Entries in Speak Now (6)


Taylor Swift Adds 16 Dates to North American 'Speak Now' Tour 

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift has expanded the North American leg of her Speak Now tour, adding 16 dates. Tickets for the new dates will go on sale in the coming weeks.  Australian country singer Adam Brand has been announced as the opening act for her November shows, as well as September 24, while David Nail will open the newly-added October shows.

The North American leg of the tour kicks off May 27th in Omaha.  When that part of the tour wraps up, Taylor will have headlined a total of 78 shows in 63 cities. 

Here are the new tour dates:

9/20 --  Bossier City, LA, CenturyTel Center
10/14 -- Lubbock, TX, United Spirit Arena
10/15 -- Oklahoma City, OK City Arena
10/20 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
10/21 & 22 -- Phoenix, AZ, Arena
10/25 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
10/26 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
10/30 -- Memphis, TN, FEDEX Forum
11/5 --  Houston, TX, Minute Maid Park
11/12 -- Tampa, FL, St. Pete Times Forum
11/13 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
11/17 -- Raleigh, NC, RBC Center
11/18 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
11/21 & 22 --  New York, NY, Madison Square Garden

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Taylor Swift Number One Again In Lowest-Selling Chart Week Ever

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift's Speak Now is number one on the Billboard album chart for a sixth non-consecutive week, but she also has the dubious honor of being number one in the lowest-selling week since Soundscan began tracking sales in 1991.

Every single album on the chart sold fewer than 60,000 copies last week, which is further evidence of the continued slide in album sales worldwide.

Swift, at number one, sold 52,000 copies of Speak Now last week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  That's the lowest number of copies sold by a number one album since the Dreamgirls soundtrack topped the chart four years ago on sales of 60,000.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Taylor Swift Tops Album Chart Again

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift continues to rule the Billboard album chart.  Her disc Speak Now retains the number one spot for a fifth non-consecutive week.  The album is close to triple platinum after a bit more than two months in stores.

An artist who seemed to be a permanent resident in the top 10 has now departed.  After weeks as a best seller, Susan Boyle's The Gift has now dropped from number two to number 31, with a sales decrease of 92 percent.  This wasn't unexpected, since the album is Christmas-themed and most holiday albums plunge after the holiday is over.

Another album that saw a big drop on the charts was Michael Jackson's posthumous disc Michael, which dropped from number five to number 18, an 82 percent sales decline.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Taylor Swift Tops Album Chart Again

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift's album, Speak Now, has topped the Billboard album chart yet again, with sales of 276,000 copies this past week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Susan Boyle's album The Gift remained at number two, while the Glee Christmas album rose to number three.  Michael Jackson's posthumous disc, Michael, slipped from number two to number five, a 34 percent sales decline.

A surprise debut on this week's chart was All You Need Is Now, the new album from '80s new wave survivors Duran Duran.  The disc, which was released exclusively last week through iTunes, entered the chart at number 119.  A deluxe physical CD version of the album, which hearkens back to their classic '80s sound, will arrive in February.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Taylor Swift Retakes Top Spot on Chart; Michael Jackson Comes in Third

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift's album Speak Now has regained the number one spot on the Billboard album chart, for a third non-consecutive week.

Michael Jackson's posthumous album Michael had to settle for a number three debut, behind last week's number one, Susan Boyle's The Gift, which falls to number two.

Michael sold 228,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan, a total that beat expectations, but still wasn't enough for number one.  Yahoo!'s Chart Beat column points out that Michael marks the first time that an album of new Michael Jackson material hasn't debuted at number one since 1982, when Thriller debuted at number 11.  If Michael never reaches number one, it'll be his first album of new material that hasn't reached the top spot since 1979, when Off the Wall peaked at number three.

According to Jackson's camp, Michael is a smashing success.  They're trumpeting the fact that the album sold over three million copies around the world in one week, and topped the charts in Germany, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands.  It's also top five in Japan, the U.K., France, Denmark and Belgium.  Its first-week sales in the U.K. were the highest ever for a Jackson album since Dangerous, nearly 20 years ago.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Taylor Swift Announces Speak Now 2011 World Tour

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Taylor Swift will support her album Speak Now with a world tour, which kicks off Feb. 9 in Singapore.  The singer plans to visit 19 countries over four continents, and play 87 shows.  Swift will spend the first quarter of 2011 in Asia and Europe, and the North American leg will kick off May 27 in Omaha, Neb.

Here are some of the confirmed North American tour dates. Venues will be announced at a later time:

5/27 & 28 -- Omaha, Nebraska
5/29 --  Des Moines, Iowa
6/02 & 3 -- Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
6/04 -- Orlando, Florida
6/07 -- Columbus, Ohio
6/08 -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
6/11 -- Detroit, Michigan
6/14 & 15 -- St. Paul, Minnesota
6/18 -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
6/21 -- Buffalo, New York
6/22 -- Hartford, Connecticut
6/25 -- Foxborough, Massachusetts
6/30 -- Greensboro, North Carolina
7/01 -- Knoxville, Tennessee
7/02 -- Louisville, Kentucky
7/08 -- Charlotte, North Carolina
7/09 & 10 -- Atlanta, Georgia
7/14 -- Montreal, Quebec
7/15 & 16 -- Toronto, Ontario
7/19 & 20 -- New York, New York
7/28 -- Grand Rapids, Michigan
7/29 -- Indianapolis, Indiana
7/30 -- Cleveland, Ohio
8/02 & 3 -- Washington, DC
8/06 -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
8/09 & 10 -- Chicago, Illinois
8/13 -- Lexington, Kentucky
8/14 --  St. Louis, Missouri
8/18 & 19 -- Edmonton, Alberta
8/23 & 24 -- Los Angeles, California
9/01 & 2 -- San Jose, California
9/03 -- Sacramento, California
9/06 -- Portland, Oregon
9/07 -- Seattle, Washington
9/10 & 11 -- Vancouver, British Columbia
9/16 & 17 -- Nashville, Tennessee
9/21 -- Tulsa, Oklahoma
9/24 -- Kansas City, Missouri
9/27 -- Denver, Colorado
9/28 -- Salt Lake City, Utah
10/04 -- Little Rock, Arkansas
10/05 -- New Orleans, Louisiana
10/08 -- Dallas, Texas

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio