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Thursday
Jun132019

Yungblud cancels North American shows after passport is stolen

Credit: Jessie EnglishYungblud has been forced to cancel and postpone a batch of North American tour dates because his passport was stolen.

"My passport got nicked by some idiot," the English artist says in a Twitter video. As such, his upcoming shows in Vancouver and Portland, Oregon, scheduled for June 14 and June 16, respectively, have been canceled, while his June 15 Seattle show is being postponed to June 20.

All tickets will be refunded, or, in the case of the Seattle date, eligible for the rescheduled date. If you've made significant travel plans to make any of the affected shows, such as a plane ride or a long drive, you can email fans@yungbludofficial.com, and Yungblud promises he'll "make it up to you."

"Don't tell a fib to me if you haven't traveled, 'cause I'll know," he adds.

Yungblud's tour is now expected to begin June 18 in San Francisco. He'll be supporting his 2018 debut album, 21st Century Liability.

Last week, Yungblud teamed up with Blink-182's Travis Barker on a new track from rapper Machine Gun Kelly called "I Think I'm OKAY." He and Barker previously worked together alongside Halsey on the song "11 Minutes."

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Thursday
Jun132019

Issa Rae boldly accepts Women in Film's Emerging Entrepreneur Award

Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Women In FilmIssa Rae received the first Women in Film Emerging Entrepreneur Award Wednesday night in Los Angeles, and the Insecure star comically went on an ego trip while accepting the honor.

Rae told the audience that because women are usually too humble about their accomplishments, she was going to flip the script and humorously say the opposite of what she would normally say.

“You future h**es need to bow down! I’m closing all the doors behind me, so if you didn’t make it in, oops, your bad,” she then told the crowd, according to Deadline.

“'Entrepreneur' means I did my sh** by myself,” Rae added. 

The 34-year-old-actress/writer/producer currently has multiple projects in development. Fresh from filming her latest film, The Photograph with Courtney B. Vance, Rae will star in the upcoming comedy The Lovebirds and then work on her two upcoming shows: Sweet Life, about an affluent black teen, and Him or Her, a half-hour comedy which will chronicle the dating life of a bisexual black man.

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Thursday
Jun132019

Watch the video for Miley Cyrus' reworked version of Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like a Hole"

Courtesy NetflixMiley Cyrus' reworked version of the Nine Inch Nails song "Head Like a Hole," featured in the new Black Mirror episode "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too," now has a video.

The episode stars Cyrus as a purple-haired pop star Ashley O, whose songs are alternate versions of NIN tracks. For example, in "On a Roll," her take on "Head Like a Hole," she sings "I'm on a roll/ridin' so high, achieving my goals/I'm stoked on ambition and verve/I'm gonna get what I deserve" -- instead of the original lyrics: "Head like a hole/black as your soul/I'd rather die than give you control/Bow down before the one you serve/you're going to get what you deserve."

In the video, streaming now on YouTube, Miley as Ashley sings on a lit-up set while wearing a white vinyl two-piece outfit, surrounded by a troupe of backup dancers. It appears to be a standard pop video until we get towards the end. Then, the picture appears to split and crack, like the graphic that opens Black Mirror

In between those cracks, the picture switches to black and white, and we see flashes of Ashley O looking upset and giving the finger. We also see scenes of Ashley O's manager and aunt, Catherine, played by Susan Pourfar. If you've seen the episode, you know these images reflect the plot.

"Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too," which is now streaming on Netflix as part of Black Mirror season five, also features a reworked version of NIN's "Right Where It Belongs." Frontman Trent Reznor gave the Black Mirror showrunners his blessing to rewrite the lyrics for the episode.

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Thursday
Jun132019

Listen: Mac Miller's first posthumous verse on Free National's "Time" featuring Kali Uchis

Rich Fury/Getty ImagesAs the music world continues to collectively mourn the untimely passing of Mac Miller, Free Nationals has gifted fans with the rapper's first posthumous release, "Time," featuring Kali Uchis.

The group, best known as Anderson .Paak's backing band, recorded the melodic track in May of 2018.  "Time" follows Free Nationals' "Beauty & Essex," featuring Daniel Caesar and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, which was released in October 2018.

"Time" is the second single from the group's forthcoming self-titled album.  Following its release, Paak shared a special message to fans in memory of his longtime friend and frequent collaborator Miller. 

"Endless thanks to Mac's beautiful family for allowing us to release this special piece of art. Hope you Enjoy!!!!," the lyricist captioned a photo of the song's cover art. 

"Time" is now available for streaming on all platforms.  Miller died of an accidental drug overdose in September of 2018.

