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The week's music news rounded up, including Queen breaking a streaming record, Taylor Swift using facial recognition tech, and Kanye reaching out to Bob Dylan.
KANYE AND BOB DYLAN COLLABORATION?
In what must be the most unlikely prospective musical alliance in pop history, Kanye West has reached out to none other than legendary songwriter Bob Dylan to ask for a collaboration.
Finding time in his schedule between posting pictures of trees and reigniting his on/off feud with Drake, Kanye took to Twitter to ask Dylan to work together on something unspecified.
The gig at the Rose Bowl back in May saw software being used to weed out Swift's legions of stalkers.
Taylor Swift’s concert at the Rose Bowl in California earlier this year was monitored by a facial recognition system, designed to filter out and bar entry to her many stalkers, it has been revealed.
According to Rolling Stone, which spoke to a concert security expert who worked with the system for the gig back in May, the facial recognition software was built into a kiosk that was displaying recorded highlights of Swift’s rehearsals.
Attendees who looked at the kiosk were secretly scanned by the software, with the data being relayed to a centre in Nashville, Tennessee that matched the hundreds of images with a database of known stalkers that ranges into the hundreds.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Used Facial Recognition Technology At California Gig
That bizarre rumour from last summer that Swift travels IN A SUITCASE to avoid the press might have been given some credence.
Yes, if you cast your mind back to the summer of 2017, there was a faintly ridiculous rumour put about after Splash magazine shared a photograph of bodyguards carrying suitcases from Swift’s New York home, with the caption:
“Taylor Swift has been reportedly being transported in a huge suitcase from her Tribeca apartment into her truck. A fleet of cars including two large Cadillacs and three SUVs arrive at Tailor Swift's apartment in Tribeca to move a large suitcase from apartment to truck. Almost a dozen of Taylor Swift security guards were present to move this package carefully as Taylor Swift remains to be unseen for a long time.”
Continue reading: Zayn Malik Apparently Confirms Taylor Swift Suitcase Theory
The boyfriend of the superstar hitmaker has said her speaking up about politics is 'important'
Taylor Swift and her boyfriends have, in the past, been in the news for hook-ups, break-ups, lyrics and awkward t-shirts but now her current British beau, Joe Alwyn, has been in the news in praise of his superstar partner's revealation she will be voting for her Democrat senator.
Joe Alwyn and Taylor Swift have been quietly dating for over a year
The 27-year-old actor has praised his girlfriend for her recent social media posts, in which she endorsed two Democratic candidates and encouraged her followers to vote early, despite her previously never airing any political views.
Continue reading: Joe Alwyn Has Come Out In Support Of His Girlfriend Taylor Swift
Swift spoke out again on politics at the AMAs, encouraging her fans to vote in November's mid-terms.
Taylor Swift continued to exercise her new-found political outspokenness by urging Americans to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections, as she broke records at the American Music Awards last night.
Swift, receiving the award for artist of the year at Wednesday night’s awards ceremony (October 9th), used her platform to exhort viewers and her fans to register to take part to vote in the 2018 mid-term American elections, coming up in less than a month.
“Thank you so much for this. And I just wanted to make a mention of the fact that this award, and every single award given out tonight, were voted on by the people. And you know what else is voted on by the people? The midterm elections on 6th November. Get out and vote – I love you guys.”
She appears to have encourage thousands to register to vote in the midterm elections.
Those who thought that it wasn't important celebrities got involved in politics are being proven wrong now that Taylor Swift has opened up about her own values. It seems her pro-Democrat statement recently has caused a spike in voting registrations in her home state of Tennessee as well as nationwide.
Taylor Swift on her 'Reputation' stadium tour
On Sunday (October 7th 2018), the 28-year-old wrote on Instagram of her support for Democrats Phil Bredesen for Senate in Tennessee and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives ahead of the midterm elections on November 6th, and publicly slammed the policies of Marsha Blackburn.
Continue reading: Voting Spike Proves Taylor Swift Is An Important Political Voice
She reveals who she's voting for in the midterm elections.
More than three months after Taylor Swift was criticised by Trent Reznor for remaining silent on political issues, the Grammy winning singer has decided to finally open up about her political affiliations ahead of the midterm elections next month, as well as encouraging her fans to vote no matter who they support.
Taylor Swift on her 'Reputation' stadium tour
The 28-year-old has taken to Instagram to reveal who she plans to vote for in the forthcoming elections in Tennessee. While her political values come as no surprise to her followers, it is refreshing for the sake of her fans to see her finally being public with her beliefs.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Finally Goes Public With Her Political Values
Swift and Sheeran went out hiking together this week, with Taylor capturing their adorable friendship on Instagram.
