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BTS ends 2018 as second top album seller in U.S.

BTS ends 2018 as second top album seller in U.S.

Entertainment
Jan. 8 (UPI) -- K-pop boy band BTS finished the year 2018 as the second-highest album seller in the United States, behind Eminem, U.S. data showed Tuesday. The 2018 report on U.S. Music Industry Consumption by Buzz Angle Music showed BTS sold 603,307 albums last year, coming after the top seller Eminem's 755,027. The BTS sales figure was far more than those by two English-speaking music idols, Justin Timberlake and Ed Sheeran, who sold 432,913 and 409,291 albums, respectively, to rank 10th and 11th. BTS released two albums last year -- "Love Yourself: Tear" and "Love Yourself: Answer" -- which both topped the Billboard 200 album chart, making the septet one of the few musicians to clinch the top spot of the list twice in one year. The third most sold musician by album sales was Chris Stap...
Ballon d'Or: Luka Modric ends dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Ballon d'Or: Luka Modric ends dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Sports
Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade.Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World Cup final.Former Brazil and AC Milan forward Kaka, in 2007, was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win it. Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, came second.Barcelona forward Messi finished fifth, with Atletico Madrid frontman Antoine Griezmann and PSG attacker Kylian Mbappe - both of whom won the World Cup with France - third and fourth respectively.DJ sorry for Hegerberg 'twe...
Lewis Hamilton ends season with Abu Dhabi win

Lewis Hamilton ends season with Abu Dhabi win

Sports
Lewis Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to end the season in which he clinched his fifth world championship on a high.It was the 11th victory of the year for Hamilton, who dominated the race with a controlled drive.Hamilton performed 'doughnuts' after crossing the line, before himself and former title rival Sebastian Vettel flanked the retiring two-time world champion Fernando Alonso - before all three performed more doughnuts on the start-finish straight. The three drivers hold 11 of some of the most recent world championships won in a golden era for driving talent in the sport.Vettel took second after Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas faded to fifth, which means the Finn...
Affleck describes 'lifelong struggle' after rehab ends

Affleck describes 'lifelong struggle' after rehab ends

Entertainment
Ben Affleck has completed a 40-day alcohol rehab programme, but said battling the addiction is a "lifelong and difficult struggle". The Hollywood actor, who also underwent treatment in 2001 and 2017, wrote on Instagram that seeking help was a "sign of courage, not weakness or failure".Affleck added that he now remains in outpatient care.The 46-year-old wrote: "The support I have received from my family, colleagues and fans means more to me than I can say. It's given me the strength and support to speak about my illness with others."Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle. Because of that one is never really in or out of treatment."It is a full-time commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family." Image: Be...
US ends aid to Palestinian refugee agency Unrwa

US ends aid to Palestinian refugee agency Unrwa

World
The United States is ending all funding for the UN's Palestinian refugee agency, the US state department says.It described the organisation, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), as "irredeemably flawed".The US administration has "carefully reviewed" the issue and "will not make additional contributions to Unrwa," spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.In January, the US announced it would withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for the agency.A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded to the US decision on Friday, describing it as a "flagrant assault against the Palestinian people and a defiance of UN resolutions"."Such a punishment will not succeed to change the fact that the United States no l...