After buying teams in the multi-billion-dollar cricketing tournaments, Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has invested in the future of American cricket.
Shah Rukh's Knight Riders Group has bought the Los Angeles franchise that is slated to play in the upcoming Major League Cricket in the US. Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta are co-owners of the Knight Riders Group.
In a statement on Tuesday, 55-year-old Shah Rukh said, "For several years now, we have been expanding the Knight Riders brand globally and closely watching the potential for T20 cricket in the USA."
"We are convinced that Major League Cricket has all the pieces in place to execute on its plans and we look forward to making our partnership an enormous success in the coming years," the superstar, also known as King Khan, added.
Cricket in the US is a sport played at the amateurs, clubs, intercollegiate and international competition levels with little popularity.
Venky Mysore, CEO of Knight Riders Group, said, "As T20 cricket expands internationally, we are flattered by the regular inbound requests to play a major role in growing the sport abroad. Our expansion into the US is consistent with our long-term strategy."
Shah Rukh, who began his acting career with appearances in several TV series in the late 1980s, made his Bollywood debut in 1992. He has acted in over 80 films in his nearly 30-year career.
Early in his career, Shah Rukh was recognised for portraying villainous roles in the films, Baazigar (1993), Darr (1993), and Anjaam (1994). However, he shot to fame in a romantic blockbuster, 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', in 1995.
After a series of hits from 1997 to 200, he went on to earn critical acclaim for his portrayal of an alcoholic in 'Devdas' (2002), a NASA scientist in 'Swades' (2004), a hockey coach in 'Chak De! India' (2007) and a man with Asperger syndrome in 'My Name Is Khan' (2010).
Apart from the two cricket teams, Shah Rukh owns motion picture production company, Red Chillies Entertainment. He is also a frequent television presenter and stage show performer.
Renowned lyricist, poet and writer Latiful Islam Shibli, known for his many iconic song lyrics including popular tracks of rock legends Ayub Bachchu and James, has tested positive for COVID-19.
The songwriter has shared this news himself from his verified Facebook profile on Sunday night.
"Everything is useless when the command of Allah and the decision of destiny does not favour a person - no matter how one keeps doing exercise or maintain a fit body. I have been tested positive for COVID-19. Alhamdulillah, I'm fine so far, just a slight fever and cough, and currently in isolation. Keep me in prayers," Shibli wrote on his post.
Known as one of the most prominent lyricists of rock music in Bangladesh from the ’90s, Shibli has penned many iconic and superhit songs including Hashte Dekho Gaite Dekho, Keu Shukhi Noy, Koshto (Ayub Bachchu); Jail Theke Bolchhi, Priyo Akashi, Mannan Miyar Titash Molom, Natore Station (James), Tumi Amar Prothom Shokal (Shakila Zafar and Tapan Chowdhury), Hajar Borsha Raat (Souls) and more.
As a novelist, Shibli has penned three bestseller novels ‘Darvish (2017), Dokhol (2018) and Asman (2019).
He has also been known as a model and acted in television drama and advertisements.
As a dramatist, Shibli wrote popular drama for television including Rajkumari, Highway to Heaven, The Good Citizen, Nuru Mia the painter and more. He also acted in the drama Rajkumari, as one of its main characters Mirza Galeeb.
Shibli has published three poetry books: Icche Holey Chhutey Pari Tomar Oviman (1995), Tumi Amar Kosto Gulo Sobuj Kore Dao Na (2010) and Mathar Upor Je Sunnota Tar Naam Akash, Buker Vetor Je Sunnota Tar Naam Dirghoshash (2014).
He is the author of a book entitled Bangladesh-A Band Sangit Andolon, sponsored and published by the Bangla Academy in 1997 as a complete research book on band music of Bangladesh, first of such kind in the country.
His first music Album Niyom Vangar Niyom (2018) was tuned, written, composed and sung by the artist himself
In 2015, his debut feature film as a writer titled Podmo Patar Jol won National Film Award in two Categories and BACHSAS award in five categories.
Not only the sports world, many celebrities across the globe, including in Bangladesh, are struggling to reconcile with the sudden loss of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona.
From India's Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to the iconic British rock band Queen to Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and Dhallywood heartthrob Shakib Khan, the tributes to the football great keep getting more heart-wrenching.
In his condolence message, internationally award-winning Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki wrote on Facebook: “With him, a big part of my childhood is gone! I was never a fan of Argentina! I was actually in the opposite camp to be precise. Our job was to spread hatred when it came to any Argentine player. But secretly we had this uncontrollable crush on him! Secretly we knew there was no one like him.”
“He was the Porsche among a legion of low tech mass cars. He could change the course of a game single-handedly. He was magical, crazy, angry, and divine! And last but not the least, he was the REBEL! Goodbye, Maradona! It was hard not to love you! #maradona #diegomaradona,” he added.
