Monday, June 24, 2013

Black Sabbath Tops Billboard Album Chart!

Veteran heavy-metal band Black Sabbath landed its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, more than four decades after the rockers debuted their first album in the United States.

"13," the 19th studio album from Black Sabbath, sold 155,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, knocking last week's No. 1 album by Queens of the Stone Age off the top spot on the weekly U.S. album chart.

Black Sabbath, an English rock band fronted by lead singer Ozzy Osbourne, released their debut self-titled album in North America in 1970, but were never able to notch the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart in a career spanning 43 years.

"The news is absolutely amazing - we couldn't have imagined this would happen," guitarist and founding member Tony Iommi said in a statement. Osbourne added, "to finally have our first No. 1 album in the U.S. is another incredible milestone for Black Sabbath."

Next month, Black Sabbath is to kick off a North American tour in Houston; it's scheduled to stop in L.A. at the Sports Arena on Sept. 3.

Monday, June 10, 2013

The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards: 2013 Winners!

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" and "Kinky Boots" went home with the top prizes at this year's Tony Awards held live on Sunday, June 9th.

The annual awards, which recognize the best on Broadway, handed out their Best Play Award to the Christopher Durang's play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." Meanwhile "Kinky Boots" went home with the Best Musical award. "Boots" also took home Best Actor in a Musical for Billy Porter, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, Best Original Score and Best Sound Design.

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" also went home with a number of awards including Best Revival Play, Best Direction of a Play for Pam MacKinnon and Best Actor in a Play for Tracy Letts.
Other actors to score accolades included Cicely Tyson for "The Trip to Bountiful," Patina Miller for "Pippin," Courtney B.Vane in "Lucky Guy," and Judith Light for "The Assembled Parties."

Neil Patrick Harris returned as the show's host and once again he did not disappoint. His cracking jokes and catchy musical numbers throughout the ceremony had everyone laughing and engaged.

A number of honorary awards were handed out to Bernard Gerstein, Paul Libin and Min Cho Lee. Larry Kramer was given the Isabelle Stevenson Award while the Huntington Theatre Company was recognized with the Regional Theatre Award.

For a full list of the winners, click here!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

CMT Awards 2013: The Winners!

Miranda Lambert and newcomer duo Florida Georgia Line were the big winners at the CMT Music Awards, a prologue to the four-day CMA Music Festival, each walking away with two trophies for their music videos.

Carrie Underwood won the top prize at the CMT Music Awards last night in Nashville for Video of the Year with her hit song "Blown Away." The award was her 10th CMT trophy and makes her the top-winner since the show began 12 years ago.

Husband-wife country couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert also won awards for Male Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year. Group Video of the Year went to Lady Antebellum for "Downtown" and  Jason Aldean shared collaborative video with Eric Church and Luke Bryan for "The Only Way I Know."

Congratulations to all the winners! For a full list, click here.