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The Script's New Album Now Available for Pre-Order


Columbia RecordsThe Script has made their latest album, No Sound Without Silence, available for pre-order on iTunes.

If you pre-order the album, you’ll receive an instant download of its first single, “Superheroes.” You’ll also be able to purchase “Superheroes” as a digital single, beginning Tuesday.

No Sound Without Silence, The Script’s fourth studio album, will be released September 30.

The Script is currently touring the U.S. with OneRepublic. Their next date is Wednesday in Omaha, Nebraska.

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One Direction's Liam Teases Fans with "Naked" Photo


ABC/Matt BrownLiam Payne showed off his sense of humor on Instagram on Sunday.

The One Direction singer posted a photo of himself standing on a boat, appearing to be naked. His midsection is pixelated. The picture is captioned, “Damn that was my last pair!”

The snapshot threw 1D’s young female fans into a tizzy, but it turns out Liam wasn’t nude after all. He eventually uploaded the same picture again, only this time it was uncensored, revealing that he was actually wearing a bathing suit.

Liam quipped, “Oh I found them never mind aha.”   

Incidentally, one of Liam's band mates, Zayn Malik, also caused a stir on social media over the weekend when he tweeted, "#FreePalestine."

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"Weird Al" Yankovic Says His First #1 Album Will Be His Last


Robert Trachtenberg/RCA Records"Weird Al" Yankovic's thrilled that his new album Mandatory Fun has become the first #1 album of his career.  But ironically, it's also going to be the last album of his career.

"It feels strange to say that but it's also very poetic to be able to go out on top," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I want to stress I'm not retiring. This isn't the end of the line for me, but I'm pretty sure this is the end of my conventional albums. I just think it makes more sense for me to release songs individually -- be more of a singles artist instead of an albums artist."

Al always felt constrained by the fact that he couldn't just put out his song parodies while a song was topping the charts: he always had to wait, gather up a bunch of them, and release them as an album.  But these days, thanks to the advent of digital downloads, you don't have to wait, so that'll be his business model going forward.

As for why Mandatory Fun was the disc that finally rang the bell for him after three decades, Al says he's got a few theories.

"I'm not one hundred percent sure why this album did so much better than all my previous albums," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think partly because I think it is, in, fact my best album. I'm very proud of this  And I think my marketing plan had a lot to do with is as well -- the eight videos in eight days thing really seemed to work in a major way. I had a world premiere every single day of release week."

Al says the nature of comedy videos today meant that he had to constantly provide something new for people to check out, and that's what he did, by releasing one new video each day for eight days straight.

"Things go very viral for a day and then the next people say, 'OK, well, seen that. What's next?' So it gave people something to talk about and be excited about every single day and also something to look forward to," he explains. "So there was anticipation there. And it worked so well that by the end of the eight days, there was kind of a Pavlovian effect. People woke up the ninth morning and said, 'Well, where's the Weird Al video!? Why should I even wake up in the morning if there's not a new Weird Al video?!!!'"

The first video in the onslaught was the star-studded clip "Tacky," a parody of "Happy," which featured comedic actors Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho and Jack Black.  Al says all of those people are friends of his, but he knew the clip would work if he could get one of them in particular.

"Jack Black was number one on the list," he reveals. "I figured, 'OK if we get Jack Black, he's going to have so much energy, and knock it out of the park.' And I found the one day Jack was available to do it. He was in Atlanta, shooting a movie and he said he would fly in for one day and do the video."

Also making "Tacky" possible was the fact that Pharrell Williams, who wrote "Happy," gave Al permission to do the parody. "I won't tell you how I got his personal email, but I emailed him and I explained what I wanted to do," Al tells ABC News Radio. "And Pharrell got back to me immediately and he was extremely nice and said he was honored that I wanted to do a parody and gave me permission on the spot." 

Al says he'll launch a tour next year to promote Mandatory Fun. Meanwhile, he says he's living large celebrating his chart-topping success....not.

