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'Everything Is Love': 3 things we learned from Beyoncé and Jay-Z's surprise album

Just when you thought Beyoncé and Jay-Z were turning their attention to their globe-trotting “On the Run 2” tour, which kicked off earlier this month in Wales, the couple managed to re-direct the conversation with the surprise weekend arrival of “Everything is Love.”

Here are three things we learned from the nine-song release, which is only (currently) available on Tidal, the streaming service partially owned by Jay-Z. Keep an ear out for Migos, Pharrell Williams and Ty Dolla Sign on the album, as well.

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1. Jay-Z and Beyoncé do not suffer from a lack of self-confidence. “I said no to the Super Bowl / You need me, I don’t need you / Every night we in the end zone / Tell the NFL we in stadiums, too,” Jay-Z raps in “Ape****,” the first single from the album filmed in an empty Louvre. In the same song, he also admonishes the Grammy Awards; despite his eight nominations in January, he left empty-handed. “Tell the Grammys [expletive] that 0 for 8 [expletive],” he says.

On “Boss,” Beyonce emphasizes the couple’s wealth (as if anyone was questioning that?): “My great-great-grandchildren already rich / That’s a lot of brown children on your Forbes list.”

2. Clearly, the pair has worked through the issues that resulted in Beyonce’s layered, shade-throwing “Lemonade” and Jay-Z’s response, the stark “4:44” (aka, the album nominated for a bunch of Grammys that didn’t win any). 

On “Ape****,” Beyonce frequently drops a, “I can’t believe we made it,” line and revisits it in the bonus track, “Salud!,” singing, “Celebrate that we made it.” The aptly named “Nice” also finds her proclaiming that she and Jay are “feeling like the best year ever.”

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3. Jay-Z noted in a New York Times story in 2017 that he and his wife used art as a sort of therapy session to make new music.They’ve now made music to directly respond to rumors and slights, standing tall while they sling their arrows.

On “Heard About Us,” Jay-Z makes a final, exasperated comment about his 23-year-old alleged love child: “For the thousandth time the kid ain’t mine / Online they call me Dad kiddingly / You’re not supposed to take this dad thing literally.” In “Friends,” he calls out the fickle ones who can’t maintain an alliance, and also seemingly alludes to Kanye West, who said he was “hurt” when the Carters didn’t attend his 2014 wedding to Kim Kardashian. 

“I ain't going to nobody for nothing when me and my wife beefing / I don't care if the house on fire … / If ya'll don't understand that, we ain't meant to be friends,” Jay-Z claps back.

Chris Cornell’s daughter releases duet in tribute to late Soundgarden singer

The daughter of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell released a recording of a duet with her late father as a Father’s Day tribute, Rolling Stone reported.

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Toni Cornell, 13, released the duet of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” written by Prince and popularized by Sinead O’Connor in 1990, along with a note on YouTube and Instagram thanking her father.

"You gave me courage when I didn't have any. You believed in me when I didn't. I miss your love everyday," Toni Cornell wrote. "Recording this song with you was a special and amazing experience I wish I could repeat 100 times over and I know you would too."

Chris Cornell debuted an acoustic version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" in September 2015 and cut a studio album after Prince’s death in April 2016, Rolling Stone reported. 

Chris Cornell died May 18, 2017, in Detroit while on tour. He was 52. His death was ruled a suicide, Rolling Stone reported.

Toni Cornell sang a moving rendition of “Hallelujah” as a tribute to her father in August 2017.

Country singer Scotty McCreery marries longtime girlfriend

Country music star Scotty McGreery married his longtime girlfriend, Gabi Dugal, in the North Carolina mountains on Saturday, People reported.

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McCreery, who was the 2011 winner of “American Idol,” wed near Grandfather Mountain, WRAL reported.

Dugal is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and works as a pediatric nurse at Duke University Hospital, WRAL reported.

“We’ve been dating six years and have known each other our whole lives,” McCreery told People. “That kind of story doesn’t happen too often nowadays.

