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Ed Sheeran tops Spotify s 2017 list with 6.3 billion streams

NEW YORK  — The Grammys may have dissed Ed Sheeran, but Spotify says he is the most streamed artist of the year......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarDec 6th, 2017

Ed Sheeran tops Spotify’s 2017 music charts

MUSIC STREAMING service Spotify has named 2017 as the year of Ed Sheeran (real name: Edward Christopher Sheeran) as the English crooner dominated its global charts with his most recent album, Divide, garnering 3.1 billion streams worldwide, and his single “Shape of You” becoming the “most streamed Spotify track of all time” with over 1.4 […] The post Ed Sheeran tops Spotify’s 2017 music charts appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

David Guetta coming to Manila for Unity Tour 2017

David Guetta is the first DJ in history to reach a staggering 2 billion streams on Spotify, he has sold more than 44 million singles and 8 million albums......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2016

Investigate list of 4Ps beneficiaries – Aquino

  The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) should investigate whether the "poorest of the poor families are benefiting" from the government's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Senator Bam Aquino urged Monday. Aquino made the call after the Commission on Audit (COA) reported that around P1.3 billion were left unclaimed by 1.9 million individual beneficiaries in 2017. Citing COA'saudit report, Aquino noted that the lapse of time that beneficiaries failed to claim their grants showed they were not in severe need of the subsidy as it also cast doubt on the eligibility of the listed beneficiaries. "Sa totoo lang, imoral iyong may pondo pero hindi n...Keep on reading: Investigate list of 4Ps beneficiaries – Aquino.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Top 10 richest House members in 2018

REP. Michael Romero of 1-Pacman party-list remains the richest member of the House of Representatives with a net worth of P7.29 billion, P282 million more than in 2017, according to that year’s Summary of the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) released by the House over the weekend. Romero, the principal author of [...] The post Top 10 richest House members in 2018 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Comm. Silver, NBPA say competitive imbalance not a problem

