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Taylor Swift, “Glee” Star Chord Overstreet Spotted Together
Taylor Swift and “Glee” star Chord Overstreet (who plays Sam) were spotted together at the L.A. Kings hockey game Thursday (Jan. 24) night, which led to speculation about whether or not the two were dating. While nothing has been confirmed yet, it is thought that Overstreet and Swift met through Chord’s father, Paul Overstreet — a talented country music musician/songwriter in his own right. (PerezHilton.com)
Pitchfork Music Festival Dates Announced
Pitchfork Music Festival continues its tradition of taking over Chicago’s Union Park smack-dab in the middle of July, with this year’s fest running from July 15-17. Three-day passes for the three-day fest go on sale March 4, with single tickets costing $45 and weekend passes going for $110. Last year, passes sold out in just five days. No performers have been announced, but last year’s festivities featured headliners Pavement, LCD Soundsystem and Modest Mouse.
Hospitalized ‘Idol’ Contestant Casey Abrams To Perform in Top 24 Show
Hospitalized “American Idol” Top 24 finalist Casey Abrams will reportedly attend today’s taping of the show’s 12 male finalists. An inside source said the Idyllwild, Calif. native will take part in the performances, then return to the hospital, where he has been since Wednesday after complaining of severe stomach pains. If Abrams had failed to show, he would have been bumped from the competition. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Facebook’s ‘Nightclub City: DJ Rivals’ To Get Mobile Gaming App
The creators of “Nightclub City,” a music-focused gaming app on Facebook, are bringing their experience to mobile phones next month with a unique app that blends the two platforms. The new mobile app — “Nightclub City: DJ Rivals” — is part rhythm game, part role-playing game and part location-based game that features interesting tie-ins to the Facebook version. It’s expected to become available in mid March, pending Apple’s approval. (full story at Billboard.biz)
(Reporting by Antony Bruno, Jillian Mapes and Kevin Rutherford.)