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Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran among “Billboard’s” Top 50 Money Makers of 2017

Kai Z. FengBruno Mars and Ed Sheeran were among the artists who raked in the dough last year, according to Billboard‘s newly released list of the Top 50 Money Makers of 2017.

The two made the top five on the list, which ranks the earnings of music acts based on their U.S. concert grosses and royalties generated from domestic sales, streaming and publishing.

Bruno comes in at number four with $40.7 million and Ed ranks at number five with $31.3 million. Both did not even make the tally last year.

Other artists on the list include Lady Gaga at number six, The Weeknd at number 12 and John Mayer at number 25. Celine Dion, Elton John, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift also made the top 50.

The number one spot goes to U2, followed by Garth Brooks and Metallica rounding out the top three.

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Listen now: Meghan Trainor releases self-care anthem, “Treat Myself”

Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor is treating fans to “Treat Myself,” the title track off her upcoming album.

The celebratory track has Meghan singing about taking some me-time and rewarding herself for working hard.

“I’ve been working real hard on myself, on my health, on my happiness/Hit pause on my life, took time on my mind, been working less/’Cause I lost myself, I forgot myself and I don’t deserve it/Let me give myself a hand,” she sings.

The song will also be part of Target’s Back to School campaign. TV ads using the song will debut July 22.

Meghan’s album, Treat Myself, comes out August 31.

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Ariana Grande reveals 15-song “Sweetener” track list

Dave Meyers/Republic RecordsAriana Grande has revealed the Sweetener track list on the album’s own Instagram page.

The 15-song list begins with “Raindrops” and concludes with a track called “Get Well Soon,” which Ariana has said was written about her anxiety following the Manchester bombing.

The list also confirms the existence of a track called “Pete,” a tribute to Ariana’s fiancé Pete Davidson. She once again defended the song after facing criticism on Instagram.

“He’s my fiancé. This is my album,” she commented. “I’m an honest and emotional artist and human being and if my openness in my work isn’t for you, that’s OK; I won’t be offended. Still wishing y’all all the love in the world.”

Sweetener comes out August 17.

Here is the full track list:

“Raindrops”
“Blazed”
“The Light Is Coming”
“REM”
“God Is a Woman”
“Sweetener”
“Successful”
“Everytime”
“Breathe”
“No Tears Left to Cry”
“Borderline”
“Better Off”
“Goodnight and Go”
“Pete”
“Get Well Soon”

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Trevor Noah responds to French ambassador who slammed him for saying “Africa won the World Cup”

Brad Barket/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) — Daily Show host Trevor Noah had a quick and clever response to the U.S. French ambassador who slammed the comedian on Wednesday for saying Africa deserved credit for France‘s 2018 World Cup victory due to the large number of black players on the team.

Gerard Araud wrote a scathing letter, posted on Facebook and addressed to Noah, accusing him of “legitimizing” racist ideologies and denying the players’ “Frenchness” with his comments about their race and backgrounds.

“I get it, they have to say it’s the French team,” Noah had said on Monday. “But look at those guys. You don’t get that tan by hanging out in the south of France, my friends.”

Araud said he was watching “with great attention” on Monday, but he wasn’t laughing.

“They were educated in France, they learned to play soccer in France, and they are French citizens,” Araud said. “They are proud of their country, France.”

After Araud’s letter became viral, Noah was quick to respond.

“When I’m saying ‘African,’ I’m not saying it to exclude them from their French-ness — I’m saying it to include them in my African-ness. I’m saying, ‘I see you, my French brother of African descent,” Noah said, later captured on video.

“I will continue to praise them for being African because I believe they are of Africa — their parents are from Africa — and they can be French, because I believe they can both at the same time,” Noah explained. “And if French people are saying they can’t be, then I think they have a problem and not me.”

“America’s not a perfect place,” he added, “but what I love about this country is that people can still celebrate their identity in their American-ness.”

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Standing in again for Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’ star Zachary Quinto goes ‘In Search Of’

Photo: An Rong Xu/HISTORY(NEW YORK) — Actor Zachary Quinto became “dear” friends with the late Leonard Nimoy when the former succeeded the latter in the role of Mr. Spock in the big-screen reboot of Star Trek.

