Taylor Swift Helps the University of Kansas Swimming||

Taylor Swift‘s best friend, Abigail Anderson, called upon her famous pal the other day as she is trying to raise funds for her school’s diving and swim team.

Anderson, who attends the University of Kansas, asked Swift if she would autograph a Jayhawks basketball jersey to benefit the team. Not to let her friend down, the ‘Mean‘ singer gave her a hearty “yes.”

The white No. 1 jersey has the name ‘Swift’ embellished on the back in the school’s colors, cobalt blue and red.

Bidding started at $200 but quickly increased to the final bid of $1,005. Every cent went to the school’s water sports squad, of which Swift’s friend is a member.

After a short break, Swift’s Speak Now World Tour picked up again last week Oslo. The European leg continues with stops in Italy, France, Spain and the U.K.

Her next U.S. tour dates are May 27 and 28 in Omaha, Neb.

Swift recently released the song ‘Mean’ as the latest single from her album ‘Speak Now.’



Stars Send Love, Prayers to Tsunami Victims

Hollywood’s heart was with Japan on Friday.

A 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Japan triggering a 13 foot tsunami. With the death toll from the devastated island nation at 100 and rising, celebrities took to Twitter to offer words of comfort.

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Kim Kardashian tweeted, “Just heard about the huge earthquake and tsunami in Japan. My prayers are with everyone in Japan.”

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Added Selena Gomez, “Wow, I don’t even know what to say, Japan. I was just there and you were all so wonderful to me. I am sending all my love, prayers and support.”

When news hit that the threat of more deadly tidal waves extended to North America’s west coast, Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin wrote, “Turn on the news. Earthquake in japan and tsunami heading toward hawaii and ca. So scary”.

Here are other stars who reached out via Twitter.

Taylor Swift: “I’m sending my thoughts and prayers and love to those in Japan who are hurting.”

P Diddy: “Oh man yall see this earthquake in japan??????!!!!! Let us pray!!!! God bless Japan!”

The View‘s Sherri Shepherd: “Praying for everyone in Japan. And praying that West coasters will be okay”.

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Ryan Seacrest: Glued to TV watching this unreal earthquake footage out of Japan. Sending prayers to everyone affected. Unbelievable.”

Khloe Kardashian: “Wow my heart is breaking with every image I see. So sad! Praying hard!”

Bethenny Frankel: “I cannot believe we have another natural disaster in this world again. praying”

Glee‘s Lea Michele: “So devastating to hear about the huge earthquake and tsunami Japan. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone there”

Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet: “The news footage is unreal. I know America and Americans will do what we always do. Help. Thoughts and payers with the Japanese people.”

DWTS champ Derek Hough: “Incredible…I can’t believe my eyes…Everyone pray for them…Puts things into perspective. Wow!”

Vampire DiariesIan Somerhalder: “I’m so so so sorry Japan as well as everywhere and everyone effected by this horrific event. Speechless. Help is on the way”

Lenny Kravitz: “My heart goes out to Japan in this intense situation. Especially those who lost love ones. Respectfully, Lenny.”

Cash Warren: “Thoughts & prayers go 2 R fellow global citizens in Japan. dont wait until a disaster strikes 2 offer ur neighbor a helping hand…”

Adam Lambert: “My thoughts and energy are towards japan.”

Solange Knowles: “Thanking God for life right now. Praying for those who lost lives…This is truly tragic.”

David Chapelle: “#prayforjapan times like this we gotta stick together, real talk. God bless everyone affected by the earthquake & #tsunami”

Slash: “My thoughs & prayers go out to the people in Japan dealing w/the earthquake. Tsunamis & aftershocks. I hope the worst is over.”

Mandy Moore: “keeping japan in my thoughs and prayers after the devastating quake and requisite tsunamis.”

Melissa Joan Hart: “God protect those affected by the earthquake and tsunamis!”

John Stamos: “praying for japan”

Caroline Manzo: “Wishing Safety to all affected by Tsunami.”

Angelina Jolie Speaks Out On Behalf Of Political Refugees In Africa

As part of her work as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for refugees, Angelina Jolie is speaking out against the deadly political turmoil in the African nations of Libya and the Ivory Coast, or Cote d’Ivoire.

