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Psy reaches internet milestone

Plus: Saif Ali Khan charged with assault; Ravi Shankar lauded at US memorial and more.

A magnifying glass shows the number of times Psy's Gangnam Style has been watched on YouTube. Thomas Coex / AFP
A magnifying glass shows the number of times Psy's Gangnam Style has been watched on YouTube. Thomas Coex / AFP

Psy reaches internet milestone

Psy's viral hit Gangnam Style became the first video to break one billion views on YouTube - marking a historic milestone on the internet. "Finally becoming #BillionStyle!!!" the South Korean singer wrote on Twitter. Among the first to congratulate him was the American rapper MC Hammer, who tweeted: "Congratulations!!! You made history!!! 1 billion views!!!" Psy will wrap up the year with an appearance on the ABC network's New Year's Rockin' Eve show in New York. - AFP

Saif Ali Khan charged with assault

Indian police have charged the Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan for allegedly assaulting and breaking the nose of a South African businessman at a luxury hotel earlier this year. Iqbal Sharma registered a case with the police in February, complaining that he was punched in the face by Khan at Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Khan, 42, was at the time of the alleged assault dining with friends and the actress Kareena Kapoor, whom he married in October. Khan claimed one of his friends was assaulted, which led to the fight. - AFP

Ravi Shankar lauded at US memorial

The former Beatle George Harrison's widow Olivia joined hundreds of fans and the family of Ravi Shankar on Thursday at an open-air memorial to the Indian sitar legend who died last week. Anoushka Shankar, the daughter of the late musician and her half-sister, the singer Norah Jones, also paid their respects at the service, which took place near his California home. Harrison, whose late husband learnt sitar from Shankar, said the former Beatle had gained so much from their friendship. "They were like father and son as well as brothers. They made each other laugh as if they shared a secret. And I'm sure they did," said Harrison's wife. Tributes were read out from artists who had been inspired by Shankar, including the singer Peter Gabriel and the filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Gabriel said: "Ravi Shankar opened the door to non-Western music for millions of people around the world." - AFP

Rebel Wilson to host MTV Movie Awards

The Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson is taking centre stage. MTV tapped the Australian actress to host its annual movie awards, set for April 14 in Culver City, California. Wilson is an actress and writer who rose to fame with her role as Kristin Wiig's nosy roommate in Bridesmaids. - AP

Iron Butterfly's Lee Dorman dies at age 70

Lee Dorman, the bassist of the rock band Iron Butterfly, died in Los Angeles on Friday at the age of 70. He was found dead in a vehicle. A coroner's investigation is under way, but foul play is not suspected. Dorman was also a founding member of the rock group Captain Beyond. Iron Butterfly rose to prominence in the late 1960s. - AP

Kutcher files for divorce from Moore

Ashton Kutcher filed court papers on Friday to end his seven-year marriage to Demi Moore. The actor's divorce petition cites irreconcilable differences and does not list a date when the couple separated. Moore announced last year that she was ending her marriage to the actor, but she never filed a petition. Kutcher has been dating his former That '70s Show co-star Mila Kunis. - AP

Chile angry over Madonna concert

At least 650 Madonna fans in Chile have filed complaints with the country's national consumer board after a concert on Wednesday started more than two hours late and was 40 minutes shorter than expected. The show is part of the singer's MDNA world tour. It went on amid torrential rains that caused heavy traffic congestion around the capital, Santiago. The producers said they skipped the first eight songs as they were waiting for the weather to improve to ensure the singer would be safe. - AFP

Country singer wins The X Factor US

Tate Stevens, who was mentored by the music executive LA Reid on the second season of The X Factor, has won the US edition of the singing competition. The 37-year-old country singer beat the 13-year-old schoolgirl Carly Rose Sonenclar into second place and the teenage girl group Fifth Harmony on the finale on Thursday. Stevens wins a US$5 million (Dh18.4m) recording contract. - AP