New Beyonce Album Confirmed

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The rumors are true. Beyoncé will release a new album on Nov. 24 2014, but unfortunately it will only contain two new songs, “7/11” and “Ring Off.” According to a press release, “Beyoncé Platinum Edition” Box Set will include two CDs and DVDs, accompanying the two new songs would be four new remixes of the original self-titled album released last year.

The DVDs will feature 10 live performances from the “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” and the music videos released as a visual album, and the CDs will be split into new songs (and remixes) and the original “Beyoncé” album.

A fake track list showed that “Beyoncé Vol. 2” would come out Nov. 25 (though it listed that date as a Monday instead of a Tuesday), and included songs like “Donk” (featuring Nicki Minaj) and “Cherry” (featuring Rihanna) which do not appear on Beyonces new project. Vulture found that they were both registered with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Theres a chance that each will appear on the next reissue of “Beyoncé.”

This is a full list of the album.

More Audio CD:
1. “7/11”
2. “Flawless Remix” (Featuring Nicki Minaj)
3. “Drunk in Love Remix” (Featuring JAY Z & Kanye West)
4. “Ring Off”
5. “Blow Remix” (Featuring Pharrell Williams)
6. “Standing on the Sun Remix” (Featuring Mr. Vegas)

Live DVD
1. “Run The World (Girls)”
2. “***Flawless”
3. “Get Me Bodied”
4. “Blow”
5. “Haunted”
6. “Drunk In Love” (Featuring JAY Z)
7. “1 + 1”
8. “Partition”
9. “Heaven”
10. “XO

Original CD
1. “Pretty Hurts”
2. “Haunted”
3. “Drunk in Love” (Featuring JAY Z)
4. “Blow”
5. “Angel”
6. “Partition”
7. “Jealous”
8. “Rocket”
9. “Mine” (Featuring Drake)
10. “XO”
11. “***Flawless” (Featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
12. “Superpower” (Featuring Frank Ocean)
13. “Heaven”
14. “Blue” (Featuring Blue Ivy)

Original DVD
1. “Pretty Hurts”
2. “Ghost/Haunted”
3. “Drunk in Love”
4. “Blow”
5. “Angel”
6. “Yonce/Partition”
7. “Jealous”
8. “Rocket”
9. “Mine”
10. “XO”
11. “***Flawless”
12. “Superpower”
13. “Heaven”
14. “Blue” (Featuring Blue Ivy)
15. “Grown Woman

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iPhone 6 & 6 plus comes to Lagos.

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On November the 14th the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6Plus will be available at the iStore in Ikeja City Mall. Be the first to get your hands on an amazing and authentic Apple iPhone 6 or 6 Plus with the iStore’s pre-order system. The iStore recognizes how much everyone is in need of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and you can pre-order yours at myistore.com.ng

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It’s easy to pre-order, and you can choose the model, colour and storage size that you want. When bought you not only get genuine Apple products you also get a one-year warranty, plus you’ll be eligible for the official trade-in offer next year when the next iPhone is launched. With your authentic Apple iPhone, you’ll also get free and expert advice, training and support.

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are available in silver, space grey and gold, in different storage sizes 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. The iPhone 6 prices range from N135 500 to N175 000, and the iPhone 6 Plus ranges from N155 000 to N195 000

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No agreement yet on Chibok girls, says FG

The Council of State rose from its meeting on Tuesday with a statement that the Federal Government had yet to reach any agreement with the Boko Haram sect on the fate of the abducted Chibok girls.

It said although discussions were still ongoing, it was clear that the media misunderstood the position of the government on the reported ceasefire.

Governor Godswill Akpabio said this while briefing State House correspondents of the outcome of the meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.

He was joined at the briefing by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State.

Akpabio said the council was briefed by the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), on the efforts being made to rescue the schoolgirls.

He said, “The NSA was of the opinion that high level contact with the Republic of Chad was made and that some persons who acted on behalf of Boko Haram and who claimed to have authority also had discussions with them and there are some Nigerian officials with them.

“Of course, no agreement has been reached yet, it is just that the press probably misunderstood what was reported, the discussions are ongoing.

“What came out of the NSA’s briefings was that the President will do everything possible to ensure the release of those young girls and to ensure protection of lives and property.

“That will include dialogue where you can have the people to dialogue with, because you cannot dialogue with people that are faceless and therefore, every opportunity must be explored to ensure peace return to the region.”

Akpabio said the council was satisfied that the Defence Ministry and all the agencies had taken the right steps aimed at ensuring peace and tranquility.

While saying that the President was on course, the governor said sooner or later, Nigerians would hear good news.

He urged Nigerians to be patient and that the issues of terrorism were not issues that could be finished within a day of two.

“There are some instances in which countries had to contend with insurgency for years, but in the case of Nigeria, we said we must find a practical means of bringing insurgency to an end in the shortest possible time so that Nigerians can sleep with their two eyes closed.”

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Tayo still winning in BBA house

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Tayo

Thirty-one days into the Big Brother Africa show, Tayo, the remaining Nigeria housemate in the show after Lilian’s premature exit, continues to escape eviction pang. Besides escaping the list, he is counting his laurels.

