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Taylor Swift debuts video for 'Look What You Made Me Do' at MTV VMAs

Taylor Swift fans rejoice: The singer debuted the music video for her latest single Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Swift pokes fun at her own fame in the four-minute video, with multiple versions of herself – Taylor Swift the sweet country singer, Taylor Swift the nerdy girl next door, Taylor Swift the zombie.

“Stop acting like you're all nice, you are so fake," Swift, dressed as a circus ringmaster, says to the country version of herself as multiple versions of the singer line up. The country version bursts into tears.

“There she goes again,” says a Swift decked out in leather, “playing the victim again.”

Warning: The music video contains language that may be offensive to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

Swift announced last week that her sixth album, “Reputation,” will be released Nov. 10. The album is her first since 2014’s Grammy-winning “1989.”

Photos: 2017 MTV VMAs

Hear Taylor Swift’s new song, ‘Look What You Made Me Do’

Just before midnight, Taylor Swift dropped her new single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” and the internet promptly exploded.

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A lyric video accompanied the song (the real video will debut on “Good Morning America” on Friday), which is a stylistic shift from the frothy hand claps of “Shake It Off” and staccato melody of “Blank Space.”

On her first new material since her Grammy-winning 2014 album, “1989,” Swift and co-producer Joseph Khan have unveiled Vendetta Taylor.

“But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time…I got a list of names and yours is in red underlined,” she sneers.

While envisioning Swift, 27, as an Atomic Blonde requires some suspension of disbelief, at least give her credit for detouring down another musical path.

“Look What You Made Me Do” veers from haunting electro-pop to a slithering high-hat ingrained in the mechanical chorus and never quite feels authentic. But when she remarks, “I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh. ‘Cause she’s dead,” in a flippant tone accompanied by a Mean Girl giggle, you’ll at least be amused by the persona Swift has crafted.

Swift’s upcoming “Reputation” album, due out Nov. 10, can be pre-ordered on iTunes. Her www.taylorswift.com website also contains a link for fans to register with Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program, which means tour dates are imminent.

Regardless of your feelings about Swift, she always succeeds at one thing – creating conversation.

Taylor Swift’s new album title, release date announced

The wait is over for Swifties -- Taylor Swift has announced details of her new album.

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“Reputation,” Swift’s sixth album, will be released Nov. 10.

The title of the first single hasn’t been revealed, but the song will arrive Thursday evening.

Swift decorated her Instagram page Wednesday with a few glimpses of the black-and-white cover, which features a stark image of the singer next to several newspaper clippings.

Throughout the week, Swift teased fans with an announcement by erasing all of her social media accounts and then returning with a cryptic image of a slithering snake.

“Reputation” is Swift’s first full album since her Grammy-winning “1989” in 2014.

While she’s co-written songs for Little Big Town and Calvin Harris since then, and last year hit the charts with “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” her duet with Zayn Malik on the “Fifty Shades Darker” soundtrack, Swift has mostly remained quiet musically.

Prior to the Super Bowl in February, Swift performed at a DirecTV-sponsored concert in Houston and told the crowd it would be her only live show of 2017.

Solar eclipse 2017: What's on your Great American Eclipse playlist?

On Monday, millions of people will watch the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly a century.

So we thought it might be fun to make an eclipse-related playlist of songs that use the words moon, eclipse or sun in the title. 

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Or, perhaps, in the spirit of this “once-in-a-lifetime" event, how about songs that mention the sky or stars? 

There are some obvious ones, such as "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler or "Moon River" from the film "Breakfast at Tiffany's.”

>> On AJC.com: Complete coverage of the solar eclipse

That song was performed in the movie by Audrey Hepburn and later covered by Andy Williams and Frank Sinatra.

The thoughts of one Atlanta pastor also turned to eclipse-related music. 

>> Solar eclipse 2017: What time does it start; how long does it last; glasses; how to view it

The Rev. Patricia Templeton, rector of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church of Atlanta, decided to make a list of eclipse- or celestial-related hymns for the music worship on Sunday. 

She included hymns such as “The Spacious Firmament on High” and “God Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens.” 

>> Bonnie Tyler to sing 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' on cruise during solar eclipse

Templeton also tweaked the Scripture readings. 

“My son tells me I can make anything relate to anything,” she said.

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Here are a few others:

"Ain't No Sunshine” by Bill Withers.

"A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay.

Now it's your turn.

What's on your solar eclipse playlist?

Charlie Daniels compares Confederate statue removal to ISIS' actions

Charlie Daniels has always been outspoken about his political beliefs. So it comes as no surprise that he is sharing his opinions on the recent movement to remove Confederate monuments and memorials from public spaces in the U.S.

