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Karol G Hits Top 20 on Billboard Global Charts With ‘Bichota’

“Bichota” surpasses “Ay, Dios Mio” to become Karol G’s highest-charting title as a sole lead artist on both charts. The former reached No. 18 on the Global Excl. U.S. tally and No. 25 on the Global 200.

The song’s worldwide stream count spiked by 53%, while its sales shot up 36% (a week after posting gains of 39% and 19%). Not only does the single rank higher on the Global Excl. U.S. chart, it is increasing at a more rapid pace in its list’s metrics: its streams outside the U.S. are up 58%, while its sales surge by 52%.

While it hasn’t yet hit the Billboard Hot 100, “Bichota” does move up two spots to No. 5 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, becoming Karol G’s seventh song to crack that tally’s top five.

Concurrently, four hits by international acts debut on both global charts. Here’s a recap.

“Dime Como

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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation enters into partnership with top cannabis SPAC

  • Jay-Z is joining the company set to be California’s largest cannabis brand as a “chief visionary officer” as part of a SPAC deal announced on November 24.
  • The special purpose acquisition company, Subversive Capital Acquisition, agreed on the same day to acquire the cannabis brand Caliva and the hemp producer Left Coast Ventures, forming The Parent Company in January, when the deal should close. 
  • Jay-Z will help the company with marketing and brand strategies, while Roc Nation artists Rihanna, Yo Gotti, and Meek Mill also invested in the newly formed company via a private placement. 
  • Also, Jay-Z will lead The Parent Company Social Equity Ventures, which will seek to invest at least 2% of its net income into BIPOC-owned cannabis businesses and “contribute to the effort to rectify the wrongs of prohibition through initiatives that are working toward meaningful change in the criminal justice system.”
  • 2020 has been a breakout
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Malaysia’s Coronavirus Resurgence Hits Top Glove Maker’s Plants

(Bloomberg) — The world’s biggest rubber-glove producer is now at the heart of Malaysia’s recent coronavirus resurgence, potentially threatening production of one of the most crucial pieces of protective equipment needed to fight the pandemic and the country’s broader economic recovery.

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The government on Monday ordered Top Glove Corp Bhd. to close 28 of its factories in phases, after its facility in Klang, Selangor state recorded 1,067 Covid-19 cases, out of 1,884 new daily cases in Malaysia. New infections continued and hit a record high of 2,188 on Tuesday, of which more than half came from the Teratai cluster linked to the company’s worker dormitories. Top Glove said Wednesday that the high number of cases was due to increased testing, and that it expects infection numbers to fall going forward.

The rapidly growing cluster at Top Glove illustrates the challenges facing the Southeast Asian nation which seemed to

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Coronavirus infects more than 1K workers at world’s top surgical glove maker

The world’s largest maker of surgical gloves is temporarily closing more than half its factories despite record demand — because more than 1,000 employees tested positive for the coronavirus, authorities said Monday.

Top Glove in Malaysia has racked up record profits this year as demand for protective gear skyrocketed during the pandemic.

The world’s largest maker of surgical gloves is temporarily closing more than half its factories despite record demand — because more than 1,000 employees tested positive for the coronavirus, authorities said Monday. (iStock)

The world’s largest maker of surgical gloves is temporarily closing more than half its factories despite record demand — because more than 1,000 employees tested positive for the coronavirus, authorities said Monday. (iStock)

But more than 1,000 workers tested positive for the coronavirus Monday — accounting for most of the record surge in the country and forcing the company to agree to temporarily shutter 28 of its 41 Malaysian factories.

In total, at least 2,500 cases have been linked to the area’s cluster, officials said.

WASHINGTON REPORTS ANOTHER PEDIATRIC CORONAVIRUS DEATH

“Based on advice from the ministry of

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AC/DC, Chris Stapleton Top Album Chart; Billie Eilish Has No. 1 Song

Alternating currents led AC/DC to replace Ariana Grande at the top of the album chart this week. And, in fact, she got pushed down a few notches, as new albums by Chris Stapleton and the team of Lil Uzi Vert and Future also had highly impressive bows, coming in at Nos. 2-3.

Meanwhile, on the Rolling Stone songs chart, Billie Eilish had an easy landing in the No. 1 spot with her new song, “Therefore I Am,” which she performed at the American Music Awards this past weekend.

