Mr. Kershaw scored major hits in the early ‘90s, including “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful” and “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore.” He has sold more than 5 million albums.
‘Gangnam Style’ rapperto be honored in S. Korea
South Korea has awarded one of its highest cultural honors to the rapper Psy for taking the world by storm with “Gangnam Style.”
The culture ministry announced Tuesday that the 34-year-old singer, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, would receive the Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit, awarded for “outstanding meritorious services” to the arts.
“Psy has been chosen to be decorated for not only being a long-term artist, but also for advertising Gangnam widely and increasing the world’s interest in Korea,” a culture ministry official told Agence France-Presse.
Psy has rocketed to international fame since his “Gangnam Style” video — in which he performs his now-famous horse-riding dance — went viral after being posted on YouTube in July.
“Gangnam Style,” which is a tribute to an upmarket neighborhood in Seoul, has since racked up more than 654 million views, making it the second most-watched YouTube video of all time, behind Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” at 796 million.
The song has topped charts from Britain to Australia, and has occupied the number two slot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for six straight weeks.
Film director Kim Ki-Duk, who won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival this year with his movie “Pieta,” will receive the Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit — which ranks higher than Psy’s medal.
Brooke Shields‘ mother, former manager, dies
Teri Shields raised eyebrows when she allowed her 11-year-old daughter, Brooke, to be cast as a prostitute in 1978’s “Pretty Baby.” A few years later, she permitted a teenage Brooke Shields to famously star in a series of commercials for Calvin Klein jeans, provocatively professing that nothing comes between “me and my Calvins.”
Teri Shields died last week in New York City, according to Jill Fritzo, a spokeswoman for Brooke Shields. According to The Associated Press, The New York Times reported the elder Ms. Shields died following a long illness related to dementia.
Ms. Shields started promoting her daughter as an actress and model when she was still an infant and managed her until her 20s. Brooke Shields parted ways professionally with her mother in 1995, describing the move as “the hardest thing.” She told Rolling Stone the following year that “something didn’t feel right.”
Ms. Shields said in 1996 that she was proud of her daughter for taking control of her life and career.
“I felt that she had to be on her own. It kills me once in a while. I would like to get over it,” she said in an interview on TV’s “Extra.”
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