- Award-winning singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran has teamed up with Ukrainian band Antytila to share a message of hope during these difficult times
- The British singer and Antytila, whose members are currently fighting in the war against Russia, released a tearjerking remix of the song 2Step on Monday
- The Shape Of You hitmaker shared that the original video of the song was shot in Kyiv months before the Russian invasion
Award-winning British singer Ed Sheeran is playing his part in helping Ukraine during these difficult times. The star recently joined forces with Ukrainian band Antytila on the remix of his song 2Step.
The popular Ukrainian band added a verse about the importance of holding on and having hope when faced with difficult situations.
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According to Deadline, Antytila lead singer Taras Topolia said his emotional lyrics were inspired by the distance from his family during the war. Per the publication, Topolia's wife, singer Alyosha, and their kids fled to the US on the first day of the Russian invasion.
Topolia, who is currently playing his part as a paramedic in the war, recorded his verse just outside Kyiv, where the video was also shot.
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The song's original visuals featuring rapper Lil Baby was released a few days ago, Complex reports. In the opening remarks of the video, The Happier singer said the video was shot in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv last year, and all proceeds from the video’s stream will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. He said:
“We filmed the ‘2Step’ video last year in Kyiv. And although it was my first time there, I quickly loved the people and the place. There was no sign of the horror that was to come to Ukraine, and my heart goes out to everyone there.”
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Spotify leaves Russia, says law restricts freedom of speech
The company said on Friday, March 25, 2022, that it is leaving the country because recent legislation restricting news platforms could put its employees and audiences at risk. It noted that it will suspend operations by the end of April.
The streamer’s plans to leave Russia highlight the balance that media companies from the western need to strike as they want to provide news to Russians while they face great obstacles concerning the country’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and its business climate.