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Britney Spears is 'speaking her truth.' Are we listening?

It's said speaking your truth will set you free. It's what Britney Spears is hoping for. The 39-year-old pop star pleaded … 2021-06-30 21:15 7KB www.usatoday.com

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Jamie Lynn Spears Breaks Silence On Sister’s Allegations Of ‘Abusive’ Conservatorship

Jamie Lynn Spears broke her silence Monday over the conservatorship of former pop star Britney Spears, her sister. In a two-minute video message posted … 2021-06-30 22:33 3KB www.dailywire.com

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Camila Cabello Is ‘Going to Be That One’ in First ‘Cinderella’ Trailer (Video)

Camila Cabello sings she is "going to be that one" in the first trailer to the upcoming "Cinderella." Cabello stars in the musical. 2021-06-30 18:54 2KB www.thewrap.com

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Elvis Costello Had The Best Response To Olivia Rodrigo Plagiarism Claims

Elvis Costello has defended the singer as she was accused of lifting his guitar riffs in her track "Brutal". 2021-06-30 17:30 2KB www.bustle.com

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‘Hamilton’ Rap And Singing Musical Gets $30 Million In Federal Aid, With Potential For $50 Million

Hamilton received $30 million in relief from the federal government, with the possibility of another $20 million arriving in the future, The New York Times … 2021-06-30 16:54 2KB dailycaller.com

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The Weeknd Is Making A Show About A Cult With The Creator Of 'Euphoria'

The Weeknd is jumping into the TV game with his own HBO series, which centers on a pop star who gets involved in a mysterious cult. 2021-06-30 15:10 2KB www.elitedaily.com

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All shook up: Free Elvis Presley streaming channel to launch in 2022

If Elvis Presley is always on your mind, you’re in luck. Fans of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll probably got all shook up with Wednesday’s … 2021-06-30 16:04 3KB nypost.com

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Demi Lovato, Cynthia Erivo & More Celebs Urge You To Respect Their Pronouns

To close out Pride Month, Universal Music Group and GLAAD teamed up with Demi Lovato, Cynthia Erivo, Busy Phillips and more for a video about pronouns. 2021-06-30 15:45 3KB www.bustle.com

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Pasquale Rotella Praised for 'Generous' Day Trip Festival Refunds Following Changes

Day Trip, a house music festival, moved from San Pedro to the parking lot at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, before moving to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino. 2021-06-30 11:34 3KB www.newsweek.com

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British Influencer Getting Death Threats After Identifying As Korean

The British influencer who got surgeries to look like a BTS singer says they're getting death threats. 2021-06-30 08:00 1KB www.tmz.com

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10 Amazon buys for the perfect Fourth of July picnic

From red, white and blue decorations to a patriotic picnic basket, here's what you need for a July 4 picnic 2021-06-30 21:00 4KB www.cbsnews.com

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Kendall Jenner Ties Up Her Shirt To Make A Crop Top While Heading To Fashion Show In Paris – Photo

Kendall Jenner looked fabulous in Paris on June 30 when she rocked a tied-up crop top with a black midi skirt. 2021-06-30 19:06 2KB hollywoodlife.com

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Willow Got Real About The Racism She's Faced As A Black Rock Musician

Willow Smith’s quotes about being a Black woman in rock shine a light on the ish Black female artists deal with. 2021-06-30 21:29 3KB www.elitedaily.com

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Judge says Kesha can use NY law to bolster legal battle with Dr. Luke

A judge granted a request by the singer Kesha to use a recently strengthened free speech law in New York to bolster her case in an 8-year legal battle with music producer Dr. Luke. 2021-06-30 18:34 4KB pagesix.com

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Jimin's Hobbies Outside BTS Prove He Does Everything Passionately

From songwriting to traveling, here's a list of BTS' Jimin's hobbies outside of the group. 2021-06-30 18:29 6KB www.elitedaily.com

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Bryce Xavier Came Out On TikTok & Hasn't Looked Back Since

At just 19, Bryce Xavier is making waves in the music industry. The "Romeo" singer caught up with Elite Daily to discuss Pride, LGBTQ+ identity, and his music. 2021-06-30 18:11 5KB www.elitedaily.com

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A Tribe Called Quest Is Selling A Portion Of Their Royalties As An NFT

The group's catalog is one of the best-performing in music, with countless sync placements and a steady streaming base of its classic songs. 2021-06-30 18:08 1KB uproxx.com

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Working For Chicago: USPS Hiring Carrier Assistants

The positions are open now through July 4, 2021.  The jobs start at $18.01 per hour. 2021-06-30 17:11 2KB chicago.cbslocal.com

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Slow Pulp Announce 2021 Tour Dates And A Jellyfish-Heavy Video For The B-Side, ‘Iowa’

The Chicago shoegazers will perform songs from their acclaimed 2020 debut, 'Moveys,' this fall. 2021-06-30 17:02 2KB uproxx.com

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Newbie artist’s breakout song ‘Paraluman’ inspired by Angelina Cruz

The young music artist Adie Garcia has never met Angelina Cruz in person. But one night, he dreamed of her, and then, upon waking wrote … 2021-06-30 16:10 3KB entertainment.inquirer.net

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Kristin Cavallari Opens Up About Her Divorce On ‘The Hills’

The former couple talked about their exes on 'The Hills.' 2021-06-30 16:07 5KB heavy.com

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Aaron Dessner Takes Lead Vocal Duties On The New Big Red Machine Song ‘The Ghost Of Cincinnati’

Aaron Dessner thanked Taylor Swift, Justin Vernon, and others 'for convincing me to sing more and to finish this song for the album.' 2021-06-30 14:59 2KB uproxx.com

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Lil Yachty releases new song 'Love Music'

Lil Yachty gets emotional in a new song titled "Love Music." 2021-06-30 14:53 1KB www.upi.com

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Local Natives Soften The Rock Edge Of Manchester Orchestra’s ‘Bed Head’ With A New Remix

The original song appears on Manchester Orchestra's recently released album 'The Million Masks Of God.' 2021-06-30 14:17 3KB uproxx.com

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Brian Kelley says he loved having 'full control' over songs on first solo album

Brian Kelley dropped his first solo album, " Sunshine State of Mind ," on June 25, and was equally nervous and excited for fans to listen. "It … 2021-06-30 12:13 2KB www.foxnews.com

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Even Picking Up Music As An Adult May Boost Your Memory

A new research study looked at the long-term effects of playing an instrument either in high school or beyond, and found that even people who started making music as adults did better at memory recall tasks in their sixties and early seventies. 2021-06-30 10:56 4KB www.forbes.com

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The Wrap: Crispy Gai and Strata open in larger spaces

Learn about Persian cuisine, toast a bartender. 2021-06-30 08:00 9KB www.pressherald.com

