the leaders 2013

Imagine Dragons' 'Believer' Makes Fastest Flight to No. 1 on Alternative Songs in Two Years

From billboard.com:

The song reigns in just its seventh week and is the band’s first leader since “Radioactive” in 2013.

Imagine Dragons return to the top of Billboard’s Alternative Songs airplay chart for the first time in four years with “Believer,” which jumps 3-1 on the chart dated April 1.

It’s the band’s second Alternative Songs No. 1, following “Radioactive,” which ruled for 13 weeks beginning March 2, 2013. Since then, the Las Vegas-based rockers had reached the chart five times, with three top 10s to its credit, including the No. 2-peaking “Demons” (Aug. 20, 2013) and the No. 3 “I Bet My Life” (Feb. 7, 2015).

Meanwhile, having needed only seven weeks to reach No. 1 after its debut at No. 30 (Feb. 18), “Believer” marks the quickest rise to No. 1 on the tally in nearly two years, since Muse’s “Dead Inside,” which also sprinted to the top in its seventh week (May 23, 2015).

“Believer” tops Alternative Songs a week after its coronation on Hot Rock Songs, where it also became the band’s first leader in four years, following, again, “Radioactive” (23 weeks at No. 1). The track holds atop Hot Rock Songs, as well as Rock Digital Song Sales and Alternative Digital Song Sales (39,000 sold in the week, according to Nielsen Music). It climbs 3-2 (a new peak) on Rock Airplay with 8.4 million overall audience impressions (up 5 percent) and keeps at its No. 2 high on Rock Streaming Songs (8.4 million streams, up 3 percent).

The track is the lead single from Imagine Dragons’ third studio album, expected this year.

Isn’t it funny how Louis and harry are probably the most different in every single way from Louis being this loud sarcastic high pitched voice curvy petite tiny sassy sort of a blunt creature to harry being this more serious goofy passive aggressive deep gravelly voice gigantic tall bear man child yet they seem to come together to just compliment the other in every single way imaginable I suppose opposites truly do attract

