It may be Taylor Swift’s birthday but it’s her fans that are getting the gifts this year. The pop-turned, country singer will be releasing an all-new live concert special pulled from her widely successful “1989 World Tour”. The event will be free to stream and will be available exclusively on Apple Music.
News of the free event was confirmed by Taylor Swift on Sunday, just as the singer and performer turned 26 years old. Swift stated that she will release the “The 1989 World Tour LIVE” on the streaming platform on December 20, just in time for the holidays.
In case you were wondering, the event won’t be available for purchase, because it will be free. It’s designed for streaming for Apple Music users and there is no indication that it will head to any other platform at any other date. So sorry to the Spotify Only crowd.
If you are familiar with a few of the venues and performances from the tour, this event will be pulled from Swift’s performance in Sydney, Australia. You can expect to see some very special appearances from the likes of Justin Timberlake and Mick Jagger, as well as a few other major names that happened to hit the stage with Taylor over the past year.
An Apple Music exclusive option shouldn’t come as a surprise to those in the industry, or from Swift’s fans. Apple Music is currently the only music-streaming platform that will allow you to listen to Swift’s ultra-hit album “1989”.
It was back in June that Swift criticized Apple in a Tumblr post about how the company was paying artists. The two brands worked out their differences though, and now Swift’s music is part of Apple’s exclusive products. Swift was one of the first major artists to pull her music from Spotify earlier this year, a move that more and more artists are starting to copy in order to increase record sales.