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Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks is back with a vengeance. The country singer made headlines recently for two reasons: one, because he held a press conference yesterday to confirm his return to music and the concert stage (the latter of which he first revealed back in December during a "Good Morning America" appearance, at left); and two, because of Ireland. Poor ol' Ireland. Back in December, Brooks announced he would play two comeback concerts at Croke Park Stadium. When the shows sold out immediately, he added three more dates and ultimately sold more than 400,000 tickets for the five-night event. But several businesses and residents near the stadium complained about the shows; as a rule, only three "special events" are supposed to take place each year at the stadium. They asked him to cancel two of his shows. In response, Brooks — citing a desire to be fair to all of his Irish fans — cancelled all five shows. Basically: it's kind of a mess. Ireland aside, however, Brooks used his press conference to confirm several things: new music by the end of July; a new album sometime around Black Friday (his first, by the way, since 2001); and when more details about his upcoming tour will be released (July 14). All in all, given that people are talking about Garth Brooks again, I'd say it's probably a pretty good week for him.

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Luis Suarez (and other World Cup highlights)

Everyone knew soccer player Luis Suarez's name this week when he sunk his teeth into opponent Giorgio Chiellini during the match between Uruguay and Italy. The weird thing? This is not the first time Suarez has bitten an opponent. Biting someone once is one time too many, but multiple times? Seriously? Suarez was banned for nine international matches and suspended for four months from any football activity by FIFA. Of the bite, Suarez simply said, "I've collided with his shoulder" and insisted the whole thing wasn't a big deal. I imagine his feelings would be a little different had he been the one bitten in the shoulder, but okay. In less bizarre news, Team USA advanced to the World Cup knockout stage. Congrats, Team USA!

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Elsa

If you thought there was a chance you might escape the hype surrounding "Frozen" sometime in the near future... well, you're wrong. It looks like this movie will have an impact for at least a generation or two. As it turns out, the baby names "Elsa" and "Anna" are quickly gaining popularity. In the U.S., Elsa has seen an especially big jump as it broke into the top 100 baby names, sitting at 88. Anna, which has always been a relatively popular name, jumped two spots from 37 to 35. But in Sweden, Elsa is the third most popular name, while Anna is in the top 12 names in Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Denmark, Italy, Norway, and the Netherlands. Alas, "Olaf" doesn't seem to be growing in popularity. Sorry, anthropomorphic snowman.

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World Cup

The World Cup began yesterday, to much worldwide excitement. The opening ceremony included a performance from Pitbull, J.Lo, and Claudia Leitte, as well as some dancing trees, which are part of today's adorable Google doodle! Following the ceremony, it was time for the game — but not before a moment of panic when Brazilian footballer Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior appeared to twist his ankle in the warm-up. However, he recovered in time for the World Cup opener, and Brazil pulled out a 3-1 win against Croatia. While the U.S. team won't have it's first game until Monday, there are still plenty of games to check out before then.

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Orange is the New Black

Season two of "Orange is the New Black" was released today, and many are scrambling to binge on the entire season so they can avoid spoilers. As with all Netflix-produced shows, once a season is up, you can watch the entire thing all at once. It's a great feature if you want to watch the season at your leisure, without waiting week to week for new episodes; it's not-so-great when the internet ruins everything. A helpful reminder: when asking your friends if they've seen the new season, a simple "Have you watched the new 'Orange is the New Black' episodes yet?" will suffice. Don't say, "Oh my gosh, have you seen the episode where Piper dies?!" (BTW, Piper probably doesn't die.) It'll be tough navigating the internet spoiler-free for the next few weeks, so good luck out there.

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