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BTS Enters Billboard Hot 100 With New Japanese Single

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SEOUL, April 14 – K-pop dynamo BTS has done it again. After making it on the Billboard’s main singles chart with its Korean and English songs, the group landed its new Japanese single on the Hot 100, reports Yonhap news agency.

“Film Out,” the seven-piece act’s Japanese single released on April 2, ranked No 81 on the Hot 100 chart Billboard announced on Tuesday (US time).

The song also topped the Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart and ranked No 3 and No 5 on the Billboard Global Excl. US and Billboard Global 200 charts, respectively.

“Film Out” is the first BTS single sung in Japanese to enter the Hot 100. The group’s fourth Japanese full album “Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey” earlier rose to No 14 on the main albums chart.

Co-written by BTS member Jungkook, the song will be included on the group’s upcoming Japanese compilation album, “BTS, The Best,” due out on June 16.

With the latest feat, BTS now has songs in three languages — Korean, English and Japanese — that have entered the Hot 100.

Last year, the group made history by becoming the first K-pop act to top the chart with its all-English summer hit “Dynamite.” “Life Goes On” also debuted at No 1 a few months later, becoming the first song entirely sung in Korean to reach the top spot.

“Film Out,” meanwhile, continued to make a splash in Japan. The latest data from the Japanese music chart Oricon showed that the song sat atop its weekly streaming chart with 11.7 million plays.

Noting how BTS broke 10 million streams with “Dynamite,” Oricon said the septet is the first male act to have achieved the weekly milestone with two songs.

Source: BERNAMA

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2021 National Day Celebrated With The Spirit of Malaysian Family

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PUTRAJAYA, Aug 31  — Malaysia today celebrated its 64th National Day, in a celebration filled with patriotism in the spirit of the Malaysian family.

It is celebrated under the new normal circumstances for the second year due to the COVID-19 pandemic at Dataran Pahlawan Negara, here.

Various programmes and performances with elements of patriotism, are held in compliance with standard operating procedures (SOP) with the physical presence of limited number of viewers, while others could watch them on television or virtually.

A video clip on the Malaysian Family, with lyrics by Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa was screened for the first time as guests, who included Cabinet ministers, arrived for the celebration.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and his wife, Datin Seri Muhaini Zainal Abidin, also attended the celebration, themed ‘Caring Malaysia”, but virtually as he is in quarantine since yesterday for being a close contact of a COVID-19 patient.

The celebration started at 8 am with three members of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) raising the Jalur Gemilang, accompanied by the national anthem.

This was followed by the reading of the Rukun Negara and then the shouts of “Merdeka”. by representatives from the various front line agencies and departments,  led by  Luqman AlHakim Mohd Tamyes from the Education Ministry.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Man Produces Video On Children Acting As Freedom Fighters To Instill Patriotism

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CHUKAI, Aug 31  — The sacrifices of the freedom fighters are not only to be remembered, but also to be appreciated and embraced, said businessman Nur Zamri Shafie, 53.

And, to prove it, he does not mind forking out more than RM1,000 to produce a short video on the struggle by freedom fighters in seeking independence for the country, with his family members, including wife, Salida Abdullah, 45, their children and nephews as the cast.

“My initial intention of producing the video was just as a memory for the family, as it was quite a challenge  to complete it, especially to make sure the children understand their role. There were times when they wanted to quit, but I persuaded them by telling them inspiring stories that made them want to continue to play their role again.

“Finally, we were able to complete the 3.19-minute video, with the title ‘Ini Tanah Kita’ (This is Our Land), which is about the struggle of the country’s freedom fighters against the colonists and aims to instil the spirit of patriotism,” he told the media when met at his residence in Kampung Geliga here.

Nur Zamri said the video recording, which featured his children,  Adam Danial, 11, and  Irfan Darwish, 9, and their cousins,  siblings Mohd Ilham Sani, 11, and Nur Izra, 8, was carried out around Bukit Bendera, near Pantai Teluk Mok Nik.

He uploaded the video on his Facebook and YouTube at about midnight in conjunction with the 64th National Day celebration.

“It is my responsibility as a father to inculcate patriotic values in my children. I’m glad my children understand and as usual, during the National Month, we will get together to think of various activities to enliven the occasion.

“There are times the children will shout the word ‘merdeka’, but not understanding what it means, just like my son when he was younger. So, I explain to them by telling them about the country’s history and how the country achieved its independence, of our soldiers fighting the communists,” he added.

Nur Zamri said he started recording the video two weeks ago to make up for the normal trip to the federal capital to watch the National Day parade at Dataran Merdeka.

“Since 2004, we never miss going to the federal capital to watch the National Day parade, and my children will always be in their specially ordered National Day costume, but since last year, because of the  COVID-19 pandemic, we have to celebrate the historic day in our own way,” he said.

Nur Zamri said in August last year, he had produced a similar video, with a duration of  2.21 seconds, but with no dialogue using a smartphone application.

“The video was also uploaded on Facebook, but this new video has more actors and longer storyline, and with dialogue,” he added.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Book Review: Know The Fate of Anna And Elsa In ‘Conceal, Don’t Feel’ Book

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The most exciting ‘Twisted Tale Series’ is such an exciting book series to read because it helps the readers’ minds and thinking to be out of the box. There is so much creativity to be discovered in this book series. Recently, the series has put a spin on the story of ‘Frozen’ movie.

The book is titled ‘Conceal, Don’t Feel’ and it was written by Jen Calonita. The particular book retells the story of Anna and Elsa on an alternate timeline where the sisters do not know each other. In this version of the story, a curse has caused the entire kingdom to forget about Anna. The story is indeed exciting.

Much of the story is the same this time around, unlike some of the Twisted Tales that take deep departures from the source material. The big difference here is that after the icy accident while young Anna and Elsa play, Grand Pabbie realizes that Anna’s heart is at risk of freezing if she remains close to Elsa. He enacts a curse that will keep the girls apart and cause the kingdom to lose their memories of Anna until a time when Elsa’s powers are under control.

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It is such a fun book to read and witness the story progress in a different way than the movie. This version remains faithful to the events of the film, just placing them in a different order or having characters reach their final destination in altered ways. This is refreshing for the Twisted Tale series, which sometimes veers too far off course or even goes as far as to kill off main characters.

Based on my personal opinion, book series like this is definitely a great channel to show how creative the writer is to tell the story in a different version. Even in real life, many people would have thought this kind of possibility, and the drive and ambition of this author to really finish what people might have thought is a satisfaction. A recommended book to read for all Disney fans.

Sources: Disney Books.

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