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com LAS VEGAS -- First came the backlash. Next, backlash to the backlash. By Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), much of the whipsawing over competitive balance -- or more accurately, imbalance -- as an NBA problem rising to the level of crisis had calmed down. Yet powerful voices from the league’s summer nerve center could not dismiss it entirely as an issue meriting closer inspection. “I'm not here to say we have a problem,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday after the Board of Governors meeting. “And I love where the league is right now. [But] I think we can create a better system.” Neither Silver nor Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, sounded an alarm in their separate news conferences about what many see as a widening gap between the league’s haves and have-nots. Roberts, in fact, seemed to feel that all is well and that talent inequality is in the eye of the beholder. “Competitive balance, it almost depends on what your favorite team is,” said Roberts, who was rehired as head of the players union in another four-year contract announced Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). “I don’t hear anybody in the Bay Area worrying about competitive balance. I also don’t hear the people in Philadelphia worrying about competitive balance, or Houston. “We’ve got great teams. And it’s never been the case, as far as I’m concerned, where I was not able most of the time to predict what teams were going to be in the Finals.” The topic came up in precisely that context before the Finals last month when Silver was asked about Golden State and Cleveland meeting in the championship series for the fourth consecutive year, a first in any of the major professional sports leagues. It reared its head again this month soon after free agency opened on July 1, with events conspiring to make insiders wonder about a growing disparity among teams. LeBron James’ signing with the Los Angeles Lakers was the biggest move in what appeared to be a continuing shift of strength into the league’s Western Conference. That was followed by the news that DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans’ All-Star center, had joined the champion Warriors. That signing sparked the initial backlash, a rich-getting-richer cry that pointed not to Cousins’ one-year deal for $5.3 million in 2018-19 salary but the fact that the Warriors will spend in excess of $20 million for it when luxury taxes are counted. Golden State had the NBA’s fattest payroll in 2017-18 of $137.5 million, despite a $99 million salary cap, thanks to various exceptions in the prevailing “soft cap” system. “I don't necessarily think it's per se bad that the Warriors are so dominant,” Silver told reporters, not long after discussing the “competitive landscape” with the owners. “As I've said before, we're not trying to create some sort of forced parity. What we really focus on is parity of opportunity. And a fair point could be made in the tax system, when certain teams are spending significantly more than others, that that's not parity of opportunity.” The counter-backlash came from folks who rushed to the Warriors’ and Cousins’ defense, correctly noting that neither did anything wrong, conducting their business within the rules as specified by the collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the players. That CBA is the object of endless study and imagined revision, with amendments possible if negotiated prior to the end of the current deal after the 2023-24 season. Shooting for a “hard cap” likely would be a tough sell to players accustomed to the freedom of movement they currently enjoy. “It's not necessarily [Roberts’] issue,” Silver said in response to the union director’s characterization. “I think it's on me and our Labor Relations Committee, ultimately, to sit with the players and their committee and convince them that there may be a better way of doing things.” Silver mentioned Charlotte owner and legendary NBA superstar Michael Jordan, chairman of that Labor Relations Committee, as a valuable resource in addressing owners’ and players’ competition concerns. Both sides have valid arguments. Interest in the NBA never has been higher by almost any metric chosen, from selected TV ratings and licensing revenues to the game’s growth globally. Attendance at the MGM Resorts Las Vegas Summer League keeps pushing higher, with fans eager to see top rookies, second-year players and relative free-agent unknowns chasing their pro hoops’ dreams. The valuations of the 30 NBA franchises, of course, all have soared beyond $1 billion, according to Forbes.com, with the Knicks, the Lakers and the Warriors all estimated to be worth more than $3 billion. Longtime NBA observers such as TNT’s David Aldridge wrote a column this week that argued on behalf of dominant teams, anyway, saying that they actually drive rather than depress fan interest. As for any inability to win games or titles, he laid the blame for that on poor franchise management. The Knicks and the Clippers have all sorts of big-market advantages but haven’t won any championships lately (or at all in the Clippers' case). For Roberts, whose players reap 51 percent of NBA basketball-related income that tops $7 billion annually, business is good, period. “I’m excited about this new season,” she said Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). “This free agency, there’s been a lot to write about so we’re all, I think, looking forward to what’s going to happen come October. “To the extent that people are predicting the end of the game, I just don’t think so. I would be surprised if Adam called me to say, ‘What the hell are we going to do?’ I think he’s as happy as I am. ... I think we’re in good shape.” Critics note Golden State’s on-court dominance in winning the last two championships. It only took nine NBA Finals games --one over the minimum -- while facing arguably the league’s best player in LeBron James. But those same critics seem to foget that the Warriors were pushed to the full seven games in the conference finals, and actually faced elimination twice before beating the Rockets. “I recognize what Michele's saying,” Silver said. “But at the same time, if you talk to players in the league, and I've talked to plenty of individual players as well, they want to be in the most competitive league possible too.” For every player on the Warriors' roster -- or the Rockets, the Thunder, the Celtics or the Sixers -- there are five or six on teams that realistically have no chance of chasing a ring or the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Cleveland went to four straight Finals thanks to James; no one envisions the Cavaliers getting back any time soon. “Maybe there are some players who think they’re on a second-class team,” said Sacramento wing Garrett Temple, one of the NBPA vice presidents. “But most players I’ve played with or been around, their thought process is, ‘We’re gonna get our team to become one of those first-class teams.’ It’s more of a challenge. More so than, ‘We need them to disband so we can make everybody equal.’ Because we’re competitors.” That really is the crux of the issue. Silver and some franchises want most of the competition to come on the floor, in games, in full view of fans who believe their teams can sufficiently compete. The league’s current title contenders are fine with a system that allows them to compete all the way to the top, with an owner stroking gargantuan checks to crowd out rivals. “Let me make clear that under the current system we want teams to compete like crazy,” Silver said. “So I think the Warriors within the framework of this deal should be doing everything they can to increase their dominance. That's what you want to see in a league. “You want teams to compete in every way they can within the rules.” Silver addressed a variety of topics that were came from the BOG agenda, including: -- Change is coming on multiple fronts, most notably in the league’s age limit. That seems likely to be re-set back to 18 years old from 19, permitting players to enter the league from high school. It’s a move that the NBA should be better equipped to handle with a near 30-for-30 farm-system affiliation with its G League. It also fits with the findings of an NCAA task force that cites dissatisfaction with “one-and-done” college players. Said Silver: “My personal view is that we’re ready to make that change.” -- The start of free agency, annually triggered at midnight ET on July 1 (12:00pm, July 1, PHL time), will be moved to a daytime or prime time opening bell. It’s one of those traditions that no one thought to change, Silver said. -- The league’s investigation into the Dallas Mavericks’ sexual harassment issues should be completed by the end of the month. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Top 10 fastest-growing airports in North America

Low-cost carriers with their bargain basement airfares are cited as the driving forces behind the fastest growing airports in North America. For instance, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) tops this year's list, having jumped 11 percent, or two million seats, over the 12-month period between May 2017 to April 2018. Authors credit the airport's growth to a trio of low-cost carriers, JetBlue, Southwest and Spirit Airlines, which together operate two-thirds of total capacity. Southwest added 32 percent more capacity alone during the study period. The airport also opened 12 new routes this year, the busiest being FLL to Atlanta with 50 flights operating a day...Keep on reading: Top 10 fastest-growing airports in North America.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Floyd Mayweather is the champ on Forbes money list

NEW YORK (AP) — Floyd Mayweather is the champ at making money. Forbes magazine reported Tuesday that the boxer is again the highest paid athlete and for the fourth time in seven years. His estimated earnings, including endorsements, for 2017 were $285 million. That stems largely from his bout last August with UFC's Conor McGregor. Mayweather overtook soccer great Cristiano Ronaldo, who held the money crown the previous two years. Soccer players held three of the top five spots. Forbes says 40 basketball players were among the top 100 thanks to a "soaring salary cap triggered by the NBA's $24 billion TV contract." Lionel Messi was No. 2 at $111 million, followed by Ronaldo at $108 million, McGregor at $99 million and Neymar at $90 million. Completing the top 10 were basketball's LeBron James (85.5), tennis's Roger Federer (77.2), basketball's Stephen Curry (76.9) and quarterbacks Matt Ryan (67.3) and Matthew Stafford (59.5)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

429 HIV-AIDS cases in Iloilo province

ILOILO province has the second highest number of confirmed Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) cases in Western Visayas. Dr. Maria Socorro C. Quiñon of the Provincial Health Office said Iloilo has 429 confirmed HIV-AIDS cases as of 2017. Iloilo City tops the list with 531 cases. “This is very alarming but the […] The post 429 HIV-AIDS cases in Iloilo province appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

‘Larawan’ tops Spotify

  Five songs from the official soundtrack of the screen musical "Ang Larawan" recently made it to Spotify's Philippines Viral 50 chart. As of Jan. 3, "Hindi Simple ang Buhay" by Robert Arevalo (who plays Don Perico) is at No. 1. Also in the Top 10 are "A Tisket, a Tasket" by Cris Villonco (Susan) and Aicelle Santos (Violet) and "Walang Ilaw" by Joanna Ampil (Candida Marasigan) and Rachel Alejandro (Paula Marasigan), which are at No. 3 and 8, respectively. Further down the list are "Ako'ng Nagkamali" by Ampil at No. 17 and "Ang Piyanista" by Paulo Avelino (Tony Javier) at No. 21. Spotify's Viral 50 chart is based on streaming and user sharing on social media. "Ang ...Keep on reading: ‘Larawan’ tops Spotify.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

SBP Yearender (1 of 2 parts) Mies victory tops list of feats

MANILA, Philippines — The SBP enjoyed a banner 2017 with a host of achievements topped by the Philippine-led consortium’s winning bid to host the 2023 FIBA W.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

Liza Soberano tops 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017

Actress Liza Soberano placed first in the list of 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017 created by TC Candler of the British Indepent Movie Critics. Soberano is the first FilipinaThe post Liza Soberano tops 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017 appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource:  dzrhnewsRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

Liza Soberano tops TC Candler’s “100 Most Beautiful Faces” worldwide

Filipino-American actress Liza Soberano is ranked number one in "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017." Liza dominated other actresses, singers, models, and dancers from all over the world in the list, which TC Candler has been publishing annually since 1990. French model and actress Thylane Blondeau came in second, followed by Taiwanese singer and dancer ChouTzu-yu, Canadian actress Sarah Gadon and South Korean actress Im Jin-ah. Other Filipinos who made the list were Kathryn Bernardo (60th in the list), Jessy Mendiola (71st), NadineLustre (78th) and Kim Domingo (96th). Soberano starred in the 2017 romantic comedy "My Ex and Whys." ...Keep on reading: Liza Soberano tops TC Candler’s “100 Most Beautiful Faces” worldwide.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Sheeran tops 2017 yearend lists

