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By Ralphie Aversa, Special to the Weekender



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Over Grammy weekend, OneRepublic lead singer Ryan Tedder noted that the band's third studio album, “Native,” was originally scheduled for a November 2012 release. When Tedder and his bandmates stopped by the studio recently, he cited a couple reasons for the delay, including the influence of Swedish House Mafia on the record.

“It was just like overwhelming because I saw them at Coachella; they were the best performer that whole weekend,” Tedder told me. “Radiohead is one of my favorite bands of all time, but I gotta say like…Black Keys, Bon Iver, Kasabian…none of them held a torch in my opinion to the Swedish House Mafia set.”

Despite Tedder describing himself as “not a card-carrying electronic music fan,” the experience directly inspired the single “If I Lose Myself,” along with the general tempo of “Native.”

“We're not going to all of the sudden, three years after the fact, jump ship and be like, 'Oh! This is popular now. Let's go do this!'” he explained. “That's lame. You've got a handful of bands who did jump ship and just went pure electronic…and we're the furthest from that. And then you have other acts who kind of batted around with electronic, tried to do like a “dance” record, and it kind of missed the mark. So we were like, 'Let's do it. Let's hit the nail on the head. And let's capture that energy but still keep it sounding organic and like a band.'”

OneRepublic also decided to keep two tracks at the last minute – songs that Tedder almost gave away to other artists. The band called in Jeff Bhasker, who worked on the latest masterpieces for fun. and Kanye West, to finish one of the tracks. “Can't Stop” made the album, due out March 26.

HACKERS TURN ATTENTION FROM JAY-Z TO MICHELLE OBAMA

An Internet hacker is reminding everyone this week that no matter how famous you are, your personal information can be compromised on the World Wide Web. A website believed to be operated or hosted out of Russia is alleging to have gone public with personal information on celebrities and political figures alike, including First Lady Michelle Obama.

TMZ.com first reported of the page's existence Monday. Initially, 12 public figures were singled out. Credit reports, Social Security numbers, and phone numbers are published that allegedly belong to such stars as Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Kim Kardashian. Varying levels of information are also available about public figures, including Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder.

A Los Angeles Police Department source confirmed to the Daily News that Police Chief Charlie Beck's info was posted to the page. The FBI would only confirm that the agency knew of the website's existence.

Late Monday night into Tuesday morning, the list of targets grew to include Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, pro wrestler Hulk Hogan, and Michelle Obama.

Little is known publicly about the website. The “.su” suffix suggests it may emanate from Russia; the site's Twitter page is written in Russian. We will link to neither on our page.

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