Pop icon Lady Gaga gave a bizarre display of her dressing style in Hong Kong when she wore a dress made of purple hair. Gaga began her Born This Way Ball world tour from South Korea and reached Hong Kong for her next stop. Known for her over the top style she came out in an outfit which looked pretty outlandish. Coupled with white platform boots, white gloves and a white hat this dress made her look like a hairy ape . The pop star`s most controversial dress was made of raw beef, which she wore for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
Gaga`s tour began the previous night in South Korea and only those who are 18 or older can attend the events. The `Bad Romance` singer will perform 110 shows worldwide. She will perform in Hong Kong on May 2 and in Tokyo and Singapore on May 10 and May 28 respectively.
Washington: (ANI) A photograph of Madonna posing naked on a bed while smoking a cigarette is going up for sale. The provocative image was shot by fashion photographer Steven Meisel but was never included in her controversial 1992 book ‘Sex’.
The 1990 photograph is expected to fetch over 10,000 dollars when it goes under the hammer at Bonhams in New York next month. The ‘Frozen’ hitmaker, who would have been around 32 years old when the photo was taken, is featured sporting bleach-blonde hair and dark eye make-up, Fox News reported.
A strategically placed bed sheet saves the shot from indecency as the singer sprawls out naked on her mattress. She stares seductively at the camera as she places a lit cigarette into her mouth with a pair of manicured fingertips.
Her tome ‘Sex’ contained a series of sexually provocative and explicit images, all captured by Meisel. Despite a poor critical reception, 1.5 million copies of the book were sold in a matter of days.
It coincided with the release of her equally raunchy fifth studio album ‘Erotica’.
New Delhi: `Kolaveri Di` Monday crossed 50 million hits on YouTube, revealing that music lovers have yet to get over southern superstar Dhanush`s unusual song.
Till Monday afternoon, 50,086,633 hits were recorded. Thanks to its peppy, catchy tune and bilingual lyrics, the song went viral when it was launched on the internet Nov 16 and got more than a million hits within a day of its release.
Dhanush, who is Tamil matinee idol Rajinikanth`s son-in-law, penned the lyrics in English and Tamil and even sung it. Composed by 21-year-old Anirudh Ravichander, the song is a part of Dhanush`s forthcoming movie “3”, which is his wife Aishwarya Rajinijanth`s directorial debut.
Dhanush also composed a Sachin Tendulkar anthem. “Kolaveri Di” means murderous rage. The popularity of the song led to the creation of a number of imitations and parodies in various languages around the world depicting different types of situations.
Washington: (Reuters) Late singer Whitney Houston’s manager and sister-in-law Patricia Houston has opened up publicly for the first time since the singer’s sudden death last month, saying she was “looking for love in all the wrong places” in the days ahead of her death.
“I saw her chasing a dream, you know, looking for love in all the wrong places,” Patricia Houston told television talk show host Oprah Winfrey, according to transcripts from an interview that will air on the OWN network on Sunday, March 11.
Houston also spoke of her concerns over the late singer’s changing lifestyle in the weeks running up to her death.”Things were really changing with her. Very much so. It wasn’t about substance abuse or anything like that … it was just more of a lifestyle. I was afraid for other things,” she said, but did not elaborate.
The I Will Always Love You singer, whose powerful voice fueled her rise to global fame in the 1980s, was found underwater in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel on February 11, the eve of this year’s Grammy awards. She was 48.
The cause of her death is still undetermined, pending toxicology tests. Houston had a long history of alcohol and drug addiction. She entered rehab as recently as May 2011 to aid her recovery process. Her manager told Winfrey that the possibility of Houston’s addictions leading to her death was very real.
“The handwriting was kind of on the wall. I would be kidding myself to say otherwise,” said Patricia Houston. The late singer’s family have remained generally quiet in the media since the singer’s death, opting not to speak publicly after her funeral on Feb 18.
Along with Patricia Houston, Winfrey’s interviews with Houston’s 19-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and brother Gary will also air on Sunday in a special episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter on the OWN Network.
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US President Barack Obama has presented an honour to acting legend Al Pacino for his contribution to American culture.
Obama hailed the 71-year-old Oscar winner’s “intensity” as he decorated him with the National Medal of Arts at a White House ceremony, reports thesun.co.uk. “Mr Pacino is an enduring and iconic figure,” said Obama of “The Godfather” star.
Pacino, whose career of over 50 years includes three “Godfather” films, was among 17 artists and scholars honoured. For those who haven’t seen his acting potential we bring a clip from the movie ‘Scent of a Woman’
London: (ANI) Some of Whitney Houston’s friends, including gay rights activist Peter Tatchell have said that the singer took to drugs and drinks because she was hiding her true sexuality. Tatchell even insisted her marriage to Bobby Brown was a smokescreen, and that she was “only really happy” in the 1980s when she was with a “lesbian partner”.
“It’s important to tell the truth about this aspect of her life,” the Daily Star quoted him as saying. Although the Britain-based Tatchell didn’t say who the partner was, other sources said it was her ex-assistant Robyn Crawford. Crawford wrote a Valentine’s-themed tribute to Houston hours after she died, saying she could not believe she would never again see her “peachy skin”, feel her hugs or hear her laughter.
