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Justin Bieber Joins the Stage With Ariana Grande, Perform Live for First Time in Years at Coachella

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Justin Bieber Joins the Stage With Ariana Grande, Perform Live for First Time in Years at Coachella
Justin Bieber Joins the Stage With Ariana Grande, Perform Live for First Time in Years at Coachella

Justin Bieber Joins the Stage With Ariana Grande, Perform Live for First Time in Years at Coachella: Ariana Grande Got Justin Bieber to Perform Live for the First Time in Years at Coachella.

Justin Bieber has returned to the stage after nearly two years away, all thanks to Ariana Grande. The Biebs made a guest appearance during her Coachella set last night, where he sang “Sorry” with Grande.

He also addressed the crowd, telling them that seriously, he did not expect to be there. “I haven’t been on stage in like, two years,” he started. “I came out here, I had no idea I’d be on this stage tonight. Absolutely no idea.”

“True story,” Grande chimed in.

“So anyway, this is my first time on stage in like, two years. So I had to get my groove back, I have to get my swag back, you know what I’m saying. So thank you so much, Coachella. Thank you much to Ariana Grande. Thank you so much, man, and by the way, album coming soon.”

uly 2017 was the last time Bieber was on stage. Then, the Biebs canceled the rest of his Purpose world tour—a tour he had been on for over a year—to get some rest and “ride some bikes.” He hasn’t performed live on any major concert stage since.

Bieber’s announcement about new music comes after he explained on Instagram why he was taking his time making it. He wrote:

So I read a lot of messages saying you want an album .. I’ve toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I realized and as you guys probably saw I was unhappy last tour and I don’t deserve that and you don’t deserve that, you pay money to come and have a lively energetic fun light concert and I was unable emotionally to give you that near the end of the tour. I have been looking, seeking, trial and error as most of us do, I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be. Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health. I will come with a kick ass album ASAP, my swag is undeniable and my drive is indescribable his love is supernatural his grace is that reliable…. the top is where I reside period whether I make music or not the king said so. 👑 but I will come with a vengeance believe that.. (grammar and punctuation will be terrible pretend it’s a text where u just don’t care).

He was reported to be “shocked” at the reaction people had to his post, especially those who saw it as him announcing he was taking a break from music. Bieber had written that he would have “a kick ass album [out] ASAP,” which The Blast reported means later this year.

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Listen to Phoebe Bridgers cover Bright Eyes’ classic song ‘First Day Of My Life’

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Phoebe Bridgers has covered Bright Eyes‘ 2005 song, ‘First Day Of My Life’.

The singer-songwriter, who formed Better Oblivion Community Center with Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst in 2018, has shared her rendition during the coronavirus lockdown as part of Deezer’s Home Sessions.

The song, which is taken from Bright Eyes’ 2005 album ‘I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning’, is given a stripped-back treatment befitting of its original intimacy. Listen below.

Earlier this year, Bridgers covered Conor Oberst’s ‘Mamah Borthwick (a Sketch)’ for charity. Now, Bridgers has tackled “First Day of My Life”, a classic song from Oberst’s Bright Eyes project.

Bridgers and Oberst released their self-titled debut as Better Oblivion Community Center last year. In a four-star review NME wrote: “indie-folk heroes Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers find hope amid chaos; the record succeeds on its own merits, regardless of its authors’ impressive statuses.”

While touring the record, the pair became known for performing covers, including Lady Gaga’s ‘Shallow’ and The Killers’ ‘Human’.

Bridgers releases her second album, ‘Punisher’, on June 19 and has been building up to the occasion with performances live-streamed from her home.

Tomorrow (June 4), her online event will also serve as a fundraiser for The Bail Project, which has been helping protestors get out of jail. All profits from merchandise sales that day will also benefit the organisation.

Oberst, meanwhile, recently rekindled his Bright Eyes side project after nine years.

In an exclusive interview with NME, the singer-songwriter spoke about returning in the midst of a global pandemic and how the band is “notorious for not making good commercial decisions”.

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Streams of N.W.A’s ‘Fuck Tha Police’ grow by 272 per cent amid George Floyd protests

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N.W.A’s song ‘Fuck Tha Police’ has seen nearly a quadruple increase in streams during the last week, as Black Lives Matter protests regarding the death of George Floyd continue.

The rap group’s 1988 anti-police brutality anthem has seen a 272 per cent increase in on-demand streams from last Wednesday (May 27) to Monday (June 1) [via Alpha Data].

