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Gord Downie is Canada's Newsmaker of the Year for 2017. 

The late Tragically Hip frontman was chosen for the second consecutive year in a Canadian Press survey of news editors and broadcasters across the country.

He collected 53 per cent of the votes. 

It puts him among a short list of prime ministers and athletes who have been selected more than once. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was second this year, garnering 13 per cent of the votes, while new NDP leader Jagmeet Singh finished third with 11 per cent. 

Downie died of brain cancer in October, but he used every opportunity in his final months to speak out in support of Indigenous people in Canada. 

He established the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund to provide small grants to, in part, promote Indigenous education in schools.   

(The Canadian Press)




You may have caught Foo Fighters playing music on ``Saturday Night Live'' on T-V over the weekend. But unless you checked online, you didn't see Dave Grohl as an actor on the show.

That's because his 30-second cameo a wolf man in a sketch didn't make it to air. It was cut out due to time constraints. Billboard reports the New Year's Eve-themed short can be found in all its glory on YouTube. 





For the fourth time in his career, Luke Bryan has scored a No. 1 album. His latest release, ``What Makes You Country,'' has hit the top of the Billboard 200 chart. The country superstar's album sold 108-thousand units in its first week of sales. Billboard reports that of that number, 99-thousand of the sales were as traditional albums. Bryan's album is the fourth by a country act this year to top the Billboard chart. The others to do that are Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain and Thomas Rhett. 





Prince has been dead for close to two years now. And the efforts to legally sort out his vast estate continue. A Minnesota judge has rejected a move by three of Prince's six heirs to fire the company handling the estate's business. The three wanted Comerica Bank & Trust cut loose because the company moved recordings from Prince's estate in Paisley Park to a secure facility in California. The three other heirs opposed the removal of the trust company. 





A stunner in the world of K-Pop. The lead singer of the South Korean boy band SHINee is dead. Police say Kim Jong-hyun _ who performed as Jonghyun _ was found unconscious at a residence hotel in Seoul yesterday. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. The death is being investigated as a possible suicide. Police say Jonghyun's sister told them the singer sent her texts suggesting he was despondent. And news reports say authorities found burned coal briquettes, which produce carbon monoxide, in the room where he was found unconscious. 



(The Associated Press)