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Katy Perry blasts back into the top 10; Bruno Mars also scores Grammy gains

Rony AlwinWhen a super-popular artist who’s been quiet for a while debuts a new single at the Grammys, what do you get?  A super-impressive chart debut.

Katy Perry‘s new single “Chained to the Rhythm” has entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #4, the highest debut by a lead female artist since Adele bowed at #1 in November of 2015 with “Hello.”  This is Katy’s 14th top-10 hit, and her third-highest debut, following “Part of Me” and “California Gurls,” which entered the chart at #1 and #2 respectively.

Katy’s song, whose video premiered yesterday, is the first single from her upcoming album, due later this year.

Elsewhere on the chart, Bruno Mars also cashed in from his Grammy performance of “That’s What I Like.”  The song jumps from #37 to #7 on the Hot 100.  It’s Bruno’s 14th top-10 hit, and his first #1 on the Hot R&B Songs chart.  

Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” tops the Billboard Hot 100, while Taylor Swift and Zayn‘s duet “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” rises to #2, making it the highest-charting song from either of the 50 Shades movie soundtracks.

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Paris Jackson talks about her late father, Michael Jackson, and music as a hobby in latest issue of “CR Fashion Book”

Johnny Nunez/WireImageGracing the cover of CR Fashion Book‘s latest issue is Michael Jackson‘s 18-year-old daughter, Paris Jackson, and inside she talks to Empire creator Lee Daniels about a number of topics, including a quality of her late dad’s that she would take if she could.  

“Definitely his strength. He was the strongest person I know and tried to do everything with as much love and kindness as possible,” she says.  

Paris also spills details about her songwriting and being in a band with her boyfriend — making music that’s a mix of, as she explains, The Lumineers and legendary country musician Johnny Cash.  

However, she has no desire to follow in her father’s professional footsteps, viewing music as more of a hobby rather than a career.

“I’m in a band. We’re doing it for fun. My boyfriend’s the drummer and we have two others, a bassist and a backup vocalist,” she tells Lee. 

“I write music for myself,” Paris adds. “I use it as a way to get stuff out. It’s not something I see myself following career-wise. There are so many amazing artists in my family. If I were to do it as a career, it would change how I feel about music and I don’t want that to happen.”   

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For Andy Grammer, “freaking out” at sports events is his best job perk

Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesLast week, Andy Grammer fulfilled a lifelong dream by getting to play in the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game.  Though he and his West Team were soundly beaten, Andy still considers the things he gets to do at sporting events to be the best perk of being a pop star…for him, anyway.

“Some of the sports stuff has been really sweet ’cause I’m, like, a super jock at heart,” Andy told ABC Radio a few months ago.

In fact, Andy told Sports Illustrated that when he was a kid, “Basketball was every day of my life. Wake up with a ball, sometimes I’d sleep with it because someone told me that was better for you.”

While a career in sports never materialized, Andy says the opportunities he’s had to hang out at various high-profile events because of his fame as a musician have been some of the biggest highlights of the past few years.

For example, Andy say “going to the AFC Championship game with some of my high school friends” was a definite high point for him. 

“I got to sing the national anthem at that…it was Denver versus the Patriots, and it was me and my best high school friends,” he told ABC Radio. “And I just sang the national anthem, and then we got to sit in John Elway‘s box and freak out, that was really cool.” 

He also cites “getting to sing the national anthem at the NBA finals” as being “really cool, too.”  

When he’s not singing at sporting events, Andy is busy working on his third album, due out later this year.

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Jimmy Kimmel wishes he had a time machine to ruin past Oscar shows

ABC/Jeff Lipsky(LOS ANGELES) — Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who will be hosting the 89th Academy Awards this year, shared how he is preparing for the show in an interview that aired today on Good Morning America.

Kimmel, who has hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live for 14 years, is a veteran awards show host. He has hosted the American Music Awards five times, the Emmy Awards twice, and the ESPYs once.

This is the first time, however, that he will host the Oscars. “It’s funny because you’d think it would be the same. You walk on stage. You tell some jokes. You try to stay loose and lively throughout the broadcast. You try to stay involved,” the comedian said. “But people keep reminding you that it’s the Oscars and that there are three times as many people watching, and that it’s the most important awards show.”

