ED SHEERAN’S ‘DI­VIDE’ TAKES TOP SPOT

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NEW YORK: Ed Sheeran stormed the United States charts on Mon­day, tak­ing the top spot on the Billboard 200 with his new al­bum Di­vide and also top­ping the dig­i­tal songs chart with lead sin­gle Shape of You.

The Bri­tish singer-song­writer sold an over­whelm­ing 451,000 units of Di­vide in its de­but week, giv­ing him the big­gest US sales week for any al­bum so far this year.

His US suc­cess fol­lows an even big­ger start for Di­vide in his na­tive Bri­tain, where Sheeran, 26, had the fastest sell­ing

“Women can’t wait any more,” the Amer­i­can ac­tress al­bum by a solo male artist in Bri­tish chart his­tory on Fri­day.

The singer also made news this week when the mak­ers of HBO TV se­ries Game of Thrones an­nounced he would be mak­ing a guest star ap­pear­ance in the up­com­ing sev­enth sea­son of the fantasy ad­ven­ture, which ar­rives in July.

The Billboard 200 al­bum chart tal­lies units from al­bum sales, song sales (10 songs equal one al­bum) and stream­ing ac­tiv­ity (1,500 streams equal one al­bum).

Sales of rock band Me­tal­lica’s al­bum Hard­wired... To

Boy­hood, Self-Destruct jumped more than 200 per cent to take the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 with 81,000 units sold for the week. The jump fol­lowed a pro­mo­tional deal linked to the band’s up­com­ing US tour.

Last week’s top spot, At­lanta rap­per Fu­ture’s HNDRXX al­bum, slipped to No. 5.

On the dig­i­tal songs chart, which mea­sures on­line sin­gles sales, Sheeran’s Shape of You sold an­other 115,000 units for the week, nine weeks af­ter its re­lease. Sheeran also saw his new sin­gle Per­fect take the No. 8 spot. Reuters

AFP LOS AN­GE­LES: It would seem all but im­pos­si­ble to sum up one of the most dis­tin­guished ca­reers in pho­to­jour­nal­ism in only four words, but that’s just what Nick Ut does when he says: “From hell to Hol­ly­wood”.

And the Pulitzer Prize-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher, who is re­tir­ing this month af­ter 51 years with The As­so­ci­ated Press, has the pic­tures to prove it, the most fa­mous be­ing a stun­ning black-and-white im­age from the Viet­nam War that’s come to be known sim­ply as “Na­palm Girl”.

It’s the photo of a ter­ri­fied child run­ning naked down a coun­try road, her body burn­ing from the na­palm bombs dropped on her vil­lage just mo­ments be­fore Ut cap­tured the iconic im­age.

Ut was only 21 when he took that photo in 1972, then rushed the 9-year-old Kim Phuc to a hospi­tal, where doc­tors saved her life. He would go on to take tens of thou­sands more over the next 44 years, in­clud­ing images of prac­ti­cally ev­ery A-list celebrity who walked a Hol­ly­wood red car­pet or en­tered a court­room on the wrong side of the law. AP

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Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette Nick Ut with Kim Phuc in 2012.

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