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Warpaint's coming!

Posted: 24 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

American indie pysch-pop group Warpaint geared up for local concert date.

YOU can always count on homegrown concert outfit Soundscape Records to curate the best live shows in town. It has booked hotly-tipped Los Angeles-based indie psych-pop group Warpaint as its first concert swing here this year. The all-female quartet is set to play a show at Bentley Music Auditorium, Petaling Jaya, in Selangor, on Feb 12.

Formed in 2004, Warpaint is Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Theresa Wayman (vocals/guitar), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass/vocals), and Stella Mozgawa (drums).

Local fans have plenty of reasons to get behind Warpaint, with the girls' meteoric rise over the last few years. After releasing the first EP Exquisite Corpse in 2008, the band signed with independent label Rough Trade Records in 2009, culminating in the release of its debut The Fool in October 2010 which earned it a BBC Sound of 2011 nomination.

It has taken nearly four years for Warpaint to return to the headlines. But wait no longer. The band's self-titled second album, released earlier this week, has charmed the critics and fans alike. The new record, featuring 12 songs, surges with an alluring sensuality that's unique to classic electronic and (British music label) 4AD dream pop records. Tunes like Love Is To Die and Biggy mark a new direction in Warpaint's career, with a deeper atmospheric sense and sensuality in the equation.

U2 collaborator Flood's textured production, with mixing help from Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, has given Warpaint a fresh creative edge. Across the new album, Warpaint weave intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals and driving post punk rhythms into gorgeous, sprawling songs that blur the line between psychedelia and intimacy.

The group will also contribute a cover of The Chauffeur to a forthcoming Duran Duran tribute album, Making Patterns Rhyme, nexth month. Warpaint plays Bentley Music Auditorium, 4th Floor, Wisma Bentley Music No. 3, Jalan PJU 7/2, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, on Feb 12. Pre-sale tickets at RM118 are available at Rock Corner outlets in the Klang Valley. More info at www.soundscape-records.com.

World Cup song features Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull

Posted: 23 Jan 2014 09:15 PM PST

The new song for this year's World Cup in Brazil has just been released.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup song has been revealed: We Are One (Ole Ola) is a collaboration between rapper Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte.

FIFA announced the news on Thursday, while Pitbull hinted at the collaboration via Twitter a day earlier, tweeting, "One song brings the world together #WeAreOne Written and produced by Pitbull, the track will debut ahead of the World Cup and will be featured on the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album. A video is also in the works.

Pibull and Lopez have collaborated on three previous tracks: On the Floor, Dance Again, and most recently Live It Up from JLo's next album. Claudia Leitte is a popular singer in Brazil and a coach for TV singing competition The Voice Brasil.

The song follows Shakira's Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), recorded with Freshlyground, which provided the soundtrack for the 2010 event hosted by South Africa.

Also recording a song for the 2014 World Cup is Ricky Martin, whose The Cup Of Life (La Copa de la Vida) for the 1998 World Cup catapulted him to global stardom. Martin's 2014 song, which will also be included on the official album, is being chosen via a songwriting contest that accepted submissions from around the world.

World Cup sponsor Coca-Cola, meanwhile, has revealed its choice of World Cup anthem: The World Is Ours, recorded in English by David Correy and since out in Spanish and Portuguese versions. That track follows up Coca-Cola's 2010 anthem choice, the global hit Wavin' Flag by K'naan. — AFP Relaxnews

Justin Bieber arrested

Posted: 23 Jan 2014 08:40 PM PST

The pop star is now out on bail after getting arrested for drunk driving in Florida.

Teen pop star Justin Bieber's tumultuous life off-stage landed him in jail for the first time on Thursday when police arrested the singer for drunk driving after he was caught drag racing on a main Miami Beach street in a rented Lamborghini.

The 19-year-old Canadian initially resisted arrest, cursed at police officers and later told them he had consumed alcohol, pot and prescription drugs, police said. Then, changing his demeanour, he grew cooperative and even smiled for his mug shot, coiffed hair perfectly in place.

Dressed in a prison suit, a silent Bieber heard the charges via video link: driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence and driving on an expired Georgia license.

A judge set bail at US$2,500 (RM8,000) and released the Boyfriend singer. If convicted, Bieber could face jail time of up to six months, although experts say he will likely get off with a lighter sentence for his first offense.

Bieber's arrest is his most serious run-in with the law during a year in which his problems have ranged from allegations of speeding through his gated community near Los Angeles to a felony investigation into whether he pelted a neighbour's house with eggs.

His once meteoric career has also showed signs of distress.

A year ago, he became the youngest artiste with five No.1 albums, but in March he collapsed on a London stage and in December hinted he might be ready to retire after releasing a compilation album and a film about his life.

Bieber waving to fans after exiting from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, Florida. -- AFP/Getty Images/Joe Raedle 

Just after 4am EST on Thursday (5pm in Malaysia), officers observed Bieber's yellow Lamborghini alongside another driver in a red Ferrari accelerate from a stop position on a four-lane road in a residential area just a few blocks from the South Beach tourist district, Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez said.

Two SUVs had blocked off the road so the singer could race a friend who was driving the rented Ferrari, police said.

Bieber was driving the sports car 88km to 96km per hour in a 48 kph zone, Miami Beach police spokeswoman Vivian Hernandez said.

'Why did you stop me?'

The singer was "a little belligerent, using some choice words," when arrested, Martinez said, but he grew cooperative at the police station.

In the arrest report, an officer said Bieber had bloodshot eyes and alcohol on his breath. The singer told police he was returning from a studio recording session and repeatedly asked why he had been stopped and arrested.

"Why did you stop me?" he asked, according to the report.

"Why do you have to search me?" Bieber later acknowledged that he had taken prescription medicine, had been smoking marijuana and had consumed alcohol, Martinez said.

Representatives for Bieber and his mother, Pattie Mallette, said they had no comment about his arrest.

His friend, identified as R&B singer Khalil Sharieff, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. His bail was set at US$1,000 (RM3,200).

High-powered criminal defense attorney Roy Black, who also has represented radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, actor Kelsey Grammer and Kennedy family member William Kennedy Smith, appeared in court on behalf of both men.

"This hopefully will proceed as any other case," Black said after the hearing.

The police department in the Florida city of Opa-locka is investigating whether two of its officers gave Bieber an unauthorised escort on Monday night after his private jet landed at the local airport, said city spokesman David Chiverton.

He confirmed the city also was looking into whether officers escorted Bieber to the King Of Diamonds strip club in Miami Gardens.

"We're investigating whether our police department escorted him there," said Chiverton. "You can have fun in Miami, but not too much fun."

Bieber was later released and escorted from jail by correctional officers. Wearing a hoodie and dark sunglasses, Bieber climbed on top of a waiting SUV to wave to fans.

The teen and children's idol, who has had nearly 50 million followers on Twitter, risks running afoul of his fans' parents. And even his hardcore supporters recognise he may have entered dangerous territory.

"The rough times he is going through, all of his fans have to be here to support him," said Salynn Chiong, 20, as she watched Bieber leaving jail.

She hoped he goes into rehab "and takes a break from the chaos he is living in". — Reuters

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