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Britney Spears is 'speaking her truth.' Are we listening?
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It's said speaking your truth will set you free. It's what Britney Spears is hoping for. The 39-year-old pop star pleaded to a judge Wednesday to end the legal conservatorship run by her father, calling the arrangement "abusive" and revealing to the court she is forced to use an IUD, to take lithium without her consent, and has performed concerts against her will – a work arrangement she likened to "sex trafficking." This was Spears' first known time addressing the court in more than two years. Her last address was sealed, but Spears requested Wednesday's statement be open to the public, making this the first time the world heard directly from the star about what the past 13 years in a conservatorship have been like. "The last time I spoke to you… made me feel like I was dead – like I didn’t matter, like nothing had been done to me, like you thought I was lying," Spears said in her emotional statement. "I’m telling you again because I’m not lying. I want to feel heard. And I’m telling you this again so maybe you can understand the depth and the degree and the damage that they did to me." Feminists and sociologists say the public witnessed a woman fighting for autonomy – over her body, her career, her finances, her future. While many facets of the Spears case remain opaque, including clarity around any existing mental health issues, experts say her decision to speak boldly and publicly is one many abuse survivors make as they attempt to reframe their stories and reclaim power over their lives. When legal and cultural systems fail women, laying themselves bare is often the only recourse they have. "It sounds like she has been finding the words to name what she's experiencing and feeling and to communicate that is a huge step," says Kate Mason, a gender studies professor at Wheaton College. "While there are elements of her experience that are somewhat unique, the dynamics of what she's calling out as abusive … can give others language to name things they feel are wrong but couldn't find the words for themselves." Juliet Williams, a professor of gender studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, says Spears' speech can be understood as a penumbra of the #MeToo movement . "The #MeToo movement was premised on healing but also the political and resistive power of speaking your truth," she says. "And we don't actually know how far that movement can or needs to go, but what we saw with Britney speaking out is that the silencing of women for sure governs the realms of sexual assault and sexual harassment, but is not limited to those domains." Spears has been under a conservatorship – meaning she's not in total control of her finances and other important life decisions – since 2008. Her father, James "Jamie" Spears,68, was appointed her co-conservator along with lawyer Andrew Wallet, who has since resigned. Jamie Spears temporarily stepped aside, apparently due to his own health issues, but still handles Spears' finances while professional conservator Jodi Montgomery now handles everything else. Conservatorships are typically used for people who are seriously disabled or for elderly individuals who lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. Spears' arrangement was notable because of her young age, her fame and the fact that she continues to work. Over the years, some legal experts speculated Spears may not have wanted out of her conservatorship, but the star spoke directly to that Wednesday when she said, "I didn’t know I could petition the conservatorship to end it." Williams says Spears' statement underscores how difficult it can be for women to find their voice in a legal and medical system that discredits them with respect to their health, their money and their lives. Her revelations contradict the narrative that our society is past a time when women were dismissed as hysterical or controlled by their fathers. "Post-feminism is the idea that that's the past and we live in a different present," she says. "What was shocking yesterday was piercing that bubble of denial and reckoning with the fact that we are still living under the legal and medical regime governed by the gender assumptions of the 19th century." On social media, many people, including high-profile celebrities, remarked how stunned they were by Spears' disclosures, including that she has been forced to use an IUD even though she wants to have more children. But women's rights advocates say many U. S. women are denied reproductive freedom, live in patriarchal families and are stripped of autonomy because of the perception that mental health issues make them incompetent. Variations of these scenarios are happening every day to women with less power and visibility than Spears. "I was reading one comments section and people were saying, 'This is horrific, I can't believe this is legal, I can't believe this is happening.' I wanted to respond with, 'This happens all the time, just usually not to famous people,' " Mason says. "There is this huge history of involuntary sterilization and long-term birth control in the U. S. legally done, sometimes court-ordered." This country has a history of racist and sexist forced sterilization policies targeting people of color and those with disabilities. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, after the Food and Drug Administration approved the contraceptive implant Norplant at the end of 1990, "judges and legislators attempted to mandate its use by certain individual women or groups of women," including "women on welfare" as a condition of receiving aid. Williams says while Spears' case deserves attention, people might inaccurately view her situation as an anomaly, too sensational to be relatable. "We can see the spectacular demonstrations of wrangling over control. It's easier to see it in her case than it is in the mundane micro-politics of domesticity and workplace subordination that women are subject to," she says. "The danger now is that we can make a correction so that a Britney situation doesn't happen again, but that's not actually going to reach the women who really need it." As long as power and privilege remain a condition for redress, famous women's grievances will continue to be heard sooner and more loudly than women with less power and prominence. Mason says while there is power in speaking out, the Spears case reminds her of #MeToo founder Tarana Burke's observation that there are always pros and cons to women telling their stories. Naming abuse can be an important step in healing, but it's also critical the public not demand Spears continue to replay her trauma. There's a complicated tension, she says, between telling your story and being asked to continually relive it. "We need to create space for her to define what's happened to her," she says, "and if the conservatorship gets changed or revoked, for the public, the media and the people in her life to let her move on and not be defined by what happened to her."
Britney Spears' Father Calls for Investigation
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Britney Spears Cursed Out The Paparazzi While On Vacation In Maui
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What’s Next for Britney Spears
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Britney Spears' Dad Jamie Wants To Investigate Her Abuse Claims Against Him
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Britney Spears’ Father Says Her Issues With Conservatorship Aren’t His Fault
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Britney Spears posts message to paparazzi and fans
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Britney Spears’ father seeks court probe of her allegations
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Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Battle Explained
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Jamie Spears Says He Wasn't the One Making Britney's Life Miserable
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Kevin Federline didn’t use kids as ‘pawns’ for Britney Spears’ conservatorship
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Jamie Lynn Spears Breaks Silence On Sister’s Allegations Of ‘Abusive’ Conservatorship
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Jamie Lynn Spears broke her silence Monday over the conservatorship of former pop star Britney Spears, her sister. In a two-minute video message posted to her Instagram stories, Jamie Lynn rebuffed allegations that she’s lived off her sister’s money and emphasized her love and support for Britney. The 30-year-old did not reference the girls’ father, who has had control over Spears’ money since 2008, following a public mental breakdown that resulted in hospitalization. “Hey everybody, I just want to take a second to address a few things,” Jamie Lynn said, CBS News reported . “The only reason I haven’t before is because I felt like until my sister was able to speak for herself and say what she felt she needed to say publicly, that it wasn’t my place and it wasn’t the right thing to do. But now that she’s very clearly spoken and said what she needed to say, I feel like I can follow her lead and say what I feel I need to say.” Jamie Lynn said she “loved and supported” her sister and doesn’t care “if she wants to run away to the rainforest and have a zillion babies in the middle of nowhere or if she wants to come back and dominate the world the way she has so many times before,” the report noted. The commentary was seemingly in relation to allegations Spears made in court last week. As highlighted by The Daily Wire, the pop icon claimed she’s not allowed to remove a birth control device known as an IUD, and is barred from getting married or having more children in accordance with the conservatorship. “I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m okay and I’m happy. It’s a lie,” Spears said to the court. “I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized. Fake it till you make it, but now I’m telling you the truth, OK? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m depressed. I cry every day.” “I am only her sister, who is only concerned about her happiness,” Jamie Lynn continued, rebuffing claims that she’s lived off her sister’s money. “I have made a very conscious choice in my life to only participate in her life as her sister and as an aunt to those boys.” “I mean, I’ve worked to pay my own frickin’ bills since I was 10 years old,” she said. Jamie Lynn was the former star of Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101” and recently acted in a Netflix series called “Sweet Magnolias.” “Not that I owe the public anything because my sister knows I love and support her, and that’s the only person I owe anything to,” she pointedly added, noting that she’s supported Spears “long before there was a hashtag.” “I’m so proud of her for using her voice,” Jamie Lynn said. “I am so proud of her for requesting new counsel, like I told her to do many years ago. Oh, not on a big public platform, but just in a personal conversation between two sisters. So, I’m very proud that she’s taken that step.” Following the explosive allegations from Spears, Jamie Lynn nixed comments on Instagram posts starting from May 25; older posts have comments “limited.” The move was reportedly made after the 30-year-old was bombarded with nasty messages in relation to her sister’s claims. The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment. Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.
Britney Spears' conservator slams Jamie Spears' claims she blocked star's personal care, medical freedom
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Jamie Spears blames conservator Jodi Montgomery for not giving Britney freedom
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Jamie Lynn Spears breaks her silence on Britney Spears court hearing
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Camila Cabello Is ‘Going to Be That One’ in First ‘Cinderella’ Trailer (Video)
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Camila Cabello sings she is “going to be that one” in the first trailer to the upcoming “Cinderella.” Cabello stars in the musical adaptation of the classic tale in her debut feature role and which had previously been set for release by Sony Pictures. Amazon Studios has also set a release date for the musical film, slating “Cinderella” to open this September. Cabello, along with Idina Menzel, wrote original songs for the movie, and the two star alongside a cast that also includes Nicholas Galitzine, Minnie Driver, Billy Porter and Pierce Brosnan. Kay Cannon directs “Cinderella,” which was originally a theatrical release from Sony but will now be released by Amazon. Cannon also wrote the script that stars Cabello as the ambitious Cinderella and Billy Porter as her “Fab G” who hopes to make her dreams come true. Amazon also released a first look at the film’s official poster. “‘Cinderella’ is a classic we all know and love, but this time with a modern unique twist and starring the sensational Camila Cabello and an all-star cast. Producer James Corden and the filmmaking team have taken this beloved fairytale and revamped it with a fresh, empowering perspective that will resonate with audiences and families around the world. We couldn’t be more excited for our global customers to sing and dance along to director Kay Cannon’s reimagination of this classic story,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. James Corden is also a producer on “Cinderella” along with Leo Pearlman, Jonathan Kadin and Shannon McIntosh. The executive producers are Louise Rosner and Josephine Rose.
Camila Cabello is magical in first look at 'Cinderella'
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Camila Cabello Is A Modern Princess In Amazon’s ‘Cinderella’ Remake Teaser
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The First Look At Camila Cabello's 'Cinderella' Is A Dream Come True
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Elvis Costello Had The Best Response To Olivia Rodrigo Plagiarism Claims
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Music He made an important point about music. Olivia Rodrigo has everyone belting out her songs this summer. With hits such as “drivers licence” off of her debut album Sour, the 18-year-old’s tunes are just soaring up the charts. But the “good 4 u” singer has recently found herself embroiled in a plagiarism dispute with Elvis Costello. Rodrigo’s song “Brutal” uses a chord sequence featured in Costello’s 1978 hit “Pump It Up,” a comparison which one Twitter user called “pretty much a direct lift”. What could have started some intense drama was actually met with a nonchalant response from the rockstar as he replied to the tweet, “This is fine by me. It's how rock & roll works," he continued. "You take the broken pieces of another thrill and make a brand new toy. That's what I did." Costello used hashtags alluding to his own inspirations and referenced other moments some of the rock greats have been inspired by one another. He referenced Bob Dylan’s 1965 track “Subterranean Homesick Blues” which influenced “Pump It Up” and Chuck Berry’s 1956 single “Too Much Monkey Business” which inspired Dylan’s song. This isn’t the first time the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star’s work has been criticised for similarities to that of another artist. Earlier this week, Courtney Love shared a post remarking on the resemblances between Rodrigo’s Sour Prom Concert Film promo photos and the album cover for her band Hole’s Live Through This 1994 album. Love shared the photo comparison on Instagram with the caption “Spot the difference.” It doesn’t seem like Love was too impressed by the likeness of the album covers commenting on Facebook, “It’s rude not to be asked. I know Ellen Von Unwerth isn’t amused.” It’s all very “deja vu” for the young singer, whose team was also accused of taking “a little too much inspiration” from the US indie rock band Pom Squad. A Twitter used shared a thread that showed the similarities between the singer's music visuals and the bands overall aesthetic. Rodrigo and her team are yet to speak out on these latest accusations.
Elvis Costello dismisses claims Olivia Rodrigo plagiarized his music, saying that's rock and roll
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Elvis Costello on Olivia Rodrigo plagiarism claims: It’s OK, I do it too
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‘Hamilton’ Rap And Singing Musical Gets $30 Million In Federal Aid, With Potential For $50 Million
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Hamilton received $30 million in relief from the federal government, with the possibility of another $20 million arriving in the future, The New York Times reported. Prior to the pandemic, “ Hamilton ” had five productions running in the U. S., according to The New York Times. Each production was eligible for $10 million per production lost from the Small Business Association’s “Shuttered Venue Operators Grant” program. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton tells the story, through rapping, of America’s founding father and the first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was granted the millions for two tours and one Broadway production, which totaled $30 million. It is waiting to hear back if they will be compensated $20 million for an additional two tours. “Remember when Chrysler and GM were about to go bankrupt? In the same way that the federal government came in to bail out auto companies, it’s doing the same thing for all of show business with this legislation,” Jeffrey Seller, the show’s lead producer, told The New York Times. “It’s returning us to health and it’s protecting the well-being of our employees.” Seller told The New York Times the money would not go to the show’s producers and investors or fund artists’ royalties. Instead, the money will reimburse the show for pandemic-related expenses. “‘Hamilton’ has spent many millions of dollars during a time in which it was earning no income,” Seller told The New York Times. “Our goal is for ‘Hamilton’ to be in the same financial position it was in when we suspended operations on March 12, 2020.”
Report: ‘Hamilton’ Musical to Receive at Least $30 million in Federal Aid
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The Weeknd Is Making A Show About A Cult With The Creator Of 'Euphoria'
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Sign me up. A couple years after Drake helped launch HBO’s hit series Euphoria, the rapper’s protégé The Weeknd is following in his mentor’s footsteps with a trippy new show of his own. The hitmaker is developing a juicy HBO series that combines the worlds of pop music with underground cults, which is basically already guaranteed to be a must-watch experience. Not only will The Weeknd write and produce the show, but he will also star in it, making his acting debut. Here’s what fans need to know about The Weeknd’s HBO show The Idol, because it’s about to be what everyone’s talking about. The Idol will tell the story of a female pop singer who falls into an unexpectedly dangerous world when she learns the mysterious club owner she’s begun dating is also the leader of a secret cult. It’s not yet confirmed if The Weeknd will be playing the cult leader boyfriend or another character, but he is set to star in the series, along with writing and executive producing it. This will mark The Weeknd’s first major acting role, following a cameo appearance as a version of himself in 2019’s Uncut Gems. The superstar singer is co-creating the show with Sam Levinson, who is best known for creating the psychedelic teen drama Euphoria for HBO. The Weeknd’s longtime friend and collaborator Drake executive produces Euphoria, deepening the shared DNA between these two series. There’s not much info about the newly announced series just yet, but here’s what fans can expect. Since the new show is still in early development, it likely won’t premiere anytime soon. Fans will probably have to wait until 2022 to check out the series. As of the show’s announcement, The Weeknd is the only confirmed cast member... and even his role is unclear. The hitmaker will likely play the club owner/cult leader at the center of The Idol ’s mysterious drama, but the bigger question is who will play the female pop star who will serve as the show’s protagonist. Given The Weeknd’s impressive connections in the music industry, an IRL pop star could potentially join The Weeknd in making an acting turn to helm the series. The Idol won’t release any first looks until it enters production, so fans will have to sight tight and look out for any photos or trailers either later in 2021 or sometime in 2022.
The Weeknd teams with 'Euphoria' creator on new HBO series
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All shook up: Free Elvis Presley streaming channel to launch in 2022
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If Elvis Presley is always on your mind, you’re in luck. Fans of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll probably got all shook up with Wednesday’s announcement of a free, dedicated streaming channel — the Elvis Presley Channel, launching in early 2022 — through a new deal between Elvis Presley Enterprises and Cinedigm. The channel will include archival content and specials featuring Presley, as well as music content from other major rock ‘n’ roll artists. The channel will honor the “Love Me Tender” artist, who sold more than 1 billion records worldwide and was nominated for 14 Grammy Awards before his death in 1977. Presley also appeared in over 30 films, including 1957’s “Jailhouse Rock,” 1963’s “Fun in Acapulco” and 1969’s “Change of Habit.” On the AVOD channel, Cinedigm will feature Presley programming and exclusive specials and documentaries including “Singer Presents… Elvis” (also known as the “’68 Comeback Special”), “Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite” and “Elvis By the Presleys.” The Elvis Presley Channel will also showcase rare home footage from the Graceland Archives. Cinedigm plans to tap into the archives of legends including Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison. Specials will look at cities such as Memphis that influenced rock ‘n’ roll, and the channel will also stream music documentaries. Cinedigm is planning to make the Elvis Presley Channel available in the US and Canada and expects to distribute the programming via partners including Samsung, Pluto, Roku, Hulu, Amazon and Tubi. “There are few individuals more iconic than Elvis Presley; he transcends time, genre and medium,” said Erick Opeka, president of Cinedigm Digital Networks. “The opportunity to build a branded channel around Elvis opens up streaming possibilities to an entirely new demographic in the fastest-growing segment of the ad-supported business. The channel will allow a whole new audience to experience Elvis, while also giving his fans a more in-depth look at their idol.” The announcement follows Cinedigm’s 2020 launch of the Bob Ross Channel, which showcases the paintings and key moments from hundreds of episodes of the show. “We are thrilled to partner with Cinedigm to launch the Elvis Presley Channel,” said Marc Rosen, president of entertainment at ABG, which owns Elvis Presley Enterprises. “The Elvis fandom is incredibly passionate, and Cinedigm is best-in-class when it comes to serving fervent fan bases.” This announcement comes just a day after one of Hawaii’s most iconic resorts — the Coco Palms Resort, that once welcomed Presley — was set to be demolished after nearly 30 years of abandonment. The late Presley also received recent pushback from legendary music producer Quincy Jones, who stated in last month that he refused to work with Presley because Jones felt that he was racist.
Elvis Presley Is Getting a Free Dedicated Streaming Channel Next Year
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Demi Lovato, Cynthia Erivo & More Celebs Urge You To Respect Their Pronouns
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Celebrity As we bid farewell to Pride Month, these stars want you to remember that Pride is all year long. Pride Month may be coming to an end, but respecting each other’s pronouns must remain a priority all year long. On Wednesday, June 30, Universal Music Group and GLAAD partnered up with some of our all-time favorite celebrities for a video of sharing pronouns and encouraging others to do the same. The two-minute-long clip features a variety of notable stars including Demi Lovato, Cynthia Erivo, Busy Phillips, and many others who are committed to creating an inclusive and respectful environment. Lovato kicked off the inspiring video by proudly announcing her pronouns, which she shared with the world for the first time in May. “Hi, my name is Demi Lovato and my pronouns are they/them,” the “Anyone” singer said. For the next few minutes, many other familiar faces appeared onscreen. “Hello, I’m Dan from Imagine Dragons and my pronouns are he and him,” musician Dan Reynolds said. “What’s up? I’m Kiana Ledé and my pronouns are she/her,” the “EX” singer added. Girls5eva star Busy Phillips and Harriet actor Cynthia Erivo were among the many other stars who appeared in the video. “Hi, I’m Busy Phillips and my pronouns are she/her,” Phillips said. “What are your pronouns?” Erivo echoed the same script, sharing that her pronouns are also she/her and asking others to share theirs. Recording artist Wrabel chimed in to say that his pronouns are he/him, and Fletcher shared that she goes by she/her. Pose star Dashaun Wesley, In The Heights star Anthony Ramos, and singer Vincint shared their pronouns, too. Lovato closed out the heartwarming video by wishing everyone a happy Pride Month not just this month, but all year. The former Disney Channel star has long been an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, but only recently came out to the world as non-binary. On June 25, the singer-songwriter reflected on coming out in an interview for YouTube Pride 2021. “I actually had come out to loved ones and friends last year, but this year I made it public,” Lovato said. “I felt it was really important for me to share that with the world.” Roughly one month prior, the “Dancing With the Devil” artist shared their new pronouns in an Instagram video. “Today is a day I’m so happy to share more of my life with you all — I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary and will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward,” Lovato captioned the post. “Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me. I’m doing this for those out there that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones.” It’s only been a few weeks and it already seems that sharing their pronouns has been a truly transformative experience. “Holding it in any longer just didn’t feel right,” Lovato told YouTube Pride before hinting that some people haven’t been accepting of their gender identity. “People have been so... well, most people have been so wonderful, and that’s the reality of coming out.” Overall, Lovato is glad that most of their loved ones are respecting their pronouns. “I am grateful for the progress that my family members have made in using my pronouns, team members, friends,” they said, adding later that they “feel better than ever.”
Demi Lovato, Cynthia Erivo and Busy Phillips Share the Importance of Pronouns in New GLAAD-Universal Music Video
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 9 /27 

