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    As the exclusive “in” on the set of Glee for their special Michael Jackson tribute coming up on January 31, TV Guide not only got in some interviews with and photos of the cast – they also uncovered the lengthy set list for the episode, mostly kept under wraps until now.
    In addition to Blaine and the Pips New Directions performing “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” and Quinn’s solo of “Never Can Say Goodbye”, there’s a few other Jackson gems on this playlist. And my fellow Sebastian fans, there’s something down there for you too.
    Check out the set list below, and then discuss your favorites to come in the comments!

    1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ — Blaine and group
    2. Rock with You — Sebastian & Warblers
    3. Bad — Artie, Santana, Blaine, Sebastian
    4. Scream — Artie and Mike
    5. Never Can Say Goodbye — Quinn
    6. Human Nature/ Nature Boy — mash-up of MJ and Nat King Cole — Mercedes & Sam
    7. Smooth Criminal — Santana & Sebastian (with special appearance performance by 2Cellos)
    8. Ben — Finn, Rachel & Kurt
    9. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You — Finn & Rachel
    10. Black or White — Artie, Rachel, Kurt, Mercedes, Santana and the group


    God I don't even care about this Sebastian guy. Gimme more Rory! 


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    King Douglas Booth believes
    beauty is not everything

    19 year old English actor, Douglas Booth is set to have a very long and successful career due to the fact that, not only is he a very talented actor, but he also possess a great beauty about him. However, Douglas has admitted that, while beauty certainly helps in his profession, he does believe that it is also important to be a good person at the same time.

    Booth explained, "We live in a beauty-obsessed age and success sometimes appears to hinge solely on the presentation of an image that is acceptable to the press. I suppose it helps if your face appearing 30ft high on a cinema screen doesn't cause a mass exit, but I'd like to think that being a friendly, kind-hearted individual has as much of a positive impact on an actor's career."

    The young English actor has been impressing both fellow actors and critics alike with his superb performances on screen, most recently for his performance as Pip in the TV adaptation of Great Expectations. Douglas Booth can next be seen on the big screen portraying the legendary Shakespeare character Romeo in Carlo Carlei’s Romeo and Juliet, which will be released this year. Romeo and Juliet will also star Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet and Ed Westwick as Tybalt.

    ONTD, could you date someone just because they were hot??

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    No, unfortunately there’s still no release month and day for Nickelodeon’s “The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra,” but Nickelodeon’s own Twitter account has confirmed that the show will premiere in 2012! Fans have been contacting Nickelodeon for some time now wondering when the show would premiere, and yesterday, Nickelodeon gave a firm answer:

    @owldee asked:

    Any chance you know more specifics on Korra’s release? Fall 2012?

    And @NickelodeonTV answered:

    The official date hasn’t been announced yet, all I can say is 2012 :X

    @cerezsis asked:

    Where’s Korra?


    You’re pretty persistent. It’s on schedule to start airing this year. No set date yet :)

    Great news! We will keep you posted when a specific date is announced, but it’s good to know fans won’t have

    to wait until 2013.

    Are you excited?


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    Sunday Cable Ratings: Kardashians Rule

    Kourtney & Kim Take New York took the top spot among cable shows on Sunday with a 1.9 and 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up from a 1.6 on New Year's to go along with ~3.3 million viewers. Oprah's Next Chapter is definitely the best thing going on OWN, but its 0.5 adults 18-49 rating and 1.56 million viewers couldn't hold a ratings candle to the Kardashians. But hey, at least a few more people watched Oprah's Next Chapter than 'Finding Bigfoot'.

    Oprah couldn't hang with Nene and the rest of the Real Housewives of Atlanta who were nipping at the Kardashian's heels with a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating and 3.1 million viewers. History's Pawn Stars spinoff Cajun Pawn Stars premiered to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating and 3.76 million viewers.

    Mob Wives 2 was down a tenth from last week to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

    TNT's Leverage was up a tenth to a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. AMC's Hell On Wheels drew a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

    Info on premieres of Showtime's Shameless and House of Lies is below, but those looking for more info (and Californication info) can find it in Showtime's release.

    America's Princess Wishes Kate Middleton A Happy B'Day + Designs Shoe For Her

    Kim Kardashian announced yesterday that she was helping celebrate Duchess Kate’s 30th birthday in her own special, reality-TV star way — by designing a shoe in her honor. The black heel, naturally, is dubbed “The Duchess.”

