Why Taylor Swift Gives Her Fans Surprise Gifts: “It’s Fun for Me”

ABC/Lou RoccoYou may wish that every day could be Christmas, but Taylor Swift is trying to make sure that, at least for her fans, every week is like “Swiftmas.”

For quite some time now, the singer has been surprising her devoted fans by sending them surprise gifts that she’s hand-selected based on their interests.  And how does she know their interests?  By trolling their Tumblr accounts, Twitter feeds and more.  As she tells the British paper The Telegraph, “When I pick people to send packages to, I go on their social media sites for the last six months and figure out what they like or what they are going through.”

“Do they like photography? I’ll get them a 1980s Polaroid camera. Do they like vintage stuff? I’ll go to an antiques place and get them 1920s earrings. Do they work out a lot? I’ll get them workout stuff,” she adds.  A handwritten note accompanies each gift, and she personally packs up the gifts with bubble wrap and tape.

So why does Taylor go through the trouble, when her fans would love her just as much if she didn’t? 

“I want to make the most of this cultural relevance or success or whatever you want to call it, because it’s not going to last,” she explains. “I have to be as good a person [as I can] while my name matters to them.” 

She says sending the presents is “fun for me,” adding, “If I go a week without sending something, I start to feel sad.”


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Hozier Releases Teaser for “Someone New” Video

Alex LakeHozier’s got something — and someone — new. The Irish singer released a teaser for the video for his new single “Someone New” on Friday, starring Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer.

The 30-second snippet posted to Twitter features shots of Natalie, who also co-starred in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and ends with a brief glimpse of Hozier singing on stage.

The full video is set to premiere Monday. “Someone New” is the follow-up to his Grammy-nominated hit, “Take Me to Church.” Hozier also announced on Facebook Friday that he will be performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on March 5.



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Justin Timberlake Visits Pregnant Jessica Biel on Set of Her New Movie

Jamie McCarthy/NBCDoting dad-to-be Justin Timberlake surprised his pregnant wife Jessica Biel on the set of her new movie in New Orleans Thursday, the New York Daily News reports.

The singer was spotted on set hanging with Jessica between takes. The 32-year-old actress has been filming scenes for The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, which co-stars Jason Sudeikis.

Sources told Us Weekly Jessica’s been working long days, but hasn’t complained once. “She’s very pregnant but she’s really been a good sport,” an insider said.

Justin and Jessica are reportedly due to welcome their new bundle of joy at the end of April.



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Tom Hanks’ Cameo in Carly Rae Jepsen’s New Video Confirmed

ABC/ Lou RoccoOscar-winner Tom Hanks has officially added “Carly Rae Jepsen music video star” to his resume. After the actor was spotted on the set of what appeared to be a video shoot for Carly’s new single, Entertainment Weekly confirms that he will indeed be dancing alongside the Canadian singer in the video for “I Really Like You.”

“After shooting the video I am still in happy shock,” Carly tells EW. “Tom was hilarious and though it was absolutely freezing he kept our spirits up by shouting ‘huddle together now — like penguins’ when all 60 of us wanted to give up! I can’t thank him enough!”

Tom joined Carly to film an outdoor group dance sequence last week on what happened to be the coldest recorded day in New York City since 2004. Justin Bieber made a cameo in the video, too. Tom is pals with Carly and Justin’s manager, Scooter Braun.

“I Really Like You” is the first track from Carly’s forthcoming album. It will likely be released in March.



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Kanye Dedicates New Tattoos to Daughter & Late Mother

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Kanye West has some new, meaningful ink.

The rapper has decided to get new tattoos of birth dates of his daughter, North West, and his late mother, Donda West, across his wrists.

“I talked him out of getting a face tattoo….for now,” Kim Kardashian West tweeted, along with a few Instagram images of Kanye’s body art. “He got it on his wrists instead. His mother’s birthdate and North’s birthdate in Roman numerals.”

Kanye’s new tats come on the heels of his recently-released “Only One,” a touching song that celebrates his daughter North and was inspired by his late mother. The heartfelt track appears on Kanye’s next album, due out later this year.



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Justin Bieber Wants Seth Rogen to Roast Him

Courtesy of Comedy CentralSeth Rogen is no stranger to poking fun at Justin Bieber. Since he’s done it so often in interviews and on social media, the Biebs has invited Seth to insult him face-to-face at his upcoming Comedy Central Roast.

“@Sethrogen all I want for my birthday is for you to roast me. I took the twitter bashing please make my bday and do it in person. Thanks,” he wrote. In another tweet, he added, “@Sethrogen I would have emailed u but this is the only electronic communication with u that doesn’t scare me. Hope to see u at the roast :) .”

Seth has made no secret of his hatred of Justin. He once posted on Twitter, “All jokes aside, Justin Bieber is a piece of s**t.” He also previously hosted the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, so we wouldn’t be surprised if he was game for a little Bieber roasting.

