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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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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.

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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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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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Onsales This Week

Events onsale this week
Day(s)Event  
Thurs The Book of Mormon Buy tickets
Thurs Cirque du Soleil: Dralion Buy tickets
Fri Jason Mraz Buy tickets
Fri Brantley Gilbert Buy tickets
Fri Jason Aldean Buy tickets
Fri Judas Priest Buy tickets
Fri Motown the Musical Buy tickets
Fri Phantom of the Opera Buy tickets
Fri Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Buy tickets
Fri Luke Bryan Buy tickets
Fri Pippin Buy tickets
Fri WWE Smackdown Buy tickets
Fri Foreigner Buy tickets
Fri Mamma Mia! Buy tickets

If you've been singing nothing but "Fancy" and "Rude" for the last few weeks, you're in luck: rapper Iggy Azalea will team up with Magic! — no doubt to capitalize on the success of their summer hits — in a fall performance in Rochester, MI. Tickets for the show at Meadow Brook Music Festival on Sept. 12 go on sale Monday. Other concerts on sale this weekend include "Bottoms Up" singer Brantley Gilbert; Jason Mraz, who just released a new album called "Yes!"; and Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull.

In theater shows, as Cirque du Soleil Dralion prepares for its return to the U.S., dozens of performances go on sale on Friday. The touring acrobatic show, which draws inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its quest for balance between humans and nature, will visit cities like Charlottesville, VA; Albany, NY; and Wilkes-Barre, PA. Meanwhile, Broadway shows such as The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Pippin, and Motown the Musical offer onsales for their traveling tours.

But it's undoubtedly the NFL that steals the show this week. With tickets to see the Colts, Seahawks, and Vikings on sale this weekend, we're reminded of that time of year everyone's waiting for: football season. We're just 49 days away from kick-off. Not that we're counting.

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