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    Song Of The Day                                                 Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert top ACM Awards
                                                                        LAS VEGAS: the young women of country ruled the                   before thanking fans and joking, “i don’t know who got paid
                                                                    Academy of Country Music Awards on sunday night with tay-             what. No, i’m kidding, kidding. it’s all very fair.”
                                                                    lor swift winning the prestigious entertainer of the year award            sugarland won vocal duo of the year for the second time.
                                                                    and the night’s top nominee, Miranda lambert, taking home a                the Band perry claimed the best new artist award mo-
                                                                    leading four trophies.                                                ments after singing their hit If I Die Young. it was the trio of
                                                                        swift covered her mouth with her hands, did a little dance        two brothers and one sister’s second win after taking home top
                                                                    and hugged Brad paisley and lambert on the way to the stage           new vocal duo or group before the awards. they were compet-
                                                                    after winning the fan-voted award, the only major ACM award           ing with eric Church for top new artist.
                                                                    determined by popular vote; peers and industry insiders deter-             “We believe that country music is the people’s music,”
                                                                    mine the other awards.                                                Kimberly perry said. “And it is our greatest desire to be their
                                                                        “this is the first time that i’ve ever won this and i’m just      band.”
                                                                    losing my mind,” said the 21-year-old, whose album Speak                   Zac Brown Band, up for five awards, took home vocal
                                                                    Now sold 1 million copies in its first week alone when it was         event of the year with Alan Jackson for their collaboration on
                                                                    released last fall. “the fact that this is from the fans makes it     As She’s Walking Away.
                                                                    so special.”                                                               paisley kicked off the ACMs with a little help from friends:
                                                                        lambert, 27, was also up for entertainer of the year. While       three members of the iconic group Alabama joined paisley on
                                                                    she lost that award, she was the night’s big winner. lambert’s        his new song Old Alabama, bringing the crowd at the MGM
                                                                    The House That Built Me, written by Allen shamblin and                Grand to its feet sunday night. it was one of several big collab-
                                                                    tom Douglas, won song, single record and video of the year;           orations during the show. steven tyler and Carrie underwood
                                                                    lambert shared in all of those wins. it mirrors a difficult time      rocked out to Undo It then segued to the Aerosmith classic
                                                                    in lambert’s life, but those times are over and the song has          Walk This Way.
                                                                    helped lambert’s star rise to new heights. she also won her to             James taylor, who Brown calls his greatest influence, joined
                                                                    her second straight ACM for top female vocalist.                      the singer’s band on a medley of Colder Weather and Sweet
Fahad AlSabah                                                           lady Antebellum continued its scorching run behind its            Baby Jane, and rihanna, sporting a flaming reddish-orange
Staff Writer
                                                                    breakthrough album Need You Now, finishing the night with             pixie haircut, performed her song California King Bed with
                                                                    three trophies. the trio of Hillary scott, Charles Kelley and         sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles.
Song: t
Artist: iamamiwhoami                                                Dave Haywood, who won five Grammys earlier this year, won                  “she is a wonderful performer,” Nettles told reporters lat-
Album: To Whom It May Concern - EP                                  album of the year as artist and producer, and also won top vo-        er. “Obviously, country music is hip and it’s cool and it’s fresh,
Genre: Alternative                                                  cal group for the second straight year.                               and i think her being here tonight is even more testimony to
In short: iamamiwhoami is unlike anything you’ve heard,                 lambert and lady A, who are the best of friends, celebrat-        that.”
