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Hit It! Ed Sheeran, Ismaeel Mubarak And More On Global Music Charts

Below are some of the songs currently topping charts around the world.

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It's music festival season and last weekend saw a heavy lineup at the Isle of Wight, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon and Biffy Clyro. On Saturday, the Specials performed their classic "Ghost Town" as night was settling in:

Cover photo: Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea performing at the 2014 Isle of Wight Festival Saturday — Richard Isaac/London News Pictures/ZUMA

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Donetsk People's Republic holds referendum on joining Russia

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Russia's proxies in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia regions announced that referendums on joining Russia had begun that Ukrainian and Western officials have denounced as shams.

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For four days, "voting" will be held at people's homes "for security reasons," Russian state-controlled news agency RIA Novosti wrote. On the last day of the "referendums," on September 27, locals will be asked to go to "polling stations."

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