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Maddie Ziegler Announced as Next Judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Maddie Ziegler Reunites with Sia in ‘Cheap Thrills’ >>

Sia and Maddie Ziegler are back for a fourth collaboration. The 'Dance Moms' starlet previously appeared in Sia’s music videos “Chandelier,” “Elastic Heart,” and “Big Girls Cry.” Now, they have reunited for the all new music video, “Cheap Thrills.” However, this collaboration almost didn’t happen. The new track was originally written for Rihanna.

'Dance Moms' Maddie Ziegler

Maddie Ziegler Makes More Money Qutting 'Dance Moms' >>

It looks like Maddie Ziegler is doing alright for a 13-year-old. According to the latest gossip news updates, the Sia music video star will go from making $2,000 an episode at Dance Moms to netting ten times as much for her work in her first full length film, The Book of Henry. Despite her quitting the Lifetime reality series to work on a new big budget Hollywood movie, Ziegler won't be leaving dancing to act fulltime. In fact, the pintsized protégé just announced that she has now joined, an online community and social network for the dance industry.

Abby Lee Miller and Maddie Ziegler

Abby Lee Miller Claims to Have Quit ''Dance Moms' Proven False >>

While it's true that Sia muse, Maddie Ziegler, is finally ready to walk away from Lifetime's 'Dance Moms' for bigger and better opportunities, Abby Lee Miller claims that she is leaving don't ring quite so true. According to the latest gossip news updates, the reports that Miller is quitting the successful realty TV show to focus on the FBI's fraud case against her are utterly false, as she has actually asked the California courts permission to travel with the show to Las Vegas since making her announcement.

Abby Lee Miller and Maddie Ziegler

Sia's Maddie Ziegler Leaves 'Dance Moms' after Season 6 >>

It would seem that Maddie Ziegler is officially leaving her reality TV gig, Dance Moms, for bigger and better things. According to the latest gossip news updates, the 13-year-old star of three of Sia's music video's is quitting the show that helped make her famous to continuing working with the singer as an actress in her first movie. Meanwhile, Ziegler's former reality TV tutor, Abby Lee Miller's reputation for being less than kind has the 49-year-old reality star on the defensive. Miller recently explained that she is dedicated to shaping children's talent as dancers -- not building them up into thinking they are someone special.

Dance Moms

New ‘Dance Moms’ Spoilers: Abby Lee and Sia Star Maddie Ziegler Leaving Show? >>

Tonight’s Lifetime’s hit reality series 'Dance Moms' is all new. Recently it has been rumored that Sia music video prodagody Maddie Ziegler will be leaving the series after Season 6. Meanwhile, Abby Lee Miller has also opened up about problems with producers, meaning she might be absent from the show in the near future.

Grammys Announce New Additions to Performance Lineup: Lang Lang, Herbie Hancock, Mary J. Blige and More

Grammys Announce New Additions to Performance Lineup: Lang Lang, Herbie Hancock, Mary J. Blige and More >>

With the Grammys gala hitting network television this Sunday, a laundry list of new performers has been added to the bill. New additions include Beck, Sia, Herbie Hancock, Mary J. Blige and, once again, a Classicalite favorite: Lang Lang.


K-Pop's Hyuna from 4Minute Ranks No. 5 on 'Rolling Stone's' '10 Best Music Videos of 2014' List with 'Red' >>

"Rolling Stone" has ranked K-pop star Hyuna’s hit “Red” No. 5 on its “10 Best Music Videos of 2014” list. Hyuna, the rapper from the all-girl K-pop sensation 4Minute, released her third solo album last year, titled "A Talk," which included her single “Red.” Its rare to see a K-pop video rank in an American list, especially so high. Hyuna is the only Asian artist to make the cut. “Hyuna's K-pop hit is a schizophrenic mess, switching from trap and hip-hop to bubbly pop and slinky Middle Eastern electro,” says the magazine. The list also includes Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts” with ‘“Chandelier” by Sia at No. 1. After “Red” was released in South Korea, it quickly climbed the charts all the way to the No. 1 spot. The video for “Red” currently has more than 20 million YouTube views.

Ryan Heffington's Punk Rock Water Ballet 'WADING GAMES' Premieres at the Ritz Carlton South Beach, Talks About Sia and More

Ryan Heffington's Punk Rock Water Ballet 'WADING GAMES' Premieres at Ritz Carlton South Beach >>

Los Angeles socialite Ryan Heffington has become a popular name in the art world. From his 2013 collaboration with painter Nolan Hendrickson, entitled "KTCHN," to a position as choreographer for Sia's epic "Chandelier" video, Heffington also premiered, which was also announced via Twitter, his most recent project: a punk rock water ballet entitled "WADING GAMES." "WADING GAMES" is a new production that has been described as a "true 'danse macabre' that will fascinate, delight and call into question notions of morality and survival." And if you could not have guessed, yes, it takes place in the water. According to "The Huffington Post," the aesthetic experience was scored by musician Banks and includes songs specifically remixed for the performance, which were also accompanied by a video film projection entitled "The Element of Human Physical Communication." And if that does not seem strange enough, the 10-year-old piece took place, for one night only, in the pool of the Ritz Carlton South Beach Dec. 4.

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