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  • Taylor Swift Collaborator Admits She Assumed Taylor Didn't Write Her Music & Was "Puppeteered" by Old Men

    ABC/Fred LeeIt takes a big man -- or woman -- to admit publicly that you're wrong, but that's just what British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap has done, in regards to her new friend Taylor Swift.

    Imogen co-wrote the song "Clean" on Taylor Swift's new album 1989, and in a blog posting, she reveals that before she met her, she just assumed Taylor had no creative control over her own music or career. 

    "I have to be honest here and say that I ever so slightly had not done my homework on Taylor Swift but had done what I HATE others do of me, which is to pre-judge a person based on assumptions," reveals Imogen. "I had assumed Taylor didn't write too much of her own music (as is the case with many young, extremely successful artists these days who sell a shed load of records), and was likely puppeteered by an aging gang of music executives."

    "How wrong was I?"  Imogen continues. "[She was] totally clued up from a very young age...hyper-driven, hard working and really talented and a genuine lovely soul, with a few more boy troubles than most, but you can't get it all right all the time!"

    Imogen goes on to document the time she spent with Taylor creating the song "Clean," and reveals their collaborative process, step by step. They wrote and recorded the song in about a day. 

    "I've been reading the odd report or tweet here and there that the reason the lyrics to 'Clean' are so good is because I wrote the song with her but FOR SURE they are all hers.  She deserves all the credit,"  Heap says.  She goes on to hope that Taylor will stop by for a cup of tea, and adds, "I look forward to news of a man who's swept you off your feet." 

    It's worth noting that Heap stands to make a "heap" of money in songwriting royalties from her contribution to 1989. 

    Even if you're not familiar with Heap's work, you've definitely heard at least one of her songs, "Hide & Seek."  That's the one that Jason Derulo sampled in his #1 hit "Whatcha Say."

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  • Amanda Bynes Released from Psychiatric Facility

    Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Amanda Bynes has been released from the facility where she had been on a psychiatric hold, a source told ABC News.

    The hearing officer believed that Bynes was stable enough that it did not make sense to hold her involuntarily, so he ended the 30-day hold that had been granted last week, the source said. With that, the former child star, whose mother was also recently granted conservatorship over her finances, was free to go.

    Bynes, 28, was hospitalized earlier this month after displaying erratic behavior, including going on a worrisome Twitter rant against her father. The 72-hour hold was extended twice before it was reversed Thursday. She was photographed in Los Angeles Thursday night.

    "My clients are very concerned about their daughter," Tamar Arminak, the lawyer for the Bynes family, told ABC News in a statement just prior to Bynes' hospitalization. "They are doing everything they can to help Amanda."

    Last summer, Bynes was also hospitalized and spent time in rehab before moving back in with her parents last winter. She enrolled in fashion school and things appeared to be improving for the actress until just recently.

    In September, the actress was arrested for an alleged DUI, when authorities claim she stopped in the middle of an intersection. She has yet to enter a plea.

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  • Weatherman Wins Halloween By Giving Forecast as Skeleton: Watch

    Jude “Bones” Redfield, a weatherman for Louisville, Kentucky’s WDRB, announced the Halloween weather forecast dressed as a floating head over a skeleton framework.

    In the viral video, the weatherman attached a skeleton to a bodysuit that matched the green-screen background, which transformed him into a realistic skeleton from the neck down.

    Last Halloween, Jude delivered the weather forecast as a headless Cincinnati Reds baseball player. He shared the photo on his Twitter account with the clever caption, “#reds fans I’m embarrassed to show my face this morning. This hurts!”


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