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Music News – Monday, June 14

Bravo hotshot Andy Cohen is solidly on Team Mariah Carey in her legal battle with her brother Morgan.
Mimi’s elder sibling is suing her for defamation over passages in her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, which was published by Andy Cohen Books. Morgan took issue with passages describing him allegedly getting violent with family members, to the point where he was taken into detention at a juvenile facility.
But according to court documents obtained by Radar Online, Cohen’s lawyers say the statements could not be defamatory because all were “substantially true.” Because of that, Cohen wants his company taken off the hook in the suit, which is asking for over $1 million in damages.

Backstreet Boys could have taken the Super Bowl halftime show stage with NSYNC and Britney Spears back in 2001 — but they turned it down, Nick Carter reveals to Entertainment Tonight.
“It’s interesting because we were presented the opportunity to perform at the halftime at the Super Bowl and it was in Tampa, my home town,” Nick tells ET.  “At the time we came from the era of, we loved the Whitney Houston rendition of the national anthem. And for us, we got the choice and we passed on the halftime,” he laughs.
BSB performed the national anthem before the game instead. “But it was a memorable experience for everyone,” Nick adds. “And everyone was able to share [the stage] and NSYNC did a great job at halftime, and I like to say we did a really good job at the national anthem as well.”
Now, Nick says, he’d love to do the halftime show in the future, and says it would be “pretty cool” if BSB and NSYNC did one together.

The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff Presented By 1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory Services Returns to St. Joe for 2021

The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff returns for 2021 thanks to 1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory Services, with support from long-time sponsor Signature Dealer Group! Bill Crowder speaks with Zack East about his organization’s love and support of the Art Fair, and how you can get tickets and details at krasl.org.... [Read Full Story]

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, June 11

Last weekend, State Police officers in Rathdrum, Idaho, investigated an automobile accident involving a truck pulling a horse trailer and a sedan.
Luckily, no one was injured during the crash, but a dog named Tilly was ejected from the bed of the truck and ran away from the scene of the accident.
For a few days, the mystery lingered and the Idaho State Police were trying to figure out exactly where Tilly had gone.
Well, the mystery has been solved as Tilly — a Border Collie — was found on a nearby sheep farm, herding sheep.
Tilly’s owner said Tilly had lost some weight since the accident, but was otherwise healthy and happy to be reunited with his family. (KHQ-TV)

The Daily Dish – Friday, June 11

They only just aired the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” series finale last night, but if you’re missing the show already, you’re in luck.  E! will air a two-part reunion special hosted by ANDY COHEN, beginning next Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  The second part will air the following Sunday at 9:00 p.m. E! released a preview where they mention CAITLYN . . . but there’s no sign of her on the actual show.
On a related note, the executive producer of “Keeping Up” revealed that KIM enjoyed being filmed the most, while KYLIE enjoyed it the least . . . which probably comes as NO surprise to fans who saw her missing A LOT of trips and gatherings over the years.

Legal analyst JEFFREY TOOBIN returned to CNN yesterday . . . eight months after he exposed himself during a Zoom call with colleagues from “The New Yorker”.
Host ALISYN CAMEROTA got right to the point, detailing exactly what Jeffrey was doing during that call.  Then she asked him, quote, “What the hell were you thinking?”
She was quoting Jay Leno, who said that to Hugh Grant in 1995, after his arrest for soliciting a prostitute.
Jeffrey called his behavior, quote, “deeply moronic and indefensible.”
He also said he didn’t think anyone else could see him at the time.  He apologized to everyone who, quote, “thought I was a better person than this,” and said he’s “trying to become the kind of person that people can trust again.”

AMY SCHUMER was trending yesterday, for a strange reason that just got stranger.
A truck stop in Tennessee posted a picture of a driver named Amelia, who’d redeemed a brand new Monster Energy mini-fridge with her loyalty points.  The woman looked a lot like Amy . . . Right down to her R-rated T-shirt. The photo also contained a sign that said “Stop pooping in the parking lot.”
When Amy saw the picture, she Tweeted, quote, “Wait, what’s going on at a truck stop? -me.”  She also posted an emoji with a single tear . . . because Amelia, as it turns out, has a teardrop tattoo. Sometimes, people get a teardrop tattoo as a way of saying they’ve KILLED someone.  So the truck stop posted a follow-up to clarify.
It said, quote, “Amelia wanted us to point out that her teardrop tattoo is not because she murdered someone.  She accidentally killed a pedestrian once after falling asleep at the wheel and got a tattoo to honor their memory.”

