Sia Explains Her Aversion to Fame, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Sia Furler, a songwriting savant whose writing credits include mega hits like Rihanna's "Diamonds" and Flo Rida's "Wild One", has been making an even bigger splash as a solo act with her own hit single, "Chandelier," but there's one thing she doesn't want to achieve: celebrity.

The songstress openly shares her struggles with depression, anxiety and past addictions during interviews and on social media, but rarely performs and now avoids being photographed. Sia went so far as writing an Anti-Fame Manifesto and has been coined the "the Socially Phobic Pop Star" by The New York Times. Earlier this year, she insisted on being filmed with her back toward the camera during interviews on Nightline and Chelsea Lately. Most viewers wondered if her anti-social antics and blonde bob wig were part of a publicity ploy.

"I don't want to be famous, or recognizable," Sia told ABC News. "I don't want to be critiqued about the way that I look on the Internet."

Here are more reasons why Sia avoids the limelight. Quotation above via usmagazine.com.


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Insight into Springsteen's Mind, In Illustrated Form

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This week Springsteen was criticized for his cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" with Dave Grohl and Zac Brown at the Concert for Valor, held on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

Fox News and conservative media condemned Springsteen's song choice as unpatriotic, anti-military, and inappropriate for Veterans Day. Suggestions by blog trolls stating "Four Other Songs Springsteen Could've Played at 'Concert for Valor" quickly infiltrated social media.

According The Daily Express, John Fogerty originally wrote the song in 1969 to protest the Vietnam War draft.

We could just imagine the Blog Troll Overlord salivating while reading this line from Breitbart.com: "Left-wing millionaire and rock-n-roll welfare queen Bruce Springsteen was unable to keep his ego in check."

What needs to be "in check" are expectations. What did everyone really expect from an outspoken political anti-war activist like Springsteen? Should Springsteen really be condemned for using his "celebrity" to express his views? The media doesn't have a problem using a musician's celebrity to gain viewership, as long as his voice doesn't ignite something beyond mindless entertainment.

Springsteen "politicized" a veteran's concert, everyone whined. Politics are what creates war. What's so inappropriate with forcing Americans to acknowledge that?

Quotation above via rollingstone.com.

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Jimmy Page Honors Led Zepplin, In Illustrated Form

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Rock legend Jimmy Page admitted to Rolling Stone he's done with all the Led Zeppelin tinkering, after the exhaustive reissue campaign he produced of the band's rarities and exclusives.

Page told reporters he was preparing to work on new solo material after his autobiography entitled Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page was published (last month).

"I've got lots of material I've written on acoustic guitar," Page told Rolling Stone. "Lots and lots. And right now I need to get myself up to speed, and that won't take too long. But I don't know what musicians I'd play with. I do have material and a passion for it. I need to work towards it, and now I can without all the other side issues going on."

Modern artist Jeff Koons proposed to design the cover for Page's next solo album during a panel discussion about Page's rock n'roll career at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Heck yes.

Here's what Page had to say about the magic of Led Zepplin. Quotation above via iem.ac.ru

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What It's Like To Be Taylor Swift, In Illustrated Form

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We're in awe of Taylor Swift and we're not saying that ironically--which, sadly, is how Swift initially viewed Lena Dunham's follow on twitter. "I was really scared [Dunham] was being ironic," Swift told Rolling Stone. "But I decided to follow her [back] anyway, just in case."

Swift and Dunham are now bffs who play dress-up in vintage night gowns (pretending to be pioneer women) in Swift's penthouse apartment in New York City. Will this friendship with a quirky, acclaimed industry 'It' girl assuage reluctance from the 25-34 crowd to give Swift more credit for being her own brand of brilliant?

Recently Swift pulled off an ultimate gift to her most loyal fans: she bused fans to her personal homes in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville (and into a hotel in London), and invited them into her living room for a private listening party of her new album, 1989. Swift took Polaroids with every fan, let them play with her kitten, and baked cookies.

The question now is: Taylor Swift, can we be friends?

Here's what the superstar had to say about what it's like to live under the media's microscope. Quotation above via rollingstone.com.


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Poetic Affirmations From Erykah Badu, In Illustrated Form

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Eccentric soul siren Erykah Badu anonymously busked for money in Times Square last week. "If you've got some initiative, you can make money," Badu said after the experience. "All you have to do is have some initiative, and a little talent."

Spoiler alert: she earned a whopping $3.60. Not very reassuring.

We're assuming Miss Badu won't need to rely on busking since she was recently named the new face of Givenchy.

Remember when Badu tried to kiss a news anchor during a live TV broadcast a few months ago?! We won't get into her lewd gestures and the fact that her actions could have been construed as sexual harassment.

