One hell of a show! Keith Urban and Pink wowed viewers of the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards with a performance of their new collaboration, “One Too Many.”
The country superstar, 52, and the “So What” singer, 41, joined forces at the Wednesday, September 16, ceremony to perform the drinking song for the first time. Earlier in the day, they released the duet on streaming services as the third single from Urban’s forthcoming album, The Speed of Now Part 1.
“I spend all my money drinking on my own, yeah / In this bar, just sat here staring at my phone / And I keep second guessing, where did I go wrong?” the entertainers virtually sang from different locations. “I know I’m proud / But I’ve had one too many / Come take me home.”
“One Too Many” is not Pink’s first time dabbling in country music. She appeared on Kenny Chesney’s 2016 single “Setting the World on Fire” and recorded “Love Me Anyway” with Chris Stapleton for her 2019 album, Hurts 2B Human. As a duo called You+Me with City and Colour’s Dallas Green, she also released a folk album titled Rose Ave in 2014.
Urban, for his part, has been one of the most successful artists in country music since launching his career in 1999. Wednesday marked his first time hosting the ACM Awards.
“I’ll tell you — this year already feels like the most creative and energized year of my life … and there’s so much more to come,” the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year said in a statement in February after being named the 2020 host. “Incredibly grateful — and ready to roll!”
The show was originally supposed to be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas before the COVID-19 pandemic forced producers to move it to three iconic locations in Nashville: Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe.
In addition to Urban and Pink, the Academy of Country Music tapped performers including Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi, Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Trisha Yearwood.
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Looks like the Roys are taking over for HBO’s Throne. HBO’s Succession took home the coveted prize of Best Drama at the 2020 Emmys. The darkly comic drama about the internal discord tearing a major media family apart edged out the likes of Better Call Saul, Killing Eve, Ozark, Stranger Things, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Mandalorian. Succession also takes the spot formerly held by long-time celebrated HBO show Game of Thrones.
Loosely based on the real-life stories of media mogul families like the Murdochs and Redstones, Succession tells the story of the fictional Roy clan. Lead by irascible patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox), the Roy family is essentially a group of bickering narcissists struggling to find emotional support from the very people they’re competing against for power. The series is a searing indictment of news media, the 1%, and the ruling class. Succession works in huge part thanks to its incredible writing, directing, and ensemble cast. In fact, the show won Best Direction, Best Writing, and Best Lead Drama Actor (for Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy).
Accepting the award from London, series creator Jesse Armstrong gave an unconventional series of “un-thank yous” to the virus for keeping everyone in the show separate, to President Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson for their responses to the COVID-19, to Nationalists everyone, and the “media moguls” whom Armstrong said keep those groups in power.
Is Succession on Netflix? Sadly, if you want to catch up on the big winner of the night, you’ll need either an HBO or HBO Max subscription.
It’s definitely true that the media tends to polarize not only the good and the bad but also everything in between. When it comes to Solo, there’s a lot to look at; so, let’s separate the conversation into box office and general perception. The first is box office. Was the media unfair to Solo by calling it a box office failure? Well, it’s certainly fair to call it a disappointment. The film was reportedly made for $300M according to Deadline. The film grossed a total of $392M and change worldwide. When you factor in marketing costs and percentage theaters keep, especially overseas, there’s no way the film made its money back theatrically (if the budget numbers are accurate). That being said, when you throw in home entertainment and life it’s getting out of streaming services and merchandise and what not, Solo was definitely not a disaster. It wasn’t what I’m sure Disney hoped, but sometimes that happens.
The end is here in Flash #762 – the final issue of acclaimed writer JOSH WILLIAMSON’S record-shattering run! Along with artist HOWARD PORTER, colorist HI-FI, and letterer STEVE WANDS, they’re bringing all things to a dramatic head – and the Flash may never be the same! See how it all ends when this issue hits stores on Tuesday, September 22 – but to whet your appetite ’til then, here’s some HOT preview pages!
SNEAK PEEK: Preview DC Comics’ The Flash #762
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