Madonna to open a string of gyms

This woman never quits with the entrepreneurial spirit – Madonna, just weeks after announcing a new fashion line, has now put out a press release stating that she will open a chain of fitness centers called Hard Candy, after her album of the same name.  But these won’t just be your run-of-the-mill gyms; they’ll combine exercise, fashion, and entertainment in quantities to be revealed at a later date.

The first Hard Candy location is due to open in Mexico City next month, and ten other locations will soon follow.  The most interesting tidbit: not one of the first wave of Hard Candy branches is to be located in the US.  Make of that what you will.

If you date Taylor Swift, she might write a song about you

Taylor Swift has been in the news in recent days for her concept album, Speak Now, which is a series of songs about people in her life.  In recent interviews she has said that she doesn’t have any reservations about putting real events and real people into her songs, and in fact that’s just the way she processes both pain and joy.

Swift went on to say that since it was no secret after three albums that this is what she does, any man who dates her has to understand that he is fair game for song fodder.  I guess it’s no worse than people who talk about their private lives on Facebook, and at least Swift leaves names out when she does it.