Buzzing: Record price for Madonna concert ticket

Record price for Madonna concert ticket

A premium front-row seat at pop star Madonna's first-ever concert in Hong Kong next year is going for HK$11,888 (S$2,145), a record in Asia, said Apple Daily. Live Nation announced six VIP packages for the show at Asia World Expo Arena on Feb 17, including an "ultimate" HK$11,888 package that comes with access to a pre-concert party, drinks and food.

Another VIP package, with entry for two, is going for HK$16,888, said Sing Tao Daily. Regular tickets will be sold at prices between HK$688 and HK$2,488.

Zhang Yimou wins $3 million lawsuit

The Chaoyang District People's Court in Beijing on Tuesday ordered New Pictures to pay director Zhang Yimou 15 million yuan (S$3.2 million) in revenue for his 2009 film, A Simple Noodle Story. Zhang said he and the Hong Kong company had agreed to equally share revenues minus promotional costs, but he did not receive any money. New Pictures said it would appeal.

Keeping up with Kardashians via apps

Four members of the Kardashian reality television clan, including Kim, have launched personalised apps designed to provide the latest window on their much-followed lives.

Kim, Khloe and their half-sisters, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, partnered with California-based Whalerock Industries to create the apps. Each app will be free for seven days and then cost US$2.99 (S$4.19) a month.

Putin-Elton John phone call questioned

Pop star Elton John said on Instagram on Monday he discussed gay rights with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in a phone conversation initiated by the Kremlin. But Putin's press secretary said on Tuesday: "This does not correspond to reality. There was no conversation."

He also said his office could not be sure the Instagram post was actually John's. There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy in the accounts, though some have speculated John was the victim of a prank call. He was not available for comment.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2015, with the headline 'Buzzing'. Print Edition | Subscribe