Furry Friends Friday with Cher the Kitty from Berrien Co Animal Control – June 11

Do you believe in love? We found love in Cher!  And, we know that Cher believes in love! This famous gal is just one of many elegant black cats looking for a home during our fabulous Black Tie CAT Adoption Event which starts next week. Cher is a fun, active, and friendly girl. Her adoption fee is only $20.00!  Call Berrien County Animal Control at 269-927-5648 to meet Cher and MANY of her housemates! ... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, June 11

  • National Making Life Beautiful Day
  • National Corn on the Cob Day

How much are we looking forward to this summer? So much so that a new survey found that 50% of respondents said they are going all out this summer, thanks to being vaccinated. In fact, 45% said they plan to spend more money this year than the past two summers combined. More numbers: 40% can’t wait to go to their favorite restaurants and bars for happy hour again, 22% can’t wait to go to a sporting event, and 21% can’t wait to go to a concert.
According to the survey, these are the activities Americans are most looking forward to this summer:
  1. Vacations — 43%
  2. Going out to restaurants, bars, happy hours, etc. — 39%
  3. Hosting friends and family at home — 30%
  4. Attending a game/sporting event — 22%
  5. Attending a concert — 21%
  6. Going on dates — 21%
  7. Graduation/birthday parties — 20%... [Read Full Story]

Music News – Friday, June 11

Taylor Swift was very Taylor-like when accepting an Icon award for her songwriting, saying she’s really gotten by with a little help from her friends.
Tay made a virtual appearance at yesterday’s (Wednesday) National Music Publishers’ Association’s annual gala, where she picked up this year’s Songwriter Icon Award. She said, “I want to take a moment to thank the people who were my professors, my teachers, of the craft of songwriting. First of all, anyone who wrote with me in Nashville when I was in like eighth or ninth grade, that is insane that you did that. I am so lucky that I got to learn from some of the best writers on Music Row.”
She went on to spread the love to all the Swifties out there, because they “care about my lyrics. You have no idea how much that means to me, that you dissect them and copy them into your journals and care about the things that I write.” (Billboard)

Ed Sheeran‘s long vacation is finally over — and he’ll mark his return with his first new single in four years.
Ed broke the news in an Instagram post that featured a photo of him grimacing, along with the caption, “The moment you realize your first solo single in 4 years is coming out in a few weeks.”
He’s had the tune kicking around for at least a few weeks, since he told the BBC last month that it’s “really different.”

Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and AJ McLean are joining up with NSYNC members Lance Bass and Joey Fatone for a special Pride Month event.
The boy band members will host a charitable game night, Bingo Under the Stars, at The Grove in Los Angeles on June 18.
The event will feature 10 games of bingo, special prizes, surprise guests and more. It’ll conclude with Nick, AJ, Lance and Joey taking the stage together to perform songs from both groups.
The singers teased some sort of collaboration last week on social media.
A portion of ticket sales for Bingo Under the Stars will go directly to L.A. Pride, and a special gift will also be granted to The Trevor Project, which supports LGBTQ youth.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, June 10

An icebreaker ship was making its way through ice fields in northern Russia, when they spotted something unusual — a dog — wandering around on the jagged ice.
The crew lowered a ladder for the Samoyed, complete with a thick, fluffy white coat of fur, to come aboard.
They took her to a nearby village and found her owners.
It seems the dog — named Aika — had run away a week before and taken some wrong turns into the ice fields.
The owners were thrilled to be reunited with Aika and said she would not have survived out there without that chance meeting with the heroic crew. (KCTV-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, June 10

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are threatening the BBC after the network reported that the former royals didn’t ask for the Queen‘s blessing to name their infant daughter Lilibet.
According to the BBC, a Buckingham Palace source claims Queen Elizabeth was “never asked about it.”
Now, according to The Daily Beast, Harry and Meghan’s legal team has issued “a rare legal warning” to the “papers advising them not to repeat the allegation” that the couple “had named their second child after Queen Elizabeth without asking her first.”
A spokesperson for the couple fired back, saying that the Queen was indeed supportive when Harry told her about the ahead of time and that the couple would not have used the name if she objected.

