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Ed Sheeran Spotify's Most Streamed Artist Of This Year

(Radio.com) Considering the waves of attention Ed Sheeran continues to receive for his most recent album Divide, it's not too surprising that he was the most streamed artist on Spotify in 2017.

The singer received an overall whopping 6.3 billion streams of his music worldwide. He also earned Spotify's most streamed album kudos; Divide was streamed 3.1 billion times this year. In addition, Sheeran took top streamed song honors with "Shape of You" which was listened to 1.4 billion times.

Females didn't fair as well in the most streamed artists lists. No woman ranked in either top 5 albums or singles categories. Rihanna was the most streamed female performer of the year, followed by Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Sia. See some of the top lists here.

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Katy Perry And Catholic Church Win $10 Million in Convent Case Lawsuit

(Radio.com) Katy Perry and the Catholic Church were named victors in a court case against real estate developer Hollister on Monday (Dec. 4). The pop star sued the developer and a jury sided with Perry, agreeing the company interfered with Perry's planned $14.5 million purchase of an empty convent in California's Los Feliz neighborhood.

The court ruled that Hollister acted with malice against Perry and the church and as a result, both parties were awarded $10 million in damages which they will split.

Perry first tried to purchase the property from the Archdiocese in 2015. Before the sale was finalized, the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary decided to sell the eight-acre property to Hollister. Read more here.

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Lil Uzi Releases 'The Way Life Goes' Video Featuring Nicki Minaj

(Radio.com) Lil Uzi Vert has released a brand new music video for the remix of the track "The Way Life Goes," the new clip features Nicki Minaj as a special guest.

The ominous clip features Uzi tied up in the forest next to an open grave, and it only gets worse from there. Minaj adds her verses from a rustic cabin, where she wields a rather large hunting knife.

Check out the new "The Way Life Goes" music video clip, which features explicit language, here.

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Taylor Swift Shares Photos From New Cover Shoot

(Radio.com) The rollout for Taylor Swift's sixth studio album Reputation has not included a single traditional interview. The A-list songstress has eschewed regular forms of artistic promotion in favor of music videos, cryptic social media posts and the occasional UPS truck billboard.

This month, Swift appears on the cover of British Vogue and skipped the usual interview profile in favor of a 12-page fashion spread with an accompanying poem--which she wrote.

"Obviously [Taylor] is a world-class lyricist - and has written a stunning poem just for Vogue - but she also takes her duties as a role model very seriously," British Vogue editor Edward Enninful commented. "Taylor is acutely aware of her following and how she communicates with young women, and will never portray a character that would send the wrong message."

Despite the unorthodox feature on Taylor, Enninful added that Swift's fashion spread won't disappoint. On the cover, Taylor is snapped wearing dark makeup and wet-look, finger-wave hair. Her backless red dress Yves Saint Laurent is adorned with beads.

"That said, even superstars aren't immune to the power of a great dress," he said. 'Taylor says she has never seen herself transformed like this before, and I was very touched to see how emotional she was at the end of our shoot day in London."

Fans will have to buy the issue to read Taylor's poem, or wait for text to appear online. For now, see some previews of the fashion shoot here.

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Eminem 'Revival' Features Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Pink

(Radio.com) Eminem's new album "Revival" is almost here, and that rapper has revealed that will feature numerous special guest stars including Ed Sheeran, Beyonce and Pink.

Sheeran performs on "River," Bey is on the previously released "Walk on Water" and Pink is on the track, "Need Me." The two artists previously worked together on "Revenge" from Pink's Beautiful Trauma.

The rapper made the big reveal on Instagram on Tuesday (Dec. 5), sharing the tracklist to the album, which is scheduled for release on December 15. The 19-song record will also feature appearances from Alicia Keys, X Ambassadors, Kehlani, Skylar Grey and Phresher. See the full list of songs here.

