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What People Are Talking About

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

If you've been on Facebook recently, there's no doubt in my mind that you've seen at least one video of a friend, acquaintance, or otherwise, dousing his or herself with a bucket of ice water, before promptly calling out some of their friends to do the same. It's all in an attempt to raise awareness and donations for ALS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gerig's Disease. The premise: those are tagged are asked to donate a sum of money (typically, $100) to ALS or film themselves pouring a bucket of ice-cold water on themselves. In most cases, people have opted to do both. Even celebrities and public figures have gotten in the challenge, including Justin Timberlake (video above), Mark Zuckerberg, the cast of "Grey's Anatomy," and Conan O'Brien. According to the ALS website, these donations have helped raise more than $3 million in additional donations for this time period, which is pretty awesome.

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift made headlines for two reasons this week: first, because she stopped by Boston Children's Hospital to make a special visit to an adorable 5-year-old named Jordan. Together, they sang along to "We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together" for a very sweet moment. If that wasn't enough, Swift started dropping clues about her new music. It started on Monday with a cryptic Instagram video of her hitting the number '18' six times while in an elevator. Then she released two more hints: a screenshot of a phone (a picture that includes her cat, Olivia, a camera, and some artwork), as well as this image referencing Yahoo.com. So what is it, exactly? No one knows. But hopefully something will be revealed soon!

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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.

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Weird Al

Truth be told, Weird Al's comeback was a zillion times better than the one orchestrated by Garth Brooks. (Sorry, Garth.) Weird Al returned to music this week with a new album and five music videos to go along with it. His new songs take on popular songs like Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and Lorde's "Royals." His versions talk about everything from bad grammar to the Illuminati (in a song about foil, no less), and there are more music videos on the way. Welcome back, Weird Al!

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Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks is back with a vengeance. The country singer made headlines recently for two reasons: one, because he held a press conference yesterday to confirm his return to music and the concert stage (the latter of which he first revealed back in December during a "Good Morning America" appearance, at left); and two, because of Ireland. Poor ol' Ireland. Back in December, Brooks announced he would play two comeback concerts at Croke Park Stadium. When the shows sold out immediately, he added three more dates and ultimately sold more than 400,000 tickets for the five-night event. But several businesses and residents near the stadium complained about the shows; as a rule, only three "special events" are supposed to take place each year at the stadium. They asked him to cancel two of his shows. In response, Brooks — citing a desire to be fair to all of his Irish fans — cancelled all five shows. Basically: it's kind of a mess. Ireland aside, however, Brooks used his press conference to confirm several things: new music by the end of July; a new album sometime around Black Friday (his first, by the way, since 2001); and when more details about his upcoming tour will be released (July 14). All in all, given that people are talking about Garth Brooks again, I'd say it's probably a pretty good week for him.

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