Liam Payne may have looked like he was having a great time when One Direction was on top of the world, but in reality, he was so depressed that he pondered killing himself.
Appearing on the Diary of a CEO podcast, Liam said, “I was worried how far my rock bottom was going to be. Where’s rock bottom for me? And you would never have seen it. I’m very good at hiding it.”
Asked if he dipped far enough to consider suicide, he replied, “Yeah. There is some stuff that I have definitely never, never spoken about. It was really, really, really severe. It was a problem. I just didn’t like myself very much and then I made a change.”
That change? He cut out the pills he’d become hooked on, and cut down on his drinking, which brought him back to a good place after 1-D split.

Tiger King star Jeff Lowe is wanted by police in Las Vegas after he failed to show up for a hearing on Wednesday.
TMZ says four bench warrants were issued, stemming “from a 2017 case in which he was charged with three counts of not having a proper license or permit for wild animals, and one count of doing business without a license. He was convicted in 2018 of illegally using animals to make money in the Las Vegas valley, but agreed to stay out of trouble to avoid jail time.”
Now he has to post $20,500 to wipe out the warrants and get a new court date.
This comes after Jeff and his wife Lauren were arrested last weekend in Oklahoma for DUI.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, June 10

  • NATIONAL BALLPOINT PEN DAY — You can’t text with it, but the ballpoint pen revolutionized hand-written communications. It was patented 78 years ago, on June 10th, 1943. The pen replaced the use of feather-based writing with ink.
  • NATIONAL HERBS AND SPICES DAY — Cumin is the world’s most popular spice and cilantro (or coriander) is the most-used herb.
  • NATIONAL ICED TEA DAY — Iced tea dates back to the 1870s, long before people had icemakers.

Way back in the early days of the COVID pandemic, wait staff and delivery people were considered “essential workers” and given a little more respect – and a little boost in tips. Well, times have changed. According to a new study, customers have pulled back on heavy tipping and gone back to their old habits – with some even cutting back on the gratuities completely. The New York Times scanned figures from payment services Square and Toast and found that folks upped their average tip to nearly 25% in early-to-mid 2020, but have gradually fallen back to pre-pandemic numbers of 18 to 19%. In bigger cities, some restaurants are battling back by eliminating tips altogether and raising wages — which means a hike in the price of some menu items. (Eater)

It looks like the future of communication is in your clothes. Researchers at Purdue University have figured out a way to add wireless capabilities to clothing – and it won’t get wrecked when you do the laundry. Your clothing will then be able to communicate with your phone, computer, car, etc. The smart clothing can also monitor your health and even call for help if you’ve had an accident. (EurekAlert)

Speaking of clothes … Guys, if you’re looking for a successful summer of dating, you may want to eliminate these things from your wardrobe. According to dating app Plenty of Fish’s “Steamy Summer Report,” women said these are the worst summer looks for men: socks and sandals (33%), the bro tank/tank top (20%), Speedos (14%), cargo shorts (14%), and tropical shirts (7%).
For women, the summer fashion looks guys said are turn-offs include: High-waisted shorts and pants (27%), heels with a bathing suit (26%), bad fake tan (17%), saggy bathing suit (15%), and Crocs (9%).

