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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. AP
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. AP

Buzz builds for Kim and Kanye engagement

Plus: Robin Thicke keeps top slot on UK charts; blues singer Bobby 'Blue' Bland dies; Busta Rhymes plays at Dubai club; Russell Crowe to make directorial debut.

On Sunday, the British tabloid The Sun reported that Kanye West had proposed to Kim Kardashian days after their child North was born. The Sun said West gave Kardashian a US$770,000 (Dh2.8 million) “rare black and tiger-stripe diamond ring” and that “the pair are planning a wedding in Paris this September”. People magazine quashed the rumour hours later, reporting that, according to a close source, West has yet to pop the question. Kardashian told the April issue of Cosmopolitan USmagazine: “Marriage is something I know that we both want in our future, but I don’t have this sense of urgency about it.” – The National staff

Robin Thicke keeps top slot on UK charts

The American R&B singer Robin Thicke has notched up a fourth week at the top of the British pop charts with his summer hit Blurred Lines. The song, which features vocals by T.I. and Pharrell Williams, is already a No 1 hit in the US and around the world. Second place in the weekly single chart went to the American singer Jason Derulo’s new release The Other Side. The London-based rapper Dizzee Rascal was the second-highest new entry, at No 5 with Goin’ Crazy, a collaboration with Robbie Williams. In the album charts, Kanye West secured the No 1 spot with his new entry, Yeezus. Last week’s top-selling album, Black Sabbath’s 13, fell one spot to second place. – Reuters

Blues singer Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland dies

Bobby “Blue” Bland, a distinguished American singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as Turn on Your Love Light and Further On Up the Road, died on Sunday at the age of 83 after complications from an illness, his family said. Bland was considered the Frank Sinatra of the blues. Heavily influenced by Nat King Cole, he often recorded with lavish arrangements to accompany his smooth vocals. He got his first No 1 in the R&B charts with Further On Up the Road in 1957. Then, beginning with I’ll Take Care of You in early 1960, Bland released a dozen R&B hits in a row. – AP

Busta Rhymes plays at Dubai club

Busta Rhymes was in Dubai on Saturday. The rapper appeared as part of Movida’s hip-hop weekly party Suga Saturday. The New York rapper performed a smattering of hits including Touch It, Break Ya Neck and his new single Twerk It, featuring Nicki Minaj. Also present were the rappers Red Cafe and G Unit’s Lloyd, who have collaborated with Busta Rhymes in recent years. In 2009, Rhymes caused controversy after his album Back on My BS was banned by the UAE. The National Media Council cited the track Arab Money as offensive. Rhymes apologised for any upset caused by the song. -
– The National staff

Russell Crowe to make directorial debut

Russell Crowe is set to direct his first film, The Water Diviner, in which he’ll also act. Set in 1919, the film chronicles the story of an Australian who heads to Turkey in search of his two sons, who go missing after the Battle of Gallipoli in the First World War. Crowe will next be seen on the big screen in Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah. – The National staff

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