Janet Jackson, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi Arabia concert

50 Cent, Chris Brown Added To Saudi Arabia Festival After Nicki Minaj Pulls Out

50 Cent, Chris Brown Added To Saudi Arabia Festival After Nicki Minaj Pulls Out

More high-profile stars are set to perform in Saudi Arabia as part of the Jeddah World Fest, with superstar singer Janet Jackson along with American rappers 50 Cent and Future and R&B artist Chris Brown heading to the Kingdom.

The concert takes place on Thursday at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium.

Representatives for 50 Cent and Future didn't immediately reply to emails seeking comment either. President of the Human Rights Foundation told AP that it was "profoundly distressing that they have chosen money over morals". "While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression". The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

As it was mentioned in passing above, Nicki Minaj recently released a statement in which she refused to perform at the Jeddah World Fest due to human rights violations and the treatment of women and LGBT communities. The Human Rights Foundation among others has asked for performers not to go there on account of the gender segregation policies.

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The festival in Saudi Arabia, which forbids alcohol and has a strict social code, comes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pursues a sweeping "liberalisation" drive that has led to new cinemas, concerts and sporting extravaganzas.

The country has faced intense worldwide scrutiny over its human rights record since last year's killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul and the ongoing trial of women activists. While the arena for entertainment is widening, the space for political engagement and dissent has virtually disappeared. "Except it isn't", Halvorssen's statement read. "It's a blatant public relations push on the heels of the pre-meditated assassination of a Washington Post columnist and the ongoing imprisonment of dozens of human rights activists. Saudi is engaged in a sophisticated campaign of distraction". In the last few months, other stars to visit the country include Tiesto, David Guetta, Sean Paul, Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias, and Mariah Carey.

That's a stark change from when Saudi morality police would raid establishments that played loud music.

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