Taylor Swift’s ‘Anti-Hero’ Atop Hot 100 for Sixth Week
December 5, 2022

Taylor Swift‘s “Anti-Hero” rules the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a sixth week, encompassing its entire run on the ranking so far. The single is just the 10th in the Hot 100’s history to have spent its first six weeks on the chart at No. 1.

In the Nov. 25-Dec. 1 tracking week, “Anti-Hero,” released on Republic Records, tallied 68.9 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 6%), 20.9 million streams (down 19%) and 13,000 sold (up 15%), according to Luminate. Aiding its sales sum, 10 previously-released versions of the song (its original, acoustic and instrumental versions; mixes featuring Bleachers; and its ILLENIUM, Jayda G, Kungs and Roosevelt remixes) were made available again in Swift’s webstore, discounted to 69 cents each, from late Nov. 30 through Dec. 1.

 

The single rebounds from No. 2 for a third week at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart; holds at its No. 2 high on Radio Songs; and drops 2-6 after two weeks atop Streaming Songs.

 

As “Anti-Hero” tops the Hot 100 for a sixth week, Swift moves to within a week of her longest reign: “Blank Space” dominated for seven weeks in 2014-15.

Five weeks ago, “Anti-Hero” blasted in atop the Hot 100, as Swift made history as the first artist to monopolize the chart’s entire top 10 in a single week, with all tracks all from her new album Midnights.

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New version of ‘The Wiz’ returns to Broadway bow during 50th anniversary
December 5, 2022

Nearly 50 years after first dazzling Broadway audiences, “The Wiz” will ease on down the road again. A new version of the groundbreaking musical, based on “The Wizard of Oz,” will launch a national tour before landing on Broadway in 2024.

The production, announced Thursday, will be spearheaded by former “Aida” cast member Schele Williams and choreographed by JaQuel Knight, whose credits include Beyoncé's “Black Is King” film, and Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Super Bowl Halftime show.

 

Five-time Emmy Award-nominee Amber Ruffin will create additional material for the revival. The “Late Night with Seth Meyers” recently co-wrote the script for the current Broadway musical “Some Like It Hot.” “The Wiz” is scheduled to premiere at Baltimore, Maryland’s Hippodrome Theatre in fall 2023 before a limited engagement on The Great White Way in the spring 2024.

The original 1974 production premiered in Baltimore and made stars out of Stephanie Mills, Dee Dee Bridgewater and André De Shields when it bowed on Broadway the next year. The Geoffrey Holder-directed show went on to win seven Tony Awards, including best musical. Adapted as a Black version of L. Frank Baum’s classic story “The Wizard of Oz,” the stage musical was revived for a short spell in 1984.

 

Sidney Lumet’s beloved 1978 film reimagining starred Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Ted Ross, Nipsey Russell, Richard Pryor and Lena Horne. In 2015, Tony Award winner Kenny Leon helmed NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” starring Shanice Williams, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Uzo Aduba.

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