“Weird Al” Yankovic Scores First-Ever #1 Album; Jason Mraz in at #2

RCA RecordsIt just goes to show: comedy is not dead.  The King of Pop Music Parody, "Weird Al" Yankovic, has just scored the first #1 album of his career.

Thanks to a clever viral video campaign that saw him release one video per day for eight days straight, Weird Al -- whose first album hit the charts more than 30 years ago -- sees his new album, Mandatory Fun, debut at #1.  It's also the first comedy disc to hit #1 on the Billboard album ranking since 1963, when comedian Allan Sherman spent eight weeks on top with his album My Son, the Nut.

"If you’d told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would’ve believed it. If you’d told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would’ve believed it," Weird Al tweeted. "I’m so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I’m enormously grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU."

Mandatory Fun is Weird Al's third top-10 album, following 2011's Alpocalypse and 2006's Straight Outta Lynwood.  It features parodies of mega-hits like "Royals," "Happy," "Blurred Lines" and "Fancy," as well as original tunes and, of course, one of Al's patented polka medleys.  The comedy star tells Billboard that since this is the final album of his current contract, he will likely abandon the album format entirely, and only release digital singles from now on.

Elsewhere on the chart, Jason Mraz sees his latest disc, YES!, debut at #2.  It's his fourth top-10 album and his second to hit #1, following 2012's Love Is a Four Letter Word.  He's yet to score a #1 album.


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Lady Gaga Gushes over Boyfriend’s Romantic Gesture

Inez and VinoodhLady Gaga and her boyfriend, actor Taylor Kinney, are generally private about their relationship, but she took to her social networking site LittleMonsters.com recently to gush about something romantic he did for her.

Posting a photo of her dog Asia posed with an enormous bouquet of flowers, Gaga wrote, "3 yrs and he still sends me flowers out of nowhere."  She posted the same message on Instagram.

Gaga and Kinney, who first met when he starred in her video for "You and I," have been dating since July of 2011.  In May, the actor, who appears on the NBC show Chicago Fire, described their relationship in Glamour magazine, saying, "There’s a lot of laughing. I think that’s the basis of a healthy relationship. We laugh a lot....I think we just complement each other. I’m proud of her, and I’d like to believe she’s proud of me. We’re kindred spirits."

Last November, Gaga told Ellen DeGeneres that Kinney is "a hidden weirdo," adding, "He is extremely strange, actually, and we compliment each other's weirdness."  She added, "At the end of the day, he's my best friend, and having your lover be your best friend is...I mean, it's the best thing ever!"

While there have been plenty of rumors that the two are getting married, or at least engaged, there has been no confirmation from either one that they're planning on taking their relationship to the next level.


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Hilary Duff Returns with New Album, New Single Written by Colbie Caillat

RCA RecordsIt's been a while since ex-Disney star Hilary Duff released any music: 2007, to be exact, which is when she put out her album Dignity.  But now, the singer and actress is back with a brand-new single called "Chasing the Sun," a new record label -- RCA -- and a new album, due this fall.

The single, due out July 29, was co-written by Colbie Caillat.  The video for the song will debut on VEVO that same day.  Hilary has also worked with Ed Sheeran on material for the album.

In a statement, Hilary says of her new label home, "I came to them with my vision for the album and it has been a real labor of love, but something I am so proud of. 'Chasing the Sun' is just a peek into my new album. I've worked very hard and the album is a great representation of the experiences I've had in my life and where I want to go from here!"

She adds, "I took a break from music for quite awhile, but it gave me the power to choose my next steps carefully and I'm really proud of the album I've made. 'Chasing the Sun' is a light and fun summer song that I hope helps people to feel a little more carefree."

The new album will be Hilary's fifth.  Since her last album, she's acted, started her own clothing line, launched several fragrances, written three books, and focused on charitable works.  She married NHL player Mike Comrie in 2010; their son Luca Cruz is two years old.  The couple announced in early 2014 that they were splitting.

Recently, both Lorde and Charli XCX have expressed admiration for Hilary.


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Taylor Swift Shares Love Advice with Fan: “Unrequited Love Is Just as Valid as Any Other Kind”

Image Courtesy CMAIf she ever steps away from her music career, Taylor Swift definitely has a future as an advice columnist.

