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Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines tops Billboard charts

Plus: Tom Hanks to open and close London fest; Fallon reveals surrogate's role; T-Pain and DJ Yella coming to Dubai.

Robin Thicke has topped the Billboard charts. Victoria Will / Invision / AP
Robin Thicke has topped the Billboard charts. Victoria Will / Invision / AP

Robin Thicke landed his first No 1 album this week as his latest record, Blurred Lines, topped the Billboard 200 album chart, led by the single of the same name that has become one of this summer’s biggest hits. The album’s lead single, Blurred Lines, featuring T?I and Pharrell Williams, spent seven weeks at No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this summer. The single also climbed back to No 1 on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart this week after being knocked off by One Direction’s Best Song Ever last week. – Reuters

SRK talks Chennai Express success

Shah Rukh Khan says he can’t stop smiling thanks to the box office success of his new film Chennai Express, which was released on Thursday. “I can’t stop smiling. The excitement won’t settle down,” the actor said at a press conference in Mumbai on Friday. “I am happy that people have liked the film and it has opened well.” But the Bollywood superstar refused to talk numbers. “I don’t know how much it has done. I just woke up. I try to refrain from counting the collections during the first two to three days.” – IANS

Rimes and Cibrian get TV series

Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes already get a lot of tabloid attention. Now the 40-year-old actor and his singer-actress wife are parlaying their notoriety into a new VH1 series tentatively titled LeAnn & -Eddie. The series is scheduled to debut later this year. A statement said the show will “bring the truth and make fun of all the gossip” about the couple. In a recent interview, the 30-year-old Rimes said she and Cibrian were interested in doing “a scripted show based around our lives”. The couple were married in 2011. – AP

Fallon: we had baby via surrogate

Jimmy Fallon says he and his wife had their baby daughter with the help of a surrogate. Winnie Rose Fallon, the daughter of the late-night comic and his wife Nancy Juvonen was born on July 23. Fallon said in a portion of a Today show interview broadcast on Friday that the couple had been trying for a while to have a child before succeeding with the help of a surrogate. The couple kept it all a secret until Winnie was born. – AP

Tom Hanks to open and close London Film Festival

The 57th London Film Festival is getting a double dose of Tom Hanks. The festival will close on October 20 with Saving Mr Banks, which stars Hanks as the movie mogul Walt Disney. Hanks also plays the lead role in the festival’s opener, the piracy thriller Captain Phillips. Based on real events, Saving Mr Banks tells the story of the fraught page-to-screen journey of the children’s classic Mary Poppins. Hanks plays the American filmmaker, with Emma Thompson as the book’s apprehensive British author, P?L Travers. The festival runs from October 9 to 20. – AP

T-Pain and DJ Yella coming to Dubai

The UAE’s live music scene is returning from the summer break with a dose of modern and old-school hip-hop. For the modern, T-Pain will take on the du Forum on September 6. The rapper will be joined by the UK garage DJs Artful Dodger, responsible for the 1999 hit Re-Rewind. Tickets begin from Dh350 from www.ticketmaster.ae. On August 23, DJ Yella hits the decks at The Music Room in Dubai’s Majestic Hotel. The record producer was part of the seminal hip-hop group N.W.A alongside Dr Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E. Tickets are Dh100 from the venue or www.platinumlist.ae. – The National staff

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