“We were really close, really good friends in the last decade of his life,” Quinto told Good Morning America recently, adding his relationship with the actor and director is one of the reasons he wanted to step into Nimoy’s shoes once again.

Starting Friday, Quinto can be seen hosting HISTORY’s documentary-style show In Search Of, which Nimoy hosted decades ago. Now, as then, the show purports to shed light on some of the world’s most enduring mysteries and memorable spectacles.

“When they approached me about doing the show, I was really interested in carrying on his legacy as I always am,” Quinto said, noting, “I wanted to be more involved in the show. When Leonard did the original, he was the host in a traditional way with a turtleneck and blazer and studio introducing segments pre-taped in the field.” 

Quinto explained to ABC Radio that he got his wish.  “Part of that for me was about actually being on the ground and conducting these interviews and traveling around and exploring some of these things myself…So when they approached me about it, I said, ‘Yeah, you know, I’m interested in the idea of this, but if I’m going to do it, I want to be on the ground.” 

And that Quinto did — though he was in the air, too, skydiving for one segment, and below the ground, exploring massive sinkholes in another.  The latter phenomenon proved to be the most surprising for the actor, he tells us, thanks to the human toll sinkholes leave in their wake. 

In Search Of debuts Friday, at 10 p.m. on HISTORY.

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Wakanda Forever and ever: Black Panther’s sister Shuri gets her own Marvel comic spinoff

Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) — The success of Marvel’s Black Panther and its characters is officially spilling back over into its comic books.

Marvel has announced that award-winning Nigerian-American writer, Nnedi Okorafor, will write a new standalone comic book series about Shuri, the genius younger sister of Wakanda’s King T’Challa/Black Panther.

As you may recall, she was portrayed by Leticia Wright in Black Panther, and proved so popular she was immediately brought back to the big screen in Avengers: Infinity War.

According to an official release by Marvel, the new series, tilted Shuri, will throw the princess into a demanding journey as Black Panther disappears in space. As next in line to take the throne of Wakanda, Shuri steps out of her comfort zone and into a much bigger role.

In an interview with Bustle, Okorafor explains a bit more about Shuri’s character.

“[Shuri is] an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has traveled spiritually so far into the past that she’s seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda,” Okorafor explained. “The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she’s super ambitious. What do I love about her? Alllll that and more. She’s a character in the Marvel Universe who really sings to me.”

Shuri is set for an October 2018 release.

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SPORTS NEWS

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri apologizes to DeMar DeRozan for ‘miscommunication’

CHIARI_VFX/iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Toronto Raptors team president Masai Ujiri issued an apology to former player DeMar DeRozan on Friday, saying the shooting guard’s frustration over being traded this week was the result of “miscommunication.”

DeRozan was dealt to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday in a deal that brought former NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to Toronto. Afterwards, DeRozan posted a story to his Instagram page saying “Be told one thing & the outcome another. Can’t trust em. Ain’t no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing . . . Soon you’ll understand . . . Don’t disturb . . .”

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Ujiri said he spoke with DeRozan at the NBA’s summer league earlier in the month. “I think maybe my mistake was talking about what we expected going forward from him,” Ujiri said. “So, not necessarily talking about a trade, but what I expect from him going forward, and I think that’s where the gap was.”

ESPN reported Wednesday that neither DeRozan nor Leonard was enthusiastic about the trade. Leonard has made clear that he wants to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers next summer.

Ujiri went on to apologize to DeRozan and his family for the apparent miscommunication. But, he explained the trade saying “when you have a chance to get a top-five player, which doesn’t come very often, I think  you have to jump on it.”

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NFL and NFLPA agree to put anthem rules on hold for now

33ft/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The National Football League and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement on Thursday promising not to issue or enforce new rules related to player protests during the national anthem for “the next several weeks.”

According to the statement, both sides will hold discussions to determine how best to move forward. The league had announced a new anthem policy earlier this offseason that required any player on the field during the anthem to stand and be respectful. That policy would have allowed players who wanted to protest to remain in the locker room during the anthem.

