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July 14, 2011

Celebrate World Music Day With Us!

To celebrate World Music Day, we’re bringing you all the top five songs to influence the globe. Check them out here and celebrate decades of music with us!

Who doesn’t know about The Beatles?! One of their most popular tracks, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” attracted fans from all sorts of demographics. It was the band’s first song to hit the top 100 on the Billboards. It sold better in its first 10 days of release in the US than any other British single, and remains the best-selling Beatles single in the United States, moving over 12 million copies. We’re sure this hit will continue to be a favorite for generations to come.

With a subject that is definitely universal, we’re not surprised that this song gained worldwide recognition. This was the first of Franklin’s songs to chart in England. Her line, “Sock it to me,” became a catch phrase on several television shows. Oh, and that line that no one understands after she spells out “respect?” It’s “Take care, TCB!” And TCB means Taking Care of Business. This is one of the most misunderstood song lyrics of all time!

Bon Jovi’s inspirational lyrics in “Living On A Prayer” made this single one of the most successful and widely known as they come.  Used in several television shows and movies, the track was successful in both the UK and New Zealand as well as the US. The song is about a working couple struggling to make ends meet and Jovi said he was inspired by the economy and society during the time he was writing the hit.

We all watched Slumdog Millionaire (If you didn’t, go watch it) and repeatedly heard A.R. Rahman’s instant hit, “Jai Ho.” Though the song is not sung in English, the beat and the background story from the movie quickly made this song a popular hit… whether you understood it or not! Fans love the style of the music within the song and, of course, the dance number that comes with it. Nicole Scherzinger also remixed the song with the famous composer and now she’s gone Bollywood doing remixes of her own with us!

We are a huge fan of MJ, and of this track that is one of the few songs to have sold over 10 million copies worldwide! With lyrics written straight from the heart, this record has been used worldwide for various benefits and special events. Even after the passing of the pop sensation, “We Are The World” continues to be one of the most popular and respected tracks written by the singer.

We hope you enjoyed this trip back in time and don’t forget to be appreciative of the music we have in our lives that keeps us going everyday! Let us know which song was your favorite!

July 11, 2011

France end England’s World Cup dreams

By Chris Bevan
BBC Sport Venue: GermanyDate: 26 June – 17 JulyCoverage: Watch the final live on BBC Three and online (UK only)Highlights - England 1-1 France (3-4 on pens) Highlights – England 1-1 France (3-4 on pens)

England’s women are out of the World Cup after losing a dramatic quarter-final on penalties to France.

Karen Bardsley’s save from Camille Abily put England on top in the shoot-out but Claire Rafferty and Faye White both missed to send the French through.

France had dominated for long periods of normal time but Jill Scott fired England ahead against the run of play.

Hope Powell’s side were three minutes away from a place in the last four when Elise Bussaglia forced extra-time.

Instead England slipped to an agonising defeat and it is France who will progress to face either the United States or Brazil in their semi-final on Wednesday.

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I am very proud of my players. Unfortunately when it came down to penalties, you just had to applaud France

England coach Hope Powell

A disappointed Powell told the BBC: “It was a gallant effort and there were some really tired legs out there today. Our games have been tough and we were dead on our feet at the end.

“I am very proud of my players. They did their very best to take it to the wire. Unfortunately when it came down to penalties, you just had to applaud France.”

Both sides looked tired in extra-time, and Kelly Smith was virtually a passenger because of injury, but both wasted chances to win it, with Ellen White firing wide when through on goal and Eugenie Le Sommer off target with a back-post header.

That meant penalties, and again England were initially on top when Bardsley sprang to her right to deny Abily from France’s first effort.

Hope Powell Hope Powell proud of ‘gallant’ England

Smith, Karen Carney and Casey Stoney all scored to leave England 3-2 up, but Claire Rafferty dragged her effort wide and France were able to begin their celebrations when Faye White slammed her spot-kick against the bar.

France had created most of the chances during the 90 minutes, although England had started the brighter, with Smith rounding France keeper Celine Deville after just 15 seconds, only to see her shot blocked by Laura Georges.

