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Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesFollowing last year's award-winning Indigo album, Chris Brown has announced the title of his tenth studio album, Breezy. The title comes from the singer's nickname and his loyal fanbase, Team Breezy.

Since making the massive announcement on social media, fans have been anticipating just how many songs will be on the album to follow his collaborative mixtape with Young Thug, Slime & B.

"I'm just so happy that we all agree and are all praying that Chris Brown ONLY gives us around 15 songs on this new album," a fan tweeted. "I was so overwhelmed by the last two albums I couldn't even get into it."

Another said, "I think Chris Brown is going to drop Breezy on Aeko's birthday. Remember this tweet." If they're right, then that means Breezy will likely drop on November 20, on his son's first birthday.

It's unclear if the album will be released this year or next. With no release date, track list, or creative cover art yet, fans are free to speculate.

Earlier this year, Chris Brown jumped on T-Pain's "Wake Up Dead" and shot the music video for "Put in Work" with Jacquees. Last month, he took home the award for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist at the virtual 2020 BET Awards. 

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Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesJada Pinkett-Smith followed through with her promise to bring herself to her Red Table Talk to address recent claims that she had an affair with R&B singer August Alsina. 

"I felt like it was important to come to the table to really clear the air," Jada explained. "Somebody made a statement for me, that wasn’t a statement I made, that went cray-cray."

On Friday, the Girls Trip actress joined husband Will Smith for a cringeworthy Red Table Talk episode, where she revealed she was in fact in a "relationship" with August about four and a half years ago. 

August Alsina stirred up a bit of controversy last month when he claimed in an interview Will gave him his "blessing" to be romantically involved with Jada.

The couple admitted they were going through a "difficult time," and had "broken up" at the time, "to figure out how to make themselves happy."

Jada reluctantly admitted to being in a "relationship" with August, though she described it as a "personal journey that became very public for whatever reason." Will joked, "It ain't nobody's business, but now, Black Twitter has claimed it as their business."

Jada said initially the relationship was about August "needing some help, me wanting to help his health, his mental state," but somewhere things led to a "different kind of entanglement." 

"I was in a lot of pain, I was very broken," Jada explained. "In the process of that relationship, I definitely realized, you can’t find happiness outside of yourself. I would definitely say that we did everything that we could to get away from each other, only to realize that wasn't possible."

Will and Smith married in 1997 and have two children together, Jaden and Willow.

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Joshua HydeThe men of R&B are winning today and dropping new music.

R&B's tag-team dvsn just shared a new "Chop Not Slop" version of their latest album, A Muse In Her Feelings. The Toronto duo -- singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85 -- kept to the longtime tradition of Houston's OG Ron C & the Chopstars, who also chopped and screwed Solange's 2019 album When I Get Home.

"We just wanted you deeper in your feelings for the summer," the duo wrote on Instagram earlier today. The album was initially released earlier this year with features from FuturePARTYNEXTDOORPopcaanBuju Banton, Summer Walker, Jessie Reyez and Ty Dolla $ign, and visuals for "No Cryin," "A Muse" and "Between Us," featuring Snoh Aalegra.

Fellow Canadian and producer Kaytranada teamed up singer Lucky Daye for the soulful single "Look Easy." This marks his first release since his surprise album Bubba from late last year. The bass-heavy track features Kaytranda's signature synth, with Daye's soothing vocals as a backdrop. 

Long Beach native Giveon shared an acoustic version of his song "Vanish," paired with an accompanying video. The astonishing singer shocks listeners with his compelling voice, as he appears to reconcile with his lovely lady, but she's unbothered. The original version of "Vanish" appeared on his debut EP Take Time, which was released in late Match. 

Emerging artist Ryan Trey also dropped his new single and video for "Rollin," as a strong follow up to last year's "Nowhere to Run" featuring Bryson Tiller. The Interscope signee goes back and forth on the infectious single about an on-again-off-again relationship.

As the first artist off Neil Dominique’s #JUSTAREGULARDAY label, Trey won fans over with his 2018 debut project August, receiving co-signs from DJ KhaledLeBron James and more. 

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Courtesy of StarzAfter the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the production of the highly anticipated Power spinoff, Powerbook II: Ghost, Starz has finally announced a new premiere date.

On Friday, Starz revealed that they will launch the new series in September, some three months after its scheduled premiere date in June.

Power creator Courtney Kemp shared the news on social media, writing that the "wait is over."

"Power Book II: Ghost premieres this September," she wrote, captioning the show's official poster. "Tune in for an exclusive teaser this Sunday on the @Starz App. #PowerBook2 #PowerNeverEnds."

