Taylor Swift brushes off country roots with pop album; Kevin Hart engaged; Cindy Crawford removes kids from school due to toxins


Taylor Swift is saying goodbye to country music for now: The singer says she’s releasing her first full-length pop album on Oct. 27. She revealed in a livestream via Yahoo! that 1989, named for her birth year, is her “first documented official pop album.”

The first single is the upbeat jam Shake It Off, which The Giver actress debuted during the livestream and was released Monday. She danced happily in a cropped white top and skirt with the audience as the song played.

Swift’s last effort was 2012’s Red, which sold 1.2 million copies in its first week.


Philly rapper Meek Mill pleaded to be released from jail to resume his music career and support his son and 30-person entourage, but the judge who jailed him on a parole violation last month was unmoved. Mill was ordered to take anger-management classes for what prosecutors called a parole office “tantrum” over travel restrictions, and a Twitter rant aimed at a parole officer and prosecutor.

Mill, born Robert Williams, has been on probation for about five years after a 2009 drug and gun conviction, for which he served about a year of house arrest. He has not committed any new crimes, but was flagged this year after failing a drug test and appearing to use a gun in a music video. Defense lawyer Dennis Cogan said Mill had a prescription for OxyContin after spraining his ankle, and said the video prop was a water pistol. He also said his client’s tweets were protected by the First Amendment.


Even though he plays a party guy in the Think Like a Man movies, Kevin Hart is serious about his real-life leading lady. “She said YEEEEESSSSS......,” the diminutive comedian, 35, captioned an image of himself and his bride-to-be, model Eniko Parrish, wearing a brand spanking new ring. Hart has been dating Parrish, 30, for five years.

The proposal was made the same day as the premiere of VH1 reality show Atlanta Exes, which costars his ex-wife, comedian Torrei Hart. Their divorce was, um, contentious. A few months back, when Torrei spoke out publicly against Hart, whom she called a cheater, the father of two tweeted: “I guess giving a woman over 20k a month and still being there for her and being an incredible father isn’t enough.”


Cindy Crawford yanked her two kids out of Malibu High School after elevated levels of PCBs in window caulking were found, the supermodel told Today. The school plans to remove the chemicals.