Stars aid for Tianjin disaster

Celebrities have rushed to donate to the families of the firefighters who perished in the wake of two deadly explosions in Tianjin on Wednesday. At least 50 people, including a dozen firefighters, were killed, reported NetEase. Superstar Jackie Chan has donated

3 million yuan (S$658,000) while actress Fan Bingbing has donated 1 million yuan and has been sharing public service announcements on giving way to ambulances and blood donation on Weibo. Newlyweds Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy donated

2 million yuan to firefighters who were hurt as well as to the families of firefighters who died. Singer-actor Han Geng donated 1 million yuan in aid of those who were hurt.

Jay Z sued over flute sample

The heir of an Egyptian composer will take on Jay Z in court, saying the rapper had no right to use a flute sample in hip-hop classic Big Pimpin’. Court documents this week set Oct 13 for a jury trial in Los Angeles against the rap mogul, the latest twist in a long-running copyright saga over the 1999 song which extols the pimpin’ life of casual sex.The flute sample turned out to be composed in 1957 by Baligh Hamdy, who died in 1993, for the Egyptian movie Khosara, Khosara. Jay Z’s side tried to defuse the controversy when, in 2001, it paid US$100,000 to the label EMI Arabia, which said it had rights over the film. But Hamdy’s nephew and heir Osama Ahmed Fahmy filed a lawsuit in United States court in 2007 saying the deal was irrelevant under Egyptian law.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2015, with the headline 'Buzzing'. Print Edition | Subscribe