BIRTHDAYS: Sir Terence Conran, designer, 86; Susan Sarandon, actress, 71; Ann Widdecombe, politician/TV presenter, 70; Anneka Rice, TV presenter, 59; Chris Lowe, pop musician
(Pet Shop Boys), 58; Mark Powley, actor, 54; Alicia Silverstone, actress, 41; Stacey Solomon, singer, 28.
BIRTHDAYS: Sir Tom Stoppard, playwright, 80; Susan Penhaligon, actress, 68; Sir Richard Hadlee, former cricketer, 66; Sian Lloyd, weather presenter, 59 (pictured); Julie Burchill, writer, 58; Vince Clarke, pop musician
, 57; Tom Cruise, actor, 55; Shane Lynch, singer (Boyzone), 41.
Alamgir spotted the talent in Amir early and gave him the chance to work with him as a lead guitarist.
BORN JACOB Grimm, German writer, 1785 LOUIS Braille, French inventor, 1809 FLOYD Patterson, US boxer, 1935, above DIED ALBERT Camus, French author, 1960 TS Eliot, British writer, 1965 GERRY Rafferty, UK pop musician
, 2011, above
There has probably never been a better time to see Northern Ireland's greatest-ever pop musician
in the flesh, if you discount his 1970s pomp - though you pay through the nose for the privilige.
The 42-year-old Puerto Rican pop musician
Ricky Martin has always been a household name globally, particularly due to his famous hits like 'Livin in Vida Loca'.
Alex Chilton was a pop musician
who couldn't get a major label deal most of his career, but whose posthumous fame as an underground hero now earns him a biography from a major New York publishing house.
Which pop musician
was the original narrator of the TV series Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends?
Assaf came ahead of American actress Jennifer Lawrence, who won an Oscar in February, and Canadian pop musician
Justin Bieber, who performed in the UAE in May.
The Canadian pop musician
described Filipinos as "the strongest people I know.
BIRTHDAYS: Sir Terence Conran, designer, 82; Susan Sarandon, actress, 67; Ann Widdecombe (pictured), politician/TV presenter, 66; Anneka Rice, TV presenter, 55; Chris Lowe, pop musician
(Pet Shop Boys), 54; Mark Powley, actor, 50; Alicia Silverstone, actress, 37.
Commenting on the association with yet another Arab pop musician
, Spyridon Gousetis, Director of Marketing, Sony Mobile Middle East and Africa, added: "Elissa is a much admired singer throughout the Middle East.