SZA Brings a Breezy ‘Normal Girl’ to Virtual Roots Picnic 2020: Watch

SZA took “Normal Girl” out to nature for this year’s Roots Picnic.

The singer delivered a fresh, soothing vocal performance of the CTRL track outdoors for Saturday night’s (June 27) event.

Surrounded by trees and accompanied by just a guitarist, SZA crooned about what it might be like to be the “type of girl you wanna take home to mama” and the “type of girl my daddy, he’d be proud of.”

SZA was part of a packed lineup for the virtual rendition of the Roots Picnic, which kicked off with Michelle Obama urging viewers to take a minute and vote in this year’s elections. The Roots, H.E.R., Roddy Ricch and Kirk Franklin were among the many other performers.

Check out a clip of SZA’s performance below.

H.E.R. Rocks ‘I Can’t Breathe’/’Fate’ Medley for Roots Picnic 2020

H.E.R. brought a two-song medley live from a socially distant studio session to this year’s Roots Picnic.

The Roots’ annual Roots Picnic went virtual this year, kicking off Saturday night (June 27) with Michelle Obama encouraging viewers to take action and vote in this year’s elections, and then launching into a series of virtual music performances.

H.E.R. started off her spot in the lineup with a powerful, acoustic guitar-led “I Can’t Breathe,” the moving new song she debuted earlier in June inspired by current events and protests following George Floyd’s killing.

She switched gears for the second part of her medley, picking up an electric guitar for a rocking rendition of “Fate.”

The Roots Picnic began streaming at 8 p.m. ET Saturday night and had performances from the Roots, Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby, SZA, Kirk Franklin and more on the bill.

Watch a clip of H.E.R.’s “Fate” performance below.

Adam Lambert Performs ‘Mad World’ for Global Pride 2020

Adam Lambert delivered a smooth, socially distanced cover of “Mad World” and a heartfelt speech during the Global Pride 2020 virtual event.

“I wanted to wish everybody a Happy World Pride,” he said to the camera before his performance during Saturday’s (June 27) live stream. “It’s amazing to be a part of the LGTBQ+ community. I’m very proud of my brothers and sisters. We are amazing. The progress we’ve made over the past 10 years since I’ve been in the public eye has been incredibly inspiring.”

“That’s not to say there’s not a lot of work to be done,” he continued. “We all know this. History never is a straight line of progress. There are setbacks, there’s side to side.”

Lambert went on to say: “In light of the recent Black Lives Matter protests that have been going on all over the world, I think it’s our responsibility as a community to use our empathy, to give a little extra love and support to our members of our community that are people of color. So let’s take this time during world Pride to get as connected as we can, to reach out, make new friends, educate yourself, listen, get involved. This is a really, really important time to band together so that we are stronger as a unit. Let’s make a big, proud rainbow of all the different colors as much as we can this summer and fight back, and fight proud.”

Global Pride, a 24-hour live stream hosted by Todrick Hall, brought solidarity and celebratory vibes to the LGBTQ+ community while in-person Pride Month events were canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch Lambert’s clip below.

Rolling Stones Protest Trump Using Their Music at Rally, Threaten Lawsuit

The Rolling Stones are “taking further steps” to stop Donald Trump from playing their music at his rallies after using “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in Tulsa, Okla., on June 20.

In a statement on Saturday (June 27), a rep for the Stones said the band’s legal team is working with performing rights organization BMI, who notified the president’s campaign that the use of their songs is unauthorized and would “constitute a breach of its licensing agreement.” Further use “would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed.”

“This could be the last time Trump uses any Jagger/Richards songs on his campaigns,” the statement read.

As Tulsa World reported, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was played as Trump left the stage at his recent rally at the city’s BOK Center.

The band has objected Trump’s use of their music since his presidential campaign in 2016, when he made use of several of their songs.

6ix9ine Releasing New Song & Music Video on Friday

6ix9ine just went to No. 1 with Nicki Minaj on “Trollz,” but there’s already another new music release in the works.

With “Trollz” at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart — a first for 6ix9ine — he’ll be dropping another song and music video on Friday (July 3).

“NEW MUSIC VIDEO THIS FRIDAY JULY 3RD,” wrote 6ix9ine on Instagram Saturday afternoon (June 27).

“I have about 34 more days ’til house arrest is over, about 34 more days and the ankle monitor comes off and the king of New York is back on the street. I’m gonna give you all one more music video,” 6ix9ine teased in a video accompanying the post. “Just picture this, right. I’ve been on house arrest. I broke a whole bunch of records … I have the No. 1 record in the world, from house arrest. I’ve been shooting all the music videos in my living room. I”m gonna give you all one more music video. Picture the noise I’m gonna make when I’m outside.”

In his Instagram Stories, 6ix9ine repeated the news, writing: “THIS FRIDAY NEW SONG NEW MUSIC VIDEO JULY 3RD.”

See his announcement in the clip below.

