US celebrity Demi Lovato to sing in HCM City

American singer, actress, and songwriter Demi Lovato will be guest singer in a music event in HCM City next month, multimedia company YAN Group has said in a release. Lovato has confirmed she will perform at YAN Beatfest 2015 on May 9 at Phu Tho Stadium in District 11. The popular singer will be performing with 80 top established and emerging Vietnamese singers during 12 hours of non-stop music. The festival, also to feature a series of culinary activities, games, and shopping, is expected to attract more than 50 thousand music fans. YAN Beatfest debuted last year with Vietnamese performers and English singer Shayne Ward, drawing an audience of 50,000 who danced away to the music for 12 hours. Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato, 23, made her debut as a child actress in US children's TV series Barney & Friend. In 2008 she rose to prominence in the Disney Channel TV film Camp Rock and signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records. She released her debut album, Don't … [Read more...]

Demi Lovato to perform in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge - American singer Demi Lovato will join a music event called YAN Beatfest in HCM City this May. The show, held by YAN Group, will take place on May 9 at the Phu Tho Stadium, No. 1 Lu Gia Street, District 11. The event will have the participation of 80 Vietnamese singers. Besides music, YAN Beatfest will also offer various entertainment and shopping activities. YAN Beatfest was launched last year and lured up to 50,000 viewers. Demi Lovato, 23, is an American actress, singer, and songwriter who made her debut as a child actress in "Barney & Friends" – an American television series aimed at children aged one to eight. In 2008, Lovato was catapulted to fame in the Disney Channel television film "Camp Rock" and signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Her second album, "Here We Go Again," was released in 2009 and premiered at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. Its title track became her first single to break the top 20 of the Billboard Hot … [Read more...]

Demi Lovato to join YAN Beatfest in May

Kieu Giang U.S. singer/songwriter Demi Lovato - PHOTO: OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF DEMI LOVATO Apart from three solo albums which were ranked in world’s music charts, the 23-year-old artist was a judge and mentor at the reality show The X-Factor of the U.S. in 2012 and 2013. Lovato started her acting career in Barney & Friends children’s television series. She had her leading role in the Disney’s Camp Rock movie in 2008 which helped shoot her to stardom among young audiences. In her career, she has received awards at MTV Video Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and People’s Choice Awards among others. The singer hasn’t unveiled any information about her songs at YAN Beatfest. However, sharing the stage with Lovato will be 80 local veteran and young singers, including Dam Vinh Hung, Lam Truong, Phuong Thanh, Luu Huong Giang, Phuong Vy Idol, Uyen Linh, Le Hieu, Ha Anh Tuan, Vu Cat Tuong, Hari Won, and Giang Hong Ngoc, among others. Last year’s … [Read more...]

Demi Lovato to sing in Ho Chi Minh City next month

Celebrated American singer/actress Demi Lovato has confirmed she will make it to a music event in Ho Chi Minh City next month. Lovato will perform at YAN Beatfest 2015, which will be organized on May 9 at Phu Tho Stadium, at 1 Lu Gia Street, District 11. The event will be held by YAN Group, a local multimedia group which targets its products at young people. However, it is not clear which songs the much-loved singer will be performing at the upcoming concert. The show will feature the performances of up to 80 established and emerging Vietnamese singers. The YAN Beatfest debuted last year and drew an audience of up to 50,000 members who rocked to the music during 12 hours on end. Apart from music, the festival also offers a clutch of other entertainment and shopping activities. Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato, 23, is an American actress, singer, and songwriter who made her debut as a child actress in "Barney & Friends" – an American television series aimed at … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – April 6

Here are the most important news stories about Vietnam you should not miss today, April 6, 2015. Politics -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev began his three-day official visit to Vietnam after arriving in Hanoi on Sunday. -- Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong wrapped up his week-long working visit to the Republic of Korea on Sunday. Cuong is the first Vietnamese justice minister to visit that country. Society -- A 38-year-old man set himself and his eight-year-old daughter on fire out of anger at his divorced wife in the southern province of An Giang on Saturday, severely burning both. -- Two were killed while four others were injured in a rare double accident that involved a bus, a truck, and a number of motorcycles in the southern province of Binh Duong on Sunday. -- Hundreds of hectares of melaleuca forest in the southernmost province of Ca Mau were consumed by a fire on Sunday. -- Three pick-pocketing suspects who targeted female students traveling on buses in … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 15/4

