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Summary

  1. Percy Sledge dies at the age of 73
  2. Sue Perkins leaves Twitter over Top Gear abuse
  3. Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

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By Genevieve Hassan and Kev Geoghegan

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Tribute to 'legend' Sledge

Percy Sledge
AP

US musician Bootsy Collins is one of the first to pay tribute to Percy Sledge who has died aged 73.

He

wrote on his Facebook page: "Just lost another legend funkateers, Mr Percy Sledge."

BBC Radio 2 presenter Tony Blackburn said: "This is very sad news. Percy Sledge was one of the great soul legends who made one of the most requested songs of all time."

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Hit or miss

Buzzfeed

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Fox

Which of your

favourite US shows have been renewed or...hold your breath... cancelled?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine.......RENEWED!!...

Frozen tops global album sales

Frozen
AP

Hands up if you own the Frozen soundtrack. If you do, you helped it become the biggest-selling album in the world last year, shifting 10 million copies.

The sales figures have been revealed by the IFPI in another report published in addition to the one we mentioned earlier.

The Frozen soundtrack sold four million more copies than its nearest rival, Taylor Swift's 1989, which sold six million.

Pharrell Williams' Happy was the biggest-selling single of the year worldwide, shifting 13.9 million copies.

Global top five albums 2014

  1. Frozen - Various artists (10 million copies sold)
  2. 1989 - Taylor Swift (Six million copies)
  3. x - Ed Sheeran (4.4 million copies )
  4. Ghost Stories - Coldplay (3.7 million copies)
  5. In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith (3.5 million copies)

Global top five singles 2014

  1. Happy - Pharrell Williams (13.9 million copies sold)
  2. Dark Horse -Katy Perry featuring Juicy J (13.2 million copies)
  3. All Of Me - John Legend (12.3 million copies sold)
  4. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor (11 million copies)
  5. Let It Go - Idina Menzel (10.9 million copies)

Sledge was 'a terrific person'

Percy Sledge
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"He was a wonderful guy in a terrible business," said Steve Green with Artists International Management, the talent agency that represented Sledge. "He was truly a standout."

"He was one of my first acts, he was a terrific person and you don't find that in this business very often."

The gospel truth

President Barack Obama and Aretha Franklin
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Some legendary US musicians are expected at the White House later for an event celebrating gospel music.

Aretha Franklin - who performed at President Barack Obama's inauguration - will be joined by Lyle Lovett, Shirley Caesar, Emmylou Harris and Darlene Love.

President Obama is scheduled to make brief remarks about gospel music's role in American music.

The event will be broadcast live on PBS as part of the In Performance at the White House series.

BreakingBreaking News

Percy Sledge has died at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the age of 73.

More to come.

Dame Helen the moneyspinner

Judith Ivey, Helen Mirren and Dakin Matthews
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Producers of the Broadway version of The Audience have said the play has earned back its $3.4m (£2.3m) costs in just eight weeks.

Dame Helen Mirren reprises her role as the Queen in the West End transfer that imagines the private weekly meetings between the monarch and eight of Britain's prime ministers.

The play's success is no mean feat - traditionally around three in 10 Broadway shows recoup their costs.

Who's in class

Doctor Who
BBC

A college in Greater Manchester is offering classes on the history of BBC cult sci-fi Doctor Who.

Aquinas College in Stockport is hosting the 11-week course which will explore all of the Doctors, their companions and behind-the-scenes production techniques.

Read more on this story.

Most. Embarrassing. Ever

Radio Times

Kellie Bright and Danny Dyer
BBC

If you're female and not particularly blessed in the upper chest region, you'll be familiar with the "chicken fillet". For those of you not in the know, it's a silicone bra insert designed to boost your assets.

If you are a chicken fillet user, you'll sympathise with EastEnders actress Kellie Bright, whose most embarrassing moment on the soap was revealed by co-star Danny Dyer.

"There was a moment when she was running after the Carters' car and her chicken fillet dropped out and she just carried on with the scene - what a trouper," he said.

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Music industry 'flawed'

YouTube logo
YouTube

YouTube should be subject to the same copyright laws as streaming sites such as Spotify.

