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Fortnite season 7 live event: Ariana Grande concert ‘coming soon’, says new leak

Fortnite season 7 could make up for the lack of live events at the end of Fortnite season 6 by hosting another unmissable concert – this time headlined by pop superstar Ariana Grande. It’s rumoured the Thank U, Next singer will be performing a concert in Fortnite “soon”, with a test for the performance allegedly already being carried out by Epic Games. The news was highlighted in a post online by notable Fortnite leaker ShiinaBR.

The leaked information was originally posted on the FortniteLeaks Reddit page.

The leak claimed: “Ariana Grande will be coming soon and will have a in-game concert (concert has already had a test launch done by staff at Epic).”

From the sounds of it, Ariana Grande could also be getting her own skin in Fortnite.

If that’s the case it would be the same as with the Travis Scott concert last year.

That performance was arguably one of the most memorable Fortnite live events ever.

And if Epic Games are able to build on that and eclipse it with the Ariana Grande performance it could be one for the ages.

Speaking about the leak, ShiinaBR posted on Twitter: “RUMOR: 15 hours ago, a post was published by a moderator on the subreddit r/FortniteLeaks claiming to have insider information about upcoming things in Fortnite.

“The source who provided the insider information apparently leaked a LOT of information about Season 6 correctly.”

ShiinaBR went on to add: “UPDATE: I have received video evidence from one of the r/FortniteLeaks moderators of the private conversation with said insider.

“The video evidence was recorded on mobile (iOS) and appears to be genuine. If(!!) it’s real, the insider has leaked MUCH correctly in the (near) past.”

The alleged leak also potentially revealed a tonne of other inbound Fortnite content.

It’s been claimed members of the Justice League and Suicide Square will also be added to Fortnite.

While it’s also been claimed the next Fortnite season (Fortnite season 8) could feature a character from hit anime Naruto in the Battle Pass.

It’s also been claimed Kevin the Cube will make a triumphant return at the end of Fortnite season 7.

But this time around the Cube will be controlled by an unknown ‘Queen’ character who will play a role in the Fortnite chapter 3 storyline.

Elsewhere, it’s been claimed Fortnite chapter 3 will “completely” redesign the Battle Royale map.

While ridable monsters and mechs are also allegedly coming to the Fortnite island at some point.

As always with rumours, it’s best to take it with a pinch of salt until confirmation.

But if true it sounds like Epic Games has plenty of exciting things lined up for the end of Fortnite season 7 and beyond.

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The Weeknd & Ariana Grande Transform Into Animated Characters For The ‘Save Your Tears’ Remix Video

Author Jason Brow
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

Seven years after teaming up for ‘Love Me Harder,’ The Weeknd reunited with Ariana Grande to remix his ‘Save Your Tears.’ We even get to see The Weeknd and Ariana in cartoon form!

If you’re crying for joy that The Weeknd and Ariana Grande have once again collaborated on a track, well, grab a tissue and, as the song says, “Save Your Tears.” Nearly a decade after these two first teamed up, The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye, 31) and Ariana, 27, partnered to remix his song from his 2019 album, After Hours. The remix also comes with a brand-new music video in which The Weeknd and Ariana transform into cartoon characters. But this isn’t a video for kids — the animated visuals play out a compelling plot.

The Weeknd, Ariana Grande
Courtesy of Youtube

In the music video for the “Save Your Tears” remix, we are taken deep down into The Weeknd’s secret laboratory in the desert where he is constructing the perfect Ms. Grande. This also seems to be a wink at the fact that Ariana also acted as a mad scientist to build the perfect Ari robot in her music video for “34 + 35.” You can watch the trippy animation above, which was directed by Jack Brown (who was also in charge of character design).

The Weeknd and Ariana first teased that they were working together on Monday (Apr. 19) when they both shared an eight-second snippet of their vocals harmonizing the lyrics, “I don’t know why I run away.” A few days later, they confirmed the collab by sharing the remix’s official artwork to their social media accounts. The art depicted an animated version of Ariana being reflected in the giant sunglasses of The Weeknd’s After Hours character.

