News / Arts & Entertainment

    Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending November 23

    Swedish DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii poses for a portrait, Aug. 30, 2013 in New York.
    Swedish DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii poses for a portrait, Aug. 30, 2013 in New York.
    Ray McDonald
    We’re covering the five most popular songs in the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending November 23, 2013.

    Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Nov. 23
    Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Nov. 23i
    || 0:00:00
    ...    
     
    X

    Last week’s third-place debut of Eminem and Rihanna’s “The Monster” must have exhausted the rest of the songs, because they take a little rest this week.

    Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Nov. 23

    1. "Royals" - Lorde
    2. "Monster" - Eminem featuring Rihanna
    3. "Wrecking Ball" - Miley Cyrus
    4. "Roar" - Katy Perry
    5. "Wake Me Up" - Avicii
    Avicii starts us off today, as “Wake Me Up!” goes comatose in fifth place. If the song’s not budging, the artist himself is: he has four Australian dates planned for late January, with Germany and the United Kingdom following in February.

    Holding tight in fourth place is Katy Perry with her former number one hit “Roar.” Katy and the rest of the pop singing posse rule Twitter.

    Right now, Katy is the most popular person on Twitter, with 47.3 million followers. Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are second and third, respectively. The web site Twitaholic has pop singers owning seven of the Top 10 Twitter accounts, with a total of 266 million followers.

    Singer Miley Cyrus arrives for the Bambi 2013 media awards in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 14, 2013.
    Singer Miley Cyrus arrives for the Bambi 2013 media awards in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 14, 2013.
    Slipping a slot to third place is Miley Cyrus with "Wrecking Ball".  Miley says yes - that cigarette was exactly what you thought it was. On November 10, she appeared to smoke a marijuana joint onstage at the MTV European Music Awards in Amsterdam. As it turns out, our eyes didn’t deceive us. Appearing on Capital FM in the UK, Miley says she thought it would be fun to pull a joint out of her handbag and smoke it - and nobody knew about the stunt before it happened.

    Eminem performs at the Sound Board theater located inside the MotorCity Casino, Hotel in Detroit, May 19, 2009.
    Eminem performs at the Sound Board theater located inside the MotorCity Casino, Hotel in Detroit, May 19, 2009.
    Last week’s Hot Shot Debut song is this week’s big mover: “The Monster” from Eminem and Rihanna jumps a notch to second place. Back in 2010, they spent seven weeks atop the Hot 100 chart with “Love The Way You Lie.” It remains Eminem’s best-selling single.

    Australian singer Lorde poses for a portrait, on Nov. 8, 2013 in New York.
    Australian singer Lorde poses for a portrait, on Nov. 8, 2013 in New York.
    Speaking of seven-week champs, Lorde is still number one with “Royals.” The 17-year-old New Zealander just signed a music publishing deal reportedly worth a cool $2.5 million.

    Can Lorde fight off Eminem’s challenge for chart dominance? We’ll find out next week.

    You May Like

    S. African Farmer Goes From 'Voice in the Wilderness' to Sought-After Expert

    Margarest Roberts has authored more than 40 books on subjects like organic farming, urban agriculture, herbs and ‘superfoods'

    Millennial Men Prefer Bucks Over Beauty

    U.S. men aged 18 to 34 say the finances of a potential significant other are more important than her looks

    Multimedia Lebanese Clown Troupe Marks Valentine's Day Amid Stink

    Activists resort to unusual approaches to raise public awareness of country’s ongoing trash crisis

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Russia's Car Sales Shrink Overall, But Luxury and Economy Models See Growthi
    X
    February 10, 2016 5:54 AM
    Car sales in Russia dropped by more than a third in 2015 because of the country's economic woes. But, at the extreme ends of the car market, luxury vehicles and some economy brands are actually experiencing growth. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Russia's Car Sales Shrink Overall, But Luxury and Economy Models See Growth

    Car sales in Russia dropped by more than a third in 2015 because of the country's economic woes. But, at the extreme ends of the car market, luxury vehicles and some economy brands are actually experiencing growth. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Civil Rights Pioneer Remembers Struggle for Voting Rights

    February is Black History Month in the United States. The annual, month-long national observance pays tribute to important people and events that shaped the history of African Americans. VOA's Chris Simkins reports how one man fought against discrimination to help millions of blacks obtain the right to vote
    Video