Alpha Data, which provides data for the Rolling Stone charts, revealed that the song from the LA group’s debut album ‘Straight Outta Compton’ picked up particularly on Sunday (May 31) and Monday (June 1) with 765,000 on-demand audio streams over the two days.

Additionally, Childish Gambino‘s 2018 song ‘This Is America’, YG’s 2016 song ‘FDT’ and Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 song ‘Alright’ have all seen a resurgence in streams over the last week [via Rolling Stone].

‘This Is America’, which has been a viral soundtrack on TikTok for the past month after users began using it in TikToks about racial inequality with regards to the killing of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery [via Rolling Stone], has seen a 149 per cent jump in streams over the same time period as ‘Fuck Tha Police’. Lamar’s ‘Alright’ has seen a 71 per cent jump in streams.

Data for the other protest tracks are as follows: Public Enemy’s ‘Fight the Power’ (+89 per cent), D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s ‘The Charade’ (+122 per cent), Killer Mike’s ‘Don’t Die’ (+542 per cent) and Beyoncé’s ‘Freedom’ (+70 per cent).

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Older songs including James Brown’s ‘Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud’ have also spiked (+455 per cent) as well as Nina Simone’s ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free’ (+34 per cent).

Dozens of musicians have spoken out in recent days about racism. Jaz-Z, Killer Mike, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Dre Dre and numerous others have called for justice for Floyd, 46, a black man who died in police custody Minneapolis on May 25.

Protests for George Floyd are continuing – credit: Getty

Elsewhere, people in the UK were encouraged to undertake a peaceful protest from their doorsteps earlier tonight (June 3) in support of Floyd and Black Lives Matter. Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) led a “take the knee” protest to show support for the anti-racist protests that began in the US last week.

Star Wars actor John Boyega addressed a huge crowd gathered for a Black Lives Matter protest held in London’s Hyde Park earlier today.

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Tinie Tempah on George Floyd death: “We wouldn’t accept this for an animal”

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Tinie Tempah has addressed the killing of George Floyd, saying that the world wouldn’t accept such treatment perpetrated on a dog.

The rapper, who took part in the #BlackoutTuesday protest yesterday (June 2), said people would be outraged if a dog was handled the same way.

“If we saw a human being with their knees on a dog the world would be in outrage,” the rapper told Sky News today (June 3). “I guess that’s kind of the best way to sum it up.”

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Tinie Tempah performs live in 2017

The artist said that watching the video footage that appears to show a white police officer kneeling on the black man’s neck on May 25 was “pretty shocking” but something we “just keep seeing”.

“You know, we wouldn’t accept this for an animal so to keep seeing it happen to human beings – more importantly, to black people, people of colour – you definitely have a feeling of being marginalised,” Tempah said.

Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis on May 25 following his arrest for allegedly using a fake $20 note.

Results from an independent autopsy conducted earlier this week confirmed that Floyd died due to to asphyxiation resulting from pressure applied to his back and neck. These results differed from an initial autopsy that did not find evidence of “traumatic asphyxia or strangulation”, and that underlying health conditions played a role in the unarmed man’s death [via BBC News].

Protests for George Floyd are continuing – credit: Getty

Former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was last week charged in connection with Floyd’s death, has since seen his charge upgraded from third-degree murder to second-degree murder. Three more police officers have been charged in connection with the murder.

Tempah, whose real name is Patrick Okogwu, is one of many music artists speaking out about racism. He joins Jaz-Z, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Dre Dre and numerous others in lending his voice to the Black Lives Matter movement and calling for justice for Floyd.

He also told Sky News that for people to claim that racism isn’t as prevalent in the UK as it is in the US is “the height of ignorance”.

Tempah said: “I’m even gonna go as far as to say, shame on you, whoever says that, shame on you. Because we all know that racism exists in the UK.

“Even for someone to say that officers aren’t armed [in the UK], it’s almost like… I don’t know how the best way to describe this is… it’s almost excuses, almost trying to find a justification for why we are better or not.”

He added: “The fact is that racism is wrong. And if racism exists anywhere, on any level, it’s wrong. It’s inhumane. It’s evil.”

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John Boyega speaks at a Black Lives Matter protest in Hyde Park on June 3, 2020 (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, people in the UK were encouraged to undertake a peaceful protest from their doorsteps earlier tonight in support of Floyd and Black Lives Matter. Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) led a “take the knee” protest to show support for the anti-racist protests that began in the US last week.

Star Wars actor John Boyega addressed a huge crowd gathered for a Black Lives Matter protest held in London’s Hyde Park earlier today. You can watch footage of his speech here.

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