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Swift ended her boycott of streaming services two weeks ago, and has made close to $400,000 since.
Most people would have thought that Taylor Swift’s return to Spotify was done just to troll her nemesis Katy Perry, but it actually seems to have been a savvy business move as well.
A new report indicates that the 27 year old pop star has earned just under $400,000 in the space of just a fortnight since her back catalogue came back to streaming services such as Spotify, Amazon Music and Pandora two weeks ago.
Much was made of the fact that Swift made the sudden decision to end her boycott of streaming services on the eve of her rival Katy Perry releasing her new record Witness on June 9th, but Billboard now claims that the two weeks since have seen TayTay earn $285,000 (£224,000) in streaming revenue and $59,000 (£46,000) in publishing royalties.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Earns $400k In Two Weeks Since Return To Streaming
She had told The Guardian that being pals with TayTay was like being around someone with "very specific allergies".
The 20 year old New Zealand-born singer, who has just released her second album Melodrama, made the rather strange remark in a profile interview with The Guardian at the weekend. Quickly, she received a backlash from Swift’s fanbase who criticised her for the comments that Lorde now admits were “insensitive” – but she said that she hadn’t been addressing Swift directly.
“It's like having a friend with very specific allergies,” she had told the British newspaper in an article published on Saturday (June 17th).
Continue reading: Lorde Apologises For Taylor Swift 'Autoimmune Disease' Comment
Jack Antonoff hears a ''female voice'' in his head when he writes music.
Jack Antonoff hears a ''female voice'' in his head when he writes music.
The 33-year-old singer and songwriter - who is currently dating Lena Dunham - has admitted whenever he sits down to pen a anew track he will hear women play back the song in his head,.
The Bleachers frontman told the Metro newspaper: ''I grew up with only sisters and wen i write, I very much hear things in a female voice. Not to generalise but females are more honest and transparent. There's just a connection there.''
Continue reading: Jack Antonoff Hears A 'female Voice' When He Writes Music
Swift's back catalogue had been suspended from streaming services back in late 2014.
Taylor Swift has decided to end her long-standing boycott of streaming services, announcing that her back catalogue of albums will return to services such as Spotify.
Swift made the decision to pull her entire discography from streaming services back in late 2014, citing the deleterious effect she felt that the streaming model was having on the music industry. However, her reversal comes reportedly as a thank-you to her fans after her most recent album 1989 passed the 10 million sales mark.
“In celebration of 1989 selling over 10 Million Albums Worldwide and the RIAA's 100 Million Song Certification announcement, Taylor wants to thank her fans by making her entire back catalog available to all streaming services tonight at midnight,” a Taylor Swift fan Instagram page announced on Thursday night (June 8th).
The singer has been friends with Swifty for a number of years
Ed Sheeran has lifted the lid on his friendship with songstress Taylor Swift and revealed that neither of them were the popular kids at school. The star - who currently holds the number one and two spots in the charts - said that now they are the popular kids, they have "taken it too far".
Ed Sheeran said neither he nor Taylor Swift were popular at school
In an interview with the Daily Star, Sheeran revealed their friendship as a competitive one.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Talks Friendship With Taylor Swift And Competition With Adele
This is how the pair began their collaboration for 'Fifty Shades Darker'.
Zayn Malik has opened up about collaborating with his girlfriend's pal Taylor Swift on the new single 'I Don't Wanna Live Forever' from the soundtrack to 'Fifty Shades Darker', revealing that the popstar was eager to get on board after hearing the unfinished version.
Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik worked together on 'Fifty Shades Darker' single
It wasn't exactly difficult for Zayn to bring Taylor on board given that his supermodel girlfriend Gigi Hadid is a part of the 'Bad Blood' singer's squad (alongside the movie's star Dakota Johnson), but it seems she was more than enthusiastic about the project when the producer and Grammy-winning songwriter Jack Antonoff played her the semi-completed product.
He's not impressed with the singer owning up about Nils Sjöberg.
It's confirmed: Taylor Swift DID co-wrote the new Calvin Harris track 'This Is What You Came For' under the pseudonym Nils Sjöberg. Her team have just settled that bit of gossip, but Calvin is definitely not happy about it and has accused her of deliberately trying to make him look bad.
Taylor Swift DID help write 'This Is What You Came For'
Calvin released the single 'This Is What You Came For' featuring Rihanna earlier this year, while he was still dating Taylor, as part of his upcoming album project. Rumours arose recently that Taylor helped out on the track under a Scandinavian nom de plume, but Calvin has launched a scathing attack on Twitter amid a few backhanded compliments over the singer deciding to come clean about it all.
Taylor Swift - 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards 2016 held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel - Arrivals at Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 10th May 2016
Taylor Swift - 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art at Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, New York, United States - Monday 2nd May 2016
'25' sold more than Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Sam Smith put together in 2015 - despite only being on sale for the last five weeks of the year!
Confirming what we essentially already knew, Adele’s global domination is total, with the news that her latest album 25 outsold the rest of the top five bestsellers around the world put together in 2015.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), a global body representing the music industry, reports that her long-awaited third album sold 17.4 million units in 2015, despite only coming out in late November. As a result, the organisation concludes that Adele has helped to reverse “two decades of almost uninterrupted decline” in the music business.
