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From the Living Room: Chloe x Halle previews new music, Jussie Smollett covers Stevie Wonder

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In light of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Chloe x Halle and Jussie Smollet have delivered acoustic performances straight from their living rooms. 

The grown-ish duo gave a live performance on Instagram Live as part of Global Citizen's "Together at Home" concert series. Chloe x Halle started the performance with an acoustic version of "Hello Friend," "Cool People," and "Happy Without Me," from their debut album The Kids Are Alright.

Halle also talked about London rehearsals for her upcoming starring role in Disney's live-action The Little Mermaidjust before the girls revealed their upcoming album should be expected by late May/early June. The duo previewed two new singles: party vibes for "Catch Up," with Swae Lee, and the groovy "Do It," co-written by newcomer Victoria Monet

You can enjoy the entire Instagram Live concert on YouTube.

Looks like Jussie Smollet is also enjoying his time at home. It's quarantine day 421 for the former Empire star or so it feels, as he learns to play songs on the piano like Stevie Wonder's "A Place in the Sun." 

"Hope y’all are staying safe," Jussie says.  "Spread love and kindness... not Rona."

Smollett has been on the quiet tip since his release from Empire last year, following his public battle with the city of Chicago over his alleged attack there in January, 2019.  Prosecutors later declared he'd faked the attack and criminally charged him the following month.  Those charges were later dropped, but following another investigation by a special prosecutor, Smollet was indicted again on various related charges last month.

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