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President Biden travels to the UK to meet with PM Boris Johnson ahead of G7 summit

President Biden arrived in the UK on his first overseas trip as U.S. president, and will plan to meet Boris Johnson in Cornwall ahead of the G7 summit.   Biden is expected to deliver a warning not to let the Brexit trade dispute “imperil” the Northern Ireland peace process. The president is also hoping to show that the United States is back as a major international diplomatic force following the presidency of Donald Trump, and hopes to use the visit to Europe to shore up transatlantic alliances.

Biden flew in to the UK on Air Force One, landing at the U.S. airbase at RAF Mildenhall before heading on to Cornwall for talks with Johnson and the G7 summit in Carbis Bay. He told an audience of US military personnel and service families: “We are going to make it clear that the United States is back and democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the toughest challenges and the issues that matter most to our future.”

Biden also called for international action to end the Covid-19 pandemic, saying: “This diplomacy is essential because no single nation acting alone can meet all the challenges we face today because the world is changing.”  The United States is expected to buy 500 million more doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to share through the global Covax alliance for donation to 92 lower income countries and the African Union over the next year.

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‘Spiral: From the Book of Saw’ tops North American box office with $8.7M opening weeked

Chris Rock’s horror movie, Spiral: From the Book of Saw earned $8.7 million this weekend, making it the No. 1 movie in North America. “Spiral”, also starring Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, is the ninth and latest film of the Saw series, and was the 6th No. 1 opening for a Saw movie.

Coming in at No. 2 is Wrath of Man with $3.7 million, followed by Those Who Wish Me Dead at No. 3 with $2.8 million, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train at No. 4 with $1.8 million and Raya and the Last Dragon at No. 5 with $1.7 million. Godzilla vs. Kong at No. 6 with $1.5 million, Mortal Kombat at No. 7 with $1.3 million, Finding You at No. 8 with $1 million, Profile at No. 9 with $700,00 and Here Today at No. 10 with $500,000.

 

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‘Spiral’ tops North American box office with $8.7M opening weeked

Chris Rock’s horror movie, Spiral: From the Book of Saw earned $8.7 million this weekend, making it the No. 1 movie in North America. “Spiral”, also starring Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, is the ninth and latest film of the Saw series, and was the 6th No. 1 opening for a Saw movie.

Coming in at No. 2 is Wrath of Man with $3.7 million, followed by Those Who Wish Me Dead at No. 3 with $2.8 million, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train at No. 4 with $1.8 million and Raya and the Last Dragon at No. 5 with $1.7 million. Godzilla vs. Kong at No. 6 with $1.5 million, Mortal Kombat at No. 7 with $1.3 million, Finding You at No. 8 with $1 million, Profile at No. 9 with $700,00 and Here Today at No. 10 with $500,000.

 

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Loretta Lynn’s ‘Still Woman Enough’ debuts in top 10 of Top Country Albums charts

Loretta Lynn has earned her 42nd top 10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with Still Woman Enough The album debuted at No. 9 on the ranking dated April 3, with 11,000 equivalent album units (10,000 from album sales). In the chart’s 57-year history, only Willie Nelson (53) and Dolly Parton (46) have notched more top 10s.

The 13-song set was produced by Lynn’s daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Still Woman Enough is a mix of new songs and updated versions of previously recorded tracks, it includes collaborations with Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood on the title track, Margo Price (“One’s on the Way”) and Tanya Tucker (“You Ain’t Woman Enough”).

Loretta Lynn’s Still Woman Enough Becomes Her 42nd Top-10 Album

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President Biden signs executive orders on his first day in office after inauguration ceremony

President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed multiple executive orders that will set the tone for his new administration, aimimg to immediately reverse policies by President Donald Trump.

As one of his first acts as president, Biden signed the 17 orders before reporters in the Oval Office. Among the orders was one mandating that the United States rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate change. Trump announced the U.S. departure from the pact in 2017. The process to rejoin will take 30 days.

On the topic of the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden halted the United States’ withdrawal from the World Health Organization and also signed an order requiring face coverings to be worn inside all federal buildings in the country for the first 100 days of his presidency. Masks and distancing will be required in federal buildings and state and local governments will be asked to do the same.