Adele performing live in Birmingham in April 2016
Behati Prinsloo , Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift leaves a restaurant in West Hollywood after having dinner with Lily Aldridge and Behati Prinsloo - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 5th April 2016
Taylor Swift Waxwork - A new outfit for Taylor Swift is unveiled by Madame Tussauds Berlin at Brandenburg Gate in celebration for the upcoming Echo 2016 Awards. at Brandenburg Gate, Madame Tussauds - Berlin, Germany - Monday 4th April 2016
No one wants their old MySpace page dug up, not even Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift’s alleged old MySpace page is doing the rounds again, seemingly showing the days before the singer had such a carefully crafted image. The posts, which are dated around 2005 and 2006, include some cringe-worthy photographs and a few f-bombs in the comments section.
Taylor Swift’s alleged old Myspace page has resurfaced.
In one comment Taylor reportedly writes: "Just a little reminder to you that, even though the semester may be over… I'm still quite obsessed with you. haha f**k sewing machines” (via The Mirror). In another she accuses her friends of posting ‘fugly’ pictures of her.
Continue reading: Taylor Swifts Embarrassing Alleged Myspace Page Resurfaces
Going to Kesha's rescue has sealed it for us.
With everything from the Grammys to Kesha's court case hitting headlines, we've really been reminded of how much we love Taylor Swift. She's had her critics, who shame her for singing about her break-ups and for perhaps not being an intellectual, but none of that takes away from the fact that she's one of the coolest (and nicest!) popstars out there.
Taylor Swift is a pop inspiration
Here's seven reasons why everyone should be a Swiftie:
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Looks like KanTay have broken friends again...
What is going on between Kanye West and Taylor Swift? We thought the pair had become buds since the notorious 2009 VMA incident, laughing off what had happened and even talking of working together. But now West has shaken things up again with a new song featuring explicit lyrics about her.
Kanye West says Swift is cool with his 'Famous' lyrics
While the rapper claims that he'd asked Swift's approval of the song and she gave him the go ahead, her rep has denied that any such conversation took place. And, let's be honest, it does seem unlikely that Swift would green light such a controversial song given her strong stance on feminism.
Perry's Prismatic world tour constituted the bulk of her earnings, which were just under $88 million in the 12-month period measured.
Katy Perry has edged out her fierce rival Taylor Swift to be named as the highest-earning female musician of 2015, with estimated income of $88 million in a 12-month period, according to the annual article by Forbes.
Perry’s Prismatic world tour accounted for the substantial part of her earnings, as she took approximately $1.3 million on every stop on the massive haul. Sponsorship deals tied in with the tour also added to this number, with deals with cosmetics brand Covergirl and fashion accessories company Claire’s as well as her fragrances released in conjunction with Coty.
Katy Perry earned $88 million between June 2014-June 2015, making her the highest-earning woman in music
Continue reading: Katy Perry Tops Forbes List Of Highest-Earning Women In Music
Singer Jesse Braham argues that the lyrics to his song 'Haters Gone Hate' are substantively similar to the chorus of Swift's track 'Shake It Off'.
Taylor Swift is being sued for copyright infringement by a struggling musician, who claims that the superstar ripped off one of his songs for the lyrics of her mega-hit ‘Shake It Off’.
American R&B singer Jesse Braham alleges that Swift uses substantially the same 22-word phrase she uses in the chorus for her former Number 1 single ‘Shake It Off’ as he did for his 2013 song ‘Haters Gone Hate’. According to legal papers, Braham is claiming copyright infringement of the phrases “haters gone hate” and “playas gone play”, which also appear in Swift’s song.
Taylor Swift will try to shake off the lawsuit filed by Jesse Braham
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Sued For Copyright Infringement Over 'Shake It Off' Chorus
The chart star has launched a lawsuit of her own after a former radio DJ said she falsely accused him of inappropriately touching her.
Taylor Swift has launched a lawsuit of her own in retaliation against the Denver radio DJ who sued her, after he claimed lost his job when she falsely claimed that he had groped her.
Former radio host David Mueller opened a lawsuit in a US district court in Denver in September this year, saying that he was falsely accused by a member of Swift’s security team of grabbing the singer’s buttocks during a photo meet-and-greet session backstage at the Pepsi Center in the city on June 2nd 2013.
Taylor Swift at the MTV VMAs
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Launches Counterclaim Against Radio DJ In Assault Case
'1989' has become just the fifth album in chart history to spend a whole year inside the U.S. Billboard Top Ten.
As if to illustrate perfectly the mega-stardom that Taylor Swift has enjoyed over the last 12 months, her smash hit album 1989 has become just the fifth record in history to spend an entire year inside the U.S. Top Ten.
Released on October 27th 2014, Swift’s fifth full-length album rocketed straight to Number 1 on its first week of release, selling an incredible 1.29 million copies in the process. Since then, it has enjoyed huge longevity and popularity, and becomes one of a very select few records to spend 52 consecutive weeks in the highest echelons of the Billboard Top 200.
Taylor Swift's '1989' is just the fifth album in history to spend 52 consecutive weeks inside the U.S. Top Ten
Continue reading: Taylor Swift's '1989' Celebrates A Massive Chart Milestone
There's a lot more natural beauty out there than you think.
