Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en Prince's motorcycle jacket from 'Purple Rain' film on auction <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A motorcycle jacket worn by the late pop star Prince in his 1984 film &quot;Purple Rain,&quot; when he rides through the woods with the movie&#39;s leading lady, Apollonia, will be sold at auction, the company behind the sale said on Friday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The V-neck jacket, which is black with white cross-hatching and has leather sleeves from the elbows down, will be presented for sale in Profiles in History&#39;s auction between June 29 and July 1 in Calabasas, California.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Brian Chanes, who handles client relations at Profiles in History, said the auction house received the jacket about six weeks ago, before the musician&#39;s unexpected death on April 21 at age 57.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Officials from the company had estimated the jacket would sell for between $6,000 and $8,000, but that was before Prince&#39;s death, which drew an outpouring of tributes for the seven-time Grammy-winner from President Barack Obama, Hollywood figures and fans worldwide.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Now, all bets are off,&quot; Chanes said, adding that the jacket could fetch more than $100,000.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Profiles in History officials said few items of Prince memorabilia have ever been offered for sale.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The jacket was given to a make-up artist for Prince and Apollonia Kotero, a singer who starred as the pop star&#39;s girlfriend in the 1984 film &quot;Purple Rain,&quot; and the make-up artist&#39;s sister is the consignor for the sale, said Jeff Hare, a spokesman for Profiles in History.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The auction will be open to participants worldwide through the Internet, the company said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Prince&#39;s death at his home called Paisley Park near Minneapolis is under investigation by officials in Minnesota, but they have said there is no indication of suicide or physical trauma.</div> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:51:00 +0000 AFP,Reuters 2469218 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/04/30/501184/princes_motorcycle_jacket_from_purple_rain_film_on_auction.jpg Pop star Kesha releases first single after label dispute <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Pop star Kesha released her first new music in three years on Friday after losing a legal bid earlier this month to scrap her recording contract with Sony Music and producer Dr. Luke, whom the singer had accused of sexual assault.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Kesha, 29, teamed up with DJ Zedd on the single &quot;True Colors,&quot; an electro-pop ballad released through the singer&#39;s label RCA Records, an unit of Sony Corp&#39;s Sony Music Entertainment, and Dr. Luke&#39;s Kemosabe Records, to which Kesha is still signed to.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a tweet on Friday, Kesha said &quot;#truecolors spoke to me so deeply I had to spread the beautiful message of personal empowerment.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Zedd added on Twitter, &quot;Just to clarify: We didn&#39;t use any loop holes. Kemosabe / RCA gave us permission to release this song!&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Earlier this year, Kesha appealed a New York Supreme Court justice&#39;s decision to refuse to release her from a six-album contract with Sony, after the singer filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Dr. Luke in 2014.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Representatives for Sony Music and Dr. Luke did not immediately respond to Reuters&#39; requests for comment on Friday. The producer has previously denied Kesha&#39;s allegations of rape and emotional abuse.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The justice found in February that Kesha, who had not released new music since 2013&#39;s &quot;C&#39;Mon&quot; and &quot;Crazy Kids&quot; from her &quot;Warrior&quot; album, was free to record for Sony with other producers, without interference from Dr. Luke. The singer said the decision was akin to slavery.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The case sparked the #FreeKesha campaign on social media and a petition asking Sony to release Kesha from her contract. The singer also earned support from other artists such as Taylor Swift, Adele and Lady Gaga.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;True Colors&quot; features Kesha singing lyrics such as &quot;We&#39;ve escaped our capture, And I have no master,&quot; and &quot;I won&#39;t apologize, For the fire in my eyes, Let me show you my, my true colors.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Kesha had made a surprise appearance on stage with Zedd at the Southern California music festival Coachella earlier this month to debut the song.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;True Colors&quot; is currently at No. 8 on the iTunes U.S. top-selling songs chart for Friday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:33:00 +0000 Reuters 2469215 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/04/30/501184/singer_kesha.jpg True crime takes the small screen by storm in the USA <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Turning&nbsp;real-life criminal cases into fictional or documentary series is a new favourite strategy for American TV networks, with Netflix, HBO, FX and CBS all trying their hand at the true crime genre.