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Sister act bids adieu

Posted: 23 Dec 2013 08:00 AM PST

Local indie-folk darlings The Impatient Sisters is set to play its final show – for now – as the trio's youngest member leaves for the United States.

THE Impatient Sisters will have to be more patient in the coming years, as Irena Taib, the youngest of the singing siblings, has been accepted to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. 

To celebrate the achievement, and to give Irena the grand send-off she deserves, her sisters Soraya and Nazeera will be throwing her a farewell concert featuring some of their friends in the local music scene.

"This will be the last show we'll play before Irena comes back, which will be in four or five years' time. We won't be performing as The Impatient Sisters until she's back," said Nazeera. The group is currently in the middle of recording its debut album. 

Considering the projected long hiatus, the sisters are hoping to put on a real big show at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC), in Damansara Perdana, Selangor. Soraya, the eldest of the group, said it will be the first time they're headlining a show at a venue like DPAC.

"This event is for all the people who have been with The Impatient Sisters from the beginning of our journey," said Soraya. 

"Initially, it was supposed to be just a nice party, but now it has become this big event. It's quite intimidating! We've never performed at such a nice venue before, and we're headlining!"

Apart from the headliners, the concert will also feature special guest performances by The Impatient Brothers (a comedy trio parodying The Impatient Sisters), electropop artiste Darren Ashley, who has collaborated with the sisters on a couple of tracks; fingerstyle guitarist Az Samad, the Malaysian Ukelele Group and more.

"We are gonna go all out for this show, perform all the songs we have – those in the upcoming album and even those that won't be in the album," said Soraya.

As for the release of the album, which was due to happen this month, fans will just have to wait till next year.

"We don't want to rush it," said Soraya. "We can still work on it until next year and release it at a picnic show!"

For more info on The Impatient Sisters' farewell show for Irena, go to www.dpac.com.my.

British 'The X Factor' winner shines

Posted: 22 Dec 2013 07:55 PM PST

Sam Bailey's single, Skyscraper, is number one in Britain.

Sam Bailey, a prison guard who won this year's version of the British talent show The X Factor, took the Christmas number one position on the British singles chart with her debut release on Sunday.

The 36-year-old mother-of-two sold 149,000 copies of Skyscraper, a reworking of American singer Demi Lovato's 2011 hit, outselling US singer Pharrell Williams' Happy by more than two to one. Last week's number one, Somewhere Only We Know by British singer Lily Allen, slipped to number six. The song received wide exposure as the theme for a Christmas television advertisement.

"Being number one is absolutely amazing," Bailey said. "It really is the icing on the cake."

Two social media campaigns designed to keep the X Factor winner off the top spot, cast by their supporters as an attempt to promote real music rather than manufactured acts, ended in failure. Fans of the heavy metal group AC/DC pushed the 1979 song Highway To Hell up to fourth place, giving the band their first top 10 British single of their 40-year career.

In the second organised campaign, the British dance act Altern 8 saw its 1990s hit Activ 8 (Come With Me) reach only 33rd place, according to the UK Charts Company, which compiles the weekly list.

On the album chart, British singer Robbie Williams' Swings Both Ways held on to the number one position, ahead of boy band One Direction's Midnight Memories. — Reuters

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