Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en Beyonce's 'Lemonade' tops Billboard, Prince reigns on album chart <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>R&amp;B star Beyonce stormed to the top of the weekly US Billboard 200 album chart with her surprise visual concept album &quot;Lemonade,&quot; while late singer Prince&#39;s music dominated the chart as fans continued to remember his legacy through his music.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Lemonade,&quot; the sixth solo album by Beyonce, sold 485,000 albums, more than 900,000 songs and was streamed 115 million times, totaling 653,000 units according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Beyonce debuted &quot;Lemonade&quot; as an hour-long film made up of music videos on cable network HBO last week, and initially made it available exclusively on premium streaming service Tidal, before releasing it to other online retailers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The album garnered headlines for lyrics that suggested Beyonce&#39;s husband, rapper Jay Z, may have had an extramarital affair. The songs transition from suspicion and anger to hurt and finally forgiveness and reconciliation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The album also contains the single &quot;Formation,&quot; a power anthem to race and feminism.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Five of Prince&#39;s albums stayed in the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart this week, led by 2001&#39;s compilation &quot;The Very Best of Prince&quot; at number two with 391,000 units sold.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sales of Prince&#39;s music, which he kept off numerous streaming platforms such as Spotify and YouTube, have soared after the singer&#39;s sudden death on April 22 at his Minnesota estate.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On Billboard&#39;s Digital Songs chart, which measures online song sales, Prince&#39;s &quot;Purple Rain&quot; led seven of the late singer&#39;s songs in the top ten of the chart with 282,000 copies sold.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Beyonce&#39;s &quot;Formation&quot; came in at number three and &quot;Hold Up&quot; came in at number nine.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 03 May 2016 09:42:00 +0000 Reuters 2469304 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/06/23/43/lead_large.jpg The Good Wife and other TV shows say goodbye <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>After Mad Men, The Mentalist and Two And A Half Men left screens in 2015, more series are set to bid TV viewers farewell in the coming months, including The Good Wife, Bones and Person Of Interest.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>First to bow out is The Good Wife. After returning to her former job as an attorney seven years ago after a sex and corruption scandal landed her husband in jail, viewers will soon find out what fate CBS holds for Alicia Florrick. The finale &mdash; eagerly awaited since the show&rsquo;s end was announced earlier &mdash; is scheduled for May 8, with an episode titled End.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A few days before, Person Of Interest, another major CBS series, will start its final run May 3. This fifth and last season has already been cut down to a half-season format, and is set to be packed off promptly by the network with two episodes a week. Still, one small consolation is a finale written by Jonathan Nolan, creator of the series, which has been produced by J.J. Abrams since 2011.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Comedy Mike &amp; Molly will come to an end, too. After six seasons playing a Chicago elementary school teacher, the new queen of comedy Melissa MacCarthy may focus entirely on the big screen, where she&rsquo;s been welcomed with open arms since her performance in Bridesmaids. The final episode airs May 26 in the US.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Cable channels are also sending off several shows this year. June 6 sees TNT launch the seventh and final season of Rizzoli And Isles, wrapping up the cases of the police detective and medical examiner played by Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. Plus, HBO&rsquo;s The Leftovers, starring Justin Theroux, ends this autumn after three seasons, and the network will be concluding Looking after two seasons with a special finale episode, due this year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The curtain will fall a little later for other series. Bones, for example, will enter its 12th and final season next year, with 12 episodes closing the cases of Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz), who first came to Fox in 2005.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>HBO has a similar fate reserved for Girls. Its sixth season, scheduled for early 2017, will be the last chance for heroine Hannah, played by series creator Lena Dunham, and her New York friends to find their way in life. Similarly, Showtime&rsquo;s Episodes, with Matt LeBlanc, will be bowing out after a fifth season, currently filming.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 03 May 2016 09:26:00 +0000 AFP 2469298 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/05/03/501184/julianna_margulies.jpg We both love dancing: Queen Elizabeth II in a letter about Prince Philip <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A rare handwritten letter from the young Queen Elizabeth II telling the story of her romance with Prince Philip before their 1947 wedding has been sold at auction.