TAYLOR Swift is set to become the first female act since Madonna to play stadium shows in Australia.
The country/pop superstar will tour stadiums in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth this December, playing to around 180,000 Australian fans in just ten days.
It is the biggest Australian tour by a solo female performer since Madonna’s 1993 visit.
Swift’s meteoric rise in popularity in Australia has seen her accelerate from club shows in 2009 playing to around 1000 people to stadium venues of up to 50,000 fans just four years later.
Swift’s four albums have sold over one million units in Australia since 2008.
“It’s a sign of the achievements of Taylor Swift and the loyal fanbase she’s built up that she will be the first woman to play stadiums nationally here since Madonna,” promoter Michael Gudinski said yesterday.
Swift was thrilled with the news.
“That’s mindblowing and a real honour,” the singer, 23, said.
“One of my favorite things about the connection between myself and the fans on this tour is that it’s a very emotional one,” Swift said.
“They’re there because they’ve felt the same things I’m singing about at one point in their lives. They’re singing all the words. When you look out at a sea of people in a stadium and 60,000 people are singing back to you it’s an incredible connection.”
Australia is the first territory outside of the US where Swift will play stadiums as part of her Red tour.
“In order to get Taylor to Australia with her commitments around the world she’s playing stadiums, but this show has been built for stadiums,” Gudinski said.
“It’s an enormous production. But Taylor and her people have insisted on the ticket price being very reasonable.
“Apart from some VIP packages the ticket prices are around the same as her last arena tour here. A lot of artists have a say in their ticket prices and Taylor is one of them.
“The amount of love she gives to her fans, and what she gets back from them, is quite unique. The respect and communication between her and her audience comes from the fact she’s so brave and open in her lyrics.”
Tickets will range from around $85 to around $150, with the pricing of VIP moshpit packages yet to be confirmed.
Due to Swift’s young fanbase, Frontier will put seating on the ground at each concert.
Swift’s US tour, with collaborator Ed Sheeran as opening act, will wind up in late September.
The country star will take a break while the production is shipped from the US in time for a show in Auckland on November 29.
Swift then plays Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on December 4, Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on December 7, Perth’s NIB Stadium December 11 and Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on December 14.
Tickets go on sale 9am on May 21, with a presale beginning on May 14.
Swift’s latest album Red has sold over six million copies worldwide since its release last year, spawning the crossover hits We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, I Knew You Were Trouble and 22. Her next single, Everything Has Changed, is a duet with Ed Sheeran.
Swift will celebrate her 24th birthday – on December 13 – during her Australian visit.
There are many signs summer is on the way – warmer weather, leaves on the trees and crazy people wearing next to no clothes when the temperature increases a tiny amount.
But in celeb land it’s time to get excited about the best season of the year when it’s revealed which amazing stars will perform at the Capital FM Summertime Ball.
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So prepare to let out loud ear-destroying screams of delight because an announcement has been made and the legendary Robbie Williams and Taylor Swift are in the line-up.
Former Take That star Robbie will take to the Summertime Ball stage at Wembley Stadium in June with Harry Styles’ ex Taylor making her first UK appearance of the year at the event.
The show will be hosted by Justin Trousersnake Timberlake who will keep the crowd of 80,000 music lovers entertained.
Other acts set to perform include will.i.am, Jessie J, Lawson, The Saturdays, Ellie Goulding, Labrinth, Olly Murs and The Wanted.
Hopefully the sicko that is The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes will have recovered following his voice-saving throat surgery and will be well enough to sing by then.
Fans of The Voice are also in luck as two stars from the show will also be performing at the massive concert which is set to be bigger than any of its previous years.
More acts are to be announced in due course and tickets for the show, which is on June 9, go on sale on Friday 26 April.
Taylor has been nominated for ELEVEN 2013 Billboard Music Awards including Top Artist and Top Country Album! She is also a finalist for the fan voted Billboard Milestone Award – vote now HERE. Congratulations to Taylor!
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Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw are to duet during the Academy of Country Music Awards.
The country music giants will share the stage to sing their hit ‘Highway Don’t Care’, with American Idol’s Keith Urban also joining them on guitar.
Sunday’s ACM Awards will also feature a collaboration between the gala’s co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryant as well as Brad Paisley on ‘Boys Round Here’.
Shelton is also expected to be joined during the show-opening performance by Miranda Lambert’s group Pistol Annies and Sheryl Crow, reports ET Online.
A third all-star duet will feature Stevie Wonder playing with Hunter Hayes, who is up for ‘Single Record of the Year’, ‘Video of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ for ‘Wanted’.
Previously announced performers are Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Erich Church and Little Big Town.
Country music legends Garth Brooks and George Strait are also expected to share the stage together to pay tribute to the late Dick Clark.
The 2013 ACM Awards will air from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7 at 8/7c on CBS.
Justin Bieber is confirmed to perform at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, along with Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Miguel and the music legend Prince.
The live ceremony will be broadcast from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 19.
This is just the first round of billing at Billboard’s Awards. More presenters and performers will be announced in the days and weeks ahead.
After enjoying massive success in the traditional sales and downloads charts, Bieber, Swift, Mars, and the acclaimed Miguel have each earned their place at Billboard’s event this year.
The Awards are based on album and single sales, airplay, touring, streaming and social media interactions between fans and artists on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vevo and Spotify.
To wit, Swift has sold 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads sold worldwide.
Bieber steps up with 18 million albums worldwide, 3.5 billion YouTube views, 52 million Facebook fans and 36 million Twitter followers, while Mars has sold 53 million song downloads worldwide with 1 billion YouTube views
It’s almost that time of year again. The Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards are set to take place next month, and on Wednesday, fans learned who will be competing for a coveted blimp at this year’s broadcast. Taylor Swift and One Direction are among the many acts, actors and athletes competing to take home a prize when the show kicks off on March 23.
