By now, everyone and their mother knows that Taylor Swift is dating a Kennedy (Conor, 18, son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.), and that the leggy country crooner all but party-bombed a Kennedy wedding last week ("I personally went up to Ms. Swift…and asked her nicely as I could to leave," the bride's mother said).
But the top-earning entertainer under 30 is not stopping there. She's already bought that $4.9 million vacation home near the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., which she alludes to in a new interview in Rolling Stone. "That would be so amazing," Swift gushed to the publication.
Other things the 22-year-old gushed about? Her love for R&B hip-hop ("I love Wiz Khalifa" -- how quirky!) and collaborating with industry pros Max Martin and Dan Wilson for her fourth album, "Red" (out October 22). She also expounded on love, just generally. "Trying to chronicle each step of the way was challenging, because you go to some really dark places with the lyrics. Then in the next track, you're talking about how amazing it is to meet someone new," Swift said.
Not that we're sensing a trend here [insert Taylor Swift surprise face here], but … Conor, you listening?
MOSCOW — Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot have fled Russia to avoid prosecution for a protest against Vladimir Putin that sent three of their band mates to prison, the group said Sunday.
Five members of the feminist group took part in a provocative performance inside Moscow's main cathedral in February to protest the Russian leader's rule and his cozy relationship with the Orthodox Church. The women wore their trademark garishly colored balaclavas, which made it difficult for police to identify them, and only three were arrested.
After a controversial trial that highlighted Putin's crackdown on dissent since he began a third presidential term in May, the three band members were convicted of hooliganism and sentenced to two years in prison on Aug. 17. Days later, Moscow police said they were searching for the other band members, an apparent warning to the group to stop its anti-Putin protests.
No matter what musical genre you prefer, it is hard to deny that there are some mega catchy tunes out there this summer. Even non-country lovers find it difficult to not cheerfully –albeit drunkenly- sing along to Toby Keiths “Red Solo Cup”. And who can forget that this summer, “We are young” with FUN and The Wanted is “Glad we came”? It seems there is no end to the memory making music already incessantly stuck in our heads for the rest of the summer, but are there any songs we HAVEN’T already had our fill of? Surprisingly, yes! These songs have been slowly creeping their way up the charts for the past few weeks and are sure to make a splash this summer.
Remember last summer when Neon Trees debuted with the pure awesomeness that was Animal? A song about besties wanting to take things to the next level put Neon Trees on everyone’s radar and now they are back this summer with yet another up and coming hit, “Everybody Talks”. Sure to give meaning to even the most menial summer fling, turn up “Everybody Talks” and make some memories this summer. In true Pitbull fashion, the Cuban rap artist is back again with another chart topping hit, “Back in Time”. The airwaves have just started picking up this club-worthy pop tune and it will only get more infectious as the heat rises this summer. He’s never gone for more than a season but Pitbull came back this year with a bang. Dance your summer away with Pitbulls ode to the new Men in Black movie and maybe it will prompt you to see the new box office hit?
This spring was an intense ride for Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter Gotye, when his hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” took the world by storm. He’s back just a short season later with another song from his album “Making Mirrors” with “Giving Me a Chance”. This album is a summer must. Don’t forget that only listening to one song off a popular album is like reading only one chapter of an awesome book.
Of Monsters and Men is an up and coming Indie Rock band that is sure to keep you relaxed and joyful on even the hottest of days. “Little Talks” is starting to get some airtime and is definitely going to be a contender this summer.
On this season of The Bachelorette, one of the contestants took Emily on a romantic date that included slow dancing to a live performance from one of her favorite bands, “Gloriana”. They serenaded the couple with their popular song, “Kissed You Goodnight”. This song is as melodic and beautiful as it is swoon-worthy. Put this on your summer soundtrack and see if you aren’t feeling more romantic and free spirited.
Country sweethearts, Love and Theft have just debuted their summer crooner “Angel Eyes”. Put on those daisy dukes and grab your strawberry wine because this song will take you right back to your first summer crush at the county fair.
A blanket, a 6-pack and some portable speakers are all you need to make this summer one to remember with this playlist as these songs are sure to blow up in the next few months.
Latoya Taylor writes about entertainment, fashion & more at travelinsurance.org
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