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New Nelly

Lisbon, Nov. 18 (AFP): Working on a much anticipated follow-up album to her hugely succesful debut effort Whoa! Nelly made it easier to cope with a first pregnancy, Canadian pop star Nelly Furtado has said.

“It was good to get busy with the recording during the pregnancy because this way there was no time to worry about the physical transformations that I went through,” she told Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manha. “This is my profession, I can’t ignore it. This way I have already given a lesson in responsibility to my daughter.”

The 24-year-old, who gave birth in September to daughter Nevis, wrote and produced most of the tracks on her second album Folklore while she was pregnant. Furtado said the new album, which comes out on November 24 in Europe, was heavily inspired by memories of childhood vacations spent on Portugal’s verdant mid-Atlantic Azores archipelago, where her parents hail from.

The singer’s first album, which features a mixture of musical styles, sold over six-million discs around the world since its release in 2000, leading one critic the call the singer “the best thing to come out of Canada since maple syrup”.

Comic cars

Paris (AFP): Luc Besson, the director behind box-office features such as The Fifth Element and The Big Blue, this week releases a movie based on popular French comic-book hero “Michel Vaillant”, a test-driver famed for his adventures on the Le Mans 24 Hour Race circuit. After making three “Taxi” movies, police action comedies with extravagant car stunts and rapid banter that brought in millions of euros, Besson is banking on revving up ticket sales with a new film focussed on cars. Vaillant, who surfaced 46 years ago in France’s Tintin children’s mag, has featured in some 60 comic books that have sold 20 million copies worldwide.

Super stamp

Paris (AFP): The sale of the renowned La Fayette collection of classic French stamp errors fetched 5.77 million euros and broke two world records, organisers said on Tuesday. “It was a huge success,” said French expert and dealer Pascal Behr, who with British auction house Spink co-hosted late Monday’s auction of the privately-owned collection belonging to an unnamed US collector. The collection, containing 129 lots, had been valued at between 5.75 and 8 million euros due to the rarity of some of its pieces, including tete-beche (head-to-tail or inverted impression) blocks.

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