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"American Idol" Season Seven Contestant Joanne Borgella Dead at 32


FOXJoanne Borgella, who competed on the seventh season of American Idol, died Saturday of cancer. She was 32.

An announcement was made by her family on her Facebook page. It reads in part, "With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne."

Borgella, a resident of Hoboken, New Jersey, had been fighting endometrial cancer.

Borgella reached the top 24 of American Idol's seventh season, in 2008. She later worked as a plus-sized model after winning the reality show Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance in 2005.

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Gwen Stefani Releases New Single, “Baby Don’t Lie”


Interscope RecordsGwen Stefan released her new single, "Baby Don't Lie," late Sunday night.

In the song, from her upcoming solo album, Gwen sings, “You love me good sometimes/But there’s something behind those eyes, those eyes/That you can’t disguise, disguise/Baby don’t, baby don’t, baby don’t lie/I don’t want to cry no longer/Baby don’t, baby don’t, baby don’t lie/I need a love that’s stronger.”

A sneak peek at the video for the song will air on Monday night’s edition of NBC’s The Voice.

The full video for “Baby Don’t Lie” will debut Tuesday on Vevo.

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Jessie J Nixed "Superhero" Movie Roles, Part in "Kick-Ass 2" Due to "Ridiculous" Schedule


Matt Irwin/Republic RecordsMost pop stars would jump at the chance to be involved in a major Hollywood movie, but Jessie J says she's turned down several attractive acting offers...because she was just too busy.

Speaking to the British paper The Daily Star, Jessie says, "I’ve been offered superheroes. I was also offered a part in the last Kick-Ass movie. There was a role written for me in the film. I went and met with them but I couldn’t do it. My schedule is ridiculous. I’ve been approached again about another film but I’m somebody who definitely likes to focus on one thing so it doesn’t get diluted."

Jessie, who acted onstage as a child, says she doesn't want to get so distracted by a movie career that her music suffers.

"My pet hate is when an album and a film suffers because everyone is trying to do too much at once," she tells the paper. "So maybe next year or the year after, if the right role comes along.”

Jessie also defended the fact that she's been spending a great deal of time in the U.S. promoting her new album Sweet Talker.  Apparently, her British fans aren't too happy about that, but she says that's the way it goes.

"I’m not abandoning anyone,” Jessie said. “I’m a 26-year-old woman and if I want to live in L.A. I can. I’m British-born and bred. Whether I live in L.A., Paris or Taiwan, it’s my choice. I love my fans in the U.K.;  I just feel like they’ve had me for a long time. Any change is hard for them to get used to but they’re gonna have to get used to it a little bit."

Jessie performed Friday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  Look for her on The Queen Latifah Show on October 27.

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Birthday Girl Katy Perry May Shame Betty Crocker Into Reinstating Her Favorite Frosting


Capitol RecordsKaty Perry's turning 30 on October 25, but instead of pondering what reaching this milestone truly means to her life and career, she's preoccupied with making sure her birthday cake is perfect.  Luckily, the folks at Betty Crocker seem willing to reverse their product plan to make it happen.

"YO @BettyCrocker," Katy tweeted to the company on Saturday. "WHY WOULD U DISCONTINUE RAINBOW CHIP FROSTING? WHAT DA HECK AM I SUPPOSED 2 PUT ON MY FUNFETTI CAKE? HOW CAN I TURN 30 NOW?"

It seems the company stopped making Katy's preferred rainbow chip frosting back in January, replacing it with rainbow sprinkle frosting instead.  This has sparked outrage among die-hard fans of the original frosting -- they even set up a Facebook page demanding its reinstatement.  Others started a petition calling for the frosting to come back on the market, while prices for cans of the sweet, creamy treat soared on eBay.

Of course, Betty Crocker isn't about to ignore the wishes of a global pop superstar who had a hit with a song called "Birthday" and made a lyric video for the tune featuring nothing but cakes, candy, frosting, sprinkles and cupcakes.

"Katy! One more week! Bringing the RC Frosting back is definitely being explored," the company tweeted back to Katy, adding, "[Direct message] us. We'd like to send you a Bday gift!"

