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Beyoncé setting off on world tour

Plus: Sting, Rihanna, Mars to sing at Grammys; Shakira shows first baby photo; Fall Out Boy ends three-year break; Wild Thing singer dies at 71; Damon guest stars on House of Lies.

Beyoncé will kick off The Mrs Carter Show World Tour on April 15. Amlan Paliwal / IANS
Beyoncé will kick off The Mrs Carter Show World Tour on April 15. Amlan Paliwal / IANS

Beyoncé was just warming up at the Super Bowl: the singer has announced a world tour, titled The Mrs Carter Show World Tour, which kicks off April 15 in Belgrade, Serbia. The European leg of the tour will wrap up May 29 in Stockholm. The tour's North American stint starts June 28 in Los Angeles. A second wave of the tour is planned for Latin America, Australia and Asia later this year. Could the unannounced dates include a trip back to the UAE? Stay tuned. - AP

Sting, Rihanna, Mars to sing at Grammys

Sting, Rihanna and Bruno Mars will hit the stage for a special performance at next week's Grammys. They will perform together at the February 10 awards show, which will also feature Kelly Clarkson and the previously announced performers Maroon 5, Elton John and Taylor Swift. Sting is playing at the du Arena on March 14, while Mars takes on the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on April 12. - AP

Damon guest stars on House of Lies

Matt Damon is becoming a TV comedy regular. He will guest star next week on the Showtime series House of Lies. He'll play what the network called a "maniacal megastar" version of himself, starring opposite Don Cheadle, his cast mate in Ocean's Eleven. Damon recently staged a mock takeover of Jimmy Kimmel's talk show, tying Kimmel to a chair and acting as host for a night. On the just-ended 30 Rock, Damon appeared in several episodes as boyfriend to Tina Fey's character. - AP

Shakira shows first baby photo

Shakira is sharing the first public photograph of her recently born baby, with the father Gerard Pique planting a kiss on his son's cheek. The Colombian singer said on Twitter that the photo of "my two angels" could be seen on the website of Unicef. She has urged people to donate to a baby shower on behalf of needy children. Shakira works as a goodwill ambassador for the organisation. - AP

Fall Out Boy ends three-year break

Fall Out Boy has unveiled plans for a new album and world tour, three years after the pop punk band's four members announced a hiatus to pursue solo projects. "This isn't a reunion," they said on their website, "because we never broke up." The new album, Save Rock and Roll, will be available on May 6. "When we were kids, the only thing that got us through most days was music," said the band. "We needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us. The future of Fall Out Boy starts now." - Reuters

Wild Thing singer dies at 71

Reg Presley, the lead singer of British 1960s rock band The Troggs, died at age 71 on Monday. Presley, whose hits include Wild Thing and Love Is All Around, announced a year ago he was battling lung cancer and would retire from the band. "He was one very real person in a sometimes very unreal world," said the music journalist Keith Altham, a close friend of Presley's. - AFP