Kimmel admitted that he is even studying past Oscar hosts for tips. “I know it sounds like I’m being nice but I thought everyone did at least a good job, and some of them did great jobs hosting the Oscars,” Kimmel said. “And that actually makes it worse for me because what I would’ve loved is if the last 14 Oscar hosts had bombed miserably. That’s my dream, get in a time machine and go back and ruin the Oscars for all those hosts,” Kimmel joked.

Kimmel revealed that he was being paid $15,000 to host the Oscars, but added that “between, like, the tuxedo, and the dress for my daughter, and tuxedo for my son, and my parents, and the limos, and all that stuff, there’s no doubt I lose money on this deal.”

“This is a very bad investment,” Kimmel said jokingly, adding, “We don’t do this for the money. We do this for the love of giving awards to strangers,” he said. “We do this because we love to present baubles to millionaires.”

Kimmel said that his wife, Molly, will be helping him write his jokes and will also be backstage working with him throughout the night.

He added that he originally wanted to give Meryl Streep a “real pony” to celebrate her 20th nomination, but his wife ended up vetoing that idea.

“At first, she thought, ‘Oh, yeah, I could, I could probably hold a pony on a leash for three hours,'” Kimmel said. “And then I think she came to her senses and decided that was not a good idea.”

Kimmel also said that he was not looking forward to seeing his “arch enemy.”

“Unfortunately, we will see Matt Damon,” Kimmel said. “I have to look at his face in the audience. Odds are I’m gonna say something. He’s my arch enemy, really. I mean, if the Joker and the Batman were face to face, there would be some kind of a standoff and I would imagine that that will be the same for this,” Kimmel said of Damon, who has been nominated as a producer of Manchester by the Sea.

“I don’t want the film to lose,” Kimmel added. “I want him to lose.”

Kimmel and Damon have actually been good friends for years, appearing in skits together on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” where they go to couples therapy or pull pranks on each other.

Kimmel added that he hopes the audience enjoys the awards show and that he will watch the show after.

“After the Oscars, I’m going to go home and I’m going watch the broadcast,” Kimmel joked. “And I’m going see who was clapping and who was laughing. And more importantly, who was not. And I vow to destroy those people, for the rest of my days … I will not relent until they are out of show business.”

The 89th Academy Awards will air on Sunday on ABC.

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Ladies kick butt: Female film protagonists hit an all-time high in 2016

Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”; Lucasfilm, 2016(LOS ANGELES) — Amid complaints from actresses like Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence over pay inequality between them and their male co-stars, there’s now a bright spot for women in Hollywood — we’re seeing more women as protagonists in big-screen productions.

Recent hit films films like ArrivalRogue One: A Star Wars StoryMoanaHidden FiguresBad Moms, and The Girl on the Train are proving that female characters can also equal big box office bucks.

Variety cites a new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University that finds women accounted for 29 percent of protagonists in the 100 highest-grossing films of 2016 — a seven-percent rise from 2015 and what Variety calls a “recent historical high.”

Females also hit historical highs in ensemble casts, making up 37 percent of major characters in the most popular films — a three-percentage point jump from the previous year, according to the study. Female protagonists were most likely to appear in comedies, dramas, horror films, animated features and science fiction films. They were least likely to show up in action films.

Even so, the percentage of female characters in speaking roles remained virtually the same, and males still dominate the big screen by a two-to-one margin. The trend also didn’t help female filmmakers, who comprised just seven percent of all directors working on the 250 highest-grossing domestic releases in 2016.  That’s actually down slightly from the levels achieved in 2015 and in 1998.

Likewise, the numbers didn’t translate into more racial diversity, with roles for black and Asian female characters up just slightly, and Latina character dipping in 2016.

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‘Moonlight’s’ Naomi Harris reveals her Oscar date will be her mother

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Moonlight goes into Sunday’s Oscars tied for the second-highest number of nominations, with eight — including one for Naomie Harris. The British actress is up for best supporting actress for her portrayal of the main character Chiron’s mother, but she’ll be walking the red carpet with her own mom. 

“She has always been my champion,” Harris tells ABC News. “She has always believed in me more than I’ve ever believed in myself. She’s always said that I could do, have, and be anything that I want to be. And that is an incredibly powerful message to give a child.”

Harris will have some stiff competition in her category, including Viola Davis, the favorite to win for Fences.  Though it may be cliché, Harris says she feels like she’s already won.

“Just to be included, you know to be included amongst these extraordinary talented individuals, and so many of them that I’ve admired for decades and looked up and seen their work and there I am standing alongside them,” she says. 

The Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air Sunday night on ABC.

