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"American Idol" Recap: Dexter Is Eliminated


Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol said goodbye to Dexter Roberts on Thursday night. The 22-year-old country musician from Fayette, Alabama, was eliminated after falling into the bottom two with Jessica Meuse.

For his swan song, Dexter took on Montgomery Gentry's "Lucky Man," which he previously performed last month, when the top 12 tackled songs that reminded them of home.

On Wednesday night's "competitors' picks" performance show, Dexter covered Luke Bryan's "Muckalee Creek Water."

The half-hour results show began with a cameo from Kevin Bacon, who stars in the Fox drama The Following.

The top six will return to the American Idol stage next Wednesday night on Fox.

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Aloe Blacc & Bastille Reveal Festival Strategy Ahead of Coachella's Second Weekend


ABC/Adam TaylorThe first installment of this year's Coachella festival took place last weekend, and this Friday, Saturday and Sunday brings the second installment, with many of the same acts returning, among them Lorde, Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding, Outkast, Aloe Blacc and Bastille.  Those last two acts are performing tonight, and they both agree that playing festivals means changing your live show to capture as many new fans as possible.

"Festivals are a really great experience," Aloe tells ABC News Radio, but notes, "It's a challenge for me because there are multiple stages, and what I'd like to do is try to steal as many fans to come to my stage as possible!"

So how does he do that?  "I keep my show really high energy," the "Wake Me Up" singer explains. "I try to make sure that the audience is singing and doing a lot of call and response, and I give 'em a chance to dance in the middle as well."

Bastille's drummer, Chris "Woody" Wood, tells ABC News Radio that it's important to have the right set list for your festival performance, with the main rule being "stick to the hits."

"I think it would be a very brave band who would play too many album tracks," he tells ABC News Radio. "I mean, if you play your own headline show, people'll have bought tickets and they probably have the album, and kind of know all your kind of back catalog. But at festivals you are often playing to people who are maybe a bit interested, so you've always got to try to convert them into fans."

On top of that, Woody adds, "We obviously try to give them as kind of energetic a show as possible."  

Following Bastille's performance at Coachella, they'll continue their U.S. tour, which runs through June and includes stops at several additional festivals.  Aloe, meanwhile, has a few individual shows coming up, but he's also gearing up for his opening slot on the next leg of Bruno Mars' Moonlight Jungle tour next month.

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John Legend Executive-Producing Documentary-Style Dance Movie


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCJohn Legend is teaming up with Step Up: All In writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through.

Deadline reports their upcoming project will mix two movie subgenres -- dance movies and found footage -- to create a "documentary-style drama for the YouTube generation."  John will serve as an executive producer, while Swetman will make his feature directorial debut.

The independent film will begin casting and filming this summer.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to Perform in a Parking Lot


Macklemore LLCGrammy-winning rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have filled concert venues around the world, but next month, you'll be able to see them perform in a mall parking lot for free.

No, the duo hasn't fallen on hard times: they're teaming with Microsoft for a special promotional appearance.  Access Atlanta reports that the software giant is opening a new store in the upscale Perimeter Mall, located north of Atlanta, Georgia, and it's enlisted Macklemore & Lewis to perform at the grand opening next month.

The free show will take place in the parking lot of the mall at 8:30 p.m. on May 31.  Fans do need tickets to attend, but you can get them for free by attending the store's opening that morning. According to Access Atlanta, Microsoft has often tapped the duo to perform at its events, since both are based in Seattle.

Kelly Clarkson is another artist who frequently performs at Microsoft store openings.  In fact, she has one scheduled for October 25 in Buffalo, NY.

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John Legend to Executive Produce Documentary-Style Dance Film


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John Legend is teaming up with Step Up 5 writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through.

Deadline reports their upcoming project will serve as a "documentary-style drama for the YouTube generation." Legend will serve as an executive producer while Swetman will make his feature directorial debut.

The independent film will begin casting and filming this summer.

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See Jason Derulo & Jordin Sparks Perform New Duet Live for the First Time


Major Caldwell/Warner Bros. RecordsJason Derulo's new album Talk Dirty includes plenty of upbeat tunes, but there also are tender moments, like "Vertigo," a romantic duet with his girlfriend Jordin Sparks.  Now, you can watch the two lovebirds perform the song live.

A new video posted on Jason's YouTube channel shows the two performing the song live for the first time, for a Walmart Soundcheck performance.  There are no flashy special effects or costumes: the two simply sing the tune, which is basically about getting busy, while staring into each other's eyes. 

"Ladies come and go but you got something different/Had me so addicted from the start," Jason sings to Jordin. "And I'd never known all this loving I was missing/'Til I worked my way into your heart/You give me vertigo."

Jordin responds, "The way that you please me sets this room on fire/I'm burning with desire in this bed/So if I'm dreaming please don't wake me up/If all of this is happening in my head/Waited for so long/But what you got is different/Had me so addicted from the start."

Jason told OK! magazine, "With 'Vertigo,' Jordin and I recorded about six songs, because I wanted to make sure I had the right song for the album. When I wrote 'Vertigo,' I knew it was it. It’s just us and the piano so the emotion really comes to life."

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Miley Cyrus Postpones Two More Concerts, Rails Against Rumors: "Stop Scaring My Fans"


Image Courtesy Miley Cyrus via TwitterMiley Cyrus, still hospitalized due to her severe allergic reaction to an antibiotic, has been forced to postpone two concerts: one in Kansas City, MO, and one in Nashville, TN.

The April 18 show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena has been rescheduled to August 7.  A note on the venue's website says, "Miley continues to be hospitalized due to a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. All tickets for the show will be honored on the new date."

The April 19 show at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville has been postponed to August 9. 

Meanwhile, Miley is furiously tweeting her displeasure at the rumors that have been flying regarding her hospitalization; one story even suggested she might be pregnant, while others suggest she more ill that she actually is. "So many ignorant stories out there no one is reading the official statement and these dumb *sses are scaring my fans," she wrote, and posted the official statement regarding her condition.

"Shut the f**K up & let me heal," she added. "Stop scaring my family, friends, & fans."

Earlier on Thursday, Miley had written, "can't quit crying. i wanna go back on tour. im meant to be onstage performing for y'all.... not laying in a hospital bed."

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Should Bruno, Katy, Pharrell, Lorde & Taylor Make the "Time" 100?


John Paul Filo/CBSEach year, Time magazine compiles the "Time 100," a list of the most influential people in the world.  While that list is chosen by Time's editors, readers are allowed to vote for stars of music, TV and film who they believe have changed the world in the past year.  Voting's open now, and among those up for the honor are Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Lorde.

Time is offering readers the chance to choose among 18 of the world's most popular stars and one top songwriting duo: the husband and wife team who wrote the songs for the movie Frozen.  The candidates have been selected for their musical success, their ability to command the headlines, their philanthropy and their social media prowess -- except Beyonce.  She's included on the list because, as Time notes, "She's Beyonce. 'Nuff said."

Here are the candidates:

Taylor Swift
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Bruno Mars
Lorde
Shakira
Pharrell Williams
Rihanna
Carrie Underwood
Beyonce
Jay Z
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
Drake
One Direction's Harry Styles
Rapper Kendrick Lamar
Grammy-winning French robot duo Daft Punk
Frozen composers Robert & Kristin Lopez

Voting at Time.com closes at midnight on April 22, and the readers' poll winners will be announced on April 23.  The official "Time 100" list will be released April 24.

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LMFAO's Redfoo to Guest-Judge "Dancing with the Stars" Monday Night


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCIt's hard to imagine a member of LMFAO doing anything on the dance floor except shufflin', but the duo's Redfoo will be sitting at the judges' table Monday night on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

Monday night's theme is Party Anthems Night, so the man behind the smash hit "Party Rock Anthem" is an appropriate choice to guest judge the show.  In addition, Redfoo actually has experience as a reality show judge, having served in that capacity on the Australian version of The X Factor.

