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Back for more: Brian McKnight returns to Malaysia for a concert

Posted: 22 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

The R&B star is set to thrill fans in Kuala Lumpur next month at the PWTC. 

American R&B star Brian McKnight is no stranger to music fans in Malaysia. He makes a long-awaited to these shores with a concert at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur on May 9.

McKnight, 44, was last in Malaysia in April 2000. If you're a fan of 1990s R&B then McKnight is the man for the slow jams and party starters.

The New York-raised star's most famous songs include, Anytime, Back At One, Still, and One Last Cry, which will be in the setlist on this tour stop.

As one of the most consistent and versatile adult contemporary R&B artists, McKnight tours regularly throughout the year.

He has sold over 20 million records worldwide. In addition to being a singer, songwriter, and producer, plus a multi-instrumentalist McKnight is perhaps most recognised for his strong falsetto range. Widely regarded as one of the strongest talents in the adult urban contemporary R&B genre, his career can be traced back through 12 studio albums. 

He signed to Motown in 1998 and proved his pedigree with the hit album Back At One in 1999. His recent albums More Than Words, Just Me, Evolution Of A Man and Ten have cast the man in a more creative and mature soul singer light. 

McKnight recently released a career-spanning compilation Greatest Hits, which will be the main focus of this Kuala Lumpur tour stop.

McKnight's show at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur on May 9 starts at 8.30pm Tickets range from RM150 to RM1,250. More details at www.jagtickets.com.my.

Lorde leads Billboard Music Awards nominations

Posted: 20 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

Lorde, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the 2014 Billboard Music Awards nominations.

Atop the pack of nominees are Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons and 17-year-old New Zealand pop prodigy Lorde, who both scored 12 nods.

Imagine Dragons and Lorde dominated radio last year with inescapable hits. The quintet's Grammy-winning smash Radioactive made Billboard history in February after spending a record-breaking 77 weeks on the trade publication's Hot 100 chart and Lorde's biting, yet ubiquitous, hit Royals nabbed her the honour of being the youngest artiste to win song of the year at the Grammys.

The two will square off in nine categories, including Hot 100 artiste, digital song, radio songs artiste, top rock artiste and rock album. Lorde is also up for new artiste against Capital Cities, Ariana Grande and Passenger.

Timberlake scored 11 nods, including top artiste and Billboard 200 album for his comeback opus, The 20/20 Experience (the two-part album even competes with itself in the R&B album category). Perry is up for 10, including top artiste, top female and Hot 100 artiste, and breakout Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are in the running for eight trophies.

Cyrus, whose transition from Disney princess to urban pop provocateur has yet to pay off with any actual awards, could see her luck reversed on the Billboard stage. The headline-grabber is up for nine, including top artiste, top female, Hot 100 artiste and top streaming artiste.

Finalists for Billboard's Milestone award, which was launched last year to honour musical ingenuity and innovation (Justin Bieber won the inaugural fan-voted award to mostly jeers) are Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Luke Bryan, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding and Carrie Underwood. The six finalists will be whittled down to three and fans logging their votes online can also enter a contest to present the honour alongside Kelly Rowland during the telecast.

Other notable nominees include Beyonce, whose surprise album is up for a slew of honours, Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, Luke Bryan and Eminem. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will be held at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 18. – Los Angeles Times/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

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