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Hit It - What's No. 1 On World's Music Charts

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

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On Thursday, Paul McCartney played a surprise concert in New York's Times Square, after announcing it only minutes before on Twitter.

Come on down to Times Square... It's all going to be happening there!

— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 10, 2013

The 71-year-old Beatle played four tracks off his new album, "New," set to be released on Monday. The gig took place on a mobile stage placed on a truck, which then drove away when Sir Paul McCartney finished playing.

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For years, Singapore has topped education rankings and inspired other school systems. Among the keys to its success is a playful approach to education and highly paid teachers. But many worry about the pressure the system places on children.

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