While LMFAO hasn't broken up, Redfoo and his nephew and band mate Sky Blu have been focusing on individual projects since they announced they were going on hiatus in September of 2012.

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Lorde Wins Prestigious New Zealand Music Prize, Gives Away Her Winnings


Monty Brinton/CBSLorde has continued her winning ways by scooping a prestigious music award in her home country of New Zealand -- but she's decided to give away all the prize money.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Lorde's album Pure Heroine won this year's Taite Music Prize, which is given to a local album which is judged by a panel to be the best release of the past year.  The winner is entitled to 10 thousand New Zealand dollars, as well as studio time, and Lorde has generously decided to donate the prize money to the other nominees.

In an acceptance speech via video from Las Vegas, Lorde said, "I think everyone is kind of sick of me winning stuff at the moment and I think there are people who are more in need of the funds and the exposure than I am right now. So if you will accept it, the prize money and the studio time have been split between this year's nominees...if you don't want it, that's cool too."

The Herald reports that the rest of the finalists, made up of artists largely unknown outside of New Zealand, seem to be OK with Lorde's generosity, tweeting their thanks.  If each artist agrees, everyone will receive a bit more than $1,666, and they'll have to divide up the studio time.

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fun. to Receive ASCAP Vanguard Award


Fueled by RamenThe members of the band fun. will be honored next Wednesday, April 23, with ASCAP’s Vanguard Award at the performing-rights organization's 31st annual Pop Music Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

ASCAP says the award “recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music.”  Previous Vanguard Award honorees include The All-American Rejects, Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys and Beck.

As previously reported, Tom Petty will be presented with the ASCAP Founders Award at event. The prestigious honor recognizes artists whose work has influenced and enriched their fellow musicians.  Previous Founders Award honorees include Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, and Neil Young.

The ASCAP Pop Music Awards is an invitation-only event that will take place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.  The gala recognizes the songwriters and publishers whose works were the most-played on radio and TV during 2013.

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Ed Sheeran Scores Biggest Hit to Date with "Sing," Explains Why He Defied Warnings Not to Play Madison Square Garden


Eric McCandless/CBSLooks like the fans are enjoying Ed Sheeran's new sound: his new single "Sing" has already become his biggest U.S. chart hit.

Billboard reports that "Sing" has debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #15.  That already tops the British star's previous high mark of #16, which is where "The A Team" peaked back in January of 2013.  "Sing" also sold an impressive 123,000 copies in its first week on sale. 

The Pharrell Williams-produced "Sing" is the first single from Ed's sophomore album x, pronounced "multiply," which is due out in June.  He shot the video for the track this week.

In other Ed Sheeran news, he opens up to Billboard.com about the thought process behind his riskiest career move to date: booking three concerts at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden.

"People were very doubtful I could sell out one Madison Square Garden [date]," he tells Billboard. "But my reasoning for doing it is, I didn't want to finish my American success being an opening act.  So, I thought, 'Now I've done the Taylor [Swift] tour, I'll probably be able to move up.'"

Ed says he got push back from his record label, who thought he was rushing things too much, but he proved them wrong when all three dates sold out: an accomplishment he's commemorated by getting three boxing gloves tattooed on his arm.

"I remember the label just being, like, 'Why are you doing that? You can't, don't do that. Wait,'" he recalls. "And now, whenever I visit radio stations or press or anyone in America, it's just like, 'Aw, yeah, you did the three MSGs,' rather than, 'Oh, you sold quite a few records over a very long period of time,' you know?  So, it's good.  It proved a point."

Ed also talks with Billboard.com about his musical influences, some of which might surprise you.  He names classic rock guitar god Eric Clapton as the man who inspired him to start playing guitar, but Eminem as the artist who's most inspired him lyrically.

