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Speak Now – World Tour Live is a live video 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

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 the songs "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

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars11px11px11px11px[8]
Roughstock3/5 stars11px11px11px11px[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

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 346,000 copies in the US.[11] In Canada, the album entered at number 25.[12] The album also debuted in Australia at number thirty and later peaked at number sixteen. The album then fell off the chart completely the following week. The album also appeared in Mexico at number sixty seven.[13]

Track listing

CD

Speak Now World Tour – LiveDisc one (Audio)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sparks Fly"Taylor Swift5:39
2."Mine"Swift4:19
3."The Story of Us"Swift4:49
4."Mean"Swift4:09
5."Ours"Swift4:05
6."Back to December/Apologize/You're Not Sorry"
6:01
7."Better Than Revenge"Swift5:44
8."Speak Now"Swift4:09
9."Last Kiss"Swift6:12
10."Drops of Jupiter"5:08
11."Bette Davis Eyes"
3:07
12."I Want You Back"1:21
13."Dear John"Swift6:45
14."Enchanted"Swift6:25
15."Haunted"Swift4:49
16."Long Live"Swift6:21
Total length:79:03

Blu-ray/DVD

Personnel

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

Musicians

  • David Cook – keyboards
  • Caitlin Evanson – fiddle, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Jody Harris – rhythm guitar
  • Amos Heller – bass guitar
  • Liz Huett – backing vocals
  • Mike Meadows – backing vocals, banjo, rhythm guitar, mandolin
  • Grant Mickelson – lead and rhythm guitar
  • Paul Sidoti – lead and rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Taylor Swift – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, piano, ukulele
  • Al Wilson – drums

Production

  • Chris Adams – editing
  • Robert Allen – executive producer, mixing
  • Charity Baroni – dancer
  • Shannon Beach – dancer
  • Brent Bishop – assistant engineer
  • Amund Björklund – composer
  • C.J. Boggs – engineer
  • Scott Borchetta – executive producer
  • Justin Boulet – dancer
  • Claire Callaway – dancer
  • Charlie Colin – composer
  • David Cook – musical director
  • Justin Cortelyou – mixing
  • Jackie DeShannon – composer
  • Paula Erickson – liner notes
  • Emily Evans – art direction
  • Sharon Everitt – colorist, editing
  • Bob Ezrin – mixing
  • Thomas Freitag – assistant engineer
  • Grant Garner – liner notes
  • Derek Garten – assistant engineer
  • Christie Goodwin – photography
  • Berry Gordy, Jr. – composer
  • Olivier Goulet – video director
  • Austin Hale – design
  • Baz Halpin – director, lighting design, set design
  • Greg Hancock – engineer
  • Rob Hotchkiss – composer
  • Dom Kelley – dancer
  • Justin Key – art direction
  • Espen Lind – composer
  • Hillary Lindsey – composer
  • Richard Madenfort – art direction, composer
  • Glenn Meadows – mastering
  • Fernando Miro – dancer
  • Alphonso Mizell – composer
  • Pat Monahan – composer
  • Jason Mraz – composer
  • Joe Neil – engineer
  • Bethany Newman – design
  • Josh Newman – design
  • Marlyn Ortiz – dancer
  • Meredith Ostrowsky – dancer
  • David Payne – engineer
  • Freddie Perren – composer
  • Ryan Polito – director
  • Aaron Rayburn – design
  • Deke Richards – composer
  • Garth Richardson – engineer
  • Liz Rose – composer
  • Chris Rowe – engineer, mixing
  • Daniel Sadownick – percussion
  • Joel Schwamburger – assistant engineer
  • Jennifer Spenelli – editing assistant
  • Jimmy Stafford – composer
  • Andrea Swift – executive producer
  • Austin Swift – photography
  • Taylor Swift – art direction, composer, director, lighting design, producer, set design
  • Ben Terry – assistant engineer
  • Scott Underwood – composer
  • Brian Virtue – mixing
  • Jim Weatherson – art direction, executive producer
  • Donna Weiss – composer

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 30
Australian Country Albums (ARIA)[18] 1
Australian Music DVDs (ARIA)[19] 5
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[20] 25
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[21] 28
Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[22] 67
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[23] 91
US Billboard 200[24] 11
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[25] 2
Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 16

Year-end charts

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Music DVDs (ARIA)[26] 46

References

  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. 8.0 8.1 Christopher, James (November 21, 2011). "World Tour Live: Speak Now – Taylor Swift". AllMusic. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 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. Gary Trust (July 8, 2014). "Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns". Billboard. 
  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. 17.0 17.1 "Australiancharts.com – Taylor Swift – Speak Now World Tour Live". 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 – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Taylor Swift. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  21. 14, 2011/ "Oricon Top 50 Albums: December 14, 2011" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  22. "Mexicancharts.com – Taylor Swift – Speak Now World Tour Live". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  23. "Spanishcharts.com – Taylor Swift – Speak Now World Tour Live". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  24. "Taylor Swift – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Taylor Swift. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  25. "Taylor Swift – Chart history" Billboard Top Country Albums for Taylor Swift. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  26. "Top 50 Music DVDs 2011". Aria.com.au. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 

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