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Report: Rockets to acquire Lou Williams from Lakers

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Houston Rockets have reached an agreement to acquire shooting guard Lou Williams from the Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell ESPN.

In exchange, the Rockets will send small forward Corey Brewer and an unprotected first-round pick to Los Angeles.

The trade comes ahead of this year’s NBA trade deadline, set for Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. It also comes a day after Hall of Famer Magic Johnson became the Lakers’ president of basketball operations following the firing of general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss.

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/21/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Ottawa 2, New Jersey  1
Pittsburgh 3, Carolina 1
Montreal 3, NY Rangers 2 (SO)
Tampa Bay 4, Edmonton 1
Toronto 5, Winnipeg 4 (OT)
NY Islanders 3, Detroit 1
Calgary 6, Nashville 5 (OT)
Chicago 5, Minnesota 3
LA Kings 2, Colorado 1


(9) Baylor 60, Oklahoma 54
(11) Kentucky 72, Missouri 62
(13) Florida 81, South Carolina 66
(14) Purdue 74, Penn St. 70 (OT)
(25) Wichita St. 109, Evansville 83

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MLB agrees to new intentional walk rule

moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Major League Baseball has approved a change to its intentional walk rule on Tuesday in an effort to speed up the pace of game play.

According to ESPN, instead of throwing four balls to a batter, the umpire will receive a signal from the dugout allowing the hitter a free pass to first base.

According to studies performed by MLB, an intentional walk takes about one minute. The rule change would eliminate that and keep the game moving along.

This comes after Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to the press earlier on Tuesday about how he did not anticipate any rule changes for the 2017 season and blamed the players’ association for the delay.

“There really won’t be any meaningful change for the 2017 season,” Manfred said. “Due to a lack of cooperation from the MLBPA.”

Any rule changes that were to go into effect for the upcoming season had to be agreed upon between the league and the union prior to the start of spring training games. The Grapefruit League and Cactus League begin play on Friday.

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Police release audio clip from victim’s phone in hopes of catching Indiana teens’ killer

Indiana State Police(DELPHI, Ind.) — Police investigating the slayings of two girls in Indiana released new evidence Wednesday in hopes it will lead to the capture of their killer.

The evidence was a video clip captured by one of the victim’s cellphones. When police played the audio from the clip at a news conference in the city of Delphi Wednesday morning, reporters heard just three words from a deep voice: “Down the hill.”

The audio quality is not great, but police said it’s enough for someone to recognize the person’s voice. Investigators believe this clip recorded criminal behavior that was about to occur.

“Libby had the presence of mind to turn on her video camera,” Capt. David Bursten, chief public information officer of the Indiana State Police, told reporters. “There’s no doubt in our minds that that young lady is a hero.”

The rest of the video will not be released at this time because of the ongoing investigation, Bursten said.

The girls — Liberty (Libby) German, 14, and Abigail (Abby) Williams, 13, both of Carroll County — were first reported missing by their families Feb. 13 after they did not return from their hike. After organized searches, the bodies of the two girls were found Feb. 14 outside Delphi in the woods near Deer Creek, about three-quarters of a mile from an abandoned railroad bridge where they were dropped off a day earlier to go hiking. An autopsy revealed their identities.

“Evidence in this case has led investigators to believe that this is a double homicide and that’s what we’re investigating at this time,” Indiana State Police public information officer Sgt. Tony Slocum told reporters Wednesday morning.

Indiana State Police on Monday named a man in a photograph as the primary suspect in the double homicide investigation, but nothing is known about him at this time outside of a single image. The man, dressed in blue jeans, a blue jacket and a hoodie, was photographed on a nature trial around the same time the two girls disappeared. Previously, the man had been labeled a person of interest and police said he might only be a witness to the crime.

“We are actively looking for this person. We believe this person is our suspect,” Sgt. Slocum said at the press conference Wednesday morning.

Police said there is a possibility of more than one suspect, and it’s unclear if the voice heard in the audio clip belongs to the man seen in the photograph.

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Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline opponents to evacuate protest camp

Scott Olson/Getty Images(CANNONBALL, N.D.) — A deadline set by state and federal authorities for opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline to vacate the main protest camp is fast approaching.