"I don't think anyone has educated me as much as his first two albums have over the years of just how to put words together," he explains. Among his other influences: Singer/songwriter Damien Rice, and music legends the Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Elton John.

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Report: Drake Sued for Allegedly Ripping Off Jazz Musician


Cash Money RecordsDrake has reportedly been sued by the estate of a late jazz musician, whom he allegedly ripped off for one of the tracks on his 2013 album, Nothing Was the Same.

According to TMZ, the estate of Jimmy Smith claims Drake excerpted without permission a 35-second monologue from the musician's 1982 song, "Jimmy Smith Rap" for Drake's track "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2." The lawsuit claims Drake incorrectly stated in the liner notes of his album that he obtained a license for the sample.

The lawsuit seeks more than 300 thousand dollars from Drake and other named defendants, including Cash Money Records.

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Miley Cyrus' Allergic Reaction Explained


ABC/Richard HarbaughMiley Cyrus was forced to cancel a couple of concert dates in Missouri this week due to a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Her camp has since shed more light on what exactly is bothering her.

A rep for Miley says in a statement the singer obtained a prescription for an antibiotic known as cephalexin to treat a sinus infection that was diagnosed last week. She subsequently suffered an allergic reaction to the drug.  Cephalexin is also sold under the brand name Keflex.

The rep says such a reaction can last from five to 27 days. The statement adds, "She will remain hospitalized and is under a doctor's care until we see some improvement in her condition and is asking for your compassion and privacy at this time."

Miley was hospitalized in Kansas City on Tuesday. So far, she's cancelled dates in Kansas City and in St. Louis.

The allergic reaction occurred one week after Miley cancelled a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, due to a bout with the flu.

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"American Idol" Recap: The Top Seven Perform "Competitors' Picks"


Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol's top seven took the stage Wednesday night to sing "competitors' picks." Each singer performed a tune he or she selected from a pool of suggestions made by the other contestants.

It was the first time in American Idol history that this theme was used for a performance show.

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban were there to critique all of the contestants. In addition, former X Factor judge Demi Lovato, who recently wrapped up her U.S. tour, dropped by to say hi and offer some comments on the duets. She played coy when Ryan Seacrest asked her if she'll announce more U.S. dates in the near future.

Here's what happened on the two-hour show:

Caleb Johnson went along with a suggestion from Alex Preston: "Family Tree," by Kings Of Leon. Keith called him a "consistent and dynamic performer." J-Lo said he was pretty amazing, adding that Caleb would be a tough act to follow for the other contestants. Harry liked the way he changed the melody, saying that it would fit right in on a Caleb Johnson album.

Jessica Meuse tackled Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder & Lead," which was Sam Woolf's idea. J-Lo said for the first time this season Jessica was a little off with her vocals. Harry suggested that Jessica listen to rhythmic music in her hotel and dance along to it in front of a mirror, so she can learn how to stay in sync with pyrotechnics and other potential stage distractions. Keith told Jessica that she needs to better channel the emotions of the lyrics she sings.

Once again, the contestants paired up for duets. Sam and Alex performed the first duet of the night, a cover of Passenger's "Let Her Go." Harry thought it was "saccharine" and just OK. Ryan asked Demi what she thought; she agreed with Harry, though she noted it had good energy.

C.J. Harris played John Mayer's "Gravity," as suggested by Caleb. Keith enjoyed it, but would have liked to have heard more of an "arc." Jennifer asked him to look for the moments that will lift the crowd. Harry said C.J. has the ability to connect with the crowd, and that he delivered his best performance to date.

Dexter Roberts performed Luke Bryan's "Muckalee Creek Water," suggested by C.J. Jennifer said he did a good job, but she reiterated that the contestants need to be spectacular from this point forward in the competition. Harry said Dexter's vocals on the song weren't that different from the original.

Caleb and Jena Irene teamed up for a duet of The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." Demi thought they both nailed it.

Alex took on Ed Sheeran's "The A Team," which was Dexter's idea. J-Lo said it was the perfect song choice. Keith said Alex responds to the music in such a way that he turns it into his own.

