TAYLOR SWIFT OPENS SPEAK NOW ... HELP NOW
FUNDRAISER TO WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE VIA WEB STREAM EVENT
Taylor Swift announced today via Twitter that she will expand her fundraising efforts for tornado victims by streaming two performances during Saturday's "Speak Now ... Help Now" benefit event.
"I'll be streaming 2 of the songs from the Speak Now/Help Now rehearsal performance worldwide- Saturday at 9pm central on taylorswift.com :)," Taylor tweeted from @TaylorSwift13.
The stream will give fans around the world a first look at Taylor's new stage and her show for the North American leg of the Speak Now World Tour. Information on how to donate to help tornado victims will be posted during the stream.
"Speak Now ... Help Now", the final dress rehearsal for Taylor's Speak Now Tour, will be held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, May 21st, and is open to the public as a benefit event for tornado victims.
100% of ticket sales will go directly to help tornado victims via the Speak Now ... Help Now Fund established through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
TIME: 9:00 p.m. CDT - Saturday, May 21st
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The North American portion of the Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour 2011 kicks off on May 27th in Omaha, Nebraska.
Taylor Swift announced that she will tour the world in 2011 in support of her blockbuster Speak Now album, which shattered sales records with over a million copies sold in its first week of release.
Taylor is currently slated to play 87 shows in 19 countries spanning four continents on the TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011, which kicks off February 9th in Singapore.
The 2011 dates will include six stadium shows - Foxborough, MA's Gillette Stadium, Detroit's Ford Field, Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium, and Dallas's Cowboys Stadium. Taylor's 15-month, 107-date FEARLESS 2009 / 2010 Tour sold out arenas and stadiums in 88 cities in five countries.
Taylor will play shows throughout Asia and Europe during the first quarter of 2011, before kicking off her North American tour on May 27th in Omaha, Neb. SPEAK NOW Tour dates are planned for later in the year in Australia and New Zealand. The North American leg of the tour is sponsored by COVERGIRL®, and ticket prices start at $25.
The SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR 2011 is one of the most-anticipated musical experiences of the year, as Taylor's live show is renowned for her incredibly high-energy theatrical presentation of graphics, sets and visual elements, all conceptualized by Taylor herself. During the course of her show, Taylor plays a variety of instruments and has multiple wardrobe changes. Each show, Taylor performs hit after hit from her three Big Machine Records albums, including the chart-topping "Mine," "Love Story," "You Belong With Me," "Our Song," and "Fifteen."
"Swift's fans don't just believe in her savvy songwriting and gracious, magnetic stage presence. They trust her as a peer," raved the Los Angeles Times. "And if the unerring pleasures of her set - and the crowd's Beatles-sized reactions - were any indication, they'll be trusting her for a long time." The (Phoenix) Arizona Republic wrote: "Swift shoots to superstardom. Her two-hour set at the sold-out arena showed a level of creativity - and more important, sincerity - which many other acts don't reach for decades, if ever. There is a new master of the stage in pop music moving quickly up the ladder."
"I'm so excited to go back out on tour again in 2011!" says Taylor. "The FEARLESS Tour was so much fun and even more unforgettable than I ever imagined, and I can't wait to get back out and play my new music from Speak Now! The fans have been so amazing, and I'm thrilled to play in new cities around the world and meet even more of my fans in 2011!"
Taylor Swift is a four-time GRAMMY winner, the top-selling digital artist in music history, has had singles top both the Country and Pop radio charts, and had the #1 best-selling album in any genre of music in 2009. With 1,046,718 copies sold in the US in the first week of release, last month her Speak Now album scored SoundScan's biggest single-week sales total since 2005 and is the biggest debuting country studio album in history. With the release of Speak Now, Taylor made history on the Billboard Hot 100, charting a record-breaking 11 songs from one album in a single week. Taylor, who writes all of her own songs, has career record sales now in excess of 17 million albums and 31 million song downloads.
The North American leg of the TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR is sponsored by COVERGIRL®, and produced and promoted by The Messina Group (TMG.) The COVERGIRL® sponsorship is an expansion of the partnership announced earlier this year, when Taylor was named the newest COVERGIRL®. Taylor's COVERGIRL® campaign is set to launch in January of 2011. TMG is a partner of AEG Live, one of the top live entertainment companies in the world, which produces world tours featuring internationally renowned artists and regional concerts and festivals.
For more details, log on to www.taylorswift.com.