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Universal Music Group Signs Stonebwoy To Global Def Jam Family, First Single THERAPY Out !

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Stonebwoy releases first single under Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group (UMG) label divisions Def Jam Recordings, 0207 Def Jam and Def Jam Africa are thrilled to announce the global signing of Ghanaian Afropop, dancehall and beloved reggae musician and pioneer, Stonebwoy to the global Def Jam artist family. Def Jam Africa will represent his music across Africa, whilst Def Jam Recordings will become his label home in the U.S. with 0207 Def Jam supporting the record in the U.K.. This partnership between labels showcases UMG’s global commitment to introducing Stonebwoy’s eclectic sound and Ghanaian music culture to new audiences around the world.

Stonebwoy is an award-winning African artist that has been placing the continent firmly on the musical map with international touring, standout collaborations and hugely popular singles since 2012. One of Ghana’s most pertinent superstars, Stonebwoy will release his brand new single, Therapy on May 3 via Def Jam Recordings, 0207 Def Jam and Def Jam Africa, supported by UMG labels around the world .

Therapy comes off the back of an already illustrious career of four albums, countless hit tracks and movie roles, not to mention his philanthropic work as part of the ‘Livingston Foundation’, educating young Africans and elevating the youth of Ghana.



The single is the first release for his newly signed record deal with Def Jam, home to some of the biggest names in hip-hop, Afrobeats and trap talent from the continent, and is the lead single from Stonebwoy’s brand new album due to drop mid-2022.

Sipho Dlamini, CEO, South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa, Universal Music is excited to add yet another African megastar to the Def Jam roster. He states, “Stonebwoy is a true African talent. He works to lift the heart and spirit of those around him, whilst producing fresh sounds that keep blowing the world away. We look forward to what 2022 has in store for him.”

“I’m excited to welcome Stonebwoy to the Def Jam Family in partnership with Sipho and 0207,” said Def Jam chairman and CEO Tunji Balogun. “The Def Jam brand is recognized all over the world as a stamp of excellence in black music, and as we continue to strengthen our musical bond in important markets like Africa and the UK, it’s dynamic, talented artists like Stonebwoy that will lead the way. This is great music from a special artist who needs to be heard everywhere.”

Alec & Alex Boateng, co-Presidents,  0207 Def Jam added, “Stonebwoy is one of the great Ghanaian based modern music artists and ambassadors. The opportunity to amplify his outstanding talent alongside Sipho, Def Jam Africa and Tunji with Def Jam Recordings is very exciting, especially him becoming a part of our world class Def Jam artist family. Hopefully this is the first of many more collaborative projects to come.”

The single Therapy, is out on the 3rd of May across all streaming platforms and its accompanying red-hot video shot in Ghana, is out on 13th May. Essentially a love song, the track kicks hard with a driving beat and all the right flavour for dance floors worldwide.

Stonebwoy, aka Livingston Satekla is no stranger to success. Having been the recipient of multiple acclaimed awards such as Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards, Artist of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards and two Billboard plaques, he has been described as the king of ragga and dancehallin’ for Africa in his career. He has duetted with international artists such as Keri Wilson, Sean Paul, Trey Songz, Burna Boy, Alpha Blondie and many more – and has rocked stages from the UK to the USA, Australia, Italy, Puerto Rico and Amsterdam – making his electrifying touring an integral part of his career.

Stonebwoy is also active and engaging on social media, boasting an impressive 4 million followers on Instagram and a further 3 million on Facebook, making him one of Africa’s most followed performers. The sky is the limit for Stonebwoy in 2022.

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Russell Crowe Will Next Appear In The MCU As Zeus In Thor: Love and Thunder

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Fans of actor Russell Crowe can next see the actor as he joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Thor: Love and Thunder. Crowe will join the pantheon of the Marvel gods, starring as Zeus alongside Chris Hemsworth as the Asgardian, Thor.

“I never thought I’d see the day where Russell would appear on screen with hints at Gladiator imagery, yet with a wink-totally self-deprecating,” Hemsworth said of Crowe’s role in the Marvel movie. “He didn’t hold back. I’m such a fan. I have been since I first started acting. There’s such a weight and a seriousness to his performances and to him, as an individual, from afar. But meeting him, he has a great sense of humor and did whatever Taika asked on set, which was mind-blowing. And it was really fun to play with the mythology, going from Norse to Greek mythology – Taika pulls all these worlds together.”

