Taylor Swift has played the first two of her five shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and judging by ticket sales, reviews, and special guests, she has blown her peers out to pasture. Recent shows by Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and even Rihanna don’t even cause a blip on the meter when it comes to an industry where Taylor Swift is still the boss.
In a review of the show, the OC Register says Taylor Swift captivated her audience.
“If there were any doubts that Taylor Swift is the biggest pop star in the world today – and really, has there been for the last year or so since her ‘1989’ album stormed the charts? – the 25-year-old singer put them to rest at Staples Center on Friday with an assist from Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.”
The review goes on to note that despite Taylor Swift’s constant self-empowering speeches, the music was really special and the production was unmatched. While Kobe Bryant surprised the crowd on Friday night, there were many surprise guests on Saturday night, according to E! News.
“Matt LeBlanc and Chris Rock took the stage together at Taylor Swift ‘s second 1989 tour concert in Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Saturday, becoming the latest celebrity surprise guests to walk her runway as she performed ‘Style.’”
E! goes on to note that the three were joined by Sean O’Pry, a model who appeared in Swift’s “Blank Space” video. Twitter was raging about Taylor Swift’s show.
The surprise musical guest of Saturday evening was Mary J. Blige. The Los Angeles Times was impressed with Blige’s appearance on Swift’s 1989 World Tour.
“It was a gutsy move, standing alongside one of the most powerful R&B singers of the last 20 years. As they sang, the pair swayed while fans danced along. If Swift’s base didn’t scream the words to ‘Doubt’ with the same gusto as they’d given to ‘Blank Space’ earlier in the set, the amplitude upped a level when Swift asked Blige to stay for another song.”
Fans are excited to see who Taylor Swift will bring on stage Sunday night at Staples Center. Meanwhile, Swift’s 1989 World Tour continues to break box office records everywhere.
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