Taylor Swift is adding to her list of properties. TMZ.com says the country-pop superstar has purchased Rhode Island’s famed Harkness House. The mansion itself measures more than eleven-thousand-square-feet, and sits on more than five acres of land. Taylor and her family took a tour of the property just two weeks ago, and were reportedly impressed. The asking price was said to be more than 20-million-dollars, but Swift got the house for 17-point-75-million. In addition, she reportedly didn’t get any financing but made the purchase with cash. Ballin!
One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson has dropped a huge piece of news! In an exclusive interview with James Ingham of the “Daily Star,” Louis confirmed that the British boy band has been recording an album that “will be out before Christmas.” It looks like the group has been up to quite a bit of multi-tasking, as Louis says that they started working on the new album “about a month ago” in their hotel rooms as the trek through the U.K. on tour. Louis says that all five members have been involved in the writing process as well, adding that they are all “pretty shattered,” but “having a great time.” One Direction’s past two albums “Up All Night” and “Take Me Home” both debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in March and November of 2012, respectively. The boys will make their way to the U.S. in June and their concert documentary “This Is Us” hits theaters in August.
Mac Miller fans can finally catch the first episode of his reality show, “Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family.” The six-episode series kicks off tonight on MTV2. The show revolves around the rapper and his friends as they leave their hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and embark on their first trip to Los Angeles. Fans will also get a peek into Mac’s time in the lab as he puts the finishing touches on his sophomore album “Watching Movies With the Sound Off,” which will hit stores some time this year. Check out Mac and his boys trekking across the U.S. tonight at 11:30 p.m. Eastern on MTV2.
Lady Gaga’s “Little Monsters” should rest assured knowing that the star’s recently announced hip injury isn’t as serious as it sounds. An orthopedic surgeon is talking to “MTV News” about Gaga’s condition. The expert, Dr. Alexis Colvin, who specializes in sports medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is not treating the star – but says the injury is “not uncommon” and it’s possible she “could go back to performing within three to six months.” Gaga announced on Wednesday that the remaining half of her “Born This Way” would be canceled because she is in need of surgery for what is called a “labral tear of the right hip.” Colvin says that the injury could have been caused from dancing, and is common among athletes, particularly those whose have to twist and turn their hips. She also said that it was highly doubtful that the injury was caused by Gaga’s fondness for high heels.
She tweeted on Tuesday breaking the news that she would have to postpone four shows, confessing that she’d been hiding the injury from her staff but that it had reached a point where she couldn’t walk.
The cancellation of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” tour is expected to have a major financial impact on the concert business. According to the “Chicago Tribune,” promoters estimate the scratched dates could cost the industry more than 35-million-dollars in revenue this year. Gaga’s tour was the fifth most-successful trek of 2012, bringing in an estimated 161-million dollars. On Wednesday, a day after announcing the cancellation of four concert dates citing inflammation of the joints, the singer said she had to scrap the remainder of her tour as well, as she would eventually need surgery on her hip. Tickets for the remaining dates on Lady Gaga’s tour are being refunded at point of purchase.
Justin Timberlake has released the official video for “Suit & Tie.” The star tweeted the video early Thursday as a special Valentine’s Day treat for fans. Justin reteamed with his “The Social Network” director David Fincher, as well as fashion designer Tom Ford, who provided its many suits and ties. The new video follows the lead of the lyric video released last month. The clip was filmed in black and white and features a cigar-smoking Justin busting out his dance moves behind a mic. Jay-Z also made an appearance in the five-and-a-half minute video. Justin’s “The 20/20 Experience” is out on March 19th. “Mirrors” is the second single off the album, which the singer released last week.
The guys from One Direction are offering up a little love advice. Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Louis made an official playlist for the Valentine’s Day holiday Thursday. Released on the group’s official Twitter page, the playlist begins and ends with the group’s latest singles “Little Things” and “Kiss You.” Other songs on the list include, Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are,” Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” and Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.” The boys also set up a special Facebook page for Valentine’s Day, allowing fans to use their webcam to pose with one of them.
Pete Wentz says Fall Out Boy’s return to the spotlight kind of feels like “Saved by the Bell: The College Years.” The bassist made the comparison to Zach Morris and the gang’s second TV series during a recent interview with BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe. Wentz says it’s “cool to be back” with the band, adding that it feels like “catching up with your old school buddies” while also being back at school again. Fall Out Boy officially returned on Monday when they announced their first album in nearly four years, as well as a supporting tour. The record — titled “Save Rock and Roll” — is due out May 7th, while the trek is scheduled to start May 14th.
But Fall Out Boy has already started shaking off the cobwebs. The group took the stage Monday night in Chicago for their first show together since 2009. They also played New York’s Webster Hall on Tuesday, and are scheduled to hit Los Angeles’ Roxy on Thursday.
A British artist says his sick fiancée inspired him to put a gruesome twist on the average teddy bear. Phillip Blackman tells the “Daily Mail” that he got the idea for his line of zombie bears when his partner had a cold, and her stuffy nose kept turning the words “teddy bear” into “deady bear.” Now, Blackman says the so-called Undead Teds have become a hit in the lead up to Valentine’s Day this month. He explains that each “little ball of horror” is “hand zombified” using the skills he learned during his stint with theatrical and special effects make-up. Blackman says it’s been “great fun” making all of the Undead Teds, but his favorite is the Valentine-specific bear that holds its torn-out heart aloft as a “grisly gift.” Anyone interested can get more information at UndeadTeds.com
Lady Gaga spends a lot of time on the road – but she apparently enjoys all the luxuries of being an international pop star. Gaga’s tour rider was revealed in court documents for a lawsuit involving her former assistant Jennifer O’Neill. Among other things, the rider reportedly shows Gaga asked for all lavender-colored towels for her dressing room, lavender-scented hand and face soap and candles that should be available “at all times.” According to Celebuzz.com, the Mother Monster also needs to have a jar of Hiro strawberry jam, peanut butter and Special K cereal. She’s apparently also quite fond of “good quality” white and red wines, specialty teas and requests a pack of “extra long” straws. Gaga reportedly has a specific taste for the decor of her accommodations. She asks for her dressing room to be in a “glam rock” theme, with white leather couches, fresh roses and black satin drapes. She also needs a fitness room accessible to her 24/7.
O’Neill was Gaga’s personal assistant and friend for almost two years. She is now suing the star for over 300-thousand dollars in unpaid wages. During an August 6th deposition, Gaga called O’Neill a “hood rat” who wants “money that she didn’t earn.”
People in Valladolid, Spain are bugging out over the menu items at one restaurant. According to ThinkSpain.com, Bar Passion is now serving food fused with insects. The new six-legged fare includes rhino beetles in Mediterranean hummus, spicy grasshoppers in guacamole and Thai scorpions with tomatoes and cheese on toast. The bar’s owner — Marco Negroni — says he got the idea to serve the creepy cuisine when he went to Thailand, where he says insects are sold “as though they were bags of potatoes.” Negroni says the insect dishes have piqued customers’ curiosity and have become very popular. He now regularly imports the bugs from London and Thailand. But customers who don’t like the insects will not be left out. Bar Passion also serves typical Spanish tapas and beer from over 250 countries.