Bruno Bini’s side soon settled, though, and began passing the ball fluidly, with Abily particularly influential down the right wing.

The French also started to pepper Bardsley’s goal with shots from distance, with their best effort a Gaetane Thiney snap-shot from the edge of the area that forced a diving save from the England keeper.

England, with Ellen White looking isolated up front, were struggling to make an impact with their more direct approach and they had more defending to do before half-time.

Louisa Necib went close after a corner was half-cleared, while Sandrine Soubeyrand fired wide and Abily saw another effort clear the bar.

England improved after the break but were still on the back-foot and France went close with further efforts from Marie-Laure Delie and Thiney.

Powell responded by pushing Scott further forward and she soon went close to finding the net with a flicked header from Rachel Unitt’s whipped cross.

A mix-up in the France defence allowed Scott another sight of goal after 58 minutes and this time she made no mistake, advancing to the edge of the area before expertly lifting the ball over Deville.

Rachel Yankey Yankey feels for White after shoot-out

France came back strongly and forced some intense late pressure that saw substitute Elodi Thomis force a superb late save from Bardsley and Ellen White clear Laura Lepailleur’s header off the line.

But England’s resistance was ended three minutes from time when the ball broke for Bussaglia on the edge of the area for her to curl the ball into the top corner and their subsequent shoot-out misery meant their hopes of a first appearance in the World Cup semi-finals were dashed.

Afterwards, Powell hailed what she called a “gallant effort” by her side and defended her decision to bring back Faye White and Fara Williams after they were rested in the 2-0 win over Japan on Tuesday.

She also explained that her decision to bring World Cup debutants Steph Houghton and Claire Rafferty off the bench for experienced duo Alex Scott and Rachel Unitt towards the end of the 90 minutes was for injury and tactical reasons.

“Alex said she had a injury and Rafferty was for pace,” Powell said. “Rachel Unitt would have struggled against Thomis, and we knew that was going to happen, they always bring her on.

“Claire was very brave to step up and want to take a penalty, I have nothing but admiration for her.”

France Ladies: Deville, Viguier, Georges, Lepailleur, Soubeyrand (Thomis 67), Bompastor, Abily, Necib (Bretigny 79), Bussaglia, Thiney, Delie, Bretigny (Le Sommer 106). Subs Not Used: Philippe,Renard,Boulleau,Meilleroux,Franco, Pizzala.

Goals: Bussaglia 87.

England Ladies: Bardsley,Alex Scott (Houghton 81),Stoney, Faye White, Unitt (Rafferty 81), Carney, Jill Scott, Williams, Yankey (Asante 84), Smith, Ellen White. Subs Not Used: Brown, Chamberlain, Clarke, Aluko, Bradley, Bassett, Susi.

Booked: Williams,Ellen White,Bardsley,Jill Scott.

Goals: Jill Scott 58.

Att: 25,000

Ref: Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden).

Highlights - England 1-1 France (3-4 on pens) Highlights – England 1-1 France (3-4 on pens)

July 11, 2011

Life inside the News of the World

 Final edition of News of the World The News of the World newspaper lasted for 168 years and 8,674 editions The News of the World has published its last edition after 168 years. It marks the end of a newspaper where the journalists would get the stories at any cost, writes Dan Arnold, an investigative reporter at the paper from 1994 to 1996.

“We want exclusives, not excuses,” one of the many mantras at the News of the World.

Journalism is notoriously a high-pressure business, but the NoW was its own special pressure cooker of fear and rivalry.

“Get the story at any cost, we pay more than anyone else,” that was the basic premise at the start of any story.

I was authorised to offer a binman £25,000 in cash, a new car and a holiday for his story.

But as I sat outside a south London terraced house, people back in the office simply would not believe that a refuse collector didn’t want to talk to me.

Saying “no” to the NoW simply wasn’t an option.