Music News – Thursday, June 10

Lady Gaga, Diana Ross and Gloria Gaynor all ride high on a list of Pride Month anthems chosen by members of Britain’s LGBTQ community.
The survey, conducted earlier this year, put Gaga’s “Born This Way” atop the tally, followed closely by “I’m Coming Out” and “I Will Survive.” Gloria also took the number-four spot with “I Am What I Am,” followed by Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” “Freedom” by George Michael and Cher’s “Believe.”
Kylie Minogue was the artist with the most tracks in the Top 50, appearing three times. You can check out the playlist via Wildcat Gin’s Spotify page. (The Sun)

Lewis Capaldi hasn’t been shy about letting fans look inside his life, but he’s about to take his deepest dive yet — with a documentary film that’s been in the works for five years.
In typically Capaldi-ish fashion, Lewis talks about the flick, saying, “I’m very excited to potentially capture the making of the best album of all time, or more likely, to permanently document the scorching of my dreams as years of my life’s work is received like a pile of flaming [poop]. Either way it’s going to be lots of fun and will be lovely to have people along for the ride.”
The still-untitled film will get its premiere at Cannes Virtual Film Market from June 21st through 25th. (Billboard)

Adam Levine tells the BBC that Maroon 5 has a high criteria about what songs to include on their albums. “Quality control is the number one criteria to us: If a song doesn’t feel special, we wouldn’t include it. And we don’t mean that in a cheap way. We mean that like, “Could this song connect with the world?” Then, after we decide that, we say, “but is this the kind of hit song we want to have on our record?”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, June 9

Just one year ago, a black Labrador retriever named Forrest was in a shelter in Oregon, looking for a forever home.
But thanks to the charity group Search Dog Foundation, Forrest is now a trained search and rescue dog.
Back in August, Forrest started training to become a certified search and rescue dog. Because not every dog makes it through the training, the Search Dog Foundation has a backup plan. Every dog that enters the program gets care for life regardless of whether they graduate from the search dog program or not.
Forrest did graduate — and is now returning the favor by working with his first-responder partner, Tom Simons, and traveling around the country to save those affected by disasters.
Forrest is described as a “gentle giant” who’s “light on his feet.” His trainers went further to explain that he’s confident and thriving in all the situations the trainers have put him in. Thanks to his hard work — and the attention of his trainers — Forrest will now be helping those in big trouble and saving lives. (People)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, June 9

Chris Harrison‘s time as host of The Bachelor franchise is over for good.
After 19 years with the reality show, Harrison has reportedly reached a settlement with ABC to walk away. According to TMZ, he won’t be getting a final rose, but he will receive a massive settlement deal. His departure comes a few months after he received backlash for defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell‘s attendance at a racist party in 2018. He ultimately apologized, but still stepped away from his duties indefinitely.

Indiana Jones is back — and we have photographic evidence.
Harrison Ford was snapped in his iconic costume on the set of the fifth installment of the franchise.
Actor Josh Gad shared the pic on his Instagram account, writing, “All is right in the world. Welcome back Dr. Jones.”
It’s the first time the now-78-year-old Ford has worn the Indy costume since 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
The fifth Indy movie hits theaters in July 2022.

If you still haven’t gotten enough Ross and Rachel with the recent HBO Max reunion special, you can now set sail on a Friends-themed cruise.
The trip embarks from Fort Lauderdale in May, with stops at ports in Key West, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.
The cruise, created by travel agency Fana World Travel, will feature a costume contest, trivia games and “more fun activities,” according to the website — which also says, “Get ready to eat like Joey, joke like Chandler, cook like Monica, shop like Rachel, yoga like Phoebe and dig like Ross.” Unfortunately, none of the stars will appear on the high seas.
For more info, head to CruiseWithFriends.net

Berrien Community Foundation – The Willging-Reed Scholarship – Wednesday, June 9

BCF is a place where resources meet needs. Scholarships are a great example of those resources. Most scholarships are for college. The Willging-Reed Scholarship is a special scholarship for orchestra students from St. Joe High School who are going to a summer music camp. Get more details at berriencommunity.org.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, June 9

  • Rosé Wine Day

An Italian shoe designer has found a way to do the impossible — fusing the ugliness of Crocs with the discomfort of stiletto heels. Balenciaga’s Spring 2022 collection spotlights a knee-high Croc-boot as well as the three-inch heeled Crocs, both of which come in black and eye-popping lime green. So much for pandemic comfort wear. (Complex)

You can now tell the world how you feel about getting back in the swing of post-pandemic life without saying a word. A growing number of businesses and gathering places are handing out color-coded wristbands modeled on traffic lights to explain your vibe. According to the Wall Street Journal, places like Chesterfield, Virginia’s Chamber of Commerce are using Red to mean “no contact” with “no exceptions.” Yellow to mean “elbow only,” as in stick to the elbow bump, pal. Folks wearing a green band are letting you know that “hugs are welcome.”