"Yeah, my family and I went out," he says when asked how he marked the milestone.  "We had some Mexican food and I had a burrito." 

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Lily Allen's Fake Arrest Photo Gets Australian Police Busted


Ollie Millington/Getty ImagesSeveral Australian Federal Police officers are being investigated after taking part in a prank Sunday afternoon that made it appear as if singer Lily Allen was being arrested at Gold Coast Airport in Queensland, Australia.

In a photo that has since been taken down from the 29-year-old British singer's Instagram account, Allen is seen on her knees with her hands behind her back as if she were under arrest.  The officers placed open handcuffs on Allen's wrists.

An Australian Federal Police spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald that Allen asked the officers to slap the cuffs on her.

"On 27 July, AFP members escorted Ms. Lilly Allen as she was transiting through Gold Coast Airport," the spokesperson said. "At her request, the members involved placed open handcuffs on Ms. Allen for a photo opportunity.  It appears the members involved were caught up in the moment and standard protocols were breached. This matter is now subject to internal processes."

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"Rising Star" Recap: On the Final Night of Head-to-Head Duels, Five More Contestants Advance


ABCABC's interactive singing competition, Rising Star, concluded its live head-to-head singing duels Sunday night with four contestants advancing after the East Coast vote and one additional singer being saved after the West Coast broadcast. Three other acts were sent home.

Maneepat Molloy, Shameia Crawford, Audrey Kate Geiger and Joshua Peavy advanced to next week's quarterfinals.

Dana Williams was saved by the West Coast vote and also advanced to the quarterfinals.

Morgan Higgins, Karen Hornsby and the group Unselfish were sent home.

For the duels, two acts were selected to go head-to-head, with a coin toss determining which one would sing first with the wall up. The winner of the coin toss got to decide the order of performance. Viewers who downloaded the Rising Star app were asked to vote “yes” or “no,” just as they did in the audition round. The competing act then sang with the wall down and had to beat the mark set by the first contestant in order to raise it.

The one-hour show aired live on the East Coast, but viewers on the other side of the country had the chance to “save” the performer with the highest-combined percentage of votes who hadn't won his or her matchup.

Host Josh Groban and the Rising Star "experts" -- Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley -- presided over the duels. The "experts" were allowed to vote. So were West Coast viewers, even though they watched the show on delay.

The experts also mentored each contestant before their performances.  The ultimate winner receives a contract with Capitol Records.

Here are the highlights from Sunday night:

Morgan Higgins vs. Maneepat Molloy:

The experts agreed that Higgins waited too long to show off her range when she auditioned and that she needed to come out swinging this time. Her version of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” collected 45 percent of the vote, including a "yes" from Paisley, who noted that Higgins was a “pro,” but the 17-year-old still needed a lot of work. The performance didn’t impress Ludacris, who thought Higgins held back and didn’t give it her all. Kesha called the performance “very convincing,” adding the singer “came a long way.”

Ludacris felt Molloy’s voice was “more pure” than her competitor, but she didn’t have as much “energy.” Before Molloy's performance, Ludacris and the other experts urged her to be in the moment. The 16-year-old raised the wall with her version of Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity,” racking up 66 percent of the vote. Kesha voted “yes,” but admitted that she didn’t want to see either singer go. Brad was not as pleased with the performance, calling it “pitchy.” He voted “no.” Ludacris voted “yes.”

Shameia Crawford vs. Unselfish:

Crawford, who had to wait for the West Coast to save her last time, chose to go first. Kesha was “on the fence” about her song choice, the standard, “Cry Me a River,” but agreed she “killed it” in rehearsal. Brad’s only suggestion was that Crawford needed to get her nerves under control. She managed to do that and collected 70 percent of the vote.  Afterward, Ludacris called her presence “unprecedented.” Kesha agreed, adding the full-time musician and Georgia native “looked stunning” and “set the bar high” with her singing voice. She voted “yes,” as did Paisley.

