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Justin Bieber becomes youngest artist with five No. 1 albums   LOS ANGELES: Canadian pop star Justin Bieber became the youngest artist to land five chart-topping albums in the United States on Wednesday when his latest record, "Believe Acoustic," debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart.   "Believe Acoustic," which features stripped down versions of Bieber's songs from his fourth No. 1 album, "Believe," released last June, as well as three new songs, sold 211,000 copies in its first week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Copyright Reuters, 2013

Sony to announce launch of new PlayStation TOKYO: Sony will this month announce the late 2013 launch of its latest PlayStation console, Japanese media said Thursday, as is looks to its games business in a bid to repair its tattered finances.   The much-anticipated announcement will come at a "PlayStation Meeting" set for February 20 in New York, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper and Kyodo news agency reported. Sony declined comment on the reports.   The firm last week sent out invitations to a mystery event in ...

Wong Kar Wai martial arts epic opens 63rd Berlinale           BERLIN: The 63rd Berlin film festival opens Thursday with a gala screening of Chinese director Wong Kar Wai's martial arts epic about the mentor of kung fu superstar Bruce Lee.   Wong, who is also leading the Berlinale's jury this year, is using the event as a launch pad for the worldwide release of "The Grandmaster", which has opened in China to rave reviews and a box office bonanza.   The film, whose original two-hours-plus length has been chopped ...

US singer back in court for alleged sentence breach           LOS ANGELES: A judge ordered a probation report Wednesday into allegations that US singer Chris Brown has breached the terms of a sentence imposed for his notorious 2009 assault on then girlfriend Rihanna.   Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Brandlin said Brown must appear in court again on April 5, and ordered him to contact his probation officer within 48 hours, following the prosecution allegations this week.   The R&B singer was sentenced to five years of probation, ...

Easy Riders most at risk from accidents PARIS: Heading for retirement age and itching to buy that motorbike you always promised yourself?   A study, published on Thursday in the specialist journal Injury Prevention, may prompt would-be petrolheads to think again.   Older riders involved in a crash are up to three times likelier than younger bikers to suffer severe injuries, it says.   Researchers delved into a US national database for figures of motorcycle collisions between 2001 and 2008, involving people aged over 20, which required admission ...

Canadians create OTTAWA: A trio of Canadians claimed Wednesday to have invented the world's most energy-efficient bulb: a 12-watt LED light that shines as bright as a 100-watt incandescent one.   Product developer Gimmy Chu told AFP the NanoLight design consists of a circuit board dotted with LED lights and folded into the shape of a bulb that plugs into a regular light fixture.   "We needed the light to shine in all directions to mimic a traditional incandescent light bulb," ...

Apple sells 25 billionth song at iTunes store SAN FRANCISCO: Apple on Wednesday announced that the number of digital songs downloaded from its iTunes Store has topped 25 billion.   The 25 billionth song bought from the online shop was a "Monkey Drums" remix by Chase Buch.   Apple said that it was bought by a German man who will be getting a 10,000 euro iTunes gift card to celebrate the occasion.   "We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has ...


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