AC/DC’s return, “Power Up,” accumulated 124,700 album units in its first week out. Most of those units came in the form of pure album sales, with 105,800 full copies, a knockout figure in this sales day and age. The group’s song streams, however, at 6.3 million, were on the low side.

Country star Stapleton’s fourth album, “Starting Over,” came in second on

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List of nominees in top categories

A list of nominees in the top categories at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, announced Tuesday by The Recording Academy.

— Album of the year: “Chilombo,” Jhené Aiko; “Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition),” Black Pumas; “Everyday Life,” Coldplay; “Djesse Vol. 3,” Jacob Collier; “Women In Music Pt. III,” HAIM; “Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa; “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” Post Malone; “folklore,” Taylor Swift.

— Record of the year: “Black Parade,” Beyoncé; “Colors,” Black Pumas; “Rockstar,” DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch; “Say So,” Doja Cat; “Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish; “Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa; “Circles,” Post Malone; “Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé.

— Song of the year (songwriter’s award): “Black Parade,” Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Derek Dixie, Denisia Andrews, Stephen Bray, Brittany Coney, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk and Rickie “Caso” Tice; “The Box,” Roddy Ricch and Samuel Gloade; “cardigan,” Taylor Swift and Aaron Dessner; “Circles,” Post Malone, Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk and Billy

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TV Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ sends NBC to the top

“Sunday Night Football” drew the largest audience for a prime-time program since the NFL Kickoff Game Sept. 10, helping NBC to its third consecutive weekly victory and fourth of the 9-week-old 2020-21 television season.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ 35-31 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders averaged 19.573 million viewers, according to live-plus-same-day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen.

The matchup between the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs and one of the NFL’s most popular teams included four fourth-quarter lead changes, with Travis Kelce catching the winning touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes with 28 seconds to play.

“Sunday Night Football” has had the highest ratings of any prime-time program for four consecutive weeks.

NFL programming accounted for each of the five top-rated programs between Nov. 16 and Sunday, followed by the season premiere of “NCIS,” on CBS, which averaged 10.394 million viewers, the most for a scripted program since its April 14

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20 Years Ago, Hollywood’s Top Comic Broke Box Office Records As Christmas’s Biggest Movie Star

Universal’s The Grinch, directed by Ron Howard and starring Jim Carrey, may just be one of the worst films ever associated with those three respective filmmakers. Ironically, I would argue it contains one of Jim Carrey’s best comic performances, in that he was utterly unrecognizable in body and soul and leaned into the drama as much as allowed. As for Howard, whose not-great Hillbilly Elegy debuts on Netflix
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today, he has made so many movies of all size and scope that he’s bound to miss now and then. But The Grinch is also one of Carrey and Howard’s biggest domestic

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Top Glove warns on deliveries after virus outbreak shuts plants

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Top Glove Corp expects deliveries to be delayed and sales to fall below its forecasts after thousands of positive COVID-19 tests among its workers forced the world’s biggest rubber glove maker to shutter some factory operations.

The firm said some deliveries could be delayed by four weeks and new orders could take longer to process, while sales could fall 3% short of its projections for the 2021 financial year. Its shares were down by as much as 7.5% on Tuesday.

“To minimise the impact on our customers, we are allocating sales orders to unaffected factories and rescheduling deliveries where possible,” it said in a statement.

Top Glove’s shares, which have soared this year as global demand for protective gear has surged in the pandemic, slipped after the government said it would close 28 of the firm’s factory buildings in phases to screen and quarantine workers

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Feinstein, under fire by progressives, says she will step down as top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the Senate’s oldest member, said on Monday that she would relinquish the top Democratic spot on the Judiciary Committee next year, bowing to intense pressure by progressives who said she was not up to the task of leading a crucial panel at the forefront of the partisan war over the courts in a new Biden administration.

“After serving as the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee for four years, I will not seek the chairmanship or ranking member position in the next Congress,” Ms. Feinstein, 87, said in a statement. Ms. Feinstein, the former chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, said she did not intend to pursue committee leadership at all, but would focus more intently instead on the dual threats of wildfire and drought threatening her state.

Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, who is next in seniority, intends to pursue the position, according to

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