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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
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Britain's Olly Murs to release first U.S. album

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- British pop star Olly Murs is to release his first U.S. album "Right Place Right Time" this spring, Columbia Records announced.

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Man ordered to stay away from actress Ellen Page after tweeting threat ... Pacino, De Palma teaming up for Paterno bio-picture ... 'Pawn Stars' personality Rick Harrison sets wedding date ... Bruno Mars' 'Heaven' No. 1 on U.S. record chart for a sixth week ... News from United Press International.
Bruno Mars' 'Heaven' No. 1 on U.S. record chart for a sixth week

Bruno Mars' 'Heaven' No. 1 on U.S. record chart for a sixth week

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a sixth week, Billboard.com reported Thursday.

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'Lincoln' leads with 12 Oscar nods ... Lily Allen gives birth to second daughter ... Timberlake working on new album ... 'Heaven' still No. 1 on U.S. record chart ... News from United Press International.
'Heaven' is No. 1 on U.S. record chart for a fifth week

'Heaven' is No. 1 on U.S. record chart for a fifth week

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a fifth week, Billboard.com reported Thursday.

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Katie Holmes' play to close on Broadway ... Broadway lights to dim for Klugman ... 'Heaven' tops U.S. record chart ... Peter Parker killed in Spidey comic series ... News from United Press International.
'Locked out of Heaven' tops U.S. record chart

'Locked out of Heaven' tops U.S. record chart

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a third week, Billboard.com reported.

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'A Christmas Story' listed on National Film Registry ... Queen invites Kate's parents for Christmas ... Will Ferrell's 'Anchorman 2' to open Dec. 20, 2013 ... Bruno Mars' 'Locked Out of Heaven' tops U.S. record chart ... News from United Press International.
Bruno Mars' 'Locked Out of Heaven' tops U.S. record chart

Bruno Mars' 'Locked Out of Heaven' tops U.S. record chart

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart, Billboard.com reported Thursday.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.
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Bruno Mars' 'Heaven' tops U.S. record chart

Bruno Mars' 'Heaven' tops U.S. record chart

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart, Billboard.com reported Thursday.
'Diamonds' tops U.S. record chart again

'Diamonds' tops U.S. record chart again

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Rihanna's "Diamonds" is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a third week, Billboard.com reported Thursday.
'Diamonds' tops U.S. record chart

'Diamonds' tops U.S. record chart

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Rihanna's "Diamonds" is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart, Billboard.com reported Thursday.
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Rapper Flo Rida arrives on the red carpet on Queen Street West for the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Canada on June 15, 2008. (UPI Photo/Christine Chew)
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Tramar Dillard (born September 17, 1979), better known by his stage name Flo Rida (spells like "Florida", sounds like "flow rider"), is an American rapper and singer-songwriter. He released his debut album, Mail on Sunday, in March 2008. His debut single "Low", featuring T-Pain, was a #1 hit for ten weeks in United States in early 2008. Two other singles resulted from Mail on Sunday: "Elevator" and "In the Ayer". In 2009, his second album R.O.O.T.S. was released; its most successful single "Right Round" was at the top of the Hot 100 for six weeks. Since then, he has released his third studio album titled Only One Flo (Part 1), which will see a sequel titled Only One Rida (Part 2).

Tramar Dillard was born in the 187th Street projects of Carol City, Florida. His single mother raised him and his seven sisters, some of whom sang in a local gospel group. Dillard's brother-in-law was a hypeman for local rap group 2 Live Crew, and, while in Ninth Grade, Dillard formed his own amateur group with some friends called the Groundhoggz. His work with 2 Live Crew member Fresh Kid Ice attracted attention of DeVante Swing, a member of the band Jodeci. However, he was rejected by several of the major labels, so he sought many other jobs outside of music. After graduating from high school in 1998, he studied international business management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for two years and attended Barry University for two months. He returned to Florida to continue pursuing his music career after receiving a phone call from a representative of the independent label Poe Boy Entertainment. Dillard signed with Poe Boy in 2006, and as Flo Rida he began affiliating with other artists, such as Rick Ross, Trina, T-Pain, and Trick Daddy. A promotional street single entitled "Birthday", featuring Rick Ross, was his first significant release. He made his debut guest appearance with the song "Bitch I'm from Dade County" on DJ Khaled's album We the Best, which featured Trick Daddy, Trina, Rick Ross, Brisco, C-Ride, and Dre.

Flo Rida's first single was "Low", featuring T-Pain. It was his first official single from his debut album Mail On Sunday and the soundtrack to the movie Step Up 2: The Streets. "Low" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Elevator", featuring Timbaland, "In the Ayer" featuring will.i.am, and "Roll" featuring Sean Kingston followed and all charted on the Hot 100 and other charts.

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