Dhallywood superstar-cum-producer Shakib Khan also mourned the football legend's untimely death on social media: “May his soul Rest In Peace. One of the greatest footballers ever I saw. He was the Best of the Best. #DiegoAmandoMaradona #Legend.”
Actor Arifin Shuvoo, who made his debut on silver screen with the 2010 Bangladeshi sports drama film based on football titled 'Jaago: Dare To Dream', shared his curt condolence message: "Goodbye Magician. RIP."
Khijir Hayat Khan, the writer and director of that film, shared an image of the famous jersey number 10 that Maradona wore in his football career, saying: "RIP DIEGO ......You refined LEGENDS".
Siam Ahmed, another heartthrob who has recently been signed for the Swadhin Bangla Football Team-inspired movie 'Damaal', also echoed similar sentiments. "Rest in peace..... Legend," he wrote on social media, tagging an image of Maradona holding the 1986 World Cup.
Popular actress Jaya Ahsan bid farewell to the iconic soccer-star, with a one liner: "Goodbye, the prince of football."
Through a long yet profound eulogy, popular actor-singer Chanchal Chowdhury shared his fond childhood memories. "Maradona is a name that has been synonymous with the golden memories of our childhood when I was in school. He is no more. The nostalgia is taking me back to those days, when I used to have notebooks printed with his image on the cover. It is impossible to make everyone understand what exactly I am going through right now."
"There was only one television set in the chairman's house of our village. We used to stay awake the whole night during the world cup season and watch the matches on that battery-run black and white television. Uncountable and unforgettable memories. Good bye, Maradona. May his soul rest in peace," the actor wrote on his Facebook.
TV personalities also expressed shock at Maradona's sudden death.
"2020 would be the year where we lost most of our Gems. Diego Maradona had been the one & only Football Rockstar this world has ever seen. What a talented player he was, what a lifestyle he had and how successfully he put his country ‘Argentina’ on the World's Map!" was renowned TV director Ashfaque Nipun's message on social media.
Actor and popular food-vlogger Adnan Faruque Hillol wrote from his YouTube channel's official Facebook page: "The flamboyant 'mad' footballer has left us. I still remember my crazy experience as a fan during the year of 1990, when I bought the Argentine jersey number 10 that Maradona made famous - while driving my father crazy in search of that in the market. Rest in Peace Legend."
Sharmin Sultana Sumi, the vocalist of popular Bangladeshi band Chirkut, wrote on Facebook: "Departure of the magician of football. Rest in peace, the man who made our childhood colourful."
With police brutality continuing to devastate Black families and the coronavirus ravishing Black America disproportionately, the world was driven to the significance of this year’s Juneteenth more than ever before.
And Beyoncé knew she wanted to release a song on that momentous day — so she dropped “Black Parade,” an anthemic jam where she proudly sings about her heritage, hometown and returning to her African roots.
Months later, the song — and others focused on protesting, police brutality and the overall Black experience — are taking center stage at the 2021 Grammy Awards.
Beyoncé’s “Black Parade” scored nominations for two of the top awards: song of the year and record of the year. The track will also compete for best R&B song and best R&B performance.
“There could have been a different approach as far as releasing the record and capitalizing off of timings of other things, but we really wanted to get it out during a time where we could all remember the feeling and the energy,” Derek Dixie, a longtime collaborator of Beyoncé’s who co-wrote the song with the pop star, said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“It’s not always about the money and about catching streaming numbers and things like that. Sometimes it’s just about what it is — which was making our people proud.”
“Black Parade” helped Beyoncé land nine nominations, making her the overall top Grammy contender. Dixie earned three Grammy nominations for co-writing and co-producing the song.
For song of the year, “Black Parade” will compete with H.E.R.’s “I Can’t Breathe,” the R&B singer’s track about police brutality.
Lil Baby’s “The Bigger Picture,” a protest song he created in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, scored nominations for best rap song and best rap performance. Proceeds from the song will support the Black Lives Matter movement, Breonna Taylor’s attorney, the Bail Project and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Anderson .Paak also released a song on Juneteenth — the holiday that commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free — and it’s competing for two awards. “Lockdown” is nominated for best rap performance and best music video..
Country singer Mickey Guyton wrote the track “Black Like Me” a year ago but released it this year because she felt it was extremely relevant. Now, it’s nominated for best country solo performance, giving the performer her first-ever Grammy nomination.
“It’s been so hard in the country music community and trying to get country music to even support my music and for me to get a Grammy (nomination), it just goes to show that writing your truth is just the way to go,” Guyton told the AP on Tuesday. “And not only writing your truth, but really bringing your brothers and sisters up with you.”
