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Swift: '30 things I learned before turning 30'

Taylor Swift says she turns off comments on social media to "block some of the noise."

That's one lesson the singer outlined Wednesday in an article in Elle magazine about 30 things she's learned before turning 30 this year.

Swift wrote that her biggest fear was going on tour after the Las Vegas concert shooting and the bombing at Manchester Arena in England. She said there was a tremendous amount of planning and expense to keep her fans safe.

She also says her fear of violence continues into her own life because of stalkers. She says people have to live bravely and not be ruled by "our fears."

As for love, Swift believes it's important to get to know someone before jumping in headfirst.

Swift will turn 30 on Dec. 13.

Aldean to receive artist of the decade award

Reigning entertainer of the year Jason Aldean will receive the artist of the decade award at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards in April.

The ACM announced Wednesday that Aldean will join only five other honorees that have received the award since 1969, including Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Alabama, Garth Brooks and George Strait.

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The award is given to a country artist or group who has dominated the genre over the decade through radio, digital media, sales and streaming, events, touring, television and artistic merit. With 13 ACM awards, Aldean has had four consecutive albums reach No. 1 on Billboard's 200 albums chart and 16 No. 1 singles on Billboard's country airplay chart, which tracks radio airplay.

The ACMs will air live from Las Vegas on April 7 on CBS.

'Havana' named '18's best-selling digital song

"Havana" conquered the world in 2018.

A global music industry group says Camila Cabello's song, featuring guest vocals from rapper Young Thug, is the year's best-selling digital single.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry says the Cuban-American musician's song has been streamed 2.6 billion times around the world — the equivalent of 19 million copies sold.

IFPI chief executive Frances Moore said Wednesday that "'Havana' truly was the stand-out hit of the year. Momentum behind the track continued to build and build at an extraordinary rate as it consistently topped charts and leading playlists."

"God's Plan" by Drake and "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran were runners-up.

The organization announced last week that Canadian rapper Drake was the world's best-selling recording artist in 2018.

Today's birthdays: Jazz saxophonist George Coleman is 84. Actor-director Micky Dolenz of The Monkees is 74. NBC News anchor Lester Holt is 60. Actor Leon ("Cool Runnings") is 56. Actor Boris Kodjoe ("Code Black," ''Madea's Family Reunion") is 46. Actor Nick Zano ("Minority Report," ''2 Broke Girls") is 41. Singer Kristinia DeBarge is 29.

— The Associated Press


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