Singapore

Hartono signs with Warner

Local singer-songwriter Nathan Hartono is Warner Music Singapore’s newly signed artiste.

Last Friday, the 25-year-old appeared on the first episode of the popular reality TV singing competition Sing! China, previously known as The Voice Of China.

Hartono was a hit with all four judges and he chose Mandopop superstar Jay Chou as his mentor.

After three years, his new single Electricity is now available on all digital platforms.

He also released a music video for it this month. It is directed by Hirzi Zulkiflie of YouTube duo Munah and Hirzi and stars radio DJ-actress Kimberly Wang.


Saldana reveals autoimmune disease

US actress Zoe Saldana has opened up about suffering from autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

The 38-year-old revealed her condition in the July issue of The Edit magazine.

She said: “I had a great time in my twenties. Then your doctor says you’re losing calcium in your bones.”

Her mother and sister suffer from the same disease. She manages it by following a strict diet and no longer eats gluten or dairy.

Saldana said: “Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it’s always inflamed. You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean.”


Ex-EXO members settle with SM

After almost two years of lawsuits, Chinese singers Kris and Luhan, former members of K-pop boy band EXO, have finally come to an agreement with their management agency SM Entertainment.

According to K-pop news website Soompi, Kris, 25, and Luhan, 26, filed lawsuits against SM Entertainment in May and October 2014.

They cited the length of the contract, treatment from the company, unfair profit distribution among reasons for the invalidity of their exclusive contracts.

After arbitration in a court in Seoul, South Korea, last month, the court has settled the case with recommendation for reconciliation.

Kris and Luhan’s contract with SM Entertainment will remain valid until 2022, in line with their original contract.

SM Entertainment’s legal representatives said in a statement that specific details about the settlement could not be revealed.

It said : “Kris and Luhan, excluding areas in Korea and Japan, will entrust jurisdiction rights entirely to SM Entertainment, and they will share a part of their revenues with SM Entertainment.

“Needless to say, they will not promote as members of EXO.”


1D’s Payne signs solo record deal

Following in the footsteps of fellow One Direction member Harry Styles, Liam Payne is signing a solo record deal.

The 22-year-old British singer tweeted on Thursday: “Happy to have signed to @CapitolUK. They have an amazing history of artists, I hope I can follow in their footsteps.”

Some fans were upset by the news, but Payne reassured them with another tweet that said: “One Direction will always be my home and family but I’m very excited to see what this chapter brings.”


"When I met her I was pretty doughy, so I think I had her sold on the doughy version."

— US actor Matt Damon on how his wife enjoyed the buffer bod he sported for his new movie Jason Bourne