Jessica picked David Gray's "Sail Away" for Sam. Harry called him a "work in progress," but in a good way. He thought the song fit Sam well. Keith noticed that Sam is getting more comfortable onstage. Jennifer said she could feel Sam trying to connect with the song.

Jessica, C.J. and Dexter joined forces on Lady Antebellum's "Compass." Harry didn't mince words: he said it wasn't very good. Demi thought they were much better when they sang individually.

Jena ended the night with a Caleb choice: Radiohead's first hit, "Creep." Keith loved the way she owned the song. Jennifer said it was beautiful. Harry said Jessica sings with humility and intrigue, and that it was the best performance of the night.

One of these finalists will be eliminated on Thursday night's results show, airing on Fox at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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American Idol Live! Tour Kicks Off June 24


Credit: Brian Bowen SmithIf you want to see this year's crop of American Idol finalists up close and personal, grab your tickets for this year's American Idol Live tour.  The trek gets underway June 24 in Binghamton, NY and is right now scheduled to run through August 23, wrapping up in Redmond, Washington. Tickets go on sale May 9 at AmericanIdol.com/tour.

Buying the tickets also helps you do some good.  One dollar from every ticket purchased will be donated to the Melanoma Research Alliance to help cure that disease.

Unlike some tours in the past, this year's trek will be limited to the Top 10 finalists: C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf.  Of those ten, Majesty, MK and Malaya have already been eliminated, but of course, they'll return for the tour.

This year's winner will be crowned Wednesday, May 21, and he or she will receive the prime spot on the bill during the tour.

Here are the dates:

6/24 -- Binghamton, NY, Broome County Arena
6/25 -- Albany, NY Times, Union Center
6/27 -- Windsor, ON, The Colosseum at Caesars
6/28 -- Orillia, ON, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
6/29 -- Syracuse, NY, Oncenter Complex
7/1 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
7/3 -- Cincinnati, OH, Horseshoe Cincinnati
7/5 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
7/6 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
7/8 -- West Long Branch, NJ, The MAC at Monmouth University
7/9 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/11 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
7/12 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
7/13 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
7/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
7/17 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
7/18 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
7/19 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
7/20 -- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
7/22 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center Concert Hall
7/24 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/25 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
7/26 -- Birmingham, AL,  BJCC Concert Hall
7/28 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
7/29 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
7/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
8/1 -- Kansas City, MO, Midland Theatre
8/2 -- Mulvane, KS, Kansas Star Casino
8/3 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Ballroom
8/6 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum
8/7 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
8/8 -- Springfield, IL, Illinois State Fair
8/9 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
8/11 -- Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center
8/13 -- Phoenix, AZ,  Comerica Theatre
8/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
8/16 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Special Events Center
8/17 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
8/20 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
8/21 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds at The Moda Center
8/23 -- Redmond, WA, Marymoor Park

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Train Releasing New Single in June, New Album in September


PRNewsFoto/Daytona International SpeedwayThere's lots of stuff happening right now in the Train yard.  A day after the band announced that they'd be doing another installment of their Sail Across the Sun fan cruise next year, they've revealed that fans can expect a new single in June, with a new album coming in September.

The band revealed the news on Twitter, and singer Pat Monahan further elaborated on the band's new music in his blog, saying he was happy with the material they've come up with. 

"There are some good ones," he said of the new Train songs.  "I’m starting to get excited. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this way. This record has clawed at my soul, brought loss, change and periods of trouble and illness. But here I stand and I say that this thing might be the best I’ve done. Definitely the best that I can do right now. That’s always the goal."

Train's new album will be the follow-up to 2012's California 37, which produced the hits "Drive-By" and "50 Ways to Say Goodbye."

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Ariana Grande Reveals New Single Details; Collabo with Iggy Azalea in the Works?


ABC/Kelsey McNealAfter promising that her new single would be coming "sooner than you think," Ariana Grande has now revealed a few more details about the song.

