Nashville, TN – September 21, 2011 – Four-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift has awed critics and fans around the globe this year with the Broadway-inspired extravaganza that is her SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR performance, and today she announced that CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray sets of the show will be available in stores and at online retailers on November 21st, the day before the U.S. tour wraps with the second of two sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden.
Sold as a CD/DVD or CD/Blu-ray combo-pak, the SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR - LIVE set will be released on Big Machine Records.
Taylor made the announcement this morning with a special video greeting to fans, watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFoOCZeKgzQ
Cover art for SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR – LIVE is available for download at: taylorswift.com/dvd.
Taylor is both the Academy of Country Music’s and Entertainment Weekly’s reigning Entertainer of the Year, and currently holds an Entertainer of the Year nomination among her five 2011 CMA nods.
This year, Taylor’s tour will have played to capacity crowds in stadiums and arenas over 98 shows in 17 countries spanning three continents, and the SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR has been extended into 2012 with shows in Australia and New Zealand. For fans who weren’t able to land a coveted ticket to see Taylor’s Speak Now Tour, as well as for everybody who’s ready to see the show again and again, the SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR - LIVE set is the best seat in the house.
SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR - LIVE is Big Machine’s first release of live music from Taylor. The DVD / Blu-ray will give fans the complete Taylor Swift Speak Now concert experience, showcasing performances of all 16 songs from Taylor’s Speak Now show (“Sparks Fly,” “Mine,” “Story of Us,” “Our Song,” “Mean,” Back To December,” “Better Than Revenge,” “Speak Now,” “Fearless,” “Last Kiss,” “You Belong With Me,” “Dear John,” Enchanted,” “Haunted, “Long Live,” “Fifteen,” and “Love Story”), plus additional bonus content. The CD will contain over 75 minutes of music, including live versions of favorites from the Speak Now album.
Taylor’s SPEAK NOW performance is a theatrical presentation reminiscent of a Broadway experience. The show features elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists, changing sets, and innovative choreography and instrumentation showcased on a multi-level stage. Taylor plays five different guitars in the show, including electric, acoustic, and 12-string. She also plays two banjos, the ukulele and the piano, and changes costumes nine times over the course of the evening. She moves around the venue and uses different stages, giving every audience member a great seat.
Here is what some of the top critics from around the globe had to say after seeing Taylor’s Speak Now Tour:
“Swift’s two-hour production was an overwhelming experience. There's an enormous amount of detail that worked to make the Speak Now Tour a sort of next step in country concert presentation….it blended the pacing, the music and the artist's personality in a way that transfixed.” -- Billboard
“Right from the start Taylor’s voice was as enchanting and lovely as on her album. Taylor Swift live is even more impressive than on her albums -- her wonderful personality, sweet voice, and most of all her amazing songs gave Forest the time of its life.” -- CJP, Belgium
“Taylor Swift charms Korea in style, radiant...with pitch-perfect and sincere vocals. The dedication of the fans present was boundless, the cheers of the crowd were sometimes louder than the music itself.” --Korea Focus Times
“[‘Speak Now’] went off, as did every number, with clockwork professionalism and thousands of voices singing along and screaming between the lines. Ms. Swift, 21, is their superstar....her songs are taut, tuneful narratives.” -- The New York Times
With sales of over 5 million copies worldwide, Taylor’s Speak Now album is the #1-selling album in all genres of music over the past 12 months, and the disc has thus far spawned three consecutive #1 singles. Taylor’s worldwide record sales exceed 20 million albums and 40 million song downloads.