Taylor Swift Announces '1989 World Tour Live' & It's A Surprise Gift For All Her Fans — VIDEO
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." This (somewhat cliché) quote frequently appears in graduation speeches, but it's also fitting for the closing of another chapter. After many impressive performances, Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour officially ended on Saturday, Dec. 12. The "22" singer filled her tour with guest stars galore — everyone from Friends cast members to the U.S. Women's Soccer Team to supermodels joined her onstage. Another milestone this weekend? Swift is celebrating her birthday on Sunday. Being the generous soul that she is, the now-26-year-old decided to give the entire world a gift on her big day. On Twitter, T. Swift announced The 1989 World Tour Live will be available on Apple Music on Sunday, Dec. 20. She wrote, "Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes. I have a little surprise for you. #1989WorldTourLIVE @applemusic."
But wait, what's #1989WorldTourLIVE? Swift doesn't explicitly say, but she did post a trailer. Meanwhile, Apple Music shared a few more details:
Filmed at Sydney's ANZ Stadium in front of 76,000 fans, this exclusive concert film captures the excitement and energy of the hottest pop artist in the world. Interspersed with footage from her sold-out world tour and loaded with superstar guests, The 1989 World Tour — Live will be available exclusively on Apple Music starting December 20.
Yup, fans will get to relive the magic of the tour whenever they want. Anyone who saw Swift's show IRL knows that the post-concert sadness is real. After your glow-in-the-dark bracelet stops blinking, it's tough to accept that it really is over. Now it doesn't have to be! Plus, this is amazing news for anyone who wasn't actually able to make it to the tour — whether because tickets sold out or there weren't any nearby venues.
The 1989 World Tour Live release is only a week away, but when you're waiting for something this good, that can feel like an eternity. Luckily, fans can obsess over the trailer in the meantime!
It's also worth noting that the 1989 World Tour Live director, Jonas Akerlund, is responsible for On The Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z (which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Music Film in 2015). That means he has other celebrity concert movies under his belt — and successful ones at that. Of course Swift chose the best of the best.
This partnership is pretty significant for another reason. Remember when Swift penned that letter to Apple? Back in June, the superstar stood up for artists, writers, and producers by voicing her concern that they wouldn't receive proper compensation through Apple's new service. She even refused to put her music on it. Thanks to Swift speaking out, Apple changed its policy and promised to pay their artists. In case that wasn't enough to solve the situation, this is like an official burying of the hatchet. There's definitely no more "bad blood" between these two, especially since she's exclusively launching 1989 World Tour Live on their service.
Personally, I can't wait to enjoy the 1989 World Tour all over again. It was easily one of the highlights of 2015. Is it Dec. 20 yet?!