Kool and The Gang in Dubai soon

Also, Angelina Jolie says the Jolie-Pitts will not change their security on the red carpet; Priyanka Chopra resorts to legal action to stop film; John Abraham and Shoojit Sircar to make football film; Jimmy Page remasters Zeppelin catalogue; Angels frontman Doc Neeson dies at 67.

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The American funk legends Kool and The Gang will be flying into Dubai soon for a day-long recording session with a leading Arab singer. Speaking exclusively to The National from Morocco's Mawazine Festival, the bassist Robert Bell confirmed the band will soon be in the UAE to collaborate on a song with "one of your top artists", whose name he could not reveal. He added: "I do know the whole thing is produced by Coca-Cola." A revealing clue: the music television series Coke Studio Middle East, shown on MBC, is produced in Dubai and has artists teaming up to record a new fusion track. The programme's previous season which was broadcast last year, had collaborations between the Egyptian pop star Sherine and the rapper Nelly, while the UAE's Shamma Hamdan sang with the British R&B singer Jay Sean. Regarding a UAE concert, Bell said they are looking to return to Abu Dhabi in 2015.

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Priyanka Chopra resorts to legal action to stop film

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John Abraham and Shoojit Sircar to make football film

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Jimmy Page remasters Zeppelin catalogue

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Angels frontman dies at 67

Doc Neeson, the charismatic singer and songwriter for the Australian rock band The Angels, died from brain cancer on June 4. He was 67. Bernard "Doc" Neeson died in his sleep at his family's Sydney home, his friend and publicist Catherine Swinton said. The Angels were Australia's highest-paid band by the late 1970s and continued with a string of hits into the 1990s. – AP