Stay tuned: Betty Crocker has until Saturday to make Katy's birthday cake wishes come true.

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The Fray's Joe King Marries "Vampire Diaries" Star Candice Accola


Andrew Toth/Getty ImagesHe and his girlfriend got engaged back in May of 2013, but now Joe King, guitarist for The Fray, has finally said "I do."  E! Online reports that he tied the knot with Vampire Diaries star Candice Accola in New Orleans on Saturday.

Joe posted a photo of himself and Candice dancing together on their wedding day, captioning the photo, "My wife, she makes me wanna dance."  Candice, who plays Caroline Forbes on The Vampire Diaries, posted a photo of the two kissing on her Instagram, with the caption, "Officially Mr. and Mrs. King! Best night ever!"

According to E!, the two tied the knot at the Montegut House in the Big Easy, walking down the aisle to famed New Orleans musician Trombone Shorty.   Shorty was a featured musician on Joe's 2013 solo release.  Then, the two paraded down New Orleans' famed Bourbon Street, leading guests to the reception, where they celebrated with Candice's Vampire Diaries co-stars Paul Wesley, Kat Graham and Michael Trevino.  Star Ian Somerhalder couldn't make it, but he sent the happy couple his best wishes on Instagram.

Joe, who has two children from his first marriage, first met Candice at a Super Bowl event in 2011 and proposed to her in Florence, Italy, last May.  The band wrapped up a tour in support of their most recent album Helios in Switzerland this past week.

Back in December of 2013, Joe told ABC News Radio that his New Year's resolution was to plan his wedding, so it's been in the works for quite some time.

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Can Taylor Swift Move a Million...Again?


Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift's last two albums -- Speak Now and Red -- both sold over a million copies in their first weeks of release.  That's an almost unheard-of feat these days -- and one that any artist, including Taylor herself, is unlikely to repeat.

Billboard reports that digital sales are down 11.5% for the first nine months of 2014, and initial sales projections of her new album, 1989, due October 27, have been revised downward.  They were initially projected at 1.1 million, which would be just about equal to what Red and Speak Now sold in their first weeks.  Now, Billboard says, the projections are closer to 750,000.

A top retail sales executive tells Billboard, "I don’t know if anybody can do it, except maybe Adele," adding, "I was shocked that Justin Timberlake came so close."  Justin's album The 20/20 Experience sold 968,000 copies in its first week last year.  Adele's next album won't be out until 2015, by which time the music landscape will no doubt have changed again.

However, a senior Nashville executive tells Billboard, "If anyone can still do it, Taylor can. But it will be very difficult, even for her.”

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Pink's Afraid Her New Musical Partner Will Fall in Love with Her Husband


Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsWhen Pink announced that she was teaming up with singer/songwriter Dallas Green for an intimate duo project called You Me, some wondered if their respective spouses would mind all the time that the two were spending together.  But Pink says she's not worried that Green has a crush on her: she's worried that he has a crush on her husband.

Pink's married to motocross racer Carey Hart, while Green is married to a Canadian TV personality named Leah Miller.  Speaking to Australian journalists, Pink joked, "“My thing is, I'm worried about Carey and [Dallas] falling in love because Carey is already his biggest fan. I am pretty in love with Leah."

"I feel Leah and I will be shopping one day for face soaps and we're going to come home, and they're going to be spooning, one big tattoo, listening to records," she laughed.

Green says that's pretty accurate, saying that the night before he and Pink were scheduled to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and do their first-ever gig, he told his wife "I've got one goal for tomorrow."  When she asked what it was, he replied, "'I'm going to get Carey’s phone number!"

"And I did!" he adds.

To further demonstrate that Carey isn't jealous of Green, Pink posted a photo of the two men hugging, with the caption, "Looks like the spouses are okay."

Asked if the two will tour together, they say it's a "possible maybe."

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Celebrity Real Estate: Lady Gaga's Buying, John Legend Is Selling


ABC/Rick PowellLady Gaga's a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, but apparently, she's also a California girl.  TMZ reports that the star has just dropped $24 million on a huge mansion in Malibu.