Lists, even the most inane, are always fun. And thanks to evolving technology, music hit lists have become more interesting......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

BoI tops 2017 investment pledge target

PROJECTS approved by the Board of Investments (BoI) — which accounts for the biggest amount of such commitments among the government’s seven investment promotion agencies — have exceeded an official P500-billion target for 2017 by nearly a fourth at P616.7 billion weeks before the year ends, the BoI said in a press release on Monday. […] The post BoI tops 2017 investment pledge target appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 18th, 2017

Awesome Christmas gift ideas for the Pinoy sports fan in your life

Christmas season is here, and along with the cold weather comes the bevy of various NBA games and sporting events that makes any Pinoy sports fan feel the Holidays even more. What better way to make the sports fan in your life happy this Yuletide season than to give them some awesome athletics gear? In this list, we try and offer some great gift ideas for your special someone who happens to be a sports fan.  From your loved one, to your family, friends, and even your inaanak, we've got you covered. Official NBA Apparel No professional sports league celebrates the holiday season better than the NBA.  From its special uniforms, to its yearly tradition of cheery commercials, and its epic slate of Christmas day games, the Association certainly knows how to tickle each and everyone’s holiday soft spot. For the NBA fan in your life, there are lots of choices in officially licensed apparel. Nothing else comes close than wearing your favorite player or team’s threads. Official jerseys and shirts that have licensed logos and designs? This is a classic gift, a no-brainer. NBA Tops  Stephen Curry Nike Statement name and number tee (P1,395) NBA Shorts Cleveland Cavaliers Nike Swingman Shorts (P2,975)   NBA for Youth Los Angeles Lakers Toddler Logo Tee (P1,295)   NBA Caps Golden State WarriorsTwo-tone Wordmark Strapback (P1,790)   Sneakers Nike KD Trey5 V (P4,795) Fresh set of kicks Imagine going to your family Christmas trip with new sneakers on. That’s just the best feeling for any sports fan, and you can help them by trying out any of these fresh kicks. adidas Harden Vol. “1 Driveway” (P8,500) Inspired by Houston Rockets superstar James Harden and his early basketball days, adidas introduces Harden Vol. 1 Driveway. Taking design cues from Harden’s LA home, the latest edition features a cream upper with contrasting Primeknit threads and suede toe shroud.     The Driveway colorway is now available in select adidas retailers and shop.adidas.com.ph. adidas EQT Cushion ADV(P7,500) An evolution of the original EQT Cushion 91 model, the EQT Cushion ADV shoe design features a fluid Primeknit upper with welded synthetic overlays and structural nubuck quarter panels, accented by webbing tape 3-stripes marks, and reflective accents The EQT Cushion ADV will be available in select adidas stores and shop.adidas.com.ph starting 7th December 2017.  adidas Ultraboost ATR (P9,995) Got a runner in the family? Help them shatter their excuses with the latest additions to the UltraBOOST family. The adidas Ultraboost ATR is designed to empower runners and encourage them to embrace any condition whether rain, hail, darkness or cold.  It has features that can help withstand even the most unpredictable weather. The new UltraBOOST All Terrain and UltraBOOST X All Terrain are now available in adidas.com.ph/UltraBOOST and leading adidas stores and retailers.  Merrell Chameleon 7 Stretch in Boulder (Php 5,995.00) The Merrell Chameleon 7 collection is inspired by the adaptable animal itself, and it recently got an upgrade. This core style and fan favorite features an iconic look, style, durability and function. Check out the Chameleon 7 collection in Merrell stores at Glorietta 3, TriNoma, SM North EDSA Annex, Market! Market!, Robinsons Place Manila, Festival Mall, SM Dasmarinas, Marquee Mall, Harbor Point, SM City Cebu, SM Iloilo, SM City Davao, SM Lanang, Abreeza Mall, Gaisano Mall Davao, LimKetKai Mall, and Centrio Mall, select specialty & department stores nationwide and online at merrell.com.ph.   Ultraboost laceless (P10,000) adidas has broken down barriers by working closely with athletes to test and re-work its renowned PrimeKnit upper to create a compression fit which supports and guarantees peak performance from the wearer without the need for laces.  The UltraBOOST Laceless hit stores on 6th December 2017, and retails in shop.adidas.com.ph and leading adidas stores and retailers.   Sports Tech Fitness has become a common interest and lifestyle among many Filipinos as different types of workouts become more accessible and convenient.  These advanced peripherals from Samsung would make anyone drool. Whether your loved one is a fitness nut, or a tech geek, they’ll certainly appreciate the features of each gadget that’s packed into such a luxurious piece of technology. Gear Icon X (P8,490) Listening to music to get that extra pump during your workout is made easier with the Gear IconX.  No more running with your phone in hand and tangled cord because while the Gear IconX are wireless Bluetooth earphones, you can also load them up with your favorite workout playlists. It also boasts up to 7 hours of battery life.   Samsung Gear Sport (P14,990) This device can do everything from tracking your exercise and calorie intake down to replying to notifications and playing music. This smartwatch is packed with functionalities yet comfortable to wear.   Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro (P8,990) Featuring a minimalist, no-nonsense aesthetic, the Gear Fit 2 Pro offers flawless functionality and seamless integration with your smartphone. You have the option to custom design exercises and goals, and let the software do all the heavy lifting when it comes to tracking your progress.  You can get your own Samsung Gear device starting November 17, 2017 in Samsung Experience Stores, partner retailers, Lazada, and Abenson.com.      A piece of history Adidas Telstar 18 (P6,500) Telstar 18, the official 2018 FIFA World Cup™ game ball is the perfect gift for the dedicated football fan.  It pays homage to the first ever adidas World Cup ball, the 1970 Telstar. It’s a reinvention of the classic with a brand new panel design and the latest in ball technology and it will be used by the world’s best players as they seek to claim the biggest prize in football next summer. The Telstar now available at select adidas retail stores and the adidas online shop at shop.adidas.com.ph. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Kiddie song tops YouTube videos for 2017