The five-man group Unselfish also failed to raise the wall last time. The experts advised them to clean up their harmonies, but their version of Maroon 5’s “Payphone” still failed to impress voters, earning just 33 percent. They did, however, get a “yes” from Kesha, who explained she was “not a dream crusher.” She added that while it was “not the best performance,” she thought they could improve and wanted the group to know she was rooting for them. Ludacris voted “no,” saying their harmonies “needed work,” and Paisley also gave them a “no.”

Dana Williams vs. Audrey Kate Geiger:

Williams led off this duel. Using a guitar that belonged to her late father, who once backed Michael Jackson, she sang The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” She said the guitar was a lucky charm.  The performance earned 67 percent of the vote, but didn’t impress Brad, who gave her a “no.” He explained the singing was great, but the performance sounded like Williams was “rehearsing.” Kesha, reminding Brad this was a singing show, praised Williams' voice as “delicate” and “beautiful,” adding she was one of her “favorite performers on the show.” Ludacris also voted “yes.”

Audrey Kate started her performance of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” a cappella, a risk that earned Brad’s respect and kudos from the other judges as well. America also agreed, as Geiger raised the wall with an impressive 88 percent of the vote. Ludacris gave her a “yes,” declaring, she had a voice he “could listen to and never get tired of.” Paisley said simply, it was the kind of voice he “signed up for this show for.” Kesha also voted “yes.”  Geiger won the battle, but Williams was later saved by West Coast viewers.

Joshua Peavy vs. Karen Hornsby

Hornsby's daughter, Gabrielle, was left blind and unable to talk following treatment for brain cancer. She was in the audience for Sunday's performance, making it extra special because it was the first time Gabrielle would hear her mom sing. Ludacris advised Hornsby to go for the high notes, because that was her strength and would earn her “yes” votes. Hornsby sang Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman,” drawing 67 percent of the vote, and a “yes” from Kesha, who called the performance “phenomenal.” Kesha said the Jacksonville, Florida, native looked like “a natural woman.” Paisley said the performance wasn’t perfect, but Hornsby was still the most “inspiring” performer.

Peavy has the distinction of being the first person to ever raise the wall on Rising Star. He originally chose Rascal Flatts’ “Life Is a Highway” for the duel, but after getting advice from the experts, opted for “Too Close” by Alex Clare instead. It turned out being the right move, as Joshua bested Karen with 75 percent of the vote. Ludacris thought the performance was “soulful” and he was “very proud” of Peavy and voted “yes.” However, he also predicted that Hornsby would be saved by the West Coast. Kesha voted “no,” admitting it was because she didn’t want to see Karen go home. Brad voted “Yes.” Hornsby did not advance.

Rising Star continues next Sunday on ABC.

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Former Mouseketeer Britney Spears Takes Her Sons to Disneyland


Image Courtesy Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsFormer Mickey Mouse Club cast member Britney Spears took her two sons to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on Saturday. 

The 32-year-old singer posted a photo on Instagram of her with 8-year-old Sean and 7-year-old Jayden with the caption, "Took these two little Mouseketeers to @Disneyland today, Like mama like sons ;)" 

Spears is wearing dark shorts and a purple tank top in the photo. Sean and Jayden are the singer's sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline.

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Maroon 5's "Maps" Is About "Bad Patterns of Behavior," Says Guitarist


222 Records/Interscope RecordsMaroon 5 has been friendly with OneRepublic for a while, but it wasn't until their last album, Overexposed, that they finally got into the studio with OneRepublic frontman and certified hitmaker Ryan Tedder.  Ryan co-wrote and co-produced the band's hit "Love Somebody," and he's done the same with their latest hit, "Maps."  Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says Ryan and Adam are a great combination, musically-speaking.

"Ryan and Adam have a great chemistry together as writers and actually, personality-wise, they kind of remind me of each other," James tells ABC News Radio. "They're both sort of all over the place, in a good way, which can be good creatively, as long as you can wrangle it."  He laughs, "So, they've wrangled it a couple of times and got some great songs out of it."

As for what "Maps" is about, James says not having written it, he can't say for sure, but he believes it's about something Maroon 5 has explored in many other songs: toxic relationships.

