Arts & Culture

‘Trespasser’ wants Taylor Swift to testify

A man charged with trespassing at Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island mansion wants the US singer to testify on his behalf. The Westerly Sun reports 24-year-old Nicholas Field was back in court on Friday. The Westerly resident was arrested on April 14 and charged with wilful trespassing at Swift’s beachfront mansion. Field says he wants Swift to be served with a ...

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Sam Smith singing again after surgery

Young soul sensation Sam Smith is singing again, six weeks after he underwent vocal surgery that left him silent. The 23-year-old British singer posted a short video on Instagram of him singing Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love. “I’m back,” was Smith’s simple message on Monday. Smith says he will resume performing on Friday at a festival in England’s ...

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Katy Perry top-earning musician

Katy Perry pulled in $US135 million ($A177 million) in the past year to be the world’s top-grossing musician. Forbes magazine said the 30-year-old, who is on a 150-date world tour for her album Prism, narrowly edged out One Direction for income in the year through June 1. The British boy band, whose future and image were thrown into doubt in ...

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Disney bans selfie sticks

Selfie sticks will banned from Disney amusement parks around the world from next week. Park visitors will have to leave their selfie sticks, which people use to take photos of themselves on their mobile phones, at the bag check at park entrances and pick them up on their way out. The policy is to go into effect on Tuesday at Disney parks ...

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Rowling creating Harry Potter stage show

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is working on a new stage show based on the magical franchise. The British author thrilled fans on Twitter.com by revealing she is collaborating with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany to make Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play which will be staged in London next year. Rowling insists the story is ...

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Instagram targets real-time events

Instagram has begun letting users easily tune into hot topics of the moment as the Facebook-owned image sharing service steps squarely into Twitter’s domain. Updated versions of Instagram applications released in the United States for mobile devices powered by Apple or Android software boasted Explore pages complete with trending topics and places. “The new Explore now surfaces trends as they ...

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No hope Houston’s daughter will recover

The family of Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, say they are moving her to a terminal care facility, as she remains in a months-long coma. The 22-year-old was found face down and unresponsive in her bathtub in her Atlanta, Georgia home on January 31. She was revived by emergency crews but lost significant brain function. “Despite the great medical ...

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Album Review: Hilary Duff’s Breathe In. Breathe Out.

She’s back and she’s better than ever. Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff, has just released her new album Breathe In. Breathe Out, and it’s sure to take your breath away! It has been eight years since Duff’s last album, and Breathe In. Breathe Out. takes you on many trips down memory lane with catchy lyrics and nostalgic tunes. The album includes 12 ...

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Queen may move out during Palace repairs

The Queen may have to move out of Buckingham Palace to allow the historic building to be refurbished at an estimated cost of STG150 million ($A304.9 million). The famous London landmark needs a total overhaul and the monarch vacating the palace while the work is carried out is one option being considered by Palace officials. The Queen spends around a ...

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Why Apple and Taylor Swift are getting back together

Hours after pop superstar Taylor Swift penned an open letter on Tumblr, declaring her latest album would not be made available on Apple Music, the tech giant reversed its decision to not pay royalties to musicians during the streaming service’s free three-month trial period. In the letter, Swift insists she isn’t asking for royalties for her own benefit. “I am thankful ...

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