The issue was brought back into the spotlight following reports that the Miami Dolphins had submitted required paperwork to the league on potential disciplinary measures for players who protested during the anthem. Those measures reportedly included possible suspensions.

The NFLPA challenged the league’s anthem policy this month in a grievance.

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Scoreboard roundup — 7/19/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 9, St. Louis 6

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Atlanta 82, N.Y. Liberty 68
Dallas 90, Washington 81
Las Vegas 85, Phoenix 82
 
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NATIONAL NEWS

Cease and desist letter sent in alleged Muslim pool discrimination case

peangdao/iStock/Thinkstock(WILMINGTON, Del.) — The pool employee who allegedly told children wearing hijabs that they could not go into a public pool has been reassigned as tensions over accusations in Delaware continue to make waves.

The leaders of a Muslim children’s summer camp joined with an advocacy group to sent a cease and desist letter to the Wilmington mayor’s office over what their attorney called conduct that “contravenes basic standards of decency.”

The cease and desist letter was the latest move in a weeks-long saga over whether the Muslim children were appropriately treated at the pool, the fallout from which included a public apology from the city’s mayor and a postponed meeting between the camp leaders and the mayor.

The letter was written by attorney Juvaria Khan, who works with the civil rights group Muslim Advocates and is representing the staff of Darul Academy, which runs the summer camp.

Khan wrote that the staffers at the pool “the staff has consistently used derogatory terms to refer to these children, creating a hostile environment and, on several occasions, preventing them from accessing the pool altogether.”

When “pushed for an explanation,” the staff allegedly pointed to an unwritten policy banning cotton in the pool, which presented a problem based on the children’s religious clothing.

“In reality, the staff can point to no such written policy, and these purported explanations are merely pretext for the true motivation behind their conduct: discrimination against these children on the basis of their race, religion, and/or socio-economic status,” Khan wrote in the cease and desist letter.

John Rago, the deputy chief of staff for Wilmington Mayor Michael Purzycki, released a statement saying that the letter and the allegations are “being taken very seriously.”

The manager at the Foster Brown pool has been reassigned, Rago said in the statement, and noted that the investigation into the allegations is ongoing.

“For the remaining 15 days or so of this pool season, there will be a very liberal policy in place regarding proper swimwear without restrictions on the types of fabrics worn. During the off-season, the City will review its pool regulations to strike an appropriate balance among several factors, include religious expression and the safety of the swimmers,” Rago said in the statement.

Purzycki apologized on July 14 for one of the alleged incidents that happened on June 25, saying that officials used “poor judgment” in the situation.

“We should be held accountable for what happened and how poorly we assessed this incident,” he said in his July 14 statement.

Khan told ABC News that the camp leaders, including principal Tahsiyn A. Ismaa’eel, “felt the mayor’s initial response… trivialized what they experienced and what they’re still going through.”

“What they want out of this is to be treated equally and to know that they can show up at Foster Brown or any other pool and know they can use it like anybody else,” Khan said.

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Former President George HW Bush’s cardiologist fatally shot

aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Houston police are searching for the suspect who fatally shot the prominent cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush.

Dr. Mark Hausknecht was riding his bike Friday when he was shot and killed, according to Houston Methodist Hospital.

The former president released a statement about his doctor’s death through his spokesman.

“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” President George H.W. Bush said in his statement. “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our hearts.”

In a statement from the hospital, Hausknecht was prasied for his “kind bedside manner” and his compassion.

Police are searching for a white or Hispanic male suspect who was wearing a dark jacket and fled the scene, according to ABC station KTRK.

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Family accuses Indiana officers who restrained teen of going too far: ‘I was trying to break free because I couldn’t breathe’

Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A teen and his family accused Indiana police of excessive force for how they restrained the boy during an altercation at a festival where police accused him of slapping away an officer’s arm.

“He didn’t try to swipe away their arm,” the boy’s mother, Elizabeth Montejano, told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV. “When the officer grabbed him right here from his shirt, Dominic grabbed him. He’s just like, ‘What are you doing.’”