‘Feared and loathed’

I joined the NoW at 23, one of the youngest reporters in Fleet Street at the time. I had three years’ experience under my belt of covering the general news in London – murders, suicides, court trials and tribunals: the usual humdrum stream of interviews and note-taking.

Copies of the News of the World The News of the World’s circulation dwarfed that of its competitors

But the NoW was different. Journalists were both feared and loathed. People would rarely talk, so we had to get the story by other means.

Was I asked to do anything illegal? No, but at the same time we were expected to cover our own backs. “Any cost” means what it says.

And remember, the NoW printed only what it could prove. You could collect all the hearsay “evidence” you liked, but without an admission or rock-solid proof the story would get binned or left until you came up with the goods.

I was once called into Piers Morgan’s office (the editor at the time) to hear an influential “fat cat” businessman explain his relationship with a senior politician’s female adviser.

I knew that they had been meeting and communicating but could not definitively prove they had an affair. But bingo, he spilled the beans.

‘Fair game’

At the time, the NoW was selling 4.7 million copies per week, far outstripping its nearest rivals, the Sunday Mirror and the People. Having your byline read by so many readers was no mean feat.

Nick Higham takes a look back at the News of the World’s sensationalist history.

Those working at the NoW knew they had “made it” – it was the biggest selling paper in the English-speaking world.

Moral qualms? Rarely. Celebrities, politicians and common-or-garden scumbags were the stock-in-trade and absolutely fair game.

Who would care about the ethics if you exposed a dodgy politician or a paedophile? Certainly not me.

You could put the fear of God into an MP just by phoning and saying: “Hi, I’m a reporter from the News of the World.”

Kind of “ignore me at your peril”. Definitely a thrill.

And to be honest, we were onto the next thing so quickly that we didn’t have time to reflect on the stories and those involved.

All investigative reporters from any paper or TV channel have to cross boundaries to get the story. The end often justified the means.

And the resources? At 10am on a Tuesday (the start of the working week for us), it was: “Dan, go to Heathrow Airport. Pick up five grand in cash from the Amex desk. Get to Sardinia. Now.” Boring? No.

But you were only as good as your last story, and I’ve heard other former journos describe how your bylines were counted up over the year, to see who would get the sack.

And remember, this was 1995. You might have the spiciest MP story of your career and be looking forward to a huge splash (front page story), but if Princess Di had bought a new dress then you were lucky to get a page-lead.

‘Suspicion and paranoia’

It was absolutely dog-eat-dog in the office. Stories were compartmentalised. None of us knew what the other was doing unless we were specifically teamed-up.

Stack of News of the World papers The decision to close the 168-year-old paper was sudden and unexpected

This was not just journalistic rivalry, we were told not to mention what we were doing to anyone, especially our colleagues.

Suspicion and paranoia were how you survived. And it was so competitive.

There simply wasn’t room for all the stories produced to appear in the paper, so only the best ones made it. And there were even a couple of “byline bandits” in the office, who would remove your name from a jointly written story.

It was a bubble too. Most journos were so focused on their stories and not getting fired that the “real” world did not exist. We were on call 24 hours a day with our pagers, and often worked evenings and weekends.

Not so strange in the world of news admittedly, but you had to add to that the atmosphere that the paper was all that mattered. The stress was visible on colleagues’ faces and often led to huge drinking binges and troubles at home.

The end

Ironically enough I lost my job when the Today newspaper was closed down, another News International title. They had to find 150 jobs in the building, and I was last-in, first-out.

I worked in Fleet Street for a short while afterwards but it was in the middle of the 90s recession and papers were firing.

I tried out local TV news for a while, but it was amateurish in comparison and badly run. And there was hardly any competitive atmosphere, which made it seem incredibly tame.

I still write now, but specialise in wine and music stories (much closer to my heart) and of course feel lucky that I got the boot when I did.

I don’t think that I would have hacked into Milly Dowler’s phone, but people with stressful careers and huge mortgages can be driven to the maddest of choices. I left with my principles intact.

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July 5, 2011

News Travels Slowly In The Model World: “Kate Moss—She’s Getting Married?”

