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Drive-In Concerts Coming to West Virginia This Summer

West Virginia’s capital city will hold a series of free drive-in movies and live music this summer after it was forced to cancel an annual festival because of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.

Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said the city will hold the events in the Big Lots parking lot on Patrick Street. Each vehicle must have one reserved ticket that can be found on the city’s website.

“The city has been working diligently to provide fun summer activities for folks that want to get out of the house safely,” she said.

The first movie showing will be Jumanji: The Next Level on June 12 at 9 p.m followed by a concert the following day. The city also plans to show Aladdin in July and The Lion King in August. Additional details can be found on the city’s website.

The drive-in events come after the city canceled its annual Live on the Levee concert series due to the pandemic.

Justin Bieber Bathes a Dog for the First Time, With Hailey’s Help: Watch

Monday’s episode of Biebers on Watch offered a peek into Justin Bieber’s bathroom and his first time ever giving a dog a bath.

For the video, Justin and wife Hailey spent some quality time with their blonde Yorkie, Oscar, and got ready to “bathe this cute little muffin, and he hates it.”

Hailey got things started, but insisted it’s a “shared responsibility” and got Justin over to the soapy bathtub water for some scrubbing.

“This is my first time,” Justin said of bathing the pup.

“I feel like loving an animal, taking care of an animal helps expand your love as a human,” Hailey commented, and the couple compared caring for a pet to raising a child.

“It’s not the same as a child,” Justin clarified, “but it definitely teaches you a little responsibility.”

“You are still keeping something alive,” Hailey agreed before the pair blow-dried Oscar’s fur.

Watch their pet care session in their latest Facebook episode below. New clips have been posted throughout May on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET.

Jimmy Cobb, ‘Kind of Blue’ Drummer for Miles Davis, Dies at 91

Jimmy Cobb, a percussionist and the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ 1959 Kind of Blue groundbreaking jazz album which transformed the genre and sparked several careers, died Sunday (May 24).

His wife, Eleana Tee Cobb, announced on Facebook that her husband died at his New York City home from lung cancer. He was 91.

Born in Washington, D.C., Cobb told The Associated Press in 2019 he listened to jazz albums and stayed up late to hear disc jockey Symphony Sid playing jazz in New York City before launching his professional career. He said it was saxaphonist Cannonball Adderley who recommended him to Davis, and he ended up playing on several Davis recordings.

But Cobb’s role as a drummer on the Kind of Blue jam session headed by Davis would forever change his career. That album also featured Adderley and John Coltrane.

The album, released on Aug. 17, 1959, captured a moment when jazz was transforming from bebop to something newer, cooler and less structured.

The full takes of the songs were recorded only once, with one exception, Cobb said. “Freddie Freeloader” needed to be played twice because Davis didn’t like a chord change on the first attempt, he said.

Davis, who died in 1991, had some notes jotted down, but there weren’t pages of sheet music. It was up to the improvisers to fill the pages. “He’d say this is a ballad. I want it to sound like it’s floating. And I’d say, ‘OK,’ and that’s what it was,” Cobb recalled.

The album received plenty of acclaim at the time, yet the critics, the band and the studio couldn’t have known it would enjoy such longevity. He and his bandmates knew the album would be a hit but didn’t realize at the time how iconic it would become.

“We knew it was pretty damned good,” Cobb joked.

It has sold more than 4 million copies and remains the best selling jazz album of all time. It also served as a protest album for African American men who looked to Davis and the jazz musicians to break stereotypes about jazz and black humanity.

Cobb would also work with such artists as Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Wynton Kelly and Stan Getz. He’d also release a number of albums on his own.

He performed well into his late 80s and played in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2017, as part of the New Mexico Jazz Festival. Jazz fans from throughout the American Southwest came to pay their respects in what many felt was a goodbye.

Cobb released his last album, This I Dig of You, with Smoke Sessions Records in August 2019.

6ix9ine Says He Is Releasing a New Song on Friday

6ix9ine is keeping the new music coming.

After returning with his comeback single, “Gooba,” in early May, 6ix9ine is already planning to drop another song this week. He mentioned the track in an Instagram video on Saturday (May 23).

“May 29, another single,” he stated toward the end of the clip.

“THIS FRIDAY TROLLZ,” he captioned it, with many emojis. “ANOTHER ONE!!!!!! THEY WISH THIS WAS A NIGHTMARE!!!! IT CANT BE TRUE!! B—- I AM THE INTERNET.”

Earlier in the day, in a separate post, he announced, “MOST LIKED COMMENT WILL BE THE NAME OF THE SONG.”

The comment that got the most likes was 6ix9ine’s own, “Trollz.”

Check out his posts below.

Lana Del Rey Speaks Out Again to Clarify Her Intentions: ‘God Bless & F— Off If You Don’t Like the Post’

Late Sunday night (May 24), Lana Del Rey took to Instagram once more to defend her post that named several other female artists and caused a firestorm across the internet last week.

“Hey, so I don’t want to beat a dead horse and I don’t want to, you know, go on and on about this post thing, but I just want to remind you that in that post — my one and only personal declaration I’ve ever made, thanks for being so warm and welcoming — you know, was about the need for fragility in the feminist movement. It’s gonna be important,” she began in a six-minute long video uploaded overnight.

