Justin Bieber banned from China for 'bad behaviour'

Justin BieberImage copyright Getty Images Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China, according to Beijing's Culture Bureau. In a statement, the ministry said it was not appropriate to allow in entertainers who have engaged in "bad behaviour." "Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer," it added. The statement was issued in response to a question recently submitted by a user of the bureau's website. "We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and truly become a singer beloved by the public," the statement said. Analysis Image copyright Getty Images By John Sudworth, BBC Beijing correspondent To its list of hostile foreign forces - one assumes ranking somewhere below the Dalai Lama and Taiwanese separatists - China has added the name Justin Bieber. The news came in a statement from the Beijing municipal culture bureau, answering a question from a fan about why, with the singer about to embark on an Asia-wide tour, no venues have been scheduled in mainland China. Justin Bieber is indeed "talented at singing" came the reply, but nonetheless it would not be appropriate to allow him to perform, because of what it called a number of incidents of "bad behaviour." It did not elaborate on exactly which of Mr Bieber's run-ins with the law it was referring to. The pop star, who was allowed to tour China in 2013, joins a long list of musicians who have found themselves similarly blacklisted.Most though, like the British band Oasis and the US group Maroon 5, because of perceived political statements, rather than on the grounds of bad behaviour. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The shrine photo prompted a lot of scrutiny on social media This hasn't been the first time the Sorry singer has caused controversy in Asia. In 2014, Bieber caused upset on social media after he posted a photo of himself visiting the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. The shrine honours fallen warriors and pays tribute to convicted war criminals but in China and South Korea, the shrine is seen as a symbol of Japan not being sorry for its empire's past. But despite the singer taking the photo down and apologising, the Chinese were outraged.Their foreign minister's spokesperson said he hoped the singer had left Yasukuni with "a clear understanding of Japan's history of invasion and militarism, and of the source of Japan's militarism". Justin Bieber will be performing in Asia as part of his Purpose World Tour from September, and will be playing in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia. Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents.If you have a story suggestion email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..[1][2][3][4]

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Two former Doctors clash over Jodie Whittaker casting

Peter Davison, Jodie Whittaker and Colin BakerImage copyright Getty Images/BBC Image caption Davison (left) and Baker (right) expressed divergent opinions over Whittaker's casting Two ex-Time Lords have had a war of words over Jodie Whittaker being cast as TV's first female Doctor. Peter Davison, who played the Doctor from 1981 to 1984, said he "liked the idea" of a male Doctor and that he felt "a bit sad" the character might no longer be "a role model for boys". His comments were promptly dubbed "rubbish" by his successor Colin Baker. "You don't have to be of a gender to be a role model," said the actor, who portrayed the Doctor from 1984 to 1986. "Can't you be a role model as people?" The actors were speaking on Thursday at Comic-Con, the world's largest celebration[1] of film, TV and pop culture. Baker, the father of four daughters, said the BBC show's 54-year history had given young male viewers plenty of figures to emulate. "They've had 50 years of having a role model," said the 74-year-old."So sorry Peter, you're talking rubbish there - absolute rubbish." Davison - whose own daughter Georgina is married to David Tennant, another ex-Doctor - accepted "you need to open it up" and that he was "maybe an old-fashioned dinosaur". Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Barrowman has also been at Comic-Con in San Diego this week The news that Whittaker will inherit the Tardis from Peter Capaldi this Christmas has been a major talking point at the San Diego event. John Barrowman asked fans to give the Broadchurch actress a chance while making his own Comic-Con appearance on Thursday. "If we buy into the world of Doctor Who...it doesn't say that he will be a he all the time," said the actor. Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness in the programme and its spin-off Torchwood, donned a glittery mini-dress[2] modelled on the Tardis while appearing at the San Diego Convention Centre. Closer to home, Whittaker's casting as the 13th Doctor continues to animate other former stars of the long-running series. Image caption Agyeman played Martha Jones opposite David Tennant's Doctor Freema Agyeman, another former companion of the TV time-traveller, said she was "overjoyed" that a woman had finally landed the role. "I feel like standing on top of a rooftop and shouting for joy," said the actress, who confessed to being "astounded" by the "furore" that the casting announcement had generated. "The strength of the show and the reason for its longevity is the way it keeps changing and shifting," she told the BBC this week. New Doctor prompts mixed reaction[3] Doctor Who:Breaking the glass ceiling?[4] Agyeman, who played Martha Jones opposite Tennant's Doctor, will shortly be seen in Apologia[5] at London's Trafalgar Studios alongside The West Wing's Stockard Channing. Earlier this week it was revealed[6] in the BBC's annual report that Capaldi was paid between £200,000 and £250,000 last year for his role in the series. In an interview[7] with the London Evening Standard, BBC director general Tony Hall said Whittaker would be paid the same as her predecessor "for the same amount of work". Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents.If you have a story suggestion email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..[8][9][10][11]

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How Linkin Park made rap metal memorable

Linkin ParkImage copyright Getty Images Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who has died aged 41, changed the dynamics of nu metal with his searingly personal lyrics and musical curiosity. Linkin Park weren't the first band to fuse metal and rap, but they were the most successful. Their first album, Hybrid Theory, was certified diamond in the US, representing 10 million sales.Around the world, they sold more than 50 million records. What set them apart from other nu metal acts like Korn and Limp Bizkit was the vocal interplay between its two frontmen. Chester Bennington's guttural screams tussled with Mike Shinoda's matter-of-fact rapping in a volatile expression of rage and frustration, while DJ Joseph Hahn framed the band's thrashing guitars with sampled dystopian soundscapes. Musically, they were miles apart from the sense-dulling artlessness of many of their contemporaries, inspired by contemporary Asia, postmodernism and sample culture.They weren't afraid to show their vulnerability on songs like Numb and In The End.[1][2] Linkin Park released a collaborative EP with Jay-Z, and invited grime star Stormzy onto their latest album, One More Light - a brave, if not entirely successful, venture into mainstream pop. They never swore on record until 2007's Minutes to Midnight (something which boosted their commercial ascent);their lyrics were vivid enough without curse words. "There's something inside me that pulls beneath the surface / Consuming, confusing / This lack of self-control I fear is never ending," he sang on Crawling[3], a single from their debut album. "I tried so hard and got so far," he sang on their biggest hit, In The End, "but in the end, it doesn't even matter." Image copyright Getty Images Bennington was candid about the dark times that inspired these songs - he was molested as a child, and later struggled with drug and alcohol problems. "I literally hated life," he told Rock Sound in 2015."I was like, 'I don't want to have feelings.I want to be a sociopath.I don't want to do anything.I don't want to care what other people feel like.I want to feel nothing.'" As a result, Bennington often sang as if he was fighting for his life and, sometimes, it felt like he was winning."Every scar is a story I can tell," he sang on Sharp Edges[4], released earlier this year. In retrospect, it's tempting (and easy) to find hints of suicidal thoughts in Bennington's lyrics - but that detracts from the complexity of his writing, which could be fragile and empathetic as often as it was angst-ridden. Outside of music, he tried to be a force for positivity, too - setting up the fund Music for Relief with the rest of Linkin Park, and playing a range of concerts to raise money for victims of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami. On their latest album, the band teamed up with a charity installing solar panels in communities without electricity in Africa, Haiti and Jordan. The lyrics to the title track[5], too, saw Bennington reach out to fans suffering depression like his own:"If they say / Who cares if one more light goes out?/ Well I do." Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents.If you have a story suggestion email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..[6][7][8][9]

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