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Toby Keith’s Passing – Carrie Underwood’s Powerful Tribute

February 7th, 2024
By : Miranda Raye Source : Country Music Nation Carrie Underwood is mourning the death of a friend and fellow “Okie,” Toby Keith. She honored the country music icon following the news of his death on Monday, February 5 at the age of 62. “Saddle up the horses, Jesus, ‘cause a true blue COWBOY just made his ride up to heaven!!! Introduce him to all the Okies and sign that boy up for the choir! We’re gonna miss you, Toby, but my heart has no doubt that you are standing in the presence of our King right now!!!...
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NFL Players Thank C.J. Stroud For Mentioning God In Post Game Interview

January 29th, 2024
By : Will Kunkel Source : Yahoo Houston Texans quarterback CJ Stroud's religious beliefs have been discussed since it was revealed that NBC cut out part of his post-game interview with him "Thanking God" following the Texans' AFC Wild Card victory against the Cleveland Browns. Since then, Stroud's teammates and other NFL players have expressed support for him, expressing his faith. Stroud shared that numerous players and teammates from around the NFL have approached or reached out to him to express their appreciation for his...
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Jelly Roll Urges Fentanyl Crackdown At Senate Hearing

January 11th, 2024
By : Sabrina Eaton Source : Cleveland.com Rap and country singer Jason “Jelly Roll” DeFord on Thursday told the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee that a planeload worth of Americans die of drug overdoes each day, but America doesn’t seem to care because it bullies and shames drug addicts instead of dealing with the root of their problems. “The sad news is that narrative is changing, too, because the statistics say that in all likelihood almost every person in this room has lost a friend, family...
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McDonalds Bittersweet Announcement That Will Impact 42 Million Americans

October 18th, 2023
By : Bill Murphy Jr. Source : Inc. Sometimes you hear a strange statistic and it makes you stop and think. Like these, for example: The human eye blinks roughly 21,600 times every day. There are fewer pandas in the world than there are Panda Express restaurants. If you were to spell out the numbers zero to 999,999,999 in English, you'd never use the letter "B." Recently, however, I learned a new statistic. It's the idea that 1 in 8 Americans have worked at a McDonald's at at some point in their lives. You...
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Taylor Swift Eras Tour Film Spurs Debate Over Singing, Dancing, Phones

October 17th, 2023
By : Ryan Gajewski Source: The Hollywood Reporter Mad love wasn’t the only emotion some Taylor Swift fans were feeling after the music superstar’s Eras Tour concert film opened in theaters over the weekend. Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, which is already the top-grossing concert film of all time domestically, spurred social media debate over the weekend surrounding etiquette for moviegoers. Among the viral posts on the topic was a video shared to X (formerly Twitter) showing footage of Swift performing the song...
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The Sphere's First Show Was A Mindblowing Spectacle

October 2nd, 2023
By : Wes Davis Source : The Verge U2 played the first-ever show at the Las Vegas Sphere, a massive, dome-shaped venue wrapped in over a million LEDs. The concert, a live performance centered on the band’s Achtung, Baby album, was also the band’s first in a series of performances it will put on at the venue through the end of December. The cheapest tickets for the shows that haven’t sold out yet start at about $400, as of this writing. From videos being posted to social media, it looks like shows at The Sphere can be...
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Jonas Brothers Release Cover Of Switchfoot’s "The Beautiful Letdown"

August 29th, 2023
By : Ilana Kaplan Source : People The Jonas Brothers are putting their own spin on a Switchfoot classic. On Friday, the "Sucker" band shared a reimagined version of "The Beautiful Letdown," the title track from Switchfoot's 2003 album. The Jonas Brothers' version of the track, produced by longtime collaborator John Fields, features lush strings and stunning call-and-response vocals from Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas. Prior to working with the Jonas Brothers, Fields actually found his first mainstream success producing...
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Oliver Anthony’s “Rich Men North Of Richmond” Makes History, Hits #1 On Billboard Chart

August 24th, 2023
By : Tina Benitez-Eves Source : American Songwriter Days after bumping Jason Aldean’s controversial single “Try That in a Small Town” and Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer” off the iTunes Country and Top Entries charts, respectively, singer-songwriter Oliver Anthony has reached a new milestone with his song “Rich Men North of Richmond.” The viral hit has now topped the Billboard Hot 100. Anthony has made history as the first artist ever to top the Hot 100 with no prior chart history. ...
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Gen Z’s Summer Music Vibe: Sad

