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Michelle Obama to star in hip-hop video

Plus: Oprah sorry for Switzerland incident; Sholay 3D to release on Big B¿s bday; Chris Brown sued over altercation; Kiri Te Kanawa gives Downton an operatic touch; A R Rahman to produce Hindi film; Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke to perform at VMAs.

Michelle Obama will feature in a video for a hip-hop song tackling obesity in children from minority groups. AP
Michelle Obama will feature in a video for a hip-hop song tackling obesity in children from minority groups. AP

Michelle Obama is making a cameo appearance in a video for a hip-hop song recorded to encourage kids from minority groups to take care of their bodies. The song, Everybody, is one of 19 tracks on the album Songs for a Healthier America, scheduled for release next month. The album is being produced by Hip Hop Public Health and the Partnership for a Healthier America, both of which support the US First Lady’s anti-childhood obesity campaign Let’s Move. In the video, Mrs Obama talks briefly about launching Let’s Move and people’s doubts about whether it will make a difference. The song is sung by the rapper Doug E Fresh, along with Jordin Sparks, Dr Oz and others. – AP

Oprah sorry for Switzerland incident

Oprah Winfrey says she is “sorry” about the media frenzy that emerged after she claimed to have experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland. “I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland,” Winfrey told reporters. In a recent TV interview, Winfrey said a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refused to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the US$38,000 (Dh140,000) purse. Swiss tourism officials and the boutique owner apologised for the incident last week, but Winfrey insists there’s no need. “It’s not an indictment against the country or even that store,” she said. “It was just one person who didn’t want to offer me the opportunity to see the bag.” – AP

Sholay 3-D to release on Big B’s birthday

A 3-D version of the 1975 Hindi film Sholay is scheduled for release on October 11, which happens to be the 71st birthday of Amitabh Bachchan, who co-starred in the blockbuster with Dharmendra, who was a superstar at the time, and stole the show. “The date was chosen to coincide with Bachchan’s big day. He is our biggest star and what better day to release the film?” a production source told IBNLive. Directed by Ramesh Sippy, Sholay also features Hema Malini as Dharmendra’s love interest and Amjad Khan as the baddie Gabbar Singh. – The National staff

Kiri Te Kanawa brings opera to Downton

Downton Abbey is getting a dose of opera. Producers say the soprano Kiri Te Kanawa will appear in the forthcoming fourth season as the real-life diva Nellie Melba. The New Zealand-born singer says she “couldn’t say yes fast enough” to appearing on a show she loves – and enjoyed her time on set so much she named her new dog Abbey. In the new series, Melba – a huge star of the early 20th century – joins the aristocratic Grantham clan for a house party. The costume drama about the family and servants in an English stately home returns to television this autumn. – AP

Chris Brown sued over altercation

A man who claims he was punched and kicked by a member of Chris Brown’s entourage during a fight at a recording studio has sued the R&B singer for assault and battery. Sha’keir Duarte sued Brown for unspecified damages in the Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming he suffered a concussion as well as humiliation and mental anguish as a result of the attack. Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos called the case frivolous and said it amounted to an attempted shakedown. The fight at Westlake Recording Studios erupted on January 27 between the entourages of Brown and fellow singer Frank Ocean. The fight started after Brown went and parked his car in Ocean’s spot at the studio. – AP

Cyrus and Thicke to perform at VMAs

Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke will perform their summer anthems at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 25. MTV also announced a new award called Best Song of the Summer. Both Cyrus and Thicke are nominees. Cyrus’s We Can’t Stop and Thicke’s Blurred Lines will compete with Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, Selena Gomez’s Come & Get It, One Direction’s Best Song Ever and I Need Your Love by Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding. Cyrus and Thicke are now tied with Bruno Mars as the second most-nominated act with four each. Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead with six apiece. – AP

A?R Rahman to produce Hindi film

The music maestro A?R Rahman is set to debut as a film producer. He’s collaborating with Eros International Media to make a feature film set for release next year. “Rahman has conceived the movie and written the basic story with the help of international and local talent. It is a movie based on love, art and self-discovery,” Eros International said in a statement. – IANS

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