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London based download portal TrackItDown have teamed up with Facebook to launch a music player that allows Facebook users to create their own playlists and send each other tracks.

The new application also allows users to rank tracks and receive release alerts by favourite artists and labels and has already been downloaded by over 7,000 people, said TrackItDown chief Nolan Shadbolt.

“We’ve had people downloading the player from all over the world, in the last few minutes we have had users link up from Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Australia, Argentina, South Africa and beyond,” Nolan told Skrufff in an interview this week. “We’re delighted with the reaction so far.”

Nolan launched Trackitdown (a (Skrufff licensee site) with hard dance DJ legend Ed Real from Nolan’s Bayswater basement flat in 2005 and spoke enthusiastically about the radical changes continuing to redefine the music business.

“What we’re seeing now is focused groups of people working on exciting new models and there are new standards falling into place,” he suggested.

“It's what you make it,” Nolan added, “Our sales are continually growing, so as far as we're concerned the outlook is good.”

He also spoke positively about the credit crunch, pointing out ‘the last recession gave birth to the UK's acid house and free party scene.”

“Dance music has taken an epic journey since then, if it comes full circle we'll be over the moon. The fact is that a night out can be very costly and many people are deciding to stay in, in the comfort of their home to download their entertainment whether that be movies, games or music,” said Nolan.

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BBC TV Stars Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond will be joined by local celebrity, Marchy Lee for the first ever Top Gear Live arena show in Asia at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 20–22 February 2009.

Tickets for Top Gear Live, which boasts an indoor live action theatre, go on sale on Thursday 20th November 2008. Not only will tickets provide up to 90 action-packed minutes of breath taking stunts, amazing special effects and blockbusting driving sequences with some of the world’s best precision drivers; tickets (available from HK Ticketing) will also grant up-close-and-personal access to some rare marques and dream cars from Porsche, Lamborghini and Maserati to name a few in the Motoring Showcase .

For a limited period only, special ticket prices will be available. Tickets will be reduced from HK$288 down to HK$208 for standard tickets, HK$588 to HK$508 for premium tickets and HK$988 to HK$888 for VIP tickets. VIP tickets will include an exclusive back-stage tour and access to the VIP Champagne Lounge.

This experience of live motoring performance is one that car enthusiasts will not forget. Seven shows spanning across three days will be the last opportunity in the world to see the adaptation of BBC TV’s internationally acclaimed and multi award-winning show, Top Gear, comes to life on stage as the tour completes its journey across the globe in Hong Kong.

The show will re-enact some of the TV programme’s old favourites such as car football and The Cool Wall but it will also bring its own magic to the stage. Challenge is the fuel that charges Top Gear’s engine and this is beautifully demonstrated when a ninja takes on a car with Kung Fu in just one of the awesome acts the live show puts on in the arena.

Shell V-Power is confirmed as Global Title Sponsor of the Hong Kong leg of the Tour, with big names in the airline and media industry to be announced very shortly including BBC Knowledge.

To be the first in Asia to see Top Gear Live and purchase tickets log on to or call HK Ticketing on 31 288 288.  For more information about the show visit

(information provided by the organiser)

CIPHER launches in Lane Crawford Hong Kong

Created in 2003 as a casual skateboard footwear brand in L.A, today CIPHER is an international urban lifestyle brand offering designer products for an emerging group of international hipsters and global lifestyle connoisseurs.  Now based in the world city of Hong Kong, where international metropolitan living manifests the dynamic fusion of East and West culture, CIPHER is an expression of life in the brave new world—an INTERNATIONAL URBAN CONTEMPORARY LIFESTYLE BRAND

The 2008 Fall/Holiday collection will debut in November 2008 at Lane Crawford stores across Hong Kong.  A reflection of the nouveau urban cool, the collection embodies elements of contemporary art, streetwear culture, high fashion, and is constructed from environmentally friendly materials. CIPHER shoes are available in 3 different styles, in a range of colours, each with its own story and attitude; Seditionary, Subterranean and Libertine. 


Inspired by the famous retail location founded by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McClaren. The Seditionary is an interpretation of the roots of Punk music, meant for people of bold style ambitions and a sense of cultural nostalgia.

