Alicia Keys to sing live at Milan Champions League final

American R&B star Alicia Keys will make history by becoming the first artist to sing live at a Champions League final opening ceremony that promises unprecedented glitz and glamour on Saturday.

Alicia Keys to sing live at Milan Champions League final
Alicia Keys will become the first person to sing live at a Champions League final. Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFP

Record ten-time champions Real Madrid host city rivals Atletico Madrid at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium, commonly known as the San Siro, looking for an 11th victory in Europe's premier club competition.

An estimated global audience of 180 million people spread over 220 countries will watch the Spanish league giants lock horns in the final for the second time in three years.
Yet fans around the world are set for an enticing, pre-game appetiser thanks to a leading Italian events company that has the formidable task this summer of producing no less than nine major international opening and closing ceremonies.
Along with Canadian company Circo de Bakuza, Rome-based Filmmaster Events will also organize the opening and closing ceremonies of Euro 2016 and the Rio Olympics and Paralympics this summer.
Unlike the opening or closing ceremonies of the Olympics, the Champions League final has never featured a live performance.
Keys is set to sing three of her “biggest hits”, according to the ceremony organisers, but is expected to treat fans to some of her new material when she is joined by 400 voluntary performers during a performance created by world famous events choreographer Wanda Rokicki.
AC Milan and Inter Milan share the San Siro stadium and despite their absence from the competition this season local fans will be given a chance to cheer.
They will be represented by retired club legends Franco Baresi and Javier Zanetti, who will carry the Champions League trophy out on to the centre of the pitch with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
The nine-minute show will end with spectacular fireworks and with Bocelli – who recently sang for Leicester City and their Italian manager Claudio Ranieri upon their historic Premier League triumph – singing the Champions League anthem.

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Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.