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Pasquale Rotella Praised for 'Generous' Day Trip Festival Refunds Following Changes
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Ticket holders to a Los Angeles festival are today praising the company for its generous reimbursements following changes to a planned event this weekend, July 3 and 4. Day Trip, a beachy house music festival, moved from Berth 46 in San Pedro to the parking lot adjacent to SoFi Stadium in Inglewood—which is about 20 miles away. Then today, the plans changed again, with the festival now moving to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, EDMI Identity reports. Many people seemed to be upset at the drastic change so close to the day but the company running the event, Insomniac's, has offered a very thorough reimbursement package for those who can't make it. Insomniac's founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella has addressed ticket holders on Instagram, where apologized for the last-minute changes but urged that the festival would still be going ahead and run at the highest standards. In a video posted to Instagram, Rotella shared some good and bad news with followers. "Unfortunately, Day Trip festival is not going to be able to take place in L. A. County," Rotella began. "I'm as frustrated as all of you must be. It is not been as easy to come out of the pandemic and plan large-scale events on the west coast and I think that my passion at this point is almost working against me." Explaining the venue change, he said: "After we sold out at capacity, we were notified that Berth 46, an LA City-owned venue, was having challenges providing the necessary City resources & staffing for an event of our size over the first major holiday weekend out of COVID." He continued: "This left us with a difficult choice: randomly pick thousands of you out of a hat to cancel your tickets & stay at Berth 46, or move to a venue in the City of Inglewood with the available resources to ensure every ticketholder could join us. This was an unfortunate reality with producing the first music festival in Cali coming out of a pandemic." Note, the festival is now taking place NOS Events Center in San Bernardino. "I feel like we're back in the '90s here fighting for the right to organize dance parties. The party, the show must go on. Day Trip [Festival] is going to be happening at the NOS Events Center," Rotella said per EDMI Identity. "It's not the same show. There's no ocean breeze, there are no yachts in the background, and there are no fireworks, but you'll have the most important thing which is the best house music on the planet Fourth of July weekend. And it's for free for all of you ticket holders." He has also outlined on Instagram what is being done for ticket holders as a result of the changes. Customers will get a full refund and a free ticket to Day Trip Festival at the NOS Events Center this weekend. Rotella also promised a ticket to any Insomniac festival of your choice that is not sold out and is scheduled to take place before the end of 2021. And, he also urged that reimbursement for non-refundable flights and/or hotels already booked will be made. Though many people are bummed about the changes, a number of people have praised Rotella and Insomniac's generosity to ticket holders. "Mad generous from @PasqualeRotella & @daytripla. Now let's party!" tweeted DJ Noizu, who is playing at the festival.
Insomniac’s Day Trip festival relocates again, days before event, refunds fans for tickets and travel
ocregister.com