Sources tell TMZ that the home sits on six acres, and features his-and-hers walk-in closets, a pool, gym, wine cellar, bowling alley, bocce ball court, a stable big enough for eight horses and even a "safe room."

If you're looking for someplace a bit more modest in La La Land, though, you may want to check out John Legend's house.  He and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, are selling their L.A. home for $1.995 million.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the house includes three bedrooms, including one that was converted into a studio, where Legend wrote and recorded songs for his Love in the Future album. The couple purchased it as a second home in 2007; their primary residence is in New York City.  But now, according to John, they feel it's a bit too small.

“We’re ready to expand a little bit," Legend says. “If we could have the twice-as-big version of this place, we would get it. We love the feel of this home.” He personalized the house by inscribing lyrics from his songs on a light fixture.

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Listen to a Preview of Gwen Stefani's Collabo with Calvin Harris


Art Streiber/NBCGwen Stefani is one of the many guest stars on Calvin Harris' upcoming album Motion, and now the superstar deejay has posted a snippet of their collabo on Instagram.

Calvin captioned the video, "Little preview of my song with Gwen Stefani 'Together' from my new album Motion which u can preorder now!"

On the mid-tempo track, Gwen sings, ""We're gonna wake up together/you won't wanna go home/we'll find love here together/and it feel so good in my" -- we assume the word is "arms," but the song cuts off there.

Motion comes out November 4. Gwen's own single, "Baby Don't Lie," from her upcoming solo album, is supposed to arrive Sunday night at 9 p.m. PT, according to an ad on the music industry website AllAccess.

 

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Report: Mario Lopez's Pop Star "One Night Stand" Was Britney Spears


Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsEarlier this month, Mario Lopez appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and discussed the fact that he'd once had a one night stand with a "mega pop star," but didn't reveal her name.  Now, Us Weekly reports that they have it on good authority that the pop star was Britney, b***h.

Multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly that it was Britney Spears who Lopez romanced in Las Vegas "six...seven or eight years ago," according to what he told Ellen.  At that time, Britney was single, having split from her husband Kevin Federline in 2006.  According to Us Weekly, Lopez was also unattached at the time; he was on a break from his then-girlfriend, Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff.

Lopez also told Ellen that he and the unnamed pop star are still friends.  Well, if it is indeed Britney, he's telling the truth that they're friends: he appeared onstage with her this past December during the opening night performance of her Las Vegas show, Britney: Piece of Me.

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Iggy Azalea Takes to Twitter to Dish Deets on Ex Who's Suing Her for "Divorce"


Grand Hustle/Def Jam RecordingsIggy Azalea is on a roll, and she's not holding back.  After taking to Twitter to call out Snoop Dogg for dissing her, and then her record label for allegedly letting magazines publish unapproved images of her, she's now revealing some of the behind-the-scenes details of her legal battles with her ex-boyfriend, Maurice Williams, aka Hefe Wine.

As previously reported, TMZ broke the story that Williams filed the divorce documents in an attempt to end what he calls a common-law marriage between himself and Iggy.  Williams had been battling the rapper over the rights to her early music, which she created during the years the two were in a relationship.  According to TMZ, if the judge recognizes the marriage, the music she made during the time they were together becomes their joint property, and proceeds would be split 50/50.

Referring to Williams' attempts to claim a financial stake in Iggy's early recordings based on an old contract, Iggy wrote on Twitter, "I've settled 2 old contracts privately. Both got a very fair sums & went on about their lives. Real cases are handled in court, not the press.  My lawyer agreed to be served 'divorce' papers but they want to hire someone to serve me in person, probably so it can be another TMZ story."

"I also was told yesterday via his lawyer if i do not settle out of court they will go to the press and say i gave him an STD, whats next?," Iggy added.

Addressing how Williams can possibly claim that they had a common-law marriage, Iggy continues, "Unfortunately to file common law 'divorce' all you need is three of your friends to sign a statement swearing the person's story is true. Actually proving it in court is another story i'm just waiting to get in front of a judge so it can be disproven & obtain a restraining order."