In Facebook video posted Thursday by his aunt, Dominic Garibay, 15, can be seen being held on the ground by multiple officers. Montejano can be heard in the background screaming “that’s my son” at officers.

ABC News has been unable to reach Montejano.

Officers had been breaking up a fight between two teenage girls Wednesday when Garibay “attempted to get through the area being blocked off by officers,” according to a statement the Hammond Police Department posted on its Facebook page.

“One officer, told the young man three times to step back away from the area. In an attempt to block access to the fight, the officer extended his arm to keep back the young man attempting to get through the line,” according to the statement. “The young man slapped away the arm of the officer protecting the scene.”

That’s when officers attempted to arrest him for disorderly conduct, police said, adding that he subsequently “began to yell and resist arrest” before Garibay, who had been handcuffed by then, was “taken to the ground” a second time.

He also yelled profanities throughout the encounter, police said.

But Garibay and his family said police went too far, accusing the officers of choking him to the point where he thought he “was going to die,” the teen told WLS.

“Once he started choking me, I was trying to break free because I couldn’t breathe,” he added. “I was just trying to get air.”

An investigation is underway, police said, which will include an examination of body camera footage.

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WORLD NEWS

Rare video shows last surviving member of Amazonian tribe

Ildo Frazao/iStock/Thinkstock(TANARU, Brazil) — Rare video released from a government agency in Brazil shows footage of a lone survivor of an Amazonian tribe who has been living alone for 22 years.

The Guaporé Ethno-Environmental Protection Front has been monitoring the man and, without ever speaking to him, has been helping to ensure that he is protected from all external threats, according to Fundação Nacional do Índio, or FUNAI, a Brazilian government agency that protects the interests and culture of natives to the country.

The video, taken from afar, shows a shaky image of the man hacking at a tree with an ax in Tanaru, an indigenous territory surrounded by private farms and deforested clearings in the Brazilian state of Rondonia.

The man appears to be nearly naked in photos released by the agency. He appears to wear a mustache in a close-up frame of his face, a third of which is hidden behind some leaves.

Another image shows a hut where the tribe apparently lived, with a thatched roof made with local vegetation.

In the 1980s, the establishment of farms and illegal logging in Rondonia led to repeated attacks on the indigenous people living there, according to FUNAI.

The man in the video is thought to be the only survivor after farmers attacked a group of six in 1995, FUNAI said. The agency has been monitoring the man since 1996, but attempts to contact him — the last of which was made in 2005 — were not successful, the agency said.

He has made it clear that he does not want to be contacted, the BBC reported, adding that the agency has a policy of avoiding contact with isolated groups.

A Brazilian law allows protection actions to be carried out on land outside the boundaries of indigenous lands when isolated indigenous peoples roam them, FUNAI said. The people who assist him leave only a few tools and seeds for him to plant in places he passes often, FUNAI said.

The video was shot to prove that he is alive in order to renew the restriction order, according to the BBC.

In 2012, FUNAI registered crops of maize, potatoes, bananas and papayas planted by indigenous people, who live off the food and animals they hunt.

The man is in his 50s but not much else is known about him, the BBC reported. In Brazil, he has been dubbed “the hole Indian” or the “Indian of the hole” because he usually leaves behind large holes or ditches, possibly to trap animals.

The man’s existence proves that, even when alone in the middle of the Amazon, it’s possible to survive and resist allying with society, according to FUNAI.

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Vietnam releases, deports American after more than a month in detention

hansslegers/iStock/Thinkstock(HANOI, Vietnam) —  Vietnam has convicted an American who was beaten and detained by police during a protest last month and expelled him from the country.

But after he was held for 40 days in custody, it was welcome news for Will Nguyen, his family, and the U.S., which had pushed Vietnamese officials for his release.

“WILL IS COMING HOME!!!” happily declared a Facebook group called “Free Will Nguyen” and run by his family after a Vietnamese court made the decision Friday. The group also sent a tweet of gratitude, saying, “Infinite and immeasurable thanks to come from us. We could not have achieved this without any of you and are quite literally, eternally grateful.”