 

 10 /27 

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British Influencer Getting Death Threats After Identifying As Korean
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The British influencer who elected to undergo 18 surgeries to look like BTS singer Park Jimin says they're facing tons of backlash... including threats against their life. Oli London, who identifies as non-binary and changed their name to Jimin, tells TMZ... they're getting flooded with death threats and they're scared for their life. Jimin -- the influencer, not the singer -- tells us they're also getting hateful comments from folks telling them to commit suicide, and claims others are threatening to gun them down. As you know, Jimin is identifying as Korean after going under the knife 18 times for a variety of plastic surgeries including extensive work on their eyes and a brow lift. It's interesting... the influencer claims most of the attacks are coming from liberal white people, while Republicans and people struggling with identity issues have been largely supportive.
Influencer Oli London who had surgeries to ‘identify as Korean’ gets death threats
nypost.com

 

 11 /27 

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10 Amazon buys for the perfect Fourth of July picnic
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CBS Essentials is created independently from the CBS News staff. We may receive commissions from some links to products on this page. Promotions are subject to availability and retailer terms. Fourth of July weekend is quickly approaching. Whether you're planning on celebrating the annual holiday, watching fireworks in park or, adding in a picnic with family and friends is never a bad idea. If you haven't started planning your July 4 picnic party, don't stress: Nearly everything you need is available on Amazon and can be on your doorstep in days. From red, white and blue decorations and blankets to condiments and cups, CBS Essentials has rounded up ten things that will help make your Fourth of July picnic fabulous and festive. All you need to pick up in person is the food -- and maybe the rest of your family on the way to the fireworks. This machine washable picnic blanket is made out of three layers of fabric -- a poly upper, sponge middle and waterproof bottom -- making it an ideal cover for everything from damp grass to sand. It conveniently rolls up, and comes complete with a handle for easy carrying. The red and white gingham print is pure Americana, making it a festive foundation for your July 4 celebration. Nothing says summer picnic like a red and white gingham wood chip picnic basket. It's waterproof, and sturdy enough to house everything from bread and produce to a bottle of wine. It also makes for a great prop for all those July 4 photos! Stojo coffee cups are genius. Fill up your cup before heading to your picnic. Once you are done drinking your beverage, the cup conveniently collapses to fit in your bag, basket or even pocket. Every cup is made out of dishwasher-safe, food-grade silicone and recyclable materials -- with no BPA's, phthalates, leads or glues. Yeti coolers are built for the long haul, which is why the brand claims they are "the last cooler you will ever need." Reviewers love them -- they're rated 4.8 stars on Amazon -- praising their carrying capacity (20 cans with ice), how easy they are to roll around and how they keep food cold for days. Comes with a dry goods basket. Whether your July 4 picnic brings you to the beach or the mountains, music is always a must-have to set the mood. JBL's Flip 4 is a super light and portable speaker that packs a huge sound punch for any outdoor gathering. It's got enough battery power -- 12 hours' worth -- to last the whole day. Plus, the blue color fits the holiday! Forget bug spray in a can. Murphy's Naturals recently packaged their DEET-free, natural mosquito repellent in wipe form, making it incredibly convenient for picnics and other outdoor adventures. Foodle's wheat straw dinnerware set has everything you need for your July 4 picnic: Four cups, plates, bowls and utensils. This dishwasher-, microwave- and freezer-safe set is lightweight (less than 2.5 pounds for the entire set) too, making it convenient to take anywhere. You can't celebrate July 4 without hot dogs and hamburgers -- or without ketchup, mustard and relish. The essential condiments are all included in this four-pack from Heinz. Best of all: It's currently on sale on Amazon. No matter what is on the food or drink menu, staying hydrated during your July 4 picnic is essential if you want to make it to the fireworks. This insulated water jug from Under Armour will keep a half a gallon of water cold for up to 12 hours. These bottles sell for $40 and up on Amazon, but here's a money-saving tip: They're currently on sale for just $15 each at Under Armour's website. Looking for a simple, all-in-one solution for your July 4 party? This disposable patriotic party pack includes a tablecloth, service for 24, a banner, flags for waving and balloons -- red, white and blue ones, of course.
10 Amazon buys for the perfect Fourth of July picnic
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 12 /27 

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Kendall Jenner Ties Up Her Shirt To Make A Crop Top While Heading To Fashion Show In Paris – Photo
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If there’s one thing for sure about Kendall Jenner,25, it is that she is a major trendsetter. The supermodel was on her way to the Jacquemus fashion show in Paris on June 30 when she put her incredibly toned figure on full display. Kendall opted to wear a sleeveless black plunging Jacquemus L’amour Twisted Crop Top which was tied up underneath her chest to reveal her toned abs. She styled the shirt with a high-waisted black midi Jacquemus L’amour Draped Skirt that had a plunging slit on the front of the leg and a leather belt at the top which went across her tummy. She accessorized her look with knee-high black leather heeled boots, a purse, Agmes Wishbone Earrings, and Dmy by Dmy Valentina Sunglasses. Since arriving in Paris, Kendall has been rocking a slew of fabulous outfits, and the night before she wore this look, her ensemble was seriously on point. Kendall went out to eat with Fai Khadra and Rosalia when she threw on a pair of high-waisted super baggy cream My812 Palazzo Trousers with a black The Open Product V-Neck Knit Vest, and a Skims Face Mask in Onyx. Another one of our favorite looks from her trip was her casual outfit featuring baggy pants and a black and white striped Toteme Signature Turtleneck. Kendall has been out on the town a lot lately and her outfits just keep getting better and better. Right before she went away to Paris, she was in Vegas promoting her new tequila brand,818, when she rocked a bright blue ensemble. She threw on a pair of tight high-waisted Marine Serre High-Rise Wide-Leg Pants with a sleeveless Marine Serre Moonfish Skin Regenerated Denim Apron Top, Amina Muaddi Begum Glass PVC Transparent Light Blue heels, and Emili Cara Earrings.
Kendall Jenner Rocks Extremely Daring Crochet Top Held Together By Small Buckle — Photo
hollywoodlife.com

 

 13 /27 

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Willow Got Real About The Racism She's Faced As A Black Rock Musician

"Being a Black woman in the metal crowd is very, very different." Being a Black woman in music already comes with unique obstacles, like racism and misogynoir. But being a Black woman musician in a music space not traditionally recognized as “Black” is even *more* difficult. Not only are Black artists often pigeonholed into genres like hip-hop and R&B (even when they create music way outside of those boxes), but when they do overcome mislabeling, they’re overlooked in favor of white artists. In recent interviews, Willow Smith’s quotes about being a Black woman in rock shine a light on the issues Black female artists experience. Despite only having two pop-punk bops so far under her studded belt — “Transparent Soul” (featuring certified punk icon Travis Barker) and “Lipstick,” which was released on June 25 — 20-year-old Smith is already turning into Gen Z’s very own Avril Lavigne. July 16 will mark the release of her fourth album, Lately I Feel Everything, which is slated to be an entire collection of punk-inspired music that Smith has been eager to embrace. “I just wanted to let loose with this album,” she said in a statement upon the album’s announcement, noting the project will embody a “new energy” unlike her previous releases. However, Smith wasn’t always confident about pursuing her punk dreams — leading up to Lately I Feel Everything ’s release, the “Wait a Minute!” singer-songwriter opened up about her experiences with perceptions of what a Black girl should be or listen to. “Being a Black woman in the metal crowd is very, very different on top of the pressures that the music industry puts on you,” she told V in early June. “Now, it's like an added pressure of the metal culture, the metal world, and just rock in general. I used to get bullied in school for listening to Paramore and My Chemical Romance.” Willow also recently said in an interview with L'Officiel that she’s been wanting to “fulfill that desire” to be “a Black woman singing rock music” since she was a tween (pretty bad*ss, if you ask me). Today, she stands in solidarity with other Black girls who love rock: “You’re not alone,” she said to V. “Through the music that I'm putting out right now and the representation that I can bring to the mix, I just hope that the Black girls who are listening to my music and listening to this album see that there's more of us out there,” she said. “You're not the only Black girl who wishes she could flip her hair to the side, and wear black eyeliner, you know what I mean?” Facts. Hopefully Smith’s music reaches the Black women and girls who need it most!

