Gaga’s digital sales soar
NEW YORK (AP) — The Super Bowl was a triumph for fans of the New England Patriots but it also became very lucrative for Lady Gaga.
The superstar singer who performed at the halftime show sold about 150,000 digital albums and songs in the U.S. on Sunday, a 1,000 percent increase over the day before, according to Nielsen Music.
Sales of Lady Gaga’s songs “Born This Way,” ”Bad Romance” and “Poker Face” all spiked. Her albums sold more than 23,000 downloads and she had over 125,000 song downloads.
Her best-selling song on Sunday was “Million Reasons,” with 45,000 downloads — up nearly 900 percent compared with the previous day’s roughly 5,000.
Music video streaming service Vevo reported that Lady Gaga’s catalog got 4.7 million views globally, which was a 71 percent increase in views globally over her average views in the 28 days previous. Three Vevo videos of her Super Bowl performance have been viewed over 2 million times.
Columbus to host boxing showcase
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s capital city is celebrating its boxing history with a showcase where fans can meet and greet some of the local legends of the sport.
The Feb. 18 event is hosted by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. It will include a boxing showcase comprised of 14 three-minute bouts, a silent auction and appearances by professional and amateur boxers with roots in the city.
Boxers to be honored at the event include professional boxing world champion James “Buster” Douglas, Olympic gold medalist Jerry Page, Steve Gregory and Charles Gregory, Marvin Green, Vonzell Johnson and Manning Galloway. All will be available for photos and autographs.
The event is a fundraiser for the parks department’s boxing program.
Pitbull to join TNT’s ‘Road Show’
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — TNT is bringing its “Road Show” to the NBA All-Star weekend, featuring a performance from Pitbull to liven up the festivities.
The network announced Tuesday that the 70,000 square-foot hub is coming to New Orleans and will be located near Smoothie King Center, where the All-Star game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 19. The wildly popular “Inside The NBA” studio show with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will broadcast live from there.
Pitbull will put on a free show after the All-Star Saturday night competitions, including the slam dunk contest, take place.
There will also be interactive experiences for the fans, basketball clinics and merchandise for sale. The “Road Show” will be setup on Thursday, Feb. 16 and run through the weekend.
Disney to open Star Wars-themed lands
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger says the company will open its Star Wars-themed lands at California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Walt Disney World in 2019.
The 14-acre attractions were announced in 2015 and are under construction at the parks. Disney says the lands will include attractions and entertainment alongside aliens and droids. The attractions represent the parks’ largest single themed land expansion ever.
During the company’s earnings call Tuesday, Iger also set an opening date of May 27 for the new World of AVATAR attraction at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.
The Walt Disney Company is based in Burbank, Calif.
Rushdie takes on Obama, Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — Salman Rushdie’s next novel will be a take on the age of Obama, with an added dash of Trump.
The author best known for “Midnight’s Children” and “The Satanic Verses” is working on a narrative set against “the panorama” of American life since Barack Obama’s arrival at the White House in 2009. The novel is called “The Golden House” and is scheduled for September. According to Random House, which announced the book Tuesday, Rushdie will reflect on everything from the Tea Party and identity politics to the rise of a certain “media-savvy villain” with unusually colored hair (Donald Trump).
Rushdie’s previous novels also include “The Moor’s Last Sigh,” ”Fury” and “Shalimar the Clown.”
Times Square art uses immigration theme
NEW YORK (AP) — Immigration is the theme of a heart-shaped artwork installed in New York’s Times Square for the run-up to Valentine’s Day.
The Times Square Alliance invited architecture and design firms to submit proposals for a “romantic public art installation.”
This year’s winning work is titled “We Were Strangers Once Too.” It was designed by The Office for Creative Research.
The red and pink heart, which is about 10 feet high, incorporates 2015 census data. Thirty-three metal poles are inscribed to represent the national origins and shifting populations of foreign-born New York City residents.
The installation will be on view until March 5.