Types of Chinese zodiacs
  • Rat: Wood Rat 1924, 1984 Independent, self-confident, virtuous and talented, with a strong sense of teamwork
  • Fire Rat 1936, 1996 Energetic, brave, quiet, cordial and friendly to their friends, but very strict with themselves
  • Earth Rat 1948, 2008 Amiable, honest, flexible, modest, serious, with a strong sense of self-esteem
  • Gold Rat 1960, 2020 Smart, talented, hot-tempered, jealous, with a strong sense of self-awareness
  • Water Rat 1912, 1972 Talkative, shrewd, conservative, and wise
  • Ox: Wood Ox 1925, 1985 Restless, decisive, straightforward, and always ready to defend the weak and helpless
  • Fire Ox 1937, 1997 Short-sighted, selfish, narrow-minded, impersonal, but practical
  • Earth Ox 1949, 2009 Honest and prudent, with a strong sense of responsibility
  • Gold Ox 1961, 2021 Hardworking, active and always busy, and popular among friends
  • Water Ox 1913, 1973 Hardworking, ambitious, tenacious, able to endure hardship, with a strong sense of justice and keen observational abilities
  • Tiger: Wood Tiger 1914, 2074 Compassionate, expansive, and open
  • Fire Tiger 1926, 1986 Optimistic and independent, with poor self-control
  • Earth Tiger 1938, 1998 Adventurous and realistic, with strong faith
  • Gold Tiger 1950, 2010 Females are very enthusiastic; males are indecisive, stubborn, and feminized
  • Water Tiger 1902, 1962 Has a strong sense of self-esteem and learning ability
  • Rabbit: Wood Rabbit 1915, 1975 Clever, quick-witted, selfish, lively in appearance, but shrewd at heart
  • Fire Rabbit 1927, 1987 Broad-minded, smart, and flexible, with unique views
  • Earth Rabbit 1939, 1999 Frank, straightforward, ambitious, hard-working, but slightly reserved
  • Gold Rabbit 1951, 2011 Kind-hearted, conservative, lively and enthusiastic
  • Water Rabbit 1963, 2023 Gentle, amicable, able to adjust readily to different conditions, but with a weak mindset and principles
  • Dragon: Wood Dragon 1904, 1964 Introverted, less enthusiastic, and lacking good relationships
  • Fire Dragon 1916, 1976 Smart, unreliable, and easy-going
  • Earth Dragon 1928, 1988 Smart, ambitious, and hardworking
  • Gold Dragon 1940, 2000 Natural and straightforward, unpredictable with continually changing emotions
  • Water Dragon 1952, 2012 Persevering, far-sighted, and vigorous.
  • Snake: Wood Snake 1905, 1965 Orderly, intelligent, with a gift for appreciating the arts and a refined taste
  • Fire Snake 1917, 1977 Smart, insightful, communicative, active, and fond of the limelight
  • Earth Snake 1929, 1989 Calm, with strong self-control, but not steadfast and diligent enough in work
  • Gold Snake 1941, 2001 Determined, courageous, confident, and able, a born leader
  • Water Snake 1953, 2013 Clever, creative, lively, and communicative, but sentimental.
  • Horse: Wood Horse 1954, 2014 Irritable and sentimental, with an abundant imagination and insightful analyses of issues
  • Fire Horse 1906, 1966 Smart, charismatic, lively, overflowing with enthusiasm, but stubborn
  • Earth Horse 1918, 1978 Optimistic, kind-hearted, righteous, but irritable; with a strong sense of responsibility, and always ready to help others
  • Gold Horse 1930, 1990 kind, straightforward, calm, rational, always ready to help others, and popular among friends
  • Water Horse 1942, 2002 Sentimental, irritable, reliable, amicable, always ready to help others, and very charming for friends of the opposite sex.
  • Goat: Wood Goat 1955, 2015 Amicable, gentle, and compassionate.
  • Fire Goat 1907, 1967 Amicable, frank, and honest, always making everything clean and tidy.
  • Earth Goat 1919, 1979 Righteous, honest, straightforward, and will never harm their friends.
  • Gold Goat 1931, 1991 Ambitious and kind-hearted with a strong sense of responsibility in work; sometimes too stubborn.
  • Water Goat 1943, 2003 Always ready to help others, and they can sacrifice their own interests for others.
  • Monkey: Wood Monkey 1944, 2004 Always ready to help others. Compassionate, strong self-esteem but stubborn
  • Fire Monkey 1956, 2016 Ambitious and adventurous but irritable
  • Earth Monkey 1908, 1968 Frank, optimistic and fearless
  • Gold Monkey 1920, 1980 Smart, quick-witted and confident but also irritable and stubborn
  • Water Monkey 1932, 1992 Smart, quick-witted, fond of being in the limelight but haughty.
  • Rooster: Wood Rooster 1945, 2005 Energetic, over-confident, tender and unstable
  • Fire Rooster 1957, 2017 Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work.
  • Earth Rooster 1909, 1969 Lovely, generous, trustworthy, and popular in their friends.
  • Gold Rooster 1921, 1981 Determined, brave, perseverant, and hard working
  • Water Rooster 1933, 1993 Smart, quick-witted, tender-hearted, and compassionate.
  • Dog: Wood Dog 1934, 1994 Sincere, reliable, considerate, understanding, and patient
  • Fire Dog 1946, 2006 Intelligent, hard-working, and sincere
  • Earth Dog 1958, 2018 Communicative, serious, and responsible in work
  • Gold Dog 1910, 1970 Conservative, desirable, cautious, and always ready to help others
  • Water Dog 1922, 1982 Brave and self-centered, even seemingly selfish; well-versed in dealing with financial issues.
  • Pig: Wood Pig 1935, 1995 Good-natured, lovely, easy-going, generous, brave but irritable
  • Fire Pig 1947, 2007 Ambitious, persevering, but impatient
  • Earth Pig 1959, 2019 Communicative, popular among their friends, with a strong sense of timekeeping
  • Gold Pig 1911, 1971 Broad-minded, amicable, and willing to help others
  • Water Pig 1923, 1983 Gentle, modest, earnest, responsible, but subjective in life.
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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: “WE ARE LIBERATED!”

Oh happy day!

Christian residents jubilate as Seleka Muslim militias evacuate the Kasai camp in Bangui,  Central African Republic’s capital on Jan. 28, 2014. The departure of the fighters was greeted with screams of joy from the crowd of hundreds that gathered to watch them leave for another camp in northern Bangui.

“We are free! This is our new year!”

Seleka became deeply unpopular after they killed and tortured civilians after seizing power in March 2013. Their leader Michel Djotodia stepped down as president earlier this month and went into exile in Benin.

Photos: Jerome Delay, AP