 

 14 /27 

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Judge says Kesha can use NY law to bolster legal battle with Dr. Luke

A judge granted a request by the singer Kesha to use a recently strengthened free speech law in New York to bolster her case in an eight-year legal battle with music producer Dr. Luke. The music-making mogul sued the pop star in 2014 for defamation over her claims that he drugged and raped her and for telling Lady Gaga he also raped Katy Perry, a claim Perry denied. In April, the “Tik Tok” singer asked a judge to allow her to apply a November law — which was passed to curb suits brought by the rich and powerful who seek to intimidate and stifle free speech — as she defends herself in the case, which is slated for trial in October. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter agreed that the law — which would make Dr. Luke pay Kesha’s legal fees if his claims are tossed — could apply retroactively in the suit and granted Kesha’s request to file counterclaims against him. The judge noted that any counterclaims could only be addressed after a jury determines whether Dr. Luke or Kesha’s allegations are credible — since the issue would be moot if she loses. “Everyone knows that it is a he-said-she-said situation,” Schecter said during oral arguments, which took place by video on Wednesday. Earlier in the arguments, Dr. Luke’s lawyer Christine Lepera argued that since the law didn’t explicitly say it was meant to be applied retroactively, it therefore couldn’t be applied in this long-standing case. Lepera also argued that it would unfairly “increase [Dr. Luke’s] burden” of proving he was defamed by Kesha — effectively changing the rules of the game when the case is already so far along. Kesha’s lawyer Leah Godesky countered that lawmakers changed the law to help people in situations similar to Kesha’s, allowing them to seek compensation after they are forced to dole out time and money fighting defamation cases for speaking out about sexual abuse. “This is exactly the type of case that [the legislature] had in mind when they decided to immediately correct this statute,” Godesky said. “Even if Kesha were to prevail at trial and the jury found that she was telling the truth about her sexual assault — she wouldn’t really win.” “She would have lost ten years of her life to this litigation with absolutely no consequence to Dr. Luke whose net worth means that paying legal bills is really no obstacle to continuing this case,” Godesky continued. “The effect on [Kesha] in a case like this cannot be overstated,” Godesky said. “When you were sued for money you don’t have because you reported a sexual assault, it is an all-consuming source of stress, anxiety, depression, financial stress and even physical pain.” “This law is intended to fix and cure a problem because we currently have survivors of sexual abuse who are being dragged through the legislative system — the judiciary —through retaliatory litigation,” the lawyer continued. “That’s what they wanted to fix… and so this needs to apply retroactively.” Kesha (whose full name is Kesha Rose Sebert) originally sued Dr. Luke (whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald) in California for allegedly sexually and emotionally abusing her. She dropped that case in 2016, choosing to continue the legal battle in a New York court after Dr. Luke filed his case there. In February 2020, Schecter found that Kesha had defamed Dr. Luke in her allegations involving Perry. At the same time, Schecter tossed Kesha’s remaining counterclaim that she should be released from a contract with his record company KMI, which still collects royalties from her music. Lawyers for Dr. Luke said in a statement after, that the hearing was about “a technical legal issue: the burden of proof at trial,” and noted their client would have filed the suit regardless of the ruling. “At trial, Dr. Luke will prove to the jury, as he has always maintained, that Kesha spread a vicious lie to get out of her contracts,” the statement said. “Kesha refuses to make any claim against Luke that she would have had the burden of proof on — because she knows she would lose.”

 

 15 /27 

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Jimin's Hobbies Outside BTS Prove He Does Everything Passionately

And he doesn’t do anything halfway! One word comes to mind when describing BTS’ Jimin: passionate. He practices for hours on end to perfect a dance routine or solo verse, all to make fans happy. That goes to show just how thoughtful Jimin is about each and every one of his performances. The star takes a lot of pride in his work and that’s just one of the many reasons fans appreciate him so much. Since he’s always so busy, ARMYs love seeing Jimin take time off for himself every once in a while. If you want to know what BTS' Jimin's hobbies are when he’s free, check out the list below. BTS is so deserving of their breaks in between comebacks. In 2020 alone, the group dropped three albums ( Map of the Soul: 7, Map of the Soul: 7 - The Journey, and Be) and performed around the world to promote their hit singles like “ ON,” “ Dynamite,” and “ Life Goes On.” They’ve been just as busy in 2021 with the release of “ Butter,” which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 following its release on Friday, May 21. Since the group’s success continues to skyrocket every year, fans might be wondering what BTS does behind the scenes when they’re not performing or doing interviews. While V’s hobbies outside of the group include many art-based activities and Jungkook’s hobbies are both creative and athletic, Jimin’s are so varied. From traveling and exercising, to watching TV, the singer has so many hobbies that keep him entertained when he’s not on stage. Check out some of Jimin’s hobbies below. BTS is constantly traveling around the world, but because they don’t stay in one place for very long due to their busy schedules, Jimin loves going on vacations whenever he gets the chance. He usually travels with close friends, like when he went to Tokyo with Jungkook in October 2017 to visit Disneyland. Jungkook documented the whole trip in a Golden Closet Film vlog, during which fans could see the pair shopping, eating out, and going on rides at the amusement park. When BTS took an extended vacation in August 2019, Jimin took the opportunity to fly to Paris in October. Around the same time, Jimin also traveled to Hawaii with a group of friends, which included the singer Ha Sung Woon. The star updated fans on his whereabouts during an Oct.10,2019, YouTube video . “I’m vacationing. I’m having a good time playing, seeing [the sights], and dining,” Jimin said at the time. “I miss you. I miss the members too. It’s nice here, and I thought it would be nice to come here again and see this together.” Yes, dancing is a huge part of Jimin’s day job, but he’s also passionate about it outside of BTS. Jimin was a contemporary dance student at the Busan High School of Arts and was a top student in the modern dance department long before he joined Big Hit. While he showcases his exceptional contemporary dance skills more and more as the years go on through BTS’ choreography — like during their groundbreaking “Idol” performance at the 2018 MMAs or his “Black Swan” solos — he continues to work on his dance skills in his free time. For example, he took a popping lesson with his fellow idol friends Sungwoon from Wannaone and Jinyoung from CIX back in December 2019. Ever since Jimin dropped his first self-composed track, “ Promise,” in December 2018 ( smashing Soundcloud’s all-time streaming record in the process), fans have been begging for him to release more solo material. During a January 2019 VLIVE, Jimin explained the songwriting process takes a long time, so it might be a while before new music arrives. He said he started working on “Promise” six or seven months before it came out and he went through “dozens of versions” of its chorus before settling on the final one. He also admitted that it was daunting to launch into the songwriting process all alone, but RM helped him out. “While talking to Namjoon, he told me that he had relieved a lot of his own stress by making music. We talked for a long time about that, and it made me want to compose my own song to overcome those [feelings]. So I started working on music,” Jimin said. Flash forward to October 2020 and Jimin revealed he’s been busy writing more songs. “ I’ve been trying to work on my personal music, but haven’t really put something out yet,” Jimin said during an interview with Variety. “ What I’m trying to do now is learn from the other members and try new things that are in the style of BTS, which I really love. I’d like to release and create my own music.” Along with the rest of BTS, Jimin likes to use Big Hit’s gym studio to stay fit. Through the years, fans have seen a few videos of him working out on the group’s official YouTube channel. His exercise routine seems to include lifting weights, doing squats, push-ups, and stretching. When the group filmed an episode of Run BTS! in Canada in 2019, Jimin also used his free time to work out with his members in their rental home. During an August 2020 interview with Vogue Japan, BTS opened up about what hobbies they’ve picked up while in quarantine due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. At the time, Jimin said he’s been relaxing on the couch and just watching TV. Considering many of BTS’ events, including their Map of the Soul world tour and annual Festa, were either postponed or canceled in 2020, it’s no surprise Jimin and the rest of the group had extra downtime. Jimin revealed in a March 26 VLIVE that year he watched the romance movie Me Before You, as well as the Bollywood blockbuster 3 Idiots, while in quarantine. Jimin was also in his element during BTS’ special collaboration episode of RUN with Na Young Suk's The Game Caterers because he was a loyal viewer of the show beforehand. Although it’s sad BTS didn’t get to see ARMYs much in 2020, it’s nice knowing the members at least got time to recharge themselves at home. Jimin is serious about his career in the entertainment industry. Despite being part of the biggest group in the world, he enrolled at Global Cyber University to major in Broadcasting and Entertainment to further his understandings of the field. After graduating from GCU with honors in August 2020, Jimin enrolled at Hanyang Cyber University that September to work toward an MBA in Advertising & Media, proving how dedicated he is to his schoolwork. In a July 2020 statement, Big Hit said Jimin entered university because he’s “interested in learning.” Considering BTS is always on the go, Jimin’s hobbies make so much sense because they can be done from anywhere!

 

 16 /27 

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Bryce Xavier Came Out On TikTok & Hasn't Looked Back Since

The “Romeo” singer is all about uplifting the LGBTQ+ community. Bryce Xavier is an open book. Just five minutes into our conversation on Zoom, the energetic singer-songwriter has revealed his zodiac sign (Aquarius), the L. A. neighborhood he lives in (Hollywood), and whether or not he’s enjoyed spending more time at home amid the pandemic. “I literally am such an in-person connection type of guy,” he tells me, “so I’ve definitely had to still get acquainted with, like, Zooms and stuff.” It’s a surprising revelation for someone with nearly 4 million combined followers between Instagram and TikTok. Zoom may not be his platform du jour, but it helps me understand the face behind the following a little bit more. He’s a sucker for Paramore (his tee says it all) and he’s not shy about his political opinions (the “f*ck the police” poster behind him is a giveaway). As a gay man a decade older than Xavier, I see him as a budding example of the millions of teens like him who are so brilliantly self-aware. Xavier’s transparency is exactly what’s helped him make a name for himself at just 19 years old. In January, the musician and social media star — then known for splashy breakout singles like 2020’s “Bus Ride Away” — took to Instagram and TikTok to publicly come out as pansexual, a revelation he says he decided to make on a whim. ( Pansexual individuals are attracted to all genders.) The reason? “My boyfriend actually inspired me,” he says, explaining he and Matthew Macias kept their relationship a secret for about four months before he decided to share it with the world. “He came out to his parents, who are very religious, Christian people with views against homosexuality. The fact that he was strong enough to do that really inspired me.” Xavier’s coming out experience was as Gen Z as it gets — as in, it was all about perfecting his posts. “I rewrote it probably 1,000 times,” he says of his lengthy Instagram caption, in which he shared vulnerable details about his sexuality while subsequently announcing the news of his budding relationship. In tandem, Xavier also shared a super-cute coming out TikTok that’s racked up nearly 2 million views since. He says, “I remember it was exactly 10 a.m. and I just clicked post and didn’t look back, didn’t open my phone for like two or three hours [afterward].” From that moment on, everything changed. Xavier is still inundated with DMs from young fans thanking him for setting an example for unabashedly being yourself, and it provided a lightbulb moment that inspired is latest single, “Romeo,” a self-described “ gay love story ” written about his relationship. In June, Xavier was named one of TikTok’s 2021 LGBTQ+ Trailblazers. For Xavier and Macias, Pride Month, their first as an out couple, is a celebratory milestone that, at one point, felt out of reach. “I used to have to crop him out of videos. For months, it just always sucked. There were day-to-day reminders of like, damn, we can’t tell people we’re dating; this feels horrible,” he says. “That’s what ‘Romeo’ is about and why it means so much to us. It’s literally just our love story.” His boyfriend’s coming out motivated Xavier to look in the mirror and reevaluate what matters to him. “I asked myself, who am I really hiding from? I always preach that I need to be my most authentic self — and I wasn’t doing that. I didn’t feel like I was abiding by what I tell my followers, and it felt really fake to me,” he says. Practicing authenticity has since become a top priority: “I see it as my job to make sure I’m speaking up for voices that can’t.” As an artist, Xavier aspires to speak up about LGBTQ+ issues and use his platform for good. He cites Troye Sivan, Kehlani, and Kim Petras as queer musicians he admires because “they not only live their truth, but they advocate for other people, too” — a major goal of his. While he won’t spill the details, he recently collaborated with an LGBTQ+ artist whose career he’d love to emulate. The results of their soon-to-come project? “You’re going to be shook.” Coming out was a liberating experience for Xavier, and while he acknowledges choosing to do so is completely up to each individual, he has some words of wisdom for anyone struggling to understand their identity. “Find who you are before you let someone else tell you,” he says. “So many people are going to label you and try to say what you are. At the end of the day, you have to be the first person to accept you before anyone else is going to. If you know who you are, no one can take that away from you.”

