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Carly Rae Jepsen Says Cyndi Lauper Inspired Her ‘80s-Style New Album

Matthew WelchCarly Rae Jepsen previously revealed her new album would be heavily influenced by ‘80s pop music, but now she’s explaining why.

She tells MTV that she was first inspired to go full throwback after seeing ‘80s pop queen Cyndi Lauper at a festival in Japan last summer. She said witnessing Cyndi in action convinced her that she had to make an album filled with ‘80s-tinged hits because of their “timeless” quality.

“I was listening to the songs and something kind of hit me just like this is when pop was at its finest,” she explains to MTV. “It’s like the purest, emotional ‘80s and I want to make an album that hints at that because the songs are so timeless. I would put out ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ today and I wouldn’t change a bloody thing, so I think that’s where it all began for me where I was like, ‘All right, that’s what I’m gonna do.’”

Carly, who released her new single “I Really Like You” this week, says she’s still in the process of narrowing down which songs will make the final track list of her new album which is set to be released this summer. Her video for "I Really Like You," starring Tom Hanks, will premiere at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT tonight on's The Daily Dish.

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Iggy Azalea Leaves Instagram, Turns Over Account to Management

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After leaving Twitter last week, Iggy Azalea has officially abandoned her Instagram account as well.

A message was posted Friday on the account, announcing that it will now be run by her management. "Until further notice Iggy's Instagram will be run by management. Iggy is taking a break from social media," the caption reads. "She loves all her Azaleans!!"

It seems Iggy may be over social media altogether: she recently handed her Twitter account as well to her management team, after unflattering images from her Hawaii vacation with her boyfriend, Nick Young, surfaced online.

"I feel the hatred and pettiness i see online at all times is at making me become an angry person and I cannot be that," she explained early last month in a series of tweets. "To become nasty because of the way I feel iam treated would be a disservice to my fans and I promise i will try to keep smiling. ... But I also want to let my fans know iam taking some time away from social media. I need to be happy and it is too negative and draining."

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Colbie Caillat Selling Her L.A. Mansion Less Than a Year After Purchasing It

Kurt IswarienkoIt seems like she barely had time to unpack. Colbie Caillat is putting her Los Angeles mansion on the market, less than a year after purchasing it.

According to real estate website Trulia, the singer bought the Hidden Hills estate for $6.1 million in August of last year, and is now flipping it for $6.4 million. The 8,400-square-foot Mediterranean-style home boasts six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, and is mostly spread out over one level.

There’s a private courtyard entry and a spacious backyard with a pool, an oversized spa, an outdoor kitchen and a 52-inch gas grill. Colbie apparently didn’t make a ton of the changes to the pad. Trulia reports that most of the modifications were cosmetic, like making the home’s media room into a comfortable couch-filled hangout, and adding some color to the interior’s neutral palette.

Other famous residents within the Hidden Hills gated community include Jessica Simpson and her hubby Eric Johnson, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Jennifer Lopez recently sold her own Hidden Hills property for $17 million.

Colbie previously own a home in California's Westlake Village, but she sold it last summer.

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expand Rihanna Teases New Song, "American Oxygen," for March Madness

Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna season has officially begun. Following brief teasers for "Higher" and "Dancing in the Dark,"  from The Home soundtrack, the singer has premiered a new single, titled "American Oxygen," which is featured in a new 30-second commercial for NCAA March Madness.

In the clip, Rihanna poses in front of an American flag while singing along to the patriotic anthem. "Breathe out, breathe in, American oxygen/This is the new America," she sings while rocking a leather jacket.

"American Oxygen" will appear on Rihanna’s upcoming eighth album, arriving later this year.

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Paula Patton Says Splitting from Robin Thicke Was "Challenging"

Interscope RecordsPaula Patton's rocky marriage to Robin Thicke, and their ultimate estrangement, has been news for some time, but Patton has stayed mostly silent about it.  Now she's finally talking about it publicly, saying she's trying to look on the bright side of things.

"I mean, it's so easy for all of us to focus on the negative things. But usually the positive in your life outweighs that," she said on Friday's Good Morning America. "And you have to just be thankful for what you have right now."

Amid rumors of his infidelity, Patton separated from Thicke last year and filed for divorce months later. The two, who wed in 2005, have a 4-year-old son together.

