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Chris Rock made his first public appearance since Will Smith slapped him during Sunday night's Oscars ceremony.

Hosting the latest leg of his US tour in Boston, the comic told fans that he was still processing what happened. Rock, who was greeted with a standing ovation by fans, also denied some reports in US media that he had spoken to Smith since the incident.

Following the release of British Singer, songwriter and music legend, Matt Goss’s fifth studio album, ‘The Beautiful Unknown’ Matt Goss announces a special one-off show at the iconic The London Palladium on Saturday 23rd April 2022.

Tickets go on general sale tomorrow (Saturday 2nd April) at 10am via Fans who accessed the artist pre-sale yesterday (Thursday 31st March) via the link those who booked tickets via the artist pre-sale link also received a copy of the new album ‘The Beautiful Unknown’

Last year, fans of NCT 127 - among the world's most popular K-pop boy bands - went into a frenzy when the group released a teaser for their new song, Favourite (Vampire). But South Asian ears, used to Bollywood music, picked up on a familiar tune - from Are Re Are, a 90s hit from the Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit starrer Dil To Pagal Hai.

NCT 127 had used a sample of the iconic whistle from the song, turning it into an electronic whistle.

The drummer with US rock group Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, has died aged 50, the band have announced. The band said they were "devastated by the tragic and untimely loss" in a statement on social media. No cause of death has been given.

Hawkins played with Foo Fighters for more than two decades, joining shortly after they finished making their 1997 album The Colour and the Shape. The band are currently on tour in South America.

Michelin starred Pensons restaurant is hosting an exclusive photography exhibition this month, featuring stunning landscapes by the award-winning local photographer Finn Beales. People can also win a pair of Finn’s framed prints in Pensons’ charity prize draw in aid of the British Red Cross/DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (visit Pensons’ website for details).

The third record is both a love letter and a rallying cry. Expansive, uplifting, sun-drenched singalongs produced by Jim Abbiss (Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Adele), and featuring co-writing collaborations with the likes of Maggie Rogers & Jamie Hartmann, find the Reading 4-piece emerging from the darkness of 2019’s Future Dust full of lust for life and post-pandemic hope. Due to be debuted live on the band’s upcoming arena tour with Royal Blood, the band drop the album’s first taste with the all-guns-blazing ‘Bloodrush’.

Billboard is set to team up with festival company Afro Nation to launch America's first ever Afrobeats chart, it says. It will go live on 29 March and rank the top 50 most popular Afrobeats songs in the country based on streams and download.

“The last decade has seen Afrobeats explode into a worldwide phenomenon, influencing culture and fashion across the globe and I am humbled to have made a contribution to growing the genre alongside many talented, passionate people,” Billboard quotes Afro Nation founder, Obi Asika, as saying.

Tickets are now on sale for Flatpack Festival which promises audiences a menu of delights from well-respected artists, filmmakers and musicians over six days this May. The much loved BAFTA-qualifying short film programme returns with 40 films from 17 countries along with extraordinary live audiovisual performances.

Based in Digbeth, Flatpack Festival is known for its eclectic and surprising programming of live performances alongside archive shorts and feature films.

One of the UK’s newest venues and club spaces has announced a series of major new shows along with further investment in its historic building, in line with the music and night-time industries welcoming fans back following the global pandemic.

Forum Birmingham will host international reggae star Sean Paul; electronic music legends Faithless, Pete Tong and A Guy Called Gerald in one exclusive night; and leading dancehall duo Govana and Skeng, in addition to upcoming dates from Mercury-nominated UK rapper Slowthai; leading reggae broadcaster and selector David Rodigan MBE with Shy FX and special guests, and Birmingham smash hit indie-rockers Editors – all over the coming months.

Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog may be leading this year's Academy Awards with 12 nominations, but India is in thrall over a story of its own underdogs, vying for an Oscar in the documentary feature category. Writing with Fire tells the extraordinary story of the feisty women of Khabar Lahariya - an all-women news service run mostly by editors and reporters from the most marginalised Dalit, Muslim and tribal communities.

The Saved & Remade Workshop will be hosted by Amanda Lamb and shown on the Discovery Channel REALLY.

The show will see a team of expert craftspeople take much-loved but unused objects from members of the public and transform them into something completely different; giving them a new lease of life and a real purpose that their owners will actually use. 

This April Fools’ Day, the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Rep launch a major new collaboration. Co-directed by The Rep’s Artistic Director Sean Foley, and Professor Ewan Fernie of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham, this special one-day event, funded by Research England, kicks off a nationally-important ongoing research conversation about comedy. What does it mean, and how does it work - in plays, stand up, films, music, novels, and popular culture of all types?