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What People Are Talking About

Weird Al Goes #1

Weird Al is generating so much buzz, he made this week AND last week's What People Are Talking About. Last week was really just the tip of the iceberg; then, Weird Al had released five music videos, three shy of the full eight he ultimately ended up posting. His strategy was incredibly successful. It keep him on everyone's mind for more than a week — no small feat these days, when something posted at 8 a.m. is "old news" by noon. More than that, his comedy album Mandatory Fun reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, the first comedy album to do so since The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart in 1960. Pretty impressive.


Garth Brooks, Aladdin on Broadway Among Onsales This Week

Onsales This Week

Events onsale this week
Fri Garth Brooks Buy tickets
Mon Aladdin Buy tickets
Fri Cirque Dreams: Holidaze Buy tickets
Fri Cirque du Soleil: Dralion Buy tickets
Fri Arizona Cardinals Buy tickets
Fri Baltimore Ravens Buy tickets
Fri St. Louis Rams Buy tickets
Fri Brantley Gilbert Buy tickets
Fri Dierks Bentley Buy tickets

At long last, the big day is nearly upon us. That's right, tickets for Garth Brook's comeback tour start going on sale Friday. If you're in Chicago or the surrounding areas, get ready to buy your tickets because you're up tomorrow. Of course, if you're anywhere else in the country, you're going to have to wait. Unfortunately, Garth hasn't yet released additional dates for the tour, and there isn't any indication of when he's planning to do so. So hold tight, Garth fans who live outside Chicagoland or don't want to travel there, because your day is coming!

Artists joining Brooks in onsales in the coming days include Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, Iggy Azalea, and holiday favorite Mannheim Steamroller.

Meanwhile, the brand new Broadway production of Aladdin has additional dates going on sale Monday. The 32 new shows start in January 2015. Other theater shows on sale include Cirque du Soleil: Dralion and Phantom of the Opera.

Over in sports, pro football teams continue to put their home games on sale. This Friday, the Arizona Cardinals have eight games on sale, the Baltimore Ravens have 10, and the St. Louis Rams have 16. Finally, the WWE has 19 of its various shows up for grabs.

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5 Words and Phrases You Never Knew Came From Baseball

5 Words and Phrases You Never Knew Came From Baseball

There are plenty of baseball-related phrases we use regularly — situations can be "curveballs." People can play "hardball." If we do well, we "hit it out of the park." Things come out of "left field." But there are a few phrases we use that you may not know originate from baseball. Here are five of them!

#1 - Charley horse

You know those terrible cramps you sometimes get in your legs? Yeah, you know the ones. Apparently the first use of "Charley horse" to describe those pains was in 1887, among baseball players. These painful cramps were said to occur more frequently in baseball players, hence its sporty history. There aren't too many more details about the word (like, why is it a "Charley horse" exactly?), but it is agreed that the term has definitive baseball origins.



Regular readers of this blog may remember that a couple months ago we introduced a summer concerts guide to help concert-lovers to plan their summer's worth of jamming. Well, we're happy to announce that we've completely retrofitted the guide to help you locate any type of major event — concerts, sports, and theater — by region.

The 2014 Summer Events Guide is pretty straight forward. Simply select the region of the United States in which you live, followed by the category for which you're interested in finding events. You'll then be presented with a list of the top events for the remainder of July, as well as August and September. Further links will bring you to a larger selection of events for that month and category by state.

As summer wraps up, we'll be working to continuously update the guide year-round. If there is anything you'd like to see the guide do, comment below to let us know.

Start finding events near you by heading on over to the events guide!

10 Best Celebrity Alter Egos

Alter egos

Even the greatest of celebrities have employed alter egos — whether to help them perform onstage, or to try something new in their music, or just because they felt like it. Here are our picks for the top 10 celebrity alter egos.

#1 Beyoncé as Sasha Fierce

Although Beyoncé has a few alter egos under her belt — including her latest, Yoncé, and Mrs. Carter, the queen of her previous solo tour — it all started with Sasha Fierce. Sasha Fierce existed only on stage, allowing Beyoncé to separate Celebrity Beyoncé from Regular Beyoncé. In 2010, she said she had "killed" Sasha Fierce because she no longer needed her; since then, the singer has said, "I think Beyoncé is Beyoncé, Mrs. Carter is Beyoncé, Sasha Fierce is Beyoncé. And I’m finally at a place where I don’t have to separate the two."



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