    In a video posted on Celebuzz, Kim wished Kate a happy birthday (“welcome to the thirties club!”) and expressed her need to help ring in the royal’s new chapter. “I personally love Kate’s classic style and this shoe has gorgeous, classic quilting and a really graceful silhouette,” Kim wrote. “This shoe would make any girl feel like a princess!”

    ShoeDazzleUK's chief stylist Kim Kardashian wishes Kate a very happy 30th birthday.
    The shoe is available on for £39.95. Ever so helpful, Kim suggests pairing it with a camel cashmere dress and a thin leather belt “to meet the boyfriend’s parents for the first time.” Ya know, if said parents live at Buckingham Palace.

    so sweet <3

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    Madonna Gets Personal: ABC News Exclusive
    The pop icon sits with Cynthia McFadden for a candid and revealing interview.


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    The stars are gearing up for awards season with the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards this Sunday. The nominees for the evening have been announced, but we’ve got the pleasure of exclusively revealing a batch of the stars who will be presenting trophies on the big night.

    Jessica Alba Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Channing Tatum Sarah Michelle Gellar and Seth Rogen Sarah Michelle Gellar will all be responsible for tearing open an envelope and making somebody’s night. All the excitement kicks off this Sunday with red carpet coverage beginning at 5e/2p on E! and the Awards ceremony beginning at 8e/5p on NBC.


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    Sitting beside her is her fluffy co-star; a tan and white long-haired bunny, who stares curiously and cutely into the camera.

    She recently stripped off for her upcoming movie The Babymakers to film some steamy scenes.

    And once again actress Olivia Munn is baring all.

    But this time it is the name of awareness.

    The 31-year-old actress had posed completely nude with a fluffy bunny rabbit for the animal rights organizations infamous 'I'd rather go naked them wear fur campaign'.

    This time it is to protest the cruelty of fur farms in China.

    'Who needs fur to feel beautiful?' asks Olivia in the playful yet serious message.

    The brunette beauty unveiled the new billboard in Los Angeles today.

    With her locks in a bedhead style bob and barely any make-up on her complexion, Munn kneels in the sexy snap with her arms strategically covering her modesty.

    For the unveiling today, Munn was however considerably more covered-up.

    The actress slipped into a black shirt and matching trousers for the special occasion in one of West Hollywood's busiest streets.

    For her new movie The Babymakers Olivia is seen stripping off for a steamy shower scene while her character is also seen trying to conceive in the front seat of a car and under a table at a party.

    The film tells the story of a couple trying to have a child, but who run into problems when they realise the husband, played by Paul Schneider, has a low sperm count.

    While it seems all is lost for the couple Schneider’s character reveals he sold his sperm years ago to raise money for an engagement ring for his wife.

    The news he is a sperm donor leaves his wife and her family disgusted but it opened up the possibility that he may have some healthy sperm at the fertility clinic.

    The husband then enlists the help of a criminal to help steal the last batch of his sperm back from the sperm bank.

    While Olivia might have sex on the brain thanks to her latest role, she is certainly not shy about talking about fornication.

    In a recent in interview with FHM, which saw her strip off to display her fabulous figure she opened up about sex.'When it comes to sex, I think anyone’s an idiot to say they’re an expert on it. I mean, I have sex, but it’s individual for each person,' Olivia divulged.

    'You know, like, guys always have that one f***ing ‘move’, some stupid sh*t, like putting his thumb in your mouth. And it’s just like, “What are you doing? Who told you this was hot?'

    'I’d love to date a comedian,' added the star.

    The Babymakers will hit cinemas early 2013.


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  • 01/13/12--15:05: The Streets Are Not Safe!
  • Gene Hackman was hit by a car!

    Adonde estaba Superman?

    Gene Hackman was airlifted to a trauma hospital in Florida today .. after the actor was hit by a car while riding his bike in the Florida Keys ... TMZ has learned.

    The Florida Highway Patrol tells TMZ ... the 81-year-old Academy Award winner suffered serious injuries to his head and body.

    We're told the accident took place around 3:00 PM local time.

    The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.

    We're told Hackman is currently in stable condition.

    Hackman's rep tells TMZ the actor has been released from the hospital and insists he is "fine."

    The rep says Gene "suffered bumps and bruises after a woman bumped him from behind in her vehicle."


    And this is why riding a bike in the city scurrs me.

