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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.

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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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Luis Suarez (and other World Cup highlights)

Everyone knew soccer player Luis Suarez's name this week when he sunk his teeth into opponent Giorgio Chiellini during the match between Uruguay and Italy. The weird thing? This is not the first time Suarez has bitten an opponent. Biting someone once is one time too many, but multiple times? Seriously? Suarez was banned for nine international matches and suspended for four months from any football activity by FIFA. Of the bite, Suarez simply said, "I've collided with his shoulder" and insisted the whole thing wasn't a big deal. I imagine his feelings would be a little different had he been the one bitten in the shoulder, but okay. In less bizarre news, Team USA advanced to the World Cup knockout stage. Congrats, Team USA!

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Elsa

If you thought there was a chance you might escape the hype surrounding "Frozen" sometime in the near future... well, you're wrong. It looks like this movie will have an impact for at least a generation or two. As it turns out, the baby names "Elsa" and "Anna" are quickly gaining popularity. In the U.S., Elsa has seen an especially big jump as it broke into the top 100 baby names, sitting at 88. Anna, which has always been a relatively popular name, jumped two spots from 37 to 35. But in Sweden, Elsa is the third most popular name, while Anna is in the top 12 names in Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Denmark, Italy, Norway, and the Netherlands. Alas, "Olaf" doesn't seem to be growing in popularity. Sorry, anthropomorphic snowman.

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