That's according to the new annual report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents 1,400 record companies around the world,

It said YouTube - which is free to access and has more than one billion monthly users - and other firms like it pay out $641m (£437m) to record companies, while subscription services pay out $1.6bn (£1bn) while only having about 100 million users.

IFPI chief executive Frances Moore said "clarification" was needed on the law.

Read the report.

Get involved - Film weepies

Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk

The Oscars Academy decided to ask a bunch of actors and film-makers to name the first film that made them cry.

We want to know which movie made you shed your first tear - Bambi? E.T? Love Story? Guardians of the Galaxy? Tweet or email and let us know.

Watch the video on YouTube to see the likes of Daniel Radcliffe, Lupita Nyong'O and Steve McQueen reveal their first weepy.

The Academy's Twitter page
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Dance UK boss resigns

The Stage

Farooq Chaudhry
Maya Almeida Araujo

Farooq Chaudhry, the chairman of Dance UK, has resigned following public comments he made criticising the quality of dance training in the UK.

His comments were included in a

statement issued last week by choreographers Akram Khan, Hofesh Shechter and Lloyd Newson.

Chaudhry has since admitted Dance UK had not been made aware the statement was being issued and he had not made the comments as chair of Dance UK.

He added that, while his comments had been "shared with several professional colleagues", they had "created public confusion" about the position of Dance UK and his role as its chair.

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GoT successful return

Emilia Clarke
AP

Game of Thrones' return to Sky Atlantic last night set a new ratings record for the channel, with 1.57 million tuning in to watch it.

The season five opener beat BBC Two's Inside Harley Street (1.3 million) and Channel 5's Gotham (800,000) shown in the same time slot.

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Ringo's Beatles woes

Billboard

Ringo Starr
Reuters

Ringo Starr is

about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but apparently he's still a little bit sore people are only interested in his pre-solo career - and Thomas the Tank Engine.

In

an interview with Billboard, he said his 2005 album Liverpool 8, was a substitute for a written autobiography.

"I don't feel they're interested in my autobiography - they're only interested in the eight years I was in The Beatles," he complained.

American Film Institute - from the archive

@AmericanFilm

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From the set of Superman (1978)"

Scene from Superman
American Film Institute/Twitter

Harry and Paul's tour

Chortle

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse
BBC

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse have announced 17 dates of their Legends! tour, marking 25 years of their comedy partnership.

Loadsamoney, the Old Gits, Smashie and Nicey, Kevin the Teenager and The Scousers are among the characters promised as part of the show.

Tickets for the tour, which begins in Plymouth on 24 October and includes stops in Cardiff, Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, go on sale on 20 April.

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Furious 7 laps competition

Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious 7
AP

Fast and Furious 7 has roared ahead of the competition at the UK box office and retained its number one spot for a second week.

The highest new entry was high school comedy The Duff at number four, trailed by the week's other new releases John Wick, Woman in Gold -

starring Dame Helen Mirren - and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.

Fast and Furious 7 has now made nearly £800m (£547m) worldwide.

Here are the top five films:

  1. Fast & Furious 7
  2. Cinderella
  3. Home
  4. The Duff
  5. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water

Carpool karaoke

Jennifer Hudson and James Corden
YouTube

James Corden is continuing to draw in the stars on his new US chart show.

For his latest sketch, he recruited Oscar-winner and singer Jennifer Hudson to take part in his Carpool Karaoke feature, which takes place as Corden drives to work.

Their journey sees the pair sing some of Hudson's songs with attitude, stop via the Hollywood Walk of Fame and order from a drive-through restaurant.

Watch the video on YouTube.

University Challenge victors

Spoiler alert!

Last night saw the grand final of BBC Two's University Challenge which saw Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, beat Magdalen College, Oxford, 255-105.

A lot of attention was given to Cambridge contestant Ted Loveday's rather thick cable-knit jumper by observers on Twitter - as well as his knack for answering a lot of the questions.

Ted Loveday
BBC

If you missed it - why not test your knowledge of botanical taxonomy, physics, Greek terms and Kyrgyzstan and

watch it on the BBC iPlayer.

