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Blue One Love Asia Tour 2003

True to their promise, Blue will be back in Singapore this month for a one night only concert as part of their Asian One Love Tour. The concert will be held at Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SICEC) on March 29 at 7pm.

Blue (Duncan James, Antony Costa, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe Richardson) scooped the coveted Best Pop Act at the Brits 2003. They are also the proud recipients of the Favourite Pop Act at this year’s MTV Asia Awards.

The group released their second album, ‘One Love’ in November 4 2002 through Innocent Records. This new album follows the massive success of their debut album "All Rise", which has so far sold over 1.2 million copies in the UK alone, spawned two No.1 hit singles and eventually reached No.1 in the album charts after a phenomenal 23 weeks.

Riding high on the airwaves with the anthemic ‘One Love’ and the beautifully penned Elton John track ‘Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word’, the album journeys on with more moods for pop fans and soul boys alike.

The guest stars for the concert are the all Natural boys of Florida. They are the newest kids on the music block. But instead of simply following in the footsteps of their predecessors, like N'Sync, Backstreet Boys, Take Five and O-Town, Natural dares to conquer something else in the music scene. For one thing, the new five-man band has an edge because all the young members not just sing in five-part harmonies, but also dance, play musical instruments and write their own songs

Natural comprises Ben Bledsoe, Josh Horn, Michael Johnson, Patrick King Jr. and Marc Terenzi, whose ages range from 19 to 23. They got together in the summer of 1999 and started singing a capella songs for anyone who simply wanted to listen.

Now, Natural has an ace in the form of their mentor and discoverer, Lou Pearlman, the same guy responsible for the success of groups, such as N'Sync and Backstreet Boys.

Tickets are priced at $86, $76, $66, $56 (Includes GST & $1 SISTIC fee per ticket ) and available at all Sistic outlets.

Tickets purchased through SISTIC for Blue's original show in August will automatically be valid for 29 March 2003. The difference in ticket prices will be borne by Midas Promotions.

The Singapore date is the sixth leg of the One Love Tour. Blue will also be performing in Korea, Brunei, Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila. Please visit or for more information.

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LATEST: BLUE POSTPONES CONCERT TILL FURTHER NOTICE Singapore, 26 March 2003 Top British band Blue has postponed their one night only concert in Singapore, slated on March 29 2003 till further notice. News of the decision was received by the concert organiser, Midas Promotions yesterday. The complete statement of the band follows: “Due to a combination of current world events and Antony from Blue suffering from acute bronchitis, Blue's forthcoming SE Asian tour dates have been postponed. The band greatly appreciate how much support fans in the region have given them from the beginning and deeply regret disappointing them. Blue very much look forward to returning to the region once the current political situation has been resolved.” Midas Promotions are hoping to reschedule the concert for May and advised ticket buyers to hold on to their tickets until further notice. Ticket refunds will be made available. Please refer to Sistic’s website for updates on how and when tickets can be refunded.

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11 March 2003

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Last year, 167 parents filed beyond parental control complaints - a 44 per cent increase on the previous year - and the problem coincides with rising juvenile crime. Statistics released by the police last week show that the number of youngsters 15 years old and under arrested in 2002 shot up by 55 per cent, compared to 2001. In 2002, 45 youngsters were sent to institutions, such as the Toa Payoh Girls' Home and the Singapore Boys' Home. (1)

Only nine shop units out of the 34 shop units in the Ten Mile Junction shoppping centre are occupied. Its landlord, the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) is planning to reposition the centre, which opened in 1999, as a one-stop learning centre. (4)

In 2002, the Central Narcotics Bureau's (CNB) haul of 13,000 Ecstasy pills was just a little over half the 24,000 pills seized in 2001. In the five years between 1996 and 2001, the number of known Ecstasy abusers here plunged from 661 to 151. (H3)




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