Taylor Swift is back – and she’s gone pop

Taylor Swift Tickets - 1989 Tour
It’s a sign of something when your space-filling eight second track of nothing but dead air is a chart-topping hit as well as the rest of your new album (“Track 3,” the eight seconds of white noise, went to the top of the Canadian music charts along with the rest of the album, due to an iTunes glitch). But when you’re Taylor Swift, and your fans are waiting for new music…well, anything goes.

The 24-year-old singer-songwriter, who initially made her musical mark on the country charts, has released her newest album, 1989, reported by Vox’s Kelsey McKinney as Swift’s “first official pop album.” (Interestingly enough, McKinney, in her voluminous research of Swift for the long-form journalism website, also discovered a tenuous connection between Swift and the San Francisco Giants.) In a year where record labels are looking for a big seller (McKinney reports that pop album sales are off 14% this year), 1989 could be the million seller that people are looking for, and if her last release, Red is any indication, it will be: Billboard magazine has revised upward its initial estimate of first week sales, from 700,000 to 1.2 million copies.

On top of that, Swift has announced an extensive tour of cities across the U.S. and Canada; her first North American dates are in the last half of May and early June 2015; after a handful of dates in Germany and Britain, Swift will return to North America in early July, and tour extensively through the summer and early fall – her last announced date for now is in Tampa at the end of October. In announcing the leak of the album before its official release date, Vox’s McKinney noted, “Abandoning country music seemed like such a huge risk to take” for Swift – but there are some risks well worth taking.

Taylor Swift 1989 Tour Dates & Schedule

Date City
May 20, 2015 Bossier City, LA
May 30, 2015 Detroit, MI
June 2, 2015 Louisville, KY
June 3, 2015 Cleveland, OH
June 6, 2015 Pittsburgh, PA
June 8, 2015 Charlotte, NC
June 9, 2015 Raleigh, NC
June 13, 2015 Philadelphia, PA
July 6, 2015 Ottawa, ON
July 7, 2015 Montreal, QC
July 11, 2015 East Rutherford, NJ
July 13, 2015 Washington, DC
July 18, 2015 Chicago, IL
July 24, 2015 Foxborough, MA
July 25, 2015 Foxborough, MA
August 1, 2015 Vancouver, BC
August 4, 2015 Edmonton, AB
August 5, 2015 Edmonton, AB
August 8, 2015 Seattle, WA
August 15, 2015 Santa Clara, CA
August 17, 2015 Glendale, AZ
August 18, 2015 Glendale, AZ
August 25, 2015 Los Angeles, CA
August 26, 2015 Los Angeles, CA
August 29, 2015 San Diego, CA
September 4, 2015 Salt Lake City, UT
September 5, 2015 Denver, CO
September 6, 2015 Denver, CO
September 9, 2015 Fargo, ND
September 11, 2015 St. Paul, MN
September 12, 2015 St. Paul, MN
September 16, 2015 Indianapolis, IN
September 17, 2015 Columbus, OH
September 18, 2015 Columbus, OH
September 21, 2015 Kansas City, MO
September 22, 2015 Kansas City, MO
September 25, 2015 Nashville, TN
September 26, 2015 Nashville, TN
October 2, 2015 Toronto, ON
October 3, 2015 Toronto, ON
October 8, 2015 Des Moines, IA
October 9, 2015 Omaha, NE
October 10, 2015 Omaha, NE
October 13, 2015 St. Louis, MO
October 14, 2015 St. Louis, MO
October 17, 2015 Arlington, TX
October 20, 2015 Lexington, KY
October 21, 2015 Greensboro, NC
October 24, 2015 Atlanta, GA
October 27, 2015 Miami, FL
October 31, 2015 Tampa, FL
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