The Power spinoff will pick up where the original series left off.  It will follow Ghost's son, Tariq St. Patrick, as he "grapples with a new world order: his father dead and his mother, Tasha, facing charges for the murder her son committed."

In additional to the original cast of Michael Rainey Jr.and Naturi Naughton, the series will also star a bunch of new faces including Oscar-nominee Mary J. Blige, Method Man, Gianni Paolo, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Daniel Bellomy, Paige Hurd, Melanie Liburd, Justin Marcel McManus, Woody McClain, Lovell Adams-Gray, and LaToya Tonodeo.

For those who have yet to catch the original series, Starz is airing a Power season six marathon starting on Saturday, July 11 at 9:24 AM ET.

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Sony Music/RCA RecordsKane Brown’s newest single is a fun, bouncy collaboration with two musical friends. Pop and R&B star Khalid and rapper Swae Lee offer their voices to the tune "Be Like That," which is all about shrugging off the ups and downs of a tumultuous, but ultimately addictive, love story.

“I might be better on my own / I hate you blowing up my phone / I wish I never met your a** / Sometimes it be like that,” Kane sings in the chorus, before admitting that despite all the drama, he still can’t let go.

“I’m not myself the nights you’re gone / There ain’t no way I’m moving on / I’m not afraid to need you bad / Sometimes it be like that,” he continues.

All three artists had a hand in penning the tune, the melody of which is just as intoxicating as the relationship in the song.

“It’s about all the different feelings you can have in a relationship,” Kane explains of his new tune. “And trying not to overthink it. When it gets tough, you want to be on your own, but then you miss the person a second later. I think it’s something everyone goes through.”

“Be Like That” follows Kane’s latest release, the poignant and powerful “Worldwide Beautiful.”

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Tyler Perry may be officially hanging up his Madea wig, but the outspoken grandma will apparently live on, thanks to BET .

BET has announced they'll stream Madea's Farewell Play starting August 27 on BET . The production is Perry's final stage run as Madea, a character that was instrumental in launching the director's career in film and television.

"Tyler Perry’s Madea burst onto the scene and entered our hearts over 20 years ago, and we are honored to share this final stage performance with BET subscribers,” said BET general manager Devin Griffin in a statement. "Now, more than ever, is the time to celebrate family and unity and Tyler Perry's Madea's Farewell Play does just that."

In addition to Perry, Madea's Farewell Play features Cassi Davis, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Kwaylon Rogers, Alexis Hollins, Anthony Lewis, Jacobi Brown, Ashlee B. Gillum, Walter Fauntleroy, RaVaughn Brown, and Kendrick Mays. It follows Madea as a gun-toting gradma who attempts to "fix" her family's chaotic life during her great-grandson's law school graduation.

Directed, written and executive-produced by Perry, Madea's Farewell Play was filmed during its farewell tour earlier in the year.

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Interscope RecordsFans are reveling in their feelings after Summer Walker's new EP, Life on Earth, dropped Thursday night featuring NO1-NOAH and PARTNEXTDOOR on "My Affection." 

The R&B songstress dropped a five-song project to make us cry and dance at the same time. Even President Donald Trump apparently liked a tweet that suggested her EP is "bringing the stripper back."

The tweet in question declared, "Summer Walker getting us in our feelings in "Let it Go," just to bring the stripper back in "SWV" instantly," referencing two songs on the EP. 

One fan wrote in response, "Donald Trump liking a tweet about Summer Walker is EP LMFAO," while another joked, "There's been a glitch in the stimulation." 

For whatever reason the Trump Twitter liked the tweet, a recent check reveals his official Twitter hasn't liked any tweets.

In celebration of Life on Earth, Summer will host a COVID-19 safe laser tag experience, sponsored by Amazon Music, for fans to play along as they listen to the EPAccording to the event's website, all players will be provided with sanitizer and custom Summer Walker masks to support "a heavily enforced healthy social distance for the entire experience."

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Def Jam RecordingsFollowing "FTP," YG makes yet another political statement with his new single, "Swag."

Sporting a red hairdo, YG brags about his "swag" in front of his red-topped Maybach while dressed in black. 

The Compton rapper faced a bit of criticism on social media after he posted the single's cover art, which features himself as former NFL star and activist Colin Kapernick with two cheerleaders behind him. YG is pictured wearing Kap's old 49ers jersey and an afro wig while kneeling, a nod to Kap's protest against racism and police brutality during the national anthem at NFL games.

The song and video is a homage to Black excellence and 90's culture with mentions of basketball star Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls-colored jerseys, airbrushed jeans and more. Uncle Snoop Dogg and fellow West Coast rapper Tyga made an appearance during the video with their natural 'fros, alongside a few dancers. 

