Here we Go….The biggest clash in Club Football is expected to capture an audience of 650 million people worldwide, According to figures released by La liga. Messi Messi, Ronaldo, Ronaldo, the whole arena will convert into a Colosseum. Barcelona are the more desperate side as Real Madrid visit Catalonia on Saturday for the first El Clasico of the season boasting a six-point leat at the top of La Liga. Madrid have won 15 more points in all in La Liga under the guidance of Zinedine Zidane since the sides last met in April and are riding a 31-game unbeaten run in all competitions. “On Saturday, 03-12-2016 we have more to play for than Madrid, they can lose, we can’t.” says Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. Barca are off to their worst league start in nine seasons. However, coach Luis Enrique believes much of the media criticism of his side has been over-blown, citing the institutional crisis that Barca overcame in the January his debut season in 2015 to win the treble. “We remain favorites for all the titles, but it is evident we have to improve ” said Enrique. Actually, both sides are blighted by injury concerns. Madrid will be without Gareth Bale with the Welshman now set to miss up to four months after an ankle operation, whilst Toni Kroos is also sidelined by a broken foot. Tough tackling mid-fielder Casemiro made his first appearance in two months in midweek and could come into contention to partner the Croatian duo of Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic. So get ready guys for an epic game. ENJOY..
Aussies Look to douse Maxwell ire, Darren Lehmann has said that he would try to defuse tension between out of form all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and Matt Wade ahead of ODI Series against the Kiwis. Maxwell said on 1st December 2016 that he had been disappointed at some of the decisions by Wade, his captain in the Victoria State Team, to bat ahead of him in matches this year. He said “I think the wicket-keeper should be batting at seven unless you’re trying to squeeze an extra bowler into your line-up “. Now Lehmann said “Maxwell hasn’t made a hundred for two years. Are you going to pick a bloke who hasn’t made a hundred in two years?” How many of you agree with Lehmann as my personal opinion is in the last series against Sri Lanka Maxwell opened the innings and thrashed them in a T20 match. So, I will always love to see Maxwell in the Australian Team. Comment and Reply Guys.
Madonna Is Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year
As per the Billboard.com
When the 11th annual Billboard Women In Music event hits New York City this winter, royalty will be present.
Following a year where she extended her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time, Madonna will receive Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year award.
“Madonna is one of a minuscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music,” said Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. “With her creative vision, relentless innovation, and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there. She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who’s used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.”
From her Prince tribute alongside Stevie Wonder at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards to her political Met Gala appearance to her indelible commentary on the 2016 election, Madonna has remained a constant force in pop culture and source of cultural conversation over the past year.
Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with $170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history (the archives go back to 1990) with a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses.
In addition to being the first female pop star with true control of her career and image, Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. She’s earned 8 No. 1 albums (and 21 top 10 albums) on the Billboard 200 and 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With her 46th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart in 2015, she extended her own record for the most No. 1s on a single Billboard chart. She also holds the record for the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 38.
In addition to her ongoing chart dominance, her philanthropic efforts are effecting real change in the world. Madonna’s Raising Malawi organization is currently constructing Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, which will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialized Malawian medical staff. The Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care facility will open in 2017.
The seven-time Grammy winner will receive the honor at the 11th annual Women in Music event, held Dec. 9 in New York City and airing nationally on Lifetime on Dec.12. The star-studded event is held in conjunction with the publication of Billboard’s Women in Music list, which identifies the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry each year.
Meghan Trainor Named ‘Chart Topper,’ Maren Morris to Receive ‘Breakthrough Artist’ Award at Billboard Women in Music 2016
As per billboard.com,
Hitmaker singer-songwriters Meghan Trainor and Maren Morris has been choosen in the list of honorees at Billboard‘s 11th annual Women in Music event, held Dec. 9 in New York City and airing nationally on Lifetime on Dec. 12. Both Trainor and Morris will also perform live at the gala, which will honor Madonna as 2016’s Woman of the Year.
The Grammy-winning pop star Trainor will be recognized with the 2016 Women in Music ‘Chart Topper’ award, recognizing an artist who notched notable achievements on Billboard‘s music charts this year.
“Meghan Trainor’s one-of-a-kind voice and bold personal style have propelled her to the top of the Billboard charts,” said Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. “From ‘All About that Bass’ to ‘No,’ Trainor’s songs have helped make her the consummate ‘Chart Topper.’”
Country sensation Morris will be the recipient of this year’s Women in Music ‘Breakthrough Artist’ award, given to an artist who’s emerged as a leading voice in the past year, and released career-defining work.