Perkins abuse 'unacceptable'

You have been tweeting us some reactions to the news that Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins has been

hounded off Twitter over abuse she has received after reports she was being lined up for the Top Gear job vacated by Jeremy Clarkson.

Sue Perkins
PA
  • Susan Philcox writes: "Totally unacceptable. Something must be done about these vile people. This isn't freedom of speech, it's abuse."
  • Oooh Things
    says: "They are absolute scum, please don't let them bully you off here. You are awesome and brilliant."
  • Henry Uchenna writes: "If you get off Twitter because of a threat then the threat has worked. Don't give credence to mediocrity."
  • Chris Tomson
    shows his support for Sue saying: "This is vile. Those lowlife cretins should be ashamed of themselves."

Wonder Woman loses director

Michelle MacLaren
Getty Images

Michelle MacLaren has dropped out of directing the new Wonder Woman movie due to "creative differences".

"Warner Bros and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together," the studio said in a statement.

MacLaren would have been the first woman to direct a major comic book adaptation in recent years. Patty Jenkins was originally scheduled to direct Thor: The Dark World, but also departed for creative differences.

Entertainment Weekly journalist

Mark Harris tweeted: "Michelle MacLaren out of Wonder Woman over 'creative differences' calls to mind the old punchline, 'I was creative. They were different'."

Perkins leaves Twitter over abuse

@sueperkins

Sue Perkins has announced she is "off from Twitter" after being trolled over speculation she is being lined up to take over as Jeremy Clarkson's replacement on Top Gear.

Last week bookies announced she was the new favourite for the position.

She has since tweeted her "timeline has been full of blokes wishing me dead..."

Twitter screengrab
@sueperkins

Pimp my piano

Crystal encrusted piano
PA

This wouldn't have looked out of place in the particularly ostentatious home of an absurdly rich rapper on an episode of MTV Cribs.

A piano encrusted with half a million Swarovski crystals, created following a request from an unnamed buyer described as an "influential Sheikh" in Doha, Qatar.

Cambridge-based piano maker Goldfinch took six months to build it, with every crystal applied by hand.

Yours for a modest £420,000.

Out of this world

Eric Idle, Professor Stephen Hawking and Professor Brian Cox
PA

Who else would you trust to to re-record a version of Monty Python's Galaxy Song from the film The Meaning of Life but the man who knows the most about the universe, Professor Stephen Hawking.

His cover version is being released digitally this week and will be made available on vinyl this weekend as part of Record Store Day 2015.

A novelty

online game has also been released in which players are invited to "destroy all Monty Python asteroids before they collide with Stephen Hawking".

Read more on this story.

Sloane Sabbith to Betsy Braddock

BBC Newsbeat

Olivia Munn
Reuters

The Newsroom actress Olivia Munn has joined the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse.

Director Bryan Singer

tweeted the news saying she'll play the dual role of Betsy Braddock and Psylocke.

He said: "Excited to welcome @oliviamunn as Betsy Braddock! #Psylocke #XmenApocalypse."

Music to the ears

Music Day image
BBC

Yesterday we told you about the BBC's inaugural Music Day on 5 June.

The event will feature live music events and performances from household name musicians such as The Voice's Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson; and Lulu and local communities across the UK.

We now have more news that the day will kick off with Hadrian's Wall of Sound - a musical relay from Bowness on Solway to Wallsend.

Hundreds of musicians from along the 73 mile wall will journey by bicycle, horse, open top vintage bus, motorbike and unicycle, passing a baton from performer to performer.

Find out more about BBC Music Day.

King Charles III takes New York

The Stage

Tim Pigott-Smith
BBC

Tim Pigott-Smith is to reprise the title role in King Charles III in a Broadway transfer of the show.

The production, which was named best new play at the Olivier Awards on Sunday, will preview from 10 October at the Music Box Theatre, before an opening night on 1 November.

"Hopefully we'll do okay on Broadway - you never know with New York," Pigott-Smith said.

Read the full story (subscription site).