In other news, it looks like we won't be getting another YG and Nicki Minaj collab. The Shade Room captured an interview in which YG said he won't be working with the Barb after her collab with Tekashi 6ixNine. 

YG and Nicki previously collaborated on his 2018 chart-topping single, "Big Bank," featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean

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Courtesy of StarzKatori Hall had a specific vision in mind when she created her new Starz series P-Valley: to show the world through the eyes of women.

However, to do that, Hall says she needed to make sure those behind the camera knew the importance of the "female gaze."

"When I first started interviewing people, I would ask, "What does the female gaze mean to you?," Hall tells ABC Audio. "And what I noticed was that the men didn't have an answer to the question because they never had to think about it. They never had to think about experiencing life as a woman. What you concentrate on, what you set your eyes on, what you actually have to walk through and push through."

Hall says that when she asked women the same question, they immediately "had an answer."

"The women had an answer in terms of what they feel hadn't worked in the past," she continues. "In terms of the historical representation of women, in particularly sex workers. They had already started investigating that within their own work, and they had ideas as to how they wanted to continue investigating that imagery."

After that, Hall says it was a no-brainier to hire women to direct her series. And according to the cast, it definitely made a difference.

"It felt very organic," says Nicco Annan, who plays strip club owner Uncle Clifford. "It felt different than some of the men that I've worked with... It was seamless in a lot of ways."

Co-star Elarica Johnson agrees, adding that having female directors for all eight episodes helped debunk the myth that there's "not enough female directors" out there.

"Well, there are," she says. "It's quite amazing that we managed to do that."

P-Valley airs Sunday at 9 p.m ET on Starz.

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Courtesy of THE SONO RECORDING GROUPAvant shares his ninth studio album, Can We Fall in Love.

The R&B singer wants to bring us back to the days when ballads were the cornerstone of bringing people together. "Because I think people need it," he tells ABC Audio, "I think we all need that right now. We need a sense of direction and I think, if you're not going to get it from the top spot, which is the White House. We need a sense of direction, everybody."

Avant said it was the perfect time to calm people's nerves with last month's groovy release, "Edible," though he says "Nothing Without You," is for his true fans. "This has a lot of feeling and meaning for the people," Avant continues, "And I just felt like it was the perfect time."

Since the late 1990s, he's proven to be a dynamic songwriter and producer with romantic solos and duets such as "Read Your Mind," "My First Love" featuring Keke Wyatt," and "Separated."

But Avant says Can We Fall in Love is about "all the types of relationships," starting with its opening track, "You Don't Love Me No More."

He tells ABC Audio, "It's about coming to the table and having a conversation since that conversation is not being had anymore. The meaning of the album is basically about relationships and I think people I mean, I know people are still in them or people want to be in them. So I think it's a good conversation piece." 

Can We Fall in Love by Avant is available everywhere.

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Steven Ferdman/Getty ImagesWhile Hollywood productions were on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Zendaya and John David Washington managed to secretly film their new feature Malcolm & Marie.

According to Deadline, production on the film took place between June 17 and July 2 at the Caterpillar House, an environmentally conscious ranch in California. All filming was reportedly done with various acting and directing guilds' guidelines and COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

Deadline reports that the film, which has already finished production, came about after Zendaya reached out to Euphoria creator Sam Levinson to see if he could write and direct the film during the shutdown. In less than a week, Levinson and his wife Ashley, who is also his production partner, agreed to the project, had the initial plan down and signed up to help finance the film.

Although the film's storyline is currently being kept under wraps, Deadline reports that the feature has "some echoes of Netflix’s Marriage Story, while resonating a number of social themes that the world is experiencing right now."

Zendaya shared a first look at the project on Instagram, posting a steamy image which showed her leaning over to kiss Washington.

"Malcolm & Marie," she captioned the photo.

There is no word yet on when this film will be released.

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Erica Echenberg/RedfernsIn this, his 75th birthday year, Bob Marley's universal message of "One Love" will be used to raise money for UNICEF's support of kids affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of Marley's family, as well as other still-to-be-announced musicians and artists from around the globe, are releasing a new version of the song on July 17.

All proceeds will go directly to Reimagine, UNICEF's campaign to help kids whose lives have been upended by effects of the coronavirus, such as school closings, food shortages, and disruptions to medical supply chains.

Every dollar donated by the public will be matched by the jewelry company Pandora, up to $1 million.  Among other things, the money will be used to provide hygiene kits, PPE, soap, masks and gloves to kids and their families.