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The note, penned when she was a 21-year-old princess, recounts the early stages of their relationship from their rare meetings in wartime to the London dances they attended together.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Queen Elizabeth, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday, went on to have four children with Philip, 94. The couple are now great-grandparents.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The two-page letter, written to the author Betty Shew, was bought for US$20,750 by a private collector from Britain when it was sold at Chippenham Auction Rooms in southwest England.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Shew was writing a book called Royal Wedding as a souvenir of the marriage, and the young princess agreed to share details of her relationship with her naval officer fiance, who was born a prince of Greece and Denmark.</div><div>&ldquo;The first time I remember meeting Philip was at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in July 1939, just before the war. (We may have met before at the coronation or the Duchess of Kent&rsquo;s wedding, but I don&rsquo;t remember),&rdquo; the future monarch wrote.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;I was 13 years of age and he was 18 and a cadet just due to leave. He joined the Navy at the outbreak of war, and I only saw him very occasionally when he was on leave &mdash; I suppose about twice in three years.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Then when his uncle and aunt, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, were away he spent various weekends away with us at Windsor. Then he went to the Pacific and Far East for two years as everyone there will know.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She said the wedding ring was to be made of Welsh gold and her fiance designed it himself.&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know the history of the stone, except that it is a very fine old cutting. It was given to me not long before the engagement was announced.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She told of how Prince Philip danced with her at two London nightclubs and spent six weeks with the royals at Balmoral, their Scottish private retreat.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;We both love dancing &mdash; we have danced at Ciro&rsquo;s and Quaglino&rsquo;s as well as at parties,&rdquo; she wrote.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;We first started seeing more of each other when Philip went for a two-year job to the R.N Petty Officers School at Corsham &mdash; before that we hardly knew each other.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;He&rsquo;d spend weekends with us, and when the school was closed he spent six weeks at Balmoral &mdash; it was great luck his getting a short job first them! Elizabeth.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> Tue, 03 May 2016 09:24:00 +0000 AFP 2469295 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/05/03/501184/the_happy_couple_today_still_together_and_still_waving_after_decades.jpg Prince's motorcycle jacket from 'Purple Rain' film on auction <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A motorcycle jacket worn by the late pop star Prince in his 1984 film &quot;Purple Rain,&quot; when he rides through the woods with the movie&#39;s leading lady, Apollonia, will be sold at auction, the company behind the sale said on Friday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The V-neck jacket, which is black with white cross-hatching and has leather sleeves from the elbows down, will be presented for sale in Profiles in History&#39;s auction between June 29 and July 1 in Calabasas, California.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Brian Chanes, who handles client relations at Profiles in History, said the auction house received the jacket about six weeks ago, before the musician&#39;s unexpected death on April 21 at age 57.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Officials from the company had estimated the jacket would sell for between $6,000 and $8,000, but that was before Prince&#39;s death, which drew an outpouring of tributes for the seven-time Grammy-winner from President Barack Obama, Hollywood figures and fans worldwide.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Now, all bets are off,&quot; Chanes said, adding that the jacket could fetch more than $100,000.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Profiles in History officials said few items of Prince memorabilia have ever been offered for sale.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The jacket was given to a make-up artist for Prince and Apollonia Kotero, a singer who starred as the pop star&#39;s girlfriend in the 1984 film &quot;Purple Rain,&quot; and the make-up artist&#39;s sister is the consignor for the sale, said Jeff Hare, a spokesman for Profiles in History.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The auction will be open to participants worldwide through the Internet, the company said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Prince&#39;s death at his home called Paisley Park near Minneapolis is under investigation by officials in Minnesota, but they have said there is no indication of suicide or physical trauma.</div> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:51:00 +0000 AFP,Reuters 2469218 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/04/30/501184/princes_motorcycle_jacket_from_purple_rain_film_on_auction.jpg