Yeah, headline news, right? But Kylie Jenner is well known for her unique make-up style and lately she's even been favouring wigs to complement it. This young starlet isn't just a picture of perfection with lipstick, however, she's proven that she can turn heads without the help of cosmetics.
Continue reading: Kylie Jenner Goes Make-Up Free! (7 Other Celebs That Slay Without Paint)
Taylor Swift met 6-year-old Taylor Rayburn at her concert in Atlanta.
Yes, Taylor Swift has done it again. The 25-year-old ‘Shake It Off’ singer has taken the next step on the ladder to sainthood. There’s not a week goes by when we don’t hear of Swift’s generosity in giving to those less fortunate in health or wealth. She doesn’t quite have miraculous healing powers (not just yet anyway) but, earlier this week, Swift certainly put a smile on the face of a 6-year-old girl battling cancer.
Taylor Swift at the 57th Grammy Awards in February 2015.
The singer recently re-recorded Swift’s entire ‘1989’ album.
Ryan Adams has compared Taylor Swift to Shakespeare while describing the process of covering her 1989 album. Speaking to The Guardian, Adams opened up about his feelings towards Swift's music and revealed he’s actually been a fan of the singer for years.
Ryan Adams released his cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album last month.
Adams compared the process of working through Swift’s 1989 album to “being in Ghostbusters or something, and then all of a sudden I have to go do Shakespeare”. He went on to later defend Swift as one of the great modern songwriters adding, “Well, look, those songs are popular for a reason. She’s a popular artist for a reason.”
Please welcome to the stage… Taylor Swift performs with yet another famous face on her ‘1989’ tour.
Taylor Swift welcomed Miranda Lambert to the stage during a recent performance in Greensboro, North Carolina. The duo performed Lambert’s hit track ‘Little Red Wagon’ as part of a special appearance on Swift’s 1989 tour.
Taylor Swift at the 2015 MTV VMAs in August 2015.
In a separate interview, the singer also detailed his first (slightly awkward) meeting with Taylor Swift.
Canadian pop star The Weeknd has pleaded no contest to a charge of assaulting a police officer and will therefore avoid jail time, according a new report.
Back in January this year, the singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, made headline when he was alleged to have punched a police officer in the head after the cops arrived at the Cromwell Hotel in Las Vegas, reacting to reports of a disturbance. The officer in question is believed to have separated Tesfaye and the person he was brawling with and dragged him into an elevator, where he then lashed out and struck the officer in the head.
The Weeknd at the MTV VMAs
Mini-golf is what free time is all about.
Fans get a glimpse into the luxury hotel life of One Direction with the new video for their latest single 'Perfect' - a song which has already had tongues wagging regarding who it's actually about when it was released on October 16th, though if you were wondering, the visual doesn't give many clues away.
One Direction cheers fans up with the video for 'Perfect'
With sprawling panoramic city views from the massive windows, we see the boys while away the hours with DIY mini-golf, indoor football, reading, getting tattoos and eating dinner in the black and white video. It just seems to be an everyday collection of footage from their days hiding away from the flashing cameras and screaming fans of the streets and public places in general.
Taylor Swift is one rich lady, with her '1989' world tour raking in the mega bucks.
Taylor Swift’s mammoth 1989 world tour has so far grossed over $173 million, according to Billboard’s Hot Tours list. It’s the sixth time so far this year that the singer has topped Billboard’s weekly tally of highest-grossing touring artists, making $13.6 million in this week alone.
Taylor Swift has made over $173 million from her ‘1989’ world tour.
Swift took $13.6 million from just three venues on the second leg of her North American tour, bringing the total gross of her ‘1989’ shows to $173 million from 59 reported concerts. The tour’s second leg began on July 6 in Ottawa and is set to end in Tampa at the end of October.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift's '1989' World Tour Has Made Over $173 Million So Far
Swift still wont name names when it comes to ‘Bad Blood’, but it’s definitely not about a former boyfriend.
Taylor Swift appears on the cover of this month’s GQ magazine, with a sexy beach photoshoot and a headline proclaiming she rules the world. But inside the mag Swift isn't afraid to open up on a variety of topics, including Kanye West and writing about her former friends (even if she wont reveal who they are).
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Covers GQ Magazine, Talks Kanye West And 'Bad Blood'
It's only been a few hours since its release, but literally EVERYBODY knows that the new track is about Taylor Swift, right?
One Direction unleashed their new single ‘Perfect’ upon the world on Friday morning, and the song’s potential subject matter has got the Twittersphere in a frenzy!
“If you're looking for someone to write your breakup songs about / baby I'm perfect, baby we're perfect” go the words to the chorus, possibly a reference to Swift’s fondness for writing songs about her ex-partners. However, the potential Swifty allusions don’t stop there.
Swift's lengthy world tour is coming to an end on December 12th in Australia, whereupon she plans to take several months off.
Taylor Swift has pretty much taken over the world in the last 12 months, with the enormous success of her current album 1989, which has sold 8.6 million copies around the world since it was released in November last year. However, she’s revealed that she’ll be taking a hard-earned break from music when her world tour finishes in December.
25 year old Swift has been on the road pretty much constantly since May, when the guest star-studded '1989 World Tour' kicked off with a brace of shows in Tokyo. She’s apparently worried that spending so long in the public eye might cause people to get tired of her.
