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This week's best Sound Bites: Taylor Swift, Zach Galifianakis, Conan O'Brien, and more

Every week in Sound Bites, EW checks out the most memorable lines of the week. This week features a zinger by Madeleine Albright directed at Conan O’Brien, Taylor Swift referring to herself as a “nightmare,” and an awkward Jennifer Aniston reference in Zach Galifianakis’ latest episode of Between Two Ferns with Brad Pitt. These are the best quotes of this week gathered from TV, film, music, Twitter, and more.

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PopWatch Confessional: What's the scariest thing you saw as a kid (that wasn't supposed to scare you)?

Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, demons—they’ve been frightening kids for centuries, and with good reason. But children’s brains are strange, malleable places that can perceive even the most unassuming figures—a cute, helpful Jedi Grand Master, a cuddly elephantine creature, a precocious baby dinosaur—as sinister agents of terror. Which brings us to today’s Halloween-inspired PopWatch Confessional: What’s the unintentionally scary thing that frightened you most when you were a kid? (Bonus: Reading through is a great way to stealthily learn how old we all are.)

Ashley Fetters, online news editor: I was about eight when I saw the original Star Wars trilogy for the first time. Not long afterward, I woke up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night, convinced there was an evil, glowing Yoda lurking in my room. Yoda—arguably the nicest character in the entire franchise, and he’s the one I had nightmares about. I try not to read too much into that. READ FULL STORY

Study: Pop stars die 25 years earlier than U.S. population average

The road to pop stardom is paved with a fast-paced lifestyle—one that may be shortening the lifespans of many pop musicians, according to a new study.

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Take a look at Joan Jett's collection for Hot Topic

A collaboration between Joan Jett and Hot Topic feels a little like Britney Spears’ cover of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”—it’s Jett’s punk image repurposed for mall culture.  READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift named 'welcome ambassador' to New York

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Not only is the first song on Taylor Swift’s 1989 titled “Welcome to New York,” but now Swift is responsible for actually welcoming people to the city: Swift has been named NYC & Company’s “Global Welcome Ambassador.”  READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift: 'Look at me, I wouldn't survive in jail'

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Taylor Swift may seem invincible in these days leading up to the release of 1989, but she has fears like the rest of us. Well, not exactly like the rest of us.  READ FULL STORY

When Taylor Swift's 'Out of the Woods' meets 'Circle of Life,' everything makes sense

Taylor Swift’s non-offensively generic pop album (that hasn’t even officially released yet) is just ripe for everyone else’s projections, and today has produced one remix that has melded together the queen of cats with the movie all about really big cats.

With its similar power ballad tone, it was probably inevitable that Swift’s “Out of the Woods” would be remixed with Lion King’s “Circle of Life,” courtesy of mash-up master Chambaland. Get ready though; this will probably be the beginning of the long Taylor Swift remix train ride once 1989 actually hits shelves Oct. 27.

Take a listen at Chambaland’s Tumblr.

Roombas, rain, John Cage: A brief inventory of Taylor Swift's influences for 'Track 3'

Taylor Swift, wonder that she is, was able to reach the No. 1 slot on Canadian iTunes with a track consisting of just eight seconds of white noise.  READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift and Jamie Oliver turn 'Shake It Off' into 'Bake It Off'

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Taylor Swift is not taking Jamie Oliver’s crap in a new parody of “Shake It Off,” aptly titled “Bake It Off.” READ FULL STORY

Giants victory extends Steve Perry's concert stand for at least two more dates

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The San Francisco Giants advanced to the World Series last night, with a walk-off three-run home run to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals. In bigger news, the victory extends the AT&T Park residency of Journey’s Steve Perry, the diehard Giants fan who’s turned every San Francisco home game into a personal concert. For some, i.e. Perry, the Giants are just the warm-up act for his animated lip-syncing of his own stadium-thumping songs in between innings, like last night’s rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin’”.

Perry is obviously a big fan of the hometown Giants, and he’s been driving the bandwagon with his surreal karaoke since 2010, when the Giants won the World Series for the first time since 1954. That year, he told MLB.com, “I can’t put into words what the Giants have done for me emotionally. It’s beyond words. In a lot of ways, they’ve saved me, and they’ve gotten me back into music, to be perfectly honest with you. They touched me in a way that made me excited about music again.”

And when he says excited, he means EXCITED. Check out some of his recent hits, and take special note of his more-enthusiastic back-up singers. READ FULL STORY

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