Patton said she’s stronger as a result of what has happened: "I'm doing really well. I mean, the honest truth is it has been challenging, but it's been a year of growth, lots of healing, learning about all new things. But I've come out of it stronger."

She added, "My son's happy and I'm very -- you know, I feel like everything happens for a reason. And then you have to move on and grow from there."

Regardless of her personal drama, Patton is busy with new projects, including a clothing line in collaboration with designer Ellen Tracy.

"It was kind of an amazing blessing," Patton said. "Ellen Tracy came to me and said, 'Would you like to be our brand ambassador?' And I looked at the clothing and -- amazing. It's really well-made, classic clothing that's affordable. But what I liked about it was that you could, like, add your own twist to can make it as edgy or quirky as you want and add your personality to it."

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Sam Smith Becomes Godfather to Album Producer's Son

Image Group LA/ABCLooks like Sam Smith has joined his pal Taylor Swift in the godparent club. The 22-year-old announced Friday that he was named godfather to his best friend Jimmy Napes’ newborn son.

“Yesterday two of my best friends @jimmynapes and @misstilda had a baby boy. Jackson Napier,” Sam wrote on Instagram, along with a photo of the father and son. “I can’t wait to meet my godson. Love you both so so much. Couldn’t be happier.”

Jimmy, whose birth name is James Napier, co-produced Sam’s album In the Lonely Hour and co-wrote three of the songs, including the Grammy-winning “Stay with Me.” He also co-wrote the Clean Bandit hit “Rather Be,” which was inspired by his now-wife.

Sam’s godfather announcement comes less than a week after Taylor revealed on Instagram that her friend Jaime King appointed her godmother of her yet-to-be-born second child.

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Kelly Clarkson Admits Dating Justin Guarini, Clarifies Past "Pitchy Strippers" Remark

Charles Sykes/BravoMaybe the reason Kelly Clarkson has such bad memories of her contractual obligation movie, From Justin to Kelly, is because it reminds her that her and the curly-haired American Idol season one runner-up used to be romantically involved.

Appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live Thursday night, Kelly and host Andy Cohen played a game of "Plead the Fifth," where Cohen asked her a series of potentially uncomfortable questions and gave her the opportunity to "plead the Fifth" and not answer.  One of the questions was about Kelly's relationship with Justin, who's said publicly that they had a fling.  So what's the real story?

"We didn't date during Idol, [but] we did date," Kelly admitted. "I feel like we weren't dating through the movie...we did date a little bit. I think any two people who were thrown together that much... guy, girl, you put on 'Timeless,' that song from From Justin to can't fight it!"

Cohen also asked Kelly who did a better job singing songs from The Sound of Music: Carrie Underwood, during the live NBC version of the musical, or Lady Gaga during the Oscars?  Kelly said they were both different, and she liked both, but she chose Carrie, because her fellow American Idol champ sang the entire thing, whereas Gaga only did a medley.

Kelly also denied she was specifically referring to Miley Cyrus during the 2013 Video Music Awards when she tweeted the hashtag "#pitchystrippers" during the telecast.

"I never said Miley Cyrus!" she insists. "The fact that I tweeted 'pitchy stripper' and people said 'Miley Cyrus' is not my problem.. I'm just saying! I never said Miley Cyrus, my man. Everyone else said Miley Cyrus. I'm not saying who it was."

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John Mayer Admits to "Ego Addiction"

ABC/Randy HolmesThese days, John Mayer doesn't run his mouth about whomever he happens to be dating -- right now, it appears to be Katy Perry -- but that's because he learned his lesson when he got in trouble for doing it before.

In an interview with Ronan Farrow that will air Saturday on MSNBC, and which was excerpted on NBC's Today on Friday, John spoke about his tendency to over-share in the press about his relationships with the likes of Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston.  "I went, 'All right, dude, you did a couple interviews where you were out of touch and you were being a ham -- and you were basically break dancing into a nitroglycerin plant, right?'" John told Farrow.

After realizing his reputation as a womanizer was overshadowing his music, John says he knew he had to stop, and that's when he also decided to swear off social media.  Both of those things, he realized, had to do with his ego.

"I'm a recovered ego addict, and the only way that I can be sure that I don't relapse is to admit that I constantly have this ego addiction -- every day," he explained.

