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George Michael beats Kylie Minogue in British album chart battle LONDON: Singer George Michael racked up his seventh British number one album on Sunday as "Symphonica" took top spot in the charts, beating off competition from Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue, the Official Charts Company said.Michael's first new album in nearly 10 years outsold Minogue's "Kiss Me Once" by 20,000 copies in a battle between two artists with a record of British chart success stretching back to the 1980s.Last week's number one album, Elbow's "The Take Off And Landing of Everything", drifted to fifth place, while Paloma Faith's "A Perfect Contradiction" fell to fourth from second. Pharrell Williams's "G I R L" held its place at number three.Duke Dumot and Jax Jones claimed top spot in the singles chart with their newly released dance track "I Got U". Route 94's "My Love" clung onto second spot while John Legend rose three places to number three with "All Of Me".Pharrell Williams's ...

'Divergent' teen warriors defeat 'Muppets' at box office LOS ANGELES: Futuristic thriller "Divergent", the story of a society that divides people based on personality traits, dominated weekend movie charts with $56 million in US and Canadian ticket sales, according to estimates released on Sunday. Walt Disney Co family comedy "Muppets Most Wanted" finished in second place, nabbing $16.5 million from Friday through Sunday, research firm Rentrak said. Animated "Mr. Peabody & Sherman", produced by Dreamworks Animation Inc, took the No. 3 slot with ...

Fast-paced 'parkour' offers outlet for Iranian girls TEHRAN: In a Tehran park, a group of young women brave sneering men and shocked looks as they perform flips, mid-air somersaults and bound from pillar to pillar in a surprising sight in a conservative country.The group has discovered parkour, the fast-moving sport blending acrobatics and gymnastics that has become their outlet for evading social constraints and dealing with stress."As a woman, it's a bit complicated," concedes their teacher Maryam Sedighian Rad, a 28-year-old who ...

Ranveer and Deepika to romance again in 'Shuddhi' According to the Indian Express Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have been finalized for Karan Johar’s most talked about film ‘Shuddhi’. The two will be re-uniting for the second time after last sharing screen space in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Ram Leela’. Director Karan Malhotra and KJo have yet to discuss details about the role with Ranveer, who is currently in Delhi for the shoot of his upcoming film ‘Kill Dill’. The film initially featured Hrithik ...

Akshay Kumar bashes fans for "distasteful" jokes on flight MH370 According to Indian Express Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar says those people should be ashamed of themselves who are making fun of missing Malaysian Airlines. The 46-year-old actor said in a response to jokes being posted on social media platforms regarding the ongoing investigation over the missing plane, which disappeared two weeks ago. Kumar took to twitter urging fans to show some “humanity” regarding the issue.“Since the past couple of days seeing some distasteful jokes about ...

Rohit Shetty: I'll shoot 'Bad Boys' featuring Shah Rukh and Salman According to the Press Trust of India Bollywood director Rohit Shetty said he will make a Hindi version of Hollywood film ‘Bad Boys’ if he ever gets stranded on an Island with Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. The ‘Chennai Express’ director said this in response to a question from director Karan Johar in the rapid fire round on his popular talk show ‘Koffee with Karan’. When asked what he’ll do if he is stuck ...

Alia Bhatt to collaborate with LMFAO rapper Redfoo According to the Times of India Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, who sang a song in her recent film ‘Highway’, may team up with American rapper Stefan Kendal Gordy for a possible joint venture. Gordy, better known by his stage name Redfoo, is currently in India on a tour with his band 'LMFAO' partner SkyBlu.The 21-year-old actress will reportedly be meeting the rapper in a five star hotel in Mumbai to discuss if the two can ...


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