The Trump administration was quick to celebrate as well, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeting, “I’m tremendously pleased that American citizen William Nguyen will return home to his family from #Vietnam.” Pompeo visited Vietnam in early July and called for “a speedy resolution to his case” in meetings with senior Vietnamese leaders, according to the State Department.

But the Nguyen family had continually pressed the U.S. government to do more to secure his immediate release, with his sister Victoria Nguyen telling ABC News last week they were frustrated that officials were “almost avoiding talking about it and being dismissive of my concerns or issues I’ve raised.”

A 32-year old graduate student originally from Houston, Texas, Will was charged with “disrupting the peace” after he was arrested June 10 in Ho Chi Minh City. A Yale University graduate, he had finished his master’s degree at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore on a full scholarship when, during a break before graduation, he visited Vietnam for a few days, as he and his family have almost annually for years.

While there, protests erupted in major cities across the country against a newly-proposed economic policy that would grant special land leases or economic zones to foreign companies, in particular, the Chinese. Despite prevailing anti-Chinese sentiment in many parts of the country, Vietnam has growing economic ties to the major power to its north — something the U.S. has been competing with.

Will joined the protests in Ho Chi Minh City, according to his sister, because he is proudly Vietnamese-American and considered it “a civic duty … to support the Vietnamese people and their freedom of assembly.”

He even tweeted photos from his personal Twitter account of the protests, saying, “This is #democracy in #Vietnam.”

But Vietnam is a communist country with one-party rule, and although it has modernized and reformed over the past couple decades to allow for some more economic freedoms and human rights, protests are often met with violent crackdowns and prolonged detentions.

Will was one of about 150 people arrested during the protests, with reports of detainees tortured or beaten with sticks while in government custody, according to human rights groups. Like many of the others, they said, he was beaten by police before being detained, although there have been no reports that he was harmed after his arrest.

In one video of the incident, Will is first seen on the ground being punched and then dragged through the streets while squirming. He is visibly wounded, blood covering the left side of his head and some of his face, and someone tries to put an orange bag over his head.

He’s seen moments later in another video standing in the back of a police pick-up truck, appearing disoriented and waving to someone in the distance, gashes now visible on the left side of his head. Then, the truck drives off and out of the camera’s eye as an officer is seen grappling with Will in the back.

He was first seen again in a confession video released by Vietnamese police days later, where he apologizes for holding up traffic and causing trouble for his family and promises not to participate in any anti-government protests. Consular officials from the U.S. embassy were able to visit him on three different occasions to ensure he was being treated well.

Nguyen’s family maintains that even if his participation in a protest was prohibited, his brutal treatment by Vietnamese authorities is outrageous. It’s unclear if they will demand a response by the U.S., but Victoria Nguyen told ABC News last week there should be human rights sanctions on the country’s government: “He was beaten and dragged… There hasn’t been any accountability.”

The Nguyen family has not yet responded to request for comment.

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Angela Merkel criticizes US tariffs, says she doesn’t see US as a foe

Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images(BERLIN) — Speaking to reporters at her annual summer press conference, German Chancellor Angela Merkel opined on U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and other newsworthy topics.

Merkel addressed President Trump’s comments earlier in the week that the European Union was a foe of the United States. “We have to get over it,” Merkel said, “because we see the U.S. as a very important partner.”

She did acknowledge President Trump’s aggression towards Germany, dryly telling reporters that she has “taken note of it.” She also criticized President Trump’s trade policies, especially the tariffs he has imposed.

“We see these tariffs as real danger for the prosperity of many all over the world,” Merkel said. She went on to cite the multilateral work that pulled the global economy out of financial crisis in 2007 and 2008.”

Merkel did, though, offer some support for one of President Trump’s recent moves. Merkel said she was glad that Trump invited Vladimir Putin to Washington this fall, saying “such discussions are always good for everyone.”

Merkel noted that no Russian president has visited the U.S. since 2005, something she says “shouldn’t be the norm.”

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