August 23rd, 2023
By : Lara Sanli Source : Yahoo Gen Z is searching for sad music on Spotify Technology SA more than any other generation, leading the streaming platform to dub the past few months a “bummer summer” for the youth. “Sad” is Gen Z’s most-searched term on Spotify globally, the audio service said in a blog post Monday. In comparison, it’s the 13th most-searched term for Millenials. “To match the vibe in the US and Canada,” Spotify said it’s added new “sad” playlists and even...
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The Misunderstood Reasons Millions Of Americans Stopped Going To Church

July 30th, 2023
By : Jake Meador Source : The Atlantic Nearly everyone I grew up with in my childhood church in Lincoln, Nebraska, is no longer Christian. That’s not unusual. Forty million Americans have stopped attending church in the past 25 years. That’s something like 12 percent of the population, and it represents the largest concentrated change in church attendance in American history. As a Christian, I feel this shift acutely. My wife and I wonder whether the institutions and communities that have helped preserve us in our own faith...
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The Summer Of The Status Concert: Taylor Swift’s Eras & Beyonce’s Renaissance Tours

July 21st, 2023
By : Emily Burack Source : Town & Country It felt like I had won the lottery. I couldn't stop talking about it. After hours of waiting in a virtual queue, anxiously watching the numbers tick down and ignoring my work for this very magazine, I managed to snag six tickets to Taylor Swift's Eras Tour on her third night at MetLife Stadium. The odds of even getting to this part of the purchasing process were slim: Just around 40% the people who registered for the presale were granted the privilege of trying to buy tickets. The whole...
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Parental Control A Key Factor In Smartphone Purchases For Kids

July 21st, 2023
By : Ray Schultz Source : MediaPost Marketers wondering what motivates consumers to buy certain mobile phones, especially for children, are being offered some answers by HMD Global, seller of Nokia phones. While cost is a leading factor, 70% of users say they would choose a smartphone over a cheaper non-smart phone. But 83% of parents say parental controls are extremely important. In addition, child restrictions are a key feature for 64% of parents, followed by durability (57%) and location tracking (55%). read more... 
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Hotdogs Are “It” On The Summer Menu

July 11th, 2023
By : Ben Berkley Source : The Hustle Hot dogs are having a moment. So much so that The Wall Street Journal declared franks “the ‘it’ restaurant order” of the summer. America’s favorite meat tubes require no introduction — US consumers already buy 900m+ pounds of them annually, per the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. Perhaps an etiquette brush-up is required? The NHDSC has a guide for that. (Apparently standard hot dogs should need no more than five bites?)  read more...
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Hip-Hop’s Midlife Slump

July 11th, 2023
By : Xochitl Gonzalez Source : The Atlantic In the summer of 1998, the line to get into Mecca on a Sunday night might stretch from the entrance to the Tunnel nightclub on Manhattan’s 12th Avenue all the way to the end of the block; hundreds of bodies, clothed and barely clothed in Versace and DKNY and Polo Sport, vibrating with anticipation. Passing cars with their booming stereos, either scoping out the scene or hunting for parking, offered a preview of what was inside: the sounds of Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes and Lil’ Kim....
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Christian Pop Star Bringing Latino Evangelicals To The Pews

July 11th, 2023
By : Marcela Valdes Source : The New York Times The sanctuary of Northside church in Charlotte, N.C., is built for joyous adoration. Enormous speakers hang from its domed ceiling, along with an elaborate system of colored lights. Its semicircular stage has wide, carpeted steps that lead down on all sides to rows and rows of wine red pews, which hold about 2,700 people. The evening I visited last February, they filled to capacity with Latino families who had come to see the evangelical superstar Marcos Witt.  read more...
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Olivia Rodrigo: Second Album Will Reflect “Good Old Fashioned Teen Angst"

July 11th, 2023
By : Curtis M. Wong Source : HuffPost More than two years after “Drivers License” catapulted her to pop superstardom, Olivia Rodrigo is back with new music on the way. The three-time Grammy winner announced on social media Monday that “Guts,” her hotly anticipated second album, will be released Sept. 8. The album will feature the new single “Vampire,” due out this Friday. “I made the bulk of this album during my 19th year on this earth,” Rodrigo, who turned 20 in February, wrote in a note...
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Mexican Music Taking Over The World

