Taylor Swift to Release ‘1989’ Concert Special on Apple Music

Taylor Swift is surprising fans — and Apple Music subscribers — by announcing a free concert special of her star-studded “1989” tour, exclusively for subscribers of the streaming platform.

Swift revealed the news Sunday, her 26th birthday, via her Twitter. “The 1989 World Tour LIVE” will hit Apple Music on Dec. 20.


The special will not be available for purchase, but will stream live for Apple Music subscribers.

The show was filmed at her Sydney, Australia, concert, in front of a crowd of 76,000 fans at ANZ Stadium on Nov. 28. In addition to showing the entire performance, it will also include footage backstage and from rehearsals.

The special will also feature heavily publicized surprise guest stars including Mick Jagger, Kobe Bryant, Justin Timberlake and more.

Swift’s mega-selling “1989” recently snagged seven Grammy nominations. Apple Music is currently the only platform streaming the album.

The pop star has come out strongly against several streaming platforms, and in June penned a critical essay on Apple Music, slamming the platform for not paying royalties to artists during its three-month free trial period, calling it “shocking” and “disappointing.” Less than 24 hours later, Apple Music reversed its royalties policy, with Apple’s Eddy Cue tweeting, “Apple will always make sure that artist are paid.”

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