Lightning does strike twice. A man in Massachusetts won his second $1 million lottery – 21 years after he won his first million. Michael Rocca of Pittsfield chose to take the full amount, for a payment of $650,000. But the first time he won, he chose annual installments for the $1 million – and he received his final installment last May. (UPI)

Cicadas aren’t just keeping you awake all night, one is now being blamed for a car accident. A driver in Cincinnati says one of the bugs flew into the window of his Chevy Cruze and got up in his face. It freaked him out so much, he ended up crashing into a utility pole. The driver wasn’t hurt and we can pretty much assume the cicada is dead somewhere.

Music News – Wednesday, June 9

Billie Eilish, Katy Perry and Selena Gomez are among the celebrities who’ve signed on to UNICEF’s effort to vaccinate the world.
They’ve all signed an open letter to the so-called G-7 countries — the world’s most powerful nations — asking that they donate cash and supplies to roll out COVID vaccinations in places that have little to no access.The letter, which will be delivered at the G-7 Summit in Britain this weekend, says “The pandemic will not be over anywhere until it is over everywhere, and that means getting vaccines to every country, as quickly and equitably as possible. The hopes of the world rest on your shoulders,Let’s build a healthier, brighter and fairer future for every child and for everyone.”
Organizers say that nations like the U.S., which have high vaccination rates, could donate 20 percent of their current supply of doses by the end of summer with no issues.

Last week, Lady Gaga announced that her makeup line, Haus Laboratories, would be releasing a special Bad Kid Vault: a deluxe, limited-edition, curated collection of 16 different makeup products.  Well, the Vault is now here, and you can get it at HausLabs.com for $250. But wait, there’s more.
On three Saturdays — June 12, 19 and 26 — at noon ET sharp, a Vault signed by Lady Gaga will be given away on the @hauslabs Instagram page.  Follow, like and tag a post to be eligible to win.
Oh, and if the Bad Kid Vault is too rich for your blood, you can also buy the Be Kind. Be Brave. Be You. Bundle, which includes Gaga’s book Channel Kindness, packaged with three popular shades of Haus Laboratories Lip Crayons.  The bundles, which aren’t limited edition, cost $55.

Harry Connick Jr. is heading back to the road in a trek he’s dubbed the Time to Play! tour.
Kicking off August 5 in Indianapolis, the tour finds the singer, songwriter and actor performing songs from his entire musical catalog with his seven-piece band.
Right now, the tour is scheduled to wrap up August 29 in Franklin, TN.  Ticket information is available at HarryConnickJr.com/tour.
Last year during the pandemic lockdown, Harry hosted the CBS special United We Sing: A Grammy Tribute to Unsung Heroes, which featured the singer and his daughter, Georgia, taking a road trip in an RV from Connecticut to New Orleans and highlighting essential workers who were risking their lives every day.
This past March, Harry released Alone with My Faith, an album featuring traditional gospel songs and new tracks inspired by faith, devotion and spirituality.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, June 8

U.S. Army veteran Marty Weber donated a 36-acre parcel of land in Barnegat Township, New Jersey, with the purpose of helping fellow veterans in need.
Marty’s mission is to work with a homeless outreach group to create a group home, rehabilitation center, and quiet retreat for homeless veterans struggling with addiction and mental illness.
Marty said he had always envisioned somehow using the wooded land to help fellow veterans. And if all goes according to plan, there will be an 8,000-square-foot building used as a treatment facility and a thrift store that will employ veterans living on the property, allowing them to get used to working with the public — and eventually getting them back into society. (NJ)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, June 8

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are taking time to get to know the latest addition to their family.
The couple have confirmed they will be taking parental leave from their foundation Archewell after their daughter’s birth.
On their website, they said, “While the Duke and Duchess are on parental leave, Archewell will continue to do important work and publish stories on the site”
Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday,
Meg and Harry also asked anyone wanting to send the family gifts to please “support or learn more about these organizations working for women and girls: Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED or Myna Mahila Foundation.”
The two started Archewell in January 2020 after stepping away from the British royal family.  The company also includes their film and TV production company Archewell Productions, and their podcast company, Archewell Audio.