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In a new interview with cable network Newsmax TV, the 80-year-old country music icon was asked whether or not he thought Confederate statues should be taken down.

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He simply answered, “No.”

“If you don’t like it, don’t look at it,” Daniels explained. “I walk past movie posters that I don’t like. There’s all kinds of symbolism in this country that I don’t like, but I’m not going to go tear them down. I just don’t look at them. These statues aren’t preaching or shouting out some kind of crazy epithets or something. They’re just sitting there. So just turn around and don’t look at them.”

>> There are hundreds of Confederate monuments, not just in the South

Daniels, who seemed more concerned with preserving the history and culture of America, also compared the current debate over the removal of Confederate statues to situations going on with ISIS.

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“There were pieces of history that they didn’t like. [So] they were taking them down,” he said before echoing words that President Donald Trump wrote in a tweet, “Where does it stop? Is it going to be Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, or are we headed into Jefferson, Washington, who were both slave owners? How deep into history are we going to go?

“You don’t have to condone what happened in the Civil War,” he added, “but they’re statues of people who are part of our history.”

>> On Rare Country: Charlie Daniels honors America with his latest video

Plans to remove several Confederate statues around the U.S. come just days after a white nationalist rally to protect a Statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly. According to CNN, Texas, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama are just some of the many states pushing to remove Confederate monuments.

New biography about David Bowie reveals details of his wild life

An upcoming biography of David Bowie reveals new details about the singer’s life, including some strange propositions, NME reported.

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“David Bowie: A Life” will be released Sept. 12. Written by Dylan Jones, the biography is described as “intimate a portrait as may ever be drawn” about Bowie, who died Jan. 11, 2016, after an 18-month battle with cancer.

In the book, groupie Josette Caruso describes the time Bowie was offered a “warm, deady body” to have sex with while on tour in Philadelphia in September 1972, NME reported.

According to the Daily Mail, Caruso told how Bowie’s bodyguard answered the door and then called for the singer, looking “white as a sheet.”

“He obviously looked like such a freak that some sick people thought he might be into necrophilia,” Caruso said.

“Who on earth do they think I am? Why would they think I’d be interested in something like that?” Bowie reportedly said.

Other details from the book, according to the Daily Mail:

  • Bowie’s sex addiction drove him to sleep with 13-year-old groupies, engage in orgies and declare he was bisexual.

  • Because of his brother's schizophrenia, he did not like LSD but developed a cocaine habit.

  • Born David Jones, he changed his last name to Bowie -- like the Bowie Knife -- after British media nicknamed Mick Jagger, 'Jagger Dagger' 

The book also gives a detailed insight into the singer’s life from his childhood in Brixton, through his wild and successful music career, to his relatively calm last few years with wife Iman, NME reported.by

“David Bowie was his very own creation, his very own work of art,” Dylan Jones writes.“This was the boy from postwar Brixton with his sights set on the world.”

 

Taylor Swift wipes social media accounts; website goes dark

Taylor Swift has wiped her social media accounts clean, and fans of the singer are trying to figure out why, Billboard reported.

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On average, Swift has put out a new album every two years since her debut in 2006. Her last album, however -- “1989” -- was released in October 2014.

Friday morning, fans noticed that Swift had deleted her Twitter avatar and header, along with blanking out her Facebook page. All of her posts on Tumblr also were deleted, Billboard reported.

Swift has more than 102 million followers on Instagram, but that site also has been wiped clean, Billboard reported. Her official website is blacked out.

What does it all mean? Have her sites been hacked, or is she gearing up for a comeback. Several Twitter followers speculated about both scenarios. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the singer could not be reached for comment, Billboard reported.

On Monday, a jury ruled in favor of Swift in her countersuit against former radio host David Mueller for alleged assault and battery.

Shawn Mendes to headline return of ‘MTV Unplugged’

“MTV Unplugged” is returning to television, and Shawn Mendes will be the first singer to appear on the show, Variety reported.

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Mendes will appear in the season premiere in a performance shot at Los Angeles’ Theater at Ace Hotel. The show will air on Sept. 8, Variety reported.

Mendes currently holds the No. 1 spot in Top 40 radio with his single, “Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”

“MTV Unplugged” ran on the music video station from 1989 to 2009 and featured artists playing acoustic versions of their songs. Past performers included Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Eric Clapton.

Mendes told Variety he was excited to be a part of the show after seeing Pearl Jam’s 1992 session.

“It wasn't so much about the commercial, showman side of it; It was really about the music,” he said.

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