The Punk movement of the late 70’s inspires each Seditionary colourway; from Bondage Black to Siouxie Pink each shoe is the embodiment of the icons of the time. High-grade perforated sustainable uppers, or crossed hand stitching characterizes each model. Customized in a proprietary metal buckle, coated in environmentally friendly nickel, 0.5 Gold Micron, or Palladium plating; accenting the exterior with a clean and unique attitude.

Available in 5 colors; Black Quilt, White with Black Quilt, Metallic Pink, White and Metallic Silver and retails for HK$1,750


Inspired by the fluid dynamic movement of the fathers of the “Beat” generation; The Subterranean is a manifestation of the underground intellectual movement that stirred the American cultural awakening of the 1950’s and beyond.

The latest addition to the CIPHER family, the Subterranean is a fusion of high fashion, functionality, and comfort. CIPHER has created a luxurious footwear experience for people of dynamic lifestyles. Each shoe features high-grade environmentally sustainable uppers and interiors accented and embossed foot harnesses for security and style
Available in 3 colors; Black, Metallic Silver and White and retails for HK$1,600


The 2008 Libertine is inspired by the (in)famous author Oscar Wilde and his treatise on aesthetics with a street culture edge. The Libertine is an ode to the flamboyant one-upmanship of urban-street culture fused with the luxuries of high fashion.

Following the ethos of the great writer and icon, the Libertine is fashioned from imported vividly colored silks and the interiors are lined in butter smooth premium sustainable materials. The simplicity of the design coupled with its daring colours is a testament to your discerning taste and sophisticated bravado.

Available in 4 colors; Pink, Orange, Purple and Blue Satin, and retails for HK$1,450.


The collection will be available in Hong Kong exclusively at Lane Crawford from November 2008:

Lane Crawford IFC, 2 Finance Street, Central
Lane Crawford Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Lane Crawford Times Square

And available worldwide from November 12th at

(information provided by the pr company)


Wednesday December 10th 2008 at 8pm

Hong Kong’s finest independent arts magazine GALLERI is set for another high profile event as it prepares for a multi-faceted pre-Christmas bash at the brand new dada bar + lounge at The Luxe Manor boutique hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Combining the first viewing of GalleriFOUR Magazine, the launch of the official Galleri website plus a unique group exhibition of visual arts, the event looks to eclipse some of the past Galleri events that have included 600 people at KEE Club as well a private party at the Chanel Mobile Art Container.

In association with luxury vodka Belvedere and artists’ network, the G4 event will feature a group exhibition entitled CLASSY DIRTY that will also include recent work for Belvedere by acclaimed photographer Terry Richardson. Drawing from a host of visual artists, the exhibition will bring together photographers, graphic artists, illustrators and urban artists each interpreting the Belvedere ‘Classy Dirty’ theme in their own style. So far the line-up includes; Jonathan Jay Lee, Simon Birch, Jay FC, Timon Wehrli, Emily Eldridge and Blow Up Studios. Alongside this will be several pieces by Terry Richardson featuring Jade Jagger and Vincent Gallo.

“We’re looking forward to working with the Galleri team. What they’re doing and the way they’re handling it sit perfectly with the ‘Luxury Reborn’ global creative platform of Belvedere” said Elvina Tsun from Moet Hennessy Diageo Hong Kong Limited.

The event will also see the exclusive preview launch of GalleriFOUR Magazine – another 148 page book packed with the cream of Hong Kong’s most sought after and talked about creative talents. This issue includes exclusive contributions from Kalun Leung, Cheung Kinwai, A Yip, Wilson Shieh, Kelebra, Cyrusnoname and Andrew Lee.

And finally, the event is also the official launch of the new fully interactive artist website created by the team at

“We’re happy to be celebrating the launch of our fourth issue and we’re really grateful for the support of Belvedere Vodka and It can be difficult to keep something like this going without the support of forward thinking companies who understand the real value of Hong Kong’s local creative community” said Galleri co-founder Jay FC.

The event will be held at the recently completed, lavish and luxurious dada bar + lounge in the award-winning boutique hotel The Luxe Manor in Tsim Sha Tsui. The Galleri party will be one of the bar’s first events since its official launch.

As usual the event is expected to draw an upscale and diverse crowd of artists, celebrities and supporters of Hong Kong’s ever-increasing creative community.

