Did You Hear?
:: Scooter Braun, manager of Justin Bieber, PSY and The Wanted (RIP), was married over the weekend in Canada. His wedding was attended by Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ed Sheeran, Tom Hanks, Asher Roth and Usher, among others. The important thing: “Call Me Maybe” was performed. [Rap-Up.com]
:: Speaking of Usher, he’s set to debut a new song today (July 8) titled “She Came To Give It To You,” and it features Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams. [PopJustice]
:: Taylor Swift wrote an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal, stating, “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: Grammy winning producer William Orbit has defended Britney Spears‘ vocals. [Pink Is The New Blog]
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When Taylor Swift
first talked of her follow-up to 2012′s Red
, she had two dream collaborators in mind. One of them was pop wunderkind Max Martin
, who co-wrote Red
‘s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
In its latest issue, Rolling Stone reports that Swift got her wish – Martin worked on “most of” her new album, according to Big Machine Records founder Scott Borchetta. As a result, he doesn’t expect country radio to take her Swift’s new material. “Taylor fans are going to love it,” Borchetta says. “Will country stations play a complete pop song just because it’s her? No. But when she comes to town, her friends at country radio will come and see her.” More »
It’s official: Not even Major League Baseball can resist Taylor Swift
‘s charms. On June 9, MLB’s official Twitter account posted a photo with two gloves, captioned “It’s a glove story…” This inspired the Los Angeles Dodgers to chime in with the opening line of Swift’s 2008 hit “Love Story”
: “We were both young when I first saw you.”
The one-on-one serenading soon turned into a full-on sing-along, as the San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians all chimed in. Most of them sang of Romeo & Juliet , while a few tried to steer it in a new direction. (Hint: It involved “22.”) If only sports commentary could be like this all the time — inspired by the same love for the game, but in the words of the Fearless songwriter.
See the MLB’s “Love Story” Twitter sing-along unfold after the jump. More »
dominated the world with her fourth album, 2012′s Red
. Off the strength of that record, she embarked her third worldwide tour
that launched last spring and ends a year later, with her June 12 concert in Singapore.
In anticipation of that date, Swift revealed to Shanghai press what’s to come next – a new album. “I’ve already been working very hard at it, and it’s already my favorite thing I’ve ever created,” she said. “So the idea [is] that after Asia, I get to go back and finish everything and get everything completely done and wrapped up for a new project, it’s very exciting.” More »
appears in the trailer
for The Giver
for about a second. Now, though, she appears in one of five character posters revealed today (May 23). And it’s a more promising sign of what’s to come.
Earlier this spring, fans had two questions regarding the trailer: Where’s Taylor, and why is this in color? Swift plays Rosemary, who is the Giver’s daughter and has a minor role in the dystopian novel – the first for young readers, according to author Lois Lowry – off which the film’s based. Instead, The Giver focuses more on a 12-year-old boy named Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), who’s chosen to receive all memories for an entire community. As a result, he’s the only person there who can see colors.
Following the backlash, Yahoo! revealed a behind-the-scenes look showing why fans shouldn’t be disappointed – yes, parts of the film do actually appear in black and white. As for Swift, prospective viewers can now get a good, hard look at how she’ll appear in the film. See the full poster after the jump. More »
The who’s who of the pop world showed up for last night’s (May 5) Met Gala. While Beyonce
duked it out for best dressed bragging rights on the red carpet, other starlets took the event much less seriously. Selena Gomez
, for example, used it as an excuse to catch up with BFF Taylor Swift
and stalk her favorite singer — “All Of Me”
crooner John Legend
As the night progressed, selfies and happy snaps eventually made their way to Instagram and Twitter. Lily Allen‘s Sheezus vs. Yeezus moment was the absolute highlight but it was nice to see Bey goofing around with Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu. (She even took over photographer duties to snap a pic of them). Oh, and Rita Ora sure gets around. Her Instagram is a treasure trove of celebrity selfies. More »
Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum Of Art hosted a slew of celebrities last night for its annual Costume Institute gala. The honorees this year were fashion designer Charles James
editor Anna Wintour
(on hand for the renamed Anna Wintour Costume Center, for which First Lady Michelle Obama
cut the ribbon), and attendees included, among many others, Beyonce
, Jay Z
, Taylor Swift
, Kanye West
, Kim Kardashian
, Florence Welch
, Selena Gomez
, Janelle Monae
and Victoria Beckham
. Frank Ocean
, who’s currently finishing up his sophomore LP
, was also on hand to perform at the event
Above, watch Rihanna walk the red carpet in her white Stella McCartney crop top, and then head below to catch Bey and Jay, Taylor, Kanye and Kim and the Beckhams at the big Met do. More »
‘s sexy Minnie Mouse debut of “Problem”
was the highlight of the Radio Disney Music Awards last night (April 27), even though Grande didn’t actually win any awards at the ceremony. And if the ’90s babies’ answer to Mariah Carey
doesn’t get honored, then do the Radio Disney Music Awards matter? Well, since Radio Disney is “the #1 radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families” and there’s a category called [I have to gather myself after letting out a room-collapsing sigh before typing this]
“The Bestest,” and I am a grown-ass man, maybe I’m not the right person to answer that question.
That said, I’d even posit that kids, tweens and families don’t even care about the RDMAs, as a concept. But, because important names like Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and Fifth Harmony were involved, the RDMAs must matter, by default. And so: Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Swift and One Direction were the big winners in a big celebration of white-bread pop. Check out the full list of winners below. More »
No wonder Taylor Swift
‘s mega-loyal fans do wacky things like buy physical copies of her albums and legally download her songs. The Red
diva has got their back. Take long-time Swiftie Gena Gabrielle
. She invited the country-pop superstar to her bridal shower on a whim, and was visibly amazed when Tay actually turned up.
There’s so much to love about this. For starters, Taylor actually reads her fan-mail. (At least, sometimes). She also whipped up a batch of her own cookies for the bride-to-be and good-naturedly mingled with her friends and family at the Ohio shindig. While filming the event makes it seem somewhat calculated, who really cares when Gena quite obviously had the best day of her life? Watch up top. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Lorde unleashed her inner-fan girl when she heard that Hilary Duff attended one of her concerts. “This is what dreams are made of!” she told Teen Vogue. “Was she vibing it? Was she bobbing her head?” [Just Jared]
:: This is a case of better late than never! Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs will finally get his degree from Howard University. The rap mogul, who attended the school in the ’80s, will be given an honorary degree in recognition of his trail-blazing career. [Billboard]
:: Taylor Swift sure knows how to keep her Swifties happy. The country-pop superstar surprised a fan by attending her bridal shower and even brought along a basket full of kitchen goods and homemade cookies. How sweet! [MTV]
:: The most tweeted about performance at Coachella 2014 (the first weekend, anyway) was Beyonce‘s surprise cameo at sister Solange Knowles‘ gig. The most tweeted about artist was Lana Del Rey. [Rap Radar]
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