A fan named Hannah reached out to Taylor on Instagram asking the superstar for advice on how to deal with her unrequited feelings for a guy she's known for years.

Hannah, whose name on Instagram is SherbetSwift, describes her love interest as "a guy who's sweet and charming and makes me laugh. A guy who said sorry for eating in front of me after finding out I had to skip breakfast…A guy who was my first best friend." It turns out this guy has a girlfriend, whom Hannah describes as "pretty" and "nice" with an "amazing figure."

Taylor wrote a lengthy reply to Hannah, telling her that true love isn't just "the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized." She continues, "I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It's just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind."

Taylor goes on to tell Hannah she'll someday find someone who loves her in that same, selfless way.


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American Authors Reveal the Huge Lesson They Learned from Springsteen…or Was It Coldplay?

Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors are opening for OneRepublic and The Script all summer, and since they're the first band of the night to take the stage, they've got their work cut out for them. But when they prepare for shows, they keep in mind the words of Bruce Springsteen -- or is it Coldplay?

The band's frontman, Zac Barnett, tells ABC News Radio the band always puts in a "110-percent effort" into their shows because of something one, or both, of those acts said.

"We're big fans of Bruce Springsteen and also huge fans of Coldplay," he explains. "And I don't know who said it first..but they've both been quoted in the past (as) saying...when you go into a live show, you want to give the best show that you can possibly give -- because you don't know if this is someone's first concert ever, or if this is someone's last concert ever."

Barnett describes an American Authors performance as a "dynamic roller coaster, but on a shorter scale." He explains that they bring "pure energy" to their set, which he says includes both the band's favorite songs and the crowd's favorite songs. "Best Day of My Life" undoubtedly falls into both categories.

American Authors will continue their tour with OneRepublic and The Script through an August 12 date in Virginia. Two days later, they'll begin a European trek in Belgium.


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Britney Launching Sleepwear & Lingerie Line, “The Intimate Britney Spears”

PRNewsFoto/The Intimate Britney SpearsBritney Spears has a line of fragrances, but now she's branching out into clothing -- skimpy clothing. The Intimate Britney Spears, a new collection of sleepwear, loungewear and lingerie, will launch in September 9 in the U.S. in Canada, and September 26 in Europe.

Britney tweeted the news along with a photo of herself wearing a black bra and high-waisted panties, writing, "Coming very soon... The Intimate Collection, by yours truly. Just a peek at what's to come. xo."

The collection, which will be launched by Britney at a New York City event, includes lingerie sets, bustiers, kimonos and relaxed loungewear, including jersey camisoles, shorts and sweats.  The items feature detailing like crocheted edges, satin ribbons and lace trim.  Prices range from $17 to $79, with sizes from A-J cups.

In addition to being available at IntimateBritneySpears.com, you'll be able to purchase the items at boutique retailers in the U.S. and Canada, as well as at Barenecessities.com.

In a statement, Britney says, "Every woman should feel confident and beautiful in everything she puts on. My vision for The Intimate Britney Spears is to create pieces that are sexy, luxurious, and comfortable at the same time. I am excited to introduce this collection because I feel that we accomplished exactly that."

Meanwhile, Britney is launching her 16th -- that's right, 16th -- fragrance, called Fantasy Stage Edition.  It's her previously-released scent, Fantasy, in a limited-edition bottle, with a snakeskin outer coating inspired by Britney's legendary 2001 MTV VMA performance, during which she danced with an enormous python draped over her shoulders. 

According to MTV, Britney said in a statement, "Fantasy Stage Edition represents my daring moments on stage, both past and present. I hope it motivates my fans to be fearless.”


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Report: Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s Bel Air Home Up for Sale

Prana MarketingCould this be another sign of their ongoing marries woes?  Robin Thicke and his estranged wife Paula Patton's Bel Air, California, home was reportedly put up for sale this past Monday.

According to TMZ, the 3,158-square-foot, two-story house is listed for $2,985,000.

The property was purchased by Robin's father, Alan Thicke, back in 1990 for $910,000, but sources tell the gossip website Robin's name is currently on the deed.

