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Chloe Bailey Performs Cover Of Nina Simone's 'Feeling Good' On 'Good Morning America'

Chloe x Halle's Chloe Bailey gave a sterling performance as part of the "Good Morning America" Summer Concert Series on Monday (June 21), covering Nina Simone's 1965 classic "Feeling Good."

Bailey, clad in a sequined outfit, let her vocals hake center stage, as she gradually shifted her voice several notches as the music kicked in.

Before performing the cover, Bailey talked about her interpretation of the song, which appears on Liberated - Music For the Movement Volume 3.

"I have always loved Miss Nina Simone forever. And the performance was inspired by her spirit and her confidence and her honesty," she told the morning show. "I worked incredibly hard to put it all together. I still have scrapes and bruises from all the rehearsals. I'm just so happy to see that her granddaughter loved it. I'm happy that people loved it as well."

Bailey had earlier performed the same song on June 19 for ABC's "Soul of the Nation" special.

(Photo: Robin Harper)

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Macy Gray Pens Op-Ed Calling For Redesign Of American Flag

Grammy-wining R&B singer Macy Gray is calling for a redesign of the American flag to represent its diverse population.

In an op-ed published on MarketWatch, the singer suggested that the Stars and Stripes "no longer represents democracy and freedom."

"The Confederate battle flag, which was crafted as a symbol of opposition to the abolishment of slavery, is just recently tired. We don't see it much anymore," Gray started her op-ed. "However, on the 6th, when the stormers rained on the nation's most precious hut, waving Old Glory - the memo was received: the American flag is its replacement."

"It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us. It's not fair to be forced to honor it. It's time for a new flag," she added.

Debating about the stars, Gray said that the flag only has 50 stars, when it should include 52 stars, as D.C. and Puerto Rico have been lobbying for statehood for decades.

Of the flag's stripes, Gray wrote how the Smithsonian documents that the white stripes represent purity and innocence. "America is great," wrote Gray. "It is beautiful. Pure, it ain't. It is broken and in pieces."

"What if the stripes were OFF-white?" she asked. "What if there were 52 stars to include D.C. and Puerto Rico? What if the stars were the colors of ALL of us - your skin tone and mine - like the melanin scale? The blue square represents vigilance and perseverance; and the red stripes stand for valor. America is all of those things. So, what if those elements on the flag remained? What if the flag looked like this?"

"Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it's time for a reset, a transformation," wrote Gray. "One that represents all states and all of us."

(Photo: Jan Prunk)

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Olivia Rodrigo's 'Good 4 U' Tops U.K. Chart For Fourth Straight Week

Olivia Rodrigo's worldwide hit song "Good 4 U" has now topped the U.K. charts for the fourth consecutive week, becoming the first song to have achieved this feat in over 18 years.

The TikTok-famous rock ballad earned over 9.8 million streams in the U.K. for the week and bagged over double the number of chart sales than its closest rival, "Save Your Tears" by The Weekend.

The last song to have topped the Official Singles Chart for four straight weeks was "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence in 2003.

Meanwhile, Rodrigo's debut album, Sour, has also become the U.K.'s most-streamed album for the fourth consecutive week.

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