Taylor Swift posts the most adorbz photos on Instagram, the app that girlifies mundane life experiences so they’re ready for Pinterest.
These photos in particular make me want to break out a lacy vintage dress, loop dandelions through my hair and go to a Victorian garden party. Taylor and her buddies, including Glee’s Dianna Agron, donned fancy vintage dresses to honour a special someone.
Taylor writes on Twitter: “We dressed up full-time fancy and went out in celebration of Shirley MacLaine’s birthday.”
Taylor also retweeted Selena Gomez’s photo of the girls baking delicious cupcakes at home while dancing and strumming the guitar. Selena tweeted: ”Because you need a best friend that sings beautifully, another best friend to dance with you and another to listen. Oh and cupcakes… Cupcakes.” LOVE. These girls are just being young. It’s a relief that not everyone young in Hollywood trashes it up at night.
When we heard Taylor Swift might play Joni Mitchell in “Girls Like Us,” we collectively gagged. Not because we don’t like the pop country singer, but because it would seem like a cheap gimmick by producers to make sales.
The film examines the careers of singers like Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King. Swift doesn’t have an official offer but she’s been linked to the role for several months, auditioning along with several other candidates.
That said, Tay does exude a certain Joni Mitchell quality so it’ll be interesting to see where this goes. She’s been hunting for the perfect film for a while and reportedly made the shortlist of actresses to play Eponine in Les Miserable. This might be the role she’s been waiting for.
The Taylor Swift and Harry Styles dating rumor started after an interview in which 1D rib their bandmate about the country singer. Turns out, they exchanged numbers after meeting at the Kids Choice Awards in the U.S. ”We met in American and she’s very nice.” But he kept relatively mum when the Herald Sun interviewer prodded for more.
Styles and his bandmate Zayn Malik were both interviewed while in Sydney, Australia, where the clear focus was on dating.
Styles admitted in the interview that he has a thing for older woman. First there was Caroline Flack, the Xtra Factor co-host he dated, who happens to be 14 years older than him. Reportedly, when he was in Australia he was turned down by an engaged journalist named Elle Halliwell, who’s seven years older. Then this whole Taylor Swift thing? Well, she’s technically his senior too, even though she’s only 22.
Luckily for Styles, Simon Cowell didn’t impose a “love ban” on the members of the group. He and Malik made sure to shoot down those rumors.
“Not true. It would have been a bit rough,” Malik said. “We work hard and we play hard, so that would have been a bit rough.
”We’re normal guys. If we find a girl attractive… if you meet a girl you meet a girl. If you exchange numbers then whatevs..”
And as for the name change? The two guys say they’re not really sure what’s happening but they refuse to change the name One Direction just because another band in the U.S. has the same title.
“We’re not changing our name. We don’t know what’s going to happen but we’re not changing our name.” [Source]
Watch the interview below:
B.o.B’s “So Hard to Breathe” is heavy track that explores the dark side of success and how it’s so easy to get caught in the blur of fame. ”Since day one I said f*ck the fame and everything it dealt/but the fame is really here to facilitate the wealth,” raps B.o.B.
The track is from his upcoming sophmore album Strange Clouds, which will be out on May 1. We love the laid back guitar riffs by Sean Garrett.
This is the second track we’ve heard from the album, after his collaboration with Taylor Swift called “Both of Us.”
Listen to “So Hard to Breathe” below:
Would you pay $100,000 for half a piece of toast leftover by 1D’s Niall Horan? One person did just that. We talk about this and Obama confirming Kanye is in fact a jackass on FreshPressLive.
Taylor Swift came out of left field with this one, mildly shocking us all with a B.o.B collaboration, but I LOVE it. The song, “Both of Us” manages to fuse country and hip hop. It’s also another one of those songs that I want to put on after a long, hard day because it makes me feel a little bit better: “I wish I was strong enough to lift not one but both us
Some day I will be strong enough to lift not one but both of us,” she sings.
The song is on B.o.B’s forthcoming album Strange Clouds, which will be out on May 1. Though Swift only contributes two lines in the chorus, the harmony works.
Listen to the “Both of Us” here and the solo version below.
Obama once again confirmed what everyone in the entire world knows about Kanye West, he’s a gigantic jackass, but admittedly talented. The comments were revealed in an Atlantic article about West coming back into the spotlight. The writer asked Obama if he favoured West or Jay-Z. The president said he preferred Jay-Z, but he appreciates West’s abilities. ”I like Kanye. He’s a Chicago guy. Smart. He’s very talented,” he said. ”He is a jackass, but he’s talented.”