“I support her dreams and she supports mine.”

The couple met as kindergarten students in Garner, North Carolina, WRAL reported.

The couple, both 24, made Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” their first dance, People reported.

Singer Robbie Williams makes obscene gesture at World Cup opening ceremony

English singer Robbie Williams made an obscene gesture toward the camera during the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Moscow, ESPN reported.

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Williams was singing at Luzhniki Stadium when he gestured with his middle finger. The 44-year-old pop star had been criticized before the event for agreeing to participate in the ceremony.

“Robbie Williams emerged, busked his way through a medley of his two-decade old hits and was gone again in a pleasing hurry,” the Independent reported.

Williams said he was told not to use his song “Party Like a Russian,” which was seen as mocking Russia. Before his gesture, Williams added the line “I did this for free,” to the lyrics of one of his songs, ESPN reported.

Fox issued a statement apologizing for showing the gesture on television.

"The 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony was a newsworthy event produced by a third party and carried live on Fox," the statement said. "As it was broadcast live, we did not know what would happen during Robbie Williams' performance and we apologize."

The Russian soccer team played immediately after the ceremony and won its first match, shutting out Saudi Arabia 5-0.

Michael Jackson's daughter cleans defaced star of father’s namesake on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Michael Jackson’s daughter took matters into her own hands when she heard someone had defaced the star of a radio host at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, who shares her late father’s name, People reported.

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Photos of Paris Jackson erasing the red graffiti from the star of her father’s namesake  were posted on Twitter, Billboard reported.

Vas J. Morgan of Tings Magazine tweeted that Jackson’s actions “Brought me genuine tears of pride of your bravery and strength.”

Jackson, 20, said she was staying at a friend’s apartment near the Hollywood Walk of Fame when she heard about the star being defaced.

She posted a picture on Instagram of her using rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to clean the star.

“Some people have no (expletive) respect,” Jackson wrote. 

Michael Jackson was awarded a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984, the same year as the pop music star. The talk show host was a fixture on the Los Angeles radio circuit.

Eminem criticized for using gunshot sounds during Bonnaroo performance

Rapper Eminem has come under fire after he used realistic gunshot sound effects during his performance at the Bonnaroo music festival Saturday night in Manchester, Tennessee, Billboard reported.

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Fans, remembering the deadly mass shooting outside a Las Vegas casino last October, screamed and ducked for cover when the gunshot-like sounds were heard during Eminem’s performance of “Kill You,” from his 2000 album “The Marshall Mathers LP.”

Social media star Andrea Russett attended the annual festival in middle Tennessee and tweeted that using those kind of effects at the end of the song was “extremely irresponsible and distasteful.”

“I have grown up loving eminem and his music but i was extremely triggered to the point of tears,” Russett tweeted. “To hear a gunshot sound effect and see the entire crowd drop to the floor out of instinct is not funny, cute, or amusing. this is the sad reality that we are living. this is not funny or even something to be joked about.”

Several fans defended Eminem’s actions, noting that the performer has used the gunshot sound effects for a long time.

"Eminem has ended ‘Kill You’ with the gun shot effects for (at least) 6 years now and this is the first time someone ever complains," one Twitter user wrote.

Eminem has not commented, Billboard reported.

‘Goldbergs’ actor Jackson Odell dead at 20

Actor and singer-songwriter Jackson Odell was found dead in California on Friday, E! News reported Sunday. He was 20.

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Odell, who played Ari Caldwell on the ABC comedy series “The Goldbergs” from 2013 to 2015, was found unresponsive at his Tarzana residence in San Fernando Valley, a Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman confirmed to Variety. The cause of death has not been released, pending an autopsy, E! News reported.

Odell also starred in the 2011 movie “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer,” Variety reported. He also appeared on “The Fosters,” “Modern Family,” “Private Practice,” “Arrested Development,” and “iCarly.” He had acted in films since he was 12, Variety reported.

Related: Who was Jackson Odell, ‘The Goldbergs’ actor?