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Thursday
Jun132019

On a Roll: Miley Cyrus releases Ashley O's "Black Mirror" video 

Courtesy NetflixOMG! We're such huge fans of Ashley O -- and now we can enjoy her music video.

Ashley O, the purple-haired pop star portrayed by Miley Cyrus in the new Black Mirror episode "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too" on Netflix, is front and center in the new video for "On a Roll." That's the song and video we repeatedly see and hear snippets from throughout the episode. 

"On a Roll" is actually a reworking of Nine Inch Nails' classic song "Head Like a Hole," created with the blessing of Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor. Instead of "Head like a hole/black as your soul/I'd rather die than give you control/Bow down before the one you serve/you're going to get what you deserve," Miley as Ashley sings, "I'm on a roll/ridin' so high, achieving my goals/I'm stoked on ambition and verve/I'm gonna get what I deserve."

In the clip, Miley as Ashley sings on a lit-up set while wearing a white vinyl two-piece outfit, surrounded by a troupe of backup dancers.  It appears to be a standard pop video until we get towards the end.  Then, the picture appears to split and crack, like the graphic that opens Black Mirror

In between those cracks, the picture switches to black and white, and we see flashes of Ashley O looking upset and giving the finger.  We also see scenes of Ashley O's manager and aunt, Catherine, played by Susan Pourfar.  If you've seen the episode, you know these images reflect the plot.

"Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too" is now streaming on Netflix as part of Black Mirror season five.

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Thursday
Jun132019

Cole Swindell dials up a live version of "Dad's Old Number," just in time for Father's Day

ABC/Image Group LACole Swindell will put out a new live version of the track "Dad's Old Number" on Friday, just in time for Father's Day, which is Sunday. 

The Georgia native lost his dad unexpectedly in 2013, when a truck he was working on fell on him.  Cole's dad also inspired his hit "You Should Be Here."

“If you’ve ever lost someone you love," Cole tells People, "[It] doesn’t have to be your dad -- no matter who that is, you know what it’s like to have their number right there in your phone and just wish you could call it through the good times and the bad times because they were the ones that were always there for you.” 

The original version of "Dad's Old Number" appears on Cole's latest album, All of It. The new live recording was captured at Joe's Bar in Chicago. 

You can check out a preview of the song on YouTube now, ahead of its release on Friday. 

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Thursday
Jun132019

Ghost pays tribute to "The Shining" with latest web series episode

Credit: Mikael ErikssonHow do you make the twins from The Shining even creepier? Put them in Ghost make-up, of course.

The Swedish metallers have premiered a new episode in their ongoing web series, which explores the mythology of all the Ghost characters. The latest installment, streaming now on YouTube, is basically an extended homage to The Shining, complete with Cardinal Copia riding a tricycle and Papa Nihil typing out "All work and no play makes Papa bad dad," along with a set of twins dressed like future Ghost singers.

Past episodes have hinted at upcoming Ghost announcements, such as new music or tour dates, though this chapter doesn't come with any specific news.

Ghost is currently on tour in Europe opening for Metallica. They'll launch a North American headlining tour in continued support of their 2018 album Prequelle in September.

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Thursday
Jun132019

Elton John debuts new video for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," gets visit from U2

Interscope RecordsThe video for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," the new duet featuring Elton John singing with Rocketman star Taron Egerton, has arrived.

The clip starts with a hand placing a 45 RPM Elton single on an old-fashioned portable record player, which is sitting on a table surrounded by Elton album sleeves and Hershey's kisses. 

That kicks off a lively montage of scenes from Rocketman, footage of Elton and Taron recording their parts in the studio, graphics of Elton's album covers and archival photos, snippets of some of his classic videos and performance footage, and colorful animation.

The video ends with another shot of the single on the record player, except that now we can see another single on the table: "Your Song," Elton's first hit.

"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" plays over the closing credits of Rocketman, and it's also featured on the movie's soundtrack.

In other Elton news, at his concert in Dublin on Wednesday night, the pop-rock legend welcomed some special guests backstage: Bono and The Edge of U2

Elton posted a photo of himself with the two fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famers on his Instagram, along with a caption that reads: "Thanks for stopping by my gig in Dublin last night, @u2. Love you guys."


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Thursday
Jun132019

Liam Gallagher premieres "Shockwave" video; reveals release date for next album

Warner RecordsLiam Gallagher has premiered the video for "Shockwave," the latest solo single from the former Oasis singer.

The clip follows Gallagher as he walks through a field while a fire burns behind him, and pushes his way through a protest. You can watch it now on YouTube.