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    Kate Walsh ( "Private Practice") and Kate Burton (Emmy® Nominee For her Role as Ellis Grey) Return

    "If/Then" - As Meredith puts Zola to bed and falls asleep, she begins to wonder -- what if her mother had never had Alzheimer's and she'd had loving, supportive parents? The reverberations of a happy Meredith Grey change the world of Seattle Grace as we know it. What if she had never met Derek in that bar and he had never separated from Addison? What if Callie and Owen had become a couple long before she met Arizona? And what if Bailey never evolved from the meek intern she once was? "Grey's Anatomy" airs THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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    If you thought "rapper-turned-actor" rarely ended well, consider the reverse. As anyone who has experienced "the full Joaquin" will tell you, sometimes even the most charismatic on-screen performers work much better with a script rather than a mic. Donald Glover, however, is the exception. A hugely talented comic, the 28-year-old Georgia-born Glover has written for 30 Rock, starred in cult TV hit Community and even campaigned to be the first black Spider-Man. His latest project saw him pick his rap moniker Childish Gambino on an online Wu Tang Clan name generator (my pseudonym is "Superintendent God-Botherer", since you ask), sign to Island Records and release Camp, a terrific slice of endlessly quotable post-Kanye hip-hop. Sitting in his record company offices in west London in Commes des Garçons trainers, APC jeans and a vintage Disney sweatshirt, he talks to about getting Dr Dre to finish Detox, why magicians get dates and why he will be watching Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker... What's your karaoke song?
    Donald Glover: "Kiss From A Rose". At the beginning, people know the intro and react [starts singing the melody]: "Bada-ba-ba-ba-ba-bada-ba…" You're never alone by the time you have to sing the "Baby!" which is the hard part because it gets high. Seal's got a lot of range. I do legit like that song.

    What's a Childish Gambino groupie like?
    Pretty girls who try to be geeks but obviously aren't. [adopts hipster tone] "Oh, I wear glasses and my hair is in a pigtail." You're hot! You're not fooling me! There are no lenses in those glasses! But it's awesome.

    Which lyric are you most proud of writing?
    I like "Cause I ain't Mumford / I ain't tryin' to have sons / All I wanted was / Some more like Ashton". It's cute and fun. But I'm also very proud of "So it's 400 blows to these Truffaut n****s". It's a very snobby, geeky lyric but it has my favourite things in it: one of my favourite movies (The 400 Blows) and a double entendre (Truffaut and "true-faux", as in fake).

    What was your first meeting with Jay-Z like?
    His office is exactly what you expect it to be - big corner office on the top floor in New York in the middle, where you can see all Manhattan and Brooklyn. Leather couch. Fur throws. Whisky glasses.

    How would you get Dr Dre to put down the headphones and finish Detox?
    I think Dre's really smart - he's putting out singles and when the single hits, he knows what to do with the rest of the album. He might change direction at any point. When "Still DRE" came out and everyone loved it, he knew what the rest of the album [2001] was supposed to be. People want Detox to do well but if it's not great, they want to destroy Dre. That's why he's in this horrible situation. No one is thinking of Dre in the cupboard, worrying, "How the f*** do I do this?" He's human. He wants to do a good job. Why would he make an album that wasn't up to his standards? I think it's funny that some people think he's made a good album but he doesn't want to release it - who does that? Except for Prince...

    What's the best way to impress a woman?
    Tina Fey told me, "If you really want a woman to like you, just be really good at something." The love, care and the focus you have on one thing is attractive, because women then think, "I can be that thing." It's true - how do you think magicians get women? There was a magician who used to go to NYU - bad acne, total weirdo - and he used to f*** everyone. He was so confident he was going to win you over.

    What's the worst job you've ever done?
    I used to have to break down boxes at a store specifically for teachers. It wasn't busy - there weren't teachers coming in every day needed stuff. They would come in at the beginning of summer and you would never see them again. I had to work every day from 3-8pm and I'd have broken down all the boxes by 3.30. I'd try not to sleep or play video games, but there was literally nothing else for me to do. I would go around and arrange the [educational] dolls into obscene gestures and put their hands on their genitals. Careers very rarely are a waste of time; jobs usually are.

    What's the best thing you can cook?
    Osso buco [veal shanks with vegetables]: the slower you roast it, the better. I really like the marrow - that's my favourite part - so you can't let it get too dried out. If it's too dry, it's awful. You've got to keep the lid on and the moisture in.

    What's the strangest gift you've received from a fan?
    A weird drawing of me and this dude holding hands. I kept thinking, "Are you trying to kill me? One day, when I wake up, are you going to be hovering over my bed?" Even if it had come from a girl it would have been weird. They all want to be friends - but then we've all heard "Stan" by Eminem.