As a songwriter, Odell wrote songs for the soundtrack of the 2018 romantic drama film “Forever My Girl,” Variety reported. One song was “Wings of an Angel,” which “American Idol” contestant Lauren Alaina sang for the film. 

Kenny Chesney brings Super Bowl champion Eagles onstage during Philadelphia concert

Country music star Kenny Chesney surprised Philadelphia fans by bringing several members of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles onstage during his concert at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night, WPHT reported.

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Chesney introduced team owner Jeffrey Lurie, coach Doug Pederson and players Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz and other team members. The team members also brought the Vince Lombardi Trophy onstage, which signified their Super Bowl LII victory against the New England Patriots in February.

Pederson led the crowd in an E-A-G-L-E-S chant, WPHT reported.

With the Eagles onstage, Chesney played “Boys of Fall” to honor the Super Bowl champions.

“We have not done this song on tour until tonight,” Chesney told the audience. “Because we did it on purpose. Because, the first time I played ‘Boys of Fall’ I wanted it to be in the stadium where they won the Super Bowl.”

Robert Kennedy assassination: Dion's 'Abraham, Martin and John' helped heal a nation in turmoil

Dion DiMucci touched a chord with Americans as they coped with the turbulent summer of 1968. His recording of the Dick Holler-written song, “Abraham, Martin and John,” was a poignant tribute to the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy.

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But Dion almost didn’t record the song, the New York Daily News reported. He questioned whether the lyrics were too raw for a country still reeling from the assassinations of King and Robert Kennedy, and he didn’t like the arrangement.

“My first response was that it was exploiting or trying to cash in on these tragedies,” Dion, 78, told the Daily News. “And I thought it was kind of trite.”

But when he played the demo to his wife, Dion changed his opinion. 

“She said, ‘It sounds like a gospel to me. It’s about a state of love that does exist, and it’s for us to make it real,’” he told the newspaper.

The song was released in August 1968 and by December was No. 4 on the Billboard charts. It sold more than 1 million copies and was covered by artists from Bob Dylan to Whitney Houston, the Daily News reported.

Holler, distressed after hearing of Kennedy’s murder in June 1968, sat at his piano in St. Petersburg, Florida, and recorded a demo.

“It all happened simultaneously, the music and the lyrics,” Holler, 83, told the Daily News. “I just wrote it that fast. And I was a bit astonished by that.

“We returned to the office to get our bearings. And when I left that day, and went home, I had the song.”

Dion was an unlikely singer for the song. Although he was famous for songs like “The Wanderer” and “Runaround Sue,” he was a recovering heroin addict without a record contract and had not scored a big hit since “Ruby Ruby” reached No. 2 in February 1963.

Holler’s biggest success as a songwriter had been the 1966 novelty, “Snoopy vs. The Red Baron,” recorded by the Royal Guardsmen.

After being convinced to sing the song, Dion recorded it in one take.

“They wanted me to (try) another,” Dion told the Daily News. “I said, ‘Listen to it. I got it.’”

The song hit a nerve.

“The country was in a very restless period,” Dion told the Daily News. “That was one of the reasons for the arrangement. I felt it was a handle to some kind of salvation, to link us to a higher reality. To touch our hearts.”

Jeff Goldblum to release jazz album

A big-named actor is taking his love of music to a more professional level. Jeff Goldblum will release a jazz album later this year. 

The 65-year-old actor has signed with Universal’s classical label Decca Records. Executives spotted him performing alongside Gregory Porter last year. According to a press release, the executives were so impressed they signed him. 

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Goldblum was born in the Pittsburgh area has been performing with his own jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. According to the release, Goldblum started playing the piano as a child and performed in cocktail lounges in Pittsburgh as a teen. 

Goldblum is best known for starring in movies such as "Independence Day" and "The Fly," and most recently, “Thor: Ragnarok” and this year’s “Hotel Artemis.” He is also set to reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the latest Jurassic Park movie, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" that will be officially released June 22. 

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