“Maren Morris has dominated this year, easily becoming one of the most talked-about women in country music today,” Min added. “With a breakthrough nothing short of incredible, Maren has a stellar career ahead of her that will be marked by enormous commercial and critical success.”
Trainor first emerged on the national scene with the irresistible throwback pop of her debut single “All About That Bass” in 2014. The song went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks, and won two trophies at the Billboard Music Awards, for top Hot 100 song and top digital song. “Bass” also helped spur blockbuster sales of her first full-length LP, Title, which debuted on top of the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2015, and spawned two more Hot 100 top 10 hits: “Lips Are Movin” and the John Legend-featuring “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.”
In the past year, Trainor released her sophomore album, Thank You, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and scored another smash with the LP’s lead single “No,” which peaked at No. 3, making for the artist’s fourth top 10 hit on the Hot 100. She also won her first Grammy, for best new artist, and covered BillboardMagazine in July. To date, Trainor’s songs have received more than 2 billion on-demand streams in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.
Morris experienced major success this year with her major-label, full-length debut Hero, which became the first debut by a new female artist to top the Country Albums chart in nearly two years when it debuted at No. 1 earlier this year. The singer-songwriter gave a stunning performance at the CMA Awards this November, backed by a full band and choir, and picked up the CMA award for best new artist.
Morris has also earned three top 40 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, including the Country Digital Song Sales-topper “My Church,” and her songs have racked up more than 1 million digital downloads to date, as well as over 116 million on-demand streams, according to Nielsen Music. She also appeared on the cover of Billboard’s Grammy Preview Issue, along with Chance the Rapper and Alessia Cara.
The 11th annual Women in Music event is held Dec. 9 in New York City and airs nationally on Lifetime on Dec. 12. The star-studded event is held in tandem with the publication of Billboard’s Women in Music list, which names the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry each year.
Madonna is 2016’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award recipient. The pop legend’s Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts in music history. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with $170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history, with archives dating back to 1990, having earned a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses.
Also being honored at Billboard‘s 2016 Women in Music event will be country great Shania Twain, who will be receiving the ‘Icon’ award, which celebrates an artist whose historic contributions to the music industry establish them among the highest class of performers. Current Hot 100-topping artist Halsey will be named ‘Rising Star,’ recognized for her chart dominance and exceptional, unconventional talent. Finally, ascendant R&B talent Andra Day will be honored as ‘Powerhouse,’ for her breathtaking vocal prowess. Both Halsey and Day will also be performing at the gala.
Lil’ Twist to Serve 1 Year Sentence for Assaulting Nickelodeon Actor Christopher Massey
Twist, whose real name is Christopher Lynn Moore, entered a plea deal on the first day of his scheduled trial. According to the New York Daily News, citing a Los Angeles County District Attorney spokesperson, this deal came at the objection of prosecutors.
“It was not a negotiated plea,” DA spokesman Ricardo Santiago told the publication.
The 50th annual CMA Awards have all been handed out!
Garth Brooks was the night’s biggest winner, taking home entertainer of the year from surprise presenter Taylor Swift, but he was hardly the night’s only champ. See below for the full list:
Male Vocalist of the Year:
WINNER: Chris Stapleton
Album of the Year:
Black — Dierks Bentley
WINNER: Mr. Misunderstood — Eric Church
Ripcord — Keith Urban
Storyteller — Carrie Underwood
Hero — Maren Morris
New Artist of the Year:
WINNER: Maren Morris
Song of the Year:
“Burning House” — Cam, Tyler Johnson and Jeff Bhasker
“Die a Happy Man” — Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett and Joe Spargur
WINNER: “Humble and Kind” — Lori McKenna
“My Church” — Busbee and Maren Morris
“Record Year” — Eric Church and Jeff Hyde
Musical Event of the Year:
WINNER: “Different For Girls” — Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
“Home Alone Tonight” — Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
“The Fighter” — Keith Urban (featuring Carrie Underwood)
“Think of You” — Chris Young (duet with Cassadee Pope)
“You Are My Sunshine” — Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton
Musician of the Year:
Jerry Douglas (dobro/lap steel guitar)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar)
WINNER: Dann Huff (guitar)
Brent Mason (guitar)
Derek Wells (guitar)
Music Video of the Year:
“Burning House” — Cam; directed by Trey Fanjoy
WINNER: “Fire Away” — Chris Stapleton; directed by Tim Mattia
“Humble and Kind” — Tim McGraw; directed by Wes Edwards
“Record Year” — Eric Church; directed by John Peets and Reid Long
“Somewhere on a Beach” — Dierks Bentley; directed by Wes Edwards
As per the Billboard News Board,
‘Blonde’ and the “visual album” ‘Endless’ were not submitted for consideration, says a source.