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BTS Beat Nicki Minaj As Most Tweeted About Artist in 2017

(Radio.com) Twitter has released its year-end data for 2017's most tweeted about artists, and while regulars like Nicki Minaj and Harry Styles made the Top 10 (#2 and #3, respectively), the number one most tweeted about music act may come as a bit of a surprise.

K-pop — and especially BTS — sunk its hooks into the American market in a major way, making BTS the number one most tweeted about artist this year in the U.S. The group, which has 10.8 million follows, broke the record for the highest-charting entry into the Billboard Hot 100 for a K-pop group; "MIC Drop" debuted at number 28.

Also receiving major tweet action this year were Chance The Rapper, Niall Horan and Fifth Harmony. Although pop stars including Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Ariana Grande charted in the Twitter Top 10, they received less love than fans might have thought.

However, Grande's tweet in reaction to the suicide bombing that took place outside her concert in May was the second most "liked" tweet of the year, inspiring reactions from 2.6 million viewers. The emotional tweet read, "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words." See the top 10 list here.

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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Perform 'You Make It Feel Like Christmas'

(Radio.com) The holidays are fast approaching and Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are sharing the spirit with their upbeat duet, 'You Make It Feel Like Christmas."

The title track of Stefani's first-ever holiday album, "You Make It Feel Like Christmas" was actually written by Shelton, so it was only fitting that the couple perform the song together on The Voice. Joined by choreographed dancers, Monday evening (Dec. 4) Shelton and Stafani delivered an animated performance of the song.

Stefani shared how the tune was born. '[Blake] was sitting on his bus, I guess, and he began writing [the song] 'You Make it Feel Like Christmas,' which he sends to me in a voice text," she said in an interview with KYXY 96.5's AJ in the Morning in San Diego. 'I had no idea that he was going to be working on anything. It was a shock and when I listened to the song, it was incredible. I was like, 'You just wrote a hit, like this song, what do you do, you just sit around on your bus, writing hits? What a jerk!' I was jealous, you know what I mean? I want to do that." Watch it here.

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Josh Groban Releases Tony Bennett Duet 'Christmas Time is Here'

(Radio.com) Josh Groban and Tony Bennett have united for a true Christmas classic from the Peanuts gang. The dynamic duo team up for a new version of "Christmas Time is Here."

Originally recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio for the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965. The new version comes with an animated music video featuring the vocalists singing the song in a snowy winter wonderland.

The song is one of six new tracks found on the 10th-anniversary deluxe edition of Groban's 2007 Christmas album, Noel, which was released last month. Check out the new visual here.

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George Strait Recognized As Texan Of The Year

(Radio.com) Country legend George Strait will end 2017 with yet another prestigious award to make room for on the mantle: Texan of the Year. The Texas Legislative Conference tapped Strait for the honor in recognition of his work in support of Hurricane Harvey relief (via MySanAntonio.com).

"No one has done more than George Strait to raise awareness and funds for the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts," conference chairman Doug Miller said in a press statement. "He put his well-earned reputation on the line and asked not only his fellow Texans to step up, but all Americans. And they have."

Among Strait's efforts include headlining the Sept. 12 all-star "Hand In Hand: Texas" benefit concert that raised $55 million for hurricane relief. Read more here.

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Selena Gomez Inspired By The Resilience Of Women

(Radio.com) With 2017 surely to be remembered as the year of #MeToo, Selena Gomez has opened up about being inspired by the power and resilience of women, particularly in the music industry.

"The women have really defined their voices," Gomez said in a recent interview with Billboard, "and I feel most comfortable because I see all the women I look up to feeling comfortable enough to talk about the struggles or things that they've gone through."

Gomez went on to relate how her recent lupus-related kidney transplant can be her contribution to providing a similar inspiration to others. Read more here.

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Coldplay's Chris Martin 'Modern Family' Cameo Goes Online

(Radio.com) Modern Family's goofball dad character Phil Dunphy loves Coldplay--so it was just a matter of time before showrunners recruited frontman Chris Martin for a cameo.