May 31st, 2023
By : Ashley Carman Source : Bloomberg Bruno Del Granado, head of global Latin music at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), thought the Latin music explosion would arrive in 1999. In May of that year, Ricky Martin released his self-titled album featuring Livin’ La Vida Loca, and around the same time, other artists, including Enrique Iglesias and Shakira, dominated the charts. But as summer turned to fall, Latin music faded with it, at least in the mainstream US.  read more...
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Sex? Sexual Intercourse? Neither? Teenagers Weigh In On Evolving Definitions & Habits

May 15th, 2023
By : Jocelyn Gecker Source : AP News Situationships. “Sneaky links.” The “talking stage,” the flirtatious getting-to-know-you phase — typically done via text — that can lead to a hookup. High school students are having less sexual intercourse. That’s what the studies say. But that doesn’t mean they’re having less sex. The language of young love and lust, and the actions behind it, are evolving. And the shift is not being adequately captured in national studies, experts say. ...
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Feel-Good TikTok Song “If I Were A Fish” Goes Viral – 15 Million Views

May 3rd, 2023
By : BBC News Source : BBC News Nashville-based singer-songwriter Corinne Savage, known professionally as Corook, and Olivia Barton released their new song If I Were A Fish and chatted with the BBC about the song’s inception and reception. The track was originally posted to TikTok and received a massive response, with 15 million views and counting.  read more...
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“Loneliness Poses Profound Health Threat” US Surgeon General

May 2nd, 2023
By : Fenit Nirappl Source : MSN/The Washington Post Loneliness presents a profound public health threat akin to smoking and obesity, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy warned in an advisory issued Tuesday that aims to rally Americans to spend more time with each other in an increasingly divided and digital society. Murthy said half of U.S. adults experience loneliness, which has consequences for mental and physical health, including a greater risk of depression, anxiety — and, perhaps more surprisingly, heart disease, stroke and...
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One-Third Of Teenage Girls Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide In 2021

May 1st, 2023
By : Mary Kekatos and Youri Benadjaoud Source : ABC News The number of teenage girls experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviors increased during the second year of the pandemic, new federal data showed. The percentage of high school female students who seriously considered attempting suicide rose from 24.1% to about one-third, or 30%, between 2019 and 2021, according to the latest results of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of those who made a suicide...
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Ariana Grande Viral Video Reminds Us Why Body Comments Are So Problematic

April 26th, 2023
By : Sara Moniuszko Source : Yahoo News  Ariana Grande is speaking up about the "concerns" over her body - and setting a good reminder on why it's best to refrain from comments about someone's physical appearance in the process. After an influx of recent comments about the celebrity's appearance, the "Positions" singer, 29, shared a video on TikTok to remind followers "you never know what someone is going through." The clip has since gone viral with more than 66 million views and 12.2 million...
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Two Things Teenagers Need For Healthy Development (CBS News)

April 26th, 2023
By : Sara Moniuszko Source : CBS News Teens are in the middle of a mental health crisis - but there are things parents can do to support their kids. During an interview with CBS News' Norah O'Donnell, clinical psychologist and author of "The Emotional Lives of Teenagers" Lisa Damour shared two things all kids need for healthy development: warmth and structure. "If you took all of the science we've done over decades in psychology for what parents can provide at home that is most supportive to young people - not just...
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Jelly Roll, The Rapper Turned Country Singer Rousing Nashville

April 26th, 2023
By : Dnyuz Source : Dnyuz At the CMT Music Awards this month, the least likely nominee turned into the night’s biggest story. In a room full of country music royalty, the artist Jelly Roll — a 38-year-old face-tattooed former addict and drug dealer who got his start selling his own hip-hop mixtapes out of his car — took home the most trophies, beating superstars including Morgan Wallen, Kane Brown and Luke Combs. The crowd was on its feet as he performed his new single, “Need a Favor,” in a studded leather...
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Country Music Star Granger Smith Leaving To Serve In His Local Church

April 21st, 2023
By : Stephanie Nolasco Source : Fox News Granger Smith is walking away from his successful country music career – and he's relieved. Earlier this month, the singer/songwriter took to his social media pages and announced that his upcoming "Like a River" tour, named after his son, would be his last. The 43-year-old is gearing up to devote his life to ministry at his local church outside of Austin, Texas. His final show is on Aug. 26. "I have a huge feeling of relief now that … I’ve been able to tell the...
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Gen Z Accumulating Credit Card Debt Faster Than Any Other Generation