"For me, the map [in the song] originally lead to this good place, that was this positive nurturing sort of relationship," he explains. "And when it fell apart, and when the trust was broken...he still followed the map back to that person, despite the fact that this was no good for him. So it's about sort of bad patterns of behavior."

"That's my interpretation," he laughs. "Now, I did not write those lyrics, so maybe Ryan Tedder and Adam Levine would have a different opinion of that!"  

"Maps" is Maroon 5's sixth straight top-10 hit.  It's the lead single for their fifth album, V, due September 2.

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Charli XCX's Bizarre Tour Rider Request


Kaitlin Christy/Atlantic RecordsWe've all heard the stories about stars and their backstage diva demands when they're on tour: they've got to have bouquets of white lilies, or water at exactly 68 degrees, or black plastic cups, or specific brands of cereal and snack foods.  But Charli XCX has a request for her rider -- that's what those demands are called -- that is completely bizarre.

Speaking to the U.K. publication Metro, Charli says she's a huge fan of actor Bill Murray.  How huge?  "I sometimes ask for a framed picture of Bill Murray on my rider just because I think he is really cool," she reveals. "‘There are a few I have collected, and some of them have been in nice frames!"

"‘I have a weird Bill Murray collection, I guess. Although it’s not some weird obsession," she insists.  The British "Boom Clap" singer says it'd be "sick" to have Murray appear in one of her music videos.

The "Fancy" co-writer also says she'd love to collaborate with Coldplay's Chris Martin.

"I actually listened to [Coldplay's new album] on a plane the other day and I cried! I think that album is so good," she tells Metro. "To collaborate definitely would be cool. I think Chris Martin is one of the best, top line writers around at the moment. I’ve always thought his melodies are incredible."

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Tough-Guy Actor Danny Trejo on Starring in Train's "Angel in Blue Jeans" Video: "It's Awesome!"


Columbia Records70-year-old tough-guy actor Danny Trejo, best known for playing a badass in movies like Machete Kills and on TV shows like Breaking Bad, is an unlikely music video star, but he's front and center in Train's new clip for "Angel in Blue Jeans."  He tells Entertainment Weekly that when the band reached out to him, he said yes right away.

"It's awesome," Trejo tells EW. "You know what? That band was really, really cool. I’d heard of them before, and when they asked me to do it I said 'absolutely.' It came out really good. All my friends say, we didn’t know you could sing!"

Trejo doesn't actually sing in the video -- he lip syncs to Train singer Pat Monahan's voice.  But he does it so well that the effect is startling. "The minute I open my mouth everyone screams," he laughs.

In the video, Trejo plays a motorcycle-riding tough guy in the desert who's pining for his lost love, stolen by an evil sheriff played by Pat Monahan.  In the end, Trejo gets the girl back, and gets to pistol-whip Pat as well.

"The shoot was hot. We were out in the desert. But we kept it going. We shot all day," Trejo tells EW.  "It was so funny, they were all worried about asking me, can you ride a motorcycle? I’ve been riding a motorcycle since I was about 12!"

Over the years, Trejo has also appeared in videos for artists ranging from Enrique Iglesias, to the Jonas Brothers, to the Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura.  "I love doing them," he tells EW. "I love doing them because I meet a completely different bunch of people than in the movie business. A lot of the rock stars are really a lot of fun."

Trejo says he personally prefers to listen to oldies and hip-hop, but adds, "Any kind of music, I don’t care."

"Angel in Blue Jeans" also stars Hannah Simone from New Girl as Trejo's love interest.  The song is the first release from Train's upcoming album Bulletproof Picasso.

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Pitbull Releases New Single "Fireball" from Upcoming Disc "Globalization"


Gregg Waterman/RCA RecordsPitbull never seems to be off the charts for more than a couple of minutes.  He's just released a new single called "Fireball," which will be the lead single from a brand-new album.