‘Global Goal’ Must-See Music Moments: Miley Cyrus, J Balvin, Justin Bieber & More

Many of the music world’s biggest stars came together for “Global Goal: Unite For Our Future” on Saturday (June 27), in Global Citizen’s star-studded virtual concert that spanned the globe to recognize communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Classic songs were covered, huge hits were revisited and repositioned, and superstars spoke out to raise awareness — as well as a whopping $6.9 billion in pledges from the event.

While you can learn more about the “Global Goal” campaign here, watch every musical highlight from the virtual showcase below:

Jennifer Hudson’s Soaring Kick-Off

“The power of unity creates change,” the Oscar winner and R&B star declared at the top of “Global Goal,” and Hudson gave the virtual concert a rousing start with a luxurious performance of “Where Peaceful Waters Flow” while cruising on the peaceful waters of downtown Chicago.

Justin Bieber and Quavo’s Stripped-Down Hit

“Intentions” has been one of the biggest pop hits of 2020, and its creators, Justin Bieber and Quavo, turned it into a sparse, moving ballad while being filmed in grayscale, resulting in a compelling new take on the track.

Christine and the Queens’ Dance Routine

Christine and the Queens has become one of the most mesmerizing live performers in pop, and she brought that energy to her virtual presentation of “La Vita Nuova,” the camera following her as she roamed and shimmied across an empty, domed venue.

Chloe x Halle’s Laser Light Spectacular

Fresh off the release of their great new album Ungodly Hour, the sister duo held nothing back during their performance of “Rest of Your Life,” exhibiting rock-star swagger while surrounded by neon lasers.

Shakira’s Rooftop Words of Wisdom

“Latin America is now the hardest-hit region of this pandemic, and experts say Africa will be next,” the superstar told the camera before an inspiring performance of “Sale El Sol,” expressing an urgency that translated across continents. “We can all do something about it, and that’s why we’re here today.”

For King & Country, Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin’s Message of Unity

Interspersed between striking footage of global protests, For King & Country, Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin harmonized on their collaboration “Together,” letting the images speak volumes and they provided a soundtrack against black backdrops.

Miley Cyrus’ Roaring Beatles Rendition

Anyone expecting Miley Cyrus to deliver a conventional performance during “Global Goal” was sadly mistaken: in an empty Rose Bowl Stadium, the pop star covered the Beatles classic “Help!,” glittering as she stood in the center of the exclamation point on the giant ‘HELP!’ on the field.

J Balvin’s Fantasy World

Throughout the past year, J Balvin has paired his global anthems with eye-popping visuals, and he did so while performing “Que Calor” and “Mi Gente” in a dreamy pastel universe while accompanied by members of the Nigerian youth dance group the Dreamcatchers.

The Original Hamilton Cast’s Loving Reunion

One week before Broadway smash Hamilton hits Disney+, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the original cast came together again (virtually, of course) to perform “Helpless,” using toy instruments to demonstrate the chemistry that helped make their show a global phenomenon.

Yemi Alade’s Thrilling Arrival

Nigerian singer-songwriter Yemi Alade may not have the name recognition in the United States of some of the other performers on “Global Goal,” but with her heartfelt, happy-go-lucky performance on “Shekere,” the Afropop star succinctly showcased the talent that demands more U.S. attention.

J’Nai Bridges’ Mind-Blowing Operatics

Joined by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and conductor Gustavo Dudamel, J’Nai Bridges brought some decadent opera to “Global Goal” with an epic performance of “Heaven” and “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.”

Usher’s Emotional New Song

Usher may best be known for his top 40 radio smashes, but just-released single “I Cry” reflects on racial injustice with honesty and raw feeling; his performance on “Global Goal” paired his chart-topping voice with a powerful cause, and the result was deeply affecting.

Coldplay’s Dedication of “Paradise”

After being introduced by a Nelson Mandela quote, Coldplay rocked through “Paradise,” and as Chris Martin’s falsetto tailed off at the end, the words “Dedicated to the memory of Elijah McClain” appeared onscreen, a recognition of another tragic death and example of brutality.

John Legend’s Tribute To Healthcare Workers

During a brief segment, John Legend’s new song “Bigger Love” was used to soundtrack the heroics of frontline workers, in a much-deserved nod to the healthcare leaders in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Coldplay Dedicates ‘Paradise’ to Elijah McClain During ‘Global Goal’ Concert

Coldplay dedicated “Paradise” to Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died days after he was restrained with a chokehold by Colorado police officers in 2019, during their “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future” appearance on Saturday (June 27).

Kicking off their performance with an inspirational quote by Nelson Mandela that read, “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears,” Coldplay went on to sing “Paradise” for the global virtual concert that aimed to shine a light on communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus.

Joining from Los Angeles, the band members performed via an animated video and toward the end, the words “In memory of Elijah McClain” appeared.

The “Global Goal” fundraiser featured other artists like Miley Cyrus, Shakira, J Balvin, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Justin Bieber and Quavo, Chloe x Halle and Yemi Alade who took the virtual stage. Learn more about the Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign here.

Watch Coldplay’s performance below.