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  • The Weeknd rocks the Guinness World Records 2017 Edition with two new titles


    Global singing sensation, The Weeknd (b. Abel Tesfaye), has cemented himself a spot in the Guinness World Records 2017 Edition, setting two new titles following the debut of his second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness.

    Released on August 28, 2015, the breakthrough album was the Most streamed album on Spotify in one year, current (unique listeners).  Between December 1, 2014 and December 1, 2015, Beauty Behind the Madness amassed an incredible 60 million listeners on the streaming service.



    One of the lead tracks on the album – "Can't Feel My Face" – had 448,334,867 streams alone by January 13, 2016.

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  • Ethiopian youth use media to address social issues

    A group of girls is taking a different approach to confronting social and cultural barriers that make it difficult for girls to thrive. The teen brand known as Yegna tells the story of five girls from different backgrounds and parts of the country. 

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  • Chula, an Ethiopian film that addresses mental health - BBC

    Chula, a film in its final production stages, aims to show the reality of the often quite isolating experience of settling in a very different environment. Its maker, Ledet Muleta, is a psychiatric nurse from Ethiopia who lives in the United States.

    She told BBC Africa's Jenny Horrocks why she turned to film making to get her message across.

    (Image: Still from the film, courtesy of Ledet Muleta) 

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  • Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd) wins 8 Billboard awards

    The Ethiopian Born pop star from Toronto dedicated one of his wins to Prince, who died last month, saying the late artist will still help him "push the envelope."

    "I love him so much. I didn't know him, but he was so close to me. He will always be an inspiration."


    The Weekend won Billboard awards for Top Songs Sales Artist award, Top Radio Song award for Can't Feel My Face, Top Hot 100 Artist award, Top Radio Songs Artist award, Top Streaming Song (Audio) award for The Hills, Top R&B Artist award, and Top R&B Song award for The Hills. (David Becker/Getty Images)

    The Weeknd, who's real name is Abel Tesfaye, won eight awards, more than any male artist in Billboard history.

    The sweep included Top R&B song for The Hills, Top Hot 100 Artist and Top R&B album for Beauty Behind the Madness.

    Source: CBCNEWS

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  • How to make it in Africa's music industry - CNN


    (CNN) Be it the Afrobeats of Nigeria's Wizkid or the melodic pop of Kenyan songstress Dela, Africa's diverse popular music scene is making noise across the continent and around the world like never before. 

    But what's the secret to making it big in this vibrant, expanding industry both on the stage and behind the scenes? Money? Loyal fans? Or key knowledge of individual national markets and the trends that shape them?

    Music business moguls Audu Maikori and Paul Okeugo -- founder and Chief Operating Officer of Nigerian record label Chocolatecity Music respectively -- as well as industry experts and members of our audience shared their thoughts during a Twitter chat with CNN Africa.

    Here is a selection of the advice offered up via the #AMM hashtag. 

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