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Top 7 Most Popular Male Singers 2017

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Male singers still dominate the charts with a substantial number of the highest earning musicians in the world being solo male artists. Singers, in particular, have a way of speaking directly to us through their music. In 2017 there were some truly exceptional male singers topping the charts and delivering stunning live performances.

 

  • Justin Beiber

Justin Beiber’s popularity has continued into 2017 with a series of collaborations such as his collaboration with Luis Fonzi and Daddy Yankee called Despacito and being featured on DJ Khaleed’s single “I’m the One” along with Lil’ Wayne and Chance the Rapper. In August he released the single “Friends”, working with songwriters he previously worked with for his single “Sorry”.

 

  • Bruno Mars

Despite his enduring popularity, it has been a relatively quiet year for Bruno Mars. He released “That’s What it’s Like” in January of 2017 but aside from that it has been a year of touring, culminating in the announcement of a primetime concert Live at the Apollo. His 2017 tour 24K Magic World Tour, has been exceptionally popular and has really showcased his talent as a live performer.

 

  • Drake

Drake’s billboarding topping album More Life was released this year and holds the record for the most streamed album within 24 hours of release. He won 13 awards at the Billboard music awards continuing the incredible popularity and critical acclaim he has earned over the past 8 years. He released his single signs in June 2017.

 

  • Zayn Malik

The former One Direction member has certainly established his name as a unique and successful solo artist, continuing his popularity in 2017. He released “Still got time” with Partynextdoor and collaborated with Sia to release “Dusk til’ dawn” in September. He has also made waves in the world of fashion, releasing a line of Italian footwear.

  • Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks has been a name in country music for decades and in 2017 he has continued his run of popularity. He won entertainer of the year at the 51st Country Music Association Awards after his extensive U.S. tour. He is also releasing another anthology of his most recent releases and the lip sync scandal from the Country Music Association Awards seems to have done little to dampen his popularity.

 

  • Sam Smith

Off the back of late 2016 announcement about his impending 2017 album release, there has been a lot of buzz about Sam Smith and the people he is collaborating with on this project. The British singer-songwriter finally released his much-anticipated album “The Thrill of it all” in November 2017. “The Thrill of it all” was Sam Smith’s first U.S. number one single despite his consistent success in the U.K charts.

 

  • Ed Sheeran

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has only gone from strength to strength in his career and 2017 proved to be yet another successful year for the 26-year-old. He began the year with an announcement regarding his upcoming album and a break from his 2016 social media hiatus. The new album “÷” topped charts all over the world and became his most successful album to date.

5 things you didn’t know about Akon

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Akon has become a very well known singer. He has a hip-hop edge to his music and he sings about the gritty life on the street. There is more to Akon than most people would think. These are 5 things you didn’t know about Akon that he tries to keep a secret.

 1 Akon Likes to Keep His Birthdate Secret

Akon was born Aliaune Thiam. He his birthplace is St. Louis, Missouri. His date of birth is either April 16 or April 30th. His father is named Senegalese who is a famous jazz musician. In the early part of his life, Akon lived in Dakar, Senegal and Union City, New Jersey. He did not live in the United States full time until he was 15 years old.

 2 Akon Plays Instruments

Akon learned how to play several different instruments while living in New Jersey. He learned how to play the drums, the djembe, and many instruments. Some say that Akon became a hip-hop fan while he was hanging out with his friends.

 3 Arrest Record

While Akon sings about spending three years in jail he may have exaggerated his criminal past. It was said that he was charged with armed robbery, drug sales, and car theft. When the Huffington Post further looked into his record it seems that he did not spend as much time as he said behind bars. According to police records, Akon got a three-year probation sentence for possession of a gun. It was said that he was arrested five more times as well.

4 Akon Practices Polygamy

Akon practices the religion, Islam. He does not smoke or drink alcohol. He does have three wives as allowed by his religion. The names of his wives are hidden from the public as well as the identity of six children. It is said that he has a good relationship with each of his wives and they seem happy.

5 Under Age Trouble

In 2007 Akon was performing a show in Trinidad and Tobago and was dancing in a sexual way with one of his fans. The club he was a 21-year-old and older club but somehow this young girl got in. This video hit the internet and has even lost his sponsorship with Verizon. There was no word about what his wives thought about this. Akon later recorded a song stating that he was sorry.

These are some little-known facts about Akon. This singer goes to great measures to keep this private life away from the media but some things have gotten out. While being in the spotlight it is impossible to keep everything hidden. This information has gotten out about Akon and his fans are taking it all in.

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Hip Hop Domains, Blogs Seized By ICE Homeland Security Can Be Claimed?!