Ha Noi hosts concert fusing Malian and Vietnamese music A night of exotic music will be performed by Malian musician Musbaba with Vietnamese artists in Ha Noi tonight. The night will include pieces composed by Musbaba, a Ha Noi-based artist, using traditional Vietnamese instruments such as the dan tranh (16-chord zither) with Malian percussion. The concert is part of a project launched in 2012 by Musbaba to gather artists from different musical genres. Since then, Musbaba has worked to combine Vietnamese dan tranh melodies with Malian rhythms. The project has created unusual yet harmonious collaborations among musicians from very different backgrounds. The concert will begin at 8pm at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street. YAN Beatfest thrills over 50,000 music lovers A view is seen at an outdoor music festival called YAN Beatfest 2014 at Phu Tho Indoor Stadium in HCMC's District 11 last Saturday. This was one of the biggest concerts in terms of participants as … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 14/4

Veteran actor Trinh Thinh dies People's Artist Trinh Thinh, one of the great names of Vietnamese revolutionary cinema, died at age 88 in Hanoi on April 11 after long illness. "My father had been critically ill for the past ten years, and twice was within an inch of his life. He had been bed-ridden since 2012 as a result of a heart attack," said Thinh's eldest daughter, Trinh Thi Hang. The noted artist was famous for the upright, unpretentious roles he portrayed, though he was not professionally trained. "I starred alongside Thinh in just one film Lua Rung (Forest Fire) in 1965 by Pham Van Khoa. I played Thinh's wife. I was unmarried, but he already had four daughters at that time. During our field trips, Thinh took them along. He did hard work as he acted and took care of the children at the same time," said famous actress Tra Giang. With his rich lifestyle, gift, and hard training, Thinh set himself as one of the most senior actors in the country's cinematography. He … [Read more...]

First picnic music festival held in HCM City

(VOV) -Over 40,000 music fans attended Yan Beatfest, which took place in HCM City on April 12 attracting more than 80 local and foreign artists. Vietnamese artists attend Germany Music Festival 2013 European Music Festival to take place in Hanoi First French street music festival in Vietnam Yan Beatfest, organized by YANTV - the leading youth channel in Vietnam - included a variety of other entertainment as well as a shopping area. Shayne Ward and Vietnamese singer Phuong Vy Visitors to the event were impressed by outstanding performances by famous British singer Shayne Ward (the winner of the second series of The X Factor) and international DJ Scott Kirby. Shayne Ward took part in an exchange programme with local fans and spoke in Vietnam in response to appraisal from Vietnamese music lovers. Ward sang five songs namely "If that's ok with you", "Just be good to me", "Nobody knows", "No U Hang Up", and "No promises". He also joined Vietnamese female … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 29/3

Training programme seeks talented people to make films People between the ages of 18 and 35 are encouraged to join a film project launched by the Ha Noi-based Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talent (TPD). The project, called We Are Filmmakers, will offer financial support and film training to help participants develop their skills. The project's teaching and consulting board, including film director Bui Thac Chuyen, author and scriptwriter Phan Huyen Thu and cameraman Ly Thai Dung, will provide lessons. After training, the participants will make 10 short films and documentaries. Their works will be screened later this year. Begun in 2009, the project is a long-term programme that aims to support young people in filmmaking. TPD organised the Golden Lotus Bud 2013 awards in Ha Noi last year. The event annually features young filmmakers and shows their works to the public. More than 48 short documentaries and short films were nominated for the … [Read more...]

X Factor hunk to perform at first picnic music festival

Centre stage: English singer Shayne Ward will perform at the first picnic music festival in Viet Nam, Yan Beatfest, on April 12. — File Photo HCM CITY (VNS)— Eighty local singers, together with English singer Shayne Ward and international DJ Scott Kirby will perform in the first picnic music festival in Viet Nam, called YAN Beatfest, to be held at Phu Tho Stadium in HCM City on April 12. Organised by YAN Group, YAN Beatfest is set to start at 9am until 11pm on the second Saturday of April. Picnic music festivals are usually a one day, annual summer event in western countries, but it is a new concept in Viet Nam, says a press release. Shayne Ward, 30, rose to fame as the winner of the second series of The X Factor. Known for his brilliant voice and model good looks, his first solo single That's My Goal was released soon after his victory on X Factor and it went on to become one of the top 70 singles ever released in the UK charts and number one in multiple countries … [Read more...]

