Taylor Swift gathered over 100 individuals from over 20 countries around the world to celebrate her new CD ‘Speak Now.’ Fans from Italy, France, Holland, Korea, Japan, Germany, Mexico, the US and more met in San Diego on October 25th for an international album release celebration. Some of these individuals continued with Taylor as she traveled across the country performing on rooftops, on television shows and even at the airport. Sony gave a Bloggie Touch video camera to everyone so they could document their experiences. These are their experiences.
In the new song Kanye “Famous” he says:
It seems to me that Taylor and I can now have sex, because I made this bitch famous!
The lines from the song caused outrage and indignation by Taylor Swift refer to the events of 2009, when the rapper ran onto the stage during the singer’s performance on MTV VMA and rudely interrupted her, calling it an unworthy award.
Taylor, who writes all of her own songs, sold more albums in 2010 and 2008 than any other artist in any genre of music, and her Fearless album was 2009’s top-selling CD. Taylor has career record sales now in excess of 20 million albums and 33 million song downloads, and she is the top-selling digital artist in music history. She is both Entertainment Weekly’s and the Academy of Country Music’s reigning Entertainer of the Year.
On Saturday night, Taylor took the unprecedented step of opening the last dress rehearsal for her Speak Now Tour to fans as a fundraiser for victims of recent deadly tornadoes in the Southeast. During the course of two-hour show’s theatrical presentation, dubbed “astonishing” by the Tennessean, Taylor played acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukulele, banjo, and piano.
This Tuesday (May 24th) Taylor will exclusively sit down with MTV News’ Sway Calloway to premiere her new music video, “The Story Of Us,” from her Speak Now album and answer fan questions LIVE during “MTV First: Taylor Swift.”Beginning at 7:53 p.m. ET on MTV and MTV.com, Taylor will introduce the never-before-seen music video and be interviewed by Sway LIVE on-air. Immediately following, she will stay on for an additional 30-minute interview with Sway on MTV.com where she will answer fan questions.
At 8 p.m. ET, the music video will debut online on MTV.com, VH1.com and MTV’s International sites across 150+ territories around the globe. Later that night, TeenNick will premiere “The Story Of Us” music video on-air at 10:56 p.m. ET.
Additionally, a 30-second sneak peek of “The Story Of Us” will air during the broadcast of VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live” on Tuesday, May 24th at 9:30 AM ET/PT. The full video will also appear on “VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown” on Saturday, May 28th at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT.
The 21-year-old country singer is selling tickets to the last dress rehearsal for her “Speak Now” tour, it was announced Friday. She is donating all the proceeds to those affected by last month’s deadly tornadoes in the South.
Some 13,000 tickets will be available for fans to purchase for the May 21 “Speak Now … Help Now” benefit at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, where Swift has been rehearsing for the last five weeks.
“I was watching the coverage of the tornadoes backstage at rehearsals, and I wanted to do something for the families affected by the damage. I’ve never opened a rehearsal to the public before, but I felt that inviting my fans to the last rehearsal for the ‘Speak Now’ tour would be a great way to raise money,” she said.
“We will probably still be doing some fine-tuning to the show that night, since this will be a true rehearsal, but I feel like it is so important for me and my fans to help if we can.”
Earlier this year, Swift donated to relief efforts in Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Tornadoes struck seven states in the South last week, killing 329 people and destroying entire communities.
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The CMT Music Awards will take place in Nashville on June 8.
Taylor’s debut album has surpassed the 5 million record sales mark. Coupled with over 6 million copies sold of her second album Fearless and her current album Speak Now at triple platinum, this makes her one of only two female country artists to have had more than one album sell over 5 million copies in the United States. Congrats Taylor!
Taylor has been nominated for seven 2011 Billboard Music Awards, including the evening’s top multi-genre awards: Top Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist! She is also nominated for Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Country Artist, Top Country Album (for “Speak Now”), and Top Country Song (for “Mine”). The Billboard Awards will air live on ABC on Sunday, May 22nd at 8-11 PM ET/PT.