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8 Other Reasons Why Taylor Swift Has Beef With Apple

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Taylor Swift used her powerful voice this week to bring a corporate giant to the bargaining table, and set a standard that can be nothing but a force for good in the music industry. The youngest woman ever on Forbes’ 100 most powerful people list, and a damn good songwriter if we’re being honest. But our LA correspondent, Rei Barker, has his ears to the gold-paved streets - and there’s more than meets the eye to this little fandango.

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She's a descendant of Isaac Newton. When that Apple fell on his head, the consequent theory of gravity was a huge leap for Sir Newton himself, as well as theoretical physics. But children can be oh so cruel. The memories of children taunting a young Taylor with ‘hey smart person,’ and ‘what’s up gravity girl’ in primary school haunt her to this day.

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Swift, a Shania Twain fan from a young age, holds her idol in high regard. Unbeknownst to many, Steve Jobs and Ms Twain dated briefly. He callously broke up with her via iMessage, and whilst the turtlenecked-one is no longer with us, Taylor has a long memory.

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She was a celebrity Beta tester for the iWatch, and a faulty device gave her a mild electrical shock. She keeps the watch to this day under her bed, and says mean things to it before she goes to sleep at night.

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She ‘fucking hates turtlenecks and every fuckwit that wears them.’ She has flat refused to comment any further on this. JOURNALISTS! Do *NOT* bring up turtlenecks if Tay Tay is in the room.

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While she has publicly stated that she bears no ill will towards Kanye West for ‘Kanye’ing her,’ he is well known for having a full back piece tattoo of Steve Jobs’ face. "It is kinda smiling, in a smug way, but it also has this wink. It’s literally the worst." 'Nuff said, T Swift.

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Taylor is famously allergic to apples. I think this one is a little petty, but I am allergic to K, and I don’t go near K-mart, so more power to her!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook (or ‘Tim Cooked’ as he’s known on Sunset Boulevard) was getting a selfie with Rob Schneider, Michelle Obama and one of the lesser-known Baldwins as Taylor was walking past at the Grammys. Not even a sideways glance or invitation. She fired her iPhone into the sun the very next day and bought two Samsung Galaxys out of spite.

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#8 

She’s going to hate me for spilling the beans on this one, but Taylor has never been able to get the ‘Pie Scene’ from American Pie out of her head. She refuses to even speak Jason Biggs’ name, she just calls him Pie Boy and refuses to watch the scenes he’s in in Orange is the New Black, and the natural progression of this thorn in her side extents to the company that bears the namesake of said pie’s contents.

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12 Looks In Music This Week

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Here at the interns we give our ears and proper workout so we thought we would give our eyes a chance to prove their worth. Here are the best threads worn this week by people in the fashion biz from high street to catwalk, all the way down under for some local threads.

Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris

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Date night! Wine and pizzas (gluten free though, ptfff) at Soho eatery L'asso in New York.
Looking every bit the demure pop princess she is, Tay Tay teams a crop top/skirt outfit (which retails for less than AUD$100!) with her tad bit more expensive Prada tote. Calvin looks a bit more casual but still cool in his black leather bomber and high tops.

Harry Styles & Mick Jagger

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Harry Styles channeling vintage Mick Jagger whilst standing NEXT to Mick Jagger. Apparently the two are friends. Cute. It’s hard to buy the '70s rocker vibe from the kid from One Direction wearing the women’s YSL shirt though.

Ciara

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Babe! Coinciding with her recent album release (Jackie), Ciara has been named the new face of Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli. However, unlike the underwhelming album, the campaign already seems to be a hit as she effortlessly models the beautiful collection, ever so seductively.

Lady Gaga

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Huh? Lady Gaga looks half Geisha, half drag at Vancouver Jazz Festival, performing alongside Tony Bennet. The braless look isn’t really working for her. The remaining outfits in the show got better. But only slightly.

Ke$ha

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Looks like Tinkerbell on acid.

Ke$ha hosted and performed at Hard Rock’s Rehab Pool Party in Las Vegas. The dancers that joined her on stage were dressed as a rabbit, tiger and chicken (according to the LA Times) so she probably just wanted to fit in.

Drake

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Looking the same as ever. Doesn’t matter though, whilst he doesn’t bang on about fashion as some of the other rappers out there, Drake knows what’s up and has got his own cool style.

