Taylor Swift 1989 concert special coming to Apple Music
Missed the chance to see Taylor Swift’s star-studded 1989 World Tour in person? Then Swift has a special birthday surprise for you.
Swift took to Twitter on Sunday to announce the upcoming release of her 1989 World Tour – Live concert special. The film includes concert footage from her Sydney show, filmed at ANZ Stadium with 76,000 fans in attendance, and it will also feature special guest performances from her concerts around the world, including appearances by Mick Jagger, Selena Gomez, Alanis Morissette, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, and more. 1989 World Tour – Live will be exclusively available to stream on Apple Music, starting Dec. 20.
“Getting ready for this, I wondered about a lot of things,” she says in the trailer for the special. “I wonder what it would be like to perform for 70,000 people. I wonder what it would look like if they were all lit up and just dancing around like no one was watching them. I wonder what would happen if I invited the most amazing artists in the world to come out with me and perform on my stage. Would they do it? I wonder what it would be like to get so lost in it every night and never want it to end.”
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The 1989 World Tour – Live deal with Apple Music comes about six months after Swift wrote an open letter to Apple, criticizing the new streaming service for deciding not to pay artists during subscribers’ three-month trial period. Apple soon agreed to pay artists royalties during the trial, and Swift reversed her decision to not make 1989 available to stream on Apple Music.
The singer announced the special on her 26th birthday, and she celebrated with a throwback photo, complete with a Little Mermaid sweatshirt. “Today I begin my 26th year of freaking out over stuff,” she wrote on Instagram.
More than 70 special guests joined Swift on stage over the course of her 1989 tour. Check out the full list of all of Swift’s new squad members here.