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After over 80 sites were taken down in a crackdown by ICE (U.S. Department of Homeland Security) during an undercover 90 day investigation for allegedly copyright and trademark violations, it is now being stated site owners still have an opportunity to claim their domains.

The sites seized are stated to have ranged from counterfeit clothing, pirated software, music albums, videos, amongst other things, as reported on HipHopRx.com.

According to EW, Erik Barnett, assistant deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stated that the bloggers have the opportunity of filing court petitions to obtain their sites back, but none haven’t.

Many of the bloggers became enraged because they didn’t receive a notice. Barnett gave the reasoning as to being that they don’t notify criminals to end their criminal conduct and from the law’s end there’s criminal activity. Eric Barnett went on to state that there were complaints from rights holders that these sites were infringing on copyrights.

Suspects convicted could face anywhere from 5 and 10 years in prison.

Meanwhile, there are several groups joining together against the seizure of domains citing that the government is not abiding by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) where the infringing party must be notified to take the copyrighted materials.

Lady GaGa, Kesha Sexy Explicit Pictures, Unreleased Songs Stolen By Hackers?!

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Two German hackers are currently under investigation after reportedly breaking into the computers of Lady Gaga, Kesha, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson and around 50 other stars.

Identified only as Deniz A., 17, and Christian M., 23, the two young men reportedly stole music, unreleased song tracks and were selling them online.

They reportedly earned around $13,000 from the sales of the unreleased stolen tracks.

Deniz apparently also got hold of a sexually explicit photo of one of the female artists, who authorities won’t identify, and attempted to blackmail her with it. Was it Lady GaGa, Kesha, Kelly Clarkson, who?! Kesha is one of the female artists whom has already been in headlines for a sexually explicit picture being taken from Kesha’s alleged sex tape, as seen and reported on HipHopRX.com.

Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson was reportedly one of the artists who alerted her management of her unreleased songs being sold online, and this lead to the hackers being caught.

Deniz A. and Christian M. face years in prison and hefty fines, if convicted.

WikiLeaks Founder Arrested; Hackers Attack Fortune 500 Companies In His Support

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WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, 39, has found friends, a group of Hackers who are supporting him reportedly to defend the Freedom of the Internet. The hackers dubbed ‘Operation PayBack’ as their revenge and are stated to have gone after companies who cut ties with WikiLeaks such as Mastercard, PayPal, Visa, the Swiss Post Office, amongst others.

The hackers have been sending out botnets and DDOS attacks which the Swiss Post Office confirmed happened to them also after it closed Julian Assange’s account on Monday.

Mastercard became inaccessible in Geneva after it cut ties with WikiLeaks for what they allegedly stated was due to illegal activities which many are saying it was due to WikiLeaks exposing confidential U.S. diplomatic cables.

PayPal also went down due to denial of service attacks when it closed the account of WikiLeaks which prevented it from receiving donations on Saturday.

Wednesday, Visa was given an hour notice that it would be attacked by Anon_Operation who made the announcement via Twitter only to have it later suspended. The site became inaccessible to customers who tried to access the website with errors or connection timeouts.

As for WikiLeaks, it has also been suffering its own DOS attacks by those who call themselves patriots and believe that WikiLeaks in endangering the U.S troops overseas due to disclosing classified information.

Meanwhile as this goes on, Australian journalist and Internet activist Julian Assange, was arrested in London on Tuesday after he voluntarily turned himself in. Julian Assange is in Sweden after an arrest warrant was issued on charges of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion in which the Assange said was consensual sexual encounters at the time it happened.

Assange believes the attempt is to smear his campaign and is an act of defamation of character.

NFL Fines Brett Favre $50K for Jenn Sterger Sexting Racy Pictures Case

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has been fined $50,000 by the NFL on Wednesday (Dec. 29) but has not been suspended for not cooperating in the investigation into the alleged lewd text messages and racy photos he allegedly sent to Playboy model and former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger.

Brett Favre, who was then the quarterback for the Jets at the time of the alleged lewd text messages and racy photos to Playboy model/former Jets TV girl Jenn Sterger, was accused of sending innocent and flirty messages at first.

Sterger claims that the messages became inappropriate when Favre allegedly sent her some very racy cellphone pictures, as reported on HipHopRx.com.

Upon investigation into the matter, the league has finally said, via Twitter, that it has found no violation of league policy in the Favre/Sterger investigation and their policies do not make judgements of personal relationships.

Earlier this season, the league began developing a sexual harassment policy due to recent sexually driven cases.

In regards to the case, Brett Favre has reportedly admitted to leaving Jenn Sterger voice mails, but denied that he sent her the lewd messages and racy pictures.

Meanwhile, the Vikings have just one game left in the 2010 season, and that’s on Sunday at Detroit.