Iggy then goes on to reveal a sordid, alleged detail about Williams' personal life.

"The thing that i find awfully sad about this whole story is that the mother of this mans 3 year old child is in court right now...saying he stalked, headbutted and tried to strangle her in january after their 7 year relationship ended," she tweeted.  "Why is her truth being overlooked in favor of sensationalism? It makes me so sad & my heart goes out to [her]."

The rapper concludes by saying she's confident that this whole matter will be cleared up soon.

"Since this whole 'common law divorce' thing has gone public thankfully I've had so many women support me and come fwd with info," she tweeted. "I have such a great collection of witnesses now and I'm really excited to get my day in court and see justice prevail."

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Donald Trump Tweets to Katy Perry, Calls Her Ex-Hubby a "Loser" and "Dummy"


ABC/Randy HolmesApparently because Donald Trump seems to consider himself an expert on, well, everything, he's taken it upon himself to inform Katy Perry that she must have been crazy to marry Russell Brand.

Since the two got divorced quite a while ago, it's odd that Trump would comment on their marriage now, but apparently, watching Brand on TV recently spurred him into action.

"I watched Russell Brand...on the @jimmyfallon show the other night—what the hell do people see in Russell—a major loser!" Trump tweeted, adding, "@katyperry must have been drunk when she married Russell Brand – but he did send me a really nice letter of apology!"

Trump didn't explain the "letter of apology" part -- and he also was wrong about Brand appearing on the Fallon show: Brand appeared on several shows this past week, but not that one.  But never mind that -- Trump was on a roll.

He then tweeted directly to Perry: "Katy, what the hell were you thinking when you married loser Russell Brand. There is a guy who has got nothing going, a waste!"  He then sent her another tweet, saying, "I watched Russell Brand and I think his mind is fried - he looks really bad. Russell is a total joke, a dummy who is lost!"

Russell, meanwhile, wasn't going to take this lying down.  He responded, "are you drunk when you write these tweets? Or does that foam you spray on your bald head make you high?"  He added, "I don't think your daddy left you any witty ripostes, and everything you have you inherited."  He followed that with links to unflattering articles about The Donald, including one that called him a "deadbeat."

Katy, however, stayed above the fray. She's in Mexico on tour, and has so far been tweeting about how inspired she was after visiting the home of famed artist Frida Kahlo.

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Taylor Swift's Latest Lyric Post Is Lena Dunham's Future Wedding Song


ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaAs part of Rolling Stone's recent cover story on Taylor, her friend Lena Dunham said that there's one song on Taylor's new album, 1989, that she plans to insist the singer perform at her wedding -- if she indeed ends up having one.  Now, Taylor has posted some of the lyrics to Lena's special song.

As part of her "posting lyrics from one new song a day" campaign, Taylor shared a photo of lyrics to a bonus track.  They read,  "One night he wakes/strange look on his face/Pauses, then says/'You're my best friend'/And you knew what it was/He was in love."

Lena responded to Taylor's post by tweeting, "my someday wedding song, as you know."

Lena is dating fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, who co-wrote some of the songs on 1989, including new single "Out of the Woods" and this mystery wedding song.  Lena told Rolling Stone, "If we ever do get married, there's no f***ing way Taylor is not playing that song."

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Fergie Releases Lyric Video for "L.A. LOVE (La La)"


will.i.am music/Interscope RecordsFergie doesn't seem like the type to have time to sit down and scrapbook, but that's what she's doing in the new lyric video for her single "L.A. LOVE (La La)." 

The video also serves as a reintroduction to Fergie, who hasn't released an official solo single in eight years.  As we travel the world with her through the pages of her scrapbook, we also see photos of her many changing looks over the years, pictures of her onstage, and shots of her singing with musical legends like Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown

In a nice touch, we also see her passport, which identifies her as "Fergie Duhamel."  In addition, there are plenty of photos of fans throwing Fergie's new "L.A." hand sign.

The single is presumably from a forthcoming Fergie solo album, which will be her first since 2006's The Dutchess.  No title or release date on that as of yet.