"Fireball" is somewhat reminiscent of "Tequila," the old Latin flavored rock hit from the fifties. Like that song, it features horns and a Latin feel. Pitbull raps in his usual style but throws in references to Run-DMC's "Walk this Way" and "The Roof Is on Fire" by Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three. There are also vocals by a soulful singer called John Ryan.  As with Pitbull's previous hit "Timber," the song sounds organic, but also modern.

"Fireball" is the first single from Mr. Worldwide's new disc Globalization, the followup to his most recent disc, Global Warming.  It's due in the fall.

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J-Lo's 45th Birthday Bash Brought Out the Stars


Joe PuglieseJennifer Lopez marked her 45th birthday Thursday night with a star-studded bash in New York's ritzy Hamptons, E! Online reports.  Among the attendees: the American Idol judge's rumored boyfriend, Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

According to E!, the party started at 9 p.m. at the Green restaurant Nammos in Southhampton, New York, but Maks didn't get there until 1 a.m.  When he arrived, though, the pair were "affectionate," says a source, adding, "They seemed really happy to see each other."

Also on the guest list: Khloe Kardashian and her boyfriend French Montana, Leah Remini, Kelly Ripa and hubby Mark Consuelos, Bravo's Andy Cohen and more.  Jen showed up with her sisters, "glowing," according to a source in a white crop bustier under a white pantsuit.  A formal dinner was served on the patio, followed by an enormous cake, and then dancing all night, with J-Lo, of course, leading the charge.

"She barely sat down all night! Of course, the DJ played some of her hits. She was really tearing it up, dancing until the very end," said a source.

Even Jennifer's ex, Caspar Smart, jumped on Twitter and Instagram to send her birthday wishes.  "Happppppppy Birthday to the most Beautiful lil bear in the world!!!! May all your wishes come true!! @Jlo," he wrote.

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Taylor Swift Pleases Photo-Snapping Fans in NY's Central Park


Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift wrote recently that autographs are obsolete, and all people want from her these days are photographs.  It's no surprise, considering how accommodating the superstar is when fans request them.

The New York Daily News reports that when Taylor was strolling in New York's Central Park recently, she was spotted by excited fans, all of whom wanted a picture with her.  She obliged them, and even waited patiently for one to get out a rowboat in one of the park's lakes so she could pose with her.

That same day, the News reports, Taylor, who was wearing sky-high pink heels and a crop top with a matching miniskirt, was spotted dropping $20 into a street musician's hat.

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Rihanna Tweets About Monster Tour Rehearsal


Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSEminem and Rihanna are currently preparing for their joint, three-city Monster Tour, which will visit Slim Shady's hometown of Detroit, among other places. The singer has announced on Twitter that she's gearing up for rehearsals.

"I wanna take this band everywhere!!! #MONSTERtourRihearsals," she tweeted to her 36 million followers.

The duo are scheduled to begin their short outing at Pasadena, California's Rose Bowl on August 7 and wrap up at Detroit's Comerica Park on August 23. Tickets are still available for select dates. Visit Eminem.com for all the information.

Here are the dates for the Monster Tour:

8/7 -- Pasadena, CA, Rose Bowl
8/8 -- Pasadena, CA, Rose Bowl
8/16 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
8/17 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
8/22 -- Detroit, MI, Comerica Park
8/23 -- Detroit, MI, Comerica Park

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Kelly Clarkson's Hubby Trumps Every Guy Who Ever Sent You Flowers


Monty Brinton/CBSWhat's that? You say your husband sent you a bouquet of flowers "just because"?  Well, too bad he -- and every other guy -- has just been totally owned by Kelly Clarkson's husband, Brandon Blackstock.

Kelly posted a photo of a beautiful field of flowers, and then tweeted, "Brandon surprised me with a 10 acre field of sunflowers on our land. This is my heaven :)."

Perhaps Brandon wanted a special way to thank Kelly for delivering their baby girl, River Rose, who arrived June 12, and who Kelly calls "the greatest thing on the planet."