“I think I should take some time off,” she confessed in a new interview. “People might need a break from me. I'm going to hang out with friends. Write new music. Maybe not write new music. I don't know,” she said.
The MTV EMAs ceremony comes from Milan this year, and Taylor Swift is up for a record-breaking 9 awards.
Both stars have revealed their excitement at being selected to host the event together, which is being held at the Mediolanum Forum in the northern Italian city on October 25th.
Sheeran announced to his 15 million Twitter followers on Wednesday (September 30th) that he had been picked to present. “So happy to say I'm hosting the #MTVEMAs on 25th October! Cannot wait,” he wrote.
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran And Ruby Rose To Present MTV EMAs 2015
Swift made the generous donation after she heard that the 13 month old nephew of one of her back-up dancers was suffering from cancer.
Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to an online fund to help the baby nephew of one of her back-up dancers, who is ill with cancer.
On Wednesday (September 30th), 25 year old Swift made the sizeable donation on GoFundMe page set up by 13 month old Ayden’s family just the day before, which had a funding target of $20,000 at the outset. With the singer’s help, it’s already raised $53,000 in 24 hours.
“Baby Ayden, I'm lucky enough to perform with your uncle Toshi on tour. All of us are praying for you and your mama and sending so much love your way. Love, Taylor,” she wrote on the page.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Donates $50k To Back-Up Dancer's Baby Nephew
In Ryan Adam’s hands ‘1989’ is a more somber, acoustic affair but just as accessible.
Ryan Adams has finally released his take on Taylor Swift’s 1989 album, covering all 12 of the LP’s tracks and putting his own unique twist on them. The album had been highly anticipated, with no one more eager to hear it than Swift herself, who counts Adams as one of her musical inspirations.
Ryan Adams has released his 1989 cover album.
Adams first announced the project last month, with Swift commenting on twitter, 'Cool. I’m not gonna be able to sleep tonight or ever again, and I'm going to celebrate today every year as a holiday. I’m Calm.'
She wouldn't want to become part of Swift's 'squad' because Taylor is a "role model", whereas she isn't trying to be.
Taylor Swift may be the toast of pretty much the entire world right now, but there’s one person who definitely doesn’t want to be part of her “squad”. Fellow pop star Rihanna has said that she wouldn’t join the ‘Bad Blood’ singer on stage if she was asked, because to her it wouldn’t make sense.
Throughout her 1989 World Tour, Swift has attracted tons of headlines for bringing a huge array of female celebrities – plus Matt LeBlanc, for some reason - up on stage with her. “Please welcome to the stage…” has become one of the most parodied phrases of the summer, ending up in that hilarious viral video.
Rihanna says she wouldn't join Taylor Swift on-stage
Continue reading: Rihanna Says She Wouldn't Join Taylor Swift Onstage
Kylie Jenner’s bodyguards were prepared to use force to protect their charge from all the dangers of New York Fashion Week – including Jessica Alba!
Jessica Alba was left a little bit shaken when she was “body checked” by Kylie Jenner’s bodyguards. Alba, the 34-year-old actor best known for her roles in Dark Angel and Sin City, was attending the opening night fashion show of New York Fashion Week on Monday (14th September) when the incident occurred. According to reports, it appears Alba was forcibly “shoved” out of the way so 18-year-old Jenner could make her way through.
Jessica Alba photographed in Manhattan in September 2015.
It's a record-breaking haul for Swift, as she was nominated in every possible category she could have been.
Just a fortnight after trouncing the opposition at the VMAs, Taylor Swift looks set for another strong performance at MTV’s Europe Music Awards. She’s up for a record-breaking total of nine trophies in the EMA nominations, which were announced on Tuesday (September 15th) via MTV’s Snapchat Discover channel.
‘Bad Blood’, the fourth single from 1989 which also features Kendrick Lamar, is the centre of attention, nominated in three categories (Best Song, Best Video and the newly-created prize for Best Collaboration). Furthermore, Swift was nominated in every possible category that she could have been – Best Pop Act, Best Live Act, Best Female, Biggest Fans and Best Look.
Taylor Swift at the MTV VMAs in August, with her "squad" of celebrity pals
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Leads The Way At The MTV EMAs With 9 Nominations
Blake Lively had to clarify some remarks she made about Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ music video.
Blake Lively, the 28-year-old Age of Adaline actor and wife of Ryan Reynolds, wasn’t mocking Taylor Swift with her recent Instagram post. Lively posted a picture in which she joked – as she later clarified in good humour – about being part of a music video for John Legend’s cover of Swift single ‘Bad Blood’.
Blake Lively appearing on Good Morning America in Times Square, New York, in April 2015.
David Mueller denies inappropriately touching Swift during a 2013 meet and greet.
Taylor Swift is reportedly being sued by a Colorado radio DJ who claims he was fired from his job after the singer accused him of grabbed her bottom during a meeting in 2013. According to CNN, Mueller, who goes by the name of Jackson, has filed a lawsuit against in U.S. District Court looking to ‘recuperate his lost income’.
Taylor Swift is being sued by a Colorado radio DJ.
The alleged incident happened in June 2013 when Mueller attended a Swift concert meet-and-greet with his girlfriend and co-worker Shannon Melcher. During the meeting Mueller and Melcher greeted Swift and had their picture taken with the singer.
