end of the decade
December 28, 2019

No surprise here.

Tennis player Serena Williams was named The Associated Press' "Female Athlete of The Decade" on Saturday, a well-deserved bookend to a dominate 10-year stretch.

The 38-year-old won 12 Grand Slam singles titles between 2010 and 2019 (giving her 23 total for her career), which is all the more impressive considering no other women's player had more than three titles during that stretch. Williams also won gold medals in the 2012 Olympics in both singles and doubles alongside her sister, Venus Williams, and she became the oldest woman ever to win a Grand Slam singles trophy in the professional era.

The on-court performances were stellar, but Williams also "transcended" the sport off it, AP reports.

"When the history books are written, it could be that the great Serena Williams is the greatest athlete of all time," said Stacey Allaster, the former CEO of the Women's Tennis Association from 2009-2015, who now serves as the chief executive for tennis at the U.S. Tennis Association. "Whether it was health issues; coming back; having a child; almost dying from that — she has endured it all and she is still in championship form." Read more at The Associated Press. Tim O'Donnell

December 3, 2019

Spotify is joining the end-of-year and end-of-decade list-making party.

On Tuesday, Spotify released its annual 'Wrapped' insights, analyzing streaming data from the past year and decade at large.

Remember 2010? Ariana Grande was that girl on Victorious and Drake was that guy from Degrassi. But lot can change in 10 years: the two artists are now Grammy-winning household names, and according to Spotify, the decade's most-streamed artists. Giving @champagnePapi a good excuse to break out the bubbly, Spotify named him the most-streamed artist of the decade. His hit song "One Dance" was the second most-streamed track of the decade. Grande, not far behind him as number four overall, was named the most-streamed female artist.

Also among the decade's most-streamed are Post Malone, Eminem and Ed Sheeran. Sheeran had the most-streamed track of the decade, "Shape of You." The Weeknd didn't make the top list but landed fifth under most-streamed male artists. Of the decade's female artists, Grande was followed by Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Sia, and Beyoncé.

In 2019, Post Malone was the most-streamed artist, right above Billie Eilish, who was the most-streamed female artist of the year. Grande was the third most-streamed artist and second most-streamed female artist this year.

Top songs of the year included "Señorita" by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, followed by Billie Eilish's "bad guy" and "Sunflower" by Post Malone and Swae Lee. Scorpios were apparently in a musical mood this year — Spotify listed them as the most active signs according to playlist streams. Check out the rest of the statistics here. Brielle Diskin

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