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Today, Taylor Swift is gifting her fans with a most special holiday treat: the release of her new concert film, The 1989 World Tour LIVE. The visual, which is available for free streaming via Apple Music, was filmed in front of nearly 80,000 fans at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia back on November 28th amidst her impressive global outing behind smash album 1989.
In addition to the Sydney show, the Jonas Åkerlund-directed film includes “never seen footage filmed backstage and during rehearsals with surprise musical and special guests that appeared on The 1989 World Tour.” If you’ll recall, the guests that appeared throughout the trek were aplenty, Swift’s #squad one of the biggest and most star-studded of the year. Among the famous faces who made into the film: Lorde, St. Vincent, Beck, Alanis Morissette, Charli XCX, HAIM, and The Weeknd.
For those following Swift’s relationship with Apple Music, it should come as no surprise that the pop star chose to host the concert film on the streaming platform. Earlier this year, she penned an open letter to Apple Music criticizing its “shocking, disappointing” royalties policy. Apple listened and agreed to compensate artists properly. The platform remains the only one to house Swift’s catalog.