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    Ariana Grande still trying to ‘Break Free’ from renting (www.dirt.com)

    International pop priestess Ariana Grande has become widely known for her indulgent motto-turned-meme of “I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it.” But in the case of Los Angeles real estate, the longtime renter still hasn’t seen anything she likes enough to buy, despite the widely known fact that she’s been on an exhaustive house hunt since at least last year.

    Throughout her decade-plus of Hollywood celebrity, Grande has never owned a home in L.A., instead preferring to spend her days in a variety of lavish Beverly Hills rental homes. For a time, she lived in a large French Country-style mansion in prime 90210, right next door to a house that Ellen DeGeneres recently unloaded for $35 million.

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    Are Ellen and Portia Looking to Sell in Beverly Hills? (www.dirt.com)

    Unconfirmed word is starting to slip down the Platinum Triangle property gossip grapevine that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi may be looking to sell their recently purchased estate in Beverly Hills. The couple, two of Tinseltown’s most prolific buyers and sellers of high-end real estate, purchased the stately English Tudor manor house only about a year ago for a whopping $42.5 million, according to tax records, from rock star Adam Levine and model Behati Prinsloo. And, we now hear from an always well-informed tattletale that the property mad pair is willing to discreetly show the heavily fortified estate to pre-qualified buyers unbothered by a sky-high asking price alleged to be $58 million.

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    Go inside the $23.5m Delray Beach mansion that brings Vegas vibes to the Gold Coast of Florida

    The developer of this Delray Beach mansion would disagree. The idea was to bring a piece of Sin City back to the Sunshine State, incorporating elements like a 250,000-gallon saltwater pool inspired by those at the Wynn Las Vegas. The result is a $23.5 million mansion that, design-wise, is quintessential South Florida: a white stone façade, a bright living room with soaring 32-foot ceilings, marble flooring and mother-of-pearl ceiling treatments. It’s the amenities that add a splash of Vegas glam to the place, making it a truly unique offering.

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    Go inside the $56 Million Bel-Air Million Mansion Shaped Like a Jet Propeller (robbreport.com)

    The $56 million stunner sits atop a lofty knoll in the heart of Bel Air, where it enjoys jaw-dropping views of the city below. You can even catch a glimpse of the ocean on a clear day. And, like many homes in the area, the Orum House seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows in practically every room. On the ground floor, they open up to merge the outdoor pool, lounge areas and fire pit with the interiors.

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    Tekashi 6ix9ine drags Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande into Billboard feud (www.billboard.com)

    In the interest of transparency, Billboard wanted to clear up the Hot 100’s chart rules and tabulation process, the calculations that go into the determinations of its final rankings, and the stats accumulated by the two singles that marked this week’s highest debuts. Here are the facts.

    The total stream count for “Gooba”: 55.3 million combined audio and video U.S. streams for “Gooba” were reported to Nielsen Music/MRC Data and Billboard for this week’s Hot 100.

    6ix9ine’s claims that not all of his streams were properly counted: Streaming numbers visible to the public on audio and video data platforms do not reflect the volume included in Billboard’s chart calculations. Neither do the stream counts that services make available to content owners (including 6ix9ine and his team) directly through a proprietary data feed or dashboard.

    Instead, each data provider provides a post-audit number to Billboard and Nielsen Music/MRC Data — excluding streams that do not meet long-standing charting parameters, such as U.S.-based-only plays, minimum play length, excessive plays and lack of user verification. This is applied to all songs from all artists. (Billboard has reached out to YouTube for further comment about their play statistics for “Gooba.”)

    The 30 million streams that 6ix9ine said Billboard counted matches the included chart total for all video plays. That number is more than double any single-week video stream total for any song so far this year.

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    Gallery: Dakota and Elle Fanning list San Fernando valley home at $2.699 million (www.yahoo.com)

    A low-key but luxurious home in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, owned according to well-informed sources by actor sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, has come to market at almost $2.7 million. The siblings, former child actors who have both gone on to grown-up success on the small and silver screens, purchased the property via an inscrutable trust just about three years ago for $2.3 million. Described in listings held by Robert Walters of Leland Properties as an “East Coast Transitional-style home,” the family-sized residence is hidden down a private, gated lane in the until recently relatively unsung but rapidly gentrifying Valley Village area with six bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in just under 4,600 square feet.

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    John Oliver rolls up a ridiculously brilliant remedy for our sports-starved existence (news.avclub.com)

    Sometimes you can’t make stuff up. As John Oliver noted on his latest coronavirus-themed main story on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, the single most irresponsible thing happening in the world of American sport right now can be traced not just to Florida, but to Jacksonville, Florida. As fans of The Good Place and Manny Jacinto’s holy fool Jason Mendoza know well, there’s a reason why Jacksonville was chosen as the go-to spot for gator crime and high schools that are just a bunch of tugboats tied together—anything goes in Jacksonville. Oliver’s story on the pressing yet insoluble problem of when we get to stop watching old baseball games on cable and pretending the world is back to normal cited Jacksonville’s traditional cautionary tale status in allowing the UFC to hold its first post-pandemic fight event there recently, even though the pandemic is nowhere near “post.” (A fact only slightly less supervillain-insane than UFC swollen head Dana White’s proposal to start up an Enter The Dragon-style “Fight Island” somewhere in international waters, which is a real possibility, because the world is a badly written parody of itself.)