seen, or read. the series of 10-second videos first appeared        ed on stage after lambert, winner of last year’s album of the              swift has helped that cool factor beyond measure. the
on Youtube in December of 2009, and continued throughout            year award for Revolution, announced the album winner.                singer just crossed the threshold of 20 million albums sold and
2010 sporadically. there are riddles, and references to differ-         “thank you, Miranda lambert, for winning this last year           is in the midst of a worldwide tour that’s taken her to Asia and
ent myths found in all videos that hint at the artist’s identity    and not being in the category this year,” lady A’s Charles Kel-       europe so far. she has a huge social media presence and all
or origins. the last video was uploaded over four months ago,       ley quipped.                                                          those fans helped her beat other entertainer nominees lam-           Musician Taylor Swift poses with her award for Entertainer
and there still hasn’t been an official confirmation of any-            Brad paisley claimed his fifth straight top male vocalist of      bert, paisley, Keith urban, Jason Aldean and two-time winner         of the Year in the press room at the 46th Annual Academy
thing related to the artists identity. the only official material   the year award, a win he said felt as good as his first.              toby Keith.                                                          Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden
linked to iamamiwhoami is the release of songs used in the              “this is way too many for me,” paisley told the audience               “thanks for not forgetting about me,” she said. -Ap             Arena on April 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP)
videos on itunes. it’s a wonderful experience, and one that
definitely takes the crown when it comes to viral media.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               Sheen gets cheers, not
                                                                        LOS ANGELES: Barely a few minutes into HBO’s epic
                                                                                                                                                                                                               boos in second stop on tour
The Buzz                                                            Game of Thrones series, which premieres April 17, it’s clear
                                                                    that the hype was right and the wait was worth it.                                                                                              CHICAGO: this time, Charlie sheen’s stage show
J-Lo tops                                                               Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of
                                                                    Ice and Fire by George r.r. Martin -- often referred to as
                                                                                                                                                                                                               began and ended with a standing ovation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sheen changed up the format for his 20-city road
UK singles, Adele retains album crown                               ‘the American tolkien’ -- this sprawling, interwoven tale of                                                                               show after bombing in Detroit, using a master of cer-
                                                                    feuding families, swords, sex, carnage, beasts, frayed loyal-                                                                              emonies who asked the former Two and a Half Men star
Jennifer lopez’s new entry On The Floor knocked Adele off           ties, deception, intrigue and the pursuit of power will clearly                                                                            questions during sunday night’s performance in Chica-
the top of the uK singles chart on sunday but the young Brit-       appeal to Lord of the Rings fans.                                                                                                          go. sheen ditched the rapper, the long monologue and
ish soul singer is still dominating -- and breaking records with        Game of Thrones has all the elements that also lure                                                                                    the videos that were part of the Detroit show that had
-- album sales. the Official Charts Company said Adele’s 21         viewers to shows like The Sopranos, et al. that it’s a fantasy                                                                             people leaving in droves saturday night.
and 19 albums clung to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the long-       series shouldn’t scare anyone away, because -- like Lord of                                                                                     the changes seem to have helped. Audience mem-
player chart, seeing off new entries from X Factor contes-          the Rings -- there’s a real allure to costume-dramas that pair                                                                             bers said the second performance on sheen’s My Violent
tant Mary Byrne, indie band radiohead and us diva Britney
spears. Adele, whose rendition of ballad Someone Like You           dense mythology with all of the crowd-pleasing elements of                                                                                 Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is not an Option tour wasn’t
at the 2011 Brit awards in February won over a new army             war, honor, pride, lust, power and even humor. Thrones has                                                                                 stellar, but it at least had some amusing moments. And
of fans, has been at the peak of the album charts for 10 weeks      all of those in spades and supports them with exceptional                                                                                  the crowd at the 3,600-seat Chicago theatre stayed for
-- a run of success not seen since Dire strait’s Brothers In        storytelling, strong writing, superb acting and some stunning                                                                              the entire performance and continued to cheer sheen
Arms in 1986. Her second album 21 -- the year’s best-selling        visual effects.                                                                                                                            throughout.
lp -- racked up more than 250,000 sales this week, enjoying             Writers and executive producers David Benioff and D.B.                                                                                      Mackenzie Barth, 19, said the sold-out show was
a 65 percent boost in the run-up to Mothering sunday. Some-         Weiss will certainly have their hands full dealing with die-                                                                               “weird,” but that “at least no one was booing,” referring
one LikeYou has also become 2011’s top selling single. J-lo’s       hard fans on what they got right, but they have the backing                                                                                to the reaction sheen received in Detroit, where audi-
single, featuring rapper pitbull, is her third No. 1 hit, selling   of Martin, who worked closely with the duo, and that should                                                                                ence members chanted “refund” and headed for the ex-
more than 130,000 copies this week. -reuters                        count for a lot. perhaps more important to those people who                                                                                its even before the show abruptly ended.
                                                                    haven’t read the books or heard much about this series, Be-                                                                                     those attending the Chicago performance acknowl-
Arnie is back,                                                      nioff and Weiss kick things off immediately -- with action,
                                                                    blood-shed and eeriness. Director tim Van patten creates a
                                                                                                                                                                                                               edged they had low expectations going in after hearing
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the brutal reviews of the inaugural performance, which
now as animated crime-fighter                                       beautiful, haunting, visual template of vast expanses (North-                                                                              had started with thunderous applause.