 

 17 /27 

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A Tribe Called Quest Is Selling A Portion Of Their Royalties As An NFT

While it shouldn’t be a surprise to see hip-hop acts getting in on the NFT craze at this point, the latest rappers to announce their non-fungible product have attached some real value to it. A Tribe Called Quest is selling an NFT through Royalty Exchange which will grant holders access to a 1.5% share of the royalties from the iconic rap group’s first five albums: People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm, The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, Beats, Rhymes And Life, and The Love Movement. The NFT is being auctioned on the Royalty Exchange website using Ethereum, beginning today and running through the next 27 hours as of press time. The starting price was 16.500 ETH (or $35,000) and so far, that number has gone up to 16.659 ETH ($35,921), with just two bids. Expect that number to jump as the deadline nears You can watch the bids in real-time, and the winner can expect a biannual distribution of around $3,000, provided that CDs, vinyl, streams, and sync licensing hold steady. The site describes Tribe’s catalog as “celebrated by critics and fans alike as the most intelligent, artistic rap group of the 1990s.” Some of the places their music has appeared include the 2021 live-action Tom And Jerry film, the 2020 Pixar film Soul, the fan-favorite Apple+ series Ted Lasso, and tons of video games, movies, shows, and advertisements.

 

 18 /27 

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Working For Chicago: USPS Hiring Carrier Assistants

Steelo Brim On MTV's 'Ridiculousness': 'People Will Never Stop Doing Stupid Things & Filming It'The TV personality shares why "Ridiculousness" has been such a huge hit on MTV since it first aired in 2011. Meet The Cast Of Love Island; Season 3 Premieres On July 7A new season of Love Island premieres on CBS July 7 and the show released its cast for season 3 on Tuesday. 'This Was The First Year I Got To Go Deep With Something': Yolonda Ross On Season 4 Of Showtime's 'The Chi'The actor shares what it was like to portray Jada's battle with breast cancer in season four of Showtime's hit series "The Chi." SRX Racing Series Heads To Tony Stewart's Home Track At Eldora: 'It'd Be Hard To Bet Against Him' Says Analyst James HinchcliffeThe man known as "Smoke" took the win in the dirt last week. Now, the question is can anyone beat him on his home track in Ohio? 'Behind The Music' Comes To Paramount+ On July 29th Featuring LL Cool J, Duran Duran, Fat JoeParamount+ has released the official trailer and key art for the iconic documentary series 'Behind The Music,' introducing Duran Duran, New Kids On The Block and Bret Michaels as featured artists. CBS And Flo Rida Team Up For Return Of Hot Summer Originals 'Big Brother' And 'Love Island'CBS has partnered with multi-platinum rapper, singer and songwriter Flo Rida to feature the world premiere of his as-yet-unreleased latest summer anthem, “Summer’s Not Ready,” in a vibrant promotional campaign for CBS’ hot summer originals, 'Big Brother' and 'Love Island.'

 

 19 /27 

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Slow Pulp Announce 2021 Tour Dates And A Jellyfish-Heavy Video For The B-Side, ‘Iowa’

After breaking through with their 2020 debut, Moveys, indie shoegazers Slow Pulp released their new 7″, Deleted Scenes, and announced a fall North American tour. The news arrives with a video for the new song, “ Iowa,” starring lots of jellyfish. The song is a reimagined version of their acclaimed single, “Idaho.” This version doubles down on the exquisite “Stumbleine” guitars but submerges Emily Massey’s clarion vocals into a lower pitch. Massey, along with bassist Alexander Leeds, drummer Theodore Mathews, and guitarist Henry Stoehr, formed Slow Pulp the old-fashioned way: as childhood friends. The last member to join was singer/guitarist Massey, who was previously training to become a professional ballerina before becoming an indie-rock singer/guitarist. Slow Pulp will be performing songs from their debut for the first time on tour this fall, with support from acts like Girl K, Mamalarky, and Strange Ranger. Tickets are for sale on the band’s website. See the full list of dates below. 11/04 — Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater * 11/05 — Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo * 11/06 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry * 11/09 — Denver, CO @ Globe Hall # 11/10 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court # 11/12 — Seattle, WA @ Barboza # 11/13 — Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore # 11/14 — Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios # 11/16 — San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill # 11/18 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo # 11/19 — San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar # 11/20 — Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar # 11/22 — Austin, TX @ The Parish # 11/23 — Dallas, TX @ Ruins # 11/30 — Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi ^ 12/01 — Columbus, OH @ Big Room Bar ^ 12/03 — Nashville, TN @ The High Watt ^ 12/04 — Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^ 12/05 — Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ^ 12/07 — Washington, DC @ Songbyrd ^ 12/08 — Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s ^ 12/10 — Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere – Zone One ^ 12/11 — Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall ^ 12/12 — Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Sideroom ^ 12/14 — Toronto, ON @ The Garrison ^ 12/15 — Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s ^ 12/16 — Detroit, MI @ El Club ^ 12/17 — Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall* * with Girl K # with Mamalarky ^ with Strange Ranger The Deleted Scenes 7-inch is out now digitally, and will be available physically on 11/12 via Winspear. Pre-order the vinyl here.

 

 20 /27 

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Newbie artist’s breakout song ‘Paraluman’ inspired by Angelina Cruz

The young music artist Adie Garcia has never met Angelina Cruz in person. But one night, he dreamed of her, and then, upon waking wrote the would-be viral hit “Paraluman.” “I had been following her on social media, so I would see her on my timelines. Out of nowhere, I had a dream I couldn’t forget. In that dream, I was with her—it was simple, fun. And usually, when a dream feels so real, you can still remember it when you wake up,” he said in a recent Zoom press conference. “It all started with a dream,” he added. “Because I couldn’t forget it, I thought that there must be something in there. So then I started writing down my thoughts.” The gentle and romantic ballad—delivered like a “kundiman” with Adie’s comforting coos—is about love at first sight. “It’s not the usual love song that’s just for ‘kilig’ purposes. It’s also inspired by people who may lack self-esteem or self-love,” he said. Released under O/C Records in March, “Paraluman” has been streamed more than 5.4 million times so far on Spotify, and has been featured on some of the music platform’s prominent local playlists, including Hot Hits Philippines, Viral 50 Global and Top 50 Philippines. “I feel so blessed. As a newbie artist, I didn’t expect to have that kind of reception. Being able to release the song and convey my message to people. The good feedback and streams are just bonuses. It gave me a boost of confidence about my art,” he said. The song’s popularity eventually landed him an appearance on the noontime variety show “ASAP,” where he finally got to talk to Angelina—even just virtually. “She said that she was flattered,” he said of the actress-singer and eldest daughter of Sunshine Cruz and Cesar Montano. “I was happy about it because she’s one of the song’s inspirations.” The accompanying music video, which could very well be a short film, was directed by actress Bela Padilla. It stars Adie and the social media celebrity Ivana Alawi, who plays Paraluman. “I was OK with anyone committing to the role. But I was so shocked and happy that it was Ivana. It’s a big deal for a beginner like me,” he said. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter started out in the scene by posting song covers, some of which have raked in good numbers.Last year, Adie then sent his demos to O/C Records, which is headed by Kean Cipriano. The Callalily frontman also put up an “open collab” initiative, which sought new songwriters and original compositions. Adie made it to the Top 10. “When I saw him, I felt he had a big potential because he really writes well. He’s serious with his art,” Kean said of Adie. “He’s also hardworking and regularly sends me stuff he’s working on.” Because he started to gain recognition amid the pandemic, Adie has yet to experience playing in the live music scene. That’s his top goal once restrictions ease up. “I want to experience the real live scene, where people are watching, singing along with you,” he said. INQ

 

 21 /27 

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Kristin Cavallari Opens Up About Her Divorce On ‘The Hills’