The actress called upon the world “to address this moment” in a statement she released today through the U.N., while in Kabul, Afghanistan, saying:

“As we witness these newest crises unfold in west and north Africa, it is critical that all parties respect the fundamental right of people in danger to flee to safety—whether civilians caught in conflict in their own country or refugees and asylum seekers caught in new conflicts. All I’m asking is that civilians be protected, and not targeted or harmed.”

We hope her message gets through to the world because tens of thousands of people have been displaced in the Ivory Coast with many fleeing to Liberia.

The U.N. has issued a joint appeal with the International Organization for Migration for a humanitarian evacuation for people trying to escape Libya for Tunisia.

Angelina’s statement continued:

“We have to give people safe passage, evacuation if needed, and ensure they have asylum. We don’t want to look back and find their deaths are on our hands.”

Absolutely! We’d hate to have that on our conscience.

Keep up the good work, Angelina! Thank you for being a voice for those who can’t be heard.

[Image via WENN.]

Will Angelina Jolie adopt again?

 

According to Renegade reports:

“Several local entertainment sites report the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie allegedly inquired at the Hospicio de San Jose in Manila on the process on how to adopt a child. The information was first shared by Harold Geronimo, a columnist at Manila Standard Today. Geronimo said on his tweet: “It was just an inquiry of adoption process, etc. according to sources (at) Hospicio. No concrete final details yet.”…However, no official statement from Hospicio de San Jose in Manila was released either to confirm or deny the report. The couple had not also released any word as regards to any plans of adopting a child, and in particular from the Philippines.”

So, will they adopt again?I don’t know how they can handle so many kids. Not doubt they have nannies but they can’t fully depend on them too.

Taylor Swift Reaches New Career High With Smash Sales

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Her new romance with Glee‘s Chord Overstreet isn’t the only thing giving Taylor Swift reason to celebrate.

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The country crooner, 21, just nabbed her 7th No. 1 record with the hit “Back to December.” On top of that, her album Speak Now got certified platinum for the third time.

Currently in the midst of a World Tour, Swift leaves Asia and heads to Brussels to kick off a slew of European dates on Sunday.

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“She’s pooped, but putting everything into this tour to make it the best thing anybody has ever seen,” a source close to the singer tells Us.

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Back stateside this May, the star announced plans to share the stage with some other notable crooners. Hunter Hays, Josh Kelley (Katherine Heigl‘s hubby) and American Idol alum Danny Gokey, who will open for the North American leg of Swift’s tour, which starts May 27 in Omaha.

Taylor Swift Says Farewell To Asia

Singer Taylor Swift is currently traveling around the world for her Speak Now concert tour. The country singer was recently in Asia, and before she left she posted one final photo to her Twitter account along with Tweeting:

” Hong Kong, that show last night was unreal, this tour was unforgettable. I will love you always :) Farewell Asia! “

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Opening Acts For Speak Now Tour 2011

Speak Now Tour 2011

Taylor Swift celebrated her 7th #1 record this week when “Back To December” jumped from #5 to #1 on the Mediabase / Country Aircheck chart, marking her second consecutive #1 single from her Multi-Platinum Speak Now CD, released in October on Big Machine Records. Swift’s first #1 was 2007’s “Our Song,” which topped the charts for 6 consecutive weeks.

Also this week, Taylor’s self-titled debut CD, released in 2006, was certified 5X-Platinum by the RIAA for sales of more than 5 Million copies. Her Fearless album is currently 6X-Platinum, and Speak Now is Triple-Platinum.

Taylor just wrapped the sold-out Asian leg of her TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011, and the European tour kicks off this week with a March 6 show in Brussels, Belgium. This year, she will play 90 shows in 19 countries spanning four continents, and she announced today that Frankie Ballard, Danny Gokey, Hunter Hayes, Josh Kelley, Randy Montana, James Wesley and Charlie Worsham will each open selected shows of the North American leg of the tour, which starts May 27th in Omaha.

As previously announced, featured artist NEEDTOBREATHE will perform on all North American SPEAK NOW tour dates.

Two guest artists will perform on each of Taylor’s stadium dates, in addition to NEEDTOBREATHE.

Hailing from Battle Creek, Michigan, guitar-slinger Frankie Ballard broke through the country music charts with his debut hit single, “Tell Me You Get Lonely” and debut music video landing in the Top 5 on GAC’s fan-voted Top 20 Country Countdown. Ballard’s new feel-good single “A Buncha Girls” is off his forthcoming Warner Bros. Records debut album produced by Michael Knox (Jason Aldean). www.frankieballard.com

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