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Air Supply coming to Dubai in February

Plus: Bowie and will.i.am top UK music charts; Timberlake releases new song Suit and Tie; Spielberg postpones new sci-fi film.

Air Supply, from left Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell. AFP
Air Supply, from left Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell. AFP

Dubai romantics can kick-start Valentine’s Day celebrations early with a performance by Air Supply on February 8. The British-Australian duo, the crooner Russell Hitchcock and the guitarist Graham Russell, are known for plucking the heart strings with soft rock hits including Lost in Love, All Out of Love, The One that You Love, Sweet Dreams and Making Love Out of Nothing at All. The boys are playing at the Emirates Golf Club. Tickets, from Dh250, are available at Virgin Megastores with online ticketing options to be released soon. – The National staff

Bowie and will.i.am top UK music charts

The musician will.i.am’s collaboration with Britney Spears, Scream and Shout, topped the British pop charts on Sunday, giving Spears her first British No 1 since 2004. David Bowie notched up his first top 10 single in two decades with his surprise new release. Launched without warning on Bowie’s 66th birthday, Where Are We Now? charted in sixth place despite only having been available for five days. Taylor Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble placed second, while The X Factor UK winner James Arthur’s Impossible was third. In the album chart, Emeli Sandé returned to No 1 with Our Version of Events, which has now spent 48 consecutive weeks in the Top 10. The only new entry in the chart was the soundtrack from the film Les Misérables, which debuted in fifth. – Reuters

Timberlake releases new song Suit and Tie

Justin Timberlake released his new single, Suit and Tie, on Sunday night. It features the rapper Jay-Z. The upbeat jam is the 31-year-old’s first musical offering since 2006’s Grammy-winning FutureSex/LoveSounds. His third solo album, The 20/20 Experience, will be out later this year. On his website, Timberlake said he began recording music in June. “The inspiration for this really came out of the blue,” he wrote. Timberlake co-wrote and co-produced Suit and Tie with Timbaland, who produced much of his 2006 album. The buzz around his return to music kicked off on Friday when he posted a video on his website that showed him walking into a studio, putting on headphones and saying: “I’m ready.” – AP

Spielberg postpones new sci-fi film

Steven Spielberg has indefinitely postponed Robopocalypse, announced the film’s distributor Walt Disney. A source says the director was dissatisfied with the script and production budget estimates. The sci-fi movie was set to begin production this spring and be released in April next year. No new date was announced. Robopocalypse, starring Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth, is based on Daniel H Wilson’s futuristic novel about a war between humans and robots intent on destroying them. “It’s about the consequences of creating technologies that make our lives easier and what happens when that technology becomes smarter than we are,” Spielberg recently told TimeOut Film. The script, written by The Cabin in the Woods writer and director Drew Goddard, wasn’t “landing where Steven wanted it”, according to the source. – Reuters