News / Arts & Entertainment

    Top 5 Songs for Week Ending April 12

    Tony Award-winning actress, singer and Oscar-nominated songwriter, Idina Menzel, Feb. 25, 2014, in New York.
    Tony Award-winning actress, singer and Oscar-nominated songwriter, Idina Menzel, Feb. 25, 2014, in New York.
    Ray McDonald
    We’re counting down the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending April 12, 2014.
     
    Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending April 12
    Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending April 12i
    || 0:00:00
    ...    
     
    X
    Top 5 Songs for Week Ending April 12

    1. "Happy" Pharrell Williams
    2. "All of Me" John Legend
    3. "Dark Horse" Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
    4. "Talk Dirty" Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz
    5. "Let It Go" Idina Menzel
    The poet John Milton once wrote, “They also serve who only stand and wait.” This week we play the waiting game on the countdown, anticipating something - anything.

    Idina Menzel spends another week in fifth place with her Oscar-winning song from Frozen, “Let It Go.” That movie’s record-breaking success has put Idina on the cultural map:  Frozen is now the top-grossing animated movie of all time. At 42, this veteran singer is finally a household name -  she’s also been a long-time presence in the world of musical theater. In the 1990s, Idina originated the role of Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical Rent, and last week opened in her latest production, If/Then.
    FILE - Singer Jason Derulo attends Z100 & Coca-Cola All Access Lounge at Z100's Jingle Ball 2013.
    FILE - Singer Jason Derulo attends Z100 & Coca-Cola All Access Lounge at Z100's Jingle Ball 2013.
    If Jason Derulo spends another week in fourth place…as he has for almost a month…do we then report upon it? Well, of course we do. Jason and 2 Chainz mark time with “Talk Dirty,” while he preps a new album which drops April 15 in the United States. Meanwhile, the Miami native kicks off a world tour on April 26 in Melbourne, Australia.
    FILE - Singer Katy Perry takes part in a panel discussion.
    FILE - Singer Katy Perry takes part in a panel discussion.
    Katy Perry and Juicy J from Three 6 Mafia hold in third place with “Dark Horse". Katy just pulled a fourth single from her Prism album; it’s titled “Birthday,” and the cover photo features a very young Katy and her older sister Angela at a birthday party.
    John Legend, left, and Christine Teigen arrive at the Oscars on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
    John Legend, left, and Christine Teigen arrive at the Oscars on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
    John Legend married model Chrissie Teigen last September, and…surprise! His latest hit single played a part. John remains within shouting distance of his first Hot 100 victory with “All Of Me” which holds steady in second place. He sang the song to his bride during the Italy nuptials.
     
    Pharrell Williams attends his SpongeBob-themed 41st birthday party at Cipriani, Wall Street, April 4, 2014 in New York.
    Pharrell Williams attends his SpongeBob-themed 41st birthday party at Cipriani, Wall Street, April 4, 2014 in New York.
    Pharrell Williams has a lot to celebrate.  "Happy" remains at number one and -- he turned 41 on April 5. Pharrell celebrated his big day with the aid of a cartoon character. The theme party, held at a New York City restaurant, featured SpongeBob Squarepants. Celebrity guests such as Alicia Keys, producer Swizz Beatz, and Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons were in attendance.

    Join us next week, when we’ll celebrate a new lineup.

    You May Like

    Turkey, West in Standoff Over Syrian Refugees

    Turkish government refuses to admit refugees, the first in a wave of civilians fleeing offensive by Assad regime in northern Aleppo countryside

    Jailed American Testifies About Islamist Involvement in Mumbai Attacks

    David Headley testifies via video link that Pakistan-based Islamic terror group made two failed attempts to mount strikes in Mumbai in months prior to coordinated assault

    These Are the 10 Smartest US States

    A new report breaks down the nation's best and brightest

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibiti
    X
    Hamada Elsaram
    February 05, 2016 4:30 PM
    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 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.
    Video

    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool
    Video

    Video Former Drug CEO Martin Shkreli Angers US Lawmakers

    A former U.S. pharmaceutical business executive has angered lawmakers by refusing to explain why he raised the price of a life-saving pill by 5,000 percent. Martin Shkreli was removed from a congressional hearing on Thursday after citing his Fifth Amendment right to stay silent. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Super Bowl TV Commercials are Super Business for Advertisers

    The Super Bowl, the championship clash between the two top teams in American Football, is the most-watched sporting event of the year, and advertisers are lining up and paying big bucks to get their commercials on the air. In fact, the TV commercials during the Super Bowl have become one of the most anticipated and popular features of the event. VOA's Brian Allen has a sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the big game goes to commercial break, and the real entertainment begins.
    Video

    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
    Video

    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
    Video

    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.
    Video

    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.
    Video

    Video Apprenticeships Put Americans on Path Back to Work

    Trying to get more people into the U.S. workforce, the Obama administration last year announced $175 million in grants towards apprenticeship programs. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande went inside one training center outside of Washington that has gained national recognition for helping put people on the path to employment.
    Video

    Video New Material May Reduce Concussion Effects

    As the 2016 National Football League season reaches its summit at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday (2/7), scientists are trying to learn how to more effectively protect football players from dangerous and damaging concussions. Researchers at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities say their origami-based material may solve the problem. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Saudi Arabian Women's Sports Chip Away at Stereotypes

    Saudi Arabian female athletes say that sports are on the front line of busting traditions that quash women’s voices, both locally and internationally. In their hometown of Jeddah, a group of basketball players say that by connecting sports to health issues, they are encouraging women and girls to get out of their homes and participate in public life. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
    Video

    Video A Year Later, Fortunes Mixed for Syrians Forging New Lives in Berlin

    In April of last year, VOA followed the progress of six young Syrian refugees -- four brothers and their two friends -- as they made their way from Libya to Italy by boat, and eventually to Germany. Reporter Henry Ridgwell caught up with the refugees again in Berlin, as they struggle to forge new lives amid the turmoil of Europe's refugee crisis.
    Video

    Video Zika Virus May be Hard to Stop

    With the Zika virus spreading rapidly, the World Health Organization Monday declared Zika a global health emergency. As Alberto Pimienta reports, for many governments and experts, the worst is yet to come.

    New in Music Alley

    Beyond Category: Arturo Sandovali
    || 0:00:00
    ...  
     
    X
    February 02, 2016 3:53 PM
    Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is one of the most exciting musicians in jazz. The multi-Grammy winner takes the Blues Alley stage to perform, and sits down with Beyond Category host Eric Felten to talk about his life in music.

    Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is one of the most exciting musicians in jazz. The multi-Grammy winner takes the Blues Alley stage to perform, and sits down with Beyond Category host Eric Felten to talk about his life in music.