In the clip posted on Wednesday (September 12th), Swift could be seen giggling as she filmed her best friend Ed puffing out of breath behind her while they were out hiking outside Taylor’s home city of Nashville.
“You okay, bro?” she eventually teases Sheeran, which resulted in the worn-out English singer flipping the bird at the camera, leaving Swift laughing.
Continue reading: The Internet Loves Taylor Swift And Ed Sheeran's Cute Friendship
The group are quickly becoming worldwide phenomenons.
Looks like South Korean pop artists are breaking records once again as K-Pop group BTS overtake Taylor Swift with the most-watched video in one day. 'Idol' has gained more than 45 million views on YouTube in just 24 hours, surpassing 'Look What You Made Me Do' by at least 2 million.
BTS at Billboard Music Awards
The band are also breaking their own records with their highest one-day viewing record for a video previously being 35.9 million for 'Fake Love' earlier this year. The viewing count for 'Idol' is currently at 101 million since it premiere on Friday (August 24th 2019).
Continue reading: BTS Have Easily Beaten Taylor Swift's 24-Hour Video Views Record
A film adaptation of 'Cats' shoots this Fall.
Finally, after 37 years, Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved musical 'Cats' is getting a musical film, and the recently announced all-star cast is enough to get us very excited about it. The only thing that would make this better right now would be to learn that Lin-Manuel Miranda was joining - but there is hope yet.
Ever since the 2014 revival, there has been renewed interest in this fascinating production and the movie version is almost guaranteed to be a hit. 'Cats' is set to start shooting in November this year with an experienced cast that really couldn't get much better.
Copyright infringement between 2017 and 2018.
It seems we can't go a year without some big hit being slapped with an accusation of plagiarism by a usually not-famous songwriter. In 2014 it was Robin Thicke and Pharrell's 'Blurred Lines', then it was Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' and Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk', and the case regarding Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' was even appealed in 2017.
This last year really seems to have been thick with copyright infringement claims, with the latest being Childish Gambino and his politically-charged monster hit 'This Is America'.
Childish Gambino at the BET Awards
The Brits visited the singer at her London show.
Some things in this world are so pure they deserve to be spoken about. Like fandoms colliding in the most awesome way when Taylor Swift snapped a selfie with British singer Adele and 'Harry Potter' author Jk Rowling. This turned out to be the best UK tour the singer has ever had.
Taylor Swift at Wembley Stadium
The 28-year-old 'Look What You Made Me Do' hitmaker has been documenting her Reputation Stadium Tour on Instagram, this month kicking off the UK and Ireland leg. On June 8th she performed her first ever UK stadium show at Manchester's Etihad Stadium with a second set the following night, as well as two shows at Dublin's Croke Park on June 15th and 16th and at Wembley Stadium onJune 22nd and 23rd.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Meeting Adele And JK Rowling Is So Pure
He thinks artists ought to own their political opinions in public.
Say what you like about Trent Reznor, but he's certainly not afraid to tell it like it is. He opened up in an interview recently about the voice of superstars in the current climate, and his disdain for artists like Taylor Swift who refuse to speak out on important political matters.
Trent Reznor at ASCAP
The Nine Inch Nails frontman thinks that influential musicians sharing their opinions of social and political issues is of vital importance for young people and others who may not be able to voice their feelings but need somebody to stand-up on their behalf. He also thinks that stars like Taylor Swift, who avoid entering into political discussions, care more about their 'brand' than what's going on in the world.
Continue reading: Trent Reznor Slams Taylor Swift's Trump Silence
Allee Willis doesn't sugarcoat her thoughts on the banjo cover.
The songwriter for Earth, Wind & Fire's 1978 song 'September', Allee Willis, has lashed out at Taylor Swift's acoustic rendition of the song for leading streaming service Spotify. She certainly didn't mince her words as she spoke about the 'boring' cover during a recent music event in Michigan.
Taylor Swift at the Billboard Music Awards
Re-hashed as part of the 'Spotify Singles' series in April and recorded at The Tracking Room in Nashville, Taylor Swift's 'September' divided opinion with its banjo acoustics and down-played vocals. But it was the original songwriter for the song, which featured on 'The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1', who had the most to say about it.
The pair have been involved in a very public feud for a number of years
Their feud has had the pop world hooked since it began at least four years ago. Music juggernauts, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, have traded blows during interviews, on social media and even in their songs. However, it seems those times are over after Katy sent Taylor an actual olive branch to heal their rift.
Katy Perry has come over all angelic and decided to heal her rift with Taylor Swift
Swifty, who is about to start her Reputation tour, shared a video of the package she received from Katy - which appeared to include a note with the words "miscommunications" and "deeply sorry" written on it.
