1. Taylor Swift just bought all of Tribeca.
Since she's from Pennsylvania and has spent almost her entire career marketing herself as Nashville Princess, I was pretty annoyed when Swift released the 1989
single "Welcome To New York." Like, "Walking through a crowd, the village is aglow / Kaleidoscope of loud heartbeats under coats"? I'm sorry, but have you ever walked through Times Square on a Saturday afternoon before? "Walking through a crowd, smells like someone just shat their pants / Homeless people throwing old bagels and nagging us about their financial plans!" That's
more like it! Welcome to New York, baby!
So in light of her oblivion, I think Swift has got some nerve to decide she basically owns Tribeca now. She has reportedly spent about $50 million on a single block in the neighborhood.
The New York Post
shared that the pop star just spent $9.75 million on a second-floor apartment at 155 Franklin St. Also, it wasn't even on the market… But this is the new Taylor and she shall get whatever she wants! In addition to that, she had already spent $20 million on two top-floor units in the same building, which she combined to create a whopping 8,000-square-foot penthouse. What is she even doing with all that space? Is she planning to start a family soon or do her cats just need a lot
of room? IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THAT,
she also has an $18 million townhouse next door at 153 Franklin St. What is it with that block? I hope she's at least got a good pizzeria next door, because that's what she's really paying for. Aziz Ansari, Steve Soderbergh, and Orlando Bloom also all live in the building and, if I remember correctly, Bloom is Swift's arch-nemesis Katy Perry's on again/off again fling, so Katy Kat better watch out.
2. A man was arrested for planning to kidnap Lana Del Rey.
When I first heard about this I laughed, but then I realized it was actually like, a very serious thing, and I'm glad Lana is safe and sound.
This happened last Friday night when she was in Orlando, FL for her concert, and according to an arrest affidavit, Michael Hunt, 43, of Riverview, Florida was arrested and charged with "aggravated stalking with a credible threat and attempted kidnapping with a weapon." Apparently in the coming weeks, Hunt threatened Lana by her real name, "Elizabeth Woolridge Grant," on social media. He also has a terribly long criminal record, clocking in at 61 felony convictions, "from drugs to violent crimes." Nice. Why would a criminal be so obsessed with Lana Del Rey though?
Lana said she was aware of Hunt and feared for her safety, and he showed up to her concert with a folding knife. He is now being held in Orange County jail.
Lana originally tweeted that she was fine:
However then at a concert she said that although she was feeling fine, she suddenly started to feel a little nervous, and began to cry on stage:
Poor Lana, we gotchu gurl! Go back to your garden and get yourself a fresh new flower crown! Nothing like some florals to make a gal feel better!
3. Katy Perry admitted that she would make edits to her hit song, "I Kissed A Girl."
I remember when "I Kissed A Girl" came out. It was 2008, she was playing for all the emo kids at Warped Tour, and my mom didn't even really care that I was so obsessed with a lesbian/experimentation anthem. It's a good song! However, as Katy recently admitted in a new segment for Glamour Magazine, You Sang My Song,
there are a couple of outdated stereotypes in there. "Cherry Chapstick"? Surely that'd be updated to "Fenty by Rihanna" now. Someone grab me my Uggs! Wait -- what do you mean people don't wear those anymore?
Katy shared, "That was in 2008 when it came out, and I think we've really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years. We've come a long way. Bisexuality wasn't as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity. If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What's true for you can evolve."
Watch the entire video below, where she watches people cover that song as well as her other hits. My personal favorite was the little girl singing "Firework" -- she did a better job singing than Mariah Carey during her NYE performance!