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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 ENTERTAINMENT 45 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA The Hilltop Hoods seen here with their ARIA for Best Urban Release have spoken out about their song Cosby Sweater Picture: MARK METCALFE/GETTY IMAGES Hoods clear air as fans query Cosby song lyric AUSTRALIAN hip-hop stars Hilltop Hoods say they regret referencing Bill Cosby in their hit song Cosby Sweater and say the lyrics are not about a sex act. The song mentions the 80s sitcom star who has since been accused of sexually assaulting a string of women in Hollywood (the song was released before the allegations against Cosby). But the ARIA-winning rap trio, who performed the song at the ARIAs in Sydney on Wednesday night, say they have been inundated with emails asking if their reference to a Cosby sweater actually has a sexual meaning, after an alternative definition for the phrase emerged. The site Urban Dictionary suggested the term Cosby sweater had a sexual connotation to it. The lyrics to Cosby Sweater say: I feel in charge like Biggie, wearing that Cosby sweater. In his 80s heyday, Cosby was known for wearing loud and colourful printed chunky knits on The Cosby Show. But Hilltop Hoods said Cosby Sweater was inspired by a photo of the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. wearing a Coogi sweater an Australian brand of colourful chunky knit that was popular in the 80s and early 90s. In a statement on their Facebook page, the I Love It band said: Weve been getting a lot of emails asking if Cosby Sweater was inspired by the urban dictionary definition of the phrase, I can tell you right now that it has NOTHING to do with it. The songs about a piece of clothing. A ridiculously colourful piece of clothing, Hilltop Hoods said in the post, as reported by musicfeeds.com.au To be honest we regret name checking Bill Cosby. Like some of you weve only recently become aware of the allegations against him. If hes guilty of those allegations he can go jump in a fkn lake. A deep icy lake. The band also revealed they had pulled merchandise from their shows that featured a caricature of Cosby. Anyway, hopefully that gives some clarity on what the songs about. Please, no more emails about the Urban Dictionary definition, Hilltop Hoods said in the statement. R.I.P. B.I.G. Hilltop Hoods won Best Urban Album for Walking Under Stars at this weeks ARIA Awards. By NADIA SALEMME The songs about a piece of clothing. A ridiculously colourful piece of clothing Awards no-show criticism stings Sia T H E A R I A awards have nearly doubled their ratings from last years event. A b o u t 570,000 people watched the award show last night on Channel 10, with a peak of 602,000 tuning in for the red carpet arrivals. It was helped along by appearances by A-listers One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer and Katy Perry. While the figures arent incredible, they reflect a night of low figures with the Big Brother final only scoring 737,000 viewers. Meanwhile, Sia (pictured) has tweeted a defence of herself after she was criticised for being a no show, despite winning four awards. Im saddened to be getting shit for being a no-show, she tweeted. Sia then offered to give one of her ARIA awards away for proof of a good deed. Sia used comedian Carrot Top who has a low profile in Australia to accept her Album of the Year award via video, wearing her trademark blonde bob wig. Sia has recently withdrawn from public life, citing her desire not to be famous. When she performs live on TV she now faces the back of the set. In a statement, ARIA confirmed Sia had recorded other acceptance speeches. ARIA congratulates Sia on being the winner of 4 ARIA Awards. ARIA would have loved for Sia to attend and we invited her to perform at the event, but unfortunately she couldnt make it, it read, Of her two Award wins that were televised, the Album Of The Year video acceptance footage was shown on air and Sias friend, Katy Perry, accepted Best Female Artist on her behalf. This years ARIA awards saw the event return to a main channel after being shunted to digital networks following the car crash 2010 event, which peaked at 634,000 viewers. AC/DC guitarist longs for iVinyl AC/DC may have finally joined iTunes in 2012 after years of refusing to do so, but make no mistake the Aussie rockers are still old school. Guitarist Angus Young said in an interview: I would like everybody to buy vinyl again. Thats my favourite. He continued with a loud laugh: They ought to make them portable iVinyl. AC/DC, which has enjoyed four decades of success, will release Rock Or Bust its first album in six years on Tuesday. 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