This is why the president rocks.
Obama first called out West in 2009, after he ruined Taylor Swift’s moment at the VMAs. Swift won “Best Female Video” but Kanye thought it would be appropriate to announce on stage — in the middle of her speech — that Beyonce deserved it more.
“The young lady seems like a perfectly nice person. She’s getting her award. What’s he doing up there? He’s a jackass,” Obama said just before an interview.
West apologized profusely and received a beat down on Jay Leno when he was asked if his recently deceased mother would have been proud of his actions. He also attempted to apologize on Twitter: ”I’m sorry, Taylor. We’re both artists, and the media and managers are trying to get between us. She deserves the apology more than anyone.”
He even wrote a song for the country singer, though she declined to use it. After, the rapper withdrew from the public for over a year, interning at Fendi and living in Japan.
Watch the original comment here:
Don’t I look fed up, listening to my fave songs over and over again? Not that I don’t love them, but a girl has to get her fill of new songs once in a while. Occasionally a new track will come out to tease me but I need the whole album to satiate me!
Bluntly put, I have an addiction to these artists and I need another album hit. They should really have a support group for these types things, don’t you think?
Here are the upcoming albums that I’m most excited about:
1) Taylor Swift
A new album is said to be in the works, but I still can’t help but shout HURRY UP! You can’t blame me for being impatient because this album is rumoured to be a good one! Taylor even told Vogue that her new album would be about “an earth shattering, not so recent, but absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak.”
Taylor can this album possibly be about your painful break up with Jake Gyllenhaal? I can’t wait to hear the juicy details in the form of lyrics. It’s going to be a good one! And even though her track list is not released yet Taylor said she recorded 25 new songs! If Safe & Sound and Eyes Open are any indication how this album will sound, then I can not wait any longer!
Finally Kesha is back! I know you guys secretly all missed her as much as I did. With a record rumored to be releasing in May, I can only imagine what new adventures this sleazy Diva has gotten herself into. I mean she just finished recording a collaboration with Wayne Coyne about doing acid. I know one thing’s for sure, everyone’s excited and already asking, can it be May yet?
3) Katy Perry
What’s the best way to cure heartbreak? Answer: an awesome album burning the guy who did you wrong! According to Katy her new “music is about to get real f**king dark. You’d never see my face because my hair would be in it.” I love it already! With Russell’s new tell all book and Katy’s new album can this be the start of a feud? I guess we will just have to wait and see! One things for sure everyone have your popcorn ready!
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Justin Bieber revealed that he’ll be doing a songwriting collaboration with Taylor Swift for his third album Believe and that it might have a country twang. Bieber announced the collaboration on the U.K.’s Capital FM Radio and hinted that the album will feature a range of styles: ”It doesn’t stay in a box,” he explained. “Everything is so different and that’s why I’m so happy with this album.”
Swift is just one of many all-stars contributing to the album, which also includes Drake, Kanye West, Timbaland and Diplo. Justin also announced on Twitter that the album will include a duet with Usher. You’ll have to wait until the summer to hear it though.
Justin and Taylor have previously collaborated in the past, when Taylor was a special guest at his concert.
Watch it here:
The Wanted talk about falling for an April Fool’s Day prank in a Small Talk interview, then Brittany and Jordan talk about Taylor Swift’s award show sweep. She basically wins at life.
I’ve always marvelled at Taylor Swift’s ability to remain constantly shocked and amazed at the world, like a kid seeing bubbles for the first time.This is how she looks 90 percent of the time:
That’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s pretty charming that she’s managed to stay humble despite all her success. Still, it’s definitely parody-worthy behaviour. In Swift’s unofficial new video for “Who Me” featuring The Soup’s Joel McHale, she goes crazy for everything. She can’t believe her luck when she runs into full rolls of toilet paper in the bathroom and gets Tootsie Rolls at Halloween.McHale even buys her a bunch of appletinis, which apparently make her feel pretty. Watch to see whether McHale is a gentleman and holds her hair back when she gets sick. [Source]
Watch the parody below: Read more…
While you were busy watching Hunger Games AGAIN this weekend and thinking about all the chores you should be doing instead, Taylor Swift was recognized by the First Lady for her activism and chosen as Entertainer of the Year by her fans.