In a statement, Cedella Marley says, "Over forty years ago, my father wrote One Love about unity, peace and universal love during a time when there was much trouble in the world. Even in a time when we aren’t able to get together, his message remains true today: We can get through this global crisis if we come together through one love and one heart."

In other Bob Marley news, Marley, the 2012 documentary about the reggae icon, will return to theaters and "virtual" cinemas on July 31.  It features concert footage as well as interviews with Bob, Rita, Cedella and Ziggy Marley, as well as Jimmy Cliff and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, among others.

Each ticket purchased will be entered to win a grand prize package of a Marley photo book, plus vinyl and other Marley merch. Visit Bluefoxentertainment.com for more information.

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Guy D'Alema/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedJavicia Leslie, formerly of the CBS show God Friended Me, will take over the title role in the CW series Batwoman when it returns for season two, replacing Ruby Rose, who left after the show's first season.

Leslie will become the first Black actress to play Batwoman in a live-action TV or film production.

"I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television, and as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ community," said Leslie in statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

Leslie's character, Ryan Wilder, is described by the network as "likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the Batsuit before her. With no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits."

“Today Ryan lives in her van with her plant.  A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat and could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian.  Athletic. Raw.  Passionate.  Fallible.  And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero."

Rose, who broke ground by playing television's first on screen lesbian superhero, shocked people back in May with her announcement that she was leaving the series after just one season.

Soon after the announcement on Wednesday, Rose took to Instagram to praise the casting, writing in part, "This is amazing!! I'm so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman."

Batwoman is scheduled to return in early 2021.

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The Los Angeles Police Department has reportedly arrested five individuals in connection with the February home invasion murder of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke.

On Thursday, police shared an update on Pop's investigation, tweeting, "LAPD Detectives have arrested three adult males & two juvenile males related to the Feb 19th murder of Bashar Jackson, a New York-based rapper known as Pop Smoke. We will provide further details as they become available." 

The 20-year-old burgeoning rapper, born Bashar Barakah Jackson, was fatally shot and killed during a home invasion at his Hollywood Hills home on February 19. Initially, police did not believe his death was connected to a robbery since the home where the shooting took place was owned by Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp.

Before his sudden death, Pop Smoke released two mixtapes, 2019's Meet the Woo and its sequel Meet the Woo 2 in 2020, which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. He was heavily endorsed by New York finest including Nicki Minaj, who jumped on the remix to his breakout single "Welcome to the Party" and 50 Cent, who executive produced his posthumous debut, Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon

"Oh [snap], what was the police waiting for his album to drop too?" 50 wrote on Instagram after hearing the news from TMZ. "R.I.P Pop Smoke."

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Atlantic RecordsKehlani drops another self-directed, quarantine-style music video for "Bad News."

The black and white visual depicts Kehlani as an elegant bride wearing a white gown, as the songstress croons about a man who's afraid to commit. But she's convinced she can love a man past his pain.

The Bay Area native sings, "Take a little time from the wild out, you could slow the time down with me, babe," while posted up in an old school lowrider, holding a pistol. 

According to Kehlani, the self-directed video was shot by her and her close photographer friend Brianna Alysse and edited by both on Premiere Pro. She tweeted, "Little ole us wit the camera and desktop in the garage. I can't wait to look back at this time in 10 years."

"Y'all gotta understand.. the first video off the album was some wine drunk [stuff] on iMovie at 12 p.m.," she tweeted.

"Bad News" is the fifth video from her latest album, It Was Good Until It Wasn't. Before the project's release, Kehlani released three quarantine style music videos for her singles "Toxic," "Everybody Business," and "F&MU" and her most recent video for "Open (Passionate)."

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HBODue to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced this year's induction ceremony has been replaced with an exclusive HBO special.

The live special will air on HBO and HBO Max, November 7, at 8 p.m. ET. 

The Notorious B.I.G. is the only rapper to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year. He'll be inducted with the legendary Whitney Houston.  Other inductees include rock acts Depeche ModeNine Inch NailsThe Doobie Brothers and T-Rex, as well as famed music executives Jon Landau and Irving Azoff. Each inductee will be honored with an exhibit at the Rock Hall museum on August 14. 

Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G., had a short but impactful career before he was shot multiple times and killed in a drive-by shooting in 1997, at 24 years old. The Brooklyn rapper gained exposure after signing to Sean Diddy Combs's Bad Boy Record label. His albums, "Ready to Die" and "Life After Death," are considered two of hip-hop's most influential, leaving behind hits like "Big Poppa" and "One More Chance," and one of his best-known records, "Juicy." 