Officials said the Oceti Sakowin camp, which is situated at the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation near Cannonball, North Dakota, must be evacuated Wednesday by 2 p.m. local time. Reentry will not be permitted. Camp residents there were seen lighting fires Wednesday morning, just hours before the deadline.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has set up a travel assistance center that will offer each protester water, snacks, a food voucher, a personal hygiene kit, health and wellness assessment, hotel lodging for one night, a taxi voucher to the bus terminal and bus fare for a return trip home. Transportation will be provided from Oceti Sakowin camp to the travel assistance center in Bismarck.

“This free service will provide protesters with support as they prepare for their return home,” Burgum’s office said in a Facebook post Tuesday night. “All camp residents are encourage to take advantage of these amenities.”

Last week, Burgum signed an emergency evacuation order for the Oceti Sakowin camp that reaffirmed a Feb. 22 deadline set by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe began coordinating a cleanup in late January, but state officials say it isn’t happening fast enough. The governor’s emergency evacuation order cited increasing temperatures and the threat of flooding as the impetus in accelerating the camp’s cleanup.

“Warm temperatures have accelerated snowmelt in the area of the Oceti Sakowin protest camp, and the National Weather Service reports that the Cannonball River should be on the watch for rising water levels and an increased risk of ice jams later this week,” the statement from Burgum’s office read.

“Due to these conditions, the governor’s emergency order addresses safety concerns to human life as anyone in the floodplain is at risk for possible injury or death. The order also addresses the need to protect the Missouri River from the waste that will flow into the Cannonball River and Lake Oahe if the camp is not cleared and the cleanup expedited,” the statement added.

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Models describe how they rescued teens from frozen Central Park pond

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Two male models who were skateboarding in Central Park and paused to take a picture of the sunset ended up saving the lives of seven teenagers who had fallen through ice.

“It was all a matter of ‘right place at the right time’ for the two of us,” Ethan Turnbull said Wednesday on ABC News’ Good Morning America.

Turnbull was with fellow model Bennett Jonas in New York City’s Central Park Monday when, out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a group of teenagers playing on ice atop a pond.

“I said to Bennett, ‘Look, man, there’s some kids over there on the ice,’” Turnbull recalled. “Within the time it took me to say that to Bennett and look back, the ice had actually broken because they came together to take a photo.”

Turnbull and Jonas rushed to the scene and jumped into the freezing water to pull the teenagers to safety. The teenagers in the water were all boys ages 13 to 17, according to ABC New York City station WABC-TV.

“One of the first things I learned as a kid was never give your body to somebody drowning and I learned that the hard way,” Jonas said Wednesday on GMA. “The first two kids I got to heading into the water pulled me under.

“They had me completely under the water,” he said. “I had to get them up and get them to [Ethan].”

While other eyewitnesses captured Turnbull and Jonas’s heroic efforts on video, the two friends kept working to pull each of the seven boys to the shore.

“The only time I was really scared was as I was entering the water … it was chaotic,” Jonas said. “They were pulling each other under [and] just knowing you’re heading into the middle of that and they’re trying to get out as much as you’re trying to get them out.”

He added, “You’re their way out so they’re trying to get on top of you, get out any way they can.”

One of the victims was hospitalized overnight. The other teens were treated and released, according to WABC.

Jonas and Turnbull were not injured during the rescue. Jonas described how the pair survived the “brutal” water temperature.

“The adrenaline was so crazy; I don’t think either of us really realized how cold we were until after it all kind of subsided,” he said.

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Grounded passenger jet in India converted into luxury restaurant

Hawai Adda(LUDHIANA, India) — Airplanes aren’t just for globetrotting anymore. In Ludhiana, India, a grounded Airbus A320 is now a restaurant where customers can enjoy a fine dining experience.

According to The Daily Mail, Hawai Adda is a vegetarian restaurant, placed creatively within an aircraft formerly owned by Air India.

The plane can comfortably seat more than 100 diners in its luxurious dining room, cafe and halls.

The interior of the plane took more than a year to convert, according to the Daily Mail.

The renovation team redesigned the entire fuselage of the retired plane, but wanted to keep the original structure and a large portion of the wiring, the Daily Mail reported.

On Hawai Adda’s Facebook page, the restaurant has advertised a variety of dishes from saffron-infused Indian rice pudding and hot fudge sundae cupcakes to vegan club sandwiches.

Around the world, there are several decommissioned planes that have now become restaurants.

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Benjamin Netanyahu kicks off four-day visit to Australia, a first for an Israeli PM

iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) — Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Australia Wednesday, kicking off a four-day visit, marking the first time a serving Israeli prime minster has visited the country.

