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We all know that Taylor Swift is kind of America’s Sweetheart, but her latest charity gesture definitely puts her in the running from most generous country star – ever. Yesterday, the country musician made a generous donation to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Just how generous? She donated to the tune of $4 Million. Swift’s donation is the biggest to ever be bestowed upon the museum by a singular country artist. So what exactly is the lump sum going towards?

Expected to open in 2014, the CMHFM will use the money for the new Taylor Swift Education Center which will house an exhibit and classroom space. The museum’s director, Kyle Young said in a statement, “it will allow us to do what we do better, serve more people, develop new programs and I’m happy to say that as we talked through this opportunity with Taylor, she very much wants to be involved in an advisory capacity in what we do. IIs there a better person out there who’s in touch with a young audience?” I couldn’t agree more with the last statement.

It’s great to see a young star doing something great with their money and making an impact on this new generation. Good for you Taylor. In other exciting Taylor news, she recently released a the lyric video for her new single, “Eyes Open.” This lyric video is quite impressive as we watch some stop motion photography bring a desk and some doodles to life. The song is also a total hit and I can hear on any upcoming rom-com soundtrack. Watch Taylor’s newest lyric video and share your comments below.

Taylor Swift debuts new “Eyes Open” lyric video after the jump.

Last week Entertainment Weekly gave us a sneak peek at it’s music issue. Naturally, Adele graced the cover where the publication names the “30 Greatest Artists Right Now“. With the British Songbird selling millions of copies of her second album “21” (what sophomore slump???) and her domination at this year’s Grammys, Adele is not only the perfect choice for the cover but also as their No. 1 musician right now. Her success is nothing short of remarkable given that she wasn’t able to promote it for months due to surgery. She truly is changing the face of music today. Everyone’s trying to find and sign the next Adele.

Ranking the “30 Greatest Artists” of the moment is a dicey situation and EW.com is certainly going out on a limb. You’re bound to piss some people off with omissions and how low their favorite artist ranks on the list, if they make the cut. For instance, Lady Gaga and Beyonce barely make the list and don’t even crack the Top 20. At least they made it. I’m sure my Seattle friends and Patrick will be annoyed that their beloved Britney Spears was snubbed from the list.

Even a bigger omission, IMHO, is Madonna. Sure, she’s prehistoric but she did just clock in her eighth No. 1 album last week. Even equally fellow geriatric Bruce Springsteen ranked on the list. Why the Madonna hate??? That being said, I’m happy that a few non marquee names made the cut- Azealia Banks, fun. and Gotye all got some loving. See who else made EW.com’s Top 30 below.

see if your favorite artist made the list and what place after the jump

As a prankster myself, I’m especially excited for the return of Punk’d at the end of the month. This season, instead of Ashton Kutcher hosting each episode, there will be a new celebrity host each time. In the preview below, we get to see some of the pranksters this season, including: Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Hayden Panettiere, Kellan Lutz, Nick Cannon and Bam Margera. Can’t wait to see their elaborate pranks!

Who are the unfortunate victims of these naughty tricks? Shown in the trailer below, we see Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Snooki, Liam Hemsworth, Khloe Kardashian and Dianna Agron, among others. It’s definitely a young Hollywood getting pranked this season.

My favorite part is seeing their reactions when they think they’ve blown something up or ruined someone’s life. When the stars are brought to tears, you can’t help but feel for them… and then laugh. Enjoy the trailer below and be sure to tune in to MTV on March 29 for the premiere!

Watch the trailer after the jump…

Sophia Grace & Rosie Have Tea With Taylor Swift

In: Patrick, TV Shows

Yesterday, I wrote about the adorable Sophia Grace & Rosie and their adventures in Disneyland, thanks to Ellen Degeneres. Today, the two sat down and had a tea party with singer Taylor Swift. This segment is part of their new segment on Ellen called “Tea Time With Sophia Grace & Rosie“.

