Speak Now World Tour – Live

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Speak Now World Tour – Live
Live album by Taylor Swift
Released November 21, 2011 (2011-11-21)
Recorded 2011
Genre Country pop
Length 79:03 (CD)
139:29 (Blu-ray/DVD)
Label Big Machine
Producer
  • Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift chronology
Speak Now
(2010)
Speak Now World Tour – Live
(2011)
Red
(2012)
Singles from Speak Now World Tour – Live
  1. "Long Live"
    Released: March 1, 2012[1]

Speak Now World Tour – Live is the first live album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was released on November 21, 2011, by Big Machine Records. The album consist of songs and performances recorded from various tour dates around the world of Swift's Speak Now World Tour. It debuted at number eleven on the US Billboard 200 chart with 77,000 sold.

Background[edit]

The album was announced on September 21, 2011 via Swift's official website, along with the album cover. The DVD and Blu-ray releases feature all seventeen performances from the North American leg of the Speak Now World Tour, as well as bonus content. The CD has over seventy-five minutes of music as well as select live performances of songs from the Speak Now album. The combo was released on November 21, 2011.[2][3] A Target exclusive of the live album contains the bonus performances of "Ours", "Nashville" and "Sweet Escape", as well as the behind the scene making of the music video for "Mean".[4] Many of the songs and performances were captured from various legs around the world of the tour.[5] The Brazilian release of the album contains a previously unreleased version of the song "Long Live" featuring new verses in Portuguese composed and sung by singer Paula Fernandes.[6] The Brazilian version of the album, includes a new version of the song featuring Fernandes, that peaked on #5 on Brazilian Hot 100.[7]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[8]
Roughstock 3/5 stars[9]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave a mixed review on the album and stated that Swift "has shown a lot of growth through the years and takes her live show seriously so It’s good to hear this live album sound nearly as good as her records do." Bjorke also compared the CD/DVD combo to Sugarland's Live on the Inside.[9] James Monger of Allmusic rated the album three out of five stars and stated that the performances on the DVD were "an elaborate affair that utilized dancers, aerialists, numerous costume changes, and a mammoth, multi-stage setup that more closely resembled a high-profile Broadway musical than it a did country music concert."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number eleven on the US Billboard 200 chart with 77,000 sold. It also debuted at number two in Billboard Top Country Albums on the same week.[10] To date the album has sold 305,741 copies in the US.[11] In Canada, the album entered at number twenty-five.[12] The album also debuted in Australia at number thirty and later peaked at number sixteen. The album later fell off the chart completely on the following week. The album also appeared in Mexico at number sixty seven.[13]

Track listing[edit]

CD[edit]

CD
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sparks Fly"   Taylor Swift 5:39
2. "Mine"   Swift 4:19
3. "The Story of Us"   Swift 4:49
4. "Mean"   Swift 4:09
5. "Ours"   Swift 4:05
6. "Back to December" / "Apologize" / "You're Not Sorry"  
6:01
7. "Better than Revenge"   Swift 5:44
8. "Speak Now"   Swift 4:09
9. "Last Kiss"   Swift 6:12
10. "Drops of Jupiter"   5:08
11. "Bette Davis Eyes"  
3:07
12. "I Want You Back"   1:21
13. "Dear John"   Swift 6:45
14. "Enchanted"   Swift 6:25
15. "Haunted"   Swift 4:49
16. "Long Live"   Swift 6:21
Total length:
79:03

Blu-ray/DVD[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Speak Now World Tour Live adapted from Allmusic.[16]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes – Música – Long Live (feat. Paula Fernandes) – Single de Taylor Swift". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Taylor Swift Announces 'Speak Now' Live CD/DVD". Jason Lipshutz. Billboard.com. September 21, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Taylor Swift: Speak Now World Tour Live (Blu-ray + CD): Taylor Swift, Ryan Polito: Music". Amazon.com. September 9, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Taylor Swift World Tour – Only at Target". target.com. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ Speak Now: World Tour Live (CD/DVD). Taylor Swift. Big Machine Records. 2011. BMRTS0340B. 
  6. ^ "iTunes – Música – Speak Now – World Tour Live de Taylor Swift". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ Taylor Swift chart history, Billboard
  8. ^ a b Christopher, James (November 21, 2011). "World Tour Live: Speak Now – Taylor Swift". AllMusic. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Matt Bjorke (November 21, 2011). "Album/DVD Review: Taylor Swift – Speak Now: World Tour Live | Country Music Reviews, Taylor Swift to Lady Antebellum". Roughstock.com. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Squeaks Past Nickelback to Take No. 1 on Billboard 200". Billboard.biz. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Top Usa – 21/12/2011". Pure Charts. 21/21/2011. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Canadian Albums Week of December 10, 2011". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Taylor Swift – Speak Now: World Tour Live Cd + Dvd". aCharts.us. February 25, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Speak Now World Tour: Live (2 CDs)". Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour Live LIMITED EDITION CD & DVD Includes Bonus Performance of "Ours", "Nashville" and "Sweet Emotions" Plus Behind the Scenes of the Music Video "Mean": Taylor Swift: Music". Amazon.com. September 9, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  16. ^ "World Tour Live: Speak Now  – Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Taylor Swift – Speak Now World Tour Live". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  18. ^ "Top 20 Country Chart — Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Top 40 DVD Chart — Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved March 20, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Taylor Swift. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  21. ^ 14, 2011/ "Oricon Top 50 Albums" (In Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  22. ^ "Taylor Swift – Speak Now World Tour Live". Mexicancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  23. ^ "Taylor Swift – Speak Now World Tour Live". Spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  24. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Taylor Swift. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  25. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Country Albums for Taylor Swift. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  26. ^ "Top 50 Music DVDs 2011". Aria.com.au. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 

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