Madonna ranks No. 1 as music’s top earning woman: Forbes

With earnings of $125 million, pop singer Madonna is the highest-paid woman in music, easily surpassing Lady Gaga and country-pop singer Taylor Swift, Forbes said on Wednesday. Her income for the 12-month period used by the magazine also made her the highest-earning celebrity overall, it said. Much of Madonna's earnings from June 2012 to June 2013 were from her worldwide MDNA Tour, which pulled in $305 million. But the 55-year-old singer, who jumped from ninth place in 2012, also made money with merchandising sales, her fragrance and from her Material Girl clothing line. She is "music's top earner of any genre or gender and the highest-paid celebrity of any stripe," according to Forbes. Lady Gaga, with $80 million, jumped from No. 4 to No. 2 this year, despite her Born This Way Ball tour being cut short due to an injury. Gaga, 27, released her album "ARTPOP" after the cutoff date for Forbes' annual earnings calculations. Swift, 23, dropped from second place in 2012 to third this … [Read more...]

13 members of Anonymous indicted on US hacking charges

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Thirteen alleged members of the loosely organized hacker collective known as Anonymous were indicted Thursday in connection with a series of online attacks on US companies and trade groups. The indictment unsealed in Alexandria, Virginia, charged the 13 with attacks between September 2010 and January 2011 on the Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America, Visa, Mastercard, Bank of America and others. The defendants were charged with organizing denial of service attacks aimed at shutting down the websites of the targets known as "Operation Payback." The targets were chosen for their stand on piracy and copyright enforcement after the discontinuation of Pirate Bay, and the financial institutions later for ending transactions that allowed funds to be raised for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The 13 "planned and executed a coordinated series of cyber-attacks against victim websites by flooding those websites with a huge volume of … [Read more...]

The (true) sound of music

The international media has been reporting about a comeback being made by vinyl long-playing records, which ruled the roost since being invented in 1888 but were replaced by compact discs in the early 1990s. Online retailer Amazon was quoted as saying that vinyl is its "fastest growing music medium" with sales increasing 745 percent since 2008. It is already up 100 percent this year, the company said. The news has been welcomed and many hope that LPs, known for their rich, high-quality sound, will no longer be limited to audiophiles but return to the mainstream, restoring music quality, which is compressed to fit digital formats. A somewhat similar story is also playing out in Vietnam, where some music producers and singers are making efforts to bring back vinyl records. Last week Giao Huong Xanh (green orchestra) Music and Film Communication Company and Tre (Youth) Production launched a project called "Vietnam Vinyl" to reissue some of Tre's 1990s albums in vinyl. The 1990s are … [Read more...]

Adele’s “21” sells 10 million, Rihanna leads Billboard

British singer and Grammy darling Adele reached the 10 million sales mark in the United States on Wednesday with her heartbreak album "21" becoming the first by British woman to reach the milestone, Nielsen SoundScan said.   Singer Adele holds her six Grammy Awards at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012. - Photo: Reuters   "21", released in February 2011, produced the hits "Someone Like You" and "Rolling In The Deep" and became the top-selling album of 2011. Earlier this year, Adele swept the Grammy Awards with six, including song, record and album of the year.   "21" became the third album to cross 10 million in 2012, along with LinkinPark's "Hybrid Theory" and Usher's "Confessions". But it is the only album to reach the milestone in less than two years in the last decade, Nielsen said.   "What an incredible honor," Adele said in a statement. "A huge, huge thank you to my American fans for embracing this record on such a massive level".   "21" … [Read more...]

Copyright infringement, not the done thing

People always claim that since Vietnam is a small music market, copyright issues should not be a big deal. But, what if international organizations accuse a national broadcaster of infringing copyrights of foreign songs? It is a national shame. The Vietnam Center for Protection of Music Copyright recently told a local newspaper that it gets lots of requests from international copyright organizations for support to collect royalties from local TV shows using copyrighted songs. In response to the accusation, Vietnam Television said it has yet to make a decision on paying royalties for foreign songs, citing the difficulty in contacting international artists. Meanwhile, Cat Tien Sa Company, a producer of TV shows, said reality shows' foreign creators do not say anything about royalties for songs not purchased for the original shows. So this means after all the scandals over violating local music copyright and controversies over songs sung by contestants in reality music shows, … [Read more...]

