Kaleidoscope 2016: Important Events in Entertainment (Part 2/4)

More devastating news of celebrities' sudden passing, a surprise release of a new album by a superstar and highly-publicized splits make the second part of the annual Kaleidoscope.

AceShowbiz - Moving on to the second part of AceShowbiz's Kaleidoscope, we still could not shy away from death news. Prince's overdose and the shooting of "The Voice" contestant Christina Grimmie added the number of tragic deaths this year. High-profile celebrity breakups also shocked people, as Amber Heard suddenly filed for divorce from Johnny Depp and Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris broke up after dating for more than a year.

In television, as midseason came to an end, some long-running series like "The Good Wife" and "Castle" reached their conclusions and bid farewell to viewers for good. But at least there was good news for music lovers with the surprise release of Beyonce Knowles' "Lemonade" that gained a lot of attention not only on her music career but also to her relationship with Jay-Z.


Beyonce Knowles once again surprised her fans when she released her new album "Lemonade" without prior announcement on April 23. Debuted as a one-hour movie on HBO, it's the second visual album of the R&B diva following her other surprise album, "Beyonce" (2013). While critics loved her music, others started talking about her personal life as the lyrics in the album hinted at Jay-Z's alleged infidelity.

While fans rejoiced over Beyonce's new album, just a few days prior the world lost one of the best artists in music industry. Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his studio in Minnesota on April 20. There were no signs of foul play, yet the cause of death became a mystery until the autopsy result was released, revealing that the Purple One died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl. He was 57.


All good things must come to an end and it also happens to your favorite programs. As everybody was ready to bask in the sun in summer, TV shows wrapped up the seasons, but for "The Good Wife" and "Castle", it was the final curtain call. The former ended its run after seven seasons with a series finale which became the talk of the town due to its an open ending or what fans dubbed as "unsettling" conclusion. "Castle", on the other hand, gave its main characters a happy ending, having shot multiple endings before ABC officially announced the show's cancellation.

In celebrity news, Amber Heard shocked people when she suddenly filled for divorce from Johnny Depp. Their split soon turned nasty as the "Aquaman" actress accused the actor of being "verbally and physically abusive" throughout their relationship. She received $7 million in divorce settlement, but it only caused another issue when the "Alice in Wonderland" actor refused to pay his ex-wife, because she broke the terms of their divorce settlement by writing an open letter about domestic violence.


Christina Grimmie had been relatively under the radar since she completed her stint on "The Voice" season 6, but she grabbed the headlines in one night for a reason no one would've wished for. The 22-year-old was shot after her concert performance in Orlando, Florida on June 10 and was later pronounced dead of gunshot wounds. The attacker, Kevin James Loibl, shot and killed himself after tackled by her brother at the scene. Later in the same month, "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin's life ended in a tragic way, after he was pinned against his own car. He was only 27.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's love life once again became the target of media scrutiny when it was reported that she had called it quits with Calvin Harris, after dating more than a year. They initially had an amicable split, until Taylor was spotted kissing Tom Hiddleston just a few weeks later. Another celebrity couple, Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama, ended their longtime relationship.

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