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Beat Cares: PFLAG of the Ozarks

Happy Pride Month! For this episode of Beat Cares, Lauren chats with Rachel from PFLAG’s local Springfield chapter. We learn about the national organization PFLAG and what Springfield’s local group is doing to help support LGBTQ+ persons

Lorde reveals release date for new album “Solar Power” and announces 2022 world tour

Lorde has announced the release date of her upcoming album Solar Power as well as dates for her 2022 world tour. Lorde said in a statement, “The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors. In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learned to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through.” Read full article >>

‘Friends’ star James Michael Tyler reveals stage 4 prostate cancer diagnosis

James Michael Tyler, the actor best known for playing Central Perk’s sarcastic coffee shop owner Gunther on the the hit NBC sitcom Friends, has revealed he’s fighting stage 4 prostate cancer. The actor appeared on the Today Show to discuss his initial diagnosis in 2018, saying that because he didn’t catch the cancer early, it spread more rapidly than usual. During the pandemic, the actor became paralyzed from the waist down due to tumors that grew on his spine. Said Tyler: “For my specific prognoses… it’s stage 4. Late-stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it’s gonna probably get me.” Read full article >>

‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ tops North American box office with $11.7M

The action-comedy ‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,’ starring Salma Hayek, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, was the No. 1 movie in North America, earning $11.7 million receipts this weekend. The film is a sequel to 2017’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” and is one of the few movies released exclusively in theaters since the beginning of the pandemic. Read full article >>

Will Smith to produce and host variety comedy special for Netflix

Netflix announced on Twitter that Will Smith with host and star in an upcoming variety comedy special that will be released globally later this year. Smith will also serve as an executive producer, along with Terence Carter, Miguel Melendez and Sahara Bushue.
The hour-long special will include celebrity guests, comedic sketches, musical performances, noteworthy conversation and more.  Smith’s Westbrook Studios is producing the project, which will mark the actor’s first-ever variety comedy special.Smith is also executive producing Bel-Air, a dramatic re-imagining of his 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for Peacock, and will star in director Antonine Fuqua’s Emancipation.

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Taylor Swift to release re-recorded version of ‘Red’ in November

Taylor Swift announced on Twitter she will be releasing a re-recorded version of her 2012 album Red on Nov. 19. alongside a note about the album and a photo of herself wearing a red hat, Swift said:  “This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red.”  The original Red contained the singles “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Read full article >>

Ed Sheeran teases video for upcoming single ‘Bad Habits’

Ed Sheeran posted a series of teaser tweets hyping the debut of his video for the upcoming single “Bad Habits.” The tweets included a brief clip of the singer with the caption “Nothing happens after 2.” 
The posts also featured a link to order the limited-edition CD single of the song, as well as a short selfie clip in which he walks around on a sunny day and says, “Hello, everyone, my new single ‘Bad Habits’ comes out on the 25th of June and if you pre-save it before release you can win a video of me dedicating the song to you or a friend.”

‘Gone Girl’ actress Lisa Banes dies at 65 after hit-and-run accident in NY

Stage and screen actress Lisa Banes, best known for her roles in Gone Girl and Cocktail, died Monday after a hit-and-run accident in New York City at age 65.  Banes has been hospitalized following the accident on June 4 for severe head trauma.  In a statement, Banes’ manager, David Williams, confirmed the news on Tuesday, saying: “We are heartsick over Lisa’s tragic and senseless passing. She was a woman of great spirit, kindness and generosity and dedicated to her work, whether on stage or in front of a camera and even more so to her wife, family and friends. We were blessed to have had her in our lives.” Read full article >>

Megan Thee Stallion returns with new single and music video under “Tina Snow” alter-ego

Megan Thee Stallion has returned, reviving her alter-ego “Tina Snow” with new single and video for ‘Thot Sh*t’. The video, directed by Aube Perrie, appears to reference Republican senator James P. Bradley, who criticized ‘WAP’, Meg’s collaboration with Cardi B, last year. In the announcement of ‘Thot Sh*t’, a press release said the new track “celebrates women unapologetically enjoying themselves, doing whatever they want, whenever they want, regardless of what the critics have to say.” Read full article >>

Maroon 5 release their seventh studio album, “Jordi”

Maroon 5 has officially released their seventh full-length album, JORDI.  JORDI is the band’s most personal album, with the title being a tribute to the group’s original manager Jordan Feldstein. Frontman Adam Levine shared the following on Instagram: “I miss him every single day. And I’m proud to have etched his name into the history of this band that he helped build from the ground up…every step of the way. We love you Jordi.” Read full article >>

Tones And I announces upcoming debut album “Welcome To The Madhouse”

Tones and I has announced her debut album Welcome to the Madhouse will arrive on July 16th. Tones and I said in a statement: “This album for me is very up and down and reflects the forever changing emotions in me. There are songs on the album that were written before ‘Dance Monkey,’ about not knowing if busking was right for me. There are songs about my good friend T passing away and not wanting to deal with those emotions. The ups and downs of life in lockdown and the mental challenges/struggles. Some songs make me laugh and some make me cry but there is no running theme or vibe to the album — the songs are unique to how I was feeling the day I wrote them.”   The Australian singer’s first official LP follows hit singles including “Dance Monkey” and “Fly Away,” with the latter appearing on the upcoming album. Read full article >>

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