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Lady Gaga Releases New single ‘Applause’ Early to Beat Leaks

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Lady Gaga has rushed out her new single, Applause, after a number of snippets leaked online.

“A pop music emergency is underway,” tweeted the star as the single was distributed to iTunes and YouTube.

Applause, the singer’s first new material since 2011, was originally scheduled for release on 19 August.

Leaks are almost a fact of life for today’s pop stars, with Beyonce, Katy Perry and Jay-Z all seeing unauthorised material appear online this year.

Of 2013’s major releases, only David Bowie managed to keep his new album under wraps.

The release of his comeback single, Where Are We Now, on the morning of his 66th birthday came as a surprise to fans and critics around the world.

Low quality clips from Gaga’s record first began to appear online on Saturday.

“Lord in heaven, why?” the 27-year-old tweeted, blaming hackers for the leak. “You just couldn’t wait. This is too much for one Saturday.”

At first, she mobilised fans – asking them to report leaks to her record label – but by Monday evening she had relented and released the song to radio and online stores.

A short burst of robotic pop, Applause has so far received positive reviews.

Calling the single a “throwback” to her earlier material, Rolling Stone said “Applause is all bouncy disco and simple messages”.

Billboard magazine said it was “built around pulsating synthesizers and morphs into a thrilling dance cut when it circles back to its chorus”.

But Spin magazine said Applause “offers few reasons to clap”, calling the track “bland” and “behind the times”.

Lady Gaga is due to give the first performance of the single at the MTV Awards on 25 August. Her third album, ARTPOP, will be released in November.

 

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Katsha to offer free education to underprivileged children

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Education is the key to success, they say. Considering the importance of education in development of society at large, socialite Shafique Katumba alias Katsha De’bank has pledged to offer free education to underprivileged children. Through his charity organisation, The Katsha Foundation, he hopes to change the lives of many Ugandans by playing a role in education development of the vulnerable segment of the society.

According to Katsha, the foundation is actively engaged in a number of charitable projects but the area of education is closer to his heart. He has a dream to see that every child is in school and plans to establish a boarding school where children from down trodden class of the society will be admitted and they will be provided with good education. Those admitted children will not only be educated at the school level but they will be financed and properly looked after till their graduation from the higher education institutes in order to make them a valuable resource for this society.

“We at the Katsha Foundation firmly believe in our motto which clearly stipulates that ‘Educate a Child and Develop a Future Family,'” Katsha noted.

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Kampala edition of Evoke Night in photos

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Kampala night life lovers had an extra option last night at he Evoke Night. The crowd which mainly was composed of young people was entertained by Evoke Band who had the first act of the night. The night was histed by Mama KLA.

The night was fun filled with Art, Music, Fashion and Games that had the young crowd thrilled. DJ Ssese was on the decks with some of the latest grooving music. The event took place in Kampala at the Square in industrial area. The night was sponsored by Club beer.

Here are some photos from the event:

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AFRICAN MOVIE CHANNEL’s AMC SERIES RETURNS TO STARTIMES

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A year after African Movie Channel’s AMC Series channel departed StarTimes, it is making its return to the television platform.

Following a new deal signed in August with StarTimes, the international Pay TV operator and UK based broadcaster, African Movie Channel (AMC) will launch African Movie Channel Series (AMC Series) on the StarTimes DTT and DTH African television platforms, on 30th August 2019.

AMC Series is a premium 24-hour African entertainment channel, showcasing only the best and award-winning TV soaps, comedy and drama mainly from Nigeria, peppered with some of the best series from all over Africa. The channel is modern, fun, urban, in addition to being classy and aspirational.

AMC Series carefully curates high quality content for viewers across Africa. From Nollywood series, exciting talk shows and entertainment magazine shows freshly produced in AMC’s studios, to an exclusive slate of AMC’s own original movies, AMC Series provides the full package of unrivalled top tier Nollywood and African TV programming for the whole family.

StarTimes’ subscribers will be entertained with action packed, adrenaline-boosting blockbuster series like Oghenekome starring Ramsey Nouah, Rachel Oniga and Segun Arinze, among other top Nollywood stars; exciting comedy shows like Gina and Friends, brand new seasons of Papa Ajasco Reloaded, Relatives, and Life Of A Nigerian Couple, contemporary vibrant TV series such as She Drives Me Nuts, After Wedding, 40 And Single, Meltdown and many more.

AMC Series viewers will also have exclusive access to various AMC in-house productions like AMC Movie Talk, The Hangout, AMC Music Lounge and Nollywood 360. Future programming will feature new dramas, sitcoms and comedies alongside celebrity and entertainment TV shows that will resonate with its broad spectrum of viewers.

AMC Series is the second premium channel from AMC, and it complements the already phenomenally popular African Movie Channel that has been on the StarTimes DTT and DTH platforms since 2012. Both channels together provide the full package of unparalleled first-class Nollywood and African TV programming that is in a league of its own.

Anona Langa, AMC’s Head of Productions and Channel Manager for AMC Series commented: “AMC Series has always satisfied the growing appetite for African TV serial and short content, and with its new look, including the injection of some exciting exclusive content from our very own production hub, AMCOP, we are sure to thrill current viewers, and attract even more subscribers to StarTimes.”

‘Yinka Mayungbo, founding director of AMC said of the return, “The relaunch of AMC Series on StarTimes comes with a promise to our StarTimes audience that the channel is back to stay. We heard the outcry that ensued following AMC Series’ departure in August last year. We are thoroughly delighted to be back, and this time, for good”

Lily Meng, deputy GM of StarTimes Media Division says, “StarTimes welcome all old friends just as AMC to create better cooperation together in respond to the expectation and requirement from our audiences. As an Africa-oriented media company, we trust that the joint effort put in local content will further facilitate the development of African culture ”.

AMC Series is available from 30th August 2019, on StarTimes DTT channel 017, and DTH channel 184.

“We are serious about promoting more of African content and supporting our own. With time, StarTimes will also acquire more Ugandan/East African content on its platform.” StarTimes PRO Cleopatra Koheirwe said.

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