Taylor Swift Cancels Rock In Rio Livestream, Supports Fans Who Defend Her On Tumblr

Chanel Adams - Author

Jan. 26 2017, Updated 12:29 a.m. ET

Fans have been wondering if Taylor Swift’s Rock In Rio concert will be livestreamed. Those who couldn’t make it to the expensive concert were looking forward to seeing the singer perform from the comfort of their own home. Much to their chagrin, Taylor Swift cancelled the livestream in order to protect her music.

Both diehard and casual fans have been wondering if Swift, 25, would livestream her Rock In Rio concert. The singer is said to join the likes of Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and John Legend. Yahoo! Music also announced it would livestream the concert that will be watched by more than 100,000 fans and music lovers. The Rock In Rio concert is such a big deal since it’s the last two concerts for the classic band Journey at the Hard Rock Hotel.

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The Rock In Rio concert is said to take place at Las Vegas over the weekend, where more than 80,000 fans are expected to attend. Fans who weren’t able to make it to the concert wanted to watch Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars perform from home. Unfortunately for most fans, Swift decided to cancel her livestream at the last minute. Yahoo! Music even announced the disappointing news on Twitter.

It turns out that Swift wants to protect her music. The “Blank Space” singer is said to headline Friday’s lineup, along with her BFF Ed Sheeran and U.K. singer Jessie J. But it’s unfortunate for Swift’s fans who won’t be able to see the singer perform over the internet. They can’t even get footage of her performances.

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A tweet from Yahoo! Music apologized to Swifties for the “confusion” over its post encouraging fans to see Swift, Sheeran, and more perform in Las Vegas for its exclusive “pop weekend.” Talk about a total bummer. Fans were obviously disappointed to not be able to get to see their beloved Swift perform.

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Taylor Swift took to Tumblr to support her fans who respected her decision to cancel the livestream at the last minute. This is not the first time that Swift has slammed her iron fist against the decision to share her concerts. When the singer kicked off her 1989 World Tour last week, Swift’s team quickly removed any footage from her concert.

According to a previous report via Billboard, Swift’s reps said it was “a decision from management,” not the singer herself to cancel her livestream performance. However, her personal Tumblr blog tells a different story. Unless it’s her management who runs her blog, but it’s unlikely. It’s a well-known fact that Swift herself responds to her fans’ questions and comments on the popular blogging and social media site. It looks like it was Swift’s last-minute decision to cancel the livestream, so that fans – even dedicated fans – couldn’t watch or her share footage from her exclusive concert.

This isn’t the first time that Swift has tried to protect her music or her good-girl image. The singer also pulled her discography from Spotify because she feels that the music streaming site doesn’t value her true art or pay her enough. She made the move to Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service, which is now a sinking ship. It’s made it difficult for Swift’s fans, who love using Spotify so they can listen to full-length albums and find undiscovered artists in one place.

Some fans would say that Taylor Swift is getting a big head and is going the way of Prince, who sued a fan for sharing footage of one his exclusive concerts on Facebook. Do you think it was right for her to cancel her Rock In Rio livestream at the last minute?

[Image: Jun Sato/Getty Images for TS]


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