Wednesday’s orders also reverse several policies on immigration, including an expansion under Trump of immigration enforcement in the United States and halting construction of the wall along the Mexico border by terminating the national emergency declaration that was used to help pay for it. Biden also reversed Trump administration restrictions on U.S. entry for travelers from primarily Muslim and African countries.

At the U.S. Capitol earlier in the day, Biden signed the Inauguration Day Proclamation and two documents making his nominations to the Cabinet and sub-Cabinet official.

‘We’re not going to wait’: Biden admin to take immediate action to undo Trump policies

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President Trump pardons Steve Bannon and 141 others in final hours in office

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump granted clemency to dozens of people, including his former adviser Stephen Bannon and top election fundraiser Elliott Broidy. In his final hours at the White House, Trump pardoned 73 people and commuted the prison sentences of 70 others in one of his final actions as president of the United States.

The White House said in a statement that Trump granted a full pardon to Bannon as prosecutors pursued “charges related to fraud stemming from his involvement in a political project,” adding, “Mr. Bannon has been an important leader in the conservative movement and is known for his political acumen.” Bannon, a former senior White House adviser, was arrested and charged in August for allegedly defrauding donors of hundreds of thousands of dollars in connection to an online crowdfunding campaign known as “We Build the Wall” in 2018.

Trump had previously granted clemency in the months leading up to his final day in office to close aides, associates and friends including his former campaign adviser Roger Stone, his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, among others.

Trump pardons Bannon, other allies on final night in office

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Morgan Wallen Addresses the Leaking of His Music by Walmart

Just days before Morgan Wallen‘s new Dangerous: The Double Album arrives in stores and online, reports are that Walmart “leaked” the music early by displaying and selling the album before its January 8th release date in a hand full of stores.

Morgan took to social media to address the issue in a video clip, with the caption, “If anyone’s gonna leak my music, it should be me. Links for leaks will be in my story shortly.”

Morgan’s sophomore project, Dangerous: The Double Album, will be officially released this Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. It features 30-songs, which includes more than a dozen tracks co-penned by Morgan himself.

Morgan Wallen Responds After Walmart Leaks His New Album

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Blake Shelton New Song, ‘Minimum Wage’

Blake Shelton surprises fans with a brand new single, “Minimum Wage,” which debuted during NBC’s New Year’s Eve on Thursday, Dec. 31st.  Shelton appeared virtually to premiere the music video to the new track exclusively. 

“I got engaged to Gwen Stefani. I don’t care what else happened besides that. That made it a great year for me,” Shelton said before revealing the song.

“Minimum Wage” follows his latest singles “Happy Anywhere” and “Nobody But You.”  

Blake Shelton Debuts Surprise New Song, ‘Minimum Wage’

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Alabama to Perform Free Virtual New Year’s Eve Concert

Alabama will be performing a free New Year’s Eve concert.  The iconic country group has joined forces with Camping World for an online concert, which will stream live on Thursday, December 31 at 8 p.m. CT.   

Alabama said in a statement: “What better way to start the New Year than to have a free concert on New Year’s Eve for our fans around the world? We are pleased that Marcus Lemonis and our friends at Camping World are presenting this special performance from Nashville, Tennessee. We cannot wait to get back on tour soon, and want to see you in-person. Sit back, relax, crank up the sound, and ‘ROLL ON’ into 2021. Wishing you a very Happy New Year.”

To learn more about the New Year’s Eve performance or to stream it online, click here.

Alabama to Play Free Livestream Concert on New Year’s Eve

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President-elect Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill got vaccinated Monday against COVID-19.  The couple each received shots at ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Delaware, and will need another round of the vaccinations developed by Pfizer-BioNTech in about 21 days.

The President-elect had said he wanted to receive the shot publicly to boost confidence in it.  After rolling up the left sleeve of his shirt and receiving the shot, Biden said, “I’m doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared when it’s available to take the vaccine. There’s nothing to worry about. I’m looking forward to the second shot. So is Jill.” However, Biden added that he didn’t want to cut in line ahead of health care professionals who are the first to receive it. “The administration deserves some credit, getting us off the ground with Operation Warp Speed,” Biden said.

Vice President Mike Pence; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., each got their shots Friday. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is expected to receive her vaccination next week, the transition announced.

President-elect Joe Biden, Jill Biden receive COVID-19 vaccine

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