In the episode, realtor Phil shows Martin around a house while battling mysterious groin pain. Martin compliments Dunphy's shoes and jokes about his own tendency to wear multiple T-shirts. He jokes that all he needs to be happy is "three chords, a mattress and my chef."

As the episode progresses and Phil's condition worsens, Martin becomes more of a nuisance than a welcome megastar. In the hospital, Dunphy begs his wife Claire to make Chris go away. Check out a clip from the show here.

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Mario Lopez Reveals His Relaxation Destination

(Radio.com) Mario Lopez is a busy guy. Between his appearances and hosting gigs, the two-time Emmy award-winning host of Extra likes to keep active and lead a healthy lifestyle. But when it's time to relax with the family, he turns to Greater Palm Springs.

Lopez has booked a relaxing getaway for he and his family at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, where immediately, the star is able to unwind and slow down a bit.

'When I'm looking for a resort, I think you want to feel like you're really being taken away and feel like you're a million miles from home," Lopez says. 'What's great about this one is you really don't have to leave, if you don't want to."

The expansive 24-acre property features gorgeous views of the Coachella Valley, design elements that accentuate outdoor living, and three pools, one of which has an infinity edge overlooking the Greater Palm Springs oasis below.

"The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage is beautiful; it's breathtaking, the views and the rooms are gorgeous," he shares. Read more here.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Wife Expecting Second Child

(Radio.com) Talk about a red carpet reveal. Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda and his wife Vanessa hit the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards Sunday night (Dec. 3), with Vanessa sporting a very prominent baby bump (via Billboard).

After much social media speculation, once the pictures hit the internet, Miranda confirmed his wife's pregnancy to a fan inquiry on Twitter. See the tweets below.

Miranda went on to reveal that his three-year-old son, Sebastian, is more than ready for the arrival of his new sibling. "He is so impatient for it," Miranda shared. "Once, mid-tantrum, he cried, 'When is mommy gonna HAAAATCH…'" See the tweets here.

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DMX Releases New Recording Of 'Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer'

(Radio.com) DMX might be getting a lump of coal this Christmas, since he was arrested earlier this year for alleged tax fraud to the tune of $1.7 million. But now maybe he's hoping to get on Santa's good side.

The rapper just released his version of the holiday classic "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer." A video of DMX rapping the song hit the internet in 2012 and quickly went viral; to date, it has garnered more than 4 million views on YouTube.

DMX made a studio recording of the song as part of Spotify's new "Singles: Christmas" playlist. Check out DMX's new celebration of Santa and Christmas here.

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Jeezy Announces New Album 'Pressure'

(Radio.com) Jeezy is back. The notorious "Snowman" rapper has announced the imminent release of his eighth studio album, Pressure, which is set to debut Dec. 15.

Jeezy made the big reveal with an album trailer that teases the new music on his Instagram page. The trailer features Jeezy stunting hard in a bright white Ferrari convertible, pulling up beneath a light snowfall and sporting a "snowman" chain.

Pressure follows the rapper's 2016 album, Trap of Die 3, which debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Watch the trailer here.

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Jay-Z Receives Massive Birthday Cake From Brooklyn Nets

(Radio.com) There are birthday cakes, and then there's the birthday cake JAY-Z received from NBA team the Brooklyn Nets in honor of his 48th birthday. The rap superstar is celebrating his big day today (Dec. 4), and over the weekend he was graced with an extravagant birthday cake from the Nets, the team of which he once owned a small percentage.

The cake was delivered to JAY-Z backstage at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum last Saturday (Dec. 2) before a tour stop on the rapper's current "4:44" tour.

The extravagant and detailed cake features images from JAY-Z's storied career from album covers to Grammy awards, and was shared on Instagram by Roc Nation's Emory Jones.

"The Big Homie done touch down at Nassau Coliseum," Jones captioned the video. "Early birthday love from Brent Yormark and the team. Salute King." Brett (not Brent) Yormark is the CEO of the Brooklyn Nets, so Jones' caption is likely a typo. See the massive confection in all its glory here.

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