Monthly Archives: December 2017

Emaar's spectacular 'Light Up 2018' Downtown Dubai New Year's Eve celebration captivates the world

The UAE ushers in the New Year with Emaar’s ‘Light Up 2018’ Downtown Dubai spectacle that also celebrated the ‘Year of Zayed’ being marked by the nationDUBAI, UAE, Dec. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The UAE captivated the world this New Year’s Eve with a dazzling spectacle to usher in 2018. Emaar’s ‘Light Up 2018’ Downtown Dubai hosted over a million visitors from across the world and reached over 2.5 billion people through live television…


Dragon of Chongqing China Embraces The New Year's Eve Ball On Top Of Times Square

NEW YORK, Dec. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As the countdown to the 2018 New Year began, Chongqing, China’s Tongliang Dragon danced atop of One Times Square, the crossroads of the world.
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comScore Reports Worldwide Box Office Hits a New All-Time Record

New comScore logo (PRNewsFoto/comScore, Inc.)RESTON, Va., Dec. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — comScore today announced annual worldwide theatrical box office revenues are up three percent over 2016 and set a new record of $39.92 billion through December 31, 2017, making 2017 the highest-earning year in global movie history.


On the Charts: Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' Returns to Number One

Taylor Swift‘s Reputation returned to Number One on the Billboard 200 as last-minute Christmas shopping propelled the year’s top-selling album back into the top spot.

Reputation added 107,000 total copies to its platinum-plus haul to spend a fourth week at Number One. Swift’s latest LP opened up with three straight weeks atop the album charts before hovering at Numbers Two and Three for the past three weeks, Billboard reports.

Ed Sheeran’s Divide jumped two spots to Number Two and 92,000 copies, with the album’s sales aided in part by Sheeran’s three-week Hot 100 reign for the single “Perfect.”

Huncho Jack, a collaboration between Travis Scott and Migos’ Quavo, and their new LP Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho was the lone new release to crack the Top 10. The album sold 90,000 total copies in its debut week, although 70,000 of the total came from streaming equivalent albums, or SEAs.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack also entered the Top 10 following the musical film’s release, with the album jumping from Number 63 last week up to Number Five after the movie hit theaters.

Eminem’s Revival dropped from Number One to Number Four in its second week on the Billboard 200. The rest of the Top 10 were all returning albums with Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas at Number Six, Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All at Number Seven, G-Eazy’s The Beautiful & Damned at Number Eight, Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. at Number Nine and Post Malone’s Stoney at Number 10.

The first Top 10 of 2018 should remain largely unchanged as no major new releases arrived during the last sales week of 2017.

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Barack Obama Names Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, U2 to 2017 Favorite Songs List

Barack Obama continued his annual tradition of naming his favorite songs of 2017, with the former president listing tracks by Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, U2 and Bruce Springsteen among his picks.

“During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists,” Obama wrote on his Facebook page Sunday. “It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world. With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most.”

Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble,” Jay-Z’s “Family Feud” (which recently received an all-star video), U2’s Songs of Experience deluxe edition cut “Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)” and Frank Ocean’s “Chanel” were among Obama’s picks.

The diverse list also included Obama’s surprising pop favorites (Harry Styles’ 50 Best Songs of 2017-topping “Sign of the Times,” Camila Cabello’s “Havana”), hip-hop songs (Travis Scott’s “Butterfly Effect,” Chance the Rapper’s “First World Problems”), indie rock cuts (The National’s “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still”), soul songs (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ “Matter of Time,” Mavis Staples’ “Little Bit”) and even country tracks (Chris Stapleton’s “Millionaire”).

Obama closed out his list by giving props to 2017’s breakout R&B singer SZA and her song “Broken Clocks” as well as the Broadway rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” with Obama adding, “[it’s] not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!”

Check out Obama’s entire list of his favorite 2017 songs below:

My favorite songs of 2017:
Mi Gente by J Balvin & Willy William
Havana by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug)
Blessed by Daniel Caesar
The Joke by Brandi Carlile
First World Problems by Chance The Rapper (feat. Daniel Caesar)
Rise Up by Andra Day
Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)
Family Feud by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé)
Humble by Kendrick Lamar
La Dame et Ses Valises by Les Amazones d’Afrique (feat. Nneka)
Unforgettable by French Montana (feat. Swae Lee)
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness by The National
Chanel by Frank Ocean
Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man
Butterfly Effect by Travis Scott
Matter of Time by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Little Bit by Mavis Staples
Millionaire by Chris Stapleton
Sign of the Times by Harry Styles
Broken Clocks by SZA
Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix) by U2
*Bonus: Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)

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