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Taylor Swift Buys NYC Penthouse for Nearly $20 Million

ABC/Richard HarbaughThere’s been much speculation over the past week as to whether or not Taylor Swift really laid out close to $20 million for a swanky New York City residence. Well, E! News has confirmed that the singer did, in fact, splash out on a fancy penthouse — two of them, in fact.

According to E!, Taylor spent $19.9 million to buy not one but two penthouse apartments in a building in New York’s trendy Tribeca neighborhood. Together, they total more than 8,000 square feet. By comparison, the mansion she purchased in Rhode Island last year for close to $18 million was just 3,000 square feet larger.

Taylor’s new Manhattan neighbors include Beyonce and Jay Z and Gwyneth Paltrow, according to E!. The singer’s been spotted out and about in the Big Apple over the last two weeks, shopping and hanging out with friends.

Despite owning residences in Los Angeles, Rhode Island and, now, New York, Taylor recently told Time magazine that Nashville, where she also owns a condo, will always be her real “home.” She says she likes it because she’s not bothered by paparazzi as she …read more

After Madonna Hometown Sign in Bay City, MI, Is a Madonna Statue Next?

Madonna.comNow that Madonna‘s hometown of Bay City, Michigan has agreed to erect a sign in her honor, a statue of the Queen of Pop could be next.

According to MLive.com, a total of $650 in private funds so far has been raised to erect the green-and-white sign announcing Bay City as the birthplace of the superstar singer. It’ll welcome visitors who are traveling on U.S. Route 10. But since the goal of the sign is to “get people into town,” as the commissioner spearheading the plan explained, he wants to have something for them to see when they arrive. That’s where the statue idea comes in.

“When people go to Wall Street in New York, what do they do? They get their picture with the big bull,” Bay City Commissioner Christopher Girard told MLive.com. “We need something in town that people want to come and see and take their picture in front of.”

It’s not clear how soon the sign will be installed. Madonna was born in Bay City on August 16, 1958. In 1978, she moved to New York City; her first single, “Everybody,” was released …read more

Rod Stewart and Santana Teaming Up for Joint North American Tour

RodStewart.comIn what’s sure to be one of the most exciting rock tours of 2014, Rod Stewart and Santana will hit the road together for an 18-date North American trek. Dubbed “The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs” tour, the outing is broken up into two legs — the first kicking off May 23 in Albany, New York, running through a June 7 show in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the second mapped out from a July 31 performance in Eugene, Oregon, through an August 20 stop in Wantagh, New York.

Among the major cities the tour will visit are Pittsburgh; St. Louis; Denver; Kansas City, Missouri; and Washington, D.C.; as well as Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, Canada.

Stewart continues to promote his latest studio album, Time, which came out last May, while Santana is set to release his first-ever Spanish-language collection, Corazón, on May 5.

American Express card members will be able to buy presale tickets starting this Monday at 10 a.m. local venue time. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning March 7 at 10 a.m.

Here’s the complete list of dates for the Rod Stewart and Santana tour:

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Billy Joel Poised to Tie His Own Madison Square Garden Record

Credit: Myrna SuarezBack in 2006, Billy Joel set a record by selling out 12 consecutive shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden; he was the first solo artist to do so on a single tour. Now, the Piano Man is poised to tie his own record.

Billy has just announced that he’s added a 12th show to his current residency at the legendary New York City venue. The previous 11 shows he’s put on sale have all sold out. This 12th show will take place Thursday, December 18, and tickets go on sale Friday, February 28 at 10 a.m.

When he first announced his residency at the Garden — the venue calls it a “music franchise — Billy said he’d continue to play one show a month there “as long as there is interest.” The residency began on January 27; his next show is scheduled for March 21. In between, he’s been performing select dates around the country, and he’ll continue to do so, in arenas and stadiums, throughout the year.

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Lady Gaga VIP Soundcheck Tickets Up for Grabs on Saturday

Lloyd Bishop/NBCIf you’re a Lady Gaga fan, it may be worth signing up for a Citi ThankYou card right now. Saturday morning, card members will get the chance to grab tickets for a VIP experience at the star’s upcoming shows at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom.

The additional tickets, which go on sale Saturday starting at 10 a.m. ET at LiveNation.com, will offer fans access to a VIP soundcheck before Gaga’s show at Roseland on April 6. They cost a whopping $400 each, but you also get a chance to attend the actual concert.

The singer is performing seven shows at Roseland, an iconic New York City venue that will shut down when she’s finished performing there. The shows run from March 28 through April 7, and are sold out.

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Watch Sting Perform Songs from His New Musical "The Last Ship" Live on Stage

Photo: Frank OckenfelsThe Last Ship, Sting‘s first attempt at a musical, will hit Broadway on October 26, but you can get a preview Friday night when he appears in a special edition of the PBS series Great Performances that features him performing the songs at an intimate New York club. The program premieres at 9 p.m. ET on select stations; check your local listings.

Sting taped the concert on October 2, 2013, his 62nd birthday, at the Public Theater in New York City. Speaking to reporters about the PBS special not long ago, the former Police frontman explained that he wanted to perform the Last Ship songs on stage himself because he wasn’t quite ready emotionally to turn them over to the cast of the musical.

“I imagine that I’m going to have a kind of postpartum depression, handing these songs completely over to actors, which is why it was important for me to sing these songs in the show,” he said. “So, I basically played all the characters, apart from one or two and, you know, claimed ownership of them. So now I can happily …read more

Paul Simon to Perform at National Baseball Hall of Fame's 75th Anniversary Concert

PaulSimon.comAs part of Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon once sang “Where have you gone/Joe DiMaggio?” He’ll be communing with the late, great ball player’s spirit on August 2, when he travels to Cooperstown, New York to play at a concert celebrating the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum’s 75th Anniversary.

At the concert, which will pay tribute to baseball through music, film and video, Simon is scheduled to perform three songs. No doubt one of them will be “Mrs. Robinson,” the song that contains that famous Joe DiMaggio line; back in 2006, he donated a copy of the song to the Hall of Fame’s library.

Others on the bill for the concerts include musician and former New York Yankee Bernie Williams, as well as the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. More stars will be announced in the coming weeks.

Simon is currently on tour with Sting; the two musicians will wrap up their joint trek March 16 in Orlando.

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Lady Gaga Performs "ARTPOP" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

Lloyd Bishop/NBCOne day after Lady Gaga made a cameo appearance on the premiere installment of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the singer returned to the host’s New York City studio Tuesday as the show’s musical guest.

Gaga was clad in white and a long, platinum wig as she performed the title track from her album ARTPOP. Her piano, fellow musicians and backup singers were also decked out in white.

Lady Gaga’s new tour, artRave: The ARTPOP Ball, kicks off May 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Gaga will warm up for the tour by doing seven sold-out shows at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom from March 28 through April 7. They will be the last shows at that venue before it closes its doors forever.

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