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Drake Smashes a Record, Has Big Words for His Mom

A recap of the 2019 Billboard Music Awards

(Newser) - Mother's Day is in a couple weeks, but Drake gave his mom an early gift with a heartfelt speech at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, where the rap star also broke Taylor Swift's record for most wins. Drake turned up the love for his mom when he picked... More »

Taylor Swift Carries Gunshot Bandages

The singer has dealt with stalkers

(Newser) - "You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things." So Taylor Swift carries gunshot bandages. The singer made the revelation in Elle in a list of the "30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30." The bombing... More »

2018's Most Lucrative Tour Is Not Who You Might Think

Star's 'Divide' tour grossed $432.4M, per Pollstar survey

(Newser) - A new industry report not only indicates that music lovers are flocking in droves to concerts, but also that if you had to book one act to appear at your stadium or arena, put your money on Ed Sheeran. That's because he not only made more money touring this... More »

Taylor Swift Scanned Fans' Faces at Recent Show

Facial recognition tech at Rose Bowl concert aimed to match guests' faces with those of known stalkers

(Newser) - She knew you were trouble when you walked in—and so she installed facial recognition technology to flag you. Per Rolling Stone , Taylor Swift made use in May of a special kiosk at her California Rose Bowl show that secretly scanned concertgoers' faces, then shot those pictures back to a... More »

Taylor Swift Got Robbed. But Why?

The singer gets just one Grammy nomination

(Newser) - "Here lies Taylor Swift's reputation—or at least the final nail in the coffin of her Reputation era." So writes Brittany Spanos in a Rolling Stone piece that mulls the singer's Grammy nomination "snub": no mention of the album or its singles except one lonely... More »

Taylor Swift's Guy Loses Race, GOP Would Like a Word

Laura Ingraham et al pile on after Marsha Blackburn wins Tenn. Senate race

(Newser) - Taylor Swift came off the political bench last month to get behind the Democrat running for Senate in her home state of Tennessee, and with Phil Bredesen's loss Tuesday night to Marsha Blackburn there's no shortage of conservatives trolling Swift—and you'd be safe to cue a... More »

Taylor Swift Stuns Fan With $15.5K Donation

Funds go to Utah family of mother in coma

(Newser) - A Utah woman owes big thanks to Taylor Swift and her two cats. Over the weekend, Swift fan Sadie Bartell tweeted a link to a GoFundMe page raising money for her mother, Lauriann Bartel, who's been in a coma for three years since suffering brain damage linked to a... More »

At AMAs, Taylor Swift Sets New Record, Gets Political

She won artist of the year for a 4th time, again urges people to vote

(Newser) - Taylor Swift won artist of the year at the American Music Awards for a record fourth time Tuesday night. She beat out Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, and Post Malone at the fan-voted show. The singer, who opened up politically in an Instagram post this week, used her speech to... More »

Trump Slams Taylor Swift After Star Gets Political

'Let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25% less now, OK?'

(Newser) - President Trump now likes Taylor Swift 25% less than he did before she revealed her political leanings —but it's not clear whether the president was much of a Swiftie in the first place. After reporters told Trump on Monday that the star had endorsed a Democrat against Republican... More »

Taylor Swift Gets Political

'I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans'

(Newser) - Taylor Swift broke her long silence on her political beliefs Sunday—and it wasn't to agree with Kanye West about President Trump . In an Instagram post , the star spoke out in support of two Democratic candidates in Tennessee, CNN reports. "In the past I’ve been reluctant to... More »

Taylor Swift's Free Agent Status May Make History

Giant bidding war gears up to sign her in November

(Newser) - Taylor Swift has been signed to Big Machine Records since the age of 15, but Variety reports that the 28-year-old becomes a free agent in November—and the bidding war could make music history. If she signed a five-album deal, for example, that could mean nine figures given some predictions... More »

Billboard Awards Pays Tribute to School Shooting Victims

Ed Sheeran won the night's biggest honor

(Newser) - The Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the students and teachers affected by recent deadly shootings in Texas and Florida, while the night also featured show-stopping performances by iconic singer Janet Jackson and K-pop group BTS. A tearful and emotional Kelly Clarkson opened the show in honor of the 10... More »

Man With Knife, Rope Busted at Swift's House

Colorado man was wearing mask, told cops he wanted to 'visit' her

(Newser) - A Colorado man who was wearing a mask and had a knife in his car when he was arrested outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Taylor Swift was released from custody on Tuesday while police continued their investigation. Julius Sandrock, 38, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stalking after... More »

Bank Robber Threw Stolen Cash Over Taylor Swift's Fence: Cops

He allegedly wanted to impress the singer

(Newser) - Police say a Connecticut man with a crush on singer Taylor Swift robbed a bank and then went to the pop star's Rhode Island mansion where he threw cash over a fence in an attempt to impress her. Bruce Rowley, of Derby, is charged with robbing an Ansonia, Connecticut,... More »

Taylor Swift's New Music Video Brings Clues, Controversy

What people are saying about 'Delicate'

(Newser) - Taylor Swift has been conspicuously absent from the spotlight—her social media accounts, scrubbed of all the photos of her with her "squad" they used to contain, are now only used for promotion; she hasn't done press to talk about her latest album; the singer didn't even... More »

Judge Sides With Swift Over 'Unoriginal' Lyrics

Two songwriters say she ripped off words for 'Shake It Off'

(Newser) - Taylor Swift counted another courtroom win Tuesday, though the reason revolved around lyrics deemed by a judge to be "unoriginal" and "uncreative." Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler sued Swift for copyright infringement last year, arguing that Swift's 2014 hit "Shake It Off" borrowed heavily... More »

Spotify Has a Very Different Artist of Year Than Grammys

Ed Sheeran, largely shut out of awards nominations, is most streamed artist of the year

(Newser) - The Grammys may have dissed Ed Sheeran, but Spotify says he's the most streamed artist of the year. The streaming service announced Tuesday that Sheeran tops its 2017 list with 6.3 billion streams. He also has Spotify's biggest album of the year with Divide, streamed 3.1... More »

ACLU Blasts Taylor Swift's Attempt to Silence Critic

'Shake it off,' group says after lawsuit threat

(Newser) - A Sept. 5 blog post on PopFront took Taylor Swift to task for not taking a stand against the white supremacists twisting her music to promote their cause, noting her silence was akin to support. Swift's response has only drawn more reproach. In what an ACLU lawyer calls "... More »

Taylor Swift's Ticketmaster Scheme Is a 'Scam'

Critics are calling it 'pay-to-play,' 'almost a Ponzi scheme'

(Newser) - Taylor Swift and Ticketmaster have teamed up to help ensure tickets to her upcoming tour go to her biggest fans, not scalpers. That's so nice, right? Wrong. The complicated process, which utilizes Ticketmaster's new Verified Fan service, asks fans to buy Swift merch or promote her music on... More »

Best Moments From the VMAs

Kendrick Lamar the big winner on emotional night

(Newser) - Kendrick Lamar was the king of Sunday's 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, winning six awards on a night full of emotional performances, political moments, and a new, eye-popping Taylor Swift music video. Lamar's "Humble" won video of the year, best hip-hop video, direction, cinematography, art direction, and... More »

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