New England Patriots Brandon Meriweather Linked At Shooting Incident

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11/6/2011 Foxborough, MA New England Patriots Brandon Spikes putting the hit on New York Giants tight end Jake Ballard preventing a first down during 1st quarter action at Gillette Stadium on Sunday November 6, 2011. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) slug: 07patriots section: sports reporter: Monique Walker

New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather was wanted by police for questioning about a shooting that injured two men in Apopka, FL.

Florida police are investigating a shooting that occurred outside a bar, near the town of Apopka, FL., where two men were wounded during the incident. Police have identified New England Patriots star Brandon Meriweather as “being present” at the scene of the shooting and wanted to bring him in for questioning. No charges have been filed against the NFL star at the present time.

“William Brandon Meriweather, among others, has been identified as being present during a shooting which occurred on February 28th, 2011,” said the sheriff’s dept. in a recent press release.

Jeff Williamson of the Orange County sheriff’s office stated “We want to speak to Mr. Meriweather” in regards to the shooting.

Meriweather’s attorney Adam Swickle tells CNN that he has spoke with detectives on the case and was arranging a meeting between Meriweather and police.

“We are investigating it, and have contacted the detectives in Orange County and won’t make any comment until they complete their investigation,” was stated.

According to the official incident report, a fight broke out at a bar in Apopka, FL. on Feb. 28th that spilled into the parking lot when gunshots rang out injuring two men. One of the shooting victims was identified as Quentin Taylor, who, according to the report, could not or would not answer any questions from police. The second victim, Nico Stanley, signed a written statement saying that he wasn’t pressing charges against anyone.

If Brandon Meriweather is charged in the shooting of Taylor and Stanley, he could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. It is not yet determined if Meriweather was actually the gunman, a witness, or other.

Japan Tsunami Does More Damage After 8.9 Japan Earthquake Kills Hundreds

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The Japan Earthquake heard worldwide, at least via the news, has reportedly left hundreds dead and was immediately followed by a Japan Tsunami. The Japan Earthquake is being recorded as a 8.9 earthquake making it the fifth largest earthquake since 1900 to hit the Pacific coast.

After a devastating 10 meter tsunami, following the tremendous 8.9 earthquake, about 300 bodies were found on the beach in Sendai, where the tsunami was said to have hit the hardest.

The violent tsunami has captured and destroyed everything in it’s path. Warnings have been issued for fifty-three countries, including Colombia and Peru.

The quake sparked about eighty fires down the coast and is the largest since Japan began keeping records 140 years ago.

Japan has declared a state of an atomic power emergency.

In related news, airlines have had residents stranded as other residents run in panic down the siren-ringing streets, trying to get home to their loved ones.

Japan’s earthquake was surely catastrophic, but the water reportedly has done, by-far, the most damage.

Have Scientists Found The Real ‘City of Atlantis’ Following Tsunami?!

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Has the long lost city of Atlantis finally been found? Head researcher, Richard Freund says they have found some things that no one else has ever seen before and this alone gives the find a layer of credibility, especially for the archeology community.

A US-led research team used satellite photos, deep-ground radar, digital mapping and underwater technology to zero in on the region they believe to be the site where the city of Atlantis once stood.

Plato’s “dialogues” are the only known source of information on the city of Atlantis, in which he describes the city as “an island situated in front of the straights which are by you called the Pillars of Hercules”, otherwise known as the straights of Gibraltar.

It has been debated upon whether or not the city of Atlantis actually even existed because of the scarcity of available writings.

Meanwhile, further excavations have been planned for the newly found site, as well as various locations 150 miles away.

Rapper Drake Nearly Arrested in Jamaica For His ‘Foul’ Mouth

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Young Money recording artist Drake evades being arrested after using foul language during a music concert performance in Jamaica.

Drake, who was just stopping through to do a surprise performance with reggae artist Mavado, was almost arrested at Brit Jam 2011 in Montego Bay, Jamaica last week.

The rapper’s set was cut short after his bodyguards whisked him off stage to avoid getting arrested for his foul mouth. Police officer’s warned Drake of the no profanity law but the rapper failed to heed the officer’s advice.

Reggae artist Mavado welcomed Drake to the stage for a surprise guest performance when the rapper greeted the crowd with, “Everywhere me go, me seh Jamaica to the blood clot world.” Apparently in Montego Bay ‘blood clot’ is “indecent language.”

Andrew Anguin, Brit Jam’s Marketing Manager, told XXLMag.com that “Jamaica is very strict about it’s no cursing policy”, so when Drake, who wasn’t meant to perform anyway, was told about cursing, he stopped.

Maybe Drake will watch his ‘foul’ mouth next time he’s in Jamaica.