Taylor Swift’s Amazing Birthday Weekend, in Videos and Pictures

Wyomissing’s  Taylor Swift turned 25 to great, star-studded fanfare this weekend. On the West Coast, the Grammy Museum celebrated with a special “The Taylor Swift Experience” exhibit that featured artifacts like books and photos from her childhood, handwritten lyrics to her hit song “22,” and props used in her latest video, “Shake It Off.”

The real party was on the East Coast, however, where Swift spent the entire weekend with a couple of the world’s biggest stars, folks like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Sam Smith.

It all started Saturday, after Swift performed at Jingle Ball in New York City. Afterward, she threw a party for herself at her downtown apartment, a party that one attendee, Kelly Osbourne called “one of the best I have ever been to.”

According to E!, attendees there included Jay and Bey, John Legend’s main squeeze Chrissy Teigen, Sam Smith, Nick Jonas, Olivia Culpo and Ansel Elgort. “It raged until 5 a.m. and, understandably, cake wasn’t enough to feed the whole crew, and three pizza delivery men reportedly arrived with about 40 pies in tow.”

This Instagram photo from Swift’s account—showing Timberlake wearing a poop mask—pretty much sums up the night:

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WATCH: Scruffy Guys Reenact Beyonce’s “7/11″ Video

It was only a matter of time till this happened: A bunch of scruffy dudes calling themselves “Boyoncé” got together to reenact Beyoncé’s recent—and so fantastic—video for her newest single, “7/11.” One of the performers actually looks quite a lot like Bruce Yelk. See for yourself in the video above.

Here’s the original for comparison’s sake:

The Crown Beyoncé Wore In Her ‘7/11′ Video Was Made By a Philly-Born, UPenn Graduate


Crowns for all! | Image via YouTube.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen Beyoncé’s DIY video for her latest single ‘7/11.’ (And if you haven’t seen it, welcome back to the world! Watch it here.) Throughout most of the video Bey wore her underwear, sometimes switching into yoga pants, a variety of sweatshirts, and a necklace so huge you can see it from space (sbove). But towards the end of the video, she rocked a crazy futuristic crown. Huffington Post reported that it was created by Laura Wass, the Brooklyn-based designer behind WXYZ Jewelry.

And guess what? Laura was raised in Penn Valley, went to Friends Central  and was a student at Penn. (Just like Stuart Weitzman.)

See the designer here.

Beyonce’s Newest Music Video Is Essentially 3.5 Minutes Of Her Dancing In Her Underwear

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Queen Bee’s newest music video for her single 7/11 hit YouTube over the weekend, and, for lack of better words, it’s pretty much three minutes and 36 seconds of the pop star getting down while in her panties.

The track, which comes off the Beyonce Platinum Edition album, is what we’d come to expect from the singer…but the video is a whole other story. The title of the song references the popular drinking game 7/11 doubles (if you’ve never heard of it, here’s a tutorial on how to play). Fans on Beyonce’s YouTube page have mixed feelings on the video: some have called it the “Best music video I’ve seen in a really looong time,” while others think the video shows how Beyonce  is “down the drain, flushable with everyone else.”

We’ll let you be the judge!

Beyoncé Biography In The Works Will Probably Save the Book Industry



A year from now the world will be graced by the first in-depth biography of Beyoncé by famed celebrity biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli. Taraborrelli has delved into the lives of pop culture’s most fascinating names, including Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and the Kennedys. Now he’ll pull back the curtain on the world’s most flawless celebrity.

The as-yet-untitled biography will follow Bey from childhood to superstardom, including aspects of both her personal and professional lives. Flavorwire reports that the book will feature “exclusive interviews with the people in the superstar’s life” but there is no word yet on whether that includes Queen Bey herself.

Will we get to know Knowles as a precocious young star in the making? Will the bio detail the early struggles Destiny’s Child faced? What about her fortress-like PR machine? Her relationship with Jay? Her early days with Blue? What really happened in that elevator? We have so many questions.

No matter what the bio includes, it’s sure to sell off the shelves in minutes. Beyoncé could give a much needed boost to the book biz next fall when Hachette’s Grand Central Publishing releases the tome. Add this news to her just-announced collab with Topshop and you’ve got one bootylicious Monday.


Do This: Pop Divas Dance Workshop at Philly Dance Fitness

Philly Dance Fitness Class // Photo via Facebook

Philly Dance Fitness Class // Photo via Facebook

If your Sunday afternoon plans usually consist of watching way too many episodes of Criminal Minds (feel no shame—I’m totally with you), we’ve got a better idea: Next Sunday, October 26th, Philly Dance Fitness is hosting a Pop Divas Dance Workshop, where you will experience, and I quote, “90 minutes of nonstop hip-shaking, body-rolling, chest-popping cardio dance routines” to the tunes of everyone’s favorite pop divas like Beyoncé, Lada Gaga, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and more. See? Way more fun than a Netflix marathon.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Beyoncé and Jay Z Edition



This weekend, Queen Bey and Jay Z will be stopping in Philly for their “On The Run” tour. And sadly, because life just isn’t fair, we can’t all be there in person to witness the magic (and rumored relationship drama) play out on stage. So this week, in lieu of a concert ticket, we’ve decided to bring you the next best thing: a very long workout playlist jam-packed with all of our favorite Beyoncé and Jay Z hits, including a few from their respective “Survivor” and “Hard Knock Life” days. Just pop in your headphones, pretend you’re at Citizen’s Bank Park, and get your sweat on—and whatever you do, do not look at Instagram.

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$10 Concert-Themed Sweat Fitness Spin Classes in July and August

Summer is prime time for concert goers here in Philly. (Don’t believe us? See what our pals over at Ticket have to say about it.) Sweat Fitness is getting in the spirit with a Summer Concert Cycling Series in July and August, a slew of theme rides that are open to gym members and the public.

The classes will feature playlists chock-full of hits from the big names coming to town, including Katy Perry (Wells Fargo Center, August 4th and 5th), Miley Cyrus (Wells Fargo, August 2nd), Bruno Mars (Susquehanna Bank Center, July 17th) and Billy Joel (Citizens Bank Park, August 2nd). There are even rides dedicated to the Made in America festival, one of which—August 27th at 6:30 p.m. at Sweat on Arch Street—will feature a live DJ during the ride and post-workout wine and snacks.

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Get Pumped for Beyonce and Jay-Z with Body Cycle Studio’s On the Run Ride

On the Run Tour | Photo via Facebook

On the Run Tour | Photo via Facebook

If you scored tickets to the Beyonce and Jay-Z concert on July 5th, let me first say this: Please don’t post any pictures, unless you want me to spend the night sobbing while Beyonce’s greatest hits play softly in the background.

If you are lucky enough to go to the concert and you’re looking for a pre-game (or maybe you just want to jam to some of Bey and Jay’s greatest hits), sign up for Body Cycle Studio’s On the Run Ride this Saturday. This pre-concert cycling class is sure get you pumped, and will still leave you plenty of time to primp for the show.

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