In other news, Gallagher has confirmed a September 20 release date for his sophomore solo album Why Me? Why Not., the follow-up to 2017's As you Were. The new record will include "Shockwave," though a full track list has yet to be revealed.

"I wrote some songs on my own for the last album, but this time, it's all co-writes," Gallagher explains. "Reason being is I want it to be even better than As You Were."

"I know my strengths and I know my limitations," he adds. "I'm an O.K. songwriter, but I'm a great singer and frontman. I want the second album to be a step-up because the hardest thing to do is to make something the same, only better. So that's what we've done."

In October, you can catch Gallagher open for select dates on The Who's North American tour.

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Thursday
Jun132019

Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Richard Roundtree, and Loretta Devine star in 'Family Reunion' TV series

ABC/Jeff NeiraTia Mowry-Hardrict from The GameRichard Roundtree from Shaft, and Loretta Devine from Dreamgirls are bringing the laughs to Netflix in the new comedy series, Family Reunion.

They all star in the show which focuses on a family moving from Seattle to Georgia.

Tia posted a photo of the cast on Instagram with the comment, "Ahhhhhhh it’s here!!!!! Who-hoooo! First look at the art work for my new show #familyreunion on @netflix @netflixfamily."

"I am so proud of this show! We have an incredible cast! Get ready to laugh!!” she adds.

Family Reunion debuts July 10 on Netflix.

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Thursday
Jun132019

Listen to new Volbeat song, "Last Day Under the Skin"

Credit: Ross HalfinVolbeat has premiered a new song called "Last Day Under the Skin," the opening track from the band's upcoming album, Rewind, Replay, Rebound.

In a statement, frontman Michael Poulsen reveals that "Last Day Under the Sun," which you can download now via digital outlets, was inspired by Johnny Cash.

"When I read his book, he went through tough times with alcohol and drugs," Poulsen explains. "He walked into a cave to lay down to die. But he wakes up and feels like he has been given a second chance."

That message is reflected in the song's video, which follows a number of people grieving a loss before taking a supernatural turn. You can watch it now on YouTube.

Rewind, Replay, Rebound, the follow-up to 2016's Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie, is due out August 2. It also features the single "Leviathan."

Volbeat will be traveling the U.S. this summer as the opening act for Slipknot's tour, which kicks off July 26 in Mountain View, California.

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Thursday
Jun132019

Watch Chris Hemsworth-as-Thor cover the Johnny Cash version of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt"

Marvel StudiosChris Hemsworth apparently looked to a Nine Inch Nails song for inspiration while filming the latest Avengers movie.

On Wednesday's Tonight Show, the Australian actor shared a video of himself performing an acoustic version of "Hurt" while in character as Thor on the Avengers: Endgame set. Hemsworth explained that the song, particularly the acclaimed Johnny Cash version, reflected Thor's emotional state in the film, whose depression over the events in Avengers: Infinity War led to him putting on weight and becoming a heavy drinker.

"It's the saddest song in the world," Hemsworth said of "Hurt."

The short clip of Hemsworth's performance was filmed in secret in his trailer, as the Avengers movies have a strict "no leaks" policy. He added that he didn't know at the time if he'd ever show the video publicly.

"I'm a terrible singer and a terrible guitarist," Hemsworth laughed.

This isn't the first connection between a Marvel film and Nine Inch Nails. In this year's Captain Marvel, Brie Larson's titular character wears a NIN t-shirt, which led to the band's website selling its own Captain Marvel-inspired shirt.

Meanwhile, Nine Inch Nails songs continue to pop up in unexpected places this year.

Hemsworth's "Hurt" performance follows the smash Lil Nas X hit "Old Town Road" sampling NIN's 2008 song "34 Ghost IV," which gave Trent Reznor a writing credit on his first number-one Hot 100 single. And a new Black Mirror episode features pop star Miley Cyrus singing reworked versions of "Head Like a Hole" and "Right Where It Belongs."

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Thursday
Jun132019

Ariana Grande breaks down during emotional concert in Mac Miller's hometown

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AGAriana Grande paid special tribute to her late ex, Mac Miller, during her concert in his hometown of Pittsburgh Wednesday night.

According to concertgoers, she played the rapper’s music over the speakers at PPG Paints Arena before she took the stage. She also reportedly had an empty seat reserved for him.

“At the Ariana Grande concert in pburgh and Mac’s album is playing throughout the stadium before the show <33,” one fan tweeted.

Another wrote, “Ariana really had a Mac Miller playlist for the music before the show and she had an empty seat reserved for him. she’s so strong.”