Getty Kristin Cavallari of The Hills. Kristin Cavallari opened up about her divorce from Jay Cutler during her cameo on the “ The Hills: New Beginnings.” In a scene shot for the second season of the MTV reality revival, the Uncommon James founder reunited with her ex, Brody Jenner, months after her divorce from the former NFL star made headlines. But it wasn’t the romantic reunion some fans hoped for or expected. Instead, the two reality stars opened up about their recent breakups. A post shared by the hills (@thehills) In a clip shared on the official “Hills” Instagram page (seen above), Jenner offered up a toast to Cavallari after meeting up with her on a Malibu beach. “You know what I want to cheers to?” he said. “I miss your energy. All of us do. You remind me of like when I saw you when I was 21 years old. You look beautiful.” But before things got even remotely romantic, Cavallari unloaded on Jenner about her divorce. “I mean I do feel like is sort of lost myself for a while and I feel like I’m back to my old self,” she said. “Back to being like bubbly and happy. I feel like a weight’s been lifted off of me. I feel like the last two years before we filed I was grieving the marriage, like I knew it was going to end…. But making the decision was the hardest decision I’ve ever made obviously. It’s scary as f—k having to get a divorce especially when you have three kids. But remove that, I’m happy.” Cavallari also asked about Jenner’s split from his longtime partner Kaitlynn Carter and asked him why they never had kids. “There was pressure,” the DJ admitted. He also nodded when Cavallari asked him if he felt like he “had” to get married to Carter. The two had an Indonesian wedding in 2018 that was never made official, per Entertainment Tonight. “That’s all I ever saw or knew was divorce,” Jenner explained of his decision not to legally marry Carter. “I’ve seen a lot of heartache in my life. The way my mom was with my dad…how he tricked her into having kids. I watched what she went through.” In a confessional, Jenner said it was hard for him to watch his parents get divorced and then see his dad raise another family – the Kardashians – “eight miles away.” He said the experience created a “roadblock” for him when it comes to starting his own family. “I’m definitely afraid of that happening to myself,” he said. Getty Kristin Cavallari (L) and Brody Jenner attend MTV’s “The Hills Live: A Hollywood Ending” Finale event held at The Roosevelt Hotel on July 13, 2010 in Hollywood, California There were plenty of teases that sparks flew when Cavallari and Jenner hit Malibu for their beachy meet-up. Jenner even told Entertainment Tonight that he’ll always “have chemistry” with his former girlfriend. “Kristin always comes with fire,” Jenner told the outlet. “You know that Kristin comes in blazing always. I mean, Kristin and I, we have a past. Kristin and I have dated in the past. I was always going to have chemistry between Kristin and I. I love Kristin, she’s great. You know, we get along, and she’s a lot of fun, for sure.” Jenner’s friend and “Hills” co-star Spencer Pratt even started rumors that the two made out off-camera. Jenner’s mom also shared a series of Instagram photos of Cavallari as she recalled the “wonderful memories of hanging out with Kristin years ago when she and Brody were dating.” But Cavallari isn’t down for rekindling anything with her onetime beau. In April 2020, she told People that dating was “the last thing” on her mind after nearly a decade with her ex-husband. Instead, she is focusing on her jewelry company and her kids, Camden,8, Jaxon,7, and Saylor,5. In the “Hills” scene, Cavallari hinted that she thinks Jenner should start something with Audrina Patridge instead. The two got flirty on a recent episode of “The Hills: New Beginnings,” and Cavallari is definitely Team Braudrina. After Jenner admitted he is “attracted” to Patridge, Cavallari said, “I actually think you guys would be a really great couple. You two are both a little edgy, both beautiful, both cool, like to have a good time.” Cavallari quipped that she could have a “threesome”’ with Jenner and Patridge, then quickly added, “Just kidding!” As for Jenner, he downplayed rumors that he kissed Cavallari during their one-on-one meetup—and teased his flirtation with Patridge in the process. “I don’t know. Did we kiss?” he teased to Us Weekly. “I mean, [I was] pretty tired that morning. I think Audrina and I stayed up all night the night before and the night before that.” READ NEXT: Kristin Cavallari Net Worth: 5 Fast Facts

 

 22 /27 

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Aaron Dessner Takes Lead Vocal Duties On The New Big Red Machine Song ‘The Ghost Of Cincinnati’

The majority of the songs on the recently announced Big Machine project How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? have a guest, as the album features Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Ben Howard, This Is The Kit, Naeem, Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan, My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova, and Taylor Swift. There are a handful of songs credited just to the group though, and on three of them, Aaron Dessner sings lead vocals, which is a first for him. Now, one of those songs, “The Ghost Of Cincinnati,” has been unveiled. Dessner sings and plays acoustic guitar on the track. Dessner shared a statement about the song, writing on Instagram: “The Ghost of Cincinnati is one that I play and sing all by my lonesome. It was inspired by a screenplay called ‘Dandelion’ by the filmmaker [Nicole Riegel] (who co-wrote the lyrics with me), which my brother [Bryce Dessner] and I are working on. It’s about someone who feels like a ghost, stalking the streets of their hometown, interrogating the past and contemplating their fate — something I can deeply relate to. I imagine this could be a little bit about myself, or friends I’ve lost or someone who has overextended and overspent themselves to a point where they’ve lost everything, empty and hollow like a ghost. Thanks to Justin, Taylor, Jack, my sister and brother for convincing me to sing more and to finish this song for the album.” Dessner previously said of the project as a whole, “This is all music I initially generated and feel emotionally connected to, but it has been very interesting to hear how different people relate to it and how different voices collide with it. That’s what makes it special. With everyone that’s on this record, there’s an openness, a creative generosity, and an emotional quality that connects it all together.” Listen to “The Ghost Of Cincinnati” above. How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? is out 8/27 via Jagjaguwar/37d03d. Pre-order it here.

 

 23 /27 

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Lil Yachty releases new song 'Love Music'

June 30 (UPI) -- Lil Yachty gets emotional in a new song titled "Love Music." The track features the rapper thinking back on someone he loved that he can't get out of his head. "All I ever heard was good things/ Good things about you and your ways/ All I ever do is think of you/ Think of you and me holding hands," Lil Yachty sings. The melancholy track is available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube, Pandora and Tidal. The artwork for the song features Lil Yachty sitting with his head down holding flowers as a heart floats above his head. Lil Yachty last released the mixtape Michigan Boy Boat in April. His last studio album titled Lil Boat 3 was released in May 2020. Lil Yachty guest stars in Season 2 of FXX's Dave, which follows Lil Dicky.

 

 24 /27 

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Local Natives Soften The Rock Edge Of Manchester Orchestra’s ‘Bed Head’ With A New Remix

Manchester Orchestra are a few months removed from the release of their latest album, The Million Masks Of God. Songs like the single “Bed Head” are in-your-face rockers, but that’s not the only thing they’re capable of being. This was proven today with a new remix of that song from Local Natives. The rework goes decidedly lighter, giving the song softer, more dance-ready instrumentation. Andy Hull recently told Uproxx of the band’s new album, “We knew we really wanted from the beginning for it to be all connected in a similar way as Black Mile, but more thought out, and allowing the songs to fold in on each other. And having repeated melodies and phrases that, at the end of the second song, is the same melody and lyrical nod to the fifth song. That happens all over the record. Throwing out the rule book that we had made for ourselves about even what a song can be. It’s been a really difficult record to pick a single and pick songs to play for people, because I do feel like it’s best served as a whole thing. The album’s the song.” Listen to “Bed Head (Local Natives Remix)” above and compare it to the original version of the song below. Manchester Orchestra also recently announced 2021 and 2022 tour dates, so find those below as well. 10/05/2021 — Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey 10/06/2021 — Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall 10/08/2021 — Orlando, FL @ House of Blues 10/09/2021 — Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live 10/10/2021 — St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live 10/12/2021 — Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore 10/13/2021 — Richmond, VA @ The National 10/15/2021 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore 10/16/2021 — Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live 10/18/2021 — Boston, MA @ House of Blues 10/19/2021 — Portland, ME @ State Theater 10/21/2021 — New York, NY @ The Hammerstein Ballroom 11/16/2021 — Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom 11/17/2021 — Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium 11/18/2021 — Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theater 11/19/2021 — Atlanta GA @ Manchester Orchestra’s The Stuffing at Fox Theatre 02/16/2022 — St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant 02/17/2022 — Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater 02/18/2022 — Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater 02/19/2022 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex 02/21/2022 — Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater 02/22/2022 — Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater 02/23/2022 — Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater 02/25/2022 — Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theater 02/26/2022 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium 02/27/2022 — San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park 03/01/2022 — Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl 03/02/2022 — Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren 03/04/2022 — Austin, TX @ Stubb’s 03/05/2022 — Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion 03/06/2022 — Omaha, NE @ The Admiral 03/08/2022 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 03/09/2022 — Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre 03/11/2022 — Columbus, OH @ Express Live! 03/12/2022 — Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore 03/13/2022 — Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Riverworks 03/15/2022 — Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre 03/16/2022 — Montréal, QC @ Corona Theatre The Million Masks Of God is out now via Loma Vista Recordings. Get it here.

 

 25 /27 

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Brian Kelley says he loved having 'full control' over songs on first solo album

Brian Kelley dropped his first solo album, " Sunshine State of Mind," on June 25, and was equally nervous and excited for fans to listen. "It was kind of my time to make something different and to step out and do something that's a little scary," Kelley told Fox News while promoting his new 17 songs. "I just had to follow my gut… my artistry and my creativity." Kelley,35, revealed he was inspired by his life, travels, and hometown and started "writing about my life, my love for my wife, my love for Florida, my love for travel, and just the wonder of being in a new place and seeing different things and experiences." The singer, known for being one half of the country duo Florida Georgia Line along with Tyler Hubbard, said he was ready for fans to get to know a different side of him. "It can be maybe a little intimidating or a little [fearful] early on … having some conversations and trying to figure out what exactly is going on as I'm writing these songs and – ‘How does this look?’ and ‘How do we operate?’ But at the end of the day, I'm just following my gut just like I always have," he explained. The musician was ready to "have full control of the songs" and be able to direct "what I want to say and how I want to say it." But just because Kelley is writing and recording his own music doesn't mean he's done with FGL. He clarified his solo project was an "extra outlet" for himself artistically. "It's really just a fun time to be alive and to be able to create because, you know, Tyler can do his thing. I can do my thing. We can do our thing together. I think at the end of the day, it really adds to what we built with FGL," he said. Kelley said he and Hubbard are "chomping at the bit to get back on the road" after releasing their fifth album, "Life Rolls On," in February 2021. "I mean, we had a little taste of it a couple of weeks ago. We played our first show back at Tailgate N' Tallboys [in Illinois] and it was thirteen thousand people. A big, old party," he recalled. "Last year the rug was kind of taken out from under us. You know, we love touring. We love doing what we feel like we're called to do, throw big parties, entertain people and live out these songs together," he gushed. "The connection we have with our fans is next level and they've always had our backs."