</p><p><strong>Documentary series</strong></p><p>Back in December, Netflix electrified social networks and fed numerous debates in the American media with its documentary series&nbsp;Making a Murderer. This factual ten-parter was filmed over the course of 10 years and follows the story of Steven Avery. After spending 18 years in jail for sexual assault and attempted murder, Avery was exonerated by a DNA test. After filing a lawsuit for US$36 million in damages for the legal error, he was arrested two years later on suspicion of murdering another woman, only to be convicted by the same county that found him guilty 20 years before.</p><p>A few months earlier, HBO scored a hit with&nbsp;The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, a similar show with six episodes. While filming the series, its director Andrew Jarecki managed to obtain a confession of sorts from Robert Durst, suspected for 30 years of murdering his wife, a close friend and a neighbour. Forgetting that his microphone was still on while visiting the bathroom during an interview, Durst inadvertently revealed the truth, admitting to the three murders. This surprise revelation ensured surefire success for&nbsp;The Jinx &mdash; especially since Robert Durst was arrested the day before the last episode aired &mdash; but it also raised several ethical questions.</p><p>Now CBS has a documentary series in the works based on the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, a six-year-old girl who was found dead in her parents&#39; basement in 1996. The case, which stirred strong emotions in America at the time, still remains unsolved, as police were never able to establish enough credible evidence to identify a murderer.</p><p>The series will look at the case over a series of episodes, due to air in autumn 2016 on the network, 20 years after events. This latest true crime show comes in a long line of similar productions in a genre that&#39;s been popular on the US small screen since 2015.</p><p><strong>Fictional reconstructions</strong></p><p>To avoid any legal issues, other networks have played it safe with fictional reconstructions of true crime cases. John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr and David Schwimmer recently starred in the first season of&nbsp;American Crime Story, based on the highly mediatised trial of O.J. Simpson. The series, which aired February 2 to April 5, 2016, on FX, will be back next year with a new case as its focus.</p><p>NBC has delved into history for an upcoming fictional series, called&nbsp;Law &amp; Order: True Crime, based on the trial of the Menendez brothers. This fictional drama reenacts a trial that kept America on tenterhooks in the 1990s, as Lyle and Erik Menendez stood accused of murdering their parents.</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:27:00 +0000 AFP 2469104 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/28/43/watching_.jpg Music helps babies learn speech, says study <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Babies&nbsp;who engage in musical play may have an easier time picking up language skills, suggested a study Monday.</p><p>US researchers compared nine-month-old babies who played with toys and trucks to those who practised banging out a rhythm during a series of play sessions.</p><p>They found that the musical group showed more brain activity in regions involved with detecting patterns, an important skill when it comes to learning language.</p><p>&quot;Our study is the first in young babies to suggest that experiencing a rhythmic pattern in music can also improve the ability to detect and make predictions about rhythmic patterns in speech,&quot; said lead author Christina Zhao, a postdoctoral researcher the University of Washington&#39;s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS).</p><p>&quot;This means that early, engaging musical experiences can have a more global effect on cognitive skills.&quot;</p><p>The study was small, enrolling just 39 babies and their parents, who took part in a dozen 15-minute play sessions over the course of a month.</p><p>Twenty of the babies listened to recorded children&#39;s music while they sat with their parents and helped pound out drum beats to music that included waltz rhythms and tunes like&nbsp;Take Me Out to the Ballgame, a baseball classic.</p><p>The other 19 babies also attended active play sessions that used toys and blocks, but without music.</p><p>&quot;In both the music and control groups, we gave babies experiences that were social, required their active involvement and included body movements &mdash; these are all characteristics that we know help people learn,&quot; Zhao said.</p><p>&quot;The key difference between the play groups was whether the babies were moving to learn a musical rhythm.&quot;</p><p>When the babies underwent brain scans &mdash; known as magnetoencephalography (MEG) &mdash; at the end of the month, researchers wanted to see how they differed.</p><p>So they had the babies listen to speech and music sounds that occasionally contained a disruption in the cadence, or flow of sound.</p><p>Babies in the music group showed stronger brain responses in both the auditory and the prefrontal cortex, which are involved in controlling attention and detecting patterns, the study found.</p><p>&quot;Pattern perception is an important cognitive skill, and improving that ability early may have long-lasting effects on learning,&quot; said co-author Patricia Kuhl, co-director of I-LABS.</p><p>&quot;Schools across our nation are decreasing music experiences for our children, saying they are too expensive,&quot; added Kuhl.</p><p>&quot;This research reminds us that the effects of engaging in music go beyond music itself. Music experience has the potential to boost broader cognitive skills that enhance children&#39;s abilities to detect, expect and react quickly to patterns in the world, which is highly relevant in today&#39;s complex world.&quot;</p><p>The study was published in the &quot;Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences&quot;, a peer-reviewed US journal.</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:23:00 +0000 AFP 2469103 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/04/26/43/babies_-afp_c1778835_16426_360.jpg