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Taylor Swift to face trial in Shake It Off copyright case

A US judge has refused Swift's request to dismiss the case, saying a jury may find that her 2014 hit copied girl group 3LW's 2001 tune Playas Gon' Play.

Both tracks feature variations of the phrases "players gonna play" and "haters gonna hate".

The judge had previously rejected the case, saying the lyrics were too "banal" to be copyrighted.

In his original ruling, District Judge Michael W Fitzgerald cited 13 earlier songs that featured similar phrases, including Playa Hater by The Notorious B.I.G. and Dreams by Fleetwood Mac.

Taylor Swift lands eighth UK number one album with re-recorded Red

Red (Taylor's Version) is the American singer's recreation of her fourth album, which also went to number one on its original release in 2012.

It's her second re-recorded album release of 2021, following Fearless.

She plans to re-record and re-release her first six albums in order to have complete control over her music.

The move follows the 2019 acquisition of her master recordings by music mogul Scooter Braun and his subsequent sale of them to an investment fund.

Man 'stalking' Taylor Swift arrested in New York

Hanks Johnson, 52, was apprehended on Saturday evening, after a 911 caller reported he was inside the property without permission, police said.

Johnson was charged with criminal trespass and released without bail on Sunday night, they added.

Swift has been plagued by stalkers in the past, with men trying to break into her homes on both coasts of the US.

In 2018, the star won a restraining order against a man who tried to enter her home armed with a knife.

Beyoncé and Taylor Swift make history

The star is now the most-awarded woman in Grammys history, overtaking bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.

"I am so honoured, I'm so excited," she said while accepting her record-breaking trophy, for best R&B performance.

Taylor Swift also made history at Sunday's ceremony, by becoming the first female artist ever to win album of the year three times.

The star was rewarded for her lockdown album Folklore - after previously winning with Fearless in 2010 and the pop opus 1989 in 2016.

Theme park sues Taylor Swift over Evermore album name

The theme park's owners said Swift's Evermore release had caused confusion about whether the two were linked.

The Utah venue said there was a "dramatic departure from typical levels" of traffic on its website in the week after the album's release.

Swift's lawyers responded that "there is no basis" for the claim.

They wrote in a letter filed in court: "Moreover, your client has suffered no damages whatsoever and, in fact, has openly stated that Ms Swift's album release creates a 'marketing opportunity' for your client's troubled theme park."

Taylor Swift master tapes sold by Scooter Braun to investment fund

US entertainment magazine Variety first reported on Monday that Braun had sold the rights - known as masters - to an investment fund.

It said the deal is thought to be worth more than $300 million (£227m).

Writing on Twitter Swift said it was "the second time my music had been sold without my knowledge".

It is the latest development in the dispute between Swift and Braun - Swift has previously accused Braun of trying to "dismantle" her musical legacy.

Taylor Swift's cash gift helps student take up degree

Vitoria Mario's online fundraising page details how she has lived in the UK for four years after moving from Portugal.

But she is not eligible for maintenance loans or grants.

Vitoria said: "I was worrying too much about the money, what I have to do and if I have to look for a job. She actually made my dream come true."

The American singer,whose 16 top 10 British chart hits include the aptly titled Wildest Dreams, wrote a message on Vitoria's fundraising page as she confirmed her donation.

Taylor Swift literally plays The Man in new video

The song is taken from her seventh studio album, Lover, the first new music released since her departure from Big Machine Records.

It takes aim at male music executives - in particular Scooter Braun, who purchased her back catalogue last year.

The credits stress the video was directed, produced and owned by Swift.

In the video, the lead character, in heavy prosthetics, stops to relieve himself against an underground wall which has been graffitied with the name of Swift's first six albums - all of which are owned by the Big Machine label.

Taylor Swift's old label hits back in row over 'awards ban'

The singer said music executives Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta would not let her perform songs from her past albums, which they own the rights to.

She said a Netflix documentary about her life had also been put in jeopardy.

Borchetta and Braun's Big Machine Records said Swift's statement was "based on false information".

Swift made the allegations in a statement posted to Twitter with the caption: "Don't know what else to do."

     

Taylor Swift's new album Lover leaks a day early

The pop stars two previous albums, Reputation and 1989, were both leaked online before their official release dates.

And now, the same thing has happened to Swift's brand new album, Lover.

Set to be released at midnight (US EST) on August 23 (4pm in NZ), the album's 18 tracks were uploaded a day early, causing a bit of an uproar among her fans, aka Swifties.

Many were unimpressed by the leak, taking to social media to call on other fans not to share any links or spoilers ahead of the planned release time.