 

 26 /27 

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Even Picking Up Music As An Adult May Boost Your Memory

Several studies have found positive effects of making music. Now, a new research study has looked at the long-term effects of playing an instrument either in high school or beyond, and found that even people who started making music as adults did better at memory recall tasks in their sixties and early seventies. In 1957, more than ten thousand high school graduates in the state of Wisconsin filled out a survey. It asked them about their future plans, family situation and career goals. This was the first of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study questionnaires, given to the same cohort of 1957 high school graduates in 1964,1975,1993,2004 and in 2011. Combined with other information about the students’ IQ, school details, family income, and other life details, this study provided a rich set of data. Researchers who want to study how different factors might affect people’s lives in the long term can request or access the data for analysis, and recently public health researchers at Stony Brook University used it to find out whether playing a musical instrument had any effect on memory in later life. They were particularly interested in data that were collected in 2004 and 2011, when several of the participants who were interviewed in person or over the phone were asked to perform a series of memory tasks. In one task they were given a list of words to remember, then the interviewer distracted them with other questions, and about 12 minutes later asked them to repeat the original list of words. The survey also asked participants whether they played a musical instrument, either in high school or throughout the rest of their lives. About 55% of them never played a musical instrument in adulthood, but the rest had picked up music at some point after high school but almost 8% played continuously throughout their lifetime. By comparing all the data, the researchers found that the musicians in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study cohort seemed to have done better at the memory tasks. While participants unsurprisingly showed some memory decline between the ages of 65 and 72, the average memory recall test scores were higher in both years for people who had played a musical instrument, regardless of their level of education after high school. The more they made music throughout their lives, the better their memory test scores. What surprised the researchers was that this positive effect of music wasn’t limited to those people who had been playing since high school. Even people who first picked up their instrument as an adult did better on the memory tasks. As they wrote in their paper, “the benefits of musical instrument engagement seem to build throughout the life course”. Because they had to rely on the existing replies to the questionnaire, there were some details of people’s music practice that the researchers couldn’t entirely figure out. For example, maybe it wasn’t the music-making itself that made people score better on the memory tasks, but rather the social aspect of getting together with a band or the physical benefits of an overall more active lifestyle that just happens to include music. Still, this study seems to suggest that, however you do it, making music helps your memory in later life — and that it’s not too late to start playing!

 

 27 /27 

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The Wrap: Crispy Gai and Strata open in larger spaces

Crispy Gai, which has been operating out of the Public Market House in Portland, will open in its new location on Wednesday, June 30. The restaurant – which sells take-out Thai-spiced fried chicken, chicken sandwiches and Thai-inspired salads – has moved to 90 Exchange St., the former home of Eaux. Jordan Rubin, who co-owns the business with Cyle Reynolds, said Crispy Gai will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays to start. Eventually, they plan to add lunch and late-night hours. Rubin also owns the popular sushi bar Mr. Tuna in the Public Market House. Strata, the culinary knife store on Washington Avenue in Portland, has opened in its new, expanded location. Owner Evan Atwell moved Strata from its original spot in one of the pocket-size shipping containers used by budding entrepreneurs to start small businesses, into a nearby storefront at 67 Washington Ave., the former Nissan Bakery building. The new location includes an impressive-looking knife display on one wall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The store is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. When Peter and Orenda Hale made a surprise announcement earlier this month that they would be closing their new Portland restaurant, Pigeons, at 59 Washington Ave., they said they’d use the space instead to expand Maine & Loire, their adjacent wine shop. The shop/wine bar reopened this week with the new layout, and on Wednesday, June 30 the Hales will host their first tasting in 17 months. The tasting, which features French picnic wines and runs from 4 to 6 p.m., is free. Regular summer hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. In their announcement, the Hales said they plan to keep things simple by offering a small glass pour list, draft and bottled beer, and vermouth on ice. I’ve received a few emails from readers who are wondering when Bam Bam, a gluten-free bakery in Portland, will return. Owner Tina Cromwell closed the Commercial Street bakery last year, with plans to open in a larger space in East Bayside this spring. Cromwell recently told me that the East Bayside location has fallen through. She has her eye on another location but didn’t want to divulge it just yet. Morse’s Sauerkraut in Waldoboro closed its small restaurant during the pandemic, and it seems unlikely it will open again anytime soon – at least not in the same form. Chef and co-owner Cody LaMontagne told me she wasn’t yet ready to discuss her new plans because they are still a long way down the road. Meanwhile, if you are craving, say, a pastrami and swiss on rye (with kraut, of course), the popular Maine store is still selling grab-and-go sandwiches and prepared foods, as well as an expansive selection of European groceries, cheese and charcuterie, to take home. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Tiqa, at 327 Commercial St. in Portland, has a new team in the kitchen: Emil Rivera, formerly of Sur Lie, is executive chef; Siddharta Rumma is chef de cuisine; and Seth Pelletier is sous chef. Look for the restaurant’s new summer menu at tiqa.net. Hayley Wilson, a bartender at Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, has been named to Punch Magazine’s Bartender in Residence Class of 2021, a designation that honors bartenders who are considered to be a force in the future of the industry. In an article about Wilson, Briana Volk, co-owner of Hunt & Alpine, is quoted describing Wilson’s style as “pulling from the classics but adding a kind of punk-meets-tropical edge.” In an accompanying Q&A, Wilson says the best drink she ever had was a turmeric-mezcal cocktail with golden beet juice, lemon and cardamom bitters. The article includes links to three of Wilson’s recipes – for Blueberry Spritz; Coppertone, made with coconut gin and Aperol; and Stars & Satellites, a nightcap. Just think of it as the hipper version of a lemonade stand. Three 14-year-olds have launched a yakisoba stand behind Suzuki’s Sushi Bar at 419 Main St. in Rockland to earn money for college. Dylan Winslow, Gil Stewart and Takuma Suzuki Steinberger – who will be freshmen at Oceanside High School in the fall – got permission from the Rockland City Council to sell Japanese street food in the small park behind the sushi bar, which is owned by Steinberger’s mother, Keiko Suzuki Steinberger. They’ll be selling their take on yakisoba – noodles cooked on a griddle with pork or tofu, cabbage, onions, bean sprouts and carrots – to customers relaxing at picnic tables in the park on weekend evenings. Dishes will cost $10. Iced green tea and fresh-squeezed lemonade will also be on the menu. Stewart, who hopes to own his own business one day, is the treasurer for the group, and Winslow is the “team captain.” Steinberger has been studying Japanese food for years, with the help of his mother and visits to family in Sendai, Japan. The food stand will open at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays this summer. Access is from the parking lot on the water side of Main Street. Louisa Shafia, author of “The New Persian Kitchen” (Ten Speed Press, $24.99), will teach two hands-on cooking classes in August at Nina June in Rockport. Shafia will talk about Iranian cuisine and show participants how to make one of the country’s most famous dishes – tahdig, the crunchy rice at the bottom of the pot. The class will create a tableful of dishes in Nina June’s large open kitchen, then sit down with Shafia to eat in the dining room. Copies of Shafia’s book will be available, along with her Persian Spice Set, made up of 11 spices essential for Iranian cooking. The classes will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug.15 and 16. Shafia will also be the guest chef for dinner, One Night in Persia, at Nina June on Aug.18. To reserve a table or a spot in the cooking class, go to exploretock.com/ninajune. The cooking class costs $250 per person, and the dinner is $150 per person. Hospitality Maine has handed out $23,000 in grants this month to help restaurants and inns hire staff during this season of worker shortages. Forty-six businesses were chosen at random from participants of the Great Maine Comeback and ReUp ME campaigns that the association developed with O’Maine Studios last year to help struggling hospitality businesses stay afloat during the pandemic. Each grant is $500. The St. Hildegard Food Pantry Recipe Challenge has begun accepting recipes for this year’s contest. The challenge, sponsored by Catholic Charities Maine’s Parish Social Ministry, supports parish food pantries, soup kitchens and other food-based ministries. Winners get a cash donation for their parish’s food programs. This year’s challenge is based on the Food Network show “Chopped.” The theme is Food Box + 1. What does that mean? To create a recipe, entrants can only use ingredients that would be found in a food pantry box destined for a family of four: cereal, crackers, powdered milk, canned soup, dried fruit, nuts, chickpeas, beans, instant potatoes, bread, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pork, chicken, beef, whole milk, butter, yogurt, sour cream, seasonal fresh vegetables and basic fruits. (Presumably that means no kiwi or star fruit.) One additional ingredient is allowed, but it must be something that’s available at a local food pantry. Recipes must be main dishes or side dishes, and will be judged on nutritional value and ease of cooking. Entries will be accepted through Aug.22, and winners announced on Sept.17, the Feast Day of St. Hildegard. Email recipes to [email protected] with “Recipe Contest” in the subject line, or send them via snail mail to Recipe Contest, Catholic Charities Maine, P. O. Box 10660, Portland, ME 04104. The Deering Center Community Church Food Pantry needs re-stocking. Items needed include peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, baked beans, cereal, juice, tuna and snacks. No canned vegetables, please. Pastor Don Drake tells me they use the peanut butter and jelly to make sandwiches for the homeless. Call (207) 773-2423 or email [email protected] with any questions. Success. Please wait for the page to reload. If the page does not reload within 5 seconds, please refresh the page. Enter your email and password to access comments. Forgot Password? Don't have a Talk profile? Create one. Invalid username/password. Please check your email to confirm and complete your registration. Create a commenting profile by providing an email address, password and display name. 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Created at 2021-07-01 07:50