Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en Adele's '25' album sells record 2.3 million US copies in first three days <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>British singer Adele&#39;s new album &quot;25&quot; has sold a record 2.3 million copies in the United States in the first three days of its release, Nielsen Music said on Monday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The monster sales for the first three days mean Adele will break the first week sales record currently held by boy band NSync&#39;s 2000 album &quot;No Strings Attached,&quot; which opened with 2.4 million copies.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Adele&#39;s independent UK label XL Recordings last week decided to withhold &quot;25&quot; from online streaming platforms such as Apple Inc&#39;s Apple Music service, privately owned Spotify and Google Play.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The strong three-day sales indicate the lack of streaming availability did not hurt the album, which was released on Friday, and is the first since her 2011 release &quot;21&quot;, which won six Grammys and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;25&quot; racked up more than 900,000 sales in Apple&#39;s US iTunes store on its first day, Billboard said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The much-anticipated album has been driven by the success of its lead single, the heartbreak ballad &quot;Hello,&quot; which debuted last month and has sold more than 2.5 million digital copies. The song has been No. 1 on Billboard&#39;s Digital Songs chart for four consecutive weeks.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It is increasingly rare for an artist to top the 1 million opening week sales with a new album because fans are driven more and more to online streaming to consume music.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Taylor Swift&#39;s &quot;1989&quot; album was the last record to achieve the milestone when it opened with nearly 1.3 million copies last year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sales data for the first full week will be released by Nielsen on November 30.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:26:00 +0000 Reuters 2462128 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/10/26/43/adele.jpg CNN: From New York to Tokyo, this artist recreates cities entirely out of paper <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Inco Matsui uses paper in imaginative ways. Since 2006, the Osaka-born Japanese artist has worked with paper as a medium to recreate world famous cities, in the miniature. Her version of Tokyo, is just a few inches tall.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Cutting meticulously away, she spends weeks and sometimes months assembling little shops, restaurants, and skyscrapers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="Japanese artist Inco Matsui creates mini cities using paper and glue." src="" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>Japanese artist Inco Matsui creates mini cities using paper and glue.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Matsui says she chooses to work with paper and glue because it&#39;s easily accessible and, at the time when she began her practice, few were using it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;There were so many different and great miniature artists at the time, so I decided to choose something different. Paper provides a gentle and warm atmosphere to work with,&quot; Matsui explains.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="Her paper architecture includes dramatic views of the city&amp;#39;s skyline, but also provides an intimate look at smaller details, like shop signs and traffic stops. " src="" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>Her paper architecture includes dramatic views of the city&#39;s skyline, but also provides an intimate look at smaller details, like shop signs and traffic stops.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Prior to building the works, she spends months at a time, researching the visuals of each city to accurately depict them. Her Tokyo project took half a year to complete.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>An emotional journey</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Matsui created Tokyo based on memories from her youth, growing up in the city during the 1980s.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="Matsui reconstructed the Tokyo from her youth." src="" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>Matsui reconstructed the Tokyo from her youth.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I chose a nostalgic approach in order to share the experience with those who have not visited Tokyo in the past. This way, I&#39;m able to share the good memories of someone who knows the city.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While Matsui is most known for recreating Tokyo, her favorite is her hometown Osaka, the first paper city she created.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I really missed my family, so it allowed me to feel closer to them,&quot; she explains.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Matsui&#39;s version of Coney Island</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Now that she lives in New York, she creates mini worlds from her adopted city, including Coney Island. Her paper metropolises have appeared in exhibitions around the world.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="Despite the patience required to create these miniature cities, Matsui considers the minor details to be the most exciting part of her art. " src="" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>Despite the patience required to create these miniature cities, Matsui considers the minor details to be the most exciting part of her art.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Moving beyond cities, Matsui has incorporated dreamier themes into her work.&nbsp;</div> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:51:00 +0000 CNN 2462124 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/11/03/501184/showa_kinen_park.jpg Rare, 25-carat pink diamond found among Imelda Marcos collection: Christie's <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A rare 25-carat, barrel-shaped pink diamond has been found among the jewelry collection of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, Christie&#39;s said on Tuesday after the government asked the auction house to appraise her collection of rare stones.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Philippine government could decide to auction the collection after Christie&#39;s and rival Sotheby&#39;s appraise three sets of jewelry confiscated almost three decades ago after the fall of Imelda&#39;s husband, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We had an extremely exciting find,&quot; said David Warren, director of jewelry at London-based Christie&#39;s. &quot;We found an old briolette-cut diamond, which is 25 carats. It has a distinct pink color. Pink diamonds are exceedingly rare.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He said the diamond could be valued at US$5 million and would significantly increase the value of the entire collection if the collection is auctioned. The three sets in the collection were valued at $6 million-8 million in 1991.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Only three pure, vivid pink diamonds of more than 10 carats have appeared for sale in almost 250 years of auction history, according to Christie&#39;s.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A large cushion-shaped, pink-hued diamond sold for $28.55 million at the Christie&#39;s semi-annual jewelry sale in Geneva on November 10.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Philippine government had tried to auction the three sets in 2005 but Imelda Marcos contested the move, claiming ownership of only two of the sets. One was found in the presidential palace after her family&#39;s hasty departure in 1986 and another was seized in Hawaii, where they lived in exile.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Imelda Marcos, now an elected member of Congress, is best known for leaving behind more than 1,200 pairs of shoes when her family fled. She has vowed to recover her family&#39;s seized assets.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ferdinand Marcos was president for nearly two decades before he was ousted in an army-backed uprising in 1986. He was accused of amassing more than $10 billion while in office and died in exile in 1989.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Among his assets were paintings by such masters as Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The government displayed the 750 pieces in the three sets of jewelery to the media. The collection, kept in a vault at the central bank, includes Burmese rubies, Indian and South African diamonds and Colombian emeralds.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It shows you the excesses of the Marcos regime,&quot; said Andrew de Castro, commissioner of the state agency tasked with recovering the wealth amassed by the Marcoses and their cronies.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;At a time when people were suffering, they were collecting this set of jewelery,&quot; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sotheby&#39;s will appraise the collection on Thursday.</div> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:34:00 +0000 Reuters 2462101 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/11/24/501184/jewelry.jpg 'Abl Zahmet al-Seif' to screen at Dubai Film Festival <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The Dubai International Film Festival has announced that the movie &quot;Abl Zahmet al-Seif&quot; (Before the Summer Crowds) by Egyptian director Mohamed Khan will take part in the festival&#39;s Muhr competition.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Abl Zahmet al-Seif&quot;&nbsp;will be screened for the first time during the festival and stars Maged al-Kedwany, Hana Shiha, Ahmed Dawoud, Lana Mushtaq and Hany al-Metnawy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The story takes places at a resort where the characters meet before the summer season.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Another of Khan&#39;s movies, &quot;Fatat al-Masnaa&quot; (The Factory Girl), won two awards at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2013.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The 12th session of the annual Dubai International Film Festival will take place between December 9-16 in the city of Jumeirah.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:23:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2462051 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/11/23/16030/hj.png