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Why Taylor Swift Says Lover Is Such a Special Album. There's no calming down because Taylor Swift just took over Central Park. A day ahead of the release of her highly anticipated seventh studio album, Lover, the 29-year-old took the stage in the Big Apple for a Capital One-sponsored concert in front of an expectedly enthusiastic crowd. Ahead of her performance, Swift sat down with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts to chat about her new work. "One thing about this album that's really special to me is that it's the first one that I will own of my work," she said, an obvious nod to the headline-making controversy involving Scooter Braun over the ownership of her masters. "Which is a concept that they're very supportive of," she said of her vocal fans cheering and applauding. On that note, she also confirmed she will be re-recording her first five albums next year. "It's something that I'm very excited about doing because my contract says that starting November 2020, so next year, I can record albums one through five all over again, so I'm very excited about it," she told Roberts. "I just think that artists deserve to own their work. I just feel very passionately about that." Needless to say, 2020 will be a busy year. But, before the star hits the studio again, she has plenty to do for the release of Lover, including dropping the music video. To top things off, she's going into the MTV Video Music Awards next week as one of the most nominated artists with 12 nods and, Swift newly announced, this year's opening act. But, first, it was time to perform for a packed crowd of her fans in New York City from a colorful, flower-filled stage. The set list included her newest tracks, "You Need to Calm Down" and "ME!" and was topped off with her classic hit, "Shake It Off." "I love you guys so much," she told her devoted fans. "Thanks for coming to Central Park. You guys are amazing." (Eonline)

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello to Perform 'Senorita' for the First Time at 2019 VMAs Shawnmila fans are finally getting the live performance they've been asking for. MTV announced on Wednesday (Aug. 21) that Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello will be performing their steamy collaboration, "Senorita," for the first time ever at the 2019 VMAs. "Senorita" is up for a number of awards at the ceremony this year, including best collaboration, best art direction, best choreography, best cinematography, and song of summer. The smash hit has held strong in the Billboard Hot 100 top five since its No. 2 debut in July. Mendes and Cabello have been spotted all over the country this summer, holding hands and kissing, though neither has spoken publicly about their relationship status. On the "In My Blood" crooner's 21st birthday in early August, Cabello posted a polaroid that shows Mendes playing with her hair. "Happy birthday to this magic human, I love you!!!!" she wrote in the caption. Catch the performance at the 2019 VMAs, hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco, which will air live from the Prudential Center in New Jersey on Monday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. (Billboard)

Aaliyah lives on in many forms, and now there's a new wax figure to celebrate her incredible life. Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas just unveiled its very first wax sculpture of the late R&B singer, immortalizing Aaliyah in one of her iconic looks. The spot-on wax statue is being rolled out Wednesday night in the heart of the Vegas strip, with a special unveiling for Aaliyah's family and a bunch of celebs. Honchos at Madame Tussauds tell TMZ ... Aaliyah's wax figure was inspired by the music video for her smash hit, "Try Again," and the details are down to a T ... with the exact same outfit, hair style, makeup and lower-back tattoo. We're told the designer worked closely with Aaliyah's fam, especially her brother Rashad Haughton, to ensure the sculpture brought her character back to life. As you know ... Aaliyah died in a plane crash way back in 2001, but she's still got a huge following ... and fans will be able to check out her wax statue this summer in the same exhibit as other stars from the 1990s. (TMZ)

Drake and Big Freedia have a New Orleans musician in his feelings ... according to a new lawsuit, he says the rappers straight-up jacked his beats and passed them off as their own. Samuel Nicholas III -- who goes by Sam Skully -- is suing the rappers claiming they used his beat for their hit collab, "In My Feelings." He also claims Drake stole another one of his beats for his wildly successful track, "Nice For What" According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Sam Skully claims Drake and Big Freedia sampled a portion of his 2000 track, "Roll Call," but they never asked for permission and never forked over any dough. In the docs, Sam Skully claims he published the beat on a CDS he released in New Orleans way back in 2000, but says he didn't know his work had been stolen until years later ... when Drake and Big Freedia released songs that started climbing the charts. Sam Skully is also going after a ton of huge record companies -- Asylum Records, Cash Money Records and Republic Records -- and he's suing for damages. We reached out to Drake ... so far, radio silence. (TMZ)

'Songland': Katelyn Tarver Gets Old Dominion, Jeep's Engines Running With 'Young'. It's good to be young. Songland was new Wednesday night, and country music band Old Dominion teamed up with Jeep chief marketing officer Olivier Francois in search of the right soundtrack for a new Jeep commercial. The writers Jacobi.E, Maci, Jake Scott and Katelyn Tarver pitched their efforts for the songwriting competition, but it was Georgia native Tarver's "Young" that got the engines running. After Shane McAnally tinkered with the lyrics, everything was humming along. "I am blown away. This song is about being young at heart," Francois enthused. "I think this could absolutely work." Tarver has released several EPs, LPs and singles, and has a string of acting credits to her name, including roles on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush and ABC's No Ordinary Family. Wednesday night, she's takes the glory. She worked with McAnally and Old Dominion to cut the winning song, the first ever recorded by the Nashville outfit that they hadn't written themselves. (Billboard)

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