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Canadian pipsqueak Justin Bieber may have successfully turned around his reputation by staying out of the headlines and converting millions of cynical pop fans by releasing uncomfortably decent music, but his good behaviour tour hasn't yet worked on the Chinese government, who have banned the star from performing in the country.

When a Chinese Bieber fan contacted the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture to ask why her idol hasn't been seen in the country for several years, despite scheduling dates in nearby Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines on the Asian leg of his latest world tour, they were met with a friendly if firm response.

"Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer," the bureau told the fan in a statement.

"In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers. telegraph.co.uk
An up-and-coming French singer collapsed and died during a festival concert, likely after being electrocuted

Barbara Weldens, 35, was singing at the Festival Léo Ferré in a church in the village of Goudron in the southwest region of Lot, France, on Wednesday when she collapsed after suffering an apparent cardiac arrest.

While the cause of death is still unknown, it is believed that she was electrocuted while performing.

Weldens was performing barefoot and had a live recording device on stage, according to Le Depeche.  

Police have launched an investigation into her death but have not speculated on the circumstances.

They are reportedly analyzing several videos taken the night of the festival as part of the investigation. dailymail.co.uk
Luis Fonsi's Despacito has become the most-streamed song of all time, just six months after it was released.

The hit single has been played 4.6 billion times across all streaming services, overtaking Justin Bieber's Sorry, which previously held the title.

"What's happened with this song is just insane," said Fonsi, who hails from Puerto Rico and sings in Spanish.

The 39-year-old said the global success of his song - which has reached number one in 35 countries, including the UK - gave him hope in the current political climate. bbc.com