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Let's play hide and seek with Coldplay

Posted: 29 Apr 2014 10:25 PM PDT

British band sends fans on a quest to find song lyrics in libraries worldwide.

If your usually quiet local library is suddenly brimming with people with a keen interest in horror books, don't freak out ... unless you're a Coldplay fan, then by all means, just go crazy.

In possibly one of the smartest marketing ploys – and hopefully a great way to rekindle people's love for books – Coldplay has launched a massive "treasure" hunt urging fans to search for Chris Martin's handwritten lyric sheets in libraries around the world.

The band announced that it will reveal the lyrics for all nine songs from its upcoming Ghost Stories album – which features Martin's kids Apple and Moses – by hiding the precious handwritten lyric sheets in ghost story books in libraries in nine countries.

You can be part of the hunt by simply following the clues to the exact locations of the sheets, which will be posted on the band's Twitter account ( – using the hashtag #lyricshunt.

Fans are encouraged to put the clues together and visit their local libraries to see if they can find an envelope containing one of the unique lyrics sheets. As each one is discovered, a photo of the sheet will be posted online, for all of Coldplay fans to see.

If becoming the proud owner of the priceless handwritten lyric sheets is not enough to send a fan over the moon, one of the hidden envelopes also contains a Golden Ticket (Oh, how Willy Wonka!) giving the finder – Judit Garriga (who found it a few hours ago in a library in Barcelona, Spain) – a free trip to London to watch Coldplay perform at the Royal Albert Hall on July 1.

No pressure, but a few of these sheets have already been discovered (one in Singapore!) which means there are only a few left hidden in a book in a library somewhere in the world. Here are some of those that have been found: 

Sheila Majid is looking for the right note

Posted: 29 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

Join Strepsils' nationwide singing contest to win exciting prizes.

Strepsils has just launched a nationwide singing contest called The Right Note in conjunction with World Voice Day (April 16). The launch was attended by the general manager of Reckitt Benckiser Malaysia and Singapore Hina Nagarajan and singer extraordinaire Datuk Sheila Majid.

The competition is Strepsils' recognition of the importance of a healthy voice while allowing local musicians to achieve their dreams by sharing their talent on stage.

"A healthy voice helps people express themselves, so they can keep making the difference in moments that matter," says Hina. 

"We are confident that through this campaign, we will discover several hidden vocal talents."

Sheila also expressed her concern of having a healthy voice. The singer says that her greatest nightmare is to lose her voice, especially prior to a performance.

To join the competition, participants have to upload a video of them singing a song on YouTube and submit the link on Strepsils Malaysia's official website.

Sheila and the members of the public will be judging the contestants of The Right Note to determine the five who will compete for the top spot at the finals which will be announced at a later date. The winner wins the grand prize of RM10,000.

"In my opinion, the most important criteria for a singer is the voice. That's number one; the rest are frills," says Sheila. "That's what I'm looking for – the voice." 

> For more information or to participate in Strepsils' The Right Note competition, log on to Deadline for submission is May 28.

'Waves' hits the top spot in the British charts

Posted: 29 Apr 2014 03:35 AM PDT

Dutch singer-songwriter Mr Probz's re-worked single is now the talk of the town.

If you have never heard of Mr Probz, well it's about time you listened to some of his tracks. Mr Probz, aka Dennis Princewell Stehr, is a Dutch hip-hop artiste, singer and songwriter who has just recently made a name for himself in the international music scene.

Last week, he released a re-worked dance version of his single – Waves – in Britain and it went straight to the top of the British singles chart. The song originally debuted last year and features the artiste singing a heartfelt song about losing somebody, "slowly drifting, wave after wave...".

German DJ and producer Robin Schulz then got his hands on it and made a remixed version, transforming Waves into something less mellow and more "appropriate" for summer music season.

The music video for the remixed radio edit, which features a man stranded on an island and hallucinating, has more than six million views. The clip for the original song sees Mr Probz singing in a studio surrounded by some musicians – it now has more than 13 million hits.

Also on the British charts now are Hideaway by Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza and Nobody To Love by Sigma.


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