‘Welcome to New York’ (and More): Taylor’s on Tour
Taylor Swift is having a good week—she’s just smashed Britney Spears and Eminem’s sales records (for biggest album-sales week by a female artist and biggest sales week in general, respectively) with new album 1989, selling over 1.3 million records in just days. Now, she’s heading out on tour to support this smash album. North American shows will start in Bossier City, LA, at the CenturyLink Center, before heading to cities like Detroit, MI; Charlotte, NC; Raleigh, NC; Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; East Rutherford, NJ (so much for “Welcome to New York”, as this is the only NYC metro-area show); Vancouver, BC; Edmonton, AB; Glendale, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; Denver, CO; St. Paul, MN; Columbus, OH; Kansas City, MO; Nashville, TN (at the Bridgestone Arena); Toronto, ON; Des Moines, IA; Omaha, NE; Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; Tampa, FL, and many, many more. After North American, Swift heads to Australia. Supporting Swift along the way will be singer-songwriter Vance Joy (Swift is a big fan, just having covered his song, “Riptide”, for BBC Radio 1) and singer Shawn Mendes. For pre-sale and ticketing information, visit Swift’s website.
1989 opens a new chapter of ticket-selling prowess for Swift—she’s recently removed all of her albums from music-sharing website Spotify. Why? The music-sharing program pushed hard to get her to stream her first week out. But she wants to make money, and the music program’s pennies-on-the-dollar approach to streaming would totally cut into her first-week album sales. Swifty don’t play with pressure. You go, girl. With hard-hitting performances like Swift, Beyoncé, and Adele rebuffing Spotify, will the music-sharing site have to get a new game plan?