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Travis Tritt makes his mainstream rock songs chart debut

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David A. Smith/Getty ImagesThere’s a first time for everything. Travis Tritt has been a country hitmaker for the past 30 years, but as of this weekend, he’s making his debut on a brand-new chart. 

Travis contributed vocals to Cory Marks’ 2019 tune “Outlaws & Outsiders,” along with Ivan Moody and Mick Mars. That song has broken the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart dated March 7, Billboard reports. The song checks in at the #38 spot.

It’s been an exciting few weeks for Travis, who’s also enjoying some time on Billboard’s Hot Country chart thanks to his guest spot on the Hot Country Knights’ new single, “Pick Her Up.”  Before that, it had been a year since the ‘90s country legend found himself on that chart.

Since his career debut in 1990, Travis Tritt’s netted five chart-topping hits, the most recent being his 2000 single, “Best of Intentions.”

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CMT telethon raises nearly $400k for Tennessee tornado relief efforts

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CMTCountry stars came together Thursday night to raise nearly $400,000 for middle Tennessee tornado relief.

People reports that the telethon, in tandem with local radio stations and the American Red Cross, raised over $387,000 for the American Red Cross Southern Tornado and Flood Relief Program. 

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley were among those answering phones during the telethon, as were Kid RockBlanco BrownGavin DeGrawCassadee Pope and Nashville television star Sam Palladio

Cassadee posted a snapshot of the telethon on her Instagram Thursday, adding details for when and how to call in. “You never know who might answer,” she added. “Let’s rebuild Tennessee together!”

If you didn’t get the chance to donate during the event, the fundraiser is still accepting donations online.

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South by Southwest officially canceled

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Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesAfter a number of high-profile drop-outs due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus, the annual South by Southwest music, film and culture festival in Austin, Texas, has been officially canceled.

“The City of Austin has cancelled the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU,” reads a statement from the festival. “SXSW will faithfully follow the City’s directions.”

“We are devastated to share this news with you,” the statement continues. “‘The show must go on’ is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.”

Over the past week, a number of big-name companies pulled out of SXSW, including Apple, Netflix and WarnerMedia, resulting in the cancellation of talks by Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor, Ozzy Osbourne and Beastie Boys.

SXSW 2020 was set to take place March 13-22. Festival organizers say they are “exploring options” to reschedule, or provide a “virtual SXSW online experience.”

“We will continue to work hard to bring you the unique events you love,” the statement reads. “Though it’s true that our March 2020 event will no longer take place in the way that we intended, we continue to strive toward our purpose — helping creative people achieve their goals.”

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Lena Waithe dishes on her "revolutionary" new series that taps into her life as a "queer black woman"

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Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Lena Waithe is making “revolutionary” moves with her latest project Twenties on BET.

Created by the Emmy Award-winning writer while in her early twenties, the series follows the life of a “queer black girl” named Hattie, played by newcomer Jonica “JoJo” T. Gibbs. Like a young Waithe, Hattie has aspirations of becoming a writer.

Waithe tells ABC Audio that she’s excited about the series, which is loosely based on her real life, because it offers a different take on the narratives we see today.

“It’s such a different tone, a different vibe,” Waithe says. “[And] it’s the first time on primetime on television, a queer black woman will be the protagonist of a TV show. So, just that alone is revolutionary.”

While most of the series will center on Hattie’s chaotic life, including the “crush on her beautiful boss” and her relationship with her two heterosexual best friends, Nia and Marie, Waithe says the series is also about how life was for a brown girl trying to make it in L.A.

“It’s black. It’s fun. It’s swaggy,” she says.

However, as fun as it may have been, Waithe admits it still wasn’t easy back then.

“I do think that a person being in their 20s now in the business, if you’re black and you’re queer in your 20s, they want you. They like, ‘Come on, bring it. What you got?'” she says. “[But] when I…moved out to L.A. in 2006 it was a little different.”

Yet, even with those struggles, Waithe says she’s happy to tell her story and that she “really loves how it came together.”

“And the cool thing is…I love that Atlanta can exist, Insecure can exist, and Twenties can also exist as well,” she adds. 

Twenties airs Wednesday nights on BET.

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As the coronavirus spreads, will more studios follow James Bond's retreat?

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jarun011/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — As previously reported, fears of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and the shuttering of tens of thousands of movie theaters overseas because of them, led MGM and Sony to bump the James Bond movie No Time to Die to November.

However, as the respiratory illness spreads, organizers of entertainment events the world over have to weigh whether to keep their doors open.

For now, the industry event Cinemacon is going ahead with its annual convention in Las Vegas from March 30-April 2.

Theater chains in the U.S. are proceeding with caution, with many instituting cleaning protocols initiated after swine flu and other recent outbreaks.

While the SXSW Festival is still a go in Austin, many companies have pulled out of the event, which starts on March 13.  The high-profile exits include Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Intel, and Netflix, reports Austin ABC affiliate KVUE-TV.

However, on the other side of the world, things are different: concerts and other public events are being cancelled or postponed.

Deadline has posted a list of entertainment industry events that have been moved or cancelled outright because of the potentially deadly coronavirus.  Included on the canceled list is March 5th’s gala press launch of Disney+ in Europe, as well as Fox News’ “upfronts” gathering, and that of Comcast’s on-demand service, FreeWheel.

Additionally, the massive London Book Fair has been shuttered ahead of its scheduled March 10 opening.

Other postponements include overseas concerts from the likes of Green Day and BTS, while the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella at London’s Gillian Lynne Theatre has been bumped from Aug. 28 to Oct. 9.

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