Comedian Kevin Hart will serve as roast master for Justin’s special, which tapes on March 14 but airs on March 30.



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Ariana Grande “Almost Died” During Honeymoon Tour Performance

Dana Edelson/NBCAriana Grande predicted there would be some snafus during the first show of her Honeymoon Tour, and it turns out she was right. The 21-year-old singer revealed she “almost died” while performing “Love Me Harder” in Kansas City Wednesday night.

The lift that was supposed to raise her onto the stage apparently broke underneath her feet. She was forced to hang on to a metal rafter to avoid falling down below. Thankfully, some stage workers came to her aid before she could fall or be crushed by the lift. In a video explaining the incident, Ariana says she never dropped the mic and although the incident was scary, she made it onto the stage and finished the song.

One fan caught the performance on tape and Ariana can be heard telling the crowd, “I almost died, just saying.”

In a Twitter post before the kickoff of her tour in Kansas City, Ariana warned her fans there might be some technical difficulties given that it was the tour’s first show. “If we face any technical difficulties or if something goes wrong, please bear with us and laugh along!!!” she wrote.

She probably wasn’t laughing at the time, but at least she made it through unscathed.



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Lady Gaga’s New Ballad Premieres in Documentary “The Hunting Ground”

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Image Group LAWe’re not even three months into 2015 and Lady Gaga is already having a banner year: an engagement, a Grammy, a Sound of Music tribute, a role on American Horror Story and now the release of a new, emotional ballad called “Till It Happens to You.”

The Diane Warren-penned track appears in the new documentary The Hunting Ground, which centers on campus rape survivors and hits theaters today. The empowering lyrics get a boost from Gaga’s strong vocals. She sings, “Hold your head up and be strong /When you fall you gotta get up.”

A low-quality version popped up online Friday, but an official version is expected to be available soon.

Last month, Gaga revealed she was recording the song with the award-winning hitmaker Diane. “Recorded a song w/ amazing @Diane_Warren for very important doc #TheHuntingGround that premieres at Sundance today! Congrats 2 all involved!” Gaga tweeted on January 23.


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Madonna Reveals She Was Injured in BRIT Awards Fall; Album Hacker Indicted

Monty Brinton/CBS Earlier this week, Madonna pronounced herself “fine” after falling off the stage during her performance of “Living for Love” at the BRIT Awards in London.  But while recording the British program The Jonathan Ross Show Thursday night, the Queen of Pop admitted she was, in fact, injured during the tumble.

“I didn’t hurt my butt, I hurt my head. I did. I know how to fall, I’ve fallen off my horse many times and I tucked and I have good core strength… but the thing is, I had a little bit of a whiplash and I smacked the back of my head,” Madonna told host Jonathan Ross for the show, which will air in the U.K. March 14. “So there was a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3am making sure that I was still compos mentis.”

Madonna also denied that the fall was a stunt meant to illustrate the song’s lyrics: “Lifted me up, and watched me stumble/After the heartache, I’m gonna carry on.”  She laughed, “I’m never writing lyrics like that again! The universe was trying to teach me a lesson, I guess.”

What was most disappointing, the superstar said, was that the fall marred a performance that she wanted to be perfect.  “It was a horrible nightmare, because I like to be amazing,” she explained. “Seriously, I rehearse and I rehearse and I rehearse so that when I do the show, it’s effortless and I create magic and I did the opposite. I actually created a horror show for everyone.”

As for why the fall happened, Madonna said the cape was she wearing was the culprit. 

“Everybody was worried that my cape was going to slide off because it’s quite heavy so they tied it really tight around my neck,” she explained. “So here I am, marching in like a queen, and I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled my silky string and it would not come undone. And my two lovely Japanese dancers basically strangled me off the stage. I had a choice: I could either be strangled or fall with the cape, and I fell.”

In other Madonna news, the Israeli man who was arrested on suspicion of hacking the files from her new album, Rebel Heart, has been indicted, according to the Hollywood Reporter.  Adi Lederman, 39, was officially charged on four counts: computer trespassing, prohibited secret monitoring and additional computer trespassing, copyright infringement, and obstructing investigation.  He could face up to five years behind bars.

 

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John Legend, Nick Jonas & Rita Ora to Be Featured on “Finding Neverland” Album

ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend, Nick Jonas and Rita Ora are just a few of the artists being featured on a new compilation album based on the Broadway musical Finding Neverland.

The artists will be interpreting songs from the upcoming production, which were written by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy. Glee’s Matthew Morrison, who stars in the production, also will be contributing to the album. This past weekend, Rita and Matthew took the stage at the Weinstein Company’s pre-Oscar party to perform some of the Finding Neverland songs for the first time. Harvey Weinstein is producing the musical.

Finding Neverland (Songs from the Musical) will be released on April 21, a week after the musical has its opening night on April 15. The show, which is based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, also stars Kelsey Grammer.


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