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Taylor Swift to top Hyde Park bill

Taylor Swift is to be one of the headliners for the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park next year.

The Shake It Off hitmaker is the first big name to be announced for the annual event and she will top the bill on June 27.

The festival - officially called Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park - has previously seen acts such as the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, McBusted and Neil Young play headline slots.

She said: "I'm so excited, I can't wait."

In a message to fans, she went on: "I love the idea of playing outdoors at Hyde Park for all your beautiful faces. So start brushing up on your dance moves and get ready for one crazy party.

"If rehearsing is not your thing, then you can just make the moves up as you go."

Taylors fifth album 1989 recently went to number one in the UK and its predecessor Red has shifted more than six million copies.

Jim King, the senior vice president of live events for promoter AEG Live, said: "As one of the World's biggest artists and one who never fails to deliver incredible live experiences for her fans, Taylor Swift performing on Hyde Park's Great Oak Stage will be a highlight of 2015 and we couldn't be more excited to welcome her back to London."

Tickets go on sales generally from November 10, although pre-sale tickets go on sale from tomorrow with further details at www.bst-hydepark.com.

Swift has also been in the spotlight after her music was suddenly removed from online streaming services without explanation.

She and her record label have not explained the move but she has in the past withheld some of her new music from services such as Spotify, possibly to help drive sales before making it more widely available.

A message in a Spotify blog post said it hoped she would reconsider.

It said: "We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more - nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she's on over 19 million playlists.

"We hope she'll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That's why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community."

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