Have Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez reconciled?
Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez are friends again! The two reportedly fell out a while ago but have managed to get their friendship back on track. Lovato indicated they were back on speaking terms again by sharing a selfie with Gomez on Instagram on Thursday (10th September). It is the first selfie the two have appeared in together in more than a year.
Demi Lovato photographed outside her London hotel, September 2015.
Continue reading: Friends Again? Demi Lovato Shares Selfie With Selena Gomez
She's attracted 900,000 more fans in the last month to rocket past Kardashian and Beyonce to the top spot in the world of Instagram.
Taylor Swift has dethroned Kim Kardashian as the Queen of Instagram, with the news that the all-conquering pop star now has more followers than the selfie aficionado. Swift’s following has grown to 45.9 million people, while Kardashian’s is 45.7 million.
This figure is quite impressive when you consider that the 25 year old doesn’t actually post that many pictures. She’s only taken 689 pics (at the time of writing), whereas Kardashian has posted over 3,000 times, most of them selfies.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Overtakes Kim Kardashian As Most Followed Instagram User
Chelsea Clinton is all for Kanye West running for President but she’s not certain if she’d vote for him – at least not until she sees his competition.
Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Democrat nominee hopeful Hillary Clinton, revealed she thinks Kanye West’s decision to run for President in 2020 is “awesome”. Clinton’s enthusiasm isn’t necessarily with West’s policies but with his ability to inspire young people to get involved in politics.
Chelsea Clinton at the Jazz Foundation of America's 24th Annual Jazz Loft Party in New York, May 2015.
Taylor Swift also seemed to suggest that she'd up for being Kanye's running mate for President. #KanTay2020, people.
All the bad blood between Taylor Swift and Kanye West would now seem to be over for good, after the rapper sent her a pretty ostentatious bouquet of flowers in the week after she presented him with the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs.
25 year old Swift revealed the kind, and rather sizeable, present on Instagram, sharing a photo of her standing by the massive block of white roses on Friday (September 4th). However, the choice of words she used afterwards suggested something even more spectacular!
Kanye West with his wife Kim Kardashian at the MTV VMAs
Joseph Kahn, the director of Taylor Swift’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ video has responded the backlash against his work.
The director of Taylor Swift’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ music video has defended his work against accusations of racism. The video, which is set on a 1940s style film set on safari, has been accused of presenting a "white colonial fantasy of Africa".
“We are shocked to think that in 2015, Taylor Swift, her record label and her video production group would think it was OK to film a video that presents a glamorous version of the white colonial fantasy of Africa,” two bloggers, Viviane Rutabingwa and James Kassaga Arinaitwe, wrote.
Anne Hathaway, in a recent interview, discussed her close friendship with Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. She also discussed Taylor Swift, describing her as a “magnificent creature” and “a force of nature”.
In a recent magazine interview, Anne Hathaway discussed her friendship with another two of Hollywood’s leading female actors, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. She also revealed, much like the rest of the planet, she has a girl crush on Taylor Swift.
Anne Hathaway at the after-party of Grounded at the Public Theater in New York, April 2015.
Kanye West’s speeches never fail to amuse and terrify in equal measure. Here’s our list of his top five most outrageous speeches and public announcements…
In case you missed it, earlier this week, Kanye West announced he plans to run for President of the United States in 2020. This isn’t the first time West has shocked audiences with his outlandish claims so, in celebration of West’s oratory, we’ve compiled a short list of his most wonderfully bizarre speeches to date.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the VMAs in Los Angeles on 30th August.
Continue reading: Kanye West’s VMA 2015 Speech & Four Other Of His Most Bizarre Speeches
Set in an undisclosed African location, the video for the fifth single from '1989' has drawn criticism for its almost entirely white cast.
The African-themed video for Taylor Swift’s new single ‘Wildest Dreams’ has been denounced by some corners of the internet as being racially insensitive, portraying an “African colonial fantasy”.
The video, which was officially unveiled at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (August 30th), has already attracted more than 15 million views. It was directed by Joseph Kahn, who previously directed two of Swift’s five singles so far from 1989 – ‘Blank Space’ and ‘Bad Blood’.
Taylor Swift's squad at the MTV VMAs
Continue reading: Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' Video Accused Of Racist Undertones
McKellen was temporarily staying in Peter Jackson's NY apartment when Swift bought it last year.
He may recently have become a member of her squad along with Sir Patrick Stewart and was seen as part of a mash-up viral video of celebs miming along to 'Shake It Off'', but Sir Ian McKellen has suggested that there could be some bad blood between himself and Taylor Swift, after he said in a new interview that he was “thrown out” of a New York apartment in which he was staying.
Swift bought a property in the well-heeled Tribeca area in the Big Apple back in March 2014, from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson for $19.95 million. It turns out that the legendary actor was living there temporarily at the time and was unceremoniously turfed out!
Sir Ian McKellen
Would you back Yezzus for president in 2020?
Kanye West was honoured with the the Video Vanguard Award at last night’s MTV VMAs and used his acceptance speech to get a few things off his chest. West was presented the award by Taylor Swift and delivered a passionate speech touching on the idea of artistry, the merits of award shows and his possible move into politics.