But Guyton admits that everyone’s response to her song wasn’t warm. It features the lyrics, “If you think we live in the land of the free/You should try to be Black like me.”
“I released it and I did get people that were very angry. There were even radio stations that people were like, ‘Get this (expletive) off of my radio station,’” she said. “I would get people writing me messages like, ‘Well, if you don’t like it here then leave.’ And I’m like, ‘Well, it’s just as much my country as it is yours.’”
Guyton added that some “radio stations were scared to play (‘Black Like Me’) because they were (angering) their listeners because their listeners didn’t want to hear that.”
“But I wasn’t writing that song for them, I was writing that song got the people that understand this exact walk that I’m walking,” she continued. “It’s for them.”
Apart from “Black Parade,” Beyoncé also earned nominations for her film honoring Black art and Black history, “Black Is King,” as well as her ode to dark- and brown-skinned women, “Brown Skin Girl.”
Dixie, who has worked as Beyoncé’s music director and has produced, engineered and arranged songs for the singer, said he’s grateful he’s working with an artist who boldly speaks about Black pride in her music.
“It’s just good to see that she’s willing to put that type of energy out and not necessarily be thinking about: ‘What’s going to guarantee me a No. 1? What’s going to guarantee me this?’ It’s a part of our conversation, it’s a part of the process, but when it’s necessary to put that art out there, to put that energy out there, she’s usually ... leading the pack in that regard,” Dixie said. “So I’m grateful to be associated with her on that path.”
Guyton added that it’s comforting to see some many Black musicians reflect the current times in their music, and she’s grateful to the Grammys for acknowledging those kinds of songs.
“It’s so important because so often Black people, and Black women especially, are getting overlooked and constantly get overlooked and you’re constantly just trying to get people to remember that you’re there,” she said. “It feels like we’re seen and I don’t think we’ve always felt seen.”
“I use this scenario of going into any grocery store — if you go to any grocery store ... and you look for hair products for someone who is ethnic and ... you see an entire aisle full of every and any hair product you can possibly think for someone that is not Black. But whenever it comes to finding hair products for a Black person, we’re designated a shelf. And today, it doesn’t feel like we’re designated a shelf.”
The 2021 Grammy Awards will air live on Jan. 31.
Beyoncé is bringing her black parade to the Grammys: The pop star’s anthem about Black pride scored multiple nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine.
Beyoncé picked up song and record of the year bids with “Black Parade,” which she released on Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free. The song, which reached the Top 40 on the pop charts, is also nominated for best R&B song and best R&B performance.
Beyoncé’s “Black Is King” film that highlighted Black art, music, history and fashion is up for best music film while “Brown Skin Girl,” a song dedicated to dark- and brown-skinned women, is nominated for best music video. The singer also earned three nominations for her slick guest appearance on Megan Thee Stallion’s No. 1 hit “Savage,” including record of the year, best rap performance and best rap song.
A winner of 24 Grammys, Beyoncé becomes the second-most nominated act in the history of the awards show with 79 nominations. She is tied with Paul McCartney, who earned a nomination this year for best boxed or special limited edition package.
Beyoncé is only behind her husband Jay-Z and Quincy Jones, who have both earned 80 nominations each. Jay-Z picked up three nominations this year for his contributions to Beyoncé’s songs: He co-wrote “Black Parade” and “Savage,” thus earning nominations for song of the year, best R&B song and best rap song. Jay-Z has won 22 Grammys throughout his career.
Beyoncé’s domination this year came as a surprise since the singer did not release a new album. Other surprises, well snubs, include pop star the Weeknd being completely shut out and earning zero nominations despite having a No. 1 album, multiple hit singles and winning the coveted Super Bowl halftime performance slot. Luke Combs, who dominated the country charts and set records on streaming services this year, was also surprisingly shut out of nominations.
When Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording’s interim president and CEO, was asked if he was surprised the Weeknd didn’t earn a single nomination, he told The Associated Press: “You know, there’s so many nominations and there’s only so many slots, it’s really tough to predict what the voters are going to vote for in any given year. I try not to be too surprised.”
Instead, multiple nominations went to Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch, who each earned six nominations and followed Beyoncé as the second-most nominated acts.
Lipa, who won two Grammys last year, earned bids for album of the year with “Future Nostalgia” as well as song and record of the year for her hit “Don’t Start Now.” Swift, whose last two albums didn’t garner nominations for album of the year, is competing for the top prize with her surprise album “folklore.” If she wins, she would become the first female artist to win album of the year three times.
