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Rihanna, JAY-Z, and Billie Eilish are among the stars who have been added to the lineup for BBC Radio 1's virtual Big Weekend festival.

Station chiefs were forced to cancel the live event, set to be held in Dundee, Scotland from 22 to 24 May, due to the coronavirus crisis, but are putting on an online alternative, which will feature performances from artists' homes and archive sets.

On Monday, organisers announced sets from past weekends, including from Rihanna, Jay, Billie, Ed Sheeran, and even One Direction will air on the Headline Stage channel during the livestream.

Others whose past performances will be broadcast include Katy Perry, Little Mix, Coldplay, and Lady Gaga.

The festival will also feature all-new live performances from the homes of several stars, including Sam Smith, Niall Horan, the Jonas Brothers, Rita Ora, Yungblud, and Mabel.

The Big Weekend was the first of a string of British summer festivals shut down by the coronavirus - Glastonbury, TRNSMT and Latitude have also been cancelled or postponed as a result of the pandemic.

The show will be available to stream on the BBC iPlayer website.

The trio consisting of  Steph, Iveta and Paula, are quickly breaking into the music scene, fusing together elements from Europe and Latin America to create a unique sound, yet to be heard elsewhere! They take key flourishes from the likes of Camila Cabello and Jennifer Lopez's urban pop and exotic latin melodies. Ultimately making ‘Diego’ a fierce and empowering banger -  perfect for anyone needing to add some spice to their playlist!

Through their multicultural backgrounds, the group notes their desire to help “connect people and embrace their uniqueness”.  

In-between juggling their diverse backgrounds, they easily found a common ground - their passion for music. Iveta has been involved with music since the age of five, taking dance, piano and vocal lessons regularly. It wasn't until she attended London Met University to study music and media studies, when she realised she wanted to be in a girl group!

Steph’s passion for music began at the age of 9 when she was performing in school concerts, and attending piano lessons. After a break from music to study higher education in Switzerland, she has made a comeback and has since performed in choirs and even pursued modelling -  a true triple threat! The idea of performing in a girl group was something Steph had long thought about, so when the opportunity presented itself she was ecstatic! 

Paula's passion began at just six years old, where she attended music school and learned the flute, piano and music theory. Growing up she expanded her skills by practising latin dance, ballet, modern dance and performing in a choir. She went on to study at ICMP, where Paula began her studies and met the other members of Girl Chance.

Within only a few weeks of meeting on StarNow, they had already recorded their first single ‘Take The Love Away’, showing their quick artistic drive. Their stance in unity, artistic drive and understanding of the international music industry, definitely fuels their careers in the music industry - making them ones to watch out for!

The 'We Found Love' singer's Clara Lionel Foundation has announced it will give $5 million to help fight COVID-19 and help those on the frontline as the world fights the disease.

Justine Lucas, Executive Director of the Clara Lionel Foundation, said in a statement: "Never has it been more important or urgent to protect and prepare marginalised and underserved communities - those who will be hit hardest by this pandemic."

The money is set to be used for a multitude of causes, including to help provide supplies to foodbanks, which are feeding the vulnerable and elderly at this time, as well as to provide funds to help with more coronavirus testing and care in countries such as Haiti and Malawi.

It is also hoped the funds can be used to purchase protective equipment such as gloves and masks in intensive care units up and down the country as well as help with the cost of development of vaccines and to train healthcare workers.

And it is not the only celebrity doing their bit to help as Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have donated $1 million to foodbanks in North America to help support their coronavirus relief efforts.

He wrote in an Instagram post: "Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families. Blake and I are donating $1 million to be split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. If you can give, these orgs need our help. Take care of your bodies and hearts. Leave room for joy. Call someone who's isolated and might need connection. (sic)"

Dan Nisbet, vice president of Major Gifts at Feeding America, added in a statement: "We are so grateful for Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s extremely generous donation, and for all of the donations we’ve been receiving. The Feeding America network of 200 food banks is working tirelessly to aid and provide meal assistance to our most vulnerable neighbours - children, the elderly, families struggling with food insecurity and individuals facing job disruptions - throughout our nation during this unprecedented time. Generosity like theirs will make all the difference."



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