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Taylor Swift Releases Video Documenting Her "'1989' Secret Sessions"


Big Machine RecordsIf you weren't one of the lucky ones selected for Taylor Swift's "1989 Secret Sessions," in which she played her new album in its entirety for fans, you can now watch a YouTube video Taylor released that offers a behind-the-scenes look at what went down.

The four-and-a-half-minute clip shows fans before, during and after the sessions, which were held in five locations: Los Angeles, New York City, Nashville, Rhode Island, and London. We see Swifties nervously awaiting to be transported to the sessions, mingling with each other and with Taylor at the listening parties, and gushing about the album to the cameras afterward.

There are some comments from Taylor, too, as well as footage of her baking cookies for her fans.

The video doesn't disclose much about the album itself. At one point, the following message is displayed: "What happens in the Secret Sessions, stays in the Secret Sessions."

1989 will be released October 27. If you buy it between October 27 and November 2, you will be eligible for a contest to meet Taylor. Find more info on TaylorSwift.com.

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Mary Lambert Goes from "Same Love" to "Secrets," Releases Debut Album "Heart On My Sleeve"


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteMost music fans probably know Mary Lambert from the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song "Same Love" -- she wrote and sang its memorable hook, receiving two Grammy nods for her work on that groundbreaking song and the duo's album The Heist.  But now, Mary's making her own artistic statement, with her hit single "Secrets" and her debut album Heart On My Sleeve, which is in stores now.

Many of Mary's songs deal with serious issues, such as body image, gay rights, mental illness and the like, but she says her goal for Heart On My Sleeve was to continue to write those kinds of meaningful songs, but to also make a fun, accessible pop music album that will, hopefully, bring in some cash as well.

As she tells ABC News Radio, with Heart On My Sleeve,  she wanted to "make an ethical, conscious album with heart and authenticity, but also to be on the radio... and why not buy a beach house for my mom?"

"I don't believe every song should be social justice-y, but I know for me, I have to speak my truth," she adds. "And being a lyricist and being a writer is a priority, and so I want to talk about things that I care about, that will hopefully impact the world."

Mary is currently on the road, bringing her new music to her fans, and she says it's a real treat to be able to headline a tour, after spending the summer as an opening act.

"My last tour, I was opening for Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson, which was an awesome experience because I think it opened the door for a lot of new fans," she tells ABC News Radio.  "And it was humbling in a way, because people weren't coming to see me and I kind of had to work for it, you know?  So, this is kind of a luxury!"

"The people that are coming out are so kind, and attentive and know the material, and they love the songs and they know the lyrics!" she adds. "It's, like, kind of surreal to hear people singing my lyrics back."

While some of Mary's previous tours have been incredibly emotional experiences because of the cathartic nature of her songs -- some of which are actually poems set to music -- she says she's taking a lighter touch with this tour.

"I'm not delving into the heaviest issues that I have previously," she says. "Which I think is OK because it's at least a little bit of an emotional break for me.  I'm still going into intense stuff -- body image and gay rights -- but the show's a little bit more upbeat and really fun."

So, with a debut album, hit single and a big tour, does Mary -- who describes herself in "Secrets" as overweight, bi-polar, gay, and the product of a dysfunctional family -- feel like an actual pop star yet?

"No, I don't!" she laughs.  "I'm working on it.  I refer to it as, like, quasi-stardom 'cause, y'know, sometimes there's people greeting me at the airport and I'm like, 'Who are you?'"  

Mary's tour wraps up November 17 in Boise, Idaho, but then she'll play some holiday concerts in December.  On November 13, she'll be in New York City to join Sam Smith, A Great Big World, American Authors, Aloe Blacc and other artists for VH1's You Oughta Know concert.

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Iggy Azalea Attacks Record Label for Letting Aussie Magazine Use Unapproved Photo of Her


ABC/Randy HolmesNow that Iggy Azalea has buried the hatchet with Snoop Dogg, she can turn her attention to another battle: complaining to her record label that they allowed an unapproved photo of her to be used on the cover of a magazine in her home country of Australia.

