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Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha feature on book covers

Plus: Jessica Simpson gives birth to boy; Mumford & Sons close Glastonbury; Prabhu Deva and Shahid Kapoor dance to a new tune; Kanye to release first Yeezus single.

Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha appear on special edition Mills & Boon novels to promote their forthcoming film, Lootera. AFP
Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha appear on special edition Mills & Boon novels to promote their forthcoming film, Lootera. AFP

Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha are promoting their forthcoming 1950s romantic drama Lootera in a rather unique way - they feature on the covers of Mills & Boon (M&B) novels, according to the Hindustan Times. There is also a special Lootera edition featuring three books. The books were launched last week and are available across 5,000 outlets in major Indian cities. The Lootera edition comes with a bookmark, a vintage notepad and a pencil. "The most M&B thing I have done in my life is to have played out my part in Lootera," Singh said at the launch. "It is a romantic fantasy. The kind of love you see played out in Lootera is the kind of love you read about in the Mills and Boon books, which doesn't exist anymore." - The National staff

Jessica Simpson gives birth to baby boy

Jessica Simpson's representative confirmed that the entertainer gave birth to Ace Knute in Los Angeles on Sunday. This is the second child for Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson. Simpson gave birth to a daughter, Maxwell, last year. - AP

Mumford & Sons close Glastonbury Festival

Mumford & Sons brought the Glastonbury Festival to a foot-stomping close on Sunday, with many music fans still on a high from the Rolling Stones' first-ever gig at Britain's leading music extravaganza. The Mumfords' performance was the Grammy-winning folk-rockers' first since the bassist Ted Dwane had surgery for a blood clot on his brain earlier this month. The banjo-wielding balladeers got a warm reception, especially when they launched into I Will Wait, one of their biggest hits. Founded in 1970 as a hippie happening on Michael Eavis' Worthy Farm in south-west England, Glastonbury long ago shed its counterculture cachet. It remains known for its electric atmosphere, its eclectic line-up and the mud that overwhelms the site in rainy years. This year, the line-up included Vampire Weekend, Bobby Womack, Kenny Rogers, Dizzee Rascal and Elvis Costello. - AP

Prabhu Deva and Shahid Kapoor dance to a new tune

India's "dancing king" Prabhu Dheva and the actor Shahid Kapoor will groove together for the first time for the film Rambo Rajkumar in a song called Gandi Baat. Prabhu Dheva, who is directing the movie, told Bollywood Celebden that Shahid is one of India's most talented performers. "I'm very excited about the song and Shahid and I are already rehearsing for it. It's a fun and peppy track." Kapoor said he enjoyed working with Dheva: "Prabhu sir's style is very new for me, so it's a challenge. But I am loving it." - The National staff

Kanye to release first Yeezus single

Kanye West is prepping to release the first single from his new album Yeezus. The track, Black Skinhead, will come out on Thursday, reported Billboard. A music video is also in the works. Last week, West's producer Rick Rubin alluded to a possible Yeezus sequel. "Initially, he thought there were going to be 16 songs on the album," Rubin told Fuse.tv. "But that first day, before he even asked me to work on it, I said: 'Maybe you should make it more concise. Maybe this is two albums. Maybe this is just the first half.'" - The National staff

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