    What's the worst thing a critic has said about you?
    That I was fake and lying. Or that I was doing Childish Gambino to make money. Because that's what we know about the record industry - boatloads of money coming into it by the day!

    Will you be watching Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man?
    Yes I will. Actually I saw someone online saying, "I can't wait for the picture of Donald Glover watching the big Spider-Man movie to come out. I can't wait to Tumblr it." I won't be able to go to the movies because people will take pictures! That whole experience taught me you have to be careful what you put out there. #donald4spidermanwas supposed to be a joke. It was a viral thing but people got very upset. Sony started calling me and it took off! Twitter does have an effect on everything - things you put out there, they are out there for good. It was a jumping-off point for the album - I didn't even realise that people still felt that way. I did not know that a black Spider-Man was a big deal. I wasn't militant about it but I thought it would be interesting. Maybe it would be a different story if there weren't three Spider-Man movies that already existed.

    Can you recommend a good book?
    I have an obsession with books about kids with Asperger's syndrome. I like the way they think - it suits me. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon is great. That and [Jonathan Safran Foer's] Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close - they're on a separate bookshelf. They don't understand what the other books are saying by their facial expressions, but they're perfectly lined-up.

    Have you ever had sex to one of your own records?
    No. I don't really have sex to music because you stop paying attention to her. There's no faster way to get a woman out of the mood to say she's second priority. I don't usually do it but it did happen the other day - I was having sex to James Blake and it was perfect.

    What should no man have in his wardrobe?
    Anything with velcro. I used to be really into it but now I've realised I'm an adult. A button or even a zipper is OK. Life is hard - your wardrobe should reflect that. You're a grown man, so take some pride when you have to unzip. Velcro is like saying [adopts whiny tone], "Oh, is it hard keeping this together? We'll do the work for you."

    When did you last throw a punch?
    Wow! You don't find yourself throw punches anymore. People just pull out the gun. If it was the Twenties, you'd be saying, "This morning!" In the Fifties, "Last week!" People don't want to fight anymore.

    What's the worst gig you've ever played?
    I guess it actually ended up being really good gig, but we were opening for Kid Cudi at Terminal 5 in New York. Everyone's excited for Cudi, we came on stage and I'm wearing short shorts and a baggy shirt. People were just looking at me and were already mad. So we start jamming but people are just not moving. It felt like when I was doing stand-up and bombing. I started playing and acting like no one else was there and in the end we won them over. By the end people came up saying, "That was really dope - I have to see you again". One thing rap doesn't tend to do is get new fans live. You get all your fans from your records and then you go see them live to support them. It's something that goes with the game - it's expensive to have a band. You can't always have the Roots on backup.

    Has anyone referenced in your lyrics ever responded to you? For example: "I've seen it all, like I'm John Mayer's penis hole"?
    It's funny - I was at a party with him a couple of weeks ago and was wondering if he was going to say something to me. I would love for there to be some backlash. He must have seen it but I don't think he would be a problem. I think he'd just [say], "Yeah, I f***ed a lot".

    Who is your best-dressed British man?
    Daniel Craig. Man, that's a good-looking dude. Every time I see him I think, "I'd totally do him". He exudes a confidence that I want. He's got these weird zombie eyes that are piercing - you don't want to look into them but you can't help yourself. He's always dressed super-well but doesn't look like he's trying. I like the polos on his broad shoulders.

    Who is the best-dressed man in hip-hop?
    Besides me? I guess the easy answer would be Kanye but I don't think he's the best-dressed… He's the most interestingly dressed man in hip-hop. Honestly it might be someone like TI. He never dresses crazy but he's a well-dressed dude -it all fits and it's all neat. Cudi looks very cool - his leather jacket looks awesome.

    What's the most important item on your rider?
    A Blu-ray of Scott Pilgrim. I've seen it a billion times but I don't think it gets the props it deserves. What sucks is that it solidified something about the business - [adopts movie mogul voice] "See? There's no use in making new movies because people don't know them and don't want to see them." That movie is brilliant - it's funny, very interesting and it has got good values. [preach]

    What TV do you never miss?
    I'm probably going to get in trouble for this but American Dad is one of my favourite shows. It gets very dark in places but the jokes are there. Sometimes it's really subtle - there is one with a black leprechaun [O'Shamus McPherson] where a mosquito bites him and he says, "Ugh, they love me". It was such a weird joke, like something my uncle would say.

