Music legends at Summer’s funeral

Disco queen Donna Summer was buried in Nashville, Tennesee with a thousand guests including music producers David Foster and Giorgio Moroder attending the funeral ceremony.
Summer, who died of lung cancer at the age of 63, was buried in a casket covered by white roses, reported TMZ.
According to the funeral program document, her siblings sung We’ve Come This Far By Faith and her brother Ricky Gaines made a speech.
Her female friends also shared anecdotal “girlfriend stories” at the celebration of her life attended by her entire family.
Foster performed The Prayer with Natalie Grant, according to Universal Music Enterprises, Summ-er’s record label.
The program also included a Psalm dedicated to Summer about “a wife of noble character”.
The five-time Grammy winner passed away in Florida last Thursday.
A musical tribute was paid to her at the Billboard Music Awards 2012 on Sunday with Natasha Bedingfield singing Last Dance.

Armani says no plans to sell empire
Milan: Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani has no plans to sell his fashion empire, whose operating profit jumped 23 percent in 2011 to 281.8 million euros, boosted by strong Asian growth.
“At the moment, I am resisting all overtures to sell, and certainly, these are there, but they don’t tempt me,” 77-year-old Armani told Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore on Thursday when asked if would eventually sell to a French giant like beauty product partner l’Oreal.
The luxury goods group’s revenues grew 13.6 per cent in 2011 to hit 1.8 billion euros.
Armani said it would continue to focus on China. Of the 100 stores opened last year, 28 were in China, 12 in Europe, 11 in North America and eight in Japan.
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