When the Grammy nominees are revealed on Dec. 8, one surefire contender will not be on the list: Frank Ocean, who released two albums — Blonde and the “visual album” Endless — in August. A source confirms to Billboard that neither album was submitted for consideration by Ocean’s labels, management or other reps, even though both were released well before the 2017 Grammy eligibility cutoff date of Sept. 30, 2016.
Blonde (also known as Blond) — which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the week ending August 25 with 276,000 equivalent-album units, the third-largest total of the year — was released on Ocean’s own Boys Don’t Cry imprint, although many traditional label functions for the still digital-only release were handled by Apple Music. Whether the album was intentionally not submitted for the Grammys or an oversight took place — which may have been the case last year with Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” which also was not submitted — was unclear at press time, although a source close to the situation tells Billboard that Ocean’s team was aware of the deadlines and made the decision.
Reps for Ocean were not immediately available for comment or had not responded to Billboard‘s requests for comment at press time. A rep for the Grammys confirmed that Ocean’s albums had not been submitted for consideration.
Ocean’s “visual album” Endless, his last release through Def Jam, was not submitted either, but its eligibility is uncertain: It is only available as a long-form streaming video through Apple Music (which renders it ineligible for Billboard’s charts). While it conceivably could have been nominated in a video category, the famously undynamic footage consists entirely of Ocean building a staircase while the album plays, making any sort of visual award unlikely. After an update of Grammy rules in June, streaming-only releases are now eligible for awards, although Endless‘ unusual “visual album” status may complicate that; the Recording Academy had not clarified that question at press time.
The albums were Ocean’s first full-length releases in more than four years. His previous release, Channel Orange, was nominated for five 2013 Grammy Awards and won two: one for Best Urban Contemporary Album, and another for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, for the album track “No Church in the Wild.” He was also nominated for Album of the Year and Best New Artist, and Record of the Year for “Thinkin Bout You.”
The Grammy Awards will air on Feb. 12, 2017 on CBS.
Andra Day, a vital voice in the singer-songwriter scene and dynamic live performer, will be honored as the recipient of the ‘Powerhouse’ award at Billboard’s 2016 Women In Music event. As per the news by the Billboard Music Board, Day will accept the award for her breathtaking vocal prowess and perform at the Dec. 9 event in New York City, which will be broadcast on Lifetime on Dec. 12.
Inspired by the raw, honest vocal greats of music history (everyone from Billie Holiday to Lauryn Hill), Day saw her 2015 debut album Cheers to the Fall nominated for Best R&B Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards and its single, “Rise Up,” nominated for Best R&B Performance. The motivational “Rise Up” hit No. 6 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart and No. 10 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart, and serves as the theme song for the film We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, which also stars Meryl Streep, Frieda Pinto and CNN’s Isha Sesay. In addition to performing at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, Day appeared with the legendary Stevie Wonder in an ad for Apple TV last year, performing “Someday at Christmas,” which topped the Billboard & Clio Music Top Commercials chart. Day also earned three BET Awards and an NAACP Award this year.
“Andra Day’s voice, style, stage presence, music and lyrics combine in a way that makes her the very definition of a music powerhouse,” said Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. “From ‘Rise Up’ to her chart-topping collaboration with Stevie Wonder, she continues to prove her seemingly limitless talent.”
Pandora Jewelry, the official jewelry sponsor of Billboard’s Women in Music, is also partnering with Day for an event to celebrate the singer.
2016’s Women in Music will also honor Madonna, Shania Twain and Halsey. Aside from Day, Halsey will also perform at the 11th annual ceremony. The star-studded event is held in conjunction with the publication of Billboard’s Women in Music list, which identifies the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry each year.
Donald Trump says defating Islamic State a higher priority than forcing out Syrian president Assad. He also said that Democrat Hillary Clinton’s plan for Syria would “lead to World War 3” because of the potential for conflict with military forces from nuclear armed Russia. In an interview focused largely on foreign policy, Trump said defeating Islamic State is a higher priority than persuading Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, playing down a long-held goal of US policy. Trump versus Hillary is getting hot as Trump asked question “How Hillary Clinton would negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin after demonising him?”. She also blamed Barack Obama for a downturn in US Relations with the Philippines under its new president, Rodrigo Duterte , bemoaned a lack of Republican unity behind his candidacy and said he would easily win the election if the party leaders would support him. So, friends what you think about the statement Trump has given on Hillary Clinton that she will be the root cause of World War 3. I welcome all on my blog and everyone is free to write comments in my blog.