How Jay-Z sold a million albums in five days

How Jay-Z sold a million albums in five days

Jay-Z’s latest album, 4:44, has been certified platinum less than a week after it was released – reflecting sales of one million copies in the US. On the face of it, this is hugely impressive. In the space of just five days, Jay-Z has landed the sixth biggest-selling album of the year. His first-week sales are now expected to double those of Kendrick Lamar’s Damn! – previously the year’s fastest-selling album – which shifted 603,000…

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London fire: Some victims will be kept unconscious for days

London fire: Some victims will be kept unconscious for days

Hospital doctors are keeping some casualties from the Grenfell Tower fire unconscious for several days to allow them to recover from the effects of smoke inhalation. Doctors are currently treating 24 casualties in four hospitals: 12 are in a critical condition. All are said to be suffering from damage to the throat, lungs and airways caused by breathing in smoke. This is the major priority for doctors, rather than external burns. In fact, the BBC…

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Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

US actress Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, has died, aged 56. Police said an emergency team in Indiana responded to a call on Saturday afternoon and found her dead. The cause is not yet known. Moran also starred in the show’s spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi, which began in 1982. She played Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of lead character Richie. Richie was played by Ron Howard, who…

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Steve Aoki: the man who works 361 days a year

Steve Aoki: the man who works 361 days a year

Next time you feel like a bit of a moan about how few holidays you get, spare a thought for DJ and producer Steve Aoki who plays 300 plus shows a year and takes less than an average working week off. Okay, we understand the idea of travelling the globe and playing music to thousands of gibbering clubbers may not seem like work to most punters but the income tax man would beg to differ….

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Rigopiano avalanche: Ten found alive in Italy hotel after two days

Rigopiano avalanche: Ten found alive in Italy hotel after two days

Rescuers in central Italy have found 10 survivors after an avalanche buried a mountain hotel. Four children and a woman have been pulled out of the snow that smothered the Rigopiano hotel, in the Abruzzo region, on Wednesday, following several earthquakes. Workers say they will work into the night to free the others survivors and search for any more. At least four people died and about 20 are still missing. There were cheers as the…

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Little Mix claim first UK number one album with Glory Days

Little Mix claim first UK number one album with Glory Days

Pop group Little Mix are celebrating their first ever UK number one album. Glory Days sold 96,000 copies in its first week on sale, beating Metallica and Bruno Mars to the top spot. The record is now the second fastest-selling release of the year, after David Bowie’s Blackstar, which shifted 146,000 copies in January. Little Mix have also achieved the highest first-week figure for a UK girl group since The Spice Girls’ Spiceworld notched up…

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US election: Trump outlines plan for first 100 days

US election: Trump outlines plan for first 100 days

Donald Trump, lagging behind Hillary Clinton in polls, has outlined what he would do in his first 100 days were he to become US president. With 17 days until the election, much of the recent focus has been on controversies linked to his campaign. But in a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he sought to highlight changes he would introduce. Among them were restrictions on lobbyists and a renegotiation on trade and climate change deals. Mrs…

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UKIP leader Diane James standing down after 18 days

UKIP leader Diane James standing down after 18 days

UKIP leader Diane James is standing down from her role 18 days after she was elected. In a statement to the Times newspaper, she said she would not be “formalising my recent nomination”. The 56-year-old MEP for South East England said she did not have “sufficient authority” to see through changes she had planned. Ms James succeeded Nigel Farage on 16 September after he quit in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the…

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