“Save Your Tears (Remix)” marks the third time that these two have teamed up. They previously connected on “off the table,” from Ariana’s 2020 album, Positions. They first worked together six years earlier on “Love Me Harder” from Ariana’s sophomore album, My Everything. Released in 2014, “Love Me Harder” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Ariana’s fourth consecutive top-ten single off of her album. It was The Weeknd’s first top ten entry in the United States. Both “Love Me Harder” and “Earned It” – released in December 2014, the lead single to the Fifty Shade of Grey soundtrack – helped introduced The Weeknd to a wider, mainstream audience. It laid the groundwork for his subsequent superstar success – “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face” would arrive in 2015, with “Starboy” following in 2016 – but the collab did more than that. “Love Me Harder” introduced The Weeknd to Max Martin, one of the song’s writers and one of the most successful songwriters in modern history.

The Weeknd and Ariana Grande teamed up again (Shutterstock)

“Ariana was kinda my foot in the door with Max, my chance to show him ‘I can play this game,’ y’know?” he told Variety in 2020. “But when we got in the room together, we didn’t really connect as much. Then someone invited him to a show I did at the Hollywood Bowl, and he saw 15,000 people singing along, and I think he was like, ‘OK, there’s something I’m not getting.’ So we sat down again, and the first song we created was ‘In the Night.’” They also worked on the aforementioned “Can’t Feel My Face,” four songs from Starboy, as well as six tracks from After Hours, including the chart-topping “Blinding Lights,” and the original “Save Your Tears.”

“Max and I have become literally the best of friends, but I don’t do that with many people,” The Weeknd told Variety. “It’s not that I can’t, but a collaboration is a relationship, it’s like a marriage, you’ve gotta build up to it.”

9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Dies Trying to Cross Rio Grande Into U.S.

A 9-year-old migrant girl drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas with her family, according to federal authorities, the first reported death of a child in a new surge of migration along the southwestern border.

U.S. Border Patrol agents responding to a rescue call found a mother and two children, all three unconscious, on an island in the river that separates the United States from Mexico. The agents were able to resuscitate the mother and the younger child, a 3-year-old boy.

The older child was transferred to emergency medics in Eagle Pass, Texas, but remained unresponsive and was pronounced dead after the March 20 episode, according to a statement released on Friday by the federal Customs and Border Protection agency.

The rescued mother was Guatemalan; her children were both Mexican nationals, the statement said.

Austin L. Skero II, the chief patrol agent for the Border Patrol’s Del Rio sector in South Texas, said that his agents had rescued more than 500 migrants attempting to illegally enter the country since the start of the current fiscal year, which began Oct. 1. A total of 82 migrants have died in that period, according to C.B.P. data.

A Cuban man died Wednesday night while trying to enter the United States by swimming around the border barrier that stretches into the ocean between Tijuana and San Diego, the second migrant to drown in the area in less than two weeks, according to the Mexican authorities.

Desperate migrants brave perilous river, ocean and desert crossings to reach the United States. Many have died of heat stroke after getting lost in the remote, rugged arid lands of Arizona.

Those crossing the Rio Grande typically move under cover of darkness. Many pay smuggling networks hundreds or thousands of dollars to float across on inflatable rings, which are often used to hold both an adult and a child.

In 2019, a father and his daughter from El Salvador died while attempting to cross the river[1] near the border city of Matamoros, Mexico. The picture of the father and his 23-month-old daughter lying face down along the banks of the Rio Grande, her tiny head tucked inside his T-shirt, an arm draped over his neck, captured worldwide attention.

Humanitarian groups leave water jugs in desolate areas on the migrant trail in Arizona where the terrain and heat pose great risks to crossers. Since 2004, about 3,400 migrants have perished in southern Arizona.

Last year, 227 bodies were recovered, the most in a decade. Humane Borders, which tracks and maps the deaths, and the Pima County medical examiner in Tucson attributed the high number to the hottest and driest summer in that state’s history.

A pair of hurricanes last year in Guatemala and Honduras, the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on economies across the developing world and President Biden’s commitment to a compassionate approach to immigration have compelled hundreds of thousands of people to journey to the Mexico-U.S. border in recent months.

The Border Patrol apprehended nearly 100,000 migrants in February, the 10th consecutive month of increases and the highest number since 2019, when the Trump administration clamped down on unauthorized entries by introducing a series of deterrence measures, including requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearings.

Monthly apprehensions had plummeted to 16,182 in April 2020 as the pandemic prompted former President Donald J. Trump to invoke a public-health emergency to seal the southwestern border to all but essential travel.

But apprehensions, the key indicator of the volumes of people trying to enter illegally, have climbed every month since then.

