Add another big name to Taylor Swift’s endorsement portfolio. Walt Disney Co. execs have tapped the singer to be part of their Disney Parks advertising campaign. MusicRow.com has more info on that as well as Swift’s growing marketing involvement with shoe maker Keds.
Pretty slow day for property transfers, as one might imagine, but this one caught our eye.
The property in question is 1904 Adelicia St. The three-story building in the shadows of the Adelicia condo tower is currently home to an arm of Universal Music Publishing Group. But UMPG sold Friday to the vaguely named Nashville Strategic Realty LLC.
NSR, according to Secretary of State records, is located at 2300 Charlotte Ave., Suite 103. That's home to business management firm Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy, which handles tax, money and property matters for all manner of celebrities. The registered agent is W. Michael Milom of Milom Horsnell Crow Rose Kelley. He has represented, among others, Taylor Swift.
Sensing a pattern?
To add to the intrigue, the tax bills for 1904 Adelicia are going to 718 Thompson Lane, Suite 108256. That's an awfully long address, but a Google search shows that address has some association with 13 Management, who represents Swift. (Note the third return — a website registration that appears to have been done to prevent some online nastiness.
So did Taylor buy up UMPG's home on Adelicia? Judge for yourself.
Nashville-based pop songstress Taylor Swift is on Forbes’ The World’s 25 Highest-Paid Musicians list (see here). The ranking also includes country stars Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney. Not surprisingly, the list features only a handful of rockers (U2 and Foo Fighters, for example) many artists known more for their entertaining skills than for their musicianship. Nashville-based Ben Folds, King of Leon and Jack White did not crack the ranking.
Taylor Swift has donated $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as part of the institution's campaign to nearly double its footprint. The gift — which is the largest ever by an artist — will fund the Taylor Swift Education Center, a 7,500-square-foot, two-story space dedicated to getting children and others involved in music.
"It will allow us to do what we do better, serve more people, develop new programs and I'm happy to say that as we talked through this opportunity with Taylor, she very much wants to be involved in an advisory capacity in what we do. Is there a better person out there who's in touch with a young audience? I think not. I was joking we should be paying her to do that. I was only joking."
SEE ALSO: Details of the Hall of Fame's expansion plans
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop on Taylor Swift hooking up with marketing titan IMG to handle her marketing, tour sponsorship, licensing and endorsement endeavors. The star will still use William Morris for many other facets of her marketing.
Universal Music Publishing Group has added a heavy-hitter to its roster, having recently signed Grammy award-winning songwriter/producer Nathan Chapman to an exclusive publishing agreement.
Chapman, who is best known for his production work with Taylor Swift, has been involved in more than 30 major label cuts.
“With Kent Earls now leading UMPG Nashville and great creative executives such as Ron Stuve signing Nathan, we look forward to partnering with [Chapman] in all of his creative and songwriter endeavors,” Evan Lamberg, president of UMPG, North America, said in a release.
Chapman produced three, multi-platinum albums with Taylor Swift. He also produced The Band Perry’s single, “All Your Life,” which is currently No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Chapman is producing two songs on the upcoming Lionel Richie album, Tuskegee, to be released on March 27 and to feature Shania Twain on “Endless Love” and Jennifer Nettles on “Hello.” Chapman also recently worked with Lauren Alaina (“Like My Mother Does”) and has collaborated with Colbie Caillat, Sara Evans, Martina McBride and Jewel.
Among the top-sellers in Nashville residential real estate this month is a lovely, 1930s, 5,000-ish square-footer — recently renovated — on Whitland. It was purchased by Dr. Michael Neuss and his wife, Gwyneth, for $1.24 million in a deal that closed late in April and was filed with the Davidson County Register of Deeds Monday. Dr. Neuss was named the Chief Medical Officer at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center back in February. He'll start that gig — he's VICC's first CMO — July 1.
Why are we giving you this free preview of Headline Homes when the next edition will appear in Monday's City Paper with the year-in-review edition in the following issue?
Frankly, it's to clear up some confusion.
Various celeb gossip blogs picked up this item recently from Us Weekly:
More proof their little girl is all grown up? Taylor Swift recently bought her mom and dad, Andrea and Scott Swift, a $1.4 million home in Nashville, Tenn..
The three-bedroom, 5,000 square-foot estate -- built in the 1920s -- was recently renovated and boasts a blue stone terrace and a massive outdoor fireplace. "It's an incredible house," a source close to the 21-year-old Grammy winner tells the new Us Weekly.
Sounds awfully familiar, right? Roughly the same size, same age, same price range, though not exactly right, as the house on Whitland. In compiling the April Headline Homes list, we figured we'd found Taylor's gift to mom and dad. Until the actual purchasers of the Whitland house were revealed via public record.
So what gives?
In the wake of the US Weekly piece, Real Estalker ID'd the house more specifically:
Information about the brick-built residence that Your Mama horse-whispered out of the interweb shows that the somewhat staid but not particularly imposing residence (above) with its sensuous low-profile eyebrow dormer was at listed for $1,595,000. Property records reveal it was sold, way back in September 2010, for $1,400,000.
If Real Estalker is right — and why not? — then the new home of Mom and Dad of Taylor is not on Whitland itself, but rather around the corner on Bowling and was reported by the inestimable E. Thomas Wood back in October:
Who really owns this renovated 1920s home remains a tightly held secret, despite all the wiles typically deployed in researching this column. Morgan, of the Morgan & Akins law firm, has been known to represent celebrities in past real estate transactions.
The Penningtons listed it at just under $1.7 million and held on for more than six months before accepting the lower offer. Thomas Pennington, a lawyer formerly with Manier & Herod PC, is now a partner at Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP in McLean, Va. Kathryn Pennington is also an attorney and practiced for some years with the Nashville firm of Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin PLLC.
So Us Weekly's "source close to the singer" got it right — just seven months late and coincidentially reported it at the same time as another, similar house was sold.