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Monday, May 20, 2019

Hot This Week: May 20

Movies 
  1. What Men Want (Blu-ray)
  2. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Serenity (Blu-ray)
  4. Glass (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Miss Bala (Blu-ray)
  6. The Prodigy (Blu-ray)
  7. The Mule (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Escape Room (Blu-ray)
  9. Aquaman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Bumblebee (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Khalid, Free Spirit
  4. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  5. P!nk, Hurts 2B Human
  6. ScHoolboy Q, CrasH Talk
  7. BTS, Map of the Soul: Persona
  8. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  9. Juice WRLD, Death Race for Love
  10. Drake, Scorpion
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The 18th Abduction, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  3. Blessing in Disguise, Danielle Steel
  4. Redemption, David Baldacci
  5. Sunset Beach, Mary Kay Andrews
  6. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs
  7. The Road Home, Richard Paul Evans
  8. The Big Kahuna, Janet and Peter Evanovich
  9. Neon Prey, John Sandford
  10. The Guest Book, Sarah Blake
Non-Fiction
  1. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  5. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  6. Furious Hours, Casey Cep
  7. Lake of the Ozarks, Bill Geist
  8. Every Tool's a Hammer, Adam Savage
  9. Life Will Be the Death of Me, Chelsea Handler
  10. Nanaville, Anna Quindlen

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Avengers: Endgame Crushes Box Office Records

Written by Jon Williams

Eleven years and twenty-two movies in, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is stronger than ever. In its first weekend of release, the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame set a record with over $356 million made at the box office. That’s nearly $100 million more than the previous record holder for opening weekend box office gross—last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, which this movie follows on from. And with the entire weekend box office totaling $392 million, Endgame enjoyed a staggering 90% market share.1 (It’s also worth noting that the weekend’s second place movie was also from Marvel—Captain Marvel, adding $8 million to its current $414 million total in its eighth weekend of release.)

The numbers are even more astounding on a global scale. Endgame brought in over $1.2 billion around the globe. Fewer than 40 movies have made over a billion dollars in the entirety of their theatrical runs, and Endgame did it in just one weekend.2 Infinity War was the previous record holder in this regard as well; it took 11 days to cross the billion dollar-mark.3

Ticket sales for Endgame are likely to remain strong for the foreseeable future, as those who weren’t able to secure tickets for opening weekend look to see it for the first time and as die-hard Marvel fans return for repeat viewings. With that being the case, more box office records are sure to fall, with all-time marks in its sights. Topping the $937 million domestic record of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the $2.8 billion global record of Avatar will be a tall order, but both are certainly within the realm of possibility.

These films are popular with library patrons as well as moviegoers. Use the links above to pre-order Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel and get them on your shelves as soon as they are available, and SmartBrowse on our website to find other entries in the ever-popular MCU.


Monday, April 29, 2019

Hot This Week: April 29

We wind down the month of April with three new movies on the list, led by the conclusion to M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable trilogy. The K-pop sensation BTS skyrockets to the top of the music chart with their latest release. In fiction, David Baldacci bumps Delia Owens to take over the top spot, while in non-fiction, while a new book from New York Times columnist David Brooks wins the week.

Movies 
  1. Glass (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. The Mule (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Holmes & Watson (Blu-ray)
  4. Replicas (Blu-ray)
  5. Bumblebee (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Aquaman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. A Dog's Way Home (Blu-ray)
  8. The Kid Who Would Be King (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Second Act (Blu-ray)
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. BTS, Map of the Soul: Persona
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Khalid, Free Spirit
  4. Andersoon .Paak, Ventura
  5. Nipsey Hussle, Victory Lap
  6. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  7. Juice WRLD, Death Race for Love
  8. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  9. Drake, Scorpion 
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
Fiction
  1. Redemption, David Baldacci
  2. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  3. Lost Roses, Martha Hall Kelly
  4. Star Wars: Master & Apprentice, Claudia Gray
  5. Someone Knows, Lisa Scottoline
  6. Run Away, Harlan Coben
  7. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  8. Celtic Empire, Clive and Dirk Cussler
  9. The Cornwalls Are Gone, James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
  10. Miracle at St. Andrews, James Patterson and Peter de Jonge
Non-Fiction
  1. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. Life Will Be the Death of Me, Chelsea Handler
  5. Shortest Way Home, Pete Buttigieg
  6. The Matriarch, Susan Page
  7. Lessons from Lucy, Dave Barry
  8. The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro
  9. Falter, Bill McKibben
  10. Commander in Cheat, Rick Reilly

Friday, April 26, 2019

New Music on the Horizon from Taylor Swift

Written by Jon Williams

Taylor Swift has had social media buzzing lately. Starting on April 13, each day she posted a cryptic photo to her Twitter and Instagram accounts with the caption “4.26.” It culminated on Thursday with the unveiling of a butterfly mural by artist Kelsey Montague at Nashville’s famed Gulch neighborhood, and the wait ended at midnight with the release of her new video and single, “Me!” Full details on her forthcoming seventh album haven’t yet been announced, but she has assured fans that it will be releasing soon.

