Both Lady Gaga and Katy Perry were successful pop female road warriors in 2014, but neither of them has anything on Taylor Swift. Both Perry and Gaga were successful at playing arena shows, but Taylor Swift is playing huge football stadiums for her 1989 World Tour. Some of the 50,000-plus seat stadiums Taylor is playing include Ford Field (Detroit, MI), MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ), Soldier Field (Chicago, IL), and Minute Maid Park (Houston, TX). She is expected to play multiple sell-out shows at these stadiums.
According to ABC News, Taylor Swift wants this tour to be better than the last.
“It would be so ridiculous if I didn’t look it at that way, because that’s how everyone else is looking at it… So yeah, I need my tour to be better than my last tour. I need my album to be better than my last album… My hope is that my fans don’t feel similar watching this tour in any way then they felt watching the last tour.”
The 1989 World Tour begins this coming Tuesday in Tokyo. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift once again proves she is the current Queen of Pop by topping Billboard‘s Artist 100 chart. Billboard talks about Taylor Swift‘s latest achievement.
“Taylor Swift narrowly defeats Shawn Mendes for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated May 2). Swift remains at the summit over Mendes, whose debut album Handwritten enters at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Album Sales charts … Despite a 15 percent downturn in activity, Swift rules the Artist 100 for a 23rd week, easily the most of any act since the chart’s July 2014 inception.”
Taylor Swift is moving back up Billboard’s Billboard 200 album chart, despite 1989 not being available on Spotify. Time Magazine recently asked Taylor Swift why she left the popular music streaming service.
“Well, they can still listen to my music if they get it on iTunes. I’m always up for trying something. And I tried it and I didn’t like the way it felt. I think there should be an inherent value placed on art. I didn’t see that happening, perception-wise, when I put my music on Spotify. Everybody’s complaining about how music sales are shrinking, but nobody’s changing the way they’re doing things. They keep running towards streaming, which is, for the most part, what has been shrinking the numbers of paid album sales.”
Taylor Swift is entering Michael Jackson and Madonna levels of superstardom. A couple years back, cynics thought the current Queen of Pop had peaked. 2015 will definitely be Taylor Swift’s biggest year yet.
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