And, perhaps, among the housemates his character seems to be the most symbolic of the idea of the Big Brother Africa show: he is largely genuine and real or so he is perceived. Not even the fear of eviction has ‘faked’ him; he laughs when he needs to and fights when the occasion demands he does.

This has earned him foes and, maybe, more friends, a reason he probably bickered with JJ, Alusa, Nhanhla, Kacey and other male hotshots.

When JJ was picked as head of the house two weeks ago, many thought it was time Tayo got ready for eviction fever. But rather, Kacey Moore, Luis, Macky2, Mr. 265, Frankie, Sheilla, Arthur and manipulative Sheillah were listed for possible ousting while the Ghanaian (Kacey) and Luis that were eventually thrown out.

And as another six were enlisted on Monday, Tayo remained fortunate once again.

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Peter Okoye unveiled Olympic milk brand ambassador

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Peter, the other half of singing duo, P Square, is really ‘tasting money’ as they sang in their recent song “Taste The Money.” The young guy has now been officially unveiled as the brand ambassador for Olympic Milk, a brand under Nutricima’s portfolio of products.

With a show-stopping performance, the popular music star and dancer was revealed at the launch of Olympic Milk campaign tagged, ‘Winning with Olympic: The Healthy Choice.’

Peter who was dressed in black suit with a black hat electrified the occasion with a dramatic entry into the hall with a suitcase which contained the ‘best kept secret.’

In a performance which wowed the audience that comprised notable personalities, Peter made sure the guests had a swell time.

Speaking on his deal as the new face of Olympic Milk, Peter said he felt honoured to be made the brand ambassador.

“Among thousands or perhaps millions of people in the entertainment industry, I feel honoured to be chosen as the brand ambassador.”

Sony reports quarterly loss of $1.2bn

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony has reported a net loss for the three months to September of 136bn yen ($1.2bn; £762m).

The loss, which was attributed to its struggling mobile phone business, was not as great as analysts had expected, BBC reports.

In September the firm warned its annual loss might be more than four times bigger than initially forecast.

The firm said it now expects a full-year loss of 230bn yen, compared with a previous estimate of 50bn yen.

On Friday, Sony also reported an operating loss of 85.6bn yen for the September quarter, despite an increase in sales of 7.2% to 1.9tn yen for the period, compared with a year ago.

Sony said the rise in overall sales numbers was mostly due to a “significant increase” in its games and network services sales, “reflecting the contribution of the PlayStation 4.”

Tough competition

The electronics giant has been losing money due to competition in the smartphone sector from global rivals such as Apple and Samsung.

It said it would start to reduce its smartphone presence in China particularly, where it has been losing ground to domestic firms including Xiaomi.

Sony has also been struggling this year to turn around its television unit, which has been losing money due to competition from Asian rivals including Samsung Electronics.

Two years ago, chief executive Kazuo Hirai promised to return Sony’s underperforming electronics business to profit.

But earlier this year he forecast the firm would remain unprofitable until 2015.

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Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping

Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.

For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Incorporated is offering free shipping on what it considers the season’s top 100 hottest gifts, from board games to items related to Disney’s hit film “Frozen” items, starting Saturday. The move comes as rival Target Corp. began offering free shipping on all items, a programme that started late October and will last through December 20.

According to Associated Press, Wal-Mart is also planning to offer discounts, or what it refers to as “rollbacks,” on more than 20,000 items on a broad range of products, from groceries to TVs, starting Saturday. The timing is similar to last year, but the discounter said the assortment is broader.

It is also pulling forward by nearly a month 15 24-hour online deals originally reserved for the Thanksgiving weekend and so-called Cyber Monday, about double from last year. For the first time, Wal-Mart will allow shoppers to pick up those 24-hour online specials at the store. They include 40-inch Element TVs for $199, down from $298, and Crayola Paint Makers for $12, down from $18.88. Customers will be able to purchase the deals online starting shortly after midnight on Monday.

The online deals are in addition to several hundred online holiday specials that start Saturday.

“We’re trying to offer the best deals when they want them,” said Steve Bratspies, Wal-Mart’s executive vice president and general merchandise manager for Wal-Mart’s US division.

Wal-Mart unveiled some of the details of its holiday strategy as it considers matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, a move that could help grab more customers but could also hurt profit margins.

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based discounter has matched prices of local store competitors but has not followed other retailers including Best Buy and Target in matching prices of online rivals. But last month, Wal-Mart started to test the strategy in five markets: Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas; Phoenix; and northwest Arkansas.

Wal-Mart is trying to rev up sluggish sales in the US as it battles competition from online retailers, dollar stores and drugstores. At the same time, it’s also dealing with a slowly recovering economy that hasn’t benefited its low-income shoppers. As a result, Wal-Mart’s US namesake stores, which account for 60 per cent of its total business, haven’t reported growth in a key sales measure in six straight quarters.

Wal-Mart’s move underscores how stores are being forced to step up their game for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for about 20 per cent of retail industry’s annual sales. The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, forecasts a 4.1 per cent sales increase to $616.9bn for November and December from last year. But online sales, which are included in the forecast, are expected to increase anywhere from eight per cent to 11 per cent.

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