She effectively makes us all feel like beached seals.
Meeting Michelle Obama
Taylor was presented an award at Saturday’s Kids’ Choice Awards by Michelle Obama for her outstanding charity work (above). Taylor donated the proceeds from a Nashville benefit show to raise more than $750 million for tornado victims and also donated $500,000 to Nashville flood relief efforts. Standing up in front of thousands, being honoured for helping the world and meeting Obama for the first time was enough to inspire Taylor’s trademark look of complete shock.
Entertainer of the Year
Remember when Taylor asked her
cat fans to vote for her as Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards? Well, what Taylor commands, her fans to do. She beat out Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley with her army of fans. Win.
Taylor gets a signed copy of The Hunger Games
Taylor Swift made us more even more
jealous of her happy for her when she eagerly shared this photo of a valuable copy of The Hunger Games on Twitter, which was personally signed for her by author Suzanne Collins. What?! Collins scrawled a thoughtful note above what’s presumably a Katniss plant: “For Taylor, With much thanks for your beautiful songs. Let the Games begin! Love, Suzanne Collins.” Swift boasts she received it in the mail like it was no biggie but she continued the tweet with no less than 15 exclamation marks, so I think she was surprised too.
Rihanna battles boredom, doesn’t know what to do with herself
Rihanna flies around the world, fearlessly performs to thousands of fans and has a new action movie coming out, so understandably when she has a couple minutes to do nothing she battles intense cabin fever. Symptoms including taking photos of herself in distress and posting them on Twitter so her followers can offer her support through this trying time.
Taylor Swift will accept an award from Michelle Obama for her charitable work (yea, no biggie) and I can’t help thinking about how the pop princess will accept the award.
Swift always seems genuinely shocked whenever she wins. Yes Taylor, we love you, accept it! I’m thinking her expression will be something like below:
But seriously, the 22-year-old will be honoured by the President’s wife at the Kids’ Choice Awards for her outstanding charitable work, including raising $750,000 for tornado victims with her Speak Now fundraiser. [Hold applause, I'm not done yet.] She also works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the St. Jude Medical Center, Habitat for Humanity and the Red Cross.
The Big Help Award is given to those who take actions to better the world and inspire kids to do the same. Previous winners include Justin Timberlake and Leonardo DiCaprio. You can get involved by going to the Big Help website.
Another reason to love Taylor Swift: she has meaningful conversations with her adorable cat Meredith and records them for
In the video, Taylor teaches her surprisingly responsive cat how to vote for her at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Since the winners are chosen by popular vote, Taylor can campaign harder than Reese Witherspoon as Tracy Flick.
Of course, by teaching Meredith about ACM voting and posting the recording on Twitter she inadvertently teaches us all about the process too. Huh, see how that works? She has my vote either way because she seems so down to earth. You can vote for her as Entertainer of the Year, once a day, every day at the ACM website and watch the awards on April 1.
Watch the video here:
Even if you’re not into The Hunger Games like me, you have to admit they’ve wrangled up some of the most current artists for the movie’s soundtrack.
Kid Cudi recently dropped his track for the franchise called “The Ruler & The Killer.” The song is appropriately dark and haunting and I can imagine the tributes stalking their prey to this cut. The rapping is reminiscent of chanting too, which only reaffirms that the 12 districts are unwilling pawns of the Capitol.
Cudi rhymes: “Keep your mind in motion, yeah / Explain, yeah/ Remember you belong to me / Come on, we should get it going / Now, what I want is specific, hey, hey / You putting on a show for me / The ruler and the killer, baby.”
Listen to it here:
Kesha has given us so much in her short career. She already claims the advent of brushing teeth with a gurgle of Jack Daniels and is a firm advocate for both animal rights and beards. Now, she gives us “Cock Pop.” The 25-year-old coined the term on Twitter, while recording with Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco. We’re not sure what Cock Pop entails but those two producers were involved with her hits “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R.” So that’s a good sign, right?
Taylor Swift and her crew received welcome gifts from one of her fans. The T-shirts feature photos of their faces on the front. You say it’s strange to be wearing a T-shirt of yourself, I say it’s ironic.
