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  • Sheeran FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Ed Sheeran performs at Jingle Ball at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The Grammys may have dissed Sheeran, but Spotify says he's the most streamed artist of the year. The streaming service announced Tuesday, Dec. 5, that Sheeran tops its 2017 list with 6.3 billion streams. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

  • Kimmel FILE - In this June 16, 2017, file photo, Jimmy Kimmel attends the 30th annual Scleroderma Foundation Benefit at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Kimmel’s 7-month-old son has had a successful second round of heart surgery. ABC released a statement saying Kimmel’s son had the surgery Monday, Dec. 4, and the late-night host will take time off from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to be with his family. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

  • Williams JoBeth Williams arrives at the 2017 Patron of the Artists Awards at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Wednesday, December 06, 2017 1:00 am


Sheeran top streamer on Spotify

Staff, news services

The Grammys may have dissed Ed Sheeran, but Spotify says he is the most streamed artist of the year.

The streaming service announced Tuesday that Sheeran tops its 2017 list with 6.3 billion streams. He also has Spotify's biggest album of the year with “Divide,” streamed 3.1 billion times, and the top song with “Shape of You,” logging 1.4 billion streams.

Sheeran received two Grammy nominations last week but was shut out of the major categories.

No female acts were in the top-five most streamed acts of the year: Sheeran is followed by Drake, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and the Chainsmokers. Rihanna is the most streamed female performer of the year.

Another surgery

Jimmy Kimmel's 7-month-old son, whose heart condition has made the late-night host an unlikely player in American politics, had a successful second round of surgery on Monday.

ABC said he will take time off from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to be with his family. Chris Pratt will be the first guest host filling in for the 50-year-old Kimmel, followed by Tracee Ellis Ross, Neil Patrick Harris and Melissa McCarthy.

Billy Kimmel was born to Kimmel and wife Molly McNearney in April with heart defects that required one surgery immediately after his birth and a second surgery months later.

It prompted Kimmel to speak out against attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

'Today' ratings up

On the week host Matt Lauer was fired because of sexual misconduct charges, NBC's “Today” show beat its rivals at ABC for the first time in three months.

The Nielsen Co. said “Today” had more viewers than “Good Morning America” all five days last week – the first time that has happened in nearly a year.

Nielsen said “Today” viewership shot up from 4.2 million viewers on Tuesday to 5.7 million on Wednesday – the day viewers were told of his dismissal. The show had 5.2 million viewers for Thursday's show, during which Lauer issued a statement.

Seniors sought

Do you know a person, age 70 and older, with an interesting story to share about their life? We would love to hear about it for an upcoming feature called “Senior Portraits.” Send the person's name, city of residence, a contact number and a brief description about them to Terri Richardson at or The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 15.

Happy birthday

Among today's celebrity birthdays: Singer Frank Beverly is 71. Actress JoBeth Williams is 69. Actor Tom Hulce is 64. Talk-show host Wil Shriner is 64. Comedian Steven Wright is 62. Actress JanineTurner is 55. Director Judd Apatow is 50.