Kanye West with wife Kim Kardashian at the 2015 MTV VMAs.
West famously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs, when she won the award for Best Female Video over Beyonce. Addressing the incident during his speech West said, “First of all, thank you Taylor for being so gracious and giving me this award this evening. And I often think back to the first day I met you…”
Continue reading: Kanye West Uses MTV VMA's Speech To Announce 2020 Presidential Run
He'll be resurrecting his heartbroken, difficult fourth album from start to finish at the Hollywood Bowl next month.
Kanye West has announced that he’ll be performing his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak in its entirety during a show in Los Angeles next month.
Kanye, who’s still keeping everybody on tenterhooks regarding his seventh album Swish, will be revisiting the 2008 album during his show at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. on September 25th. 808s & Heartbreak was characterised by AutoTune and saw him largely ditch rap in favour of R&B, and was met with a mixed reception at the time.
Kanye West with Kim Kardashian
Looks like these two singers have put any bad blood behind them.
Avril Lavigne became the latest surprise guest of Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour, as she joined the singer onstage in San Diego on Saturday night. The two popstars were rumoured to have fallen out earlier in the year, but its appears they’ve patched things up, as Swift declared her love for Lavigne and her 2002 hit ‘Complicated’.
Miley Cyrus has criticised Nicki Minaj for her comments about the VMA nominations.
Miley Cyrus wasn’t impressed when Nicki Minaj complained about not receiving nominations for certain MTV Video Music Awards. 22-year-old Cyrus is hosting the awards on Sunday (30th August) but she had a few things to say about Minaj’s reaction to the nominations.
Miley Cyrus posing for fans outside ABC studios in Los Angeles in August.
Minaj will kick off Sunday night's awards ceremony with a live performance, despite her well-publicised complaints about the snub for her video 'Anaconda'.
Although she was very upset to be snubbed for her ‘Anaconda’ video earlier this month, Nicki Minaj has revealed that she’ll be opening the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony on Sunday evening with a live performance.
32 year old Minaj has performed twice before at the VMAs ceremony, but this is the first time she’ll open the evening. She’s fresh off the back of her sold-out Pinkprint Tour across the US.
She decided to tease her fans a little bit as part of her announcing the upcoming performance, posting a picture of what looked like a sonogram scan on Thursday evening (August 27th) – poking fun at those pregnancy rumours that have been doing the rounds this month.
Continue reading: Nicki Minaj To Open The MTV VMA Ceremony With Live Performance
A survey of 2,287 British parents with young children and were asked about the best and worst celebrity role models.
Miley Cyrus has been voted the worst celebrity role model for children in a new survey of British parents. A whopping 78% of parents of children under 10 say that the former ‘Hannah Montana’ star is “off the rails” and wouldn’t want their kids to idolise her.
The survey by British website vouchercloud.com asked 2,287 British parents, all of whom have at least one child under the age of 10, the question: “are there any celebrities you would hate for your children to idolise?” and were provided with a list of male and female celebrities to select from.
Miley Cyrus arriving at the Jimmy Kimmel studios in L.A.
Continue reading: Miley Cyrus Voted Worst Celebrity Role Model By British Parents
The duet even managed to eclipse guest spots by Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake during the fifth of her five nights at the Staples Center.
Taylor Swift ended her five-night run at the Los Angeles Staples Center on Wednesday night by inviting yet another clutch of guest stars onstage to perform with her – including ‘Friends’ actress Lisa Kudrow for a totally awesome rendition of ‘Smelly Cat’. Yes, really.
Swifty may have also invited A-lister BFF Selena Gomez on stage as well as Justin Timberlake, but the evening was unquestionably stolen by Phoebe Buffay, at last getting her big break at the massive L.A. arena. It did really happen, if you want to check out this amazing fan video on Twitter, with the crowd joining in to help belt out the classic ditty.
Taylor Swift's guest stars on her 1989 World Tour have been some of the highlights
The trio are latest surprise guests to join Swift onstage during her '1989' world tour.
Taylor Swift was joined onstage by three very special guests on Monday evening, during her third of five sold out gigs at the Los Angeles' Staples Center. Comedian Ellen Degeneres, singer Alanis Morissette and the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines became the latest celebs to join Swift’s '1989' tour squad, which has also seen appearances from Julia Roberts and Lena Dunham.
Harris made $66 million from June 2014 to June 2015 - exactly the same amount he made last time.
For the third year in a row, Calvin Harris has been announced as the world’s highest paid DJ. From June 2014 to June 2015, the Scottish EDM star made $66 million in pre-tax earnings from live performances, licensing, sales and other contracts, according to Forbes’ annual Electronic Cash Kings list.
The 31 year old has made exactly the same amount as he did in 2014, only this time around he’s done it despite playing fewer gigs. Coupled with his girlfriend Taylor Swift’s colossal earnings, the pair have dethroned Jay-Z and Beyonce to become the biggest power couple in the music industry.
Calvin Harris at the V Festival in August 2015
Continue reading: Calvin Harris Is The World's Highest-Earning DJ For Third Year In A Row
Taylor Swift shared a preview of her ‘Wildest Dreams’ video on social media on Sunday (24th August).
Taylor Swift has given her doting fans a sneak peek of her upcoming music video for ‘Wildest Dreams’. Swift shared a short video, which appeared to be a montage of shots from the upcoming music video, on social media on Sunday (24th August).