    What's the worst haircut you've ever had?
    Right before I was on Community, I had just moved to LA and my regular barber was back in New York. I go to this old man barbershop in Crenshaw. Not only did he cut off most of my hair, but it was lop-sided. There was no way you could fix it. You know when you're so angry that tears start coming out of your face? I think it would have been OK if it hadn't been a week before I was starting to shoot this new show.

    Describe the way you dance.
    Ladies say they like a guy who dances. They don't. I took dance for five years - ballet and tap - but I dance pretty minimal. They want a dude who is confident in his dancing, who knows he can dance but doesn't have to. Most of the time it's more about the woman - which is what ballet is. Whatever she is doing, I accentuate. Lift when you need to, dip when you need to.

    Has Apple been in touch after you parodied their ads with your comedy troupe Derrick?
    Man, I hope they come calling. I hope they want to make "Gink" a thing. I got to hang out at Pixar - they are the only places in the world where I could imagine doing a day job and it being OK.

    What was the last stylish thing that you bought?
    A very cool Kitsuné cardigan from Bloomingdales. I remember it was on sale but it was still really expensive - down from $700 to $400. I still didn't have that kind of money but I really wanted it. I still wear it now - it's a very soft and light cable knit.

    Have you ever had a recurring dream?
    I don't dream anymore. I used to dream that I was falling all the time but I only hit the ground once - I landed on my face. What does that mean? I'm afraid of endings.


    Love. this. bitch. I had to post about him after that Awkward Black Girl finale.

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    Mike 'The Situation
    ' Sorrentino has been sued for allegedly reneging on a marketing deal with an apparel company. 

    The Jersey Shore star and his brother received a $25,000 (£16,000) payment from Serious Pimp to promote their line of T-shirts on the MTV show and a variety of social media outlets, but failed to continue working with the brand. 

    TMZ reports that Serious Pimp launched the legal challenge in an effort to recoup the figure and obtain compensation from Sorrentino for lost profits. 

    Sorrentino and his brother were also given the opportunity to approve deigns for the garments, but "simply disappeared" with the money, according to the website. 

    The reality star filed a $4m (£2.6m) trademark infringement lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch in November 2011, mere months after the two parties fell out over the retailer's request that Sorrentino stop wearing their clothing

    Abercrombie & Fitch said that they made a "substantial payment" to Sorrentino, claiming that the association with Jersey Shore would "cause significant damage to [their] image"


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  • 01/13/12--15:44: Coachella 2012: SOLD OUT
  • That was fast: Weekend 1 was gone in 40 minutes, while Weekend 2 only took two hours to sell out.
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    We all knew it was going to be crazy, but this is just outrageous. Tickets for the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival went on sale at 10 a.m. today and Weekend 1 tickets were completely sold out by 10:45 a.m. By 1pm Pacific Standard, Weekend 2 tickets were gone as well.

    With Radiohead making their long-awaited return to the desert for Coachella 2012, demand was higher than ever for the Springtime festival, which sees upward of 65,000 music fans a day flock to the polo fields of Indio, CA for an immersive art and live-music experience that spans rock, hip-hop, electro, indie and beyond. The festival will be expanded to two weekends this year, for the first time bringing all involved players out for an April 13-15 run, and back again for a April 20-22 repeat performance.

    General admission tickets for both weekends, priced at $285 each, are now sold out, as are $665 VIP tickets, tent camping spots, and $100 VIP parking passes, according to the festival's website. Tent camping spots are also sold out for the second weekend. In short, if you haven't dished out the funds already, you may want to make other plans.

    Tickets for Coachella were first made available for just a week in June of 2011, months before the lineup was announced. This year's Coachella lineup was announced Monday and includes headliners Radiohead, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and the Black Keys, along with pinch-me reunions of At The Drive-In and Refused. Check out the full Coachella 2012 lineup here:

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    Coachella's not the only highly sought-after fest on the calendar, either. Additionally, tickets to the Ultra Music Festival are completely sold out as well. The three-day event set for March 23-25 in Miami will include headlining sets from Tiesto, Kraftwerk, Justice, Avicii and David Guetta, among others.

    Holy shit, I was *so* close to not getting my tickets. Anyone else on ONTD going this year?


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    What do you think, ONTD? Personally I'm kind of annoyed she chose this one for her single instead of "Kiss My Lips", "Breathe", "Take Her From You", etc.

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  • 01/13/12--16:00: SNL's Stefon on Yelp!

  • We like to have fun in the VentureBeat writers’ lounge, but we don’t think we’re having as much fun as whoever’s behind Stefon’s Yelp account.