Cher

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The trend of choosing older models in major fashion campaigns continues. Flawless and fierce. Cher is the first face of Marc Jacobs' Fall '15 advertisements.

Bey & Jay

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Bonnie and Clyde killing it yet again. Holidaying in Italy, Bey repping Australian label Zimmermann with Jay, looking equally as stylish in his cream coloured linen suit.

John Legend

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He’s so beautiful… Just like that chair, just like that suit and just like this setting. I guess like his wife as well, who he did the photoshoot with for DuJour magazine.

Florence Welch & Stevie Nicks 

Was a dream to harmonise 'happy birthday' with this magical woman, All my love to @stevienicksofficial xx

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Two of fashion's ethereal and bohemian, musical muses.

Azealia Banks

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Editorial on stage. Only few artists could rock a Christian Cowan glitter denim ensemble. Azealia pulls it off.

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Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon at one of their gigs in Calgary. Much like her music, her unique outfit choices are colourful and eclectic.

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10 Of The Best Looks In Music This Week

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All the best looks from this week to guide you on what to wear next week. However, if you're taking a quick trip to the grocery store maybe ditch the FKA twigs or Bjork outfits. RiRi's no-shoe ensemble will do just fine.

Elliphant rockin' the best pair of Nike's we saw all week

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The Love Me Badder singer continues to make it so easy to love her.

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The ever-stylish singer took to Versailles in France in this perfect combo, complete with a flowing trail on her top.

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If you're going to meet Mariah Carey you better be prepared to bring the bling and that's exactly what Rita Ora did. She looked near perfect in all black with a hint of gold.

Janelle Monáe becoming the Queen of the yoga studio
Janelle Monáe made a name for herself by rocking tuxedos but these days she's moving away from that. Performing her latest track Yoga on Jimmy Fallon, Monáe donned a crown and channelled half-sport, half-chic.

Björk performing a surprise DJ set in a gold mesh mask

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When you've defined avant-garde fashion for more than two decades it must be hard to keep churning out interesting stuff but Björk never fails. This week she took to Tri Angle Records fifth anniversary in Manhattan and DJ'ed for an hour looking perfect.

Rihanna going from Dior to denim

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Last week Rihanna was glamming it up in the Dior ads and this week she's strolling the streets barefoot. Bitch better have her shoes, RiRi is coming for you.

Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé winning everything in the Feelin Myself video
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It was a big week for clips but none featured better fashun than Nicki and Bey's video. With Nicki wearing Chloe and Moschino and Bey wearing Oscar de la Renta, the pair took Coachella like never before. Carry on...

Kanye going up in flames in a bullet-proof vest

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Wearing all black, took the Billboard awards channelling early 50 Cent (not that he would condone the comparison). Is there a man who does all black better than Yeezus himself?

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You debut a video that goes on to be the most watched Vevo in 24 hours and you turn up wearing a Balmain jumpsuit that makes everyone die. I die, you die, we're all literally dying.

FKA twigs debuting Congregata in dominatrix leather

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By all accounts FKA twigs' all-encompassing Congregata show for the Red Bull Music Academy in New York was flawless as was this black leather-clad outfit.

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Kendrick Lamar, Hudson Mohawke, Florence + The Machine And More

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If you needed any more proof that 2015 is a massive year for music then this week was just that. We had blockbuster video premieres, huge tracks leak by the dozen and many drop more tracks of some of the year's most anticipated albums. Here's another jam-packed 10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week.

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Indian Steps (Feat. Antony Hegarty) & Scud Books

We're just patiently hanging out for HudMo's Lanterns but he's not making it easier because every time he releases a new track it's better than the last. Today, we have two new tracks from the producer. The first, Scud Books, is trademark HudMo with brassy synths and crushing bass. Indian Steps, however, is a slightly different sound than we're used to. It features Antony and the Johnson's' Antony Hegarty. It's a melancholic, emotional track that flourishes into a battlefield of bursting beats and swelling instrumentation.

Jamie xx
I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) (Feat. Young Thug and Popcaan)

This was also in 10 Songs last week but this version is the proper album version featuring Popcaan. Instrumentally there's not a lot of difference but vocally now we have Popcaan interjecting Young Thug on the verses. That sample still sounds as triumphant as last week and the steel drums are euphoric as ever. Jamie xx told Pitchfork this week, "You can make it [the steel drum] sound quite melancholy but at the same time it reminds me of paradise." That's certainly the most apt way to describe this song.