Taylor Swift at the 2015 Brit Awards in London in February 2015.
Swifty has now sold out a record-setting 16 shows at the Staples Center, and Kobe was there to congratulate her.
Tickets for Taylor's concerts have sold Swiftly (sorry)
The five-time NBA champ joined Swift on Friday (21 August) for the first of her five-night stop at the arena, and presented the surprised singer with a banner marking her record-setting feat, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Continue reading: Kobe Bryant Helps Taylor Swift Celebrate Record-Breaking Gigs
"Haters gonna hate and fakers gonna fake" say Sir Ian McKellen, Morgan Freeman and many more in the brilliant cut-up video.
The Oxford Union, the debating society at Oxford University is trying to persuade Taylor Swift to travel to the city to give a speech by releasing a hilarious mash-up video of former guest speakers reciting the lyrics to her hit single ‘Shake It Off’.
Stephen Fry kicks off the clip opening with the line “I stay up too late”, before a range of prestigious speakers including Morgan Freeman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Piers Morgan, Richard Dawkins, Sir Ian McKellen, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ‘Gangnam Style’ singer Psy are cut up and rearranged to recite other key lines from the song. You can check out the clip at the bottom of the page.
Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' is the subject of a brilliant mash-up video by Oxford Uni's debating society
Continue reading: Oxford Union Makes "Shake It Off" Mash-Up Video
Zayn Malik and Calvin Harris spent some of Monday evening (17th August) embroiled in an argument on Twitter.
With rumoured ‘bad blood’ with Katy Perry, Twitter feuds with Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus criticising the violent content of one of her music videos, Taylor Swift isn’t that popular with many of her fellow artists. The latest artist to come to blows with Swift, or rather her boyfriend Calvin Harris, is former One Direction star, Zayn Malik. Malik and Harris spent yesterday evening squalling on Twitter after Malik retweeted a picture comparing Swift and Miley Cyrus.
Zayn Malik photographed in London in March 2015.
Ellen DeGeneres received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedian on Sunday 16th August. The 57-year-old gave a moving acceptance speech at the ceremony in which she urged the audience to be “proud of who you are”.
Ellen Degeneres used her speech at the Teen Choice Awards to relay an important message to those watching: “Be proud of being different”. The talk show host received the award for Choice Comedian at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday (16th August).
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards at the Galen Centre in L.A. on Sunday.
Taylor Swift’s squad just got even cooler as Julia Roberts and Joan Baez join team Swift.
Taylor Swift showed off two awesome new additions to her ever growing Swift Squad during her show at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Saturday, Hollywood mega-star Julia Roberts and folk legend Joan Baez. The two joined Taylor on stage during the second of her back to back California concerts which also saw appearances from girlgroups Little Mix and Fifth Harmony.
Taylor is having to deal with more bad blood with Miley calling her out, and is suspicious that Katy Perry might be behind it all.
An unnamed insider told HollywoodLife on Saturday (August 15th) that Swift believes Perry has somehow incited Miley to attack her. Cyrus has recently spoken of her distaste for Tay’s ‘Bad Blood’ music video, criticising it for being “violent”, and has recently hinted that she and her current boyfriend Calvin Harris will be the prime targets of her upcoming MTV VMAs performance on August 30th.
Taylor Swift has been the target of Miley Cyrus' criticisms in the last week or so
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Is Swifty about to lay down some serious cash for a lavish mansion in her boyfriend Calvin Harris' homeland?
Singer Taylor Swift is reportedly thinking of buying a £4.6 million castle in Scotland to be close to her boyfriend Calvin Harris. The ‘Bad Blood’ singer and the Scottish DJ have only been dating for the past few months but it sounds like things could be getting serious quickly.
Taylor Swift is said to be looking at a £4.6m castle in Scotland.
According to The Telegraph the singer is expected to soon seal the deal for the eight bedroom property which is located in the Scottish county of Perthshire. The luxury property comes complete with two tennis courts, an outdoor heated swimming pool and a private golf course.
Continue reading: Is Taylor Swift About To Buy A Scottish Castle Worth £4.6 Million?
Miley Cyrus has criticised Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ music video.
The rest of the world may be head over heels in love with Taylor Swift but Miley Cyrus isn’t quite as impressed. Cyrus criticised Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ video in an interview with Marie Claire, also taking a pop at those who criticise her for being comfortable with her body and sexual identity.
Miley Cyrus at the 2015 Met Gala in New York in May.
Ryan Adams is covering Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’.
Ryan Adams has plans to cover the whole of Taylor Swift’s album, 1989. The 40-year-old singer announced the news on Wednesday (5th August) on Instagram and Twitter. Recording of the cover has already begun and Adams shared a series of short videos from his recording sessions with his followers on social media.
Taylor Swift at the Brit Awards in 2015.
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The goldmine that is Taylor Swift's '1989' is being plundered for yet another single.
Even though her massively successful album 1989 still riding high in the Billboard Top Ten after nearly nine months and its current single ‘Bad Blood’ on heavy radio rotation, Taylor Swift is wasting no time in promoting it even more, announcing the release of a fifth single from the album.
