Buzzing

Avril Lavigne, Bruno Mars 'most dangerous' in online searches

Pop singers Avril Lavigne and Bruno Mars on Tuesday topped a list of celebrities ranked the most dangerous to search for online because of results that could expose fans to malicious websites.

Cyber security company McAfee said singers Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik and Celine Dion were also in the top five of its annual list. It said that searching for "Avril Lavigne free mp3" results in a 22 per cent chance of landing on a malicious website.

Taylor Swift shakes off lawsuit

Representatives for Taylor Swift on Tuesday rejected a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by two songwriters over Swift's hit song Shake It Off as a "ridiculous claim".

Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler said in a lawsuit filed in the United States federal court in Los Angeles that Swift's song used the phrase "players, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate" that they had coined for a 2001 song Playas Gon'Play by R&B girl group 3LW.

"This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab," Swift's representatives said in a statement. "The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2017, with the headline 'Buzzing'. Print Edition | Subscribe