Date: Wednesday 10 December 2008
Time: 8pm
Venue: dada bar + lounge at The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
RSVP essential – guest list only

Galleri Magazine is available through subscription and at selected outlets across Hong Kong, including Lane Crawford, G.O.D, KEE Club, Hong Kong Art Centre, agnes b. librairie gallerie, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Baptist University, Basheer Art Books, The Luxe Manor and more.


Galleri Magazine is a ChinaStylus and Red Dog Studio project. Its purpose is to show that Hong Kong’s creative community is alive and well and ready to be seen by the rest of the world. The quarterly, 148 page magazine celebrates arts and creativity of all kinds across the board without fear or favour. It provides an outlet for ALL artists, particularly those without the means (or inclination) to immerse themselves in the traditional art world. The magazine has a numbered, limited edition print run of 3,000 copies for selective distribution and it is designed to become a trusted bridge between creators and creative end-users.

(information provided by the organiser)


W Hong Kong to launch its first “Whitespace” event in collaboration with Fabrik Contemporary Art, with the largest collection of Andy Warhol prints in Hong Kong

W Hong Kong and Fabrik Contemporary Art have announced the launching of the newly opened luxury hotel’s first “Whitespace” event and exhibition, featuring a magnificent collection of Andy Warhol’s 22 works.

The exhibition, scheduled to run from Thursday, November 6 – Saturday, November 22, will encompass Warhol’s Ad series pieces to his famous portraits including Kimiko Powers, Edward Kennedy and Mao.

The collection will be shown throughout the uber-stylish W Hong Kong, which soft opened in August and is steadily gaining ground as Kowloon’s new “it” destination for dining and entertainment. Claude Challe, founder of Buddha Bar, has been on the decks at W already, and the hotel has some significant projects related to its touch points of fashion, music and design on the cards for Autumn and Winter.

The 22 Warhols on exhibit – all available for purchase – will rotate between the 1st floor entrance area, the hotel’s “Living Room” on the 6th floor, while the main collection will be showcased inside the floor-to-ceiling windows and gallery like space of the 7th floor pre-function area, set against infinite sunset vistas of the Western harbour and an industrial shipyard – reminiscent of New York, playground of Warhol.

“'Fabrik Contemporary Art is delighted to showcase the Works of Andy Warhol, the Master of Pop Art and offer for sale from their private collection some of Warhol’s finest works,” commented Sean Coxall of Fabrik. “We love the whimsical design elements at the new W and think it’s the perfect environment to view Warhol – in a space the master himself would have appreciated.”

“W has been a pioneer in terms of bringing together art, music and design enthusiasts – many of whom are also business travelers passing through town – and we’re very pleased to be working with creative visionaries at Fabrik to unveil the first of what will be many Whitespace events in the city,” said W Hong Kong General Manager Damon Page. 

The Warhol Whitespace at W Hong Kong will commence November 6th.  For media enquiries, please contact Impact Asia Ltd.


About W Hotels Worldwide
W Hotels is a global lifestyle brand with 23 properties in the most vibrant cities around the world. Inspiring and indulging its guests with thoughtful, refreshing and stylish experiences, signature restaurants, bars and destination spas, W has become the fastest growing luxury hotel brand in the world. Each hotel offers a unique mix of innovative design, comfort, and cultural influences from fashion and design to music and art and everything in between. W’s first residential property,
W Dallas-Victory, opened in June of 2006, and soon thereafter was named a Forbes Magazine
“Top Business Hotel.” In North America and Latin America, W Hotels have been announced in Austin, Downtown Atlanta, Midtown Atlanta, Buckhead Atlanta, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hoboken, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Minneapolis, Downtown New York, Santiago, Scottsdale, South Beach, and Washington, D.C. In Europe, W Hotels have been announced in Athens, Barcelona, Milan and St. Petersburg. In Asia, W has announced properties in Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao-Studio City, Shanghai and Yokohama. In Africa and the Middle East, W has announced properties in Amman, Doha, Dubai-Festival City, Dubai-The Palm and Marrakech. W’s first Retreat & Spa, W Maldives, opened in September of 2006. In 2007, W Maldives received the prestigious Travel + Leisure Design Award for Best Resort.  W has plans to open Retreat & Spa hotels in Bali, Koh Samui, Vieques and Verbier, the latter of which will serve as W’s first ski retreat. For more information, visit

For more information, visit

About Fabrik Contemporary Art

Established in 2007, Fabrik Contemporary Art,  was conceived by three private collectors to acquire unique pieces with a focus on contemporary modern and urban art.  Fabrik is committed to being involved in putting Hong Kong at the forefront of the international arts scene by promoting exciting and new artists through “guerilla exhibitions” - a new concept in HK which means galleries with no fixed home that pop up in private homes or temporary spaces before moving onto another space.   Most guerilla galleries operate using their website only as a showcase of their collection. Fabrik’s mandate is to showcase some of the art world's hottest and edgy contemporary artists from the Western hemisphere.