Here are some recent poetic life affirmations from Badu. Quotation above via gawker.com.

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Life Lessons From Bob Dylan, In Illustrated Form

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What contains more than 960 pages, weighs 13.5 pounds, and will sell for $200? Answer: The Lyrics: Since 1962, a book that catalogs every lyric Bob Dylan has ever recorded. The publisher dubbed it "the biggest, most expensive book we've ever published". The book is slated to be released in November. Keep an eye out for very limited, signed copies which will sell for $5,000.

The Recording Academy recently named Dylan as its MusiCares Person of the Year for 2015. Among those slated to perform to honor Dylan include: Beck, the Black Keys, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, Jack White, Neil Young and John Doe.

Bob Dylan will be performing three consecutive nights at L.A.'s Dolby Theatre October 24-26.

Here are some life lessons we've learned from the poetic pessimist. Quotation above via cbsnews.com.


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The Wisdom of Grohl, In Illustrated Form

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Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl's "love letter to the history of American music," premieres October 17 at 11p.m. on HBO. The series documents the creation of the Foo Fighter's eighth studio album (of the same name) written and recorded in eight cities across the U.S.: Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and New York.

"As we were coming down from the success of the last record [Wasting Light], I thought, 'Now we have license to get weird,' " Grohl told billboard.com. "If we wanted, we could make some crazy, bleak Radiohead record and freak everyone out. Then I thought, 'F- that.' ...The music is a progression or an evolution, for sure, but it's a Foo Fighters record."

Leave it to Grohl's over-achieving nature (aka: brilliance) to put an innovative spin on the creation of an album. To convey each city's unique sound and personality, Grohl wrote his lyrics while in each city, after interviewing notable musicians who defined the musical landscape of each region. The Foo Fighters performed a string of secret shows during their quest (the most notable being a 30-minute stint in New Orleans' historic Preservation Hall), which was also documented for the series.

Grohl's message for the next generation is this: dream big, practice your fucking ass off, and make something real.

"Wait until you see what we're gonna do for the next record," Grohl told ultimateclassicrock.com. "I'm not kidding. We already know."

Sonic Highways, the album, drops November 10th. Here's some free advice Grohl has shared in the past. Quotation above via Grohl's SXSW Keynote Speech, 2013.

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AC/DC's Angus Young Honors His Brother Malcolm, In Illustrated Form

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The family of AC/DC's founding member Malcolm Young has confirmed the rocker is being treated for dementia, which has forced him to leave the band.

"Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy," Young's family said in a statement, according to People.

Last April, the band announced Young's break from the AC/DC and said they would be recording their 17th studio album, "Rock or Bust", without him. Young's nephew, Stevie Young, replaced Malcolm on the album. He will also be filling in for Malcom during AC/DC's 2015 world tour.

Our thoughts are with the Young family. We wish Malcolm all the best and would like to thank him for following his dreams, which led him to create one of the most influential and bad-ass rock bands of all time. His contribution and legacy has inspired, and always will inspire, hoards of musicians to keep rock alive.

All illustrations are of Malcolm Young. Quotation above via ultimate-guitar.com.

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Karen O Talks About Love, In Illustrated Form

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Contrary to popular belief, decent, single men in OC are not mythical creatures, like unicorms. (But here are 10 OC Dudes You've Probably Dated).

If you're still striking out in singles scene, have no fear--Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen Orzolek will help soothe your broken-hearted soul.

Orzolek's first solo album, Crush Songs, was written when the YYY's singer was 27 and crushing a lot during "an ever continuing love crusade."

The eccentric singer-songwriter has been married to longtime love Barnaby Clay for three years. Here's what Orzolek had to say about falling in love and having the guts to sing about it.

Quotation above via thequietus.com.


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Meghan Trainor Talks 'All About That Bass,' In Illustrated Form

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"All About That Bass", Meghan Trainor's pop song about self-acceptance, shook-off Taylor Swift's single from its coveted position on Billboard's Hot 100 and is currently No. 1 in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Trainor's rapid success is quite a feat, considering her first commercial album doesn't have a release date yet.

Youtube is already saturated with covers of Trainor's booty-pop single. The hit is actually a demo Trainor was told "re-produce, make it more pop, there's no Auto Tune" by record labels until her current label Epic heard it, liked it, and simply mastered the demo.

Trainor, a 20-year-old songwriter from Nantucket, has been writing songs for national and international acts since she was in high school. She currently resides in Nashville with her cat. Here's what the singer-songwriter had to say about the success "All About That Bass".

Quotation above via popjustice.com.

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