The nominees for Favorite Female Singer include Adele, Katy Perry, Pink and Swift. Swift is also in the race toward Favorite Song for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” facing off against Harry Styles and One Direction, who are up for “What Makes You Beautiful.” Other nominees in that category are Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”
1D is up for yet another prize for Favorite Music Group, going against Big Time Rush, Bon Jovi and Maroon 5. Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Blake Shelton and Usher are competing for Favorite Male Singer.
TV stars like Miranda Cosgrove (“iCarly”), Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), Victoria Justice (“Victorious”) and Bridgit Mendler (“Good Luck Charlie”) are also up for a blimp, competing against each other in the Favorite TV Actress category. Meanwhile, Jake T. Austin (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), Lucas Cruikshank (“Marvin Marvin”), Ross Lynch (“Austin & Ally”) and Carlos Pena (“Big Time Rush”) are going head to head in the Favorite TV Actor world.
Elsewhere in Hollywood, Vanessa Hudgens (“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”), Scarlett Johansson (“The Avengers”), Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games”) and Kristen Stewart (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″) are all the femmes up for Favorite Movie Actress.
In the world of Favorite Movie Actor, Johnny Depp (“Dark Shadows), Andrew Garfield (“The Amazing Spider-Man”), Zachary Gordon (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”) and Will Smith (“Men in Black 3″) are all nominees.
Blockbusters like “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Avengers,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” and “The Hunger Games” will see if their box office gold translates to blimp wins in the Favorite Movie category.
Fans can begin to place their votes on Valentine’s Day, February 14, in all categories across all of Nick’s digital platforms. A complete list of nominees and additional information can be found on Nick’s website. The show will go live at 8 p.m. ET from USC’s Galen Center in L.A. on March 23 with “Safe Haven” star Josh Duhamel set to host.
The nominations for the ACM awards (American Country Music, for the uninitiated), were announced on Wednesday, and, as expected, Taylor Swift cleaned up. Everyone’s favorite broken-hearted girl picked up five nominations, including the coveted entertainer-of-the-year nod, the top honor in the award show. A win for Swift would make her the first solo female artist to ever win the award, but of course, she is up against some pretty tough competition with Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and the show’s co-hosts, Luke Brian and Blake Shelton also on the list.
Let’s not forget all of the other acts competing for awards, either. The overachiever this year has to be Eric Church, with his seven nominations. For those counting at home, that’s every category he’s eligible for, apart from Entertainer of the Year. Some other big winners (or potential ones, anyway) are Hunter Hayes with six nods and, of course, Miranda Lambert with five nominations. So it’s shaping up to be an interesting evening. With Hayes up for what could be his very first ACM win, and Miranda and Taylor both competing to be the first female entertainer of the year, there’s bound to be at least a little bit of tension in the air on the big night. Though we’re always keeping our fingers crossed for Taytay – don’t tell anyone.
The 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will air live April 7 (CBS, 8 p.m. ET/tape delay PT), from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Taylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen will join a host of stars for a planned tribute to late singer Whitney Houston on American TV network CBS.
Houston died last February after being found unconscious in a bathtub in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel two days after making her last public appearance, a live duet with singer Kelly Price, and just 24-hours before the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, where she was due to perform.
The show, titled The Grammy’s Will Go On: A Death in the Family, will focus on the efforts made by show producers and performers to cope with the shock news while cameras beamed the Grammy’s live across the globe.
Swift and Springsteen will be joined onscreen by Katy Perry, LL Cool J, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh and Bonnie Raitt, with each of them sharing their thoughts on Houston’s sudden death at the age of 48.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles the following night.
An inquest into the singer’s death ruled that she had died from ‘accidental drowning,’ although cocaine abuse and a heart condition were also thought to be contributing factors.
With it’s big production and slashing chorus, Taylor Swift‘s single “I Knew You Were Trouble”–from her 2012 album Red–takes the singer in a very different direction from almost anything she’s done before.
The video for the song, too, is new ground for Taylor.
In a series of behind-the-scenes clips from the video shoot that were released this week, Taylor talks about what some of her thoughts were regarding the look and feel of the video. “The song sounds different from anything I’ve done before, so I thought, why not make this video unlike anything we’ve done before?”
The male love interest (played by Reeve Carney) is, as Taylor describes him, “a force.” And Taylor’s character “will do anything to fit into his world.”
As for her different look, she says, “I knew that in this video I wanted to look like someone else. I wanted to play a character.”
“I guess the pink hair is my fault,” Reeve says to Taylor at one point during the shoot, about their characters. “But it does look good on you.”
The final clip focuses on the festival scene in the video. It was shot in the California desert, a setting that Taylor says is “gorgeous. The perfect place to shoot a tragic love story.” As Reeve explains, they’re shooting in Acton, Calif., a tiny town between Lancaster and Los Angeles.
Reeve says his ‘bad boy’ character was a stretch for him. But he’s having fun with it. He also has nice things to say about Taylor. “She’s a sweetheart. And for all the success she’s had, she handles herself very well.”
The “I Knew You Were Trouble” video was directed by Anthony Mandler, who’s also done videos for Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, and Lana Del Rey, among others. As Taylor says, “I reached out to Anthony because I’d loved his videos he’d done in the past. He knows how to push limits.”
“We took a lot of chances,” Mandler says, “and we pushed the Taylor Swift world into a place maybe nobody’s seen her. And I think she pushed herself.”
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