Continue reading: Katy Perry Has Offered Taylor Swift An Actual Olive Branch
A man has been taken into custody on suspicion of stalking.
It's no wonder, sometimes, that Taylor Swift is so keen to keep her private life out of the public eye. A masked man wearing rubber gloves was recently arrested outside her home in Beverly Hills on suspicion of stalking. That would have been the most terrifying thing were it not for the paraphernalia that was discovered in his car at the time of the arrest.
Taylor Swift at the Jingle Ball
The man was identified by police as 38-year-old Julius Sandrock from Colorado, and it has been reported that he had rope, a knife, firearm ammunition, more masks and more gloves stowed away in his vehicle. He was taken into custody on Saturday (April 14th 2018) and released yesterday morning.
Continue reading: Masked Prowler Arrested Outside Taylor Swift's LA Home
The singer was put on the spot about her feud with Swifty on American Idol
The feud between award-winning songstresses Katy Perry and Taylor Swift has been well-documented over the years since the pair had their alleged fall-out at least five years ago. But now, with Perry’s new role on reality singing show, American Idol, it seems Katy - at least - is ready to break the ice.
Katy Perry was put on the spot about Taylor Swift while on American Idol
The I Kissed A Girl singer praised Taylor Swift's songwriting skills as she responded to one of the contestants and his apology for being a fan of the Bad Blood star.
Continue reading: Katy Perry Reveals She "Loves" Taylor Swift As A Songwriter
She denies rumours that she was encouraged to go solo.
With rumours flying around that Camila Cabello was persuaded to leave girl group Fifth Harmony by her pal Taylor Swift, the former has been forced to deny such a suggestion so that people stop criticising the latter over the situation. She's had enough to deal with lately.
Camila Cabello at the iHeart Radio Music Awards
The 21-year-old 'Havana' singer wants everyone to know that she's not quite as easily led as people seem to believe she is, and that her decision to depart Fifth Harmony and embark on a solo career was purely down to her. Taylor Swift had nothing to do with it.
Continue reading: Camila Cabello Was Not Told To Quit Fifth Harmony By Taylor Swift
Swift confirmed fan rumours that the former Fifth Harmony star would be supporting her on tour this year - and added that British star Charli XCX would also be on board.
Rumours had emerged earlier this week regarding whom Swift would be selecting for her tour support, and the singer herself took to Instagram last night to confirm what people had been guessing at.
“This is a Reputation stadium tour update, and I’ve been wanting to tell you this for a really time,” said Swift in a video posted on Thursday night (March 1st). “The opening acts on the Reputation Stadium Tour will be Charli XCX and Camila Cabello."
Two songwriters had claimed that the chorus of Swift's song had been stolen from their 2000 song 'Playas Gon' Play', written for short-lived group 3LW.
A judge in California has thrown out a lawsuit filed against Taylor Swift for copyright infringement brought by two songwriters who claimed that she had ripped off lyrics of their song for Swift’s 2014 hit ‘Shake It Off’.
Songwriting duo Sean Hall and Nathan Butler argued in their lawsuit, which they brought last summer, that Swift had stolen lyrics from their 2000 song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’, written for the American girl group 3LW, for ‘Shake It Off’, which became an international megahit for Swift four years ago.
The 3LW song has lyrics that read: “Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate”. Compare that to the chorus to Swift’s hit single, which goes, “‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”
Hailee Steinfeld, Cara Delevingne, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Serayah , Mariska Hargitay - The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at The Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 30th August 2015
Taylor Swift and Taylor Swift - 57th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center - Red Carpet Arrivals at Staples Center, Grammy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 8th February 2015
Taylor Swift - Selena Gomez and Taylor swift head to Ago Restaurant in Los Angeles for lunch together at Argos Restaurant - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 16th June 2015
Taylor Swift - A host of celebrities were photographed as they arrived at the ELLE Style Awards 2015 which were held at the Walkie Talkie building in London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 24th February 2015
Taylor Swift and Lorde - Shots of Bff's Taylor Swift and Lorde as they went for a hike in Beverly Hills. The singers had a girly chat through the trails and were followed closely by their bodyguards. Lorde appeared to be wearing a ring on her ring finger in Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 13th January 2015
Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift spotted out in New York wearing all black carrying the Dolce & Gabbana 'Sara Handbag' - Manhattan, New York, United States - Friday 11th July 2014
Lauren Toyota and Taylor Swift - 2013 Much Music Video Awards 'MMVA' show at Much Music HQ on Queen Street in Toronto. - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Sunday 16th June 2013
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