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2013-12-17T00:00:00Z 2013-12-19T10:36:08Z Feature Focus nwitimes.com
December 17, 2013 12:00 am

Foundation hosts 'Mandela' film event

The ECIER Foundation (formerly Barden Gary Foundation) will present a private holiday premiere of the film "Mandela" at 3 p.m. Dec. 22. The event will take place at AMC Showplace, Merrillville. Tickets are $20 per person. All proceeds benefit the youth enrolled in the ECIER Foundation. The foundation's mission is to empower young people by providing innovative programs to teach leadership skills, goal-setting techniques, and more in helping pave the way to learn about becoming an entrepreneur. For more information and to purchase tickets for the event, call (219) 663-9715 or email ecier2013@comcast.net. - Eloise Marie Valadez

Bruno Mars is Billboard's top artist of 2013

Miley Cyrus twerked her way to the top of the charts and Justin Timberlake returned to music after a seven-year hiatus, but another artist owned music in 2013: Bruno Mars.

Billboard announced Friday that the pop crooner is the year's top overall artist.

"It's flattering. It's just an honor," Mars said in a recent interview. "I'm proud to be a part of this whole team that I have."

The singer's year included a No. 1 hit with "When I Was Your Man" and a top 5 hit with "Treasure." His sophomore album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," was released late last year and has sold more than 1.8 million units. It's the second best-selling album of the year behind Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience."

Mars added that listeners have resonated with his music because it's "relatable."

"You know when you eat that food and it's filling that void you were missing," he said, describing his music.

Taylor Swift is the year's top female artist for Billboard, while Mars is the leading male. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the top group and new act.

Timberlake ruled the R&B charts, while groups Florida George Line and Imagine Dragons topped the country and rock charts, respectively.

Mars' impressive year also includes four Grammy nominations. His No. 1 hit, "Locked Out of Heaven," is up for two of the top awards, song and record of the year. He'll launch the second North American leg of his "Moonshine Jungle World Tour" next summer. - Associated Press

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