While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Jan 15 edition

Ultra Singapore to take place on Sept 10 and 11, venue and line-up yet to be announced

Ultra Singapore, one of the biggest electronic dance music (EDM) festivals in the world, is coming to Singapore on Sept 10 and 11. It will make Singapore the only country in South-east Asia to host a full-fledged edition of the festival in the region.

The outdoor festival will feature three stages and 40 artists which will be announced later, and it will be held at a location that the organisers Ultra Singapore describe as an "iconic venue".

Early-bird tickets go on sale from Tuesday (Jan 19) at 11am at www.ultrasingapore.com.


The Revenant tops Oscars nominations with 12 nods

The Revenant, a harrowing survival thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a 19th century fur trapper, topped the Oscars nominations list Thursday with 12 nods, including for best picture, actor and director.

In second place was dystopian action film Mad Max: Fury Road, with 10 nominations, followed by space blockbuster The Martian, about an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, with seven.

However, there were no black actors nominated, and the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite – used last year to criticise the lack of diversity among the nominees – quickly trended on Twitter.


Adele, James Bay, Years and Years lead Brit Award nominations

British singers Adele and James Bay, together with pop-electronica trio Years and Years, led the running for this year's Brits on Thursday, earning four nominations each at Britain's top music awards.

Adele who has stormed charts worldwide with her album 25, received nods for British female solo artist and MasterCard British album of the year.

Adele's hit single Hello will also compete for British single and British artist video of the year. British breakthrough act competitors Years and Years and singer-songwriter Bay are also in the running for British single with King and Hold Back The River respectively.


David Bowie family plans private ceremony

David Bowie's family said on Thursday it planned a private ceremony to celebrate the late rock legend as it kept details around his shocking death under guard.

"The family of David Bowie is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of their beloved husband, father and friend," said a statement on Bowie's official Facebook page.

Representatives for the London-born artist declined comment on a report in Britain's Daily Mirror that said that his body was cremated in New York, his adopted home, immediately after his death.


Netflix to block proxy access to content not available locally

Video-streaming service provider Netflix's subscribers will no longer be able to use proxies to watch content not available in their home country.

Subscribers often resort to proxies, or servers that facilitate access to Internet content not available locally, to watch Netflix's popular shows such as House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black.

The company said it will clamp down on proxies or unblockers in a few weeks.