John says he can look back now and realize that his behavior is less than stellar.  He tells Farrow that if he met his younger self today, he'd think, "That guy's really, really talented, but I don't want to be anywhere near him when that thing goes off!"

More of John's interview with Farrow will air Saturday at 12 p.m. on MSNBC.

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Hozier Says Sex Symbol Status Is "Strange to Me, but in a Nice Way"

Credit: Alex LakeHozier's received critical acclaim for his Grammy-nominated hit "Take Me to Church," but he also has gotten plenty of acclaim from fans who think he's, well, hot.  The long-haired Irish singer says he doesn't mind being a sex symbol, but he thinks it's kind of weird.

Speaking to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hozier says of his newfound status as a heartthrob, "I didn’t view that as something that would be part of my career. I wasn’t that person in high school growing up, so [the attention] is very strange to me -- but in a nice way.” 

That's not the only thing that the singer, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, thinks is odd.  The very fact that he's famous is something he's not entirely comfortable with, even after having performed on the Grammy Awards and selling out shows all across the U.S.  “Flattering, but strange -- and a little jarring” is how he describes all the attention.

At this point, Hozier wants people to know he's more than the "Take Me to Church Guy," and that's what he's currently doing on his American tour, which stops at New York City's Beacon Theater on Friday.  The singer also says he's started thinking about what he calls "the landscape" of what will be the follow-up to his self-titled debut, telling the paper, "I’m really looking forward to [it]...I can’t wait, to be honest.”

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Madonna Admires Joan of Arc, Says She's "Ready to Fight" Against Discrimination

Mert Alas & Marcus PiggotMadonna and Joan of Arc may have more in common than you think. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Madonna talks about the song on her upcoming album named after the historical figure and reflects on what she would be willing to die for.

“I've always been drawn to her story,” the singer says of Joan of Arc, the Catholic saint and French nationalist who was burned at the stake by the British in 1431. “More than anything, drawn to her commitment to what she believed in. In the face of death, she did not back down. And that is a theme that resonates with me. And women need female role models like that.”

In the lyrics of the song, however, Madonna admits she may not be ready to lay down her life like Joan did. “Meaning, I'm not ready to be burned at the stake,” she says. “Not yet. That does really require an elevated soul, you know? When you are really, really ready to die for what you believe in.”

There is one thing she’d sacrifice herself for, though.  “I would die for my children. For sure,” the mother of four says.

Discrimination against women is another thing she feels strongly about, citing the case of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner who was shot by a Taliban gunman for for advocating education for girls. "That really makes me want to start a war," Madonna tells Rolling Stone. "The idea that a girl can't have an education is unspeakable, to me. But all forms of discrimination drive me crazy.”

“I felt like we were really going backwards, humanity was going backwards,” she says of things she's seen around the world lately. "There's a lot of causes that get me going and that make me think, you know, ‘Let's go. I'm ready to fight for all these people, for all people who are discriminated against for their religion that they choose, their sexual preference.’”

She adds, “I feel personally wounded by it, and I feel like it's my job as a human being, as an artist, as a mother, as a woman, to fight for all these people.”

Madonna’s cover story with Rolling Stone is on stands now. Her album, Rebel Heart, arrives March 10.

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Jury Begins Deliberations in "Blurred Lines" Trial

Randy Holmes/ABCThe jury in the "Blurred Lines" trial began deliberations in a Los Angeles court on Thursday afternoon.

Eight people sit on the jury -- five women and three men. They must all agree on a verdict.

Deliberations will resume Friday morning.

"Blurred Lines" collaborators Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. have been sued by Marvin Gaye's children over the hit, which they claim ripped off their father's song "Got to Give It Up." While on the stand Wednesday, Pharrell denied he had "Got to Give It Up" in mind when he wrote "Blurred Lines."

Pharrell and Robin were present for Thursday's closing arguments.

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Ella Henderson Says Breakout Hit "Ghost" Broke Her Writer's Block

James MoriartyElla Henderson says her breakout hit "Ghost," which she co-wrote with Ryan Tedder, is about being tormented by something that upsets you so much that "you can't eat" and "you can't sleep."  Ella says that's exactly how she herself felt...until she managed to write the song.

Speaking to ABC Radio, Ella says she was at her wit's end before she wrote "Ghost" because even though she'd spent a lot of time working on material for her debut album, she felt she still hadn't crafted the perfect song.

