Carly Simon‘s 1970s hit You’re So Vain owes much of its success to Ms. Simon’s prodigious songwriting talents. But the track’s longevity doubtless has something to do with the riddle of its intended target. Possible candidates include Mick Jagger, Cat Stevens and Warren Beatty, and a 2003 auction for charity saw the answer divulged for the price of $50,000 to an NBC executive, who agreed not to leak the secret. (Seven years later, Ms. Simon laughed off the supposed revelation that it was about David Geffen.)
Still, for all the high-profile relationships of her past, the songwriter has been single since 2007—when she was divorced from businessman James Hart—which seems to imply an unfortunate waste of the ”romantic master suite with windowed bathroom, bedroom and enchanting sitting room with treetop views” recently credited to her West Village apartment by a listing with Nick Gavin at Corcoran. Ms. Simon appears to have no use any longer for the master suite—or any other part of the apartment, for that matter—having just sold her duplex co-op at 46 Commerce Street for the $2.3 million asking price, according to city records (rumors of the sale were first reported in The Post).
A fair amount of noise was made recently when it was reported that Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones had lost an untold sum of his estimated net worth of $300 million in a failed Internet start-up. How could Mr. Jagger, a seasoned rock star who studied at the London School of Economics and famous for his shrewd business acumen, get fleeced in a bad business deal? In short, he didn’t. But Mr. Jagger was involved in the Internet venture called Famos, along with Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart and singer Britney Spears. But none of them, it turns out, lost money. I spoke with Famos founder Rent Sidon to find out the story.
In the rich tradition of Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, and Elton John, Mick Jagger is taking the stage at Rockefeller Center to host and perform on the season finale on May 19. While the finale host is often someone with a big summer movie to promote, Mr. Jagger’s presence ensures that the show will Read More
Arnold Schwarzenegger is publishing a memoir with Simon & Schuster. Scheduled for publication in October 2012, the tentative title is Total Recall (total cringe.) [NYT]
After his memoir hit bookstores in Britain this morning, Julian Assange accuses his British publisher, Canongate, of “old-fashioned opportunism and duplicity.” His American publisher, Knopf, announced the cancellation of his contract yesterday. [The Bookseller]
The hotel guests at Dream Downtown had suitcases, satchels and children piled up next to the check-in counter, waiting interminably for a chance at a room, and as they did swirls of fashionable men and women speed-walked by without a word or a look—they were headed to the last big event of the week, the after-party for Marc Jacobs and his spring and summer collection. The hotel guests ventured an occasional glace at the well-attired cohort with the mysterious wristbands, striding confidently toward the tucked-away area in the back, but mostly they slouched on pieces of luggage and scratched at purple eyes, unknowing of the scene unfolding out of sight.
We’re liveblogging the Grammys here starting at 6p.m. Keep refreshing this page for updates and observations!
11:23. Arcade Fire wins for The Suburbs. We forgot the cardinal Grammy rule, that the most recent performer always wins! Always (usually). Lady Gaga’s hat shrouds her reaction. “We’re going to go play another song–because we like music,” says Read More
The Battle of Elle: An examination of Nina Garcia and Anne Slowey’s reality TV rivalry. [NYMag]
Project Runway winner and catchphrase machine Christian Siriano is designing a collection for maternity wear line Moody Mamas. It will be called—you guessed it!—Fierce.[The Cut]
Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall’s 16-year-old daughter, Read More
SHINE A LIGHT
Running time 120 minutes
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood and others
Martin Scorsese’s Shine a Light, featuring the Rolling Stones onstage with their talented friends—including Christina Aguilera, Byrdie Bell, Buddy Guy, Kimberley Magness and Jack White—rattled my old bones to nirvana Read More
We got a press release trumpeting the official reopening of The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. It’s been "meticulously restored to its 1929 opulence," and had a soft opening last week as the site of a party for Chanel Fine Jewelry.
I got a sneak peak at the Ballroom last month, when it was still undergoing the Read More
Bianca Jagger, who survived several years of marriage to Mick in the 1970′s only to lose him to a Texan, is getting evicted from her rent-stabilized apartment on Park Avenue.
Ms. Jagger’s landlord had sued her, claiming the apartment could not be her primary residence because she was in the United States on Read More