One fan responded to Kelly's posting by referring to the singer's previous troubles finding love, tweeting, "Six years of being single sure pays off," to which Kelly replied, "yes it does! Hold out for the right one :)."   But the posting also inspired some jealousy as well.

"Seriously! help a sister out, he's got to have ONE single relative of some sort!" wrote one woman, adding the hashtag #sosweetsojealous."  Kelly's reaction?  "hahaha! Best response :)."

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Demi Lovato, Cher Lloyd & Rita Ora Added to Teen Choice Awards Lineup


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteThe lineup of performers for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards continues to grow.  The latest acts added to the bill: Demi Lovato, Cher Lloyd and Rita Ora.

Demi and Cher will team up for a live performance of their collabo "Really Don't Care" on the telecast, which airs next month on Fox.  British singer Rita Ora -- who can currently be heard on Iggy Azalea's latest hit "Black Widow," will perform her new solo hit "I Will Never Let You Down."

Rita is nominated for Choice Breakout Artist, while "Really Don't Care" is up for Choice Break-Up Song.  Demi is also nominated for Choice Smile.

In addition, Hilary Duff, Fifth Harmony, Lea Michele, Kevin Hart and Kim Kardashian have all been added to the lineup of presenters on the show.

Previously announced performers include Jason Derulo, MAGIC! and Rixton.

The 2014 Teen Choice Awards air live on Fox, August 10 at 8 p.m. ET.  The show is tape-delayed in Pacific time.

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Ricky Martin: Coaching "The Voice" Around the World


ABC/Fred LeeAfter serving as a coach on the Australian version of The Voice, Ricky Martin is now going to be fulfilling that role in a completely different country: Mexico.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this version of the show will debut its fourth season on Mexico's Televisa network on September 7.  The other coaches include Italian singer/songwriter Laura Pausini, and two Latin stars: Yuri and Julion Alvarez.

On the Australian version of The Voice, Ricky replaced Keith Urban, who left to judge American Idol.

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Fun. Guitarist Jack Antonoff Likens His Bleachers Project to a "Parallel World"


Image Courtesy Autumn de WildeThere are differences between fun. and Bleachers, says guitarist Jack Antonoff, not only in how the music sounds but how it is created.

In this week's episode of Billboard.com's Pop Shop Podcast, Antonoff told co-hosts Jason Lipshutz and Keith Caulfield that the members of fun. contribute to a collaborative process.  His side Bleachers project, however, is "way lonelier," explaining that it's "just living with the ideas in my head and trying to figure out what's working and what isn't. ... It's like a parallel world."

Antonoff added, "The project wouldn't exist if it was too similar.  If that was something I had to think about, I wouldn't have started the project."

Antonoff envisions a busy future for himself: He wants to make another fun. album "in the next coming months," tour behind Bleachers' debut album, Strange Desire, "for the next two years" as well as write and produce for other artists.  He's already had some success in that area: he co-wrote Sara Bareilles’ platinum selling hit “Brave," while the song "Sweeter than Fiction," which he co-wrote with Taylor Swift for the movie One Chance, earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

"I want to stay creative and stay interested," Antonoff said.  "The worst thing you can do for the universe is to make art that you're not excited to make, and we all can hear it when people do that."

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Sia Explains Why She's Avoiding Fame & the Spotlight: "That's Just Not Something I Want"


Courtesy PRETTYPUKE/ RCA RecordsSia saw her album 1000 Forms of Fear debut at #1 recently, and she's got a big hit on the charts with "Chandelier."  But even though her music's everywhere, the Aussie singer/songwriter's image is not.  She won't show her face in interviews, she doesn't appear on the cover of her album, she posed for the cover of Billboard with a bag over her head, and in her publicity photos, she's wearing a bag as well.  So what's the deal?

"I don't want to be famous," she tells ABC News.  "I don't want to be critiqued about the way that I look [on the Internet]."  So far, her strategy appears to be effective.

"I was at Target the other day, buying a hose and nobody recognized me, and my song was on the radio," she recalls. "I thought, 'Okay, this experiment is working!'"