Thor: Love and Thunder finds the Asgardian and former Avenger embarking on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — a quest for inner peace. However, his retirement gets interrupted by Gorr the God Butcher, a galactic killer who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who — to his surprise — inexplicably wields his magical hammer. Together, they set out on a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance.

Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled to be released on July 8, 2022, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.

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Russell Crowe And Ray Winstone Throw Punches In Boxing Biopic Prizefighter

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Starring Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, and Matt Hookings, Prizefighter tells the true story of Jem Belcher

The first trailer for Prizefighter has Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, and Matt Hookings lead this tale of the birth of boxing. Released courtesy of Empire, Prizefighter is scheduled to land on Prime Video next month, and tells the tragic true story of James “Jem” Belcher, an English bare-knuckle prize-fighter. You can watch the trailer for Prizefighter below.

Directed by Daniel Graham, Prizefighter is written by Matt Hookings, who also stars as Jem Belcher. The movie will explore the life of Jem Belcher, a bare-knuckle prize-fighter who became the Champion of All England from 1800 to 1805. As well as being the youngest ever world champion, and bringing boxing more into the mainstream, Belcher was beset with all manner of tragedy during his sadly short life, and was left blind at 22 and dead by the age of 30.

Starring alongside newcomer Matt Hookings in the lead, Prizefighter features an all-star cast that includes Academy Award winner Russell Crowe as Belcher’s grandfather, Jack Slack, with Black Widow star Ray Winstoneon board as Belcher’s trainer, Bill Warr. The rest of the supporting cast is comprised of Marton Csokas, Jodhi May, Steven Berkoff, Julian Glover, and Bill Moseley.

Both Russell Crowe and Ray Winstone are no strangers to the boxing game, with the former having starred as heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock in director Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man, while the latter boxed in real-life during his youth, winning 80 out of 88 bouts.

Prizefighter is streaming on Prime Video from 22 July, and is sure to be a powerful biopic, no doubt heightened by performances from Crowe and Winstone, and telling a lesser-known story that deserves to be told.

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Tom Cruise Explains Why He Turned Down Role Of Iron Man

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Actor Tom Cruise has long enjoyed a history of playing action heroes but never a superhero. Still, many of characters come across as indestructible to the point where they might as well be a superhero. Most recently, Cruise has revived his popular Ethan Hunt role in Mission Impossible franchise and is flying high with enormous box office success from Top Gun: Maverick. The soon-to-be 60-year-old star has revealed how he came close to playing Tony Stark’s Iron Manin the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, the part went to Robert Downey Jr. who made the character and its armored body his own.

Prior to the release of 2008’s Iron Man, Cruise was offered the opportunity to play Tony Stark but turned it down. He has opened up as to why he turned it down. As someone who has a reputation for thorough work, performing his own stunts, etc., one of the actor’s priorities appears to be wanting control over the project.

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Even Cruise admits that Downey has become so fused with Tony Stark that it is hard to imagine anyone else in the role. As for when he was first approached to star as Iron Man and why he declined the part, Cruise explained:

“[Marvel Studios] came to me at a certain time and, when I do something, I wanna do it right. If I commit to something, it has to be done in a way that I know it’s gonna be something special. And as it was lining up, it just didn’t feel to me like it was gonna work. I need to be able to make decisions and make the film as great as it can be, it just didn’t go down that road that way.”

In another interview, Cruise confessed he believes the role of Tony Stark was perfect for Robert Downey Jr. He said,

“Not close and I love Robert Downey Jr. I can’t imagine anyone else in that role and I think it’s perfect for him.”

When it comes to allowing fans seeing him play a superhero at some point in time, the actor does not rule it out but does say the project would have to meet his standards, stating:

“It’s what’s the story? Does it interest me?”

Whether Cruise joins the MCU or DCEU remains to be seen. Meanwhile, the actor seems to enjoy playing a hero of the mission impossible kind.

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