April 20th, 2023
By : Relevant Staff Source : Relevant It’s time for Gen Zers to check their spending habits. A new report found that this generation is accumulating credit card debt faster than any other generation. Credit Karma analyzed data from 78.2 million users, spanning from the Silent Generation to Gen Z. On average, everyone’s credit card debt is expanding. The average credit card debt for millennials rose 29 percent from the previous year to $5,800. But Gen Z experienced a 40 percent increase from one year earlier, bringing their...
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10 Ways Social Media Affects Teenagers’ Brains

April 17th, 2023
By : Cory Turner Source : NPR The statistics are sobering. Nearly 1 in 3 teen girls report having seriously considered suicide in the past year. One in 5 teens identifying as LGBTQ+ say they attempted suicide in that time. Between 2009 and 2019, depression rates doubled for all teens. And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic. The question is: Why now? "Our brains, our bodies, and our society have been evolving together to shape human development for millennia. ... Within the last 20 years, the advent of portable technology and...
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AI Drake Rip-Off Already Has 250,000 Spotify Plays – How Will Industry Respond?

April 17th, 2023
By : Tim Ingham Source : Music Business Worldwide Over the past few days, three Universal Music Group-affiliated megastars – Drake, The Weeknd, and Rihanna – have seen their vocals replicated by AI tools, and then ‘performed’ within viral music productions. The tune that’s drawn the most attention, understandably, is a cover version of Ice Spice’s risqué 2022 hit Munch (Feelin’ U), on which the vocals are ‘performed’ by an AI copycat of Drake’s voice. It’s...
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The Restless Heart Of Gen Z’s Mental Health Crisis

April 17th, 2023
By : John Stonestreet and Shane Morris Source : Christian Headlines Saint Augustine famously observed that the human heart is restless until its rest is found in God. That applies not only to individuals but also to cultures and entire generations. Practically speaking, this “restlessness” can take many forms, including an unprecedented mental health crisis. The recent and much talked about report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes precisely that. As a CDC spokeswoman bluntly stated, “young...
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Money Now More Important To Americans Than Patriotism, Religion Or Kids

March 29th, 2023
By : Peter Weber Source : The Week A Wall Street Journal/NORC poll released Monday found that "patriotism, religious faith, having children, and other priorities that helped define the national character for generations" have fallen steadily since 1998 and even 2019, the Journal reports. About 38 percent of respondents in the new poll said patriotism is "very important" to them, versus 70 percent in the Journal's 1998 poll, while 39 percent said religion is very important, from 62 percent in 1998. The only tested...
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Update On CHATGPT And AI For Parents And Caregivers

March 21st, 2023
By : Common Sense Media Source : Common Sense media ChatGPT is a computer program that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to generate text. Launched by research company OpenAI, it gathers large amounts of data from the internet to create responses on demand. ChatGPT is unique because its answers are in conversational format, similar to how people write and speak. It can write essays and computer code, solve math problems, and much more.  read more...
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TikTok Announces 60 Minute Daily Screen Time Limit For Under 18 Users

March 21st, 2023
By : Wyatte Grantham-Phillips Source : USA Today TikTok is rolling out a new screen time limit for users under 18. On Wednesday, the social media platform announced "changes to help teens manage their time on TikTok." Every account belonging to TikTok users under 18 years old will soon automatically set to a 60-minute daily screen limit, the company said. The default time limit for eligible accounts is expected to arrive in the coming weeks.  read more...
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Ed Sheeran Reveals Mental Health Struggles: “I Felt Like I Was Drowning

March 7th, 2023
By : Alexis Jones Source : Pop Sugar Ed Sheeran is getting vulnerable ahead of the release of his new album, "Subtract." In a handwritten journal entry posted to Twitter and photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the singer-songwriter opened up about his tumultuous past year and mental health struggles, both of which influenced his latest album. "I had been working on Subtract for a decade, trying to sculpt the perfect acoustic album, writing and recording hundreds of songs with a clear vision of what I thought it should be....
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Justin Bieber Cancels Rest Of 2023 Tour Dates Because Of Face Paralysis Health Issue

March 1st, 2023
By : Roger Friedman Source : Showbiz 411 Well, that’s it. There will be no more “Justice” for Justin Bieber. The balance of his 2023 tour has been cancelled. Previously, Bieber had cancelled the bulk of his 2022 dates after being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, partial paralysis of his face. In September 2022, he cancelled the rest of the year through this month. Now the rest of it is all gone. Fans will be sent their money back to credit cards, etc. Many will complain about lost money on travel reservations,...
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