“And when I mentioned women who look like me, I didn’t mean white like me, I mean the kind of women who, you know, other people might not believe, because they think, ‘Oh, well, look at her, she f—ing deserves it,’ or whatever,” she said in the new clip.

In her original post on the topic, published on May 21, the singer-songwriter had asked, “Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyonce have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f—ing, cheating, etc – can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money – or whatever I want – without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse?”

In her latest update, she continued to expand upon those thoughts: “I just think it’s sad that the women I mentioned about, whether they sing about dancing for money, or whatever — the same stuff, by the way, that I’ve been singing about chronically for 13 years; that’s why I’m in that echelon. Yes, they are my friends and peers, contemporaries. The difference is, when I get on the pole people call me a whore, but when [FKA] Twigs gets on the pole, it’s art. So, you know, I mean, I’m reminded constantly by my friends that lyrically there are layers and complicated psychological factors that play into some of my songwriting, but I just want to say, you know, the culture is super sick right now. And the fact that they want to turn my post, my advocacy for fragility into a race war, it’s really bad.”

She continued to speak out, saying, “You know, I think what’s really sad is as a personal advocate, as a girls’ girl, as somebody who wants the best for every culture …I just want to say to all of the other women out there who are like me, good girls, good-intentioned, get f—ed up the ass constantly by the culture just because you say what you really mean: I’m with you. I feel for you, and I know that you feel for me.”

“You can call me whatever,” Del Rey added. “I’m sorry that I didn’t add one Caucasian, 100% Caucasian person into the mix of the women that I admire. It really says more about you than it does about me.”

She said that her original post had resulted in hundreds of thousands of negative comments and someone releasing her private phone number.

“I think that what’s interesting is the very first time I decide to tell you anything about my life, or the fact that I’m writing books that chronicle that fragility, that 200,000 hateful, spiteful comments come in. My phone number leaked, and, you know, comments like ‘You f—ing white b—-. It’s the opposite of the spirit of advocate … it’s what causes fragility, but it’s not gonna stop me, period,” she said.

“Unfortunately,” she added, “when you have a good heart, it doesn’t always shine through, and you trudge on anyway. You make those personal reparations to heal your own family karmic lineage and the sickness of this country. Domestic abuse, mental health problems, the second epidemic that’s arising out of this pandemic. It’s a real thing. That’s what I was talking about.”

At the end of her video, she mentioned her forthcoming poetry projects and revealed the title of her next album, which she previously announced would be released on Sept. 5.

“As ever, I’m grateful that my muse is still here and that I have over the last three years been blessed to have the insight and ability to channel two books worth of beautiful poems. I think my new record, Chemtrails Over the Country Club, is special as well,” she hinted.

But getting back on topic, Del Rey — who shared one of her spoken word pieces, “Patent Leather Do-Over,” over the weekend — defended herself once more.

“I’m sorry that a couple of the girls I talked to, who were mentioned in that post, have a super different opinion of my insight, especially because we’ve been so close for so long. But it really, again, makes you reach into the depth of your own heart and say, ‘Am I good-intentioned?’ And of course, for me, the answer is always yes,” she said.

“I’m not the enemy, and I’m definitely not racist, so don’t get it twisted,” she said to the camera. “Nobody gets to tell your story except for you, and that’s what I’m gonna do in the next couple books. So God bless and, yeah, f— off if you don’t like the post.”

Watch Lana Del Rey’s lengthy rant in full in the video below.

Rihanna Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary of ‘Pon de Replay’: ‘Man This Is Trippy’

Rihanna’s debut single, “Pon de Replay,” was released 15 years ago. On Sunday night (May 24), the singer joined the celebration of the song’s anniversary on social media, where #15YearsOfRihanna trended.

“Thank you for all the love on this hashtag today! Man this is trippy,” Rihanna wrote in an Instagram story. “Feels like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for Jay.”

“Pon de Replay is where it all began….15 years later and I’m here because God led me to you, and you guys have held me up, supported me, tolerated me, loved me, kept it too real with me, and we gon always be connected because of that!” she said of the song, which dropped on May 24, 2005 and was included on her first studio album, Music of the Sun

Rihanna’s note ended with her showing some appreciation for her fans: “I love you Navy, and I cherish you. I’m so grateful to be gifted you as my fans and family.”

See her full post embedded in a fan tweet below.

Grimes & Elon Musk Change Baby’s Name to Comply With California Law

Grimes and Elon Musk have apparently changed their baby boy’s unusual name to comply with California law.

In early May, the Tesla/Space-X founder and singer welcomed their first child together. The couple shocked the world when revealing the newborn’s name as X Æ A-12. Things got even more complicated when it was learned that the difficult-to-pronounce moniker doesn’t comply with laws in California, where the baby was presumably born.

On Sunday (May 24), one of Grimes’ Instagram followers asked her if X Æ A-12’s name had been changed because of California laws, which state that parents can only use the 26 characters of the English language to name their child.

“X Æ A-Xii,” Grimes replied in the comments section. She added, “Roman numerals. Looks better tbh.”

Days after welcoming his new baby boy, Musk appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast and explained how to say the child’s name. He noted that “X” is pronounced like the letter and Æ sounds like “ash.” Musk went on to add that A-12 was his idea. “Archangel 12, the precursor to the SR71, coolest plane ever,” he explained.

The Space X boss also admitted that Grimes was actually the one who “mostly came up with the name… Yeah, she’s great at names,” he laughed.