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Rapper finds peace with U.N. leader

From Wire Reports

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is jealous of South Korean rapper PSY.

The U.N. chief joked during a meeting with the rapper that he felt overshadowed by the star, whose video has scored more than half a billion views on YouTube.

“I’m a bit jealous. Until two days ago someone told me I am the most famous Korean in the world. Now I have to relinquish. I have no regrets,” Ban said.

The two lavished praise on each other at U.N. headquarters Tuesday, with Ban even risking a few of PSY’s trademark dance moves from the viral smash video Gangnam Style.

“So now you have first and second famous Korean in the same building,” PSY told reporters at a photo opportunity with the U.N. chief.

Cameron takes on ‘Informationist’

James Cameron has begun to think about life after his two “Avatar” sequels – and it includes making a movie from a female-driven novel called “The Informationist.”

Cameron’s production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, has optioned the rights to the debut book by Taylor Stevens, with plans for Cameron to direct it for 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm announced Tuesday.

A thriller set in Africa, “The Informationist” follows Vanessa Munroe, a researcher hired to help find the missing daughter of a Texas oil billionaire.

“This is one of the most cinematic books I’ve ever read,” said Jon Landau, Cameron’s producing partner. “And it’s got all the classic Jim Cameron elements – a female protagonist who is smart, physically adept and skilled, great action, an unexpected love story.”

Musicians to be mentored in Memphis

Memphis, Tenn., will now be the home of a national program deploying music industry veterans to mentor young and up-and-coming musicians.

David Porter, the songwriter who co-wrote such classics as “Soul Man” and “Hold on I’m Comin,” announced the program Tuesday in Memphis. He said the initiative to develop a talent pool of new musicians is called “The Consortium MMT” – the letters standing for “Memphis Music Town.”

The program seeks to nurture successful professional musicians to help restore Memphis’ reputation as a capital of soul music, Porter said.

Porter said the influence of a professional on a young artist’s career could turn a good musician into an exceptional one.

“If we don’t give back, we’ll have done an injustice to the place that we love, which is Memphis,” Porter said.

The birthday bunch

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is 76. Actor Kevin Kline is 65. Actor B.D. Wong is 52. Singer Monica is 32. Rapper Drake is 26.

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