Taylor Swift to play Gillette Stadium next summer

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In what is sure to be one of the biggest tours of 2015, Taylor Swift has announced plans for a world tour next summer. The country and pop star will return to Massachusetts for a two-night stand at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25. Tickets for each of the concerts, which range in price from $65.50 to $129.50, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Vance Joy and Shawn Mendes will open each of the shows.

Swift will be touring in support of her brand new album, 1989. The singer’s fifth studio effort and follow-up to 2012’s Red debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 after its release last month. It sold 1,287,000 copies in its first week, the most for any album since 2002. Swift is the only artist in music history to have three albums (2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s Red and 2014’s 1989) hit the 1 million-plus first-week sales figure. She is also the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. 1989 has also topped iTunes’ sales charts in 95 countries.

After starting off in country and recently experimenting with a more pop sound, 1989 marks Swift’s first official pop album.

“I spent two years making 1989,” explained Swift in a press release. “Two years gives you enough time to grow and change and let things inspire you. I was listening to a lot of late 80’s pop music and how bold those songs were and how that time period was a time of limitless possibilities. In thinking about that, this album is a rebirth for me. This is my very first documented, official pop album. 1989 is the most sonically cohesive album I have ever made and my favorite album I have ever made.”

Helping her make the move was a team of co-writers and producers for the new album, including Max Martin, Shellback, Nathan Chapman, Ryan Tedder (of OneRepublic) and Jack Antonoff (of .fun). 1989 has been powered by the success of its smash lead single “Shake It Off” (streaming below).

Along with the standard 13-track release, a deluxe version of 1989 is available exclusively through Target. It features three three additional songs and three songwriting voice memos, which are personal audio recordings that offer a unique insight into Swift’s songwriting process and document the early creation of three songs on the album.

Swift’s last Massachusetts concerts took place in July 2013 with two sold out performances at Gillette Stadium as part of her “Red” tour.

Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy, best known for the hit single “Riptide”, will be touring in support of his recently released debut album Dream Your Life Away.

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