Lauren Conrad is temporarily sacrificing the bohemian beaches and overpriced shops of Los Angeles for an African safari… and torturing us with her trip photos. Although she’s met some cute friends on her journey (above) she’s survived some perils too. Under the hashtag #safariproblems, she relayed the difficulty of self-manicures by headlamp.
Nicki Minaj finally found the men of her dreams. Here they are, wearing pink bowler hats, loin cloths, choker necklaces and furry anklets, all while preserving their masculinity. But which man will win the affection of Minaj? I think there’s only one way to decide that. It’s time for a limbo competition.
Watching scenes and listening to tracks from the upcoming Hunger Games movie is tempting but I feel like I’ll have seen the entire movie by the time it’s released on March 23. Don’t hold me to it, but I’m going to try to hold off from now on… after these ones of course.
Today Taylor Swift previewed a minute of another song for the Hunger Games soundtrack. We already heard the eerie Safe and Sound and now we have Eyes Open. The song sounds a little too upbeat for the movie, where do you think it would fit?
Behind the scenes
Whether you’re into the book or not it’s interesting to see this behind the scenes footage. I’m sure some of these scenes won’t be recognizable on screen, after they go through special effects.
Shakira loves Skrillex
Shakira loves Skrillex so much that when she heard to song on her car radio in Barcelona she blasted it and started dancing.
Justin and Carly collaboration
Justin Bieber is doing everything he can to help his new artist Carly Rae Jepsen, even if that means collaborating with her. Jepsen mentioned in an interview with Ryan Seacrest that they’re working on a song that will be released soon. Bieber has been doing everything he can to promote her. On top of signing Jepsen to his own label, he called up some of his Disney friends and had them dance to “Call Me Maybe.”
Madonna’s “Girl Gone Wild” video
Snippets of songs from Madonna’s new album have been hitting us all week (to an annoying degree) and now we have a clip of her new video for “Girl Gone Wild.” Madonna gyrates with a bunch of male dancers in the black and white teaser. The video kind of reminds of Madonna’s earlier days.
Demi trashed hotels for fun
Demi Lovato has gone through some dark days and apparently she used to trash hotel rooms for kicks. In an interview with NYC radio Z103, she confessed to throwing things when she’s bored. “I break things,” she said. I’ve trashed dressing rooms just for the hell of it.” She also said she has thrown deli meat on the ceiling when she’s bored.
Taylor Swift rolls in cash
Taylor Swift was voted the number one moneymaker by Billboard. The country singer is only 22, but she still pocketed more cash from her album sales and world tour than U2, Lil Wayne and Lady Gaga, who were also on the Top 40 list.
The Arcade Fire really channeled the eerie and epic vibe of Hunger Games when creating the lead song to the soundtrack, “Abraham’s Daughter.”
The band’s frontman, Win Butler, told Entertainment Weekly:
“Our whole approach was to get into the world and try to create something that serves the story and the film. There’s something in the story of Abraham and Isaac that I think resonates with the themes in the film, like sacrificing children. So we made a weird, apocryphal, alternate-universe version of that, where it’s as if Abraham had a daughter — kind of a metaphor for Katniss.”
The band puts a lot of thought into their music and you can tell. The song, which was recorded last month, will be played over the film’s closing credits. They also contributed another song for the movie’s score called “Horn of Plenty.”
Hunger Games is certainly racking up a mega soundtrack considering we recently heard Taylor Swift’s song “Safe & Sound.” The T Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack also features the Decemberists, Kid Cudi and Miranda Lambert and will hit shelves on March 20.
Here is the full soundtrack, just to torture you:
The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond:
1. Taylor Swift – “Safe & Sound” (ft. the Civil Wars)
2. Taylor Swift – “Eyes Wide Open”
3. Arcade Fire – “Abraham’s Daughter”
4. Kid Cudi – “The Ruler & the Killer”
5. Miranda Lambert – “Run Daddy Run” (ft. Pistol Annies)
6. The Civil Wars – “Kingdom Come”
7. The Decemberists – “One Engine”
8. Glen Hansard – “Take the Heartland”
9. The Low Anthem – “Lover Is Childlike”
10. Punch Brothers – “Dark Days”
11. The Secret Sisters – “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”
12. Birdy – “Just a Game”
13. Ella Mae Bowen – “Oh Come and Sing”
14. Jayme Dee – “Rules”
15. Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Reaping Day”
16. Neko Case – “Give Me Something I’ll Remember”