    Stefon, the wildly popular Bill Hader character from Saturday Night Live, is a (likely drug-addled) club-hopping gay dream within a nightmare, and his “reviews” of fictional New York City nightclubs are a hilarious part of the show’s Weekend Update segments.

    Although formulaic, the Stefon bits always surprise and entertain — in fact, it’s rare that Hader and Weekend Update host Seth Meyers can get through a Stefon sketch without breaking character and giggling behind their hands.

    So when we saw “Stefon” on Yelp, we were delighted but apprehensive — could the writer of Stefon’s Yelp reviews keep up comedically speaking with the SNL writers?

    This club has EVERYTHING. Jeffries, live-action Furbies, Jewish pole vaulters, closeted guidos and flaming straight guys making out with none other than THE Nelson Mandela!

    And just when you think it’s all over, walk into the back room to be met by a gaggle of human donkeys.

    What are human donkeys you ask? It’s like that thing, where you have a midget glue some big ears on, wear a Mexican blanket, and carry your stuff over their back in wicker baskets.

    We think that’s a yes.

    It’s Friday, and let’s be honest: you’re not going anywhere or getting anything done for the next few hours, anyhow. Might as well kill a couple minutes sniggering over Stefon… and messaging the owner of the account to write more reviews, already.

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    Sinead O'Connor Ends Marriage Again, Swears Off Romance

    Sinead O'Connor isn't shy about speaking her mind.

    The 45-year-old Irish singer wrote on her blog Friday that her marriage to Barry Herridge "is now over, and I hope the media will kindly leave the poor man alone to get on with his life." 

    O'Connor wed Herridge on Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, separated 16 days later, then appeared to reconcile with her hubby again last week. In her blog, she blamed the Irish media for causing "enormous damage deliberately and maliciously to [her] innocent flower of a husband."

    "Slowly, since we were married, I became very ill as a result of what was done to my husband and I was unable to cope," she wrote. "And became depressed. The behavior of one particular paper resulted in very serious damage to my husband and myself personally and consequently made the marriage untenable, so that it is now over."

    "I will never again associate myself romantically with anyone and I could not bear to see those things done again to someone I love," she added.

    O'Connor assured fans her psychiatrist said she is "not bipolar and [does] not need to be on meds for longer than a few months."

    "I will be fine again within days," she wrote. "I'm gonna be me. And if anyone doesn't like that they can seek therapy. Because I am wonderful. Exactly as I am, as Bridget Jones would say."


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    Kelly Clarkson burst onto the pop scene in 2002 when she became the first winner of American Idol. She went on to win Grammys, break records on the charts and earn the affection of critics — one dubbed her "the best voice in the history of pop music."

    But unlike many of her contemporaries, Clarkson has seemed to retain her authenticity. You can trace that back to early 2000 when, on the strength of her voice, Clarkson was offered a record deal. She was unknown at the time, just 18 years old, and had moved to Los Angeles from Texas to pursue her dream. And yet, when that deal came around, she turned it down on principle.

    "I literally weighed 124 pounds. I'm 5'3" and a half — don't forget that half. And they told me that if I lost 20 pounds, that they would sign me. And I was like, 'Wow,'" Clarkson says. "I'd had an eating disorder in high school for a bit. I think God kind of put me through that to make me stronger for when situations like that come up."

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    Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz speaks with Clarkson about her industry struggles, the news this week that she'd endorsed Ron Paul for president and her new album, Stronger.

    Time now for music. And our guest today made some news this past week when she seemed to endorse Ron Paul for president. Pop singer Kelly Clarkson saw her record sales jump 422 percent in a day as a result.


    KELLY CLARKSON: (Singing) What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller, doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone...

    RAZ: This is a track off Clarkson's latest record, "Stronger." She burst onto the scene in 2002 when she became the first winner of "American Idol." She'd go on to win Grammys, break records on the charts and earn the affection of critics. One called her voice the best in pop music history. But unlike many of her contemporaries, Kelly Clarkson has managed to retain her authenticity, and you can trace that back to early 2000 when, on the strength of her voice, Kelly Clarkson was offered a record deal. She was unknown at the time, just 18 years old. She moved to L.A. from Texas to pursue her dream, and yet when that deal came around, she turned it down.

    CLARKSON: The one contract that I was offered - this was my favorite thing 'cause I deal with it on the daily now - I literally weighed 124. They told me if I lost 20 pounds that they'd sign me. And I was like, wow.

    RAZ: Wow.

    CLARKSON: And I had, like, an eating disorder in high school for a bit, so it's like, I think God kind of put me through that to, you know, make me stronger for when situations like that kind of come up and still come up, obviously.