Netanyahu, joined by his wife Sara, landed in Sydney aboard an El Al aircraft from Singapore, where the Israeli leader met with Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong.





Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote an op-ed Wednesday in The Australian newspaper, in which he expressed the country’s support of Israel and a two-state solution, as well as his disapproval of the United Nations’ “one-sided” resolutions.

“Australia was the first country to vote in favour of the 1947 UN partition resolution adopted by the General Assembly, which led to the establishment of Israel in 1948,” Turnbull writes. “The key role Australia played in ensuring the security and prosperity of the Jewish people should be a source of pride for us all.”

He continues, “Israel is a miraculous nation. It has flourished despite invasion, conflict and an almost complete lack of natural resources, other than the determination and genius of its people.”

Turnbull also cited “the brilliance and the enterprise of our almost 120,000-strong Jewish-Australian community.”



In a nod to the recent United Nations Security Council resolution, Turnbull writes, “My government will not support one-sided resolutions criticising Israel of the kind recently adopted by the UN Security Council and we deplore the boycott campaigns designed to delegitimise the Jewish state.”

He adds, “At the same time, we recognise that Israel and the Palestinians need to come to a settlement and we support a directly negotiated two-state solution so that Palestinians will have their own state and the people of Israel can be secure within agreed borders.”

Netanyahu — who aside from Turnbull, met with Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove — welcomed the comments made by Turnbull in his op-ed, telling reporters in Sydney, “I wasn’t surprised by the friendship expressed in the article but I had no advance warning so when I landed I was given the paper, I was delighted to read it … Australia has been courageously willing to puncture UN hypocrisy more than once.”



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Iceland’s president wants to ban pineapple as a pizza topping, sparks online debate

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Apparently, this qualifies as big news in Iceland.  The country’s president, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, has stirred up controversy by coming down against pineapple as a pizza topping.

While speaking to a high school class in Iceland last week, a student asked Jóhannesson what he thought about the tropical fruit as a pizza topping, typically associated with Hawaiian pizza, which features pineapple and ham. Jóhannesson said that he was against it and if he had the power, he would ban pineapple as a pizza topping altogether.

Iceland Magazine
reports that Jóhannesson’s comment has gone viral, reaching the top 10 trending stories on Reddit and making its way to news outlets around the world.  It’s also prompted him to issue a clarification about his comments.

In a Facebook post, Jóhannesson wrote, “I like pineapples, just not on pizza. I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don´t like. I would not want to live in such a country.”

He then suggested people put seafood on their pizza instead.

Chances are slim anyone’s genuinely upset with Jóhannesson, who enjoys a 97 percent approval rating in his country.

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Meet Lobo, Your Magic104.9 Pet of The Week!

Find Lobo at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla, 3551 Bataan Memorial West. Open Monday through Friday Noon – 6pm and Weekends Noon to 5pm. This gregarious feline knows “man’s best friend”
doesn’t only apply to dogs! Take him home and his affectionate personality will always lift your spirits! He is already vaccinated, chipped, neutered and ready to go today. read more…

Magic104.9’s Top Tracks







  1. “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5
  2. “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
  3. “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran
  4. “Water Under The Bridge” by Adele
  5. “Closer” by The Chain Smokers feat. Halsey

Magic104.9’s Top Tracks







  1. “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5
  2. “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
  3. “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran
  4. “Water Under The Bridge” by Adele
  5. “Closer” by The Chain Smokers feat. Halsey

Meet Bodhi, Your Magic104.9 Pet of The Week!

Find Bodhi at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla, 3551 Bataan Memorial West. Open Monday through Friday Noon – 6pm and Weekends Noon to 5pm. As handsome as he is clever, Bodhi is sure to leave an impression on you! He has lived at the shelter since July 2016, and he’s ready to leave the kennel and start a new life. He knows there are so many more experiences for him out in the world, and we know you’re just the person for him to have them with! read more…

Your Last Team Standing Winner Is…..Daniel Ramirez!

Congratulations going out to Daniel Ramirez! Our winner for “The Last Team Standing!”  He not only scored a brand new recliner thanks to Ashley Furniture Home Store, but thanks to Hooters of Las Cruces, he’s also taking home $150 in Hooters food for the big game this weekend! Enjoy this Big Game weekend Daniel, you deserve it champ!

Magic104.9’s Top Tracks







  1. “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5
  2. “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
  3. “Water Under The Bridge” by Adele
  4. “Closer” by The Chain Smokers feat. Halsey
  5. “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran

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