After they got Swift dressed up like a princess, the three ladies chatted about fashion, getting hungry when you’re singing, and of course, boyfriends. The girls were so adorable as they talked about not having boyfriends, although we learned that one of the two little ones used to have a boyfriend.

Find out which one of the two girl already has an ex-boyfriend and their full “Tea Time” conversation in the video below.

Watch the segment after the jump…

I freakin’ love Ellen Degeneres and how she interviews celebrities on her show… especially when she wants to find out if they are dating. Ellen put on her best investigative skills (which aren’t subtle in the slightest) to find out if today’s guests were in fact, dating as rumors in Hollywood are somewhat suggesting.

Promoting their animated film The Lorax, both Zac Efron & Taylor Swift did the best job they could at deflecting Ellen’s one-two punches of stating that they were a cute couple. Watching the two get annoyed and defensive only begs the question, maybe they are?

To add to the cuteness factor, Zac told Ellen that Taylor had taught her a little bit of guitar and the two decided to play a little didy for Ellen. The two began singing Pumped Up Kicks but quickly changed up the lyrics to describe their experiences appearing on Ellen. The two have nice harmony together and I kind of want to hear more from this duo. Check out their hilarious interview and impromptu song performance below.

Zac & Taylor’s interview and song performance after the jump.

One more pivotal role for the movie musical adaptation of “Les Miserables” has finally been cast. After a long search which included a competitive field consisting of Scarlett Johansson, Lea Michele, Evan Rachel Wood and Taylor Swift, the highly-coveted role of Eponine has been assigned to one lucky performer. Even though the role was offered to Taylor, a certain stage performer bested the country singer for the part. She joins a star studded cast which includes Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia), Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn), and Aaron Tveit (Gossip Girl).

Official Synopsis

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

find out who it is after the jump

At 22-years-old Taylor Swift is certainly a woman now. The country singer looks absolutely gorgeous and grown up in her latest photo shoot for Vogue. The fashion magazine enlisted the “You Belong To Me” singer for their February 2012 issue. Shot by famed-photographer Mario Testino, Swift channels her inner boho chic rock star persona for the cover and accompanying photo spread in the publication.

Taylor can attribute her new sassy look to Fashion Director Tonne Goodman. He did a fantastic job of transitioning the superstar from country teen queen to an edgy pop star sprinkled with rock star flare. In my opinion, she looks like a modern day Stevie Nicks. Swift not only looks grown up but sounds it as well. For her interview, conducted by Jonathan Van Meter, she talks candidly about fame, red flags from potential suitors and heartbreak.

Speaking of which, she revealed she’s currently writing a song about a hard breakup that left her devastated. She’s notoriously written about John Mayer, Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner in the past. Luckily for the latter, his song was flattering compared to the other two. Does this mean, this upcoming track is about Jake Gyllenhaal? The two dated briefly in 2010. Check out a few memorable quotes from her interview below along with more pictures snapped by Mario Testino.

view more photos after the jump

Okay, I have spent the better half of the morning listening to the same song on repeat thanks to @mitchmckamey who sent me the first song released from the upcoming The Hunger Games film soundtrack. I am eagerly anticipating the official release of the upcoming movie in March and hadn’t even THOUGHT about the soundtrack until today! Naturally I was wildly excited when I logged into Facebook today and saw that Mitch had posted the first track on my wall, aptly stating, “This is perfect, no?”

My instant response (before even listening because I’m crazyballs like that) was YES! I have now listened to the song ten times in a row and quickly realized I need to share this gem with every other fan! The artist came as a bit of a surprise, being one of the biggest female pop musicians of the year. I definitely thought the movie would have an indie/hipster feel to its soundtrack, or even a harder, rock/metal sound. Imagine my surprise (and unbelievably glee) when I heard this stripped down artist performing a duet with an up-and-coming band…

Find out who the artist is and listen to the song after the jump.

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