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'Charmbracelet' from Mariah Carey
By Sanath Weerasuriya
Popular singer Mariah Carey comes as the star of this week's 'Original Music Competition', which is organised by M- Entertainment in collaboration with TV Times.

This is the very first contest for the year 2003 and the 'Original Music Competition', which is the longest running competition on TV times, as usual give away Sony CDs, audios, gift vouchers and posters to the readers of TV Times.

Mariah Carey's career is truly the stuff of legend. Since she began her singing career, Mariah has become the best-selling female performer of all time, with an incredible 15 number one singles and two Grammy Awards.

Along the way she became the only artiste to top the charts in each year of the 1990s, and, with ''Heartbreaker", she pushed ahead of the Beatles as the artiste with the most cumulative weeks spent atop Billboard's hot 100 Singles chart.

Possessing a spectacular five-octave range, Mariah has proven that she is equally at home with sweeping ballads and pop, often incorporating elements of dance and hip-hop into the mix. Perhaps even more impressive, she composes all of her own material.

In May 2002, Mariah signed an exclusive recording contract with the Universal Music Group's Island Records. In addition, Carey has formed her own label, MonarC Music.

The first release for MonarC Music being 'Charmbracelet' the studio album released on December 3, 2002.

Mariah's new album features the songstress writing and co-producing with such a-list names as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Jermaine Dupri among others. The album, which is lyrically very personal, showcases Mariah's stunning voice, prolific song writing and incredible versatility. This is fully evident on the first single, the sweeping epic ballad, "Through The Rain" which is a perfect example of what Mariah does best.

The album 'Charmbracelet' by Mariah Carey is now available at all M Entertainment authorized dealers.

All the winners of previous contests can collect their prizes from Maharaja Entertainment (Pvt) Ltd., at 330, T.B. Jayah Mw., Colombo 10.

To enter this contest, all you have to do is to answer the question on the coupon No.85 and send it to the address given below.

The address is "Listen to Original Music Contest, No. 85, C/o Maharaja Entertainments (Pvt.) Ltd., 330, T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

Tell: + 941672425-8, Fax + 941699070. E Mail:

All the entries must be originals from the TV Times and no photocopies or faxes will be entertained. All correct entries will be drawn by a panel of judges.

The entries should reach the above address by February 5, the latest. The decision of the judges will be final and the names of the winners will be announced in The Sunday TV Times accordingly.

The winners will be announced in next week's issue.

The Heritage Blast
'The Heritage' in N'Eliya (formerly Ceybank Rest) which comes now under the management of the Heritage Group, held its 1st New Year's Eve Dinner Dance "The Heritage Blast - off for 2003" on a grand scale on December 31.

The new management ushered in the New Year with great mirth and merriment and the guests both local and foreign had a rollicking time.

'Heritage', the old Victorian era building of British Governors now under the management of Heritage Asia and The Heritage UK Limited.

Former HCIMA Lanka Chief and the former General Manager of Villa Ocean View Hotel Saman Rajapakse is the CEO of this hotel.

Here, Saman Rajapakse is seen crowning The Heritage Queen - 2003, Ms. Yoshini Tennekoon.

'The Ultimate Collection of Dalreen'
Dalreen Suby, a popular figure in the Sri Lankan music scene, released her latest CD 'Tikki Tikiri - The Ultimate Collection of Dalreen' last week.

This CD comprises eighteen Sinhala songs and two medleys. "Oba Ma Sathuwei Kiya", "Ran Kurullai", "Chuda Manike," "Gepalata Awa", "Tikki Tikiri", "Ram Mini Agana", "Apa Dedena", "Oba Ha Semada", "Prana Hatharak", "Surangi", "Udin Udin", "Raththran Manik", "Nelawena Mawukule", "Ran Sande" and "Ran Menika" are the popular songs featured on this CD.

The duets of this CD were voiced by Desmond de Silva, Ronnie Leitch and Rajiv Sebastian.

'The original music arrangements for these songs were done by late Clarence, Stanley, Earnest Soyza, Sarath Dassanayake, Raymond Fonseka and Janapriya Weeraratne. But it was nice Rajiv came forward to do the present arrangement specially for this CD', Dalreen said.

The backing music was provided by 'Rajiv and the Clan'.

'The ultimate collection of Dalreen' is a Torana Music Box production.

Great Sri Lankan Rock 2003'
'Levis Great Sri Lankan Rock 2003' , the talent search is well underway in Sri Lanka. Levis in creating what is potentially being billed as the biggest musical event Sri Lanka has seen of this kind.

While there are only a few days left for the release of 'Major Seventh - The Levis Great Indian Rock vol VII' CD, rock bands in Sri Lanka are busy preparing for participation in the first ever talent search of this kind in Sri Lanka. The last date for receiving entries is January 31st in Sri Lanka. Entries need to be sent to Levis Great Sri Lankan Rock, c/o Pesons, Levis Dockers Clothing Store, Duplication Road, Colombo - 4.

After selecting the five top bands in Sri Lanka , a big festival is being held at the Viharamaha Devi- Amphitheatre in Colombo on of February 8, where five of the best Sri Lankan bands will perform. Orange Street, winners of last years 'Levis Great Indian Rock' will be given the opportunity to play at the Colombo festival.

One of the Sri Lankan bands will be chosen at this festival and will go to New Delhi and will perform at the Levis GIR in Delhi on Febuary 22 and 23, where 14,000 people are supposed to attend over two days.

One of the artistes from both the Sri Lankan and the Indian GIR bands will be selected and given the opportunity to play in the United States later in 2003.

Bombay Black, the Mumbai-based group of musicians, was selected at the 2000-2001 GIR for a US foray and performed, to great acclaim, the opening slot at an Aerosmith concert in Los Angeles.

The launch of the Levis Great Sri Lankan Rock 2003 extends the wonderful platform for original music to Sri Lankan bands as well, and not only will it help create an exchange of music between India and Sri Lanka, but also give Sri Lankan bands an equal opportunity to get exposure on a International levelî

An important aspect of the Great Sri Lankan Rock Project is the continuing efforts of the organizers, promoters and the artistes themselves in raising a common voice against the scourge of HIV/AIDS.

Several other NGOs in Sri Lanka, using the GIR project as a vibrant, youth-oriented platform for increasing the awareness and understanding of the fight against HIV/AIDS.

For further details, please contact: Amit Saigal or Simrita Singh at RSJ, F-17, Hauz Khas Enclave, New Delhi -110016 e-mail: HYPERLINK "" or

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