A BABY SHARK video by Pinkfong, a Korean brand creating content for children, took the top spot in YouTube’s list of top trending videos in the Philippines for 2017, with local shows and song and dance performances dominating the rest of the list. The top 10 trending videos in the Philippines are: • Original “Baby […] The post Kiddie song tops YouTube videos for 2017 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

New York tops list of most Instagrammed cities of 2017

New York, with its inimitable urban streetscapes, neon lights, iconic landmarks and beautiful, diverse locals has proven to be the world's most photogenic city, topping Instagram's 2017 list of most Instagrammed city of the year. Instagram has become one of the world's most powerful and influential social media apps, counting 800 million users around the world. The photo-sharing site's annual Year in Review report captures the zeitgeist of the year, from the top Instagram hashtags, most-liked posts and most-followed celebrities. Interestingly, this year's results for the most Instagrammed cities remain largely unchanged from 2016 with the exception of a little shuffling in t...Keep on reading: New York tops list of most Instagrammed cities of 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

Taylor Swift sells the most albums of 2017

  NEW YORK --- The sales of Taylor Swift's fresh album has hit a new record as it sold more traditional albums than any other release this 2017.   Billboard reported that the album, "reputation," sold 1.05 million copies in the first four days after its release last November 10.   Before Swift released her album, Ed Sheeran's "Divide" was the year's best-selling album, with 919,000 units sold. Kendrick Lamar's "Damn" has sold 842,000 units.   Since Billboard changed how it views albums sales --- incorporating single track sales (10 song sales = 1 album sale) and streaming (1,500 streams = 1 album sale) --- Sheeran's album has sold 2.3 million ...Keep on reading: Taylor Swift sells the most albums of 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Sy, Zobel families among Asia’s richest

By Victor V. Saulon, Sub-Editor THE family of Henry Sy, Sr., the Philippines’ richest man, jumped to ninth place in the Forbes 2017 list of Asia’s Richest Families, the publication’s annual ranking of dynasties in the region that is once again dominated by India. With a net worth of $20.1 billion, the wealth created by […] The post Sy, Zobel families among Asia’s richest appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Michael Jackson tops list of highest-paid dead celebrities

MANILA, Philippines — Michael Jackson is not only the king of pop but also the king of the dead stars as he topped the 2017 Forbes list of highest-earning ce.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017