Swift is hardly a stranger to buzz, as she’s been a sensation for most of her life. Developing a passion for music at a young age, she signed her first record deal when she was just fourteen years old. After developing her songwriting voice and her musical chops, she burst onto the country music scene in 2006 with her self-titled debut album at the age of sixteen. While it never made to the top of the U.S. album charts (it peaked at #5), its staying power made it the longest-charting album of the 2000s, and it has been certified 7X platinum. She followed that up in 2008 with Fearless, a diamond-selling monster hit that won two Grammy Awards (including Album of the Year) and made her a bona fide star. Then two years later, in 2010, came Speak Now, which sold more than a million copies in its first week alone and has since gone platinum six times over.

Through her first three albums, Swift’s sound was primarily country, with more and more pop sensibility being added on each disc. That pop sound came even more into the forefront on 2012’s Red, another multiplatinum-selling success. She left the country sound behind altogether on her fifth album, 1989, and was rewarded with a 9X platinum smash hit that gave her a second Album of the Year Grammy and which was covered in its entirety by Ryan Adams. She gave her pop sound a darker edge on 2017’s Reputation, which is her most recent album release leading into her much-anticipated seventh. If the candy-colored video and bright tones of “Me!” are any indication, the tone of her upcoming album will be a 180-degree departure from Reputation.

As if her stellar music career weren’t enough, Swift has also dabbled in the acting side of the entertainment industry. She started with a role in a 2009 episode of CSI, and made her feature film debut as part of the ensemble cast of 2010’s Valentine’s Day. In 2012 she voiced the character of Audrey in the animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. She returned to TV for an episode of New Girl in 2013, and appeared in the 2014 adaptation of the beloved YA novel The Giver. She has taken a break since then, but will be starring alongside such names as Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, and Ian McKellen in the upcoming movie version of Cats, coming to theaters this December.

Taylor Swift’s new album will be one of the biggest music releases of the year. Your patrons will be looking for it as soon as it is released, and her back catalog will be in demand as well. Stay tuned for more information on the album as it becomes available, and SmartBrowse her name on our website for live albums, karaoke and lullaby discs, bio videos, and more. Also, make sure to let your patrons know that her music and plenty of other content is available for checkout from hoopla digital, all with no waiting or late fees!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Hot This Week: April 22

New titles about on this week's hot list, beginning with movies, which is topped by Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly's comedic take on Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson. In music, Khalid's new album tops the chart, with new offerings from pop songstress Sara Bareilles and country superstars Brooks & Dunn also making their debuts. Delia Owens holds onto the coveted top spot in audiobook fiction, but five new novels are scattered throughout the rest of the list. And in non-fiction, a new book from comedian Chelsea Handler lands at #1.

Movies 
  1. Holmes & Watson (Blu-ray)
  2. The Mule (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Bumblebee (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Aquaman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. A Dog's Way Home (Blu-ray)
  6. Welcome to Marwen (Blu-ray)
  7. Second Act (Blu-ray)
  8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Mary Poppins Returns (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Instant Family (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Khalid, Free Spirit
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Nipsey Hussle, Victory Lap
  4. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  5. Juice WRLD, Death Race for Love
  6. Sara Bareilles, Amidst the Chaos
  7. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  8. Brooks & Dunn, Reboot
  9. Drake, Scorpion 
  10. Luke Combs, This One's for You
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Someone Knows, Lisa Scottoline
  3. Lost Roses, Martha Hall Kelly
  4. The Cornwalls Are Gone, James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
  5. Two Weeks, Karen Kingsbury
  6. Run Away, Harlan Coben
  7. The Tale Teller, Anne Hillerman
  8. Celtic Empire, Clive and Dirk Cussler
  9. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  10. Metropolis, Philip Kerr
Non-Fiction
  1. Life Will Be the Death of Me, Chelsea Handler
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. The Matriarch, Susan Page
  5. The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro
  6. Commander in Cheat, Rick Reilly
  7. American Moonshot, Douglas Brinkley
  8. Ladies Who Punch, Ramin Setoodeh
  9. Accidental Presidents, Jared Cohen
  10. Doing Justice, Preet Bharara