Buzzing

Hello, it's a new record

Adele's first music video in four years smashed records at entertainment platform Vevo.com, delivering more than 27 million views in the first 24 hours after its release last week. Vevo said Adele's Hello video dethroned Taylor Swift's Bad Blood video.

Gervais is Globes host

British comic Rick Gervais, 54, will host the Golden Globes ceremony on Jan 10, organisers said on Monday, bringing his biting humour to the movie and TV awards ceremony in Los Angeles for the fourth time. Gervais sent a cryptic Twitter message saying only "Pssst!" and launched the hashtag #Hesback.

Romance gets real

The Romance Of The Condor Heroes star Chen Xiao, 28, confirmed on Monday he has proposed to his co-star and girlfriend of seven months, Michelle Chen, 32, after he was said to have popped the question on a boat carrying a statue of her in character as Xiao Long Nu. His agent said the couple had "indeed entered the proposal stage", reported Taiwan Apple Daily.

Bowie single next month

David Bowie will release a new album titled Blackstar on his 69th birthday and the single of the same name is expected on Nov 20, the glam rocker said on his website on Monday. Blackstar, out on Jan 8, follows his 2013 release The Next Day.

Bolshoi director named

Russia's Bolshoi Theatre said La Scala's Makhar Vaziev, 54, will take over as ballet director, replacing Sergei Filin, who suffered permanent eye damage from an acid attack. Vaziev was a leading male dancer in the Soviet Kirov troupe before heading the renamed Mariinsky ballet for 13 years. He moved to Italy to lead La Scala's ballet seven years ago.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2015, with the headline 'Buzzing'. Print Edition | Subscribe