Welcome back to #WhatsUpWednesday, your weekly recap of the latest pop culture, movie and music news. Check in every Wednesday for a weekly dose of entertainment news.
Coors Light Birds Nest
It’s finally here! The Waste Management Phoenix Open and Coors Light Birds Nest concert series are happening now. The three night event kicks off tonight and features country stars Jake Owen, Chase Rice and Chris Lane. Tomorrow stars country chart-toppers Toby Keith and the Band Perry, and on Friday, hip hop artist Flo Rida and DJ Kaskade will take the stage. On Saturday, punk rockers Blink 182 and DJ Steve Aoki will close out the event.
Pharrell Williams and Wife Helen Lasichanh Welcome Triplets
Pop star Pharrell Williams is probably best known for his smash hit single, “Happy.” But now, he has something entirely new to be happy about. Over the weekend, Williams and his wife added three new members to their family. No information on the babies’ names or sexes was released, but a representative for the couple said mom and all three babies are doing well. The couple already has an eight-year-old son named Rocket. In an interview with The Guardian in 2014, Williams called Rocket “the best song I’ve ever co-written.” Congratulations to the happy family!
Jennifer Lopez and Drake: Are They or Aren’t They Dating?
Pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez got the internet buzzing when photos of her cozying up with rap superstar Drake surfaced online. Since then, the pair has been spotted in public together on numerous occasions. Despite speculation that the two are dating, neither has publicly commented on the nature of their relationship. Drake was previously in a relationship with singer Rihanna, while Lopez dated Casper Smart for several years before calling it quits. What do you think? Are they or aren’t they?
Selena Gomez and The Weeknd are ‘Instagram Official’
While we don’t know the status of DraLo (has a nice ring to it, right?), it is evident that sparks are flying between starlet Selena Gomez and R&B artist The Weeknd. This week, Gomez shared a black and white video of The Weeknd lying in a boat on her Instagram account and captioned the post with the heart eyes emoji. The Weeknd also shared an image of Gomez on his Instagram story, showing the singer admiring a piece of art in an Italian museum. Move over Bieber, looks like Selena has found herself a new “starboy.”
Featured Movies Coming to Theaters Friday, Feb. 3
Rings: Get ready for an all-new installment in “The Ring” horror franchise. The story continues when a young woman makes a desperate play to save her boyfriend from a mysterious video tape that is said to kill viewers seven days after watching it. She ultimately makes a terrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has seen – except her.
The Space Between Us: This intergalactic love story follows 16-year-old Gardner Elliot’s journey from Mars to Earth, and the adventures he has while exploring the places he’s only read about in books. While on Earth, he falls in love with his pen pal, a young woman named Tulsa. Soon, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. The film follows the duo’s adventures as they race to discover who Gardner really is and where he is meant to be.
War on Everyone: The film follows two corrupt cops who frame, extort and blackmail criminals for a profit. Their scheming leads to a dangerous discovery that places both of their lives in jeopardy.
Albums Dropping This Week:
Several artists have brand new albums set to drop this Friday, Feb. 3, including hip hop star Big Sean and country music main stay LeAnn Rimes. View the complete list below.
- Alex Dezen – II
- Big Sean – I Decided
- Big Wreck – Grace Street
- Elbow – Little Fictions
- Fenech-Soler – ZILLA
- Homeshake – Fresh Air
- LeAnn Rimes – Remnants
- Lower Than Atlantis – Safe In Sound
- Porcelain Raft – Microclimate
- Red Love – Red Love
- Sampha – Process
- Surfer Blood – Snowdonia
- Syd – Fi
- The Menzingers – After The Party
That’s it for this week’s What’s Up Wednesday. Check back next week for more music, pop culture and entertainment news.