Swift tweeted her 61 million followers on Wednesday morning (August 5th) that the slow-burning ballad ‘Wildest Dreams’ would be the next cut to be released from 1989. “Just wanted to let you know that the next single from 1989 will be........... Wildest Dreams,” she wrote.
Taylor Swift will be releasing 'Wildest Dreams' as her next single
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Announces 'Wildest Dreams' As Fifth Single From '1989'
Taylor Swift could be about to become very LUCKY in love
As soon a pop partnership Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift got together, we knew it wouldn’t be longer before the two of them as an ordinary couple wasn’t enough for fans. And now, mere months into their relationship, gossip columns are ablaze with the prospect of an imminent engagement announcement from the pair.
Music's biggest couple could be about to become part of music's biggest marriage
According to The Mirror, the Scottish DJ - who isn’t short of a bob or two - is preparing to shell out a whopping $500,000 on a fancy sparkler for the Bad Blood songstress.
Continue reading: Is Calvin Harris About To Pop The Question?
The singer took advantage of a break from her massive '1989 World Tour' to meet her godson, and took some beautiful photos of the meeting.
Taylor Swift has taken some adorable photos of her first meeting with her newborn godson. Her best friend Jamie King welcomed the baby boy last week, and the singer posted a cute image on Instagram on Tuesday (July 29th) with the caption “Meeting my boy”.
Leo Thames Newman was born on July 16th, the second child for 36 year old King and her husband Kyle Newman. The couple are already parents to another son, James Knight, who was born in October 2013. King announced in February that she was expected another baby, and revealing the following month that the 1989 superstar would be the child’s godmother.
Continue reading: Godmother Taylor Swift Meets Jaime King's Baby For The First Time
The up-and-coming American model looks set for international success as the face of Topshop's autumn/winter 2015 campaign.
Gigi Hadid is set to bring her glamorous image to the high street with the announcement that she’ll be the face of retail giant Topshop’s new campaign.
The 20 year old American model is taking over from Cara Delevingne in time for Topshop’s autumn/winter range, adding this to her burgeoning portfolio of work that already includes campaigns for Balmain and Maxmara this year alone. She’ll also be joining her friend Ciara, whose photos have not yet been released.
Gigi Hadid has been unveiled as the new face of Topshop
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Taylor Swift is well-known for having close female friendships but there’s allegedly one woman in the music industry who she doesn’t get on well with: Katy Perry. Swift appeared to reference their feud during a recent performance, bringing a shark dancer (something Perry has done in the past) out on stage.
Taylor Swift – or some of her more mischievous backing dancers - appeared to reference her alleged feud with Katy Perry whilst performing on stage. Swift is currently on her 1989 tour and during her performance of ‘Bad Blood’ in Foxborough, Massachusetts, a toy shark appeared behind her on stage.
Taylor Swift at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2015.
It was a Twitter row that kept fans gripped for days. Queens of the American pop world battling against each other in a feud that very few people saw coming and very many people enjoying watching. But alas, Taylor vs. Nicki is no more and Minaj has revealed that Swifty actually called her on the phone to apologise for the ‘beef’.
Rapper Nicki Minaj Told Fans Taylor had apologised to her after her performance on Good Morning America
After a performance on Good Morning America, Nicki updated us all on the latest instalment of the saga.
Continue reading: Nicki Minaj Reveals Her And Taylor Swift Made Up Over The Phone
The two singers have been in a Twitter war over the Best Video nomination
Taylor Swift has taken down trolls, taken on Apple Music and squared up to Katy Perry but it seems her latest ‘beef’ with Nicki Minaj was one argument she couldn’t win and she's now said sorry to the Anaconda rapper following the pair’s VMA spat.
Swifty has apologised to Nicki MInaj saying she "misspoke"
Taylor ignited furious flames when she took personal umbrage to Nicki’s suggestion that her Anaconda video had missed out on a VMA nomination because the music industry celebrates "woman with very slim bodies".
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Shuts Down The VMA Feud And Apologies To Nicki
Perry had a few interesting comments on Swift's reactions, following the slight she perceived in Minaj's complaints about bias in the music industry.
More feathers are flying in the Nicki Minaj v Taylor Swift Twitter saga, with Katy Perry wading into the argument with some pretty subtext-heavy comments that all but confirm the subject matter of Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ video.
Perry called out Swift’s reaction to Nicki Minaj’s complaints to not receiving enough MTV Video Music Awards nominations as ironic. “Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman…” she said, a tweet quickly favorited by Minaj.
Perry all but confirmed her 'Bad Blood' with Taylor Swift, one of the worst kept music industry secrets
Continue reading: Katy Perry Wades Into Nicki Minaj Vs Taylor Swift Twitter Feud
Jason Sheldon of British photography agency Junction 10 published a criticism of Swift's image rights policy last month.
Following a recent open letter by a British photographer, Taylor Swift has apparently relaxed restrictions on image rights at her live shows. The rules have apparently been renegotiated between Swift’s representatives and groups representing photographers and news agencies in the US.
Walsall-based freelance photographer Jason Sheldon posted an open letter on his personal blog back in June accusing Swift of “double standards” in her (eventually successful) dispute with Apple Music over the three-month trial period for their streaming service which meant that artists would not be paid royalties for their music.
Taylor Swift has "backed down" after criticism by a British photographer over her image rights
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