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Spotify Reveals Most Streamed Song Summer 2019 (EW)

August 28th, 2019
By: Christian Holub Source: EW It’s always hard to quantify an objective Song of the Summer, but Spotify has crunched some numbers and calculated how many times the biggest pop hits were streamed this summer, at least. The company released its list of the most popular songs from this past season, and in a bit of a shock, Lil Nas X’s juggernaut “Old Town Road” did not take the top spot. Instead, the top honors went to “Señorita,” the fiery collaboration between Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello....
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Americans’ Values Have Shifted Dramatically (Wall Street Journal)

August 26th, 2019
By: Chad Day Source: The Wall Street Journal The values that Americans say define the national character are changing, as younger generations rate patriotism, religion and having children as less important to them than did young people two decades ago, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey finds. The poll is the latest sign of difficulties the 2020 presidential candidates will likely face in crafting a unifying message for a country divided over personal principles and views of an increasingly diverse society. When the Journal/NBC...
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Taylor Swift’s New Album Has Sold Nearly A Million Copies Before Release

August 21st, 2019
By: Chris Willman and Shirley Halperin Source: Variety Taylor Swift has not given up on the full-length album as an indicator of success as well as art form, and judging from pre-release sales for “Lover,” which comes out Friday, her belief in the ongoing viability of the format is not in vain. “The anticipation of this album is extraordinary, with pre-sales quickly approaching one million copies globally,” Monte Lipman, founder and chairman of Republic Records, tells Variety. Click here to read the full...
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Skillet’s John Cooper on Apostasy Among Young Christian Leaders

August 14th, 2019
    By: George Brahm Source: Cogentchristianity.com John Cooper, lead singer for the rock band Skillet, responded to the litany of recent apostasies among young Christian leaders. In a Facebook post titled ‘What in God’s Name is Happening in Christianity?’ put up on Tuesday, August 13, Cooper directly addressed the reasons given by Hillsong songwriter Marty Sampson for renouncing his Christian faith, before highlighting the need for Christians to stay grounded in a truth-driven faith over an emotion-driven...
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Excessive Screen Time Blamed For Rise In Teens Who Need Glasses

August 12th, 2019
 By: John Anderer Source: Study Finds BIRMINGHAM, England — So many people, especially young people and teenagers, spend a significant period of time each day staring at a screen of some kind, whether that be a computer, smartphone, tablet, or the regular old TV. Now, a new study is warning parents that all that screen time may be behind a stunning rise in children who need prescription glasses. According to the report released by United Kingdom-based eye care company Scrivens Opticians, the percentage of 13-16 year olds in the...
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