                                                                    ern ireland, Malta), white snow and dark shadows while also                                                                                     “We figured we’d try it out and see what happens,
Arnold schwarzenegger says his new tV venture features a            allowing the visual effects to pack a wallop.                                                                                              and if it’s bad, we’ll leave,” said Katie iglehart, 23, of
“superheroic guy” who gets things done - without the con-               that kind of start to the 10-part series was essential be-                                                                             Chicago, who was attending the show with a friend.
straints of laws that thwart his action. in an interview with       cause Game of Thrones is a complicated story with numer-                                                                                        But the talk show-style format kept sheen from me-
the Associated press, the Hollywood hunk-turned-California                                                                              The new HBO series Game of Thrones premieres on the
                                                                    ous characters and a dense, interwoven back-story. though           17th of April. (Reuters)                                               andering and gave him the chance to make some of the
governor says The Governator is an animated tV show that’s
a funny, action-packed, crime-fighting fantasy. think Bruce         it demands attention, Thrones never once bogs down. it’s                                                                                   snarky comments that have made him an internet star
Wayne - the civilian tycoon behind the Batman mask - but            the kind of drama where, when the first episode ends, you                it’s actually not as confusing as it may sound. And there         since his falling out with CBs and the producers of Two
involving a former governor who assembles a team of whiz            wish the nine others were immediately available. And that           are more than a few unexpected surprises and even humor-               and a Half Men. sheen, 45, smoked cigarettes as he talk-
kids to fight both crime and natural disasters. the 63-year-        validates HBO’s notion that television is the perfect medium        ous detours.                                                           ed about his marriages, his career and his life with the
old schwarzenegger, three months out of the governor’s of-          for a fantasy series done right. Getting Martin’s Thrones, the           A great series should challenge viewers to pay attention,         women he calls his “goddesses” - a former porn star and
fice, spoke to the Ap before presenting details of the cheekily     gold-standard, could end up landing HBO its next franchise.         to connect dots and anticipate connections. thrones man-               an actress who live with him - as he answered question
titled venture at the MiptV television business conference at           Thrones is set in the fictional land of Westeros, where         ages a superior complexity without ever making one think               from an interviewer who did not identify himself.
the French riviera resort of Cannes. -Ap                            various clans -- or houses -- have lived and fought for gen-        that you’ve lost the connection to the story. it’s paced with               Asked how many times he had been married, sheen
                                                                    erations in different realms, until the targaryens invaded and      precision and the carefully crafted assemblage of characters           retorted, “seven-thousand. that’s why i’m broke.”
Il Divo opera/pop                                                   united the seven Kingdoms under the iron throne. Now,
                                                                    years later, there’s a battle for the throne.
                                                                                                                                        unspools at such a rate that keeps up while keeping tabs on
                                                                                                                                        their ever changing moods.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Asked why he’s “paid for sex” in the past, sheen
                                                                                                                                                                                                               responded, “Because i had millions to blow. i ran out of
group to receive Classic BRIT                                           right from the start, Thrones starts telling as many as              What that means, essentially, is that there’s a tight grip on     things to buy.”
                                                                    four stories, involving the House stark, run by lord ed-            the storytelling and a real understanding of who each person                Overall, he seemed to have a better rapport with the
international opera/pop singers il Divo will receive the inau-      dard stark; House Baratheon, run by King robert Barath-             is -- traits that make the complexity easier to bear.                  Chicago crowd. As the show began, some began chant-
gural “Artist of the Decade” prize at the Classic Brit Awards       eon (the wonderful Mark Addy), House lannister, which is                 it’s difficult to single out the most accomplished parts of       ing “Detroit sucks.” early on, sheen urged the audience
in london on May 12. Britain’s recorded music industry as-          linked to House Baratheon because Queen Cersei Baratheon            Thrones. the ambition is immense, the fantasy world excep-             in an obscenity-laced statement “not to become (exple-
sociation the Bpi added on Monday that the group, compris-          (lena Headey) was born a lannister; and the exiled House            tionally well-conceived, the writing and acting elevating the          tive) Detroit tonight. let’s show Detroit how it’s (exple-
ing four singers from France, the united states, spain and          targaryen, where prince Viserys targaryen iii (Harry lloyd)         entire series beyond contemporaries like The Borgias and               tive) done.” later, when the interviewer asked sheen
switzerland, will perform a new song at the awards show at
                                                                    wants to reclaim the iron throne and all seven Kingdoms             Camelot, and the visual appeal continues to surprise with              when he had started “winning,” the actor responded,
the royal Albert Hall. il Divo, signed to television personal-
ity and music producer simon Cowell’s syco label, has sold          of Westeros. to do that, he’ll need an army, which is why he        each episode.                                                          “the winning started in (expletive) Chicago.”