    Video Jordanian Theater Group Stages Anti-Terrorism Message

    The lure of the self-styled “Islamic State” has many parents worried about their children who may be susceptible to the organization’s online propaganda. Dozens of Muslim communities in the Middle East are fighting back -- giving young adults alternatives to violence. One group in Jordan is using dramatic expression a send a family message. Mideast Broadcasting Network correspondent Haider Al Abdali shared this report with VOA. It’s narrated by Bronwyn Benito
    Video

    Video Migrant Crisis Fuels Debate Over Britain’s Future in EU

    The migrant crisis in Europe is fueling the debate in Britain ahead of a referendum on staying in the European Union that may be held this year. Prime Minister David Cameron warns that leaving the EU could lead to thousands more migrants arriving in the country. Meanwhile, tension is rising in Calais, France, where thousands of migrants are living in squalid camps. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Valentine's Day Stinks for Lebanese Clowns

    This weekend, on Valentine's Day in Lebanon, love is not the only thing in the air. More than half a year after the country's trash crisis began, the stink of uncollected garbage remains on the streets. Step forward "Clown Me In," a group of clowns who use their skills for activism. Before the most romantic day of the year the clowns have released their unusual take on love in Lebanon -- in a bid to keep the pressure up and get the trash off the streets. John Owens reports from Beirut.
    Video

    Video Families Flee Aleppo for Kurdish Regions in Syria

    Not all who flee the fighting in Aleppo are trying to cross the border into Turkey. A VOA reporter caught up with several families heading for Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria.
    Video

    Video Rocky Year Ahead for Nigeria Amid Oil Price Crash

    The global fall in the price of oil has rattled the economies of many petroleum exporters, and Africa’s oil king Nigeria is no exception. As Chris Stein reports from Lagos, analysts are predicting a rough year ahead for the continent’s top producer of crude.
    Video

    Video 'No Means No' Program Targets Sexual Violence in Kenya

    The organizers of an initiative to reduce and stop rape in the informal settlements around Kenya's capital say their program is having marked success. Girls are taking self-defense classes while the boys are learning how to protect the girls and respect them. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi.
    Video

    Video Chocolate Lovers Get a Sweet History Lesson

    Observed in many countries around the world, Valentine’s Day is sometimes celebrated with chocolate festivals. But at a festival near Washington, the visitors experience a bit more than a sugar rush. They go on a sweet journey through history. VOA’s June Soh takes us to the festival.
    Video

    Video 'Smart' Bandages Could Heal Wounds More Quickly

    Simple bandages are usually seen as the first line of attack in healing small to moderate wounds and burns. But scientists say new synthetic materials with embedded microsensors could turn bandages into a much more valuable tool for emergency physicians. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Researchers Use 3-D Printer to Produce Transplantable Body Parts

    Human organ transplants have become fairly common around the world in the past few decades. Researchers at various universities are coordinating their efforts to find solutions -- including teams at the University of Pennsylvania and Rice University in Houston that are experimenting with a 3-D printer -- to make blood vessels and other structures for implant. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, they are also using these artificial body parts to seek ways of defeating cancerous tumors.
    Video

    Video Helping the Blind 'See' Great Art

    There are 285 million blind and visually impaired people in the world who are unable to enjoy visual art at a museum. One New York photographer is trying to fix this situation by making tangible copies of the world’s masterpieces. VOA correspondent Victoria Kupchinetsky was there as visually impaired people got a feel for great art. Joy Wagner narrates her report.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.

    New in Music Alley

    Soul Lounge: Sweet Honey in the Rocki
    || 0:00:00
    ...  
     
    X
    February 10, 2016 1:48 PM
    For over 40 years Sweet Honey In The Rock has entertained audiences around the globe with their signature blend of Blues, African, Gospel and R&B. The Grammy award winning group stopped by The Soul Lounge to perform and share their story as well as how they plan to keep African American musical traditions alive.

    For over 40 years Sweet Honey In The Rock has entertained audiences around the globe with their signature blend of Blues, African, Gospel and R&B.   The Grammy award winning group stopped by The Soul Lounge to perform and share their story as well as how they plan to keep African American musical traditions alive.