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Selena Gomez Says She's Happy After Canceling Her Tour, But Is She Still Dealing With Her Breakup From Justin Bieber??

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Well, Selena Gomez did say she needed to spend some time on herself.

Could it be to deal with her break up from Justin Bieber? The two were together for almost two years and it's hard to get over an intense relationship like that in six months!

Especially since Selenita has been working nonstop!

However, it isn't like Selena is completely alone these days. After the announcement of her tour cancelation, the Slow Down singer has been spotted spending well deserved time

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Gwen Stefani And Tony Kanal Open Up About The Long-Awaited Return Of NO DOUBT!

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It's been a long 11 years without them, but finally, No Doubt is officially back with a new album, Push and Shove, next month, and we COULDN'T be more psyched about it!

And apparently, we're not alone, because during a recent interview, band members Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal openly discussed why it took them so long to get working on tune-age together once again, how the lead singer feels about her solo career, and what exactly went into the song-writing process this time around!

Gwen explains:

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What Happens To Your Old Thrift Store Clothes….

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The old clothes that you donate to thrift stores may not be the precious treasures that you think everyone wants!

Oh no, there's a much more selective process as to how your clothes are picked for the thrift store floor and where your castoffs are sent off to.

While "most Americans are thoroughly convinced there is another person in their direct vicinity who truly needs and wants our unwanted clothes," the truth of the matter is that your old rags are being seriously judged!

There's usually

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First Gay Couple In Illinois Granted Civil Union!

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Such a proud moment for the state, and the country!

This morning, gay and lesbian couples were able to receive the state of Illinois' first civil union licenses for the first time ever.

Check out the video of the first couple in line in Cook County, Lakeesha Harris and Janean Watkins, having their application processed at the Daley Center in Chicago (above)!

Wonderful! We tear up a little seeing how happy they are!

Congratulations, you two!

This is a big step in the right direction - now we just need to continue making these moves FORWARD!

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!

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Lady GaGa Producer Talks Born This Way Album!

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Such a clear vision for this album! We cannot WAIT to see how it's expressed!

Now that Lady GaGa's highly anticipated new album, Born This Way, is only weeks away from being released, one of its producers, Fernando Garibay, has opened up about his role of co-musical director, and what he and the pop star envisioned when working together!

He explains:

"She asked me to musically direct the album with her. Basically, that means for me, that meant to push her vision out for these records, for the album, but every song is really special. Every song tells almost like a musical. It just kind of keeps going forward. We did this [dance] song that possibly might be the third single; it's called 'Marry the Night.' It's probably one of my favorite songs on the album. It tells about being yourself and individuality and never forgetting who you are. What's interesting is that the great thing about dance songs is for me most of the time they start off as ballads and that's the approach I've been trying to keep going. We wrote songs, particularly GaGa wrote these songs, to live in a dance environment. Yeah, they're dance, but I think the whole thing, too, is that they're songs and genuine to her. I'm excited about the whole album. I'm proud of the way we got together and made this album. It's a collective of some cool people all trying to facilitate her and to explore her vision, her statement. I'm excited for albums to be albums again, and this is leading in that direction. … I think the message, the big statement was obviously the single, and I think it's the single, 'Born This Way,' serves as an introduction to the album. Again, it's a statement about equality."

Amazing!

This perfectly captures what we love so much about GaGa - her ability to take REAL, personal and relatable issues and creatively inject them into infectious, fascinating dance tracks!

We couldn't be more thrilled to see her vision come to life with each song off this album!

Ahh! It's so soon!

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Put your focus and effort into the process. Don’t spend all your energy looking for results. The process drives the results. If you put 100% into the process, you’ll get 100% of the results.

- Personal Trainer Mike Donavanik, CSCS, CPT

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Brit Brit Talks To Rolling Stone!

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It's fascinating to hear her talk so in detail about the entire production! Makes you realize just how much of the creative process comes down to her!

Britney Spears recently gave an interview to Rolling Stone Magazine about her PHENOMONAL new album, Femme Fatale, and discusses not only her influences this time around, the recording process, working again with producers Max Martin and Dr. Luke, but also the artists that she's rawking out to on her own time!

Here are some HIGHlights:

On her influences for Femme Fatale:

When we first sat down to talk about Femme Fatale I knew I wanted to make a dance album that was ahead of everything else out there but unique to me which is why I was so picky with the recording process. I only wanted songs that I immediately connected to. I also wanted to make sure that this album was completely different from Circus or anything else I had ever recorded. I love Circus but I wanted something darker and edgier. I also wanted to make an album and didn't want to just record a bunch of songs and put them together. I think Femme Fatale is really connected from start to finish.

I have always been heavily involved in every album I have ever made. I'm very stubborn when it comes to recording and will only record songs I love, which is why it takes me a long time to make an album. I have to feel connected before I record and the song has to spark something inside me. Very few songs do that. I guess it's a good process because I love all of my music. I know there are a lot of artists that hate songs they recorded. I don’t feel that way.

I wanted to make a fresh-sounding album for the clubs or something that you play in your car when you're going out at night that gets you excited but I wanted it to sound different from everything else out right now. I also wanted to experiment with all the different types of music I love which is why you hear a mixture of pop, hip-hop and dance throughout the album. I also really wanted to play with my voice and change up my sound here and there which was really fun.

I listen to a lot of different music from all over the world and I guess I just gravitate towards what sounds fresh and what makes me want to move. I really didn’t want to record anything on this album that could be mistaken for anyone else out there. I think my first two singles, “Hold It Against Me” and “Till The World Ends,” sound completely different from anything else and I think when my fans hear the rest of Femme Fatale they'll see how fresh every song is.

On Dr. Luke:

We have known each other for a really long time. Most people don't know this but we actually worked together when I was recording “Blackout.” He was incredible back then and he has only gotten better over the years.

On Max Martin:

Max played a huge role on this album and he has been there since the beginning so there is such a huge level of trust. He gets exactly what I am saying when I tell him what I want and don’t want musically. His melodies are incredible and he is always coming up with weird sounds, which I love. The whistle on "I Wanna Go" still gets me every time I hear it. Who would have thought of that? There is nobody I feel more comfortable collaborating with in the studio.

What she's listening to now:

I love the Peas but I also love Deadmau5. I guess I’m all over the place. Lately I have been listening to Robyn and Adele non-stop but I also love to find new artists that very few people know about. It's one of my favorite things to do because it's like being part of a secret. Friends and people around me are always showing me new artists that they love and that's how I learned about Sabi and ended up working with her on “(Drop Dead) Beautiful.” I have always wanted to feature a new artist on one of my albums and she is really cool.

Amazing!

It sounds as though a lot of thought, care, and creativity were put in by all parties to ensure that the album was a success, and we think that it shows all the way through!

We couldn't be more thrilled with the direction she took!

Congratulations, gurl! Can't wait for the official release!

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