American R&B singer Monica arrives in Vietnam

American R&B singer Monica Denise Brown arrived in Hanoi on September 5 for the 4th Hennessy Artistry Night at My Dinh Stadium on September 7. American R&B singer Monica Denise Brown Monica took part in a press conference together with Japanese rock band Okamoto and Vietnam Idol 2007 Phuong Vy on September 6. They are expected to bring a musical party to Hanoi's music lovers.American R&B singer Monica will perform 'The Boy Is Mine' which is a song recorded by American R&B singers Brandy and Monica in 1998. It earned Monica three Grammy Award nominations for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best R&B Song and Record of the Year. 'The Boy Is Mine' was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2000.The singer began performing as a child. She signed with Arista Records at age thirteen and released her debut album Miss Thang in 1995. Her first two singles 'Don't Take It Personally' and 'Before You Walk out of My … [Read more...]

American R&B singer Monica to perform in Hanoi

American R&B singer Monica will travel to Vietnam for the 4th Hennessy Artistry Night in Hanoi on September 7. American R&B singer Monica The singer began performing as a child. She signed with Arista Records at age thirteen and released her debut album Miss Thang in 1995. Her first two singles 'Don't Take It Personally' and 'Before You Walk out of My Life' made her the youngest recording act to ever have two consecutive chart-topping hits on the US Billboard Top R&B Singles chart. 'The Boy Is Mine' is a song recorded by American R&B singers Brandy and Monica in 1998. It earned Monica three Grammy Award nominations for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best R&B Song and Record of the Year. 'The Boy Is Mine' was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2000.With a career lasting more than 15 years, she became the first artist to top the US Billboard Hot R&B and Hip-Hop Songs chart in the 1990s, … [Read more...]

ISPs, movie, music, TV groups in copyright deal

Major US Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and music, movie and television industry associations unveiled a long-awaited agreement on Thursday aimed at curbing online copyright infringement. The Copyright Alert System calls for ISPs to send a series of email notices to Internet subscribers whose accounts have been identified by content owners as illegally downloading music, movies or television shows. After five notices, subscribers could be subject to "mitigation measures" by an ISP, including temporarily reducing their Internet speed or redirecting their account to a landing page with information about copyright infringement. The voluntary agreement does not oblige the ISPs to take punitive action, however, which they have been reluctant to do in the absence of a court order. ISPs will not provide customers' names to rights owners and subscribers can seek an "independent review," at a cost of $35, to determine the validity of an infringement claim. The Center for Copyright … [Read more...]

Hanoi Concert to gather US and UK idols

American Idol 2008 winner David Cook and U.K.'s X-factor 2008 winner Alexandra Burke will perform in Hanoi next month. The two artists will perform their hits along with the well-known Vietnamese-Australian singer Thanh Bui at the H-Artistry music show at the Quan Ngua Sport Complex on June 16. Rock singer-songwriter Cook was born in 1982 in Houston, Texas. He rose to fame after winning the seventh season of reality television show American Idol in 2008. He released his first album, "David Cook," in November 2008. It later won the Platinum Medal of the Recording Industry Association of America. Born in 1988, Burke won the U.K.'s version of American Idol, X-factor, in 2008. She released her debut single "Hallelujah," which sold 105,000 copies in one day and became the top-selling song of the year in the U.K. Her debut album "Overcome" was released in October 2009 and entered the U.K. Albums Chart at number one. Vietnamese-Australian Thanh Bui was born in 1983 in Adelaide, South … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 10/4

Hanoi to launch fireworks marking National Reunification Day Hanoi will set off a high-range fireworks display at five locations as part of activities to celebrate National Reunification Day (April 30, 1975-2015), announced the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism on April 7. The 15-minute shows are scheduled for 9:00 pm on April 30 at Hoan Kiem lake (Hoan Kiem district), Thong Nhat park (Hai Ba Trung district), Van Quan Lake (Ha Dong district), My Dinh National Stadium (Nam Tu Liem district) and Son Tay Town's Flower Garden. A wide range of activities will also be held on the occasion. The Ho Chi Minh City Television Cup Bicycle Race will kick off at 7:00 am at Ly Thai To monument on April 11. A live programme linking Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will be staged at the Vietnam Military History Museum later the same day. A national celebration scheduled at My Dinh National Convention Center, along with arts performances, sporting events, exhibitions, and talks will be held … [Read more...]