If there was any doubt about it before, there isn’t now: Summer is here and in full swing. Ford Models celebrated the occasion last night with a model-packed barbecue at its 57th Street offices, attended by Hanne Gaby Odiele (below left), Ming Xi (left), Linda Vojtova, and Sigrid Agren, as well as a few designers and editors winding down over watermelon margaritas.

Most guests regretfully admitted they hadn’t been lying poolside or attending many barbecues as of late, due to their grinding work schedules. “I haven’t had much of a summer yet—I have been locked in my studio,” Richard Chai told “I’m hoping to go on vacation at the end of July.” Model Catherine McNeil (below right) had been working too, but for her, New York was the vacation. “It has been so long since I have been in New York because I have been working, but I’m hoping to have time to play some volleyball along the West Side Highway before heading to Europe again,” she said.

It was the eve of fellow model Kate Moss’ nuptials, but that fact apparently hadn’t made much of an impact on the model community.

“Kate Moss—she’s getting married?” asked McNeil. “When’s the wedding?” Xi added.—Kristin Studeman

Photos: Steve Eichner

Tags: catherine mcneil, ford models, Model, Travels, vacation, west side highway

July 2, 2011

Taylor’s items to tour the world

Dame Elizabeth Taylor

Dame Elizabeth Taylor was well known for her glamorous lifestyle Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of jewellery, art and designer clothing will be exhibited around the world, Christie’s auction house has announced.

The three-month tour will start in September and include stops in Moscow, London and Dubai before the items are sold at an auction in New York.

Known for her love of diamonds, the actress owned some of the world’s most expensive stones.

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation will receive proceeds from the exhibit.

The actress, whose film credits included National Velvet, Cleopatra and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? died in Los Angeles earlier this year, aged 79.

Some of her jewels were displayed after she wrote a book in 2003 entitled Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewellery.

Christie’s has pledged to devote its entire Rockefeller Center gallery space to the public exhibition and sales, which are expected to draw thousands of visitors.

Marc Porter, from the auction house, said: “The global tour and exhibition of her collection at Christie’s will be a window into the world of a true icon, a rare woman who was at once an international film and fashion star, loving mother, successful businesswoman, and generous humanitarian.

“This collection of her many cherished possessions will bring us closer to the essence of Elizabeth Taylor’s unique spirit, and promises to inspire admiration, delight and, at times, sheer wonder in all who come to see it.”

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July 1, 2011

Charlie Sheen Took Steroids While FilmingMajor League, World Pretends To Be Shocked

We really hate to add fuel to the Crazy Chaz fire, but we think we’ve finally cracked the code on what makes Charlie Sheen so….Charlie Sheen-like. The actor recently admitted to Sports Illustrated that he took steroids to prep for his role in the 80s baseball classic, Major League. Yes, it’s kinda like a serial killer admitting that he cheated at Scrabble, but bear with us. During filming, Sheen said he was prone to fits of intense irrational rage. See guys! He’s not nuts, he’s just method! Somebody needs to tell him that the steroid thing doesn’t help for every role, though.

“Let’s just say that I was enhancing my performance a little bit,” he said of the shoot. “It was the only time that I did steroids. I did them for like six or eight weeks. You can print this, I don’t give a f–k. My fastball went from 79 [miles-per-hour] to like 85.” But he claims to have stopped juicing after becoming unable to control his temper, especially when dudes made fun of the mullet haircut he sported for the movie. “I didn’t like the haircut because it generated so many comments in bars. I’ve got enough of that already. Add [steroids] to the mix, and it’s a recipe for a fistfight.”

Let that be a lesson to you, little leaguers: too much steroids gives you tiger blood. Err, wait, come back kids! That’s a BAD THING!

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July 1, 2011

The International Cricket Council ICC to probe World Cup ticket sales


nvestigation to review allegations of ‘black marketeering’. PHOTO: FILE


The International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched an investigation into “black marketeering” during the World Cup ticket sales fiasco that left thousands of fans ticketless.

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