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CHI Residences – A Breath of Fresh Air in Hong Kong

CHI Residences, the brand new luxury serviced residences with a refreshing twist, launches in Hong Kong with its flagship property 120, on Connaught Road West. 

Encapsulating the elements of the CHI philosophy, the new contemporary style serviced residences provide guests with a comfortable and relaxing retreat where clean, purified air provides a refreshing welcome from the hustle and bustle of this busy city.  


“At CHI Residences, we focus on each individual guest and their needs”, says owner and operator Pilar Morais, “we have looked carefully at what people really want from a serviced residence in Hong Kong and, as our name suggests, we offer peace and space in an exciting and dynamic city, providing a relaxing oasis to restore energy and promote a sense of well being”.


The new CHI Residences at Connaught Road West offer 19 one-bedroom apartments each 1,050 sq ft with their own balcony which fill the rooms with light and superb 180 degree views across Victoria harbour and West Kowloon Cultural District. 


Designed by leading Paris-based interior designer Dillon Garris, only top quality materials and fittings have been used to create individually designed spaces offering comfort, style and convenience.


All residences feature 42” Plasma TV’s and BOSE DVD/VCD home theatre system, fully self contained kitchen and tasteful touches such as cashmere bed throws and tea on arrival to add to the luxury experience. 


Guests enjoy unlimited internet access, Cable and Now TV, 24-hour concierge service, daily maid service and complimentary laundry, instant platinum membership at California fitness, and use of the spacious outdoor garden on the podium level complete with BBQ for entertaining. 


CHI Residences on Connaught Road West are particularly convenient for the Central business district and for the nightlife and entertainment areas of SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong and just minutes from Sheung Wan MTR and ferry connections to Macau and China.


The visionaries behind the new CHI Residences are father and daughter duo, Philip and Pilar Morais. Mr. Morais was the founding partner of the highly successful Shama concept of serviced apartments who now shares his years of expertise in this sector with his daughter.


CHI Residences launches this year to provide a variety of urban residential choices to savvy travellers seeking convenience and luxury, and their own personal space.


The first CHI Residences opened its doors earlier this year at 393 Shanghai Street in the up and coming West Kowloon area. The flagship at 120 Connaught Road West on Hong Kong Island opened in August. A third CHI Residences will open at 279 Shanghai Street in late October and in 2009 they will unveil their Nathan Road property.

(information provided by the pr company)

ImagePhilia presents E+E:  Illustrations by Emily Eldridge.  Emily Eldridge is originally from the United States, where she studied illustration at the Savannah College of Art & Design.  Based in Hong Kong for the past three years, she takes inspiration from the oddities and unique aspects of Asian culture and history around her.  She incorporates her personal experiences and world travels into her lighthearted, colorful and feminine pieces.

ImageSilverBlack Card presents Hong Kong Dog Rescue Tribute Book Signing with special guest appearance by Rosemary Vandenbroucke, HKDR Ambassador. This event will take place on Saturday October 18th at the Terrace at FINDS, 2/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central from 5pm to 8pm. Entrance: Free, please RSVP or call 2815-7919.


- Signing of the HKDR Tribute Book by Rosemary Vandenbroucke, HKDR Ambassador
- Auction of custom couture doggie outfits designed by Kanchan Couture (
- SilverBlack Card Stall (
- DJ Tai Pan Dan plays Funk/Soul/Rare Grooves.
- Complimentary light refreshments and canapés

Qatar Airways has announced its Doha – New York route will operate non-stop with a daily flight, effective from the beginning of the winter 2008 schedules on October 26.