Iggy jumped on Twitter to take her complaints public, claiming that her private messages to the Australian division of her label were being ignored.  "I'm going to publicly say something to the Australian division of my record label right now because my message seems to be ignored privately," she wrote.  "Stop giving permission on my behalf for magazines to purchase images of me that have already been printed in major publications for covers."

At issue, according to E!, is Maxim Australia, which has put Iggy on its cover...but the photo is one that previously appeared on the cover of another magazine several years ago.

"Australian label, i love you guys but you allowed my image to be sold to Cosmo Aus[tralia] when i told you i would prefer for that not to happen.  And now this morning i see you've allowed maxim australia to buy an image from a 2011 complex mag shoot and put it on the cover," she continued.

The "Fancy" rapper wrote, "I think it's awesome anyone would want me on the cover of a magazine, but there's a right way to make that happen and the australian label clearly aren't respecting my wishes. a magazine cover deserves an accompanying photoshoot not a reused image."

"Maxim australia, thanks for the love and I'm sorry no one asked me," she added. "i would have love to have given an interview & done a shoot with u guys."

The magazine itself then got into the act, supporting Iggy in her assertions.  "We couldn't agree more! We begged both your US management and Aussie label for a cover shoot & interview but were denied," they tweeted.  "Furthermore, we'd LOVE to do a shoot with you. Just say when, where and how high and we'll jump!"

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Nelly's BET Reality Shows Premiering in November


Image Courtesy Jonathan Mannion/UniversalBET has announced that Nellyville, the network's new reality show starring Nelly, will premiere November 25 at 10:30 p.m. ET. The show will run for eight one-hour episodes.

In a trailer posted on the network's YouTube page, a shirtless Nelly awakes to his alarm clock and gets up out of bed. After he gives the camera a suggestive look, the show's air date is displayed.

Viewers can expect Nelly's show to focus on his music career, business endeavors and family life including his relationship with model Shantel Jackson, the ex-girlfriend of a world famous boxer Floyd Mayweather. Jr.

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Lorde Leads New Zealand Music Awards Nominations, Wants to High-Five Steve Carell


Francis Specker/CBSSince she's just about the biggest pop star ever to come from New Zealand, it's not surprising that Lorde is the leading nominee for this year's New Zealand Music Awards.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the singer is up for five awards: Album of the Year and Best Pop Album of the Year for Pure Heroine, Single of the Year for "Team," Best Female Solo Artist and the People's Choice award.

In addition, her co-writer and producer, Joel Little, has already been announced as the winner in the Producer of the Year and Best Engineer categories for his work on Pure Heroine.

Last year, Lorde won four New Zealand Music Awards, but they were all on the strength of her single "Royals" and her debut EP The Love Club.  Her album Pure Heroine wasn't eligible for nomination.

In other Lorde news, she has a new obsession.  She tweeted, "i didn't really know about @SteveCarell until this year when i watched the entirety of the office and now i WANT TO BE HIS FRIEND SO BAD."

She followed that up by tweeting directly to the comic actor, "steve i have decided we need to high 5."

Carell hasn't responded, but last week, he did tell Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that he was a big fan of Lorde's hit "Royals" and even introduced his daughter to the song.

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One Direction Reveals "Four" Track List: Get Five Songs Free with Pre-Order


Syco/Columbia RecordsOne Direction's new album Four arrives November 17, and now the guys have revealed the disc's track listing, along with some exciting news.  If you pre-order the deluxe edition of the album, you'll receive a whopping five tracks for free.

The guys announced this deal in a video message at the same time they revealed the album's track listing on Twitter.  The track listing confirms the reports that the song Ed Sheeran wrote for the band is called "18," and it also reveals that the group's members co-wrote 13 out of the 16 tracks on the deluxe edition.

Here's the track listing for Four:

"Steal My Girl"
"Ready to Run"
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go"
"18"
"Girl Almighty"
"Fool's Gold"
"Night Changes"
"No Control"
"Fireproof"
"Spaces"
"Stockholm Syndrome"
"Clouds"

Bonus Tracks:
"Change Your Ticket"
"Illusion"
"Once in a Lifetime"
"Act My Age"

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