The 35th annual Rock & Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was originally scheduled to take place on May 2 in Cleveland but was postponed due to coronavirus pandemic. Those who purchased tickets via Ticketmaster will automatically be issued refunds to their accounts. Next year's 36th annual ceremony will take place in the fall as well, returning to Cleveland in 2021.

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BET Awards 2020/Getty Images via Getty ImagesThe 2020 GLAAD Media Awards are going virtual for this year's ceremony.

Grammy-nominated and Beyoncé-endorsed duo Chloe x Halle will offer a special performance at the ceremony, most likely from their famous tennis court, which plays a significant part in their viral performances. 

Other special guests include Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle UnionLena WaitheLil Nas XThe L Word: Generation Q's Brian Michael Smith, WWE's Sonya Deville, comedian Benito Skinner, and the cast and producers of the award-winning series Pose, including Angelica Ross.

The virtual event will be hosted by comedians Fortune Feimster and Gina Yashere and will be livestreamed on GLAAD's Facebook and YouTube page on Thursday, July 30, at 8 p.m. ET.

GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement, "As this year's Media Awards go virtual, we hope to send a powerful message to LGBTQ people that in the midst of this culturally and politically divisive time, our visibility and voices have never been more important."

The GLAAD awards is the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, which honors various individuals in media and entertainment for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues.

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic As the nation struggles with racial tensions in the wake of George Floyd's death and the subsequent calls to defund the police, Black actors are coming forward about the disproportionate treatment they received from law enforcement.

One such person is Will Smith, who opened up on On 1 With Angela Rye on Monday about his past brushes with Philadelphia police, which he says were unprovoked.

"I grew up under, you know, Mayor Rizzo. He went from the chief of police to becoming the mayor and he had an iron hand," the Gemini Man actor noted. "I've been called n***** by the cops in Philly on more than 10 occasions, right? I got stopped frequently."

Smith says his experiences with police are seemingly universal within the Black community. "I understand what it's like, you know, to be in those circumstances with the police, to feel like you've been occupied. It's an occupying force," he explained.

The 51-year-old also said those interactions changed how he perceived and reacted to police when he attended Catholic school as a child.

"White kids were happy when the cops showed up, and my heart always started pounding," he detailed. "There's a part of this that people who don't grow up in that you just can't comprehend. You just can't comprehend what it feels like to feel like you live in an occupied territory."

In the wake of George Floyd's death, Smith hopes that people of different races will come to understand the unique struggles of the Black community and work together to solve them.

"The entire globe has stood up and said to the African American people, 'We see you and we hear you. How can we help?'" said Smith, who says this development is profound because "we've never been there before."

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Andy Cohen BooksAfter Mariah Carey announced Wednesday that she'd completed her memoir, we now have more details on the book.

Titled The Meaning of Mariah Carey, it's now available for pre-order ahead of a September 29, 2020 release.

The singer documents her journey to success while tackling issues such as race, identity, class, childhood and family trauma. According to a press release, the book will detail Mariah’s “battles with gender and power dynamics, emotional abuse, public embarrassments, personal failures and phenomenal victories” -- all told in her own words.

"This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival and my songs," Mariah shared in a letter on social media Wednesday. "Unfiltered.  I went deep inside my childhood and gave the scared little girl inside of me a big voice. I let the abandoned and ambitious adolescent have her say, and the betrayed and triumphant woman I became tell her side."

Audible will also release an exclusive audiobook performed by Mariah, which will be interwoven with special musical components.

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Jesse Grant/Getty Images for DisneyEven though movie theaters have shuttered in the wake of COVID-19, lockdown hasn't stopped people from enjoying the movies.  For example, Jumanji: The Next Level has officially made over $800 million worldwide since opening in theaters last December.

The movie's star Dwayne Johnson celebrated the remarkable news on Wednesday and sent a heartfelt congratulations to everyone who worked on the hit sequel.

"This was a nice surprising call to get this morning. JUMANJI’s still going strong," the 48-year-old wrote.  "First of all, THANK YOU.  Secondly, I’m always grateful to see our JUMANJI having that unique, fun magic and mana for families around the [world] to enjoy."

That was when Johnson confirmed that the franchise will be turned into a trilogy, revealing, "Our entire team will work even harder to make the next JUMANJI the best one yet."

It is unknown when the third installment will start production.

Deadline confirms the latest milestone, which it hit on Tuesday.  The movie made $319.2 million domestically while, overseas, it earned an additional $480.9 million.

That follows the film notching a historic opening weekend, drawing in $59.3 million -- the biggest opening ever for a December comedy.  It also hit no. 1 in 44 markets worldwide.

Jumanji: The Next Level starred Johnson, Karen GillanKevin HartJack BlackAwkwafina and Nick Jonas.

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