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Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole
Over the past few months there have been so many rumours that ex-One Directioner Liam Payne and singer Cheryl Cole were splitting up. The couple dismissed the rumours saying that they were working on their relationship for their son, Bear. But, last week, the couple took to Twitter to announce their breakup after two years of dating: “We’re sad to announce that we’re going our separate ways. It’s been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.” Liam Payne has reportedly finished recording his album which was to be released on September 14, but, after news of his split with Cheryl he announced he’s planning on re-doing his record to include songs about his relationship with his ex. The album will have a more introspective and urban sound.
Cardi B and J Balvin
Cardi B’s hit song ‘I Like It’ featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin has become number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of July 7. Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’ was also number one for three weeks in October – now, this makes her the first female rapper with two number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Her album Invasion of Privacy makes also Cardi the first female solo artist with two number ones from a début album this decade since Lady Gaga’s The Fame in 2008. Cardi B was ecstatic after hearing the news, taking to Instagram to share her excitement. J Balvin also reacted to reaching his first number one hit in an interview with Billboard, saying: “I’m happy, happy, happy, very happy – I am totally grateful. It’s incredible, everything that’s happening, and I really have to thank God for this spectacular moment.”
Ed Sheeran is breaking records. He’s the first artist with two songs to be on top of the Billboard’s Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart for at least 20 weeks each. Ed Sheeran’s song ‘Shape of You’ lasted for 24 weeks at number one and set the record for second-longest chart-topper. That’s not the story. Now, ‘Perfect’ has just eclipsed 20 weeks at number one on the chart as of July 7. Ed Sheeran is the first artist to have two songs sit at number one for 20 consecutive weeks.
G-Eazy and Halsey
‘Alone’ singer Halsey revealed on Instagram stories last week that her and rapper G-eazy were on a break after a year of dating. She wrote: “I normally keep this kind of thing private, but provided our public nature, I feel I need to inform my fans, G-Eazy and I are taking some time apart. I’m eager to continue the upcoming passage of time dedicating myself to my art and career, and the duration of my tour.” Fans noticed that Halsey had deleted all their pictures of the two together on Instagram, but when the announcement came out everyone was still shocked. G-Eazy and Halsey recorded the song ‘Him & I’ together in 2017 and, according to G-Eazy, a week before they announced their break-up they were in the studio together recording music. In an interview while promoting his upcoming Endless Summer Tour G-Eazy said: “We were actually in the studio just the other night and we did a couple records, we motivate each other, and we’re fans of each other’s music. And we have a similar kind of perspective, aesthetically, on creating music, so we play off each
Previously on Tea Time we spoke about how Drake released his fifth studio album Scorpion. It’s the first album to hit 1 billion streams globally in a seven-day period on all streaming platforms (June 29- July 5). It’s barely been a week since the anticipated release and Drake has already dropped a freestyle track called ‘Behind Barz’. The freestyle addresses celebrity and exposure and how he’s less interested in fame.
The song highlights that his previous beef with him and Pusha-T is done, and he also touches on the fact that he knows a lot of things about a lot of people and he has no intentions to speak badly about
Artists to watch out for
Kygo and Miguel – ‘Remind Me to Forget’
International DJ Kygo has teamed up with Academy-Nominated singer Miguel on the smooth summer dance jam, ‘Remind Me to Forget’. This track is from Kygo’s second album Kids in Love released in 2017. This is the first time they’ve work together, and fans are calling it the 2018 Summer Anthem. Kygo’s light-hearted and groovy percussion matches Miguel’s moving powerhouse vocals.
Tiesto and DJ Dzeko featuring Preme and Post Malone – ‘Jackie Chan’
Tiesto teamed up with Canadian DJ Dzeko, ‘Psycho’ rapper Post Malone, and Canadian singer Preme on this fun track ‘Jackie Chan’. This is the first time these artists have worked together, and everyone is talking about the music video that’s just been released. Postie and Preme are 3D-animated 8-bit characters battling it out with an evil emoji in a Santa hat in this Tron-like world. The two little characters are beyond adorable and manage to level-up while Tiesto and Dzeko are two giant figures in the sky. The video clip is as fun as the video clip, you must see it to understand!
Justin Timberlake- SoulMate
JT has surprised us with a brand-new single called ‘SoulMate’. Back in the beginning of the year he went from performing at the Super Bowl to releasing his Man of the Woods album which made serious waves. He’s currently on tour but that doesn’t mean he’s taking a break from making and releasing new music! This summer song is perfect for a road trip to the beach or chilling by the pool.