One couple with a $10 million wedding budget went all out for their lavish ceremony with a red carpet, a 10-tier cake, and a musical guest appearance by Lady Gaga. The nuptials of Lolita Osmanova and Gaspar Avdolyan, the Beverly-Hills based offspring of the two wealthiest men in Russia, were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles where the Academy Awards take place. The guests were treated to a performance by Lady Gaga, who was reportedly paid more than $2 million for the evening. Anyone looking to outdo the couple’s extravagant day will need to be resourceful. According to Russian newspapers, a more expensive wedding would have to be held in space.
Ariana Grande is ready to get back on tour following a series of heartbreaks. The 25-year-old singer took to Twitter on Monday (22Oct18) to assure fans she was putting the finishing touches to plans for a tour to promote her new album Sweetener after one follower asked for an update. The fan wrote: "any news about sweetener tour? if not pls don’t stress about it ! we can wait / we want you to be actually ready to go on tour", prompting Ariana to respond: "i’m ready my heart needs it actually (sic). finalizing a few more things but i’m tryna get em dates to u asap." Ariana has had a lot to deal with in the past 17 months, since a bomb attack outside a concert in Manchester, England derailed her Dangerous Woman world tour and cost 22 fans their lives. She split up with her boyfriend, Mac Miller, hooked up with comedian Pete Davidson and became engaged, and then broke up with the Saturday Night Live regular earlier this month (Oct18). She also had to deal with the death of Miller in September (18). Grande recently announced she was taking a break from social media following her "very sad" split from fiance Davidson. "Time to say bye bye again to the internet for just a lil bit," she said last week (ends19Oct18). "It’s hard not to bump news n stuff that I’m not trying to see rn (right now). It’s very sad and we’re all tryin very hard to keep going. love u. and thank u for bein here always." She also revealed she is dealing with anxiety issues that make touring a problem right now. "I'm antsy. can’t sit still. i wanna tour now. yesterday i jus wanted to sit home forever but today i wanna do show and see u. it’s all v (very) up n down rn (right now). but hi. ily (I love you). i am working on it. i’ll keep ya posted (sic),” Ariana responded to a Twitter follower who told her to take some much-needed time off to heal.
The King of Wakanda reigned supreme this holiday weekend as Disney's "Black Panther" proved to be a pop cultural phenomenon, shattering box office records with an estimated $235 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales for the four-day holiday weekend. The Marvel Entertainment release, the first global superhero blockbuster with an African American director and a mostly black cast, exceeded expectations and set records for a February opening and for a Presidents Day weekend debut. The previous record holder was "Deadpool," which made $152 million domestically over the four-day holiday in 2016. "Black Panther" is the fifth highest domestic opening weekend of all time, behind only "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015), "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (2017), "Jurassic World" (2012) and "Marvel's The Avengers" (2012).
Taylor Swift has broken her own record for the highest-grossing U.S. tour by a female artist. The Look What You Made Me Do singer has been trekking across the U.S. and other nations since May (18) on her epic Reputation Stadium Tour. Her U.S. gigs alone have now made an incredible $191.1 million (£148 million), according to Billboard.com, meaning that with 11 American dates still to play she has surpassed the gross earnings of the previous record holder, her 1989 World Tour - which made $181.5 million (£140.5 million) in 2015. During the tour, she has averaged earnings of more than $7 million (£5.4 million) per show - with all 27 of her completed dates sold out. The pop princess is having a brief break from the road after performing at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida last Saturday (19Aug18). After the gig, she praised hometown girl Camila Cabello - who has supported her alongside British singer-songwriter Charli XCX throughout the tour. "MIAMI I LOVE YOU!! You were so loud and FUN," she wrote on her Tumblr page. "Shout out to Camila for killing it in her hometown and being just the greatest most precious magical human possible." The concerts will pick up again this coming Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee - the city where a teenage Taylor made her name as a country music star. In addition to her U.S. gigs, Taylor has also performed in the U.K., Ireland and Canada, with the latter concerts having grossed $11.1 million (£8.5 million). Figures for her British and Irish dates are yet to come in, and unlike in the U.S., not all of these shows sold out. She will conclude the tour in Australia, New Zealand and Japan - meaning the worldwide takings from the Reputation Stadium Tour should easily surpass the $250 million (£193 million) her 1989 live dates made globally - and may come close to beating the $408 million (£316 million) Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour made in 2008 and 2009, the most earned globally by a female artist.