ARIANA GRANDE AND TAYLOR SWIFT LEAD MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2019 NOMINEES – (07/24/2019)
Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift lead the pack of the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards nominees.
MTV announced the list of nominations Tuesday, which also includes such acts as Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Cardi B and K-pop groups BTS and Black Pink.
Grande and Swift are up for 10 awards each, including Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop for “thank u, next” and “You Need to Calm Down,” respectively.
Eilish and Lil Nas X follow with nine and eight nominations, respectively. The pair will compete for Best New Artist with Ava Max, H.E.R., Lizzo and Rosalia.
In addition, the 2019 awards show will feature two new categories, Best K-pop and Video for Good.
The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards will air August 26th on MTV. Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will host the awards show live at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Fans can vote in 14 categories until August 15th.
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TAYLOR SWIFT RELEASES NEW SONG, ‘THE ARCHER’ – (07/24/2019)
Taylor Swift surprised fans by releasing her brand new song “The Archer,” which will be track five on her upcoming album “Lover.”
Swift dropped the new song while doing an Instagram Live on Tuesday. She explained:
[“There’s a vast part of this album that I worked with Jack Antonoff on, he is phenomenal. We’ve worked together for a while and I am so proud of the work we’ve done on this album. I wanted to show you a song that we worked on together. The song is called ‘The Archer’ and I really hope you like it.”]
Taylor revealed some of the Easter Eggs that she’s dropped to tease the song, including the moment in the “You Need to Calm Down” video in which Hayley Kiyoko shot an arrow at the number five and cupids playing in a band during the “Me!” video, and “arrows pretty much everywhere.” Taylor added:
[“It’s not the next single, it’s just a song I love on the album. I know that can be confusing with the songs that come out. I haven’t made a video for it or anything. It’s just a glimpse into another side of the album I wanted to show you.”]
She also said the song is one of the most vulnerable ones on the album. Fans have long theorized that Taylor makes the most emotional song on every album track number five. Past examples include “Delicate,” “Dear John,” “White Horse” and “All You Had to Do Was Stay.”
[“Track 5 is kind of a tradition that really started with you guys because, I didn’t realize that I was doing this, but as I was making albums, I was instinctively putting very vulnerable, personal, honest, emotional songs as track 5.”]
She added that once fans pointed it out, she started doing it deliberately.
Taylor also announced on the live stream that the four deluxe editions of her album – available at Target – will include actual pages from her diaries. The special editions are in honor of Taylor’s 13th year of putting out albums; 13 is Taylor’s favorite number.
Lover, featuring the hits “ME!” and “You Need to Calm Down,” comes out August 23rd.
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MAN DISCOVERED OUTSIDE TAYLOR SWIFT’S HOUSE WITH BURGLARY TOOLS & BASEBALL BAT – (07/24/2019)
An Iowa man who told police that he traveled to Westerly, Rhode Island, because he was hoping to visit with Taylor Swift was arrested near the singer’s home carrying a backpack containing more than 30 lock picks and several other burglary tools.
David Page Liddle, 32, was charged Friday with possession of burglary tools and possession of a prohibited weapon other than a firearm. Swift was not at the house at the time. Liddle was arrested after residents reported seeing someone suspicious at a boatyard near Swift’s home. Officers found Liddle carrying a backpack with an aluminum baseball bat sticking out of it and searched his bag. They discovered more than 30 different lock picks, screwdrivers, a flashlight, several pairs of rubber gloves, a crowbar and other items in the backpack, police said.
Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey says Liddle told officers he was looking to “catch up” with Swift because he knew her personally and she had agreed to help his singing career. He was arrested, remanded into custody, ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation, and was issued a “no-contact order,” prohibiting from attempting to communicate with Taylor or traveling to any of her homes.
Lacey said, “He has a history – security guards at the home told us that he was already on a watch list because there were concerns he could pose a threat. It is our understanding that he may have visited other properties belonging to Taylor Swift in the past.”
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ED SHEERAN BUYS ALL THE PROPERTIES AROUND HIS HOUSE TO STOP HIS NEIGHBORS’ COMPLAINTS: Ed Sheeran reportedly purchased the two houses next door to his mansion in London as well as bought the apartment over the restaurant and bar he owns in the U.K. capital for a total cost of $5 million. “Ed’s had neighbors grumbling about noise before, so when he got a chance to buy up the two houses next to his London home, he jumped at the chance,” a source told The Sun. “Ed has not only made a wise investment but is limiting the chance of people grumbling about loud music or parties,” adds the source. “He also decided to buy the flat above his restaurant because that could have been a massive sticking point for the business going forward.” According to The Sun, Ed owns 22 properties in all, which cost him just under $60 million. Most of them are located in and around his estate in the English county of Suffolk. They include two farmhouses, a bungalow, a four-car garage, a pub, another four-bedroom home, and a 26-foot-tall tree house.
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