Jay-Z, Beyonce release surprise album


Jay-Z, Beyonce release surprise album

LOS ANGELES

Jay-Z and Beyonce are keeping up a family tradition, dropping a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming.

The couple released a joint album that touches on the rapper’s disgust at this year’s Grammy Awards and features a shout out from their daughter Blue Ivy to her siblings.

The nine-track album “Everything Is Love” dropped Saturday on the Tidal music streaming service that Jay-Z partially owns.

In 2013, Beyonce released the self-titled album “Beyonce” without any notice.

‘Incredibles 2’ crushes animation record

LOS ANGELES

The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a draught of family-friendly films helped “Incredibles 2” become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th-highest film launch overall.

Disney estimated Sunday that the film earned $180 million in its first weekend in North American theaters – far surpassing industry analysts’ loftiest expectations which had the film pegged for a $120 to $140 million debut.

Rounding out the top five at the box office were “Ocean’s 8,” $19.6 million, second place; “Tag,” $14.6 million, third place; “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $9.1 million, fourth place; and “Deadpool 2,” $8.8 million, fifth place.

TV host Kimmel beaten by Sen. Cruz in charity game

HOUSTON

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has triumphed over late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in their much-hyped charity basketball game that Kimmel dubbed the Blobfish Basketball Classic.

With each basket worth a single point, Cruz topped Kimmel 11-9 in a two-hour one-on-one match they agreed to abbreviate Saturday at Texas Southern University after neither appeared capable of reaching 15 points and winning by two.

The game was born of a joke from Kimmel, who’d said the Republican senator resembled the ocean bottom-dwelling blobfish. Cruz responded by challenging Kimmel to a basketball game.

Associated Press

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