Arrest over Reynolds hit-and-run

Ryan Reynolds
AP

A photographer has been arrested following the hit-and-run of actor Ryan Reynolds in Canada.

The star, who is in Vancouver to shoot the Marvel film Deadpool, got into a confrontation with the paparazzo in a hotel parking garage.

The man struck Reynolds with his car as he was fleeing the scene leaving him with a sore knee but not seriously injured.

Police are recommending charges of intimidation against the unnamed snapper.

Kate Wow-nslet

Kate Winslet (l) and with Helen McCrory and Alan Rickman
AP

Kate Winslet looked amazing at the premiere of A Little Chaos in London last night.

She was pictured with co-stars Helen McCrory and Alan Rickman, who also directed the film, which is released in cinemas on Friday.

25 years of Melon-twisting

The Happy Mondays
PA

To mark the 25th anniversary of their seminal album Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches, rock and roll survivors The Happy Mondays have announced

an 18-night tour kicking off in November.

The band, led by Shaun Ryder, will perform the album in its entirety, including the hits Step On and Kinky Afro, plus a few other fan favourites.

Ryder said: "Great to be doing 25 years of Pills 'N' Thrills... Here's to another 25 years. I'm going to remember it this time."

The Happy Mondays and Kirsty MCColl
BBC

Here they are in 1999 with the late Kirsty McColl singing the epic Hallelujah.

UK Eurovision singer dies

Ronnie Carroll
BBC

Ronnie Carroll, who represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contestant in 1962 and 1963, has died aged 80.

He finished fourth both times with his songs Ring-A-Ding Girl and Say Wonderful Days.

His biggest hit was Roses are Red, which reached number three in the UK chart in 1962.

Take a look back at his career.

Avengers premiere

Last night saw the premiere of the eagerly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron in Hollywood.

As all the stars were out in force, here's a selection of images from the red carpet.

Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans
Getty Images

Mark Ruffalo aka The Hulk and Captain America Chris Evans show some brotherly love.

Scarlett Johansson
Reuters

Scarlett Johansson poses for a selfie with a fan.

Robert Downey Jr
Reuters

Robert Downey Jr - never without a pen for autograph signing.

Chris Hemsworth
AFP

Chris Hemsworth met his Madame Tussauds Thor waxwork at the premiere.

Ming-Na Wen and Jeremy Renner
AFP

Ming-Na Wen and Jeremy Renner show off their formal dress fighting skills.

Stan Lee and Lou Ferrigno
Getty Images

Comic book legend Stan Lee and Lou Ferrigno - who played The Hulk in the TV series - also engage in some friendly fisticuffs.

A model shop

A model vehicle from Blade Runner
Entertainment Effects Group

Check out

this beautiful new trove of images from the model workshop where some of the great special effects were created for the sci-fi Blade Runner.

Most of the miniatures were created in the workshop of SFX legend Doug Trumbull.

Ridley Scott's 1982 cult classic is currently on re-release nationwide.

Female book battle

Baileys shortlist
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

Ali Smith's Booker-nominated How to be Both is one of the six books shortlisted for this year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

The £30,000 prize is open to any woman writing in the English language, with the winner to be announced at the Royal Festival Hall in London, on 3 June.

Read more on this story.

Bonjour Madame Bercot

Catherine Deneuve and French director Emmanuelle Bercot
Getty Images

It's just a few weeks until the great and good descend on the French Riviera for the glam of the Cannes Film Festival and we start today with the news that, for the first time since 1987, a woman has directed the opening film.

La Tete Haute (Standing Tall), by French director Emmanuelle Bercot, will kick off the 68th edition of the festival on 13 May.

The film stars French screen legend Catherine Deneuve (left) and tells the story of a juvenile delinquent, Malony, and his upbringing from childhood to adulthood, as a children's judge and social worker try to save him.

The films in competition for the Palme d'Or this year will be announced on Thursday.

Fact fans, the last film by a woman to open the festival was Un homme amoureux, directed by Diane Kurys.

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Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

Good morning! It's another packed day of news from the entertainment world - we'll bring you the latest from the Cannes Film Festival, Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction and the premiere of the latest Avengers film. So stick with us for all the updates.