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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ARAB TIMES, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2012
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              ‘America’s Party’ in Vegas

 Beyonce, Killers in
 NYE ‘bash lineup’
 LAS VEGAS, Dec 29, (AP): Sin            the morals were looser and the
 City has another New Year’s Eve         liquor was cheaper.”
 planned with celebrity-studded                        Festivities
 bashes, exclusive concerts and a
 rooftop fireworks display billed as        Las Vegas’ New Year’s eve festiv-
 the nation’s largest.                   ities, dubbed “America’s Party,”
                                         have doubled in size since 1990. The
    Big-name celebrity acts includ-
 ing The Black Keys, The Killers         Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s
 and Pitbull will                        Authority expects 332,000 visitors
 help hundreds                           Monday, equal to the record-break-
 of thousands of                         ing number that flocked to last
 partiers ring in                        year’s celebration.
 the new year                               That number has hoteliers happy,
 Monday under                            but does not rival other New Year’s
 the watchful                            Eve celebrations. The ball drop at
 eyes     of     a                       New York City’s Times Square
 legion of law                           draws more than 1 million specta-
                                         tors, and some 2 million people          A 178-member choir group sings Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at a department store in central Tokyo on Dec 29. The 29th annual New Year’s
 enforcement                                                                                                                 concert is held to attract year-end shoppers to the store. (AFP)
 officers con-                           flock to the shores of Copacabana
 cerned      with                        beach in Rio de Janeiro for music
 keeping       the     Beyonce           and fireworks.
                                            Still, Las Vegas is dealing a full                                                    finale of “Tamar & Vince.”                     was hospitalized for health issues related    Dominican Republic. Martelly has made
 celebration                                                                                                                         “She was like, ‘Tamar, do you know                                                        several impromptu performances in Haiti
 peaceful and eager casino bosses        house this weekend, with hotel occu-             Variety                                 how many artists don’t get a second
                                                                                                                                                                                 to lupus. Her sister said the 45-year-old
                                                                                                                                                                                 Grammy-winning singer is recovering.          since he was elected in May 2011. But the
 concerned with ending 2012 with a       pancy approaching 100 percent,
                                         according to Dawn Christensen of the                                                     chance or even get a chance period?’” she      (AP)                                          show in Casa de Campo will be his first
 profitable bang.                                                                                                                 recalled in an interview this week. “And                    ❑        ❑       ❑               performance outside Haiti for the artist
                                         visitor’s authority, and rooms going     NEW YORK: Twelve years after her                she was like, ‘I’m just so proud of you                                                      known as “Sweet Micky.”
    The Red Hot Chili Peppers are        for several times the normal price.
 performing a sold-out show at the                                                debut album peaked at No. 127 on the            and your voice is amazing and it deserves      LOS ANGELES: R&B singer and actress              Concert organizer George Nader says
                                            The city room suite at the            Billboard charts, Toni Braxton’s youngest       to be heard.’ And this is information that     Brandy Norwood is engaged to music            proceeds will go to the Pink and White
 Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea Ballroom         Cosmopolitan can be had for $210
 that will be broadcast live on the                                               sister has made her return to music with a      she told me years ago.”                        executive Ryan Press, a spokeswoman           Foundation, a charity run by Martelly and
                                         on Tuesday, but costs $650 Monday.       R&B hit, thanks to her hit reality show.           Braxton was the breakout star of            for the singer said on Thursday.              his wife, Sophia.
 casino’s 65-foot (19-meter) marquee     The deluxe king room at Caesars                                                                                                            This will be the first marriage for the
 to partiers on the Strip below.                                                     Tamar Braxton debuted at No. 13 and          “Braxton Family Values,” which features                                                         Among those expected to attend are
                                         Palace is going for $519 on Monday,      No. 5 with “Love and War” on Billboard’s        all five Braxton sisters. She’s known for      singer, who goes by the moniker Brandy.       Henry Kissinger and designers Donna
 Beyonce will give an invitation-only    compared with $139 Tuesday.              R&B/Hip-Hop songs and R&B songs                                                                Press is an executive with music publisher
 performance in the Wynn’s 1,500-                                                                                                 her silly demeanor and sassy attitude.                                                       Karan and Oscar de la Renta.