It was an emotional show for Ariana. During her opening performance of “Raindrops (An Angel Cried),” which is thought to be about the end of her relationship with Mac, she broke down and was unable to finish the song.

She choked up again when she tried to sing the line "Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm/'cause he was an angel" in “thank u, next” -- Mac's birth name was Malcolm McCormick. With the help of the crowd, she made it through the song.

Mac died last September at age 26 of an accidental overdose. The two had dated from 2016 to the spring of 2018.

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Thursday
Jun132019

Roger Daltrey taking part in "Tommy" Q&A during visit to The Who's London pop-up shop Friday

ABC/Richard CartwrightA very special guest will be visiting The Who's recently announced pop-up shop, The Who @52, when the store opens in London's Soho neighborhood this Friday, June 14. Roger Daltrey himself will be on hand to do a Q&A at 12 p.m. local time, or 7 a.m. ET.

The Who frontman will be chatting about the 50th anniversary of the band's classic rock opera Tommy, and about his new The Who's Tommy Orchestral live album, which will be released that day. Fans can submit questions for Daltrey via The Who's official Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram.

As previously reported, The Who @52 shop will be open for just two days, June 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. Among the items that will be available at the store" an exclusive blue-vinyl seven-inch single featuring The Who's original 1969 rendition of "Pinball Wizard" on one side and a 2018 performance of the tune by Roger taken from The Who's Tommy Orchestral album on the other.

The store is also selling CD and vinyl copies of The Who's Tommy Orchestral, inducing a limited number signed by Daltrey, plus a variety of official Who merchandise.

The shop also has an exhibition of rare and archival band memorabilia, including a retro Tommy pinball machine. Special deals on tickets to The Who's July 6 concert at London's Wembley Stadium show will also be available.

The Who's Tommy Orchestral album features a full symphonic performance of the rock opera recorded during Daltrey's 2018 tour.  On the trek, he was accompanied by a different orchestra at each venue and a backing band that included members of The Who's touring group.

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Thursday
Jun132019

Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockNine years ago this week, Miranda Lambert began a month-long stay at the top of Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart with this nostalgic hit. Can you name it? ANSWER: "The House That Built Me."

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Thursday
Jun132019

Willie Nelson will have "Vegas on [His] Mind" during a limited-run residency this fall

LegacyWillie Nelson will do a six-night, limited-run residency at The Venetian in Las Vegas this fall.

The dates will be called “Vegas on My Mind,” in a nod to his chart-topping hit from 1982, “Always on My Mind.” Willie’s shows kick off October 18 and continue on the 19, 22, 23, 25 and 26.  

The latest album from the legend, titled Ride Me Back Home, is set to be released June 21.

Pre-sales for the Vegas show start Friday, June 14, before becoming available to the general public a week later.

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Thursday
Jun132019

More kids for Madonna? "Never say never!"

Live Nation/Interscope Records/MaverickMadonna's new album Madame X comes out Friday, June 14.  Ahead of the release, NBC's Today show tweeted out a clip of an interview she did with the show's Harry Smith, in which she discusses how being the mother of six children has informed her life.  According to the Queen of Pop, her parenting skills have increased exponentially with each kid.

Madonna's brood -- which includes Lourdes, 22; Rocco, 18; David, 13; Mercy, 13; and twins Stella and Esther, six --  has "reminded me how precious time is and how each child requires attention and vigilance and guidance in a different way," she told Smith.

"And really, you have to be ready for anything. And the more kids that you have, the better you get at being a parent," she added.

When Smith expressed surprise at this, Madonna insists, "Yeah, definitely. Of course. But it's like anything.  The more songs I write, the better I get as a songwriter."

When Smith asked if that means she has to have some more kids, Madonna laughed.

"Not right this second...but never say never!"

The full interview airs tomorrow, when Madame X arrives.

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Thursday
Jun132019

The Jonas Brothers test their knowledge of each other on 'The Tonight Show'

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCThe Jonas Brothers were Jimmy Fallon's musical guests on Wednesday's Tonight Show, and also put their knowledge of each other to the test in a game called "Know Your Brother."

Nick, Joe and Kevin each took turns wearing noise-cancelling headphones while Jimmy asked them questions about each other and challenged them to match one another's answers.

First up, Joe and Kevin were asked to guess what Nick would say is the thing about him that makes them the most jealous. Joe guessed it would be Nick taking batting practice with the Dodgers, while Kevin thought it would be his shoe collection. Neither was right: Nick believed it him performing at the White House not once, but several times.

