Farooq Sheikh’s last rites held in Mumbai
The Indian actor Farooq Sheikh, who died of a heart attack in Dubai on Friday, was to be buried yesterday evening, according to Satish Shah, a colleague and close friend. “His body will reach Mumbai airport at 4pm Monday. Then from 5 to 7pm the body will be kept for people to pay their last respects. And after that, last rites will be performed,” Shah told reporters. Sheikh, 65, was in Dubai on holiday with his family.
Swift tops charitable list
The 24-year-old singer Taylor Swift has topped the charitable organisation Do Something’s Top 20 list of the most charitable entertainers. Swift, who also topped Do Something’s list last year, was cited for her work at the recent Winter White Gala in London, a benefit for homeless young people. Swift also donated US$100,000 (Dh367,000) to the Nashville Symphony when she turned 24 on December 13. The No 2 spot is occupied by One Direction, who earlier this year volunteered as a group in Ghana. The band members Harry Styles and Liam Payne also raised more than $800,000 (Dh2.9 million) for cancer research. Rounding out the top 10 are Beyoncé, the late Paul Walker, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sandra Bullock, Kerry Washington, Ian Somerhalder, Ryan Seacrest and Carrie Underwood.
Pharrell tops UK charts
The American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams seized the top spot this week in Britain’s singles chart with his track Happy, ousting The X Factor winner Sam Bailey after only a week at No 1. The song features in the soundtrack to Despicable Me 2. In the albums chart, Robbie Williams held on to the No 1 spot with Swings Both Ways, ahead of Gary Barlow’s Since I Saw You Last, which climbed one place to No 2. One Direction’s Midnight Memories slipped one place to No 3.