"I got to a point where with my writing…I’d been writing for almost two years, and I’d been traveling and I was in L.A. and I’d been writing with some incredible writers and producers from all over the world, and, I just got to this point where I felt like I’m so frustrated with myself," Ella explains. "Because although I’ve spent so much time writing, I still feel like I haven’t had that gut instinct where you know what your first single is."

Then, Ella says, she met Ryan Tedder for a writing session and explained what she was going through.  Ironically, that ended up inspiring the song she'd been searching for.

"I said to him, 'I feel like I can’t sleep, I can’t eat and I feel like just something’s got a hold over me and it’s not coming out. There’s like a block there,'" she recalls. "The next you know, we’re sat ‘round a piano. Fifteen minutes later, we wrote a chorus called 'Ghost' and I instantly knew: 'This is it. This is my single.'"

The British singer says "Ghost," which has gone platinum in the U.S., turned out to be the perfect song to introduce her to the world...and the fact that Ryan was involved didn't hurt its chances either.

"It’s soulful, it’s anthemic, you’ve got this dark element which I always bring to the table whenever I go into the studio with my writing," she tells ABC Radio. "And it was just exciting from the get-go really. I mean, producing a record with Ryan and writing alongside someone like himself was just, y'know, that was surreal in itself!" 

"Ghost" is from Ella's debut album Chapter One, in stores now.

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"American Idol" Recap: The Top Eight Girls Perform

FOXThursday’s edition of American Idol featured host Ryan Seacrest revealing which eight girls would get the chance to sing once again for America’s vote to secure a spot as a top finalist.

The top eight girls, as decided by America’s vote, are Tyanna Jones, Loren Lott, Maddie Walker, Joey Cook, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Adanna Duru, Jax and Alexis Gomez.

It was the end of the line for Lovey James, Katherine Winston, Shannon Berthiaume and Shi Scott.

The top eight guys were revealed Wednesday night.

The show returns to Los Angeles next week, where the top 12 guys and girls will be revealed.

Aretha Franklin, who performed on Wednesday’s show, took some time out during Thursday's program to give the contestants helpful advice. She also cheered them on by declaring, “Fifty years ago, myself, Smokey Robinson, Diana [Ross], and Gladys [Knight], we all met the challenge, and you guys can meet the challenge too.”

The top eight girls took the stage at The Fillmore Detroit Theater in the Motor City and performed classic Motown songs for judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as America’s votes.

The first girl called up to the stage was 16-year-old Tyanna Jones, who sang the classic pop hit “Rockin’ Robin.” Keith thought it was a perfect song choice that played to all of Tyanna’s vocal strengths. Jennifer said Tyanna's performance gave her a “throwback vibe,” reminding her of those legendary Motown performers. The only question Harry had for the teen dynamo was, “What can’t you sing?”

Next up was San Diego's Loren Lott, who tackled Michael Jackson’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are.” Lopez said Lott made her smile, noting the strong vocals and strong performance. Connick thought Lott raised the bar for the other singers.

Maddie Walker was the next name called and the 17-year-old student sang The Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be there.” Harry said the performance erased any doubt she belonged in the competition, but she needed to work on her pitch and dynamics. Keith thought Maddie made some great choices when it came to adding her own touches to the song. Keith had noticed that Maddie was nervous and told her she could calm herself by thinking about the lyrics and forgetting about the execution. Jennifer also felt Maddie was visibly nervous, but thought the teen demonstrated great control in spite of that.

New Orleans street musician Joey Cook delivered a jazzed up version of The Miracles’ “Shop Around.” Keith complimented the singer on taking the song and making it her own. Jennifer enjoyed the way Cook, who was visibly excited, wasn’t afraid to let her emotions show and use them throughout the performance. Harry loved Joey’s “artistry,” but feared people might tire of her “highly stylized” sound.

Sarina-Joi Crowe performed a stripped down, torchy version of another Miracles’ classic, “You've Really Got a Hold on Me,” backed only by a guitar. J-Lo declared Crowe was “probably one of the best singers” in the competition. Lopez said she was happy to see the singer make it this far in the competition after three unsuccessful attempts. Connick called Sarina-Joi’s arrangement of the song “a smart choice,” but urged her to work on her intonation. Urban was impressed with the way Crowe stayed focused when the audience reacted to her hitting a big note.