The sources also reveal that while neither Thicke, 37, nor Patton, 38, have officially moved out of the house, the couple haven't lived together there since separating back in February.

Patton and Thicke tied the knot back in 2005. Robin's been trying to get his wife back, most notably through his new album, Paula. So far, no apparent luck.


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Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Leon Reflects on High School and Prom

Rich Schmitt/AFP/GettyImagesMadonna's daughter Lourdes Leon will be off to college soon, but for now, the 17-year-old writes on her Material World blog that she's excited to be graduating from high school and attending her prom.

Lourdes writes, "HEY to all the readers. I don't know if u heard (sarcasm) but I GRADUATED. GRAAAAAD. UATED. From High School.  It's very difficult to wrap my head around because I feel like it’s something I've been talking about FOR EVER and it finally happened. There also isn't the ominous presence of another year of high school and test taking up ahead like there usually is when you're about mid-way into the beautiful summer."

As for her prom, Lourdes explains, "A week before graduation I attended the classic party every American teenager goes to despite the really bad music -- this is known as prom. What can I say? Those of you who have been probably know exactly what I’m talking about," she wrote.

And Madonna’s daughter had a message for her prom dj’s as well.  She jokes, "Note to the prom dj's who feel the need to play 'please don't stop the music' (what a prom classic I know they played that at your prom!) 5 times in 3 hours.  Of course despite all of these weird prom factors, I got to spend an entire weekend kicking it with my high school homies. It was a great way to end the year."

Lourdes graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art Performing Arts in New York City last month.  She's next headed to her mom's alma mater, the University of Michigan.


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Ryan Tedder: Idea for “Love Runs Out” Fell Out of the Clouds and Into His Car

LeAnn Mueller/Interscope RecordsHow do we know that OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder is a songwriting genius?  Because unlike most writers, he doesn't have to slave away in the studio to come up with a song: for him, ideas for hits simply "fall from the clouds."  Exhibit A: the band's current single, "Love Runs Out."

"Love Runs Out" is a song that didn't originally appear on OneRepublic's album Native -- they put it out after the fact, after Ryan finally finished writing it, and realized he had something great on his hands.  As Ryan explains, he had started the tune quite some time ago, but was never able to complete it.

"When I wrote it, it was right before Coachella a coupla years ago," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's kinda my song about music.  And I couldn't finish it. And I was working on the U2 album in Malibu in January, driving to the studio, [and] the song came on my playlist."

"I hadn't heard it in a year," he recalls, "and out of nowhere, the entire chorus literally fell from the clouds, into the car."

So Ryan did what any self-respecting songwriter would do. "I pulled over to the side of the road, recorded it on my iPhone, and called my manager," he says. "And I said, 'I might wanna switch gears, I have this song...' and here we are now!" 

OneRepublic initially planned to release a song called "I Lived" as the second single from Native, but "Love Runs Out" took its place.  In addition to finding it on Native, you'll find "I Lived" on the upcoming soundtrack for the movie The Giver, along with a brand-new OneRepublic song, "Ordinary Human."


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Soundtrack for “The Giver” to Feature OneRepublic, Aloe Blacc, Rixton, Capital Cities

School Boy/Interscope Records Taylor Swift is one of the stars of the upcoming movie The Giver, based on the popular young adult novel, but she's not on the soundtrack. The artists who are on the soundtrack are still pretty good, though.

As previously reported, OneRepublic has contributed a brand-new track to the project.  The song, called "Ordinary Human," was written specifically for the movie.  The soundtrack also includes the OneRepublic song "I Lived," which appears on their current album Native. 

In a statement, singer Ryan Tedder says, "The Giver is a favorite book of ours and we’re all incredibly thrilled to see it brought to the big screen. It’s a huge honor to contribute our music to a movie that’s not only an amazing story, but also has a cast of actors that we admire so much, like Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. We hope our fans are just as excited about it as we are.”

In addition to OneRepublic, the collection includes "Here Today" by Aloe Blacc, from his current album Lift Your Spirit; a song called "Whole," by British band Rixton; and "One Minute More," the current single by "Safe and Sound" duo Capital Cities.

The soundtrack arrives August 5; the movie itself is in theaters August 15.


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