Mr. Biden has reversed or loosened some Trump-era restrictions, including the “Remain in Mexico” policy, while he and his top advisers have repeatedly urged migrants not to make the trek. But numbers have soared at the border, and Republicans have blamed his new approach for attracting the large numbers of migrants that have overwhelmed border processing facilities.

The Biden administration continues to expel thousands of migrant families to Mexico under the public-health law, known as Title 42.

But thousands of Central American families who have only recently made their way to Mexico are also being allowed into the United States, particularly in the Rio Grande Valley, because the Mexican state of Tamaulipas has been refusing to take them back.

The number of families intercepted by U.S. agents at the southwestern border soared to 17,773 in February from 6,173 in January. The Border Patrol expelled four out of 10 people in family units under the public-health order, according to official data.

The crush of arrivals in the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest migrant gateway, is forcing the Border Patrol to release families even faster than usual to avoid the overcrowding in border processing stations that has drawn sharp criticism from immigrant and child-welfare advocates in the past.

For smugglers, that has represented a marketing opportunity.

“The mixed messaging is creating this mess,” said Jaime Diez, an immigration lawyer in Brownsville, Texas. “The coyotes know, and will say everyone gets in. So people come.”

Elisabet Arreada Lopez and her two young daughters are among a large number of families who have recently set out from Guatemala hoping to start a new life in the United States. Her husband, who was already living in Ohio, hired a coyote to help them.

After arriving in Reynosa, Mexico, they floated on inner tubes across the Rio Grande to reach Texas, where they encountered the U.S. Border Patrol, she said.

“People back home were saying this is the moment to cross,” Ms. Arreada said from the bus station in Brownsville, where federal agents had dropped her off after processing.

The large number of families arriving is a challenge, said Hugo Zurita, executive director of Good Neighbor Settlement House, a soup kitchen in Brownsville.

Its staff and volunteers, in partnership with the city, provide new migrants with Covid-19 tests and hot meals and then help make travel arrangements.

To avoid a bottleneck of families during the pandemic, “our priority is to get them to their destination as quickly as possible,” Mr. Zurita said.

Alberto Gomez, 32, another migrant who recently arrived in Brownsville, said that lack of opportunity in Honduras drove him to try to settle his family in the United States.

I couldn’t even make enough for us to eat, things were getting so bad,” said Mr. Gomez, who sold car accessories on the streets.

“We watched the news to see how the situation is in this country. When Biden won the election, we decided to take this path,” he said.

Earlier this month, he, his wife and three children made the journey by bus to northern Mexico.

A few days after reaching Matamoros, he paid $ 200 to a guide who supplied his family of five with three inner tubes to cross the Rio Grande.

Once in the United States, he said, the family walked for two hours, until they encountered Border Patrol agents and turned themselves in.

After being processed at a station, he said, “we gained free entry.”

Soon they were on their way by bus to Newark, where relatives awaited them.

Ilana Panich-Linsman contributed reporting.

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Sens. Ted Cruz, John Cornyn lead senate tour to Rio Grande Valley in response to immigration crisis

In response to the immigration crisis surging at the southern border, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn are leading a Senate delegation on a tour of the Texas-Mexico border.WATCH: GOP senators begin boat tour of Rio Grande as part of border visit

Cruz posted a video from the Rio Grande overnight that appears to show human smugglers on the Mexican side of the river.

“That’s Mexico right over there, and you can see there are three smugglers right there,” Cruz is heard saying in the video.WATCH: Ted Cruz with live footage from the border

He also said those smugglers were taunting the senators on the U.S. side.

Cruz called on Pres. Joe Biden’s administration to strengthen the border and reverse policies that Cruz says is fueling a surge at the border.

Meanwhile, Biden says he will not allow unaccompanied children to stay on the Mexican side where they are hungry and exposed to the elements.When asked if those children will be allowed to stay in the U.S., Biden said that will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

The delegation also visited overrun holding facilities where the senators claim to have seen mothers and children cramped into small outdoor areas with dirt floors.

SEE RELATED STORY: Out of space: More emergency sites opening to handle influx of migrant children[1]

“This is a humanitarian crisis, this is a public health crisis,” Cruz said. “The illegal immigrants who are being released, they are testing positive for COVID-19 at a seven times higher rate than the American population, and it is a national security crisis.”

When a reporter asked Biden if what’s happening inside the facilities is acceptable to him, he said, “That’s a serious question, right? That’s why we’re going to be moving 1,000 of those kids out quickly.”SEE RELATED: U.S. trying to dissuade migrant travel to ease growing border crisis[2]

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