Seacrest then revealed that Adanna Duru was among the top eight girls.  She gave a dramatic version Lionel Richie’s “Hello” that earned an "A- plus" from Harry for lyrical interpretation. Harry did note that her pitch was a little off. Keith thought there were points when Adanna “owned the song” and he wanted to see her do it more often in the future. Jennifer said she liked the performance, but didn’t love it.

Jax delivered a sultry version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Urban praised her “strong artistry” and “gritty” voice. Lopez agreed, but thought Jax took too many liberties with the song. Connick agreed, calling the arrangement “dull.”

The final lady advancing was Alexis Gomez, who tackled The Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honeybunch).” Jennifer, noting how she’s not as fussy about pitch as her fellow judges, thought the song was so “out of key” it even bothered her. Harry agreed and said Gomez also needed to keep her emotions from getting the better of her. He urged her to just “settle down and do [her] thing.” Keith was also disappointed with the performance, blaming it on a poor song choice.

American Idol continues Wednesday on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Eminem Releases "Not Afraid" Documentary to Celebrate 15th Anniversay of Shady Records

Aftermath/Shady/InterscopeEminem is taking a walk down memory lane. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Shady Records, the rapper has partnered with Complex for a new documentary called Not Afraid: The Shady Records Story.

In the 32-minute film, the rap veteran recalls the launching Shady Records alongside his managerPaul Rosenberg. With commentary from Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, the film highlights the rise of the label, which was responsible for introducing acts like 50 Cent, D12, Obie Trice, Slaughterhouse, andYelawolf.

"Within the next 15 years, we’ll try to keep sh** going and try to sign new exciting acts. Hopefully discover the next whatever," says Em.

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Rihanna Previews New Song, "Higher"

Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna has teased a new song called "Higher," presumably lifted from her upcoming album.

The singer took to Instagram to post a 15-second video of the mellow track. "This whiskey got me feeling pretty/ So pardon me if I'm impolite/ I just really need your ass with me," she sings. "Just come over, let's pour a drink, babe/ I hope I'm not calling you too late."

If that wasn't enough, she posted another clip of the song, along with a caption that reveals she's teamed again with songwriter/producer Kuk Harrell and Marcos Tovar. 

"5 am drunk off da whiskey with these two rockstars @officialkukharrell @djanser !!! These guys always hold me down even at the craziest hours! We've made every album since #GoodGirlGoneBad together! The family!!! One Love #R8," the caption reads.

Ri Ri's follow-up to 2012's Unapologetic will arrive this spring.

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Justin Bieber Roasters Include Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart and Shaquille O'Neal

Courtesy of Comedy CentralEveryone from Snoop Dogg to Martha Stewart will get the chance to skewer Justin Bieber during his upcoming Comedy Central Roast. The network announced the all-star list of celebrity roasters Thursday.

Besides Snoop and Martha, rapper Ludacris and basketball star Shaquille O’Neal will be on hand to poke fun at the Biebs. Roasters also include a bunch of today’s hottest comedians, like Hannibal Buress, Chris D’Elia, Natasha Leggero and veteran roaster Jeffrey Ross, who appeared with Justin in a couple of memorable promos for the special.

It’s no surprise Chris D’Elia made the roster. The Undateable actor performed a mini-roast of the singer at one of his stand-up shows in 2013 and even invited Justin on stage.  Noticeably absent from the list is Seth Rogen. Justin tweeted the actor last week asking if he would participate, but it seems Seth has yet to be convinced. Seth has made no secret of his dislike for Justin, so maybe he’ll make a surprise appearance just to sling a couple of insults.

The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber tapes March 14 and will be hosted by Kevin Hart. The special airs March 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Kesha to Perform at Ninth Annual Delete Blood Cancer Gala

ABC/Adam TaylorAfter taking New York Fashion Week by storm last month, Kesha is ready to start performing again. The singer will be taking the stage for a special performance at the ninth annual Delete Blood Cancer Gala on April 16.

“I am honored to be working with the awesome people at Delete Blood Cancer and performing at the gala,” Kesha said in a statement. “They work every day to save lives and keep the hopes of families and communities lifted. Everyone who is a part of this evening is so inspiring and I feel fortunate to be a part of it.”