    RAZ: You - that time in L.A. after high school, those four or five months you lived there, they were kind of a disaster, right?

    CLARKSON: Oh, my God. I lived, like, on a mattress, like, with this crazy girl. We lived in, like, a room with, like, these people's house and, like, they didn't allow us to use their kitchen. So we had, like, a little refrigerator. Like, it was really funny. But I mean, at the time...

    RAZ: You were waiting tables and things like that?

    CLARKSON: Oh, I had, like, four jobs. I worked for like, coffee shops, waitressing. I did extra jobs. After that four or five months of living out there, we saved money to move into this apartment. And literally, the day that the crazy girl and I moved into the apartment, it burned down.


    CLARKSON: So, I mean, I had to move home because I, like, didn't have anywhere to go. So, yeah, I drove home, and then I ended up trying out for "Idol" right when I got home.

    RAZ: Simon Cowell, he has called you, hands down, the most talented "Idol" winner ever. Here's what he said about you.

    (soundbite) SIMON COWELL: Oh, the best, by and large, is Kelly Clarkson. We got so lucky with Kelly Clarkson, season one, because she's not just a great "American Idol" winner, she's up there now with some of the greatest singers in the world. I mean, I think she's as good as someone like Celine Dion.

    RAZ: That's pretty high praise from a guy with a reputation for being a complete jerk.

    CLARKSON: I actually never heard that before. I don't even know what to say that. That was really cool. I have never heard that before.

    RAZ: I mean, he's comparing you to one of the greatest living singers in the world. And even critics who don't necessarily like the style of your music, they admit you have this incredible range.

    CLARKSON: Honestly, I just think we all have special gifts, everyone. You know, obviously, some are more noticeable than others and that's why there's the limelight. Everybody's in it. But since I was younger, people had said: This is, like, your gift. This is what you're supposed to do. And I had felt that every time I'm on stage. And so there was no other option.


    CLARKSON: (Singing) Mr. know it all, well, you think you know it all, but you don't know a thing at all. Ain't, ain't it something, y'all...

    RAZ: In the video for the first single off this album, "Mr. Know It All," you stand in front of this wall of newspaper clippings and talk about...

    CLARKSON: Yeah, a wall of doubt.

    RAZ: about your relationship status, your weight, your sexuality. Do you feel at times that the press coverage of you has been unfair, or is it part of the territory that comes with celebrity?

    CLARKSON: Oh, I think both. I think it's supply and demand. I think people want to hear bashing things. Sometimes I think that's what saddens me more than anything, because I have a really tough skin.


    CLARKSON: (Singing) Oh, you think that you know me, know me. That's why I'm leaving you lonely, lonely, 'cause baby you don't know a thing about me. You don't know a thing about me...

    RAZ: I want to ask you about control, Kelly, because...

    CLARKSON: Words, yeah.

    RAZ: ...well, in a good way. I mean, you've been pretty stubborn. You've been...

    CLARKSON: Yeah.

    RAZ:'re known for being pretty stubborn...

    CLARKSON: (Unintelligible).

    RAZ: ...all right, about maintaining control over your image, over your songs. Is that a difficult thing to do in your life?

    CLARKSON: Oh, my gosh, yes. And if anybody says otherwise, they're lying.


    CLARKSON: The question I love to get asked is: What's the hardest part of your job? And literally, the answer is probably real sad, but it's to just to be me. Like, it's really hard, because I think people, you know, have a set idea of what a pop star should be. And my whole point is like, well, if I'm the pop star, then it should be whatever I am. There's, you know, room for Katy Perrys and Adeles and Rihannas and Lady Gagas and Ke$has and me and Pinks. I think what's great about all of us is that we represent something different.


    CLARKSON: (Singing) Nobody's a picture perfect, but we're worth it, you know that we're worth it. Will you love me even with my dark side. Like a diamond...

    RAZ: My guest is Kelly Clarkson. Her new record is called "Stronger." I want to ask you about the song, "The War is Over."


    CLARKSON: (Singing) I watched the days rush by me like a river, I shouldn't wait but I'm scared to touch the water.

    RAZ: That song seems to have struck a chord with a lot of your fans. What is it about?

    CLARKSON: It's actually one, I didn't write, but it's actually the first song we recorded for this record because everybody loved it. It tells a beautiful story that everybody relates to. Fans will come up to me and they'll be like, oh, I relate that my family or I relate that to an ex or I relate that to my sister in our relationship. Like, that song for me personally has a lot to do with the industry. I'm just going drown myself with people who have the same vision and the same goals as myself. I'm not going to recognize the bashing. I'm not going to recognize the negativity.


