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K-pop girl group TWICE aims for top of the Billboard

K-pop girl group TWICE aims for top of the Billboard

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K-pop girl group TWICE aims for top of the Billboard

 With an upbeat new album all about love and friendship and a world tour under way, K-pop girl band TWICE has set its sights on a new high on the Billboard main chart, the group told Reuters.

The nine-member band has helped to drive the global K-pop phenomenon since its debut in 2015, propelled by cheerful songs, catchy hooks and choreography.

TWICE released its album “With YOU-th,” on Friday, following an all-English language single “I Got You” early this month.

In an interview with Reuters, members of TWICE said they were elated to perform as a group after focusing on solo or sub-unit activities over the last year.

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The six-track mini album and its lead single, “One Spark,” were meant to embody the passion and love the members share among themselves and with the fans, Chaeyoung said. With two other band members, Jeongyeon and Dahyun, she wrote the lyrics.

“I think this album is a collection of things that represent our youth, the friendship and special bond that glues together nine of us and that only TWICE can show,” she said.

The pre-released single, “I Got You,” had headed iTunes’ top songs chart in 41 regions, TWICE’s management JYP Entertainment Corp said, and the band aims for a higher spot on the Billboard main chart.

“I have a dream. I’ll be really happy if we score high on the Billboard, even if not No. 1,” Chaeyoung said.

TWICE has resumed its fifth world tour, performing in Mexico City and Sao Paulo this month and is set to visit Las Vegas in March. In July, the band’s members will become the first overseas female artists to play the Nissan Stadium in Kanagawa, Japan.

Like many other K-pop groups, TWICE faces tight schedules and public pressure, but “letting go of things” and strength as a group helped its members to cope, they said.

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Jeongyeon also said she had taken boxing lessons to unwind.

“You need to learn to rely on the people around you, and to get help from them, not do everything alone,” Mina said.

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Maya Ali’s splendid Eid pics adored by fans

Maya Ali’s splendid Eid pics adored by fans

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Pakistan showbiz industry talented actor Maya Ali has uploaded a photo in white attire that left fans spell bounded.

She released a photo on the occasion of Eidul Fitr and the fans have loved the new photos of the Man Mayal actor.

The actor delicately choose the white dress on Eid and the fine work on the dress increased her beauty.

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Italian designer Roberto Cavalli dead at 83: Italian media

Italian designer Roberto Cavalli dead at 83: Italian media

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Italian designer Roberto Cavalli dead at 83: Italian media

Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, whose penchant for python and flamboyant animal prints made him the darling of the international jet set for decades, died Friday at 83, news media said.

Italian news agency ANSA reported that the designer died at home in Florence, the city where he was born, after a long illness.

First seen in the 1970s on stars such as Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot, his skin-baring, eye-popping styles were still favoured years on by later generations of celebrities, from Kim Kardashian to Jennifer Lopez.

Cavalli had a taste for Ferraris, fat cigars and tailored shirts unbuttoned to expose his tanned chest. He married a Miss Universe runner-up, owned a purple helicopter and a Tuscan vineyard, and was on a first-name basis with Hollywood A-listers.

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Born November 15, 1940 in Florence, Italy’s premier leatherworking centre, Cavalli was known for his use of printed leather and stretchy, sand-blasted jeans.

The designer was tapped in 2005 to update the Playboy Bunnies’ scanty uniform — true to form, he introduced one version in leopard print. 

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Serbian runway honours shooting victim with Dior designs

Serbian runway honours shooting victim with Dior designs

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Serbian runway honours shooting victim with Dior designs

Jelena Acimovic is not a model, but on Friday evening she walked the runaway at Belgrade Fashion Week in a dress designed by Dior (DIOR.PA) after drawings by her 14-year old sister who was killed in a school massacre last year.

Angelina Acimovic was in history class when her classmate, a 13-year old boy, entered the school and killed nine pupils and a guard in a shooting spree.

“This dress is white and resembles a wedding dress, she did not live long enough to see me as bride,” Jelena said before the show.

To commemorate Angelina’s life, her family last year called on designers to make dresses after her drawings made when she was 10 years old and attended a designers course for children.

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Many Serbian designers responded and two dresses were made by Dior. Angelina’s two sisters, nine of her young friends and several professional models walked the runaway wearing dresses.

“In every drawing there was joy and beauty. She had a very serious approach,” said Bata Spasojevic, a Serbian designer who was among the first designers to respond to the Acimovic family’s call to revive their daughter’s sketches.


Angelina’s other sister, Marija, wore an elegant sleeveless pink dress with a train. Pink was Angelina’s favourite colour, she said.

“I am thinking about Angelina, that she is with us this evening and that she is happy with what we are doing,” Marija said.
Andjelko Acimovic, Angelina’s father, established a foundation named after his youngest daughter to commemorate her life.

“We believe that she is watching what we do and we will do everything to make her proud the way she made us proud,” Acimovic said.

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Last year 18 people were killed in two shootings – one in elementary school and another one in a small town outside Belgrade – on May 3 and 4.

The two shootings shocked Serbia and triggered the biggest anti-government protests since the Serbian Progressive Party took power in 2012, prompting the government to call a snap election.

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