Headlines: PledgeMusic Near Bankruptcy, Ugly Dolls Box Office Bomb

Katharine McPhee Celebrates Surprise Bachelorette Party Ahead of Wedding to David Foster – Katherine McPhee was surprised with a wild bachelorette party by her costars and friends on Saturday after her run in the musical Waitress in London. The actress-singer, 35, who was still dressed in her costume, came home to discover that her loved ones had planned a night out for the soon-to-be Mrs. David Foster. “Casually walked off stage to this,” she wrote along with the hashtag #katchelorette. – Read more at People

Lauren Alaina Reveals Her Biggest Music Inspirations – While backstage at the Mercedes-Benz Interview Lounge at the 2019 iHeartCountry Festival in Austin, TX, the 24-year-old singer revealed the women in music she listens to for inspiration. “Dolly Parton is my favorite of all time,” she gushed. “Everything about her I love. She’s so smart and talented.” Lauren continued, “Reba McEntire [is another one of my favorites]. I really like Maren Morris. I’m a big Alessia Cara fan. I like women in music in general, they speak to me. hashtag Women Win.” – Read more at IHeartRadio

Why ‘UglyDolls’ Wasn’t Beautiful At The B.O. With $8.5M Opening – As the old saying goes, you can make it fast, you can make it cheap, and you can make it good, but you can’t have all three. In the case of STXfilms and Alibaba’s UglyDolls, it was the first two points making for a disastrous start at the box office of $8.5M for this reported $45M-$53M net production, intended to launch the mini-major’s foray into the feature animation space. – Read more at Deadline

PledgeMusic Nearing Bankruptcy, Although Sale Talks Continue – Although an interested buyer continues to circle the troubled direct-to-fan music marketplace PledgeMusic, the company is in pre-administration — the U.K. equivalent of pre-bankruptcy — sources close to the situation confirms to Variety. While the source notes that the company is not yet in administration, it is likely if a buyer does not emerge by the end of this week. A private email from the “proposed” administrators, the U.K.-based FRP Advisory firm, leaked by Digital Music News, says the company is “seeking expressions of interest in the business and assets of the Group … ahead of an administration process.” A source close to the situation tells Variety that the email may have been leaked by someone attempting to kill the sale of PledgeMusic in order to get a cheaper deal on certain assets.- Read more at Variety

Lindsey Stirling Pays Cash for Hollywood Hills Hideaway – Although the transaction actually closed last year, it’s only now that word has finally slipped out about Lindsey Stirling’s stealthy acquisition of a plum compound in the Hollywood Hills. The 32-year-old YouTube superstar — she sports more than 11 million followers and 2.5 billion cumulative video views on the platform — paid $2.38 million in cash for the rustic-luxe L.A. property. – Read more at Variety

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