Pop star Taylor Swift has wiped out her internet presence – including her website and social media accounts – and fans are abuzz with speculation, including the possibility of new music to come.
Taylorsoft.com appears completely black, and some speculated that hackers had hit. Others, hopeful for something more positive, created a new hashtag “#TS6IsComing” to fuel their hopes of Swift releasing a sixth studio album.
— billboard (@billboard) August 18, 2017
Swift’s internet purge today comes on the third anniversary of her “Shake It Off” premiere, the lead (and chart-topping) single which kicked off her “1989” album. The album sold a record 1.28 million copies during the first week of its 2014 release. It went on to receive a Grammy for album of the year.
The MTV Video Music Awards will air Aug. 27. While Swift’s known rival Katy Perry is hosting the event, speculation is that Swift may still make a surprise appearance, reported CNN.
The singer’s internet purge comes days after she won a court victory where she alleged a former radio DJ groped her backside during a 2013 photo op at a meet-and-greet. After swift deliberations, the jury found in Swift’s favor and awarded her the symbolic $1 she had sought in damages.
Mueller was ordered to pay out a symbolic $1 to Swift. “As I said in the closing [argument], that dollar, that single dollar, is of immeasurable value in this ever-going fight to figure out where the lines are, what’s right and what’s wrong,” said Swift’s attorney, as reported by CNN.
After the jury’s verdict, Swift made a donation to an organization for survivors of sexual assault, Billboard reported. The organization, called “Joyful Heart Foundation,” was founded by Marsika Hartigay.
In all, Swift has sold more than 40 million albums – including 27.1 million in the U.S. – and 130 million single downloads.