Nina Las Vegas & Swick
Birthday

Nina Las Vegas and Swick dropped their second EP Cool Sports this week via Fool's Gold records. All three songs are excellent but Birthday is the one that has really stuck with us. It bursts colour with through these abrasive, blood-rushing synths that sit alongside candy-coated beats. The vocal sample holds the same kind of monotone excitement that Hannah Diamond has become so known for, using the instrumental to really build its personality. Hold on for the last minute when things really get down and dirty.

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Kwamie Liv
Higher

We raved a about Danish newcomer Kwamie Liv last year but then she disappeared off the radar. This week, however, she re-emerged with this beautiful cut Higher. It's built off lushes synths that allow Liv's vocal to just sink in. "I wanna trust you tonight, I'm sick and tired of running," she sings with the utmost sincerity, creating this wonderfully warm atmosphere. Hopefully this is a sign of more things to come.

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A$AP Rocky
LSD

We're just a fortnight away from hearing A$AP Rocky's new album A.L.L.A and so far he's kept us on our toes about what to expect. LSD (Love x Sex x Dreams) is a hazy, spaced-out number that sees A$AP sing more than rap. It's something completely different from him and proves once again that his versatility is one of his most impressive qualities. It changes tack towards the end and introduces back into A$AP-rap territory, complimenting that woozy, unfamiliar instrumental with something that feels much more familiar.

Antony & Cleopatra
Take Me

You may not have heard of Antony & Cleoptra but you would've definitely heard some of the work of Alex Burnett. Burnett has written and collaborated on tracks for George Maple, Hayden James and Flight Facilities but now he's turning his attention to his own project. Take Me is a stellar track with its feat planted heavily in the British club scene. The vocals of Anita Blay howl through the track with an airy vitality while the instrumental echoes like steel coming together.

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Florence + The Machine
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So far all the tracks from How Big How Blue How Beautiful have shown a slightly more reserved side to Florence Welch but now we've got Delilah. Delilah is a classic Florence + The Machine track with bluesy undertones and a big, soaring chorus ready-made for Welch's massive voice. The melodic detour at the end of the track is the cherry on the top, adding an extra bit of sweetness to what could've been a slightly overwhelming track. Our bodies are now ready for this album.

Charli XCX
Famous (Brenmar Remix)

Charli XCX's Famous is almost six months old now so it's about time that it go a fresh-coat of paint. Jersey producer Brenmar is the best man for the job as he has a knack at taking already energetic songs and turning them up one more level. Brenmar centres the whole remix around Charli's infectious hook using it to build the track up to a mighty drop complete with horn-synths. We're big fans of Charli when she's operating in the club-world so this remix is understandably up our alley.

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Taylor Swift
Bad Blood (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

We've seen Kendrick and Tay Tay go back and forth about how much they love each other and we knew that Kendrick was going to appear in the Bad Blood video but never could've we expected two verses on the radio edit. The track benefits from a beefed-up, hip-hop remix and while Kendrick's verses are super impressive it's Swift's final chorus that brings it home with an effortless strength. This is a genius marketing tactic and is sure to breathe some new life into 1989. Somewhere Katy Perry is breaking her teeth on candy-canes working out how to one-up Taylor.

Nick Jonas
Chains (Feat. Stormzy)

If Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift was unexpected then this collaboration is basically unbelievable. Grime newcomer Stormzy has jumped on Nick Jonas' Chains adding some distinctively British verses to the track alongside Jonas' soulful verse. Speaking to Radio 1 the former Jonas Brother (meaning the band, not the family) said he was inspired by Kanye West's performance at the Brits where he shared the stage with a number of big grime names. A weird collaboration, yes, but it actually works.

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Taylor Swift Debuts 'Bad Blood' Music Video Feat. Kendrick Lamar

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Taylor Swift has debuted the hotly anticipated video for Bad Blood today at the Billboard Music Awards. Made up of a star-studded cast including Lena Dunham, Gigi Hadid, Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba and Cara Delevingne, it also features Kendrick Lamar jumping on a couple of verses. Watch below:

Click here to see the Bad Blood characters recreated as action figurines 

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