Psy's new song takes on Korean dance

Plus: Angelina Jolie sells jewellery to fund schools; Maroon 5 working on new album; Simmons says music can save a child's life; 20,000 Leagues to be shot Down Under.

The South Korean rapper Psy will release a follow up to Gangnam Style this month. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
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Psy is promising a "Psy style" take on a traditional Korean dance to accompany the release next week of his follow up to Gangnam Style. The new single, titled Gentleman, comes out on April 12 and Psy will promote it with a special concert the next day in Seoul. "I've been working and reworking on it continuously and I think the latest version will be the final one," Psy told a Korean news show. "This is another very rousing song. The dance is one known to all Koreans but new to foreigners. This will be presented in Psy style." - AFP

Jolie sells jewellery to fund schools

Angelina Jolie has opened another girls' school in Afghanistan and plans to fund more from the proceeds of a jewellery line she helped design. Jolie funded the girls-only primary school in an area outside Kabul that has a high refugee population. The school educates 200 to 300 girls. Jolie plans to pay for more schools by selling a Style of Jolie line she created with Robert Procop, who designed the engagement ring given to her by Brad Pitt last year. - Reuters

Maroon 5 working on new album

Maroon 5 say they're working on a new album, but before that the pop-rockers will launch a summer tour. The frontman Adam Levine says he and his band mates are riding high off the success of last year's platinum-selling Overexposed and that they have "some great songs in the can". The band's guitarist James Valentine adds that the new music "may be a little darker". The band will headline a 31-date US tour that runs from August to October. - AP

Simmons: Music can save a child's life

Although he is better known by his alter ego The Demon, Kiss's frontman Gene Simmons showed a more angelic side recently when he spoke about the positive power of music. At a Sioux Falls benefit concert early this week for a music academy in the South Dakota city, he said that music empowers children and shapes their lives for the better. "This is about kids. We've had our chance. We've got to give them a chance. Anything that gets them off the street is a good thing," Simmons said. "You can feel the power ... and it helps you get through life." - AP

20,000 Leagues to be shot Down Under

The remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will be filmed in Australia after the government pledged a one-off grant worth more than US$22 million (Dh81m), said the prime minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday. Gillard said casting decisions were still to be made for what is set to be the biggest production ever filmed in Australia. "The securing of this film is a huge coup for the Australian film industry and for the near 1,000 local businesses that will be providing goods and services for the film," Gillard said. Reports in February suggested Brad Pitt was being sought for the lead role. - AFP

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