    CLARKSON: (Singing) I won't let you pull me in 'cause I know you're gonna win.

    UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) The war is over.

    CLARKSON: (Singing) But the war is over. 'Cause I won't fight you anymore, I've never been so sure.

    UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) The war is over.

    CLARKSON: (Singing) ) 'Cause the war is over...

    RAZ: Let me ask you some true or false questions.


    RAZ: You have 12 tattoos, including one behind each ear.

    CLARKSON: I have 13 now.

    RAZ: Sorry, that's 13.

    CLARKSON: No, it's a new one, so...

    RAZ: OK, fine. You own nine guns, I read.

    CLARKSON: I do, nine.

    RAZ: And you sleep with a Colt 45.

    CLARKSON: Yes.

    RAZ: That's true?

    CLARKSON: Yes. Well, I live alone.

    RAZ: I got it. Fair enough, OK.

    CLARKSON: So, yeah, I live alone, so I'm not going out like that. I got no chance if some man breaks into my house.


    CLARKSON: So, yeah, I have a gun.

    RAZ: Sometimes you drink Chivas and sing karaoke to Guns 'N Roses.

    CLARKSON: Yeah. But sometimes I drink vodka and do that as well.

    RAZ: But if you show up and do karaoke, I mean, does it quickly fill up with people saying, oh, my God. Kelly Clarkson's in there doing karaoke.

    CLARKSON: Oh, yeah. And by that time, I'm so drunk, I'm like, yeah, let's duet. Like, I'm like dueting with people, so.


    RAZ: Kelly, this past week you made some news, of course...

    CLARKSON: Oh, Ron Paul. Yeah.

    RAZ: Iowa. Ron Paul...

    CLARKSON: Who knew? Wow.

    RAZ: You endorsed him on the Internet. You said you really liked him, and your sales - your record sales actually rose, I read, 442 percent. Talk a little bit about him. What do you like about him?

    CLARKSON: Well, first of all, I love that, like, something I tweet makes CNN. That says something about our world right there. But, you know, first of all, it was just funny. I was, like, sitting at home with my brother watching Leno. And, you know, he was on Leno, and I was like, man, I was like, I like this dude. I liked him the last time around. I like a lot, you know, he believes in states having their rights, and I think that that's very important.

    And I've always been about less government, and so I like him. And that's - it's as simple as that, man. That's all I said. I was like, oh, man, I like Ron Paul. Too bad he's probably not going to get the nomination, but I, you know, I like him. And then the whole freakin' world, like, it went into a frenzy.


    CLARKSON: And everybody started tweeting me, and it was just crazy. But I do enjoy, like, being able to go back and forth with people and find out stuff, you know, about not even Ron Paul but maybe stuff I didn't know about Obama or Mitt Romney or whoever. But like, I think it really got blown out of proportion, so.

    RAZ: And you - I mean, Ron Paul...

    CLARKSON: I did enjoy the sales, I'll tell you that.

    RAZ: Oh, that, I'm sure. And maybe Ron Paul will get the Clarkson bump.

    CLARKSON: I know. I know. I was like, hell, I'm going to start endorsing everybody.


    CLARKSON: I was like I'm just going to start saying names about stuff to get people to buy my album. (get money, bitch!!)


    CLARKSON: (Singing) Think you got the best of me, you think you got the last laugh. I bet you think that everything good is gone...

    RAZ: That's Kelly Clarkson. Her new record is called "Stronger." Kelly Clarkson, thank you so much for joining us.

    CLARKSON: Oh, thank you very much.


    CLARKSON: (Singing) What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller, doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone. What doesn't kill you makes a fighter, footsteps even lighter, doesn't mean I'm over 'cause you're gone. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, stronger, just me, myself and I.

    RAZ: And for Saturday, that's WEEKEND on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz. Check out our weekly podcast, the Best of WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. You can find it at iTunes or We post a new episode every Sunday night. For audio outtakes from interviews and previews of what's coming up, you can follow me on Twitter @nprguyraz. Tomorrow, we'll look ahead to the New Hampshire primary and take a look back with previous winners Pat Buchanan and Gary Hart, plus self-publishing phenomenon Amanda Hocking. Until then, thanks for listening and have a great night.

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    Also: It’s official! Kelly will be returning to the 54th Annual Grammy stage on February 12th at 8/7c. Be sure to mark your calendars! This performance will be too good to miss.


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