Fake Or Not, This Subway Performance Of ‘Shallow’ Is Re-Energising Pop

Meet Charlotte Awbery, pop music's newest icon.

In the age of TikTok, we’re seeing a whole bunch of “staged” videos go viral. There are challenge videos, there are talent-flexing videos and there are wholesome videos. This video in question somehow manages to be a little bit of all three. It’s unclear if this video is staged or not, but regardless, the internet is obsessed with the talent displayed. 

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In the video, comedian Kevin Freshwater is seen to be going through a subway station, getting strangers to participate in his ‘finish the lyric’ game. Here, he encounters Charlotte Awbery who showcases a vocal performance that gives Lady Gaga a run for her money. 

If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here (it’s at the end of the video):

Since this video was posted to Facebook, it has gone crazy viral on Twitter with many users expressing their love for Awbery.

Now the internet has begun a deep-dive into her other covers. Plot twist: they’re all incredible.

Many Twitter users are also now comparing Awbery to Lady Gaga, as a result of the cover.

Charlotte Awbery is a professional wedding singer from Romford, east London, which ultimately explains her shocking ability to slay the hardest riff in ‘Shallow’. Considering she hadn’t even finished her morning coffee, we simply must stan.

Her Instagram account has skyrocketed in followers since the video has gone viral. At the time of writing, she is nearing 100K followers, shooting up from under 10k, which she had before the ‘Shallow’ video came out.

A star really is born! 

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Major Artists Call Out 'Fake' Festival So Call The Fyre Brigade

Lil Kim, Eve and Twista have blasted Snoop Dogg's "Lovers and Friends" festival for being "fake".

Just when you thought we were done talking about music festivals, there’s a line up hitting the States in May that looks way too good to be true, and that’s because it just might be. 

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Lover’s & Friends Festival looks to be every R&B lover’s dream. It’s got ‘90s icons set to headline (Usher, TLC and Lauryn Hill), it’s got current legends set to perform (Summer Walker, Megan Thee Stallion and Saweetie), not to mention it’s bringing back artists we literally forgot existed (Lil Kim, Twista and Eve). 

But, as the line-up dropped, it immediately ran into some controversy, mainly from artists claiming the show wasn’t real. Lil Kim took to her Instagram Story to say, “This is SO FAKE! I am not a part of this.”

Additionally, other artists claimed that they were also not contacted. Trina’s team claimed that they weren’t contacted on Twitter and attempted to contact the festival directly. Additionally, Eve and Mase took to the comments section of Instagram to announce that they weren’t playing the festival either. 

Funnily enough, this festival also illuminated some double bookings, mainly from Megan Thee Stallion, which just added more fuel to the fire.

Now, it must be said that quite a few artists have indeed confirmed their attendance. Many artists shared the line-up to their Instagram story (Usher, TLC and Lauryn Hill), whilst some even posted about it (Ginuwine, Tweet, 112). 

Also, there were some artists who teased that they weren’t going, before claiming to be involved, like Twista.

Also, it should be noted that the face of Fyre festival, happens to be on this line-up. Just saying.

Does this sound like Fyre Festival 2.0? Kind of. Does this sound like a trainwreck? Oh, definitely. How will it all turn out? Only time will tell. Catch you back in May for an update. 

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Never Forget The Time Tyler, The Creator Was 'Banned' From Australia

And now he’s here twice within 6 months!

Tyler, The Creator has just been announced as one of the headliners for this year’s Splendour In The Grass festival following his Wildlands, Beyond the Valley, Origin Fields and Field Day appearances earlier this year.

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But while he’s back again touring on our shores, we can’t help but reminisce on the time that he claimed he was “banned” from entering the country. Allow us to take you back. 

Tyler Announces Cherry Bomb Australian Tour

In the first half of 2015, Tyler, The Creator announced that he was coming to Australia in just a few months time. The album that backed the tour, Cherry Bomb, featured Kanye West, Schoolboy Q, Pharrell Williams and Lil Wayne, so naturally, the hype was high. That was, until the controversy started.

Collective Shout Campaign Against Tyler

Collective Shout had been advocating against Tyler, the Creator since 2013. As such, when news of this new tour surfaced, the group penned an open letter to the Immigration Minister, asking to “Deny visa for Tyler the Creator.” They called his lyrics “misogynistic” and said: “While (Tyler’s) activities are therefore commercial, the content of the product… propagates discriminatory ideas about women and other groups, and represent a danger to a segment of the Australian community on the potential basis of incitement to acts of hatred.” The open letter attracted 1600 signatures. Tyler then spoke up.

Tyler Announces He’s Banned From Australia 

After this Collective Shout campaign started to do the rounds in the Australian media-sphere, word got to Tyler. On the 28th of July, the rapper/singer took to Twitter to make a sarcastic announcement. 

This Tweet ultimately did two things. Firstly, it sparked a whole bunch of Tyler fans to cyberbully the Collective Shout member in question. But, secondly, it got everyone to question when their refunds were coming. Because the tour hadn’t been cancelled. 

Frontier Touring Discount His Claims

Following Tyler’s tweet, Frontier Touring issued a statement saying, “With respect to media reports that Tyler, The Creator’s visa has been refused, Frontier would like to advise that this is not the case… The department for immigration has raised issues with the visa application but it has not been refused and Frontier will update ticket holders as soon as more information comes to hand”. But then, weeks later, the tour was officially cancelled. 

Collective Shout Want Tyler To Make Amends

So no, Tyler wasn’t “banned” from coming to Australia, but it did seem that he pulled out as a result of the efforts from the Collective Shout. As news of his 2019 Aussie shows surfaced, the Collective Shout pressured Tyler to issue a formal apology for the damage that his fans had done. He has not responded. 

What a saga.

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