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Taylor Swift enters her tour era

Only 137 “Midnights” until Taylor Swift takes the stage for the first time since 2019 for her tour “Eras.”

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On Tuesday morning, 11-time Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Taylor Swift announced that she would take the stage again this spring for her “Eras” tour.

This announcement comes after Swift released her album “Midnights” October 21.

“Eras” will be her sixth international tour, her first being the 2009 “Fearless Tour.” After Swift’s 2020 “Lover Fest” was canceled due to the pandemic, fans have been waiting for the next time she steps on stage.

“It just builds up more of an anticipation to watch what she’s going to do with it after all these years locked up,” Hector Martinez, a senior film and television productions major, said. “I think she has a lot of stuff planned for her album, so it’s exciting to see what she’ll put on.”

Swift has released four albums since the last time she went on tour: “Lover,” “Folklore,” “Evermore” and now “Midnights.”

The new tour is “a journey through the musical eras of [her] career [past & present],” Swift said in an announcement to her fans which featured a grid of pictures of her in all her “eras.” Since her debut album in 2006, Swift has dabbled in different genres including country, pop and alternative.

The tour is set to kick off in Glendale, Arizona March 18, after which Swift will set off for four and a half months, performing 27 shows in 20 different stadiums. The tour will come to an end on August 5 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

Given that the tour will feature music spanning the length of her entire career, USC students are thrilled at the variety of songs she could perform.

“I’m just excited to see her perform all her songs live,” senior linguistics and cognitive science major Sandra Barahona said. “I think it’s just very interesting to see the different types of songs she has out. I’m excited to see how she is able to combine them on her tour.”

Swift also revealed the nine different opening acts selected to play at her shows in her announcement. These include Paramore, HAIM, Phoebe Bridgers, beabadoobee, girl in red, MUNA, GAYLE, Gracie Abrams and OWENN. Two of these artists, Phoebe Bridgers and HAIM, have previously been featured on Swift’s albums.

“She has [’Nothing New’] out with Phoebe Bridgers that I think she dropped in the vault of her ‘Red’ album, the re-recorded version of it,” senior mechanical engineering major and president of USC Swift Society, Alice Luke said. “I think it’d be awesome to see that.”

“I have some favorites from ‘Speak Now’ and ‘1989′ that I’d love to see, like ‘Clean’ and ‘The Story of Us.’ I’m hoping that she kind of gives a variety from all of her old albums,” Luke continued.

Just three hours after Swift released her newest album, which featured 13 tracks, she dropped “Midnights (3am edition),” which provided listeners with seven additional songs.

“Midnights” topped the charts, making Swift the first person to hold all of the top ten spots in Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. This is also the first time there have been zero male artists present in the Top 10, according to ChartData.

Midnight’s success doesn’t stop there—Swift’s 10th studio album broke Spotify’s record for “most-streamed album in a single day” and “most-streamed artist in a single day,” according to Spotify’s website.

In her announcement, Swift also stated that there will be an international leg of the tour, and those dates will be released at a later time.

Swifties will have the opportunity to secure tickets early through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan Presale, where fans can pre-register for an opportunity to be randomly selected to participate in the presale November 15. The general public will gain access to ticket sales November 18.