But the next question is, why doesn't she want to be famous?  Sia, who's written some huge pop hits for other artists, like Rihanna's "Diamonds," and even scored some herself -- that's her singing on David Guetta's hit "Titanium"-- says she's been close enough to fame to know it isn't for her.

"I've been writing pop songs for pop stars now for a couple years and have become, you know, friends with them and see what their life is like," she tells ABC News.  And that's just not something I want."

OK, well then why release an album in the first place?  Why not just stay behind the scenes as a songwriter and rake in the cash?  It has to do with personal expression, says Sia.

"I didn't think that this music would get heard otherwise," she says of the music on 1000 Forms of Fear.

Besides, being behind the scenes as a songwriter isn't without its own problems.  What if you wrote a song and offered it to a bunch of big stars, and they all wanted to record it?  Who do you give it to? That very thing happened to Sia recently, with the song "Pretty Hurts," recorded by Beyonce.

"I wrote it on the sofa three years ago for Katy Perry, sent it to Katy Perry, then I sent it to...Rihanna and Beyonce's people," Sia tells ABC News. "Beyonce just slid it into home base and like, threw the money down.  It was a really awkward situation."

So what could she do?  Telling Rihanna she couldn't have the song because she was giving it to Beyonce would not have been easy.  But it all worked out in the end.

"Rihanna's engineer had a great idea," reveals Sia. "He was like, 'Why don't you play her 'Diamonds'?" Rihanna was like, 'I love this song "Diamonds," it's mine!'"  That song ended up topping the charts...something "Pretty Hurts" has yet to do.

No matter how popular her own songs become, though, don't expect Sia to change her mind about the whole fame thing.  She's not going to announce a tour anytime soon.  "It may change but right now that's not on the cards for me," she says of the prospect of touring.  We'll just have to listen to her album and watch her videos...which, of course, she doesn't appear in, either.

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Taylor Swift Jammed with Oscar Winner Jeff Bridges on "The Giver" Movie Set


Courtesy The Weinstein CompanyTaylor Swift is one of the stars of the much-anticipated movie The Giver, in which she appears opposite such acting heavyweights as Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.  Not only did she bond with Bridges on set, but according to the Oscar-winning actor, they got to spend some of their downtime jamming.

Bridges is also a musician who's recorded a few albums and toured.  He told reporters at Comic-Con in San Diego this week, "Taylor was so terrific. Our scenes we had together, a lot of [them] were at a piano. So, we [both being] lovers of music, we talked a lot about music, and we got to pick a little between set-ups and stuff."

So what did Bridges think of Taylor's performance in The Giver? She plays Rosemary, a small but crucial role, and her character has a deep connection to The Giver, played by Bridges.  "She's so, so sweet and such a good actress," he said. "And, of course, a phenomenal songwriter and musician."

So, does he think Taylor has a future as an actress?  "Oh, I think so. Yeah!" he replied.

The Giver is Taylor's third film: her first was 2010's Valentine's Day.  She also voiced a role in the 2012 animated film The Lorax.  On TV, she's appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and New Girl, and has hosted Saturday Night Live.

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Kesha Admits She Once Broke Into Prince's House


Patrick Fraser/RCA RecordsKesha's had no problem getting people to listen to her music since going all the way to #1 with her song "TiK ToK" in 2010, but there was a time in her career when she had to resort to desperate measures.

The Rising Star expert visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night and explained how after moving to Los Angeles when she was 17 years old, she broke into her idol Prince's house to deliver a CD with some of her songs on it.

Kesha told Fallon sneaking into the "Purple Rain" singer's home was actually pretty easy. She slipped his gardener five bucks not to say anything and sneaked under the fence. She made it to the front door, which was unlocked, and walked into the house.

"Everything was purple velvet, so I was very pleased that my fantasy had come true and there really was purple velvet," she recalls.

"I walk into the elevator," she continues, "and there's Prince music playing...I go up in the elevator and I come out...and there's Prince playing the guitar with a beanie on and I almost pooped my pants."

Rising Star airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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