N'SYNC Reunites to Join Ariana Grande Onstage at Coachella 2019. Ariana Grande's headlining performance at Coachella featured a collab with *NSYNC! On Sunday night, the "Thank U, Next" singer took the stage to perform for a packed crowd at the 2019 Coachella Music and Arts Festival. During her set, Grande was joined by four members of the boy band, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick. The guys sang "Tearin' Up My Heart," and Ari even joined in on their signature choreography. "This has been a dream of ours. Thank you for sharing this with us," JC told the sold-out crowd before making their way off stage. In the days leading up to the performance, there was much speculation about a possible *NSYNC reunion during Grande's set. Earlier this week, a source told E! News there were discussions between Grande and Chasez, but nothing had been confirmed at that time. A second source also shared with E! News that Bass had recently been in the studio with Grande.
Justin Timberlake was noticeably absent from the reunion, as he's wrapping up his Man of the Woods Tour. Adding more fuel to the speculation, Bass was also spotted in Indio, Calif., where the music festival is held, with husband Michael Turchin. On Thursday night, the duo was spotted at the GBK Coachella Lounge checking out Old Gringo boots. Bass also got a personal gift for Grande made from Kate Mesta jewelry that featured lyrics of a song. As of early Sunday morning, nothing had been officially confirmed by Grande, though she did drop a hint when she posted a video of herself singing along to the band's song "Tearin' Up My Heart" on April 11. "the best medicine," she captioned the post with a heart. "90s baby." Then, hours before Grande was set to hit the stage on Sunday, Chasez tweeted, "Mic check, mic check one... two... is this thing on?!?" "...... sure is," Grande replied, seemingly confirming a collab. Bass also replied to the tweet, "Here we go ooo ooo ooo." (Eonline)
Waka Flocka Flame uninjured in Atlanta recording studio shooting. Rapper Waka Flocka Flame escaped injury when gunshots were fired at an Atlanta recording studio earlier this month. News outlets quote Atlanta police as saying that at least three men fired several shots into the ZAC Recording studio on April 4 when there were about a dozen people inside. One man was shot in the arm. Waka Flocka had to take cover but was not injured. Investigators have not said if they believe the rapper was a target and have not made any arrests. The rapper's given name is Juaquin Malphurs. (PageSix)
Bad Bunny Brings Out J Balvin For Fiery Coachella Set. At Puerto Rican trap star Bad Bunny's fiery main stage Coachella set on Sunday (April 14), some fans donned fuzzy bunny ears, some raised flags from across Latin America and others threw their pinkies to the air in Bad Bunny's trademark gesture. But almost everyone was going positively nuts. "I want to know where the Latinos are!" Bad Bunny roared in Spanish, kicking off a versatile show that had fans in their feelings one moment and dancing through it the next. The 25-year-old born Benito Ocasio has catapulted to mainstream fame over the past year, thanks to hit collaborations like his "Te Bote" remix with Ozuna and Nicky Jam and "MIA" with Drake, along with his own masterful album X100PRE, released last December. His set was part of a seemingly unprecedented number of Latin acts on this year's Coachella roster, including J Balvin and Spanish singer Rosala -- and among dozens of performers, the global group had some of the most elaborate and dazzling performances of the weekend. Wearing a rainbow Louis Vuitton outfit and visor-like sunglasses, "el conejo malo" channeled emotion from the get-go, opening with guitar-strumming breakup track "Ni Bien, Ni Mal." A few tracks later, he reminded fans that everything would be alright with "Estamos Bien" (or "We're Good"), the bright, melodic anthem he dedicated to victims of last year's Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico. During the punk-tinged "Tenemos Que Hablar," the stage's screens filled with band posters for Blink-182, Fugazi, Linkin Park and more of Bad Bunny's rock influences. And between his rowdier, beat-switching trap hits (like "La Romana" and "200 Mph"), he serenaded the crowd with several ballads, from declaration of independence "Solo De Mi" to heartbreaking piano-led throwback "Amorfoda." He even brought out collaborator and close friend J Balvin to perform "Tu Sensualidad" and the smash "I Like It," and the two shared a heartening bromance onstage, hugging and fist-bumping between verses. In all, the set was just as wide-ranging and explosive as X100PRE itself. "For me it is very big to be here," Bad Bunny said in Spanish before treading offstage. "I feel very happy, very grateful to all of you. I'm very proud of what I represent, of the Latino community that has come for speaking the language they speak in my country." (Billboard)
Khalid Brings Out Billie Eilish, Halsey, Normani & More For Coachella Debut. To open his pre-headlining set on the third and final day of Coachella (April 14), Khalid warmed up the main stage for headliner Grande with "American Teen," the title track off his 2017 debut album. The toss back to his humble beginnings didn't go unnoticed; since dropping the album, Khalid has become a household name in the pop music landscape. And today, he added a new accolade to his list of many: scoring a Billboard 200 No. 1 album for his latest release, Free Spirit. It wasn't the singers only first worth celebrating. "This is my first Coachella," he said, before welcoming his friend and collaborator Billie Eilish to the stage (who the day before also made her Coachella debut) for their ballad "Lovely." Khalid then effortlessly moved into his early hit "Saved," which he said was not only one of his favorite songs but the first one he wrote. He kept the pace of his slower tempo songs going, moving into the touching "Angels," which he performed with a choir and dedicated to Nipsey Hussle and Mac Miller -- photos of each artist were shown on the large screens that bookended the stage. Elsewhere, Khalid ran through newer hits off his second album, accompanied by a live band and crew of dancers, including "On The Way" and "Talk." Soon enough, it was time for more guests: he brought out Benny Blanco and Halsey to sing the No. 9 Hot 100 hit, "Eastside"; he and Normani performed a steamy "Love Lies"; and he rounded out the lineup with Marshmello, who was ironically holding a mic that went unused, for "Silence." The run proved the power that collaboration has had on Khalid's skyrocketing career. With friends by his side, both on stage and on the charts (and in the crowd, as Finneas, Billie Eilish's brother, and Ty Dolla $ign were in attendance), he's guaranteed to keep reaching new heights. (Billboard)