The airline plans to deploy its brand new Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft on the route shaving close to three hours off the current 17-hour flying time between Doha and New York. Qatar Airways currently operates to the New York gateway city of Newark via Geneva.

For Hong Kongers, this means an even easier and quicker journey to New York with Qatar airways, with economy class fares currently starting from HKD7,800.   

As part of the revised operational schedules, Qatar Airways will switch its existing six-flights-a-week between Doha and Newark Liberty International Airport to New York’s JFK Airport and step up frequency to daily non-stop services giving passengers greater choice.

Under the new schedules, Qatar Airways will no longer operate flights between Geneva and New York, but will significantly increase seat capacity between Doha and Geneva, which will become a dedicated service.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the airline had seen significant growth in traffic on the New York route since launching it in June 2007.

“As we have introduced more aircraft into our fleet, we have been able to increase frequency on the New York route from four-flights-a-week to six services in just 12 months,” he said.

“We are now preparing to go daily with our brand new Boeing 777s featuring lie-flat Business Class seats from October and offer unprecedented levels of space and comfort, which will truly give us an edge over our competitors in the Middle East and around the world.

“The move to New York’s JFK Airport is in response to passenger demand flying to one of America’s premier airports on the US east coast.”

The Boeing 777-300ER will offer a 78-inch Business Class pitch in a 2-2-2 configuration across the 42 premium seats and up to 34-inch pitch on the 293 seats in the economy cabin. The aircraft also features the next generation in-flight entertainment system – the Panasonic eX2 – with more than 700 individual audio and video entertainment options.

Added Al Baker: “Qatar Airways is committed to the Swiss market and is delighted with the huge response and popularity of our Geneva service which has enabled us to add capacity as the four-times-a-week non-stop service from Doha using an Airbus A330 aircraft becomes a dedicated route.

“Passengers from Geneva and neighbouring cities will be able to take advantage of our excellent array of onward connections over Doha to key business and leisure cities to the Far East and south Asia.

“For the immediate future, our existing flights to Zurich will continue to operate four-times-a-week, but we will shortly be announcing additional frequencies to both Zurich and Geneva with effect from 2009 offering yet more choice for both business and leisure travellers.”

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 62 aircraft to 83 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, south Asia, Indian subcontinent, Far East and North America.

Earlier this year, the airline began scheduled services between Doha and the southern Chinese industrial city of Guangzhou. During the summer, the airline introduced daily flights linking the Qatari capital with Kozhikode in southern India.

Starting December 8, Qatar Airways is to launch scheduled flights to Houston, which at 17 hours, will be one of the longest flights in the world non-stop from Doha.

The Doha – New York schedule effective October 26 is:-

Depart Hong Kong– Doha

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday          QR813 at 0120, arrive Doha 0545

Monday, Friday and Saturday                         QR817 at 1850, arrive Doha 2315

Depart Doha International Airport
Daily                QR083 at 0820, arrive in New York at 1500


Depart John F Kennedy International Airport to Doha

Daily                QR084 at 2235, arrive in Doha at 1910 +1 day

Depart Doha – Hong Kong                                                  

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday QR812 at 0235, arrive Hong Kong 1515

Monday, Friday and Saturday                         QR816 at 0235, arrive Hong Kong 1515

The Doha – Geneva schedule effective October 26 is:-

Depart Hong Kong– Doha

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday          QR813 at 0120, arrive Doha 0545

Monday, Friday and Saturday                         QR817 at 1850, arrive Doha 2315

Depart Doha International Airport
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun                                          QR065 at 0720, arrive in Geneva at 1215


Depart Geneva International Airport

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun                                          QR064 at 1345, arrive in Doha at 2135


Depart Doha – Hong Kong                                                  

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday QR812 at 0235, arrive Hong Kong 1515

Monday, Friday and Saturday                         QR816 at 0235, arrive Hong Kong 1515

(information provided by the pr company)


ImageChampagne Chic Evening Proudly Presented by Kanchan Couture and SilverBlack Card. A Refined Night with Champagne at L’atelier de Kanch.

The intimate event will showcase Kanch’s latest collection as well as provide the opportunity to learn more about the great benefits from the SilverBlack Card. SilverBlack Card members will be entitled to have a 15% off on all Kanchan Couture items. For non-SilverBlack Card members, an extra 3 months will be given to the first 5 registrations in the event.

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