Oct 19, 2017 Last Updated 2:13 PM, Oct 19, 2017


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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. 

Katy Perry has said she's ready to put an end to the bad blood which has existed between her and Taylor Swift for the past few years.

The two music stars have been arguing ever since falling out over some backing singers three years ago.

Their feud remains unresolved, with Taylor finally putting her music on Spotify on Friday - the very same day that Katy released her new album.

But this week, Katy said: "There are bigger fish to fry, and there are real problems in the world. You know what I'm saying? I love her, and I want the best for her."

The pair are hardly the first musicians to publicly lock horns, and in an age of Twitter there are more platforms than ever for the stars to trade barbs.

Here are just a few other high-profile musical battles.

  1. Kanye West v Taylor Swift

Katy Perry isn't the only person to have found herself caught in a Swift storm.

Taylor's beef with Kanye West dates back to 2009 - specifically, that year's MTV Video Music Awards.

Kanye wasn't too impressed with Taylor winning video of the year for You Belong With Me.

And, let's be honest, Kanye is not the type of chap to suffer in silence.

The rapper took to the stage during Taylor's acceptance speech, grabbed the microphone, and said: "Taylor, I'm really happy for you, and I'ma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!"

He was talking about Bey's Single Ladies, which to be fair really was a masterpiece of filmmaking. But this perhaps wasn't quite the time or the place to start that debate.

The pair later made up, but a few years down the line West claimed in his single Famous that the run-in had helped Swift's career.

Taylor claimed she had never given West's lyrics her blessing, but then the rapper's wife Kim Kardashian got involved, posting a Snapchat which appeared to show Taylor doing just that.

At the 2016 Grammys, Swift responded: "I want to say to all the young women out there - there are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame."

But, she advised her fans: "Just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you."

  1. Lil' Kim v Nicki Minaj

If a new female rapper arrives on the music scene and Lil' Kim (above left) doesn't start a fight with her - did she ever even exist?

Kim has history with Eve, Foxy Brown, Remy Ma and many more... but those were small fry compared to when Nicki Minaj appeared in the late noughties.

Nicki's debut album Pink Friday was a massive success when it was released in 2010, but Lil' Kim opted not to send flowers.

In a diss track she put out online called Black Friday, Kim described Nicki as a "Lil' Kim wannabe" who was "trying to clone my style".

Minaj, naturally, responded with a diss track of her own, called Stupid Hoe. Which drew attention to the fact that her records were "shipping platinum" while Kim remained "busted" and "crusty".

  1. Zayn v Naughty Boy

Zayn Malik had everything a young man could wish for at the height of One Direction's success - fame, money and worldwide adoration.

But the man responsible for 20% of the group's success left Louis, Liam, Niall and Harry behind in 2015 to pursue a solo career.

Zayn began working on some new material with Naughty Boy - the producer famous for his work with Emeli Sande and Sam Smith.

But it's fair to say that he and Zayn didn't quite hit it off in the same way.

"Naughty Boy you fat joke stop pretending we're friends no one knows you," tweeted Zayn after their recording sessions turned sour.

Mr Boy later told The Guardian the 22-year-old was "throwing his toys out of the pram" and said they had fallen out over "external influences".

Hate it when that happens.

  1. Azealia Banks v Iggy Azalea

The number of artists which Azealia Banks (above left) has fallen out with is so huge that it's difficult to single out just one.

But somebody who experienced a particularly high level of vitriol was Fancy singer Iggy Azalea.

For two artists who became popular around the same time and were only a couple of letters off sharing a name, perhaps comparisons and rivalries were inevitable.

It all kicked off when XXL magazine put Iggy on the cover of their annual freshman issue, which looks at the hottest newcomers in music every year.

Banks was not a massive fan of this editorial decision.

She said the magazine was "wrong" to include Iggy and went on to accuse her nemesis of appropriating black culture.

Iggy Azalea responded by saying: "You can't block my blessings, today I'm celebrating, get on with it or kick rocks."

The battle rumbled on for years, with Iggy claiming in 2014 that her huge chart success was the only reason Banks was still getting any publicity.

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