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Hit It! - Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Other Tops On World Music Charts

Hit It! - Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Other Tops On World Music Charts

Here are some of the songs topping the charts from music hot spots around the world.

Worldcrunch Pick:

Earlier this month, Legacy Recordings released "Elvis, The Movie Soundtracks," a box set of not 2, 3 or 5 albums, but 20 complete CDs compiling the King's best movie songs. Between 1956 and 1969, Elvis played in a total of 31 films, sometimes shooting up to three in a year.

These mostly hokey romances were all about Elvis finding a pretext to start singing and swinging his hips around to seduce the pretty lady who seems to find this completely normal. But it is also undeniable that at least Jailhouse Rock, Love Me Tender, Loving You, King Creole are up there among the classics.

Here, Elvis and his turtleneck/blazer combo perform the original "A Little Less Conversation" in the 1968 movie Live A Little, Love A Little:

Cover photo: Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal/ZUMA

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.


Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?


The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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