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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 November, 2003, 12:58 GMT
Rock star Meat Loaf in hospital
US rock star Meat Loaf has been taken to hospital after collapsing during a London concert.

Meat Loaf "collapsed from exhaustion due to a prolonged viral infection," his record company spokesman said. "It is not life-threatening."

The 56-year-old singer collapsed during Monday's concert at Wembley Arena. He tried to continue but was taken to hospital on advice from paramedics.

His Tuesday night concert was cancelled on doctors' orders.


James Hewitt 'raps with So Solid'

James Hewitt, Princess Diana's former lover, has recorded a rap single with a member of So Solid Crew, according to a newspaper report.

Hewitt and MC Harvey recorded Ding Dong, which they hope to be a Christmas hit, the Evening Standard said.

Hewitt told the paper: "People have had enough of Sir Cliff Richard, boy bands and Pop Idol. It's time to give the public something more unusual."

The pair became friends while competing on Channel 4's The Games TV show.


The Producers sets new record

The Producers has broken its own Broadway one-day sales record after announcing the return of previous stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane

Sales of £2.1m were made on Sunday, breaking the record set in 2001 for the adaptation of Mel Brooks' 1968 film.

Thirty-nine thousand tickets were sold, at prices ranging from £18 up to £280.

The departure of Broderick and Lane in March 2002 had sparked a decline in the show's box-office fortunes.


Award for Jamie's Kitchen

Channel 4's series about Jamie Oliver's restaurant venture Fifteen won a top award at the annual Grierson Awards in London on Tuesday night.

The programme, Jamie's Kitchen, was named most entertaining documentary.

Nick Broomfield's Biggie & Tupac, about the killings of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, was named best cinema documentary.

Director Molly Dineen received a special award for lifetime achievement.


Singer Conley loses cancer battle

Soul singer Arthur Conley, a protégé of Otis Redding, has died aged 57 after suffering from intestinal cancer.

Conley is best-known for his hit Sweet Soul Music, released in 1967, which was written with Redding and base on a Sam Cooke song.

He began as leader of the group Arthur and the Corvets in the late 1950s and had had several other minor hits in the late 1960s.

He died in Holland, where he moved after fleeing the pressure of the US.


Metallica US sales 'disappoint'

Sales of rock group Metallica's latest album in the United States have been disappointing, the band have admitted.

The album, St Anger, has sold 1.5 million copies in the US since entering at number one in June, and dropped out of the pop charts earlier this month.

Singer James Hetfield said: "It's a bummer. In Europe it's doing really good. It is what it is. We do our best and that's all we can do."

The band's best-selling album, called Metallica, sold 13 million in the US.


Hong Kong pop songwriter Lam dies

One of Hong Kong's most famous and successful pop songwriters, Lam Chun-keung, has died aged 56.

Lam was credited with pushing local Cantonese music to a new level with strong messages, extensive metaphors and a liberal use of English words.

His hits included Stand Up, sung by Leslie Cheung, George Lam's Every Night, Anita Mui's Bad Girl and Danny Summer's Empty Chair.

Lam had battled blood cancer for more than two years.





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