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Adele dedicates show to Orlando shooting victims

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LOS ANGELES — Oscar-winning actress Adele shed tears as she addressed the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida during the latest concert on her ongoing tour.

The 28-year-old actress opened her show in Antwerp, Belgium, on Sunday night, by dedicating her performance to the victims.

“I’d like to start tonight by dedicating this entire show to everybody in Orlando and Pulse nightclub,” the “Hello” hitmaker said and added, “The LGBTQ community… They’re like my soulmates since I was really young,” before starting to cry in front of the cheering crowd.

The Orlando shooting killed 50 people and injured more than 50 others, making it the deadliest mass shooting in US history and the worst act of terrorism since 2001’s 9/11.

The GRAMMY winner later attempted to lighten the mood with a little bit of self-deprecation.

“I didn’t want to cry, really, because most of this tonight is pretty miserable — because my songs are f**king miserable,” she joked.

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US judge dismisses Taylor Swift ‘Shake It Off’ copyright lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing singer Taylor Swift of stealing lyrics for her song ‘Shake It Off’ on Tuesday ruling the phrases in question were not sufficiently original to merit copyright protection.

Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler brought the suit last fall, arguing that the chorus of the song borrowed from their 2001 composition, ‘Playas Gon’ Play’.

In his ruling, Judge Michael W Fitzgerald held that combining the phrases, ‘Playas gonna play’ and ‘haters gonna hate,’ does not entail sufficient originality to warrant copyright protection, Variety reported.

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Swift’s 2014 song reached No 1 on the pop charts and marked her evolution from country to pop music.

Swift’s lyrics from the chorus of ‘Shake It Off’ are, ‘the players gonna play, play, play, play, play, and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.’

Attorneys for Swift asked US District Judge Michael Fitzgerald in January to dismiss the case.

“In order for such short phrases to be protected under the Copyright Act, they must be more creative than the lyrics at issue here,” Fitzgerald ruled, according to court papers.

The songwriters who sued Swift did not allege Swift’s song stole musical elements, the judge said, and phrases about players and haters existed in pop culture before 2001.

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