Kesha took time out of the spotlight at the beginning of last year to seek treatment for an eating disorder. She dropped the dollar sign from her name and served as a judge on ABC's Rising Star, but was largely absent from the music scene in 2014. The 28-year-old resurfaced for multiple appearances at Fashion Week this year, and revealed to Yahoo! Style that she’s currently working on a follow-up to her 2012 album, Warrior.

Record producer and former American Idol judge Randy Jackson will be hosting the Delete Blood Cancer Gala, which will take place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The gala aims to inspire people to register as bone marrow donors. The evening will include a moment when a patient is introduced, for the first time, to the unrelated donor who saved his or her life.

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"American Horror Story" Creator Says Lady Gaga's Role Was Teased Last Fall with Arcane Clue

Inez and VinoodhEven if you're an obsessive American Horror Story fan -- or an obsessive Lady Gaga fan, for that matter -- you probably wouldn't have been able to pick up on the clue the show's creator, Ryan Murphy, inserted into an October episode to let people know that Mother Monster was joining the cast.

Entertainment Weekly reports Gaga and Murphy had been in talks since last fall about her role on the show, but it was all top secret.  However, on the October 29 episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show, there was a close-up shot of a paper coffee cup with a picture of a top hat on it.  At the time, Murphy told EW, "That is a big season 5 clue! It’s an arcane clue, but it’s very purposeful, and it illuminates something that you’ll be like, ‘Oh! You dirty bastard!’”

Turns out that was the "clue" that Murphy says should have tipped viewers off that Gaga was coming.  Why?  There's a 1935 movie called Top Hat, and one of the famous songs written for that movie was "Cheek to Cheek" -- which, of course, is the the name and title track of Gaga's album with Tony Bennett, which came out last September.

Murphy also meant for the Top Hat reference to telegraph the news that the new series of American Horror Story will be set in a hotel, because that's also where Top Hat is set.  If you didn't manage to pick up on any of this, you're probably in good company.

Speaking of Cheek to Cheek, in other Gaga news, she and Tony Bennett have booked two concerts at the Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas on April 10 and 11.  It's a return to Sin City for the duo, who started their joint tour in Vegas over New Year's Eve.

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5 Seconds of Summer, Iggy Azalea & Nick Jonas Performing at Kids’ Choice Awards

Peter Kramer/NBCNickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards is preparing for an Australian invasion. Aussie hitmakers 5 Seconds of Summer and Iggy Azalea are both set to perform at the awards show, according to People.

5SOS is nominated for Favorite New Artist. "We are so excited to be nominated and perform at the Kids' Choice Awards!" the band said in a statement to People. "It's our first time at the show and it's going to be awesome!"

Iggy is up against the band in the Favorite New Artist category and she’s also up for Favorite Song of the Year, for both “Fancy” and “Problem.” She’ll also be taking the stage with Jennifer Hudson to perform their song, “Trouble.”

Nick Jonas, who’s joining Iggy on tour this spring, will be pulling double duty at the show. He’s hosting, as well as opening the ceremony with a performance of his hit, “Jealous.”  

Voting for the Kids’ Choice Awards is still open across 21 categories. The awards air live on Nickelodeon at 8 p.m. on March 28.

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One Direction's Liam Payne Denies He Has a Drinking Problem

Jeff Daly/NBCOne Direction’s Liam Payne is hitting back at claims he’s an alcoholic. After the website Inquisitr published a rumor-filled article suggesting he might have a drinking problem, the 21-year-old responded on Twitter.

“Now I don't really like responding to news articles anymore but i really think this is out of order I don't have a problem,” he tweeted.

Liam further tweeted he doesn’t spend his time off stage drinking, instead preferring to “play video games with friends and go to the gym.” In his final tweet on the subject, he wrote, “I don't drink anymore than a uni student my age so don't treat me like I'm any different to a normal boy my age.”

The Inquisitr’s article cited speculative reports that Liam has been spotted “worse for the wear” recently. They also pointed to tweets from Liam to suggest that he’s been partying too hard lately. In one of them, he declared, “Early show after a night out not a good mix, hope it’s good for you Tokyo.”

After Liam took the online publication to task, the editor updated the story to include an apology. “We offer our apologies to Liam Payne and his fans for the nature of the above story,” the editor’s note says. “Our writer has been counseled on the difference between reporting on existing gossip and rumors and, essentially, creating them through interpretation and speculation.”

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