Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rihanna, Blur And Janet Jackson Break Out New 'Dance Central' Tracks

If Rihanna's "Pon de Replay" left you wanting more from her in "Dance Central," this is your lucky day because she's also made "Disturbia" available for the Kinect title this week, along with tracks from Blur and Janet Jackson. She joins previous DLC contributors Ne-Yo and Lady Gaga in the "DC" marketplace, where Sean Paul and The Black Eyed Peas have also put themselves up for sale.
Their tunes run 240 MS points apiece there, and the library is still young, but it's growing. This week's batch of tracks marks Blur's debut with their track "Girls and Boys," and the same goes for Janet Jackson, who's entered the "Dance Central" DLC ring with her 1986 single "Control."

So whether you're hanging around inside wearing your sweats, torn between the urge to get outside to be active and your fierce aversion to the cold of winter, or just want to test out your GWAR costume with "Dance Central" and have been hesitant because you needed a Blur track to materialize, your time is now.

"Blur" excites me the most off of this list, and if the "DC" folks wanted to just start making deals to build all-"Blur"-and-"Prodigy" sub-stores for their game, I would love to hang out there for a significant amount of time every week. They are off to a fine start with "Girls and Boys," though.

Ke$ha 'totally fine' with Rihanna

Pop star Ke$ha has brushed off reports of a feud with Rihanna after the Umbrella hitmaker appeared to make disparaging comments about her pop peers.

The Bajan beauty stirred controversy in October when she revealed all of the songs on her new album Loud would be written especially for her, unlike some other tracks in the pop charts.

She was quoted as saying, "I didn't want the generic pop record that Ke$ha or Lady Gaga or Katy Perry would do. Every song is tailored to me."

Rihanna's comments were alleged to have sparked a pop rivalry among the stars - but Ke$ha has paid little attention to the rumours and she's confident the media is responsible for turning it into a big deal.

She tells Complex magazine, "I haven't even read that. I'm so used to the media flipping my words around that I'm sure she meant absolutely no offence to me or Katy or Gaga - Rihanna and me are totally cool, we were just on tour together, and I know that she and Katy are good friends."

Ofcom confirm Rihanna and Christina Aguilera 'X Factor' probe

Eight days, a handful of lurid, full-colour tabloid photo spreads and 2,750 complaints later: Ofcom have finally been cajoled into investigating Christina Aguilera and Rihanna's allegedly "raunchy" 'X Factor' performances, the NME reports.

Nearly 20 million people watched the 'X Factor' finale -- in which Matt Cardle took home the seventh series crown -- on 12 December 12. Along with those who contacted Ofcom, 1,000 viewers reportedly complained to ITV about the two guest performers' underwear-clad dance moves on the Sunday evening special.

The Daily Mail has been drumming up outrage over the Aguilera's rendition of her hit 'Burlesque' and Rihanna's version of 'What's My Name?', calling them "lewd" and quoting "horrified" parents -- while helpfully publishing large format photos of the offending routines "to show the fury they've caused".

Mail columnist Jan Moir -- herself no stranger to complaints, after prompting record numbers with a 2009 piece that argued late Boyzone singer Stephen Gately's "sleazy" lifestyle was to blame for his death -- wrote that "crotch flashing and pseudo sexual grinding" were "out of place before the watershed".

Ofcom will now attempt to figure out whether the X Factor finale broke section 1.3 of the broadcasting code, which insists that "children must be protected by appropriate scheduling from material that is unsuitable for them".

Monday, December 20, 2010

Brilliant Novak and Viktor clinch Davis Cup for Serbia!

Serbia is the 2010 Davis Cup winner!!!
  In the first match of the day, Serbian no.1 Novak Djokovic brought the second point to Serbia with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 victory over world no.12 Gael Monfils to level the score against France in their final tie on indoor hard court in Belgrade.

The match lasted 2 hours and 14 minutes.
  Nole opened the match with a love service game. He made a break already in the fourth game and then consolidated the break for 4-1 lead. The world no.3 faced scare in the seventh game, but held to keep the advantage. He put the pressure on Monfils, earned two break/set points and capitalised on the second to take the set 6-2 in 35 minutes.
  Novak continued playing great in the second set, not giving his opponent any chance. The 23-year-old from Belgrade clinched a break of Monfils's serve in the sixth game as the Frenchman hit his backhand long. The Serbian no.1 won a long rally in the eighth game to set up three break/set points and converted the third for 6-2.
  Djokovic came back twice from a break down in the third set and eventually broke Monfils in the tenth game using second match point for 6-4.
  Match statistics: aces (3-6), double faults (0-3), winners (42-42), unforced errors (18-37), total points won (94-61).

It was an unbelievable emotion, under the circumstances with the huge pressure, I played an amazing match,” said Novak after the match. “Everything was working for me today. This next match is maybe the most important match in all our careers, so we hope we can win.
  Viktor Troicki thrilled 15000 fans in Belgrade Arena when he clinched the third point for Serbia for 3-2 win over France and the Davis Cup title for Serbia for the first time in its history!
The world no.30 beat Michael Llodra in deciding fifth rubber 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.
This was the greatest experience in my life,” said Troicki. “I still don't believe it. I mean, probably tomorrow or in the next few days I will start feeling the emotions of winning the Davis Cup.
Seriously, I think we all did a great job this year. I would like to thank everyone, the whole team. We truly believed that we could do it, even though we were 2‑1 down. No words can describe my feeling right now.
The Serbs celebrated by having their heads shaved. Viktor described the victory as " the most unbelievable moment of my life, " while Nole added: " It's historic. This is our biggest success as individuals, as a team, as a country. "

  SOURCE: Novak Djokovic Official WebSite
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Monday, December 13, 2010

Novak's tournament schedule for the first five months in 2011

   Novak will begin his ninth professional season in January 2011, at the 23rd edition of Perth's Hopman Cup. The eight-nation exhibition event will be held in January 1-8.
   Nole and Ana will represent Serbia. They will kick off their campaign in Perth on Sunday,
January 2, 2011, at 5pm (Western Standard Time) against the team of Kazakhstan.
  After that, Novak will play at the first Grand Slam of the season - Australian Open, which begins on Monday, January 17, at Melbourne Park.
Here is Nole’s calendar of tournaments for the first five months of 2011:
01.01. Perth, Australia (Exhibition tournament)
17.01. Melbourne, Australia (Grand Slam)
07.02. Rotterdam, Netherlands (ATP 500)
21.02. Dubai, UAE (ATP 500)
04.03. Novi Sad, Serbia (Davis Cup)
07.03. Indian Wells, USA (ATP 1000)
21.03. Miami, USA (ATP 1000)
11.04. Monte Carlo, Monaco (ATP 1000)
25.04. Belgrade, Serbia (ATP 250)
02.05. Madrid, Spain (ATP 1000)
09.05. Rome, Italy (ATP 1000)
23.05. Paris, France (Grand Slam)

  SOURCE: Novak Djokovic Official WebSite
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