                                            With gambling revenue still down      charts, respectively. The 35-year-old has       “Tamar & Vince” details the couple’s rela-     Warner/Chappell Music. A date for the            Martelly was known for often bawdy
 seat-amphitheater.                      20 percent in the Las Vegas area and     been buzzing since a reality show starring      tionship as Braxton’s husband works as         wedding has not been announced publicly.      performances before he was elected presi-
    Other casino are touting pricey      visitor levels only recently returning   her and her sisters premiered on WEtv last      her manager as she heads back to a career         Norwood, 33, has a 10-year-old daugh-      dent of a country struggling to recover
 nightclub bashes with $3,000 bottle     to pre-recession levels this year,       year. Her spotlight grew brighter when a        in music.                                      ter with her former boyfriend, music pro-     from a January 2010 earthquake. (AP)
 service and open bars, hosted by        New Year’s Eve is a crucial night for    spinoff with her husband Vincent                   Braxton said she initially didn’t want to   ducer Robert Smith.                                        ❑       ❑      ❑
 reality TV and music celebrities        the casino industry. It’s the biggest    Herbert — who manages Lady Gaga —               release “Love and War,” a slow R&B                Norwood has starred in numerous tele-
 including Kim Kardashian, Nicki         money-maker of the year, projected       kicked off this year.                           groove, as her return single. She wanted       vision and films since the 1990s and is       NEW YORK: The Metropolitan Museum
 Minaj and Brandy.                                                                   “It feels surreal actually because it hap-   to hit the music world with something          best known as the lead character in the       of Art can keep a famed painting by Paul
                                         to bring in $210 million on Monday       pened so fast,” she said of the song’s suc-                                                                                                  Cezanne that an art collector’s great-
    Revelers can also party celebrity-                                                                                            upbeat.                                        popular television series “Moesha” from
                                         alone, not counting gambling rev-        cess. The song hit the No. 1 spot on the           Toni Braxton tweeted last week that she     1996-2001 on the now-defunct channel          grandson had argued was improperly
 free on the Brooklyn Bridge at the      enue.                                                                                                                                                                                 acquired after being confiscated by the
 New York-New York Hotel, where                                                   iTunes singles chart and sold 84,000 units                                                     UPN.
                                            Spectators will be treated to more    in its first week, according to Nielsen                                                           She also scored a hit song in 1998 with    Russian Bolshevik regime a century ago,
 tickets start at $170, or inside the    than eight minutes of coordinated        Soundscan. “It’s been so long since I had                                                                                                    a US appeals court ruled.
 replica Eiffel Tower at Paris Las                                                                                                                                               “The Boy is Mine,” a collaboration with
                                         pyrotechnics costing $500,000. The       anything out in the marketplace, and for                                                       the singer Monica, which garnered the            The painting “Madame Cezanne in the
 Vegas, where couples packages start     fireworks will be shot from the          me to be checking for myself all these                                                         pair a Grammy award. Brandy released          Conservatory” or “Portrait of Madame
 at $300.                                rooftops of seven hotel-casinos,         years and for no one to be paying atten-                                                       her sixth studio album “Two Eleven” in        Cezanne,” was bequeathed to the Met by
    Those unimpressed with the           from the MGM Grand toward the            tion to me, and then all of a sudden every-                                                    October this year. (RTRS)                     Stephen Clark, a collector and museum
 ersatz offerings on the Strip can       south end of the Strip to the            one’s enjoying my music, it’s really all I                                                                  ❑        ❑       ❑               trustee who died in 1960. Clark had
 head 15 minutes south to a Great        Stratosphere in the north.               can ask for.”                                                                                                                                bought the painting in 1933.
 Gatsby soirée set inside a private         The show will feature a medley of        “Love and War” is the title track from                                                      SANTO DOMINGO, DR: Haiti’s singer-               In a 2010 lawsuit, Pierre Konowaloff,
 airplane hangar. Organizers say the     bubblegum pop, including The             her upcoming sophomore album, which is                                                         turned-president is returning to the inter-   who says he is the sole heir of Ivan
 aviation-themed bash will recall a      Wanted’s “Glad You Came” and             “93 percent” complete and due out in                                                           national stage.                               Morozov, a Russian whose art collection
 time “when the parties were bigger,     Pink’s “Raise Your Glass.”               February. She got a boost when Lady                                                               President Michel Martelly will sing        was declared state property following the
                                                                                  Gaga tweeted about the single and                                                              two songs with Spanish singer Julio           1917 revolution, sought the return of the
                                                                                  appeared in a video in last week’s season            Braxton                Norwood            Iglesias at a benefit concert Friday in the   painting. (RTRS)

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