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Luke Bryan Explains the Story Behind His New Song 'For a Boat' - Watch! (Video)

Luke Bryan is taking fans deeper into his process!

The country singer-songwriter superstar and American Idol judge is giving fans an inside look with the Story Behind the Song for “For a Boat,” a new track featured on his latest album, Born Here Live Here Die Here, which was just released earlier this month.

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“I grew up sitting on a bank, fishing with my grandfather and my papa and my dad,” he explained in the nostalgic clip about the song.

His latest single, “One Margarita,” notched his 25th No. 1 single for two consecutive weeks. He also performed it at the Idol finale. Watch the performance!

And if you haven’t yet, stream the album now!

Watch Luke Bryan explain the story behind “For a Boat”…

Get to Know 'Sad Songs' Singer SHY Martin With These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

SHY Martin is one of the singer-songwriter acts we’re really excited about at Just Jared, and we want our readers to know her even better!

The rising Swedish star has already cemented herself in the industry as a co-writer and vocalist on major tracks like Mike Perry‘s “The Ocean,” Kygo and Ellie Goulding‘s “First Time,” Bebe Rexha‘s “(Not The One),” The Chainsmokers‘ “All We Know,” among many others.

Today (August 7), she releases her own Sad Songs EP, a collection of songs that she felt were more “stripped down and personal.”

“I wanted to go back to that same feeling of when I first started writing songs on my guitar. All of these songs were written in different combinations of people I love working with in Sweden,” she explains.

“The title of the EP ‘Sad Songs’ actually came from the working title of ‘Lose You Too’ and stuck with me for some reason. At first it was only a joke since I always end up writing sad songs. But after living with it for some time, it felt like the perfect name of this EP since it only has sad songs on it. I was supposed to do a lot of touring this year but had to postpone all of the shows because of COVID-19. It’s sad in a way but I’ve honestly really enjoyed this time being in Sweden. It’s given me the opportunity to spend more time in the studio working on upcoming songs and writing for other artists which has been super fun. I’ve also had more time with my friends here in Stockholm and some time to rest. Until I’m able to travel again I’m gonna spend as much time as I can in the studio writing and recording, which is also where I feel most comfortable.”

The EP also includes her new single “Are you happy?” – and you can check out the accompanying music video inside.

Get to know SHY Martin better with these 10 Fun Facts

  • 1. The last three months, I’ve been playing Yahtzee at least once a day. I randomly found the game at an AirBNB a few months back when me and some friends went to the countryside to shoot a music video. Since then I’ve been obsessed ha! It’s just such a nice way to start the day with some coffee and Yahtzee.
  • 2. I always end up watching videos of baby animals on YouTube before I go to sleep. It makes me calm and happy.
  • 3. I have a twin brother called Martin. He was very shy as a kid and I was the opposite, always singing and making noise. So the name ‘Shy Martin’ actually comes from that.
  • 4. I grew up in a small village in southern Sweden with only 500 residents. It’s a super beautiful place with a lot of nature. When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in the forest and sometimes I had to ski to visit my friends!
  • 5. I had a tonsil operation back in 2015. It was right before me and my boyfriend wrote “The Ocean” with Mike Perry on my couch. I actually recorded the vocals in my tiny walk-in closet right after the operation. So the vocals you hear on the song is actually a one-take done from the closet, as I wasn’t supposed to be singing at the time.
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Get to Know 'Kissing Booth 2' Star Meganne Young with These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

The Kissing Booth 2 is still the number one movie on Netflix after a full week and we caught up with one of the movie’s stars to learn more about her!

Meganne Young plays the role of Rachel, Lee’s girlfriend, in both the first and second movies. She will also appear in the upcoming third movie, which was just announced.

You might also recognize Meganne, 30, from her work in the Starz series Black Sails or from her guest spots on shows like Supernatural and Legends of Tomorrow.

Here are 10 Fun Facts about Meganne:

  • 1. I chew really loudly. As I sat down to write out my 10 facts you might not know about me, I took a big bite of a peanut butter cup (at 9am in the morning) and simultaneously asked my friend for suggestions…. she gave me a knowing smile and said: “you chew REALLY loudly”.
  • 2. I love wearing pajama sets and fluffy onesies (in the winter). I try to be in bed by 10pm and getting into a nice set of jammies or snuggling into a warm fluffy onesie makes me so happy.
  • 3. I went to school in four different countries. South Africa, Nigeria, Switzerland and, finally, Sri Lanka where I graduated from The Overseas School of Colombo.
  • 4. I’ve been talking about getting a tattoo for about 5 years and still haven’t gotten one.
  • 5. I’ve watched Black Panther about 20 times.

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Get to Know 'Damnboy' Singer Almondmilkhunni With These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

Almondmilkhunni is one of the rising acts we’re excited about, and we want to give Just Jared readers an opportunity to get to know her better!

The Philadelphia native has had a fascinatingly varied past: from growing up in a religious family, to stripping in order to put herself through college as a political science and pre-law major, to becoming the pop-R&B One to Watch that she is today.

