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Taylor Swift Tornado Benefit Show Raises $750,000 in Ticket Sales

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Taylor Swift opened the final dress rehearsal for her Speak Now North American tour to fans Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Proceeds from ticket and merchandise sales all went to the tornado relief effort in Alabama.

During the concert, Swift told the crowd, "We don't have the final tally yet, but we do know that so far just based on tickets alone, you have raised over $750,000."

As for the show itself, Swift's Speak Now show is her most highly-produced presentation yet.  Kicking off with "Sparks Fly," the singer's new set features a ton of pyrotechnics, costume and set changes, elaborate dance routines and even Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics and a full onstage ballet routine.

Over the the two-hour show, Swift played all but one of the songs from the Speak Now album, switching between ukulele, banjo, guitar and piano throughout the night.  Staples from her catalog, such as "Our Song" and "Love Story," rounded out the song list.

Swift's Speak Now tour launches in North America Friday in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Taylor Swift Dress Rehearsal a Fundraiser for Tornado Victims 

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Taylor Swift is opening up the final dress rehearsal for her upcoming Speak Now tour to fans, as a fundraiser for the victims of last week's tornadoes in the southeastern part of the U.S.  Thirteen thousand Taylor fans will be able to purchase tickets to the rehearsal, which takes place May 21 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.  Taylor's been rehearsing there for five weeks.

"I wanted to do something for the families affected by the damage,” Swift said in a statement. “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."

Ticketing information for the event, called Speak Now...Help Now, will be released Monday. Proceeds will go directly to help the victims.

The tour itself kicks off May 27 in Nebraska.

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Taylor Swift to Kick Off Global 'Speak Now' Tour in Singapore

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(SINGAPORE) -- Taylor Swift will hit more than 15 countries this year on her global Speak Now tour, which officially launches on Wednesday in Singapore.

Despite any cultural differences she may encounter along the way, Swift connects with her fans in a big way because of her very personal lyrics.

The singer has a meet-and-greet with her fans at every show, and at each one, she says, "I have groups of girls that come up to me with their cell phones, and are like, 'Look what my ex-boyfriend just texted me.'"  She adds, "I love that they're my friends, and I love that we understand each other."

Swift says that the special understanding she has with her fans comes from the creative freedom she has to express herself through her music.

The singer's creativity will also show up onstage on the Speak Now tour -- she'll have plenty of high-concept staging bells and whistles to keep her fans entertained during the show.

Swift will travel through Asia and Europe on the Speak Now tour before bringing it to North America, starting with a two-night stand in Omaha, Nebraska beginning May 27.

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First Shows of Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' Tour Sold Out in Minutes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Country music star Taylor Swift is gearing up for her "Speak Now" tour, which begins Feb. 9, and so are her fans. 

As the first dates for the tour have gone on sale, concert-goers wasted no time guaranteeing their tickets.  Swift sold out two shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in two minutes, and sold out the 68,000 seat Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. in five minutes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As more sell-outs continued to follow, tour managers added additional shows to the tour schedule, which include two at the Staples Center on Aug. 27 and 28.  The tour will now run for 90 shows spanning 19 countries and begins in Singapore.

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