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From sofas and kitchens, music stars hold coronavirus concert fundraiser

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From sofas and kitchens, music stars hold coronavirus concert fundraiser

Billie Eilish sang on her sofa, Elton John played a keyboard belonging to his children, and the Backstreet Boys sang in harmony from five locations as dozens of musicians put on a fundraiser for the warriors against the coronavirus.

Those who performed from their homes for the “IHeart Living Room Concert for America” also included Mariah Carey, Camila Cabello, Alicia Keys, Shawn Mendes and Sam Smith.

The one-hour show, broadcast on Fox television without commercials, was the biggest joint effort in the pandemic to lift spirits, raise money for those in the frontlines, and remind Americans to wash their hands and keep their distance.

“There’s doctors, nurses and scientists on the frontlines. They’re living proof that most superheroes don’t wear capes,” said John, who hosted the show from his kitchen.

“We hope this bit of entertainment can feed and fuel your souls.”

All the performances and appearances by celebrities ranging from comedian Ellen DeGeneres to R&B artist Lizzo and country singer Tim McGraw were filmed on phones, home cameras or online platforms.

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The songs were interspersed with short personal stories from nurses, doctors, truckers, grocery staff, and other essential workers as millions of Americans entered a third week subjected to orders to stay home.

Dr Elvis Francois, a surgeon from Rochester, Minnesota, stole hearts on social media with an emotional rendition of “Imagine” performed in medical scrubs.

“Did this doctor just out-sing every artist that’s performed?” one viewer, Ender Wiggins, asked on Twitter.

The concert also broadcast on iHeart radio stations nationwide, urged listeners to donate to charities Feeding America, and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

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The amount raised was not immediately known, but more than $1 million was donated in the first 10 minutes, courtesy of $500,000 from household goods giant Procter & Gamble and a matching sum from Fox Television.

“My heart goes out to people who have lost loved ones and also those who are losing their jobs,” said Lady Gaga, clad in pink sweatpants and a hoodie.

Alicia Keys, singing “Rise Up,” Dave Grohl performing “My Hero,” and Billie Joe Armstrong’s acoustic version of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” spoke to the hardships of millions of those working or laid off as stores, restaurants, gyms and movie theatres have shut down.

“After we come out of this horrible thing, I hope we are nicer to each other and fairer to one another,” John said.

 

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Femi Otedola celebrates daughter as she becomes first African to have a show on Apple Music

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In the world, it is not easy to break even especially in the entertainment industry but some people are lucky enough that things work in their favour.

DJ Cuppy, Nigerian disc jockey, recently took to her social media page and announced another milestone she has achieved in her career through her Instagram page.

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The young DJ announced that she now has a radio show on the Apple Music.

The show is called Africa Now and it will air every week according to her.

Femi Otedola, Cuppy’s billionaire father also took to his Instagram page to celebrate his daughter’s achievement.

The proud father stated that his daughter has made history today as she is the first African to show on Apple Music.

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He wrote:

“My angel @cuppymusic has made history as the FIRST ever African to have a show on @AppleMusic. Papa is so proud!”

 

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They made over $1M and gave me only $300 – May D accuses defunct P-Square (Video)

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Nigerian singer, Mr May D, has finally opened up on his fallout with the defunct music group, P-Square in a recent Instagram live chat.

This comes after the singer revealed that he shared the boys quarter in the Okoye’s home with their cook and slept on cartons and was not credited for his work in writing their ‘Invasion’ album.

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In a video that’s currently making the rounds online, the “soundtrack” crooner revealed that he wrote the album for the defunct group which yielded over $1 million in gains but they gave him just $300.

Mr May D however, went on to say that he still has love for his colleagues from the bottom of his heart while also admitting that he received a hummer jeep from them but was later reclaimed from him no less than two weeks after.

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May D also said he doesn’t want anyone to label him as a greedy person or an ingrate because he is content with the life he’s living currently.

Watch him speak below:

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Tacha shows up at BBNaija reunion with a message (Video)

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Reality TV star Natacha Akide popularly known as Tacha loves keeping her haters updated.

The former Big Brother Naija housemate who was disqualified from the show took to her social media page to share a video of herself at the BBNaija reunion.

Tacha known for her rude manners while at the BBNaija house, captioned the video:

“When you surprise everyone and showoff at the reunion”

“You can’t get RID of me BI*TCH I’m not going NO FUCKING WHERE!”

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