Her track “Bandana,” which samples Usher’s “U Remind Me,” became a playlist favorite, including Spotify’s New Music Friday. She also collaborated with Flo Milli on her viral debut hit, “Cherry.”

After recently releasing her debut EP, Almondmilkhunni just dropped her latest track, “damnboy,” today (July 31). And in celebration, we’re getting to know her better with 10 Fun Facts.

  • 1. I’m really proud of my heritage – my father is Puerto Rican and my mother is German, but I grew up with my Dominican stepdad so I have an interesting mix of the two cultures.
  • 2. I studied political science and was admitted into the pre-law program at Rutgers University before I dropped out to pursue music. I used to write papers for people for money lol.
  • 3. I was basically just a really poor college student and was barely making ends meet at Starbucks so I just walked into a strip club one day and got hired.
  • 4. My favorite Starbucks drink of the moment – matcha lattes with vanilla syrup and almond milk ;)
  • 5. I love listening to podcasts! I’ve been into a lot of Abraham Hicks lately, and my friend Michaela is coming out with a sheratesdogs podcast which I’m super excited about because she’s hilarious.
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Pia Mia Drops New Song 'Hot,' Talks About Making the Music (Exclusive Interview)

Pia Mia just dropped her brand new song “Hot” and you can check it out right here!

The new track is the follow-up to Pia‘s song “Princess,” which has been streamed over three million times after its release a few months ago.

Pia is also an actress and will be seen in the upcoming movie After We Collided, the sequel to last year’s popular movie After.

We spoke to Pia about her new music and you can check out the full interview below, but make sure to listen to “Hot” first. You can stream it below or download now on iTunes!

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Kelly Macdonald Snaps a Shirtless Photo of Garrett Hedlund in New 'Dirt Music' Clip! (Exclusive)

Garrett Hedlund goes shirtless and shows off his toned body in this new clip from his movie Dirt Music, which is premiering exclusively on JustJared.com.

The 35-year-old actor stars in the movie alongside Boardwalk Empire actress Kelly Macdonald.

In the clip, Garrett walks out of the house in a towel, seemingly just after getting out of the shower, and Kelly snaps a photo of him with her phone.

“Is that a good idea?” Garrett asks. Kelly replies, “I just wanted to remember what you look like right now.” We agree with that!

Dirt Music stars MacDonald as Georgie, a 40-year-old woman in a loveless marriage to local fishing baron Jim (David Wenham), who has two young sons from a previous marriage. One hazy night she sees the lone figure of younger man Lu Fox (Hedlund), a former musician and current poacher with a tragic past who is encroaching on her husband’s territory. Passions take hold and the two begin an intense affair, running off together amidst a sea of drama.

You can rent Dirt Music on VOD right now!

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Get to Know 'The Chase' Singer Alextbh With These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

alextbh is one of the rising stars we’re so excited about at Just Jared - and we want to give our readers a chance to know him even better!

The Malaysian artist and producer just dropped his debut EP called The Chase on Friday (July 17), including his previously released singles “Moments” and “Between.” The EP’s title track is his latest single.

“I usually write songs that come from a place of hardship and pain. But for ‘The Chase,’ I felt empty. There was this void in me I was trying to understand after spending a good amount of time in casual relationships and finding myself shutting out guys who were well-intentioned though I couldn’t bring myself to explore something deeper with them,” he explains.

The Kuala Lumpur native is also openly queer within a conservative Malaysian society, where the government has condemned the LGBTQIA+ community.

“Those relationships, in their totality, were ‘the chase’ – it starts and ends there. The music video is meant to portray the moments after a casual hookup – melancholy scenes of the outside world juxtaposed with flashbacks of the experience veiled in feelings of disgust, like ‘why did I do that?’ A lot of queer people go through this persistent detachment in relationships. It could be the result of the lack of emotional affection we’ve received that leads to this mess. I don’t want to think about a 5-year relationship, but deep down that is probably what I want. And if I keep leaving this ugly trail, I don’t think that idea will ever be attainable. Only time will tell.”

Listen to The Chase EP and get to know alextbh better with these 10 Fun Facts

  • 1. I’m generally agnostic and don’t really subscribe to any belief system, but I will always knock on wood if people say it.
  • 2. I binge watch TV shows every single time. I have no patience for shows that air once a week. I watched all 4 seasons of La Casa de Papel in four days.
  • 3. I’m a minimalist. I own 10 black T-shirts, two pairs of black shorts and 2 pairs of trousers. Yes, Marie Kondo was the reason I adopted this lifestyle (albeit to an extreme level) but I knew of her before her Netflix show! I like the freedom of not owning things. And when I do own a thing, it’s usually because I enjoy using it. I want my life stored in one sexy Rimowa luggage.
  • 4. I flew to China to see my first love. I was genuinely insane, like I used my scholarship money to fund my trip. And guess what, I found out that he had led me on and he was seeing someone else on the side! I was such a loser to see him still despite knowing what happened. The stupid things you do for love!
  • 5. I count numbers in Chinese. I grew up speaking Mandarin predominantly before switching to English when I was a teenager. It’s just way easier for some reason. If I count in other languages like Malay or English, I have to say them out loud for it to make sense. I don’t know why!
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