>Legend the sexiest man alive
R&B crooner John Legend, who is known for his silky-smooth vocals, has been named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by "People" magazine.
Legend tells the magazine that the honor comes with some pressure after following Idris Elba, who was last year's winner.
The 40-year-old Legend is a 10-time Grammy winner. He scored an Oscar in 2015 for co-writing the song "Glory" from the film "Selma."
John Legend is a "legend" in many ways and he also took home a Tony Award and an Emmy for his talent.
Legend has two children with model-television host-cookbook author Chrissy Teigen.
>Mona Lisa beats expectations
A 17th-century copy of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" was sold on Tuesday at Sotheby's auction house in Paris for 552,500 euros, much more than the initial valuation of 70,000-90,000 euros.
"This amazing result testifies to the power of the lasting fascination of this iconic painting," said Baukje Coenen, a director at Sotheby's, in a statement about Tuesday's sale.
The "Mona Lisa" itself, on which da Vinci began work in 1503, has hung at the Louvre Museum in Paris for more than 200 years.
>Cat taxi charms riders
A paw-sitive car journey is guaranteed to the passengers of an unusual taxi service in Ukraine.
Oleksandr Zigulya is the cat taxi driver and he hopes his cat, Tea, will charm a loyal clientele.
Zigulya, 29, said he wanted clients to feel at home in his car, but knew that a few elements were missing.
He said, "To achieve that warm, homey feeling, we need a blanket, a cat and a cup of tea."
The driver came across the kitten over two years ago at an auto repair shop and found himself a furry companion.
The taxi driver said he has over 20 individual journey requests every day and his clients are delighted with the furry passenger.
>Influencers' incomes soar
The money made by social-media influencers has risen meteorically in the last few years, according to a new report.
Marketing firm Izea found the average price of a sponsored photo on Instagram has jumped from $134 in 2014 to $1,642 in 2019.
For a sponsored blog post it has soared from $7.39 in 2006 to $1,442 in 2019.
YouTube videos command the highest fees, up from $420 in 2014 to $6,700 in 2019.
Brands will continue to pour money into social-media advertising, making it a $10b industry in 2020, according to data from Socialbakers.
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