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Have We Reached Peak Swift?

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Earthlings (I was going to say "Americans," but we soooo don't have the corner on that market anymore) love nothing more than a superstar, except, perhaps, building up a superstar and then blowing them to smithereens. (Marginally related thought, you should check out The Smithereens if you have a chance.) So it is with a certain amount of trepidation that I regard Taylor Swift’s unimpeachable rise to power. And if you listen carefully to the whispers among the celebrity gossip set – whether or not the rumors are true – the rumors are stirring. And they may indeed indicate that Swift’s star has reached its zenith.

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Country’s Top Power Couples

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With the breakup of country-pop’s favorite couple – Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert – the hierarchy of super-star country couples has been totally upended. So we’re re-examining the genre’s power elite who also happen to call one another “bae.” (No, seriously, try to picture Garth Brooks saying that.)

Garth BrooksGarth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood

Married in 2005 at their Oklahoma ranch, Garth and Trisha have a remarkable 57 combined years in the music business. The eccentric Brooks actually proposed to Yearwood in front of thousands of fans. They’re currently touring together, but the duo doesn’t stop at singing. Trisha in particular is multi-talented, currently hosting a Food Network Show, “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” and is also the author of several cookbooks. Garth sticks to music in general, but whether he’ll pull out his alter ego any time soon remains to be seen.

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Although the idea was destined for failure from the moment it was conceived, the bid for Boston to host the 2024 Olympics fell flat on its face on Monday when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) officially ended its bid for Boston to host the 2024 Summer Games. The idea that New England’s largest city would host the Olympics didn’t sit well with many Bostonians from the start. Years of construction associated with building Olympic venues, few economic benefits, and a potential for the event to go over budget, which is the main reason the bid ultimately fell through, were all reasons so many were wary of the idea.

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Hollywood Hits Broadway

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Earlier this year, when Tony Nominations were being announced, Finding Neverland – the musical based on the movie based on the real(-ish) story of J.M. Barrie’s journey toward creating Peter Pan – was notably absent from the list of nominees. Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who had also produced the 2004 film of the same name that starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, released a statement related to the snub (via The Wrap).

“With 27 nominations today for ‘Fun Home,’ ‘The Elephant Man,’ 'The Audience’ or ‘Wolf Hall,’ shows that we either co-invested or co-produced, we couldn’t be more thrilled,” Weinstein said. “As for ‘Finding Neverland,’ our passion for it remains unwavering. I could not be more proud of the magic created on our stage by Diane Paulus and the entire ‘Neverland’ team night after night, which has made this show a smash hit.”

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Week in Review

50 Cent "Borrowed" Luxury Items

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Apparently 50 Cent isn’t worth much more than his stage name. According to Forbes, the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was said to have a net worth of $155 million. However, after recently being ordered to pay $5 million in damages in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit, the multi-platinum-selling artist filed for bankruptcy. Last week, Jackson was at a supreme court hearing in Manhattan for the same lawsuit, where he was questioned by the plaintiff’s attorney about his luxury items, such as pricey cars and flashy jewelry that he often boasted on social media. Jackson admitted that most of his jewelry was “borrowed” and he only owns a G-Shock watch and three gold chains. As far as the expensive cars, almost all of them were rented. As you can see below, 50 is making the best out of a bad situation.

 

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