more than 25 million albums since its debut hit the shelves in      wants his sister, princess Daenerys (emilia Clarke) to marry             What we have here is the successful pairing of an ac-                  ellen Olson, who was wearing a black t-shirt with
2004, according to its official website. “Ancora,” the group’s      Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), who leads a tribe of vicious war-         claimed collection of fantasy books with a television series           sheen’s catchphrase “Winning!” in white across the
second album, debuted at No. 1 in the key us market, be-            rior horsemen.                                                      that illuminates and expands what’s on the page. -reuters              front, said she enjoyed the performance.
coming the only classical crossover album ever to do so on                                                                                                                                                          “i think he interacted with the audience a lot, which
the Billboard top 200 ranking. “When we joined il Divo none                                                                                                                                                    made it more funny,” said Olson, 55, of elmwood park.
of us had done anything like this before,” said band member                                                                                                                                                         sheen has made headlines in recent years as much

                                                                                                                               Al Fayed defends
David Miller. “We were excited to break from our traditional                                                                                                                                                   for his drug use, failed marriages, custody disputes and
roots and create something new ... performing and recording                                                                                                                                                    run-ins with the police, as for his acting. Martin sheen
are what we love, but receiving this award is a great honor.”                                                                                                                                                  has compared his son’s struggle with addiction to a can-
the Classic Brit Awards were established in 2000 to recog-

                                                                                                                               Michael Jackson statue
                                                                                                                                                                                                               cer patient’s struggle for survival. -Ap
nize all forms of classical music from traditional to crossover.
-reuters

The King’s Speech resounds in Germany                                                                                               LONDON: Fulham Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has told fans
                                                                                                                               they can “go to hell” if they don’t like the statue of Michael Jackson
The King’s Speech has become a surprise smash in Germany,                                                                      he has erected at the club’s Craven Cottage stadium.
where it has been the No 1 film at the box office for weeks.                                                                        Al Fayed, who was a close friend of the “King of pop”, caused
tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning film centers on the battle of                                                                       controversy after announcing he wanted to place the tribute to Jack-
Colin Firth’s King George Vi to overcome a debilitating stam-                                                                  son outside the west london ground. the statue was commissioned
mer as Britain faces the imminent prospect of war with the                                                                     following Jackson’s death in June 2009 and was due to be erected at
third reich. the film also examines the abdication of edward                                                                   Harrods before Al Fayed sold the Knightsbridge store.
Viii, a well-known Nazi sympathizer who was seen as such a
security risk that he was sent to the Bahamas with new wife                                                                         it shows Jackson -- who visited Craven Cottage as a guest of Al
Wallis simpson for the duration of the conflict. However,                                                                      Fayed before his death -- in one of his signature poses and stands on
peter Heinzemann, managing director of the film’s German                                                                       the banks of the river thames.
distributor senator Film Verleih, said Germans were more                                                                            statues at football grounds are generally reserved for legendary
interested in the story of personal triumph at the heart of                                                                    figures who played or managed the club.
The King’s Speech than its historical content. He also cited                                                                        However, Al Fayed, who unveiled the statue in a flamboyant cer-
the film’s Oscars success - it took four Academy Awards last                                                                   emony before sunday’s game against Blackpool, has denied claims
month - as a defining factor in the drama’s lure for cinema-                                                                   that the memorial is bizarre and lashed out at fans who had spoken
goers. Hooper’s film has so far taken $17.3m (£10.7m), to                                                                      out against it.
add to a spectacular total of $374m worldwide, a remarkable                                                                         “Why is it bizarre? Football fans love it,” Al Fayed said.
figure for an independent British film with a budget of just                                                                        “if some stupid fans don’t understand and appreciate such a gift
$15m. in terms of British films, only 2008’s Abba-themed                                                                       they can go to hell.
Mamma Mia! has made more money in recent years. The                                                                                 “i don’t want them to be fans. if they don’t understand and don’t
King’s Speech is about to surpass the $374m taken by Danny                                                                     believe in things i believe in they can go to Chelsea, they can go to
                                                                    Fulham’s Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed unveils a
Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, the last uK film to win big at                                                                                                                                                    Charlie Sheen waves to fans as he leaves the Chicago
the Oscars.                                                         statue of his friend Michael Jackson before their          anywhere else.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Theatre, Sunday, April 3, 2011, in Chicago. (AP)
                                                                    English Premier League football match at Craven                 “people will queue to come and visit it from all over the uK and
                                                                    Cottage, London, England, on April 3, 2011. (AFP)          it is something that i and everybody else should be proud of.” -AFp

				
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