Ellie Kemper apologized Monday for participating in a 1999 debutante ball run by an organization accused of having a racist history.
In an Instagram post, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star said, “The century-old organization that hosted the debutante ball had an unquestionably racist, sexist, and elitist past. I was not aware of this history at the time, but ignorance is no excuse. I was old enough to have educated myself before getting involved.”
The controversy erupted last week when Twitter users unearthed a 1999 article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch showing that Ellie was crowned the “Queen of Love and Beauty” at the Veiled Prophet Ball. She was a 19-year-old student at Princeton University at the time.
The Veiled Prophet organization was founded in 1878 by a former Confederate officer and was meant for the elite. Black people weren’t accepted into the organization until 1979.
In her statement, Ellie wrote, “I unequivocally deplore, denounce, and reject white supremacy.” She added, “I want to apologize to the people I’ve disappointed, and I promise that moving forward I will listen, continue to educate myself, and use my privilege in support of the better society I think we’re capable of becoming.”

Singer and Detroit native Kid Rock was caught on camera yelling a homophobic slur at people filming him on stage Saturday night in Smithville, Tennessee.
TMZ reports that Rock wasn’t happy with people filming him when he got on stage at FishLipz Bar & Grill. TMZ’s video shows him looking directly into one phone and yelling, “[Screw] your iPhone, yeah!” He then yelled the slur and mocked fans recording him by pointing directly at his crotch, and telling them to post that.
Apparently security was going around telling people to put down their phones before Kid Rock’s outburst. As you might imagine, the internet is ablaze calling for the shock rocker’s cancellation.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, June 8

  • WORLD PET MEMORIAL DAY – It’s a holiday created by the American Veterinary Medical Association as a day to memorialize pets that have gone on to cross the rainbow bridge
  • NATIONAL JELLY-FILLED DONUT DAY – As of last count, Americans eat about 10 billion donuts annually. Jelly-filled donuts aren’t really ‘donuts’ since they don’t have a hole in the middle. They predate the invention of the donut by a few hundred years. The first known recipe was published in a German cookbook in 1532. Back then, sugar was expensive, so they stuffed them with meat or mushrooms instead (not great with coffee).
  • NATIONAL BEST FRIENDS DAY – So call up your best friends and hang out!
  • WORLD OCEAN DAY – Just another reminder of how much junk we put into our oceans and the negative impact humans have on marine life. The United Nations started World Ocean Day in 1992 to raise global awareness of all the ways humans benefit from the oceans and how important it is to use them sustainably.... [Read Full Story]

Music News – Tuesday, June 8

After returning from their honeymoon, Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez enjoyed a group dinner the Hotel Bel-Air.
They ate at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant. He shared a photo taken as he shared a window booth with Ari’s six guests.
An insider told E! News (quote) “They were with friends and had a long dinner. They spent the entire evening at the hotel. Ari and Dalton definitely looked to be in the honeymoon phase — very giddy throughout the dinner.”
This was their very first time out in public since exchanging vows last month in a private ceremony. Among her special dinner guests was former Nickelodeon star Zach Sang. (E! News)

Elton JohnEd SheeranBrandi Carlile and Friends star Courteney Cox teamed up to do a jokey cover of one of Sir Elton’s big hits.
In the clip posted on Cox’s Instagram, they dedicated the performance of “Tiny Dancer” to her Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow. But they changed the chorus to “hold me closer Tony Danza.” And for some reason, Cox plays piano instead of Elton. Watch it on Instagram.
Sheeran had Cox play piano on a video he posted last week that teased the date June 25th.