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BTS ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ Tops Worldwide Album Sales in 2020

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SEOUL, March 12 – K-pop superstar BTS swept the top two spots on a worldwide album sales chart last year, according to an organisation representing the global recording industry, reported Yonhap.

The International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said Thursday (U.S. time) that “Map of the Soul: 7” ranked No. 1 and “BE” No. 2 on the 2020 Global Album Sales Chart. The albums were released in February and November of last year, respectively.

“Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey,” another album the seven-piece act dropped in Japan last year, ranked No. 8 on the chart.

The annual chart combines global sales of physical and digital album downloads to rank the most successful albums of the year, according to the IFPI.

Some of the other top 10 albums included “Stray Sheep” by Japanese singer-songwriter Kenshi Yonezu and “Folklore” by American pop star Taylor Swift.

Earlier this month, BTS also became the first Korean act to win the IFPI’s Global Recording Artist of the Year Award, given to the artist who had the best global performance spanning physical and digital formats during the year.

On Wednesday, the group won the freshly introduced Global Album All Format Chart with “Map of the Soul: 7,” with “BE” three notches behind on the chart, which selects the bestselling albums of the year across all consumption formats, including physical sales, digital downloads and streaming platforms.

“BTS’ success across IFPI’s global charts, including the top two positions in (the 2020 Global Album Sales Chart), is unprecedented and demonstrates the amazing global appeal of their music,” Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI, said.

Meanwhile, BLACKPINK, another K-pop megastar making a splash in the global music market, came in at No. 5 on the 2020 Global Album Sales Chart with its first full-length album “The Album.” The four-piece act is the only female artist in the top 10 other than Taylor Swift.

Source: BERNAMA

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Cristiano Ronaldo Gesture Causes Coca-Cola To Loss A Total of $4 Billion

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Cristiano Ronaldo caused Coca-Cola’s market value to suffering a $ 4 billion loss after his actions at a press conference yesterday. The Portuguese footballer, who scored two goals late in the game in a 3-0 win over Hungary today, advised people to drink plain water when confronted by the media yesterday.

During the press conference, the Juventus striker set aside two bottles of Coke on his desk at a press conference ahead of the meeting with Hungary.

Coca-Cola’s share price reportedly plummeted from $ 56.10 to $ 55.22

Coca-Cola has issued a statement in response to Ronaldo’s actions when stating ‘everyone is entitled to their drink preferences’ and that everyone has different ‘tastes and needs’.

A spokesman for the drink said: “Players are offered water, alongside Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, on arrival at our press conferences.”

The 36 -year -old is indeed on a strict diet and is known to avoid consuming too much sugar to maintain his physique as he gets older. To help maintain his incredible physique, Ronaldo will eat up to six clean meals a day.

Sources: The Athletic

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2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup Qualifiers Standings

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 16  — Following is the final Group G standings of the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup Joint Qualifiers after today’s matches.

Group G

P W D L F A Pts
UAE 8 6 0 2 23 7 18
Vietnam 8 5 2 1 13 5 17
MALAYSIA 8 4 0 4 10 12 12
Thailand 8 2 3 3 9 9 9
Indonesia 8 0 1 7 5 27 1

Sources: BERNAMA

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Uganda Gets First Woman Prime Minister

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KAMPALA, June 15 — Uganda on Monday named the country’s first woman prime minister, reported Anadolu Agency.

Robinah Nabbanja, 52, has been officially approved by parliament to work as prime minister for the next five years.

Nabbanja was appointed by President Yoweri Museveni.

In her acceptance speech, Nabbanja said: “I thank God for what he has done for me. I thank fellow members of Parliament (MPs) for accepting me to become an MP without even debating on me.”

She vowed to ensure that all ministers and members of parliament attend parliament sessions.

She also urged the public to adopt measures against COVID-19 as she wants to work with healthy people.

Sources: BERNAMA

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