Tatchell’s claims were backed by accounts from Houston’s sister-in-law and her ex-bodyguard Kevin Ammons. Even her former husband has hinted their marriage was a cover-up for her desire for women. “Whitney was happiest and at her peak in the 1980s when she was with her female partner,” Tatchell said.
“They were so loved up and joyful together. Perhaps her inability to accept and express her same-sex love contributed to her substance abuse and decline,” he added. His comments sparked a storm of outrage from Whitney fans who branded him a “racist f***” and slammed him for taking a “cheap shot” by “outing” a dead woman, but he stood his ground.
“Colluding with the cover-up of her same-sex relationship is not right. “She was pressured into the Bobby Brown marriage. It was a disaster. Her life started going downhill soon afterwards,” he said. The campaigner also praised the star for her work supporting HIV sufferers after he met her at a 1991 gay rights rally in London.
Houston’s closest relatives said they also believed she was gay. Bobby Brown’s sister, Tina Brown, told how Houston had wild sex sessions with women while out of her mind on crack cocaine. “I saw her with a woman a couple of times,” she said. She said the singer’s drug habit made her even crazier than usual for sex with girls.
Bobby, 43, wrote in his biography that he was convinced she had a “different agenda”. “The marriage was doomed from the beginning,” he wrote. His comments have been taken to be a reference to Houston using the marriage to stop rumours she had lesbian lovers. Ammons said in his book that the diva had a relationship with her assistant Crawford. According to him, Crawford slapped Houston when she saw her flirting with men and was furious when she vowed to marry Brown.
He also claimed she paid off ex-publicist Regina Brown to keep quiet about her affair with Crawford. The former assistant’s tribute to Houston was published in a US magazine on Sunday barely a day after the 48-year-old’s body was found in a bath at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. She had taken a cocktail of drugs and booze.
“I first met Whitney when I was 16 and knew right away she was special,” she said. “Whitney was modelling and had peachy-coloured skin and didn’t look like anyone I’d ever met in New Jersey. “I can’t believe that I’m never going to hug her or hear her laughter again,” she added. However, Houston had herself spoken out against the lesbian rumours in 2000. “I am a mother, not a lesbian. I am not gay,” she had said.
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Noted urdu poet and Jnanpith awardee Akhlaq Mohammed Khan, who shot to fame for penning ghazals in Bollywood classics like Umrao Jaan, passed away on Wednesday after a protracted illness. He was 76.
The poet, better known by his pseudonym Shahryar, is survived by his two sons and a daughter. Khan, who also won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1987, was one of the most celebrated writers of ghazals and nazm in Urdu language.
Born in Aonla town in Bareilly district on June 19, 1936, Khan pursued his higher education at Aligarh Muslim University, before obtaining a PhD and joining the university’s faculty in 1966.
He retired as chairman of the university’s Urdu department in 1996.
Khan drew national fame as a lyricist for the words he penned in films like Gaman, Umrao Jaan and Anjuman.
According to a spokesperson of AMU, the poet will be laid to rest at the University’s graveyard on Tuesday afternoon.
The 54th Grammy awards were held in Los Angeles last night. An award show wouldn’t be an award show without dull, inarticulate speeches, bad jokes, worse fashions and snarky fashion commentary, but this year a gloomy cloud settled over the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles: the untimely death of pop singer Whitney Houston, who was found dead in a hotel room on Saturday afternoon at age 48.
In addition to performances by Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay, Chris Brown, Deadmau5, the Beach Boys and Adele (the evening’s big winner, taking home six awards), singer Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to the late diva.
Los Angeles: (IANS) Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra walked down the red carpet at the Grammy Awards in a gown created by designer duo Gauri-Nainika. The 29-year-old flew to Los Angeles from Berlin Sunday night to attend the function where biggest names from the music industry came.
“Ok guys!! Grammy time! Just landed into LA.. options of gowns.. Indian designer or western..?Hmmm..I`m biased towards wearing Indian talent..(sic),” Priyanka posted on twitter Monday morning. “A special behind the scenes pic only for you. On my way to the Grammy. In a Gauri and Nainika original! What say guys?,” she tweeted.
Soul singer Adele triumphed over Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga to win the Album of the Year award for her chart-topping “21” and five other trophies at the 54th Grammy awards. “Mom, gold is good!” Adele shouted as she took the album of the year trophy. Adele underwent a vocal surgery in November last year but made a grand return to the music scene with her multiple win.
The singer’s six wins also included record and song of the year for “Rolling in the Deep”. The only other singer to win six trophies in one night is Beyonce, who set the record two years ago.The 23-year-old artist won trophies in all the six categories she was nominated for, making a clean sweep at the mega music awards here, which mourned the death of Whitney Houston.
In the most poignant moment of the award night, singer Jennifer Hudson paid a musical tribute to her idol by singing Houston’s signature songs, “I Will Always Love You”, ending it with “Whitney, we will always love you.”
The night’s other big winners were Grohl’s Foo Fighters, who won five Grammys including the best rock performance for “Walk” and best rock album for “Wasting Light.”
Singer Tony Bennett received the Grammy for best pop performance by a duo or group for his duet with late Amy Winehouse on “Body and Soul. He was joined on stage by the singer’s parents. Country darling Taylor Swift won Grammys for best country song and best country solo performance for “Mean”, a song about the people who were mean to her.
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