Shaun's Music Minute 7-24-17

Justin Bieber Banned From China              

The Chinese government isn’t a fan of Justin Bieber. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture just revealed that Bieber isn’t welcome to perform in the country due to his past “"bad behavior." 

"Justin Bieber is a young foreign singer who is talented at singing but also controversial," the bureau said. "Therefore, it's not appropriate to bring in artists who show bad behavior.” They continued, "However, in the process of growing up and improving his words and deeds, he can truly develop into a singer who is beloved of the masses.”

Bieber last performed in Beijing and Dalian back in 2013. At the time he made headlines after pictures were printed of him being carried up the Great Wall of China.

Ed Sheeran’s Latest Album Reaches Over One Billion Streams              

There’s no doubt that Ed Sheeran fans can’t get enough of his latest album “÷” (“Divide”) and the streaming numbers definitely prove it.  According to Nielsen Music, songs from Ed’s album have reached over one billion on-demand audio streams in the U.S. alone as of last week (1.02 billion to be exact). 

This is hardly the first Ed album to reach that threshold. Tracks from his last release, “x” (a.k.a. “Multiply”) has had over 1.51 billion streams since its 2014 release.

Lionel Richie And Mariah Carey Finally Kick Off Tour              

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey finally launched their joint tour in San Francisco on Friday, and it’s safe to say there’s a good reason why the show is called the “All the Hits Tour.” 

Mariah kicked things off, treating the crowd to many of her biggest songs including, “Hero,” “Touch My Body,” “Vision Of Love,” “Always Be My Baby,” and “Heartbreaker,” and also changed into a variety of outfits including a tight black leather dress, and a floor-length red gown.

Meanwhile Lionel, who was forced to postpone the tour to have knee surgery, looked completely recovered as he ran through not only his solo hits, like “Penny Lover,” “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “All Night Long,” but also his Commodores classics, like “Brick House.”

The Lionel Richie/Mariah Carey tour is set to hit 22 cities in all, wrapping September 5th in Seattle, Washington. 

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