She announced on Twitter that the track is called "Problem," and when a fan asked her to describe what the tune is about, she replied, "knowing U'd be better off w/o someone but u can't resist them & need them no matter what."

The singer further revealed that she'll perform her new track at the White Party, which, as previously reported, is a massive gay dance music festival taking place in Palm Springs, California later this month.

Ariana didn't reveal anything else about the track, but she did reply to a mysterious tweet from Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, who'd written to her, "*Nudge nudge.*"  Ariana replied, "*cough cough*."  There is now speculation that the two are collaborating, perhaps even on the single.  Stay tuned.

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The Man Who Inspired "Royals" Finally Gets to Meet Lorde


ImageCourtesy MLB via TwitterIt's taken a while but former Kansas City Royals player George Brett has finally gotten to meet the teen whose international hit he inspired: Lorde.

Major League Baseball tweeted a photo of Brett, who was the inspiration for Lorde's #1 smash "Royals," posing with the singer, presumably backstage at one of her concerts.  The Kansas City Royals organization also tweeted a photo of the two, writing, "And we've come full circle!"

Lorde wrote her Grammy-winning smash "Royals" after being inspired by a photo in National Geographic magazine of Brett wearing his Royals jersey.  Last month, when she visited Kansas City, the Royals organization presented her with a copy of that particular magazine photo, signed by Brett, and he sent along an autographed Royals jersey for her with his name on the back.  He couldn't be there in person, though, so the meeting this week was a long time coming.

Last year, Lorde told ABC News Radio, "The way I write is that I find a particular word or phrase which kind of defines the concept that I'm thinking about, and when I find that word, everything sort of clicks. And so I just cut that picture out of a National Geographic 'cause I thought it looked cool, and I thought, 'Yeah, that's a great word, I've got to incorporate that somewhere,' and it just kinda tied in with what I was thinking about."

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Lorde Covers "Teen Vogue," Talks Fame, Fashion & "Girls"


Courtesy Teen VogueLorde may complain about being asked to smile during fashion shoots, but that doesn't mean she hates them.  In fact, she's perfectly thrilled to be appearing on the cover of the May issue of Teen Vogue.

"[S]o happy about this. teen vogue cover star yaaaaaaaw," she tweeted, and also shared a few images from the fashion shoot, including one which depicts her wearing a strange-looking headband that looks like it was made by a kindergarten student. "My favourite photo from the shoot -- feat. improvised duct tape and feather crown," she tweeted. "My kind of magazine obviously."

In the cover story, Lorde talks about her newfound fame, expressing astonishment that former Lizzie McGuire star Hillary Duff attended one of her concerts. "This is the most insane thing that's ever happened to me. That's my childhood right there. Hilary Duff is a fan—that freaks me out!" she exclaims.  She also reveals some praise she received from Lena Dunham, Emmy-winning star and creator of HBO's Girls.

"I finally watched Girls a couple of days ago and I loved it," she tells Teen Vogue. "I tweeted Lena Dunham and she was like, 'You're the dream audience.' I really appreciated that. I was like, 'Ahh!'"

As for the fame that's allowed her to have these sorts of Twitter conversations, Lorde tells the magazine, "Living in New Zealand, you don't get these experiences. I spent so much time in my room before. My life is so wild right now. For me to be able to do something I really enjoy and for that to get me out in the world -- to South America, to here, to London -- every day I kick myself, I'm so lucky."

Teen Vogue has posted a variety of behind-the-scenes shots of Lorde posing for the mag, and while she looks plenty glamorous, in the interview she stays on message about wanting to break the typical teen beauty stereotypes.

"There are a lot of expectations in this industry about looking a certain way and having a certain kind of appeal," she says. "I am feminine, but I really love dressing in boys' clothes too. I guess that's why I get labeled as 'the grumpy girl,' because I don't play into that."

You can read the entire interview when the magazine hits stands April 29.

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