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Archive for December, 2010

Most popular songs of 2010

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The following songs were rated the most popular of 2010 across all genres by radio airplay, sales data and streaming activity, according to Billboard.

10. Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz (”Rockstarr”)
9. Dynamite – Taio Cruz (”The Rockstar Collection”)
8. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga (”The Fame Monster”)
7. Love the Way You Lie – Eminem, featuring Rihanna (”Recovery”)
6. Airplanes – B.o.B., featuring Hayley Williams (”B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray”)
5. OMG – Usher, featuring will.i.am (”Raymond V. Raymond”)
4. California Gurls – Katy Perry, featuring Snoop Dogg (”Teenage Dream”)
3. Hey,  Soul Sister – Train (”Save Me, San Francisco”)
2. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum (”Need You Now”)
1. Tik Tok – Ke$ha (”Animal”)

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Most watched TV shows of 2010

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The following TV shows had the highest overall rating in terms of total viewership in 2010, according to the Daily Beast. (Average number of weekly viewers in parentheses.)

10. America’s Got Talent (11.73 million on Wednesdays and 11.27 million on Thursdays)
9. The Mentalist (11.74 million)
8. Grey’s Anatomy (11.9 million)
7. Two and a Half Men (12.22 million)
6. NCIS: LA (12.23 million)
5. Survivor (12.5 million)
4. NCIS (14.5)
3. Dancing With the Stars (20.7 million)
2. Sunday Night Football (21 million)
1. American Idol (22.9 million viewers on Tuesdays and 21.9 million on Wednesdays)

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Biggest movies at the box office in 2010

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The following movies raked in the biggest box office figures of 2010, according to BoxOfficeMojo.

10. Karate Kid – $176.6 million
9. How to Train Your Dragon – $217.6 million
8. Shrek Forever After – $238.4 million
7. Despicable Me – $250.9 million
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – $275.8 million
5. Inception – $292.5 million
4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Part 1 – $300.5 million
3. Iron Man 2 – $312.1 million
2. Alice in Wonderland – $334.2 million
1. Toy Story 3 – $415 million

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Top national stories of 2010

us_economyThe massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, triggered by a deadly blast at a rig used by BP, was the top news story of 2010, followed by the divisive health care overhaul, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

The oil spill received 54 first-place votes out of 180 ballots cast for the top 10 stories. The health care bill was next, with 30 first-place votes. The U.S. election was third.

In fourth place was the U.S. economy, which had been voted the top story of 2009. Check out the entire list.

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Top stories of 2010 on AJC.com

A few stories captivated the attention of AJC readers more than others. These are the Atlanta Journal-Constitution articles that, based on overall views, were the most read in 2010.

New Birth Bishop Eddie Long took to the pulpit to address lawsuits. (Vino Wong, vwong@ajc.com)

New Birth Bishop Eddie Long took to the pulpit to address lawsuits. (Vino Wong, vwong@ajc.com)


10. Eddie Long tells followers ‘we will arise’

Sept. 24 – Bishop Eddie Long, leader of one of the Southeast’s largest churches, addressed the fourth lawsuit filed by a former New Birth Missionary Baptist follower that accused him of coercing four young men into having sex with him in exchange for lavish trips, cars and cash.

9. Suspected serial killer waives extradition to Michigan

Aug. 13 – Elias Abuelazam – a suspect linked to at least 17 stabbings in Michigan, Virginia and Ohio – was arraigned in a Fulton county court after being taken into custody at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport where he was waiting to board a Delta Air Lines flight to Tel Aviv.

8. Star athlete’s killer was family …

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Our favorite country Christmas albums

When you're lookin' at Loretta, you're lookin' at country. This album is as country as it gets, and that's one reason we love it.

When you're lookin' at Loretta, you're lookin' at country. This album is as country as it gets, and that's one reason we love it.

There’s no better time than the holidays for celebrating tradition, and country music thrives – artistically, if not always commercially – when it’s at its most traditional. Aside from pre-rock vocal pop, it might be the best vehicle for delivering an injection of holiday spirit. Here’s a list of some of our favorite country-flavored yuletide albums:

“20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection” – Loretta Lynn (MCA Nashville)
When it was released in 1966, it was called “Country Christmas.” And if there’s anything more deserving of that title, I’ve never heard it.

“Light of the Stable” – Emmylou Harris (Warner Bros.)
An amazing batch of players, including Ricky Skaggs and guitarist James Burton, joins Harris’ crystalline voice and backing vocals from Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Linda Ronstadt. An angelic album that shimmers with …

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