Next, Nick and Joe had to guess worst thing Kevin ever did as a kid that their parents didn't know about at the time, and it seems the oldest Jonas Brother was a bit of a demon. After Nick recalled Kevin sneaking out of the house on more than one occasion, Joe revealed that Kevin had a couple of beers before he was 21 and even bought a pack of cigarettes.

Kevin, however, fessed up to visiting a tattoo parlor just shy of his 18th birthday and bringing Joe -- only 14 at the time -- with him. Their parents eventually found out and Nick "didn't get a tattoo for a long time."

Joe ended up being the winner, though, correctly answering that the wildest thing that happened at his bachelor party was having the cops called on them three times during the first night.

Earlier, the brothers discussed their new album, Happiness Begins, and the documentary Chasing Happiness, both out now.

Kevin, Joe and Nick closed the show with a performance of "Only Human," from Happiness Begins.

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Thursday
Jun132019

Three generations of 'Shaft' unite in Miami for film's premiere at ABBF

L-R: Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree; Kyle Kaplan, Warner Bros. PicturesOne of the summer's most highly anticipated films, Shaft, helped to officially kick off the 2019 American Black Film Festival Wednesday night in Miami Beach, Florida.

The premiere event, held at the New World Center in Miami Beach, brought out Hollywood's finest, including three generations of John Shaft.

Richard Roundtree, who played the no-nonsense detective in 1971, arrived on the red carpet to much fanfare and admitted that he'd always wanted to be a part of the ABFF.

"I finally got down here," Roundtree told ABC Radio. "I've been threatening to do this for some time and to finally be here and have a film in it, is a double winner."

In the new Shaft, the sequel to the John Singleton-directed 2000 remake, Samuel L. Jackson once again plays John Shaft II, the nephew to Roundtree's original character. Meanwhile, Jessie T. Usher plays Jackson's estranged FBI agent son, John Shaft III.

Jackson, another first time ABFF attendee, said premiering his film around other black creatives was definitely a new and welcoming experience.

"It's always a great thing to be in the company of a bunch of artistic-minded black folk," Jackson declared. "So we got something in common there, from the jump -- the love of film, the love of art, the love of storytelling."

However, Jackson joked that not everyone who comes to the ABFF on premiere night has the best intentions.

"Some people are here to get their picture signed so they can sell them," he laughed. "But other than that, it's a wonderful gathering. The celebrating of other folks' accomplishments, especially in this particular industry."

Jackson also offered young filmmakers some valuable advice.

"Even if your film ain't, like, a big ol' hit, at least people saw it," he said. "And they can tell other people about it. And when you make your next one they can say, 'Oh, that's that filmmaker that made,' you know.  You know what I'm talking about."

As for the youngest Shaft, Usher said being in the company of two veteran actors and having his film open the ABFF is a true honor.

"To be able to come here and open up Shaft mean everything," he says. "It's a pleasure to see them. I love seeing these familiar faces. Everybody's always so happy to be here and it's a wonderful thing. It's literally the epitome of black excellence in this building tonight."

Shaft, also starring Alexandra Shipp, Regina Hall and Cliff “Method Man” Smith, hits theaters Friday.

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Thursday
Jun132019

Crocs never broke my heart? Luke Combs wants his clog collaboration to continue

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Luke Combs' new signature line of Crocs made their debut exclusively at CMA Fest last week in Nashville.

If you're still hoping to get your hands -- or feet, rather -- on a pair of the foam clogs, the North Carolina native is in favor of continuing the collaboration.

"I don't see why not," Luke says. "Obviously, I would love that."

"I don't like necessarily wearing socks and shoes when I'm at home," he explains. "But when I go outside or out in the yard or in the Polaris or whatever, [Crocs are] super-easy and comfortable to slip on..."

Luke believes the company approached him after they spotted him wearing Crocs designed by another musical phenomenon.

"I think I put up a tweet or something wearing the Post Malone Crocs in the studio when I was recording some music," he recalls. "And they kinda just reached out after that and were like, 'Do you wanna do it?'. So it was kind of like an awesome coincidence, I guess."

The "Beer Never Broke My Heart" hitmaker not only designed his Crocs, he also came up with their accompanying accessories, known as Jibbitz.

"Now Jibbitz designer can go on my resume..." he jokes. "One of the first guitars I taught myself to play on was a guitar that a buddy of mine gave me in college. And I ended up covering it in a bunch of stickers. And it's actually in an exhibit at the [Country Music] Hall of Fame right now. But the Crocs are based off of that guitar."

Even if Luke's fiancée, Nicole Hocking, insists she's not a fan of the footwear, he's not buying it.

"Listen, she loves Crocs. Don't let her lie to you. She just tries to be cooler than me all the time," Luke laughs.

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