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Another No. 1 for Prince: He sells more records than any other artist in 2016

Prince, shown in a 2010 file photo, sold the most albums of any artist in 2016, according to figures from Nielsen Music. (Nousha Salimi / AP)
Nielsen Music reports that while Adele’s “25” sold the most copies both physically and digitally in 2016, and Drake’s “Views” was the most “consumed” album - which includes streaming - Prince finished as the year’s best-selling artist, as sales of his back catalog surged after his death on April 21.

‘Pippin’ a flashy, splashy stage staple

Best of Broadway's production of "Pippin" will be staged in Spokane in January. Courtesy of Best of Broadway (Courtesy of Best of Broadway)
“Pippin,” the postmodern medieval musical, has been a staple of the stage since its 1972 premiere. It was revamped for a Tony Award-winning Broadway revival in 2013, and the touring production of that new version hits the INB Performing Arts Center next week as part of the Best of Broadway series.

Not giving is a gift, too

Hi, Carolyn: Every Christmas, we host my parents and my brother’s small family. My brother’s family is kind but poor, and relies on help from family, friends and various agencies to make ends meet. When Christmas comes, they buy presents for the kids in lieu of a larger gift exchange. My parents get gifts for everyone. My husband and I buy gifts for my parents. The question that comes up every year is: What do we do for my brother and sister-in-law? They’re the only ones we’re not buying gifts for and only because we don’t want to make them feel bad because they can’t reciprocate.

Stars arrive at Reynolds, Fisher houses for reported funeral

Los Angeles police officers and private security appear outside the homes of Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher in Los Angeles Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Reynolds died Dec. 28 at the age of 84, a day after her daughter died at the age of 60. (Reed Saxon / AP)
A procession of stars arrived at the next door homes of Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher on a gloomy Thursday afternoon amid reports that a private memorial was scheduled at the compound to mourn the late actresses. Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan, Ellen Barkin and Ed Begley Jr. were among those spotted entering the property in the Coldwater Canyon area of Los Angeles.

Typhoon frontman Kyle Morton shows quieter side at the Bartlett

Kyle Morton performs Tuesday night at The Bartlett. (Courtesy photo)
The Portland folk-pop collective Typhoon is known for its live shows that sport a dozen or so musicians on stage at once. Now Kyle Morton, the band’s primary songwriter, is hitting the road for a decidedly more intimate solo acoustic show, which lands him at the Bartlett on Tuesday.

The 7: Looking forward to Shyamalan, Legos, ‘Logan’

It’s no surprise that movie studios dump their least desirable products during the first few months of the year. After all the Oscar hopefuls march through theaters, multiplexes become a wasteland. But do not despair, cinephiles. Here are 7 wide releases that we hope will brighten up big screens during these cold winter months.

Regional reds garner magazine’s Platinum status

Freddy Arredondo, a graduate of Walla Walla Community Colleges acclaimed winemaking program, is the winemaker at his familys Cave B Estate Winery in George, Wash. (Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wi / Photos by Eric Degerman Great Northwest Wine)
The 16th annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging drew 531 entries from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho. From these, 44 wines earned unanimous Double Platinum awards, and another 124 were awarded Platinum status.

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