorrow celebrating Leonard’s life and remembering the man,” he tweeted.
Shatner, who used the hashtag #leonardnimoy, answered fans questions like, “What was he life off set?” “Intelligent, insightful, just a precious gem of a man,” and praised him for being a “an amazing uncle to his daughters,” who did make the services.
The actor struck back at criticisms over not making the funeral, reiterating that he committed to the Red Cross event in Florida and he couldn’t get a flight back.
Smith leaving Downton Abbey
The one character who can go toe-to-toe with Lady Mary’s dour-faced shade-throwing and emerge victorious will depart “Downton Abbey” at the end of next season.
Pardon the sniffles, but if anything calls for weeping in your pudding, it’s this. For five seasons, Maggie Smith, 80, has ruled “Downton” as the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley. Lady Grantham, as she’s also known, is so old she’s earned the right to say whatever she likes, and this has resulted in five years worth of highly Tumblr-friendly retorts. Bless us, every one, for Maggie Smith is nothing if not showrunner Julian Fellowes’s designated zinger-delivery system.
Madonna sets ‘Rebel’ tour
Madonna will hit the road to promote her upcoming “Rebel Heart” album, including stops at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 16 and Barclays Center on Sept. 19.
Tickets for the tour go on sale on March 9, the day before “Rebel Heart” is released, through Ticketmaster. Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday for Citi cardholders through the Citi Private Pass program.
“Madonna continues to be one of the most successful touring artists in history,” Arthur Fogel, Live Nation’s president of global touring said in a statement. “Her shows are legendary and we are thrilled to have her going back on tour.”
The “Rebel Heart” tour will be Madonna’s first in three years, since her “MDNA Tour,” which she rehearsed at Nassau Coliseum. That 2012 tour became the year’s top-grossing tour, earning nearly $300 million.