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Lady Gaga to release new album

Plus: Oprah announces Lohan post-rehab interview; activist files complaint against Salman Khan; J Cole climbs to No 1 on Billboard chart; Alan Whicker dead at 87; Sharknado stirs social media.

Lady Gaga will release her next album, ARTPOP, on November 11. Thorvaldur Orn Kristmundsson / AFP
Lady Gaga will release her next album, ARTPOP, on November 11. Thorvaldur Orn Kristmundsson / AFP

Lady Gaga to release new album

Lady Gaga will release her next album, ARTPOP, on November 11, she announced on her website. The 27-year-old singer – who cancelled part of a tour earlier this year to undergo hip surgery – will release a single from the new album on August 19. She will also release a social media app on September 1, which she says would seek to make connections between music and technology. “Altering the human experience with social media, we bring ART culture into POP in a reverse Warholian expedition,” she wrote. – Reuters

Oprah announces Lohan interview

Oprah Winfrey’s cable channel, OWN, announced that Winfrey is getting an “exclusive” interview with Lindsay Lohan that will be taped and broadcast in August. In May, Lohan checked into a Southern California rehab centre for a 90-day stay, part of a plea deal in a misdemeanour case filed after a car accident. She’s expected to finish rehab around the end of July. OWN says it also plans a documentary series with Lohan, scheduled to be broadcast next year. – AP

Activist files complaint against Salman Khan

The social activist Hemant Patil has filed a complaint in an Indian magistrate court seeking action against Salman Khan for sharing information on his website related to his impending case, reports Bollywood Life. Khan recently launched the website www.salmankhanfiles.com to provide information related to the cases he’s involved in, after the Mumbai Sessions Court rejected his plea for retrial and booked him for culpable homicide. “When his hit-and-run case is under way and the matter is sub judice [under judgment], how can he use the internet to spread information about the proceedings?” asked Patil in his complaint. The hearing has been scheduled for August 5. – The National staff

Alan Whicker dies at 87

The veteran British journalist Alan Whicker, whose career spanned five decades and whose clipped delivery style was parodied by Monty Python, died on Friday. He was 87. The Egypt-born Whicker was best known for the award-winning Whicker’s World globe-trotting documentary series which was broadcast between 1959 and 1988. He retired from full-time broadcasting in 1998 but returned in 2009 with a BBC series, Alan Whicker’s Journey of a Lifetime, in which he went back to many of the locations he had visited during his career. Whicker had been suffering from bronchial pneumonia and died in Jersey in the Channel Islands. – Reuters

J Cole climbs to No 1 on chart

The hip-hop artist J Cole’s album Born Sinner outsold Kanye West’s Yeezus and Wale’s The Gifted to climb to No 1 on this week’s Billboard 200 album chart. Wale, who knocked West off the top spot last week, dropped to No 2 this week. Yeezus fell to third. Next week’s chart is likely to get a shake-up from Jay-Z’s new album Magna Carta... Holy Grail, which is expected to top the Billboard 200. – Reuters

Sharknado stirs social media

What happens when a tornado whips up hundreds of sharks and hurls them in to Los Angeles? The new Syfy TV-movie Sharknado suggests that such a siege can take a big chomp out of social media. Broadcast on Thursday in the US, the disaster thriller was a trending topic on Twitter as it inspired jeering messages at the film’s premise. Sharknado was the night’s most social programme in the US, generating nearly 5,000 tweets per minute at its peak. The network says it scored 387,000 social media mentions during its premiere. The director Anthony Ferrante tweeted: “I have never been part of something this crazy. The whole world is watching my insane little movie and talking about it.” – AP

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