Other album of the year nominees include: Post Malone’s multi-hit “Hollywood’s Bleeding”; Coldplay’s “Everyday Life,” which featured world music sounds and politically-charged lyrics; HAIM’s sophomore release “Women In Music Pt. III”; Jhené Aiko’s atmospheric R&B project “Chilombo”; English musician Jacob Collier’s multi-genre release “Djesse Vol. 3”; and the deluxe edition of Black Pumas’ self-titled debut album.
Tracks competing with Beyoncé’s “Black Parade” and “Savage” for record of the year include DaBaby and Ricch’s “Rockstar,” Malone’s “Circles,” Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now,” Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted,” Black Pumas’ “Colors” and Doja Cat’s “Say So.” The latter track was produced by controversial music figure Dr. Luke, and he earns his first Grammy nominations since 2014, the year his former collaborator Kesha accused him of sexual assault. Dr. Luke, who used the moniker Tyson Trax on the credits for Doja Cat’s song, has vigorously denied the allegations.
“Black Parade,” “Don’t Start Now,” “Everything I Wanted” and “Circles” are also nominated for song of the year — a songwriter’s award — along with Swift’s “cardigan,” Ricch’s “The Box,” JP Saxe and Julia Michaels’ “If the World Was Ending” and H.E.R.’s “I Can’t Breathe,” her protest anthem addressing police brutality.
Several songs that emerged following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor were nominated for Grammys, including Lil Baby’s “The Bigger Picture” (best rap song, best rap performance), Anderson .Paak’s “Lockdown” (best melodic rap performance, best music video), Mickey Guyton’s “Black Like Me” (best country solo performance) as well as Beyoncé’s “Black Parade.”
“I think it’s meaningful. I think it’s reflective of what’s gone on in our world,” Mason Jr. said of multiple protest songs earning nominations this year. “Musicians and artists and writers and producers, they write about what’s going on in their lives. We tend to be fairly emotional people. When there’s things happening, it’s going to come out in our music and our art. It only makes sense that those types of songs would be nominated and celebrated by our voters. It really resonated with people. You listen to some of those songs and can’t help but be moved.”
Megan Thee Stallion, who released her highly anticipated debut album last week after finding success with hit singles and mixtapes since 2018, scored four nominations including best new artist. She will compete with rapper-singer Doja Cat, pop singer Noah Cyrus, country singer Ingrid Andress, multi-genre DJ-producer Kaytranada, rappers Chika and D Smoke, and indie rocker Phoebe Bridgers, who earned four nominations and helped female acts dominate in the rock categories.
Nominees for best rock performance and best rock song include Bridgers, Fiona Apple, HAIM, Grace Potter, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Big Thief, led by Adrianne Lenker. Female performers also dominated in best country album, including Andress, Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark and Ashley McBryde. The foursome Little Big Town, which features two female vocalists, round out the five nominees.
Howard, who released her first solo album “Jaime” last year, earned five nominations, including bids in R&B and American Roots categories. Eilish, DaBaby, John Beasley, David Frost and Justin Bieber — nominated for three pop awards and a country one for “10,000 Hours” with duo Dan + Shay — earned four nominations each.
K-pop kings BTS earned their first-ever Grammy nomination after years of having success on the pop charts. They will compete for best pop duo/group performance with their No. 1 hit, “Dynamite.”
Other first-time nominees include the Strokes, Megan Thee Stallion, Michael Kiwanuka, Jay Electronica and Harry Styles, who became the first One Direction member to earn a Grammy nomination. He’s up for best pop vocal album with his second solo release “Fine Line,” best pop solo performance for “Watermelon Sugar” and best music video for “Adore You.”
Several acts earned posthumous nominations, including John Prine (best American Roots performance, best American Roots song), Nipsey Hussle (best rap performance), Leonard Cohen (best folk album) Pop Smoke (best rap performance) and songwriter LaShawn Daniels (best gospel performance/song).
And A-list entertainers hoping to reach EGOT status are getting a chance to earn their Grammy Award, including Renée Zellweger, who is nominated for best traditional pop vocal album for “Judy” — a performance that won her a second Academy Award — while Meryl Streep is nominated for best spoken world album for “Charlotte’s Web.” Streep’s competition includes MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, journalist Ronan Farrow and “Jeopardy!” record-holder Ken Jennings, who is nominated for reading “Alex Trebek — The Answer Is...” Tiffany Haddish, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan and Bill Burr are nominated for best comedy album.
Kanye West, who has won 21 Grammys, only scored a single nomination this year — for contemporary Christian music album for “Jesus Is King.” Others who were snubbed include country performers the Chicks and Morgan Wallen, R&B singers Summer Walker, Teyana Taylor, Chris Brown and Brandy, and late rapper Juice WRLD.
Songs and albums released between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020 were eligible for nominations this year. Winners will be announced at the live show on Jan. 31.