Dec 14, 2017 Last Updated 3:12 PM, Dec 14, 2017

Rap superstar Kanye West is back nearly a year after suffering a breakdown, making a brief musical appearance in which he appears to keep his feud with Taylor Swift alive.

West, a once omnipresent celebrity with a prolific media presence and high-profile marriage to Kim Kardashian, abruptly ended a tour and was hospitalized in November 2016 after unusual rants on stage.

Making his most visible appearance this year, West contributed a verse on a song released Tuesday by Cyhi The Prynce, an Atlanta rapper whom West earlier signed to his label imprint.

The song, "Dat Side," expounds on the perils of fame and hits back at critics, with West speaking of being African-American in his affluent Los Angeles neighborhood.

"Neighbors said they think I gave the neighborhood a black eye," the 40-year-old father of two raps.

He also appears to reference his ongoing rift with Swift. In his 2016 song "Famous," West boasts that the pop star may have sex with him as he takes credit for her celebrity, a reference to how he disrupted her at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Swift voiced anger at the lyric and hit back in "Look What You Made Me Do," a vindictive track released in August.

West on the latest track references the name of the controversial song as he raps: "The people claim to know you... get famous on you / Then they go and blame it on you / You just good, they can't ignore you."

West's last major public appearance following his hospitalization came in December when he unexpectedly showed up at Trump Tower in New York to meet then president-elect Donald Trump, whose aides said he was mulling an official role for the rapper.

Taylor Swift announced a new album titled "Reputation" on Wednesday, just over a week after scoring a court victory at a high-profile groping trial in Colorado.

The singer made the announcement in a series of Instagram images, including a possible album cover featuring a black and white illustration of Swift with newspaper-style headlines overlapping part of her face.

The album will be released on 10 November and the first single will debut on Thursday.

Swift ended a six month absence from the public spotlight to deliver unflinching testimony against a radio DJ in a Denver court earlier this month.

She was awarded the symbolic $1 in damages that she had sought after a federal jury in Denver found a radio DJ had grabbed heer bottomwhile posing for a photo with her in 2013.

The singer, one of the most followed people on social media, followed her court victory by deleting posts from Instagram, Twitter and removing her avatar from her Facebook page, sending fans into a frenzy speculating about whether Swift had been hacked or was preparing to launch new music or reinvent herself.

"Reputation" follows Swift's 2014 best-selling album "1989."

Pop superstar Taylor Swift has made a "generous" donation to a US charity that supports victims of sexual assault after winning a groping lawsuit against a former radio DJ, the organization confirmed Thursday.

Joyful Heart Foundation, a national organization working to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, declined to disclose the amount of the donation.

"I hope that Taylor's very public experience -- and her decision to speak out -- not only help empower other victims to speak up and take action but offers them solidarity,” said its founder, the actress Mariska Hargitay.

"I'm honored by her dedication and commitment to these issues, and I'm deeply grateful for her support of the Joyful Heart Foundation."

Charity CEO Maile Zambuto thanked Swift for her "generous investment" and said the singer's actions "send a powerful message to survivors everywhere: you matter. What happens to you matters. And you are not alone."

The 27-year-old "Bad Blood" songstress won her sexual assault lawsuit on Monday. A jury in a Denver federal court deliberated for four hours before allowing her complaint that David Mueller had fondled her buttocks during a photo op in 2013.

Swift, who was awarded a nominal $1 in damages, promised to donate to charities in the wake of her ordeal. According to Forbes, she is worth $44 million(R583.07 million).

"I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this," the diva said in a statement thanking the court. 

"My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."

Hargitay starred as a police detective on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," a drama about New York professionals who investigate sexually related crimes.

She says one in three women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives, and that someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the United States.

 

Pop star Taylor Swift has won a sexual assault case against ex-radio DJ David Mueller, who she said had groped her at a 2013 concert.

He assaulted her by grabbing her bottom beneath her skirt during a photo shoot, a jury in Denver, Colorado, found.

She was awarded a symbolic $1 (77p) in damages that she had sought.

Mr Mueller had originally tried to sue the pop star, saying that her claims had cost him his job. But that lawsuit was thrown out by a judge last week.

On Monday, the jury also rejected similar claims Mueller had made against the singer's mother, Andrea Swift, and her radio liaison, Frank Bell.

In a statement following the verdict, Ms Swift said: "I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this.

"My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."

The assault took place during a Denver stopover on the singer's Red tour.

Mr Mueller, then a host on the radio station KYGO, had been invited to meet her before the show.

The singer complained to KYGO and the station fired Mr Mueller two days later.

Last Friday, Ms Swift's former bodyguard gave evidence, supporting her sex assault claims by testifying that he saw the DJ reach under her skirt.

Greg Dent told the Colorado court he "did not see his hand touch her physically", but "saw his hand under her skirt".

Pop superstar Taylor Swift is expected in court in Denver this week for a trial pitting her against a DJ accused of groping her at a gig.

Jury selection was due to commence on Monday afternoon and Swift, 27, could take the stand to give details of the alleged assault during a meet and greet four years ago. 

Swift says radio DJ David Mueller grabbed her by the buttock during a visit backstage at the Pepsi Center in Denver on June 2013 before a concert. 

Mueller was sacked two days after the allegations by his local employer, radio station KYGO. 

He launched a lawsuit against Swift in September 2015, alleging that she should have called the police rather than her managers and that she had caused him to lose his job and salary.

Mueller accuses Swift's aides of calling the radio station to demand his firing the day after the encounter, according to court documents.

Mueller said in the lawsuit he was aware of an incident but said it was one of his friends who had touched her inappropriately and then bragged about it.

Swift has counter-sued for sexual assault, saying she was "forced to start a one hour concert before 13,000 fans while still in distress after being so inappropriately touched.”  

A photo published by the TMZ celebrity news website showing Swift posing between Mueller and his girlfriend is expected to be among the key pieces of evidence. 

In the image, the DJ's hand is level with the pop-star's backside but it s not clear if it is touching.

Swift testified at a deposition that she is certain that Mueller intentionally grabbed her.

Mueller denies inappropriately touching Swift on her buttocks and is suing the singer-songwriter for $3 million(R39.69 million) while Swift is seeking $1 and a ruling that holds him responsible.

The "Shake It off" and "Bad Blood" singer argues that a verdict in her favour will serve as an example for other women who might fear coming forward in similar circumstances. 

Opening statements are expected on Tuesday. 

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