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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Gaga not hip to groove

Published 16/02/2013 | 04:00

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Lady Gaga cancelled the remainder of her 'Born This Way Ball' concert tour to undergo hip surgery, promoters Live Nation said.

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The 26-year-old singer announced she was suffering from an inflammation of the joints on Tuesday, but the tour operator said Gaga's injuries were more serious than she realised.

Chavez spotted at last

The world got its first glimpse of Hugo Chavez since he underwent a fourth cancer-related surgery in Cuba more than two months ago, with photos showing the Venezuelan leader alongside his daughters in Havana. Mr Chavez is breathing through a tracheal tube that makes speech difficult.

Mr Chavez's government described his condition as "delicate" and said he continues to undergo "vigorous treatment for his fundamental illness". The images and new details filled a vacuum of information about Mr Chavez's condition that has spurred rampant speculation in Venezuela.

Phones not buzzing

Worldwide mobile phone sales fell last year as economic turmoil hit shopper appetite, research firm Gartner said.

The decline was 1.7pc and it was the first time since 2009 that mobile sales have fallen. Sales amounted to 1.75 billion units, meaning that one out of every four people on earth bought a new mobile last year.

Samsung of Korea is the world's largest maker of phones, followed by Finland's Nokia and Apple of the US, according to the research.

Maradona Jnr is born

Diego Maradona's girlfriend Victoria Ojeda has given birth to a boy called Diego Fernando and the Argentine soccer great is now expected to travel back to Buenos Aires to meet his son.

"He's a Diego, with a big head and lots of hair," Alfredo Cahe, Maradona's long-time doctor, told reporters outside the Buenos Aires clinic where Ojeda gave birth this week.

No cupid in karaoke

Love was clearly not in the air for everybody on Valentine's Day after a poll showed Taylor Swift's break-up hit 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' was the most popular song for karaoke fans this year.

The song accounted for almost one in 10 (9pc) of the 22,000 songs sung on karaoke site luckyvoice.com.

Irish Independent

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