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Pop idols team up for gig in capital

Update: September, 30/2008 - 00:00

Pop idols team up for gig in capital


HA NOI — Young pop sensations from the US and the UK are getting ready to fire up fans at the Hennessy Artistry concert in Ha Noi tonight.

The show is the first popular music performance to be co-hosted by Hennessy and the Viet Nam Performing Arts Centre. Their Hennessy Classic concerts have been running annually since 1996.

The star-studded evening includes performances from X-Factor 2005 reality show winner Shayne Ward, Latino trio The DEY and alternative rock band Until June.

Ward shot to fame in the UK with his debut single That’s My Goal – a Christmas No1 – which hung onto the top slot in the charts for four consecutive weeks. In less than three months the pop musician achieved extraordinary success, entering the Guinness World Records book for the most downloaded track in a day. Since then his music has topped the charts in Hong Kong, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

Also in the line-up are sassy Latino trio The DEY, famous for their innovative hip-hop and R&B style that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Latin America. Performers Divine, Elan, and Yeyo were recently voted "One of the Top 10 Artists to Watch Right Now" by Entertainment Weekly.

Setting a different tone for the night are alternative rock band Until June. The up-and-coming stars Josh Ballard (Piano&Vocals), Dan Ballard (Guitar) and Daniel Dempsey (Drums) present a more serious take on the music industry. "We would love to think that we are making music that will change the world," says vocalist Ballard. "We are more concerned with letting it all out than writing pop hits. We want people to know that on our records, as well as at shows, we want people to feel what we feel."

The show kicks off at 8pm at the National Convention Centre. — VNS

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