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Swift plays only 2016 show as lawsuit rumbles on

Taylor Swift, taking a year off after a world-beating 2015, played a one-off live date yesterday at the US grand prix aftershow

By IQ on 24 Oct 2016

Swift performs at the CenturyLink Field in Seattle in August 2015, Jason Tang

Swift performs at the CenturyLink Field in Seattle in August 2015

image © Jason Tang

Taylor Swift, whose 1989 world tour was the highest-grossing of 2015, played her only full concert of 2016 yesterday at the United States grand prix in Austin, Texas.

Swift played a 15-song set for an audience of roughly 80,000 at the Circuit of the Americas following the conclusion of the Formula 1 race, which was won by Britain’s Lewis Hamilton for the Mercedes team.

A surprise addition to the the setlist was Calvin Harris’s ‘This is What You Came For’, written by Swift with ex Harris:


Swift has for much of 2016 been embroiled in a lawsuit with radio DJ David Mueller, whom she alleges groped her buttocks at a fan meeting at the Pepsi Center in Denver in June 2013. “I remember being frantic, distressed, feeling violated in a way I had never experienced before,” Swift said a video deposition leaked to Billboard. “A meet-and-greet is supposed to be a situation where you’re thanking people for coming, you’re supposed to be welcoming people into your home, which is the arena for that day. For someone to violate that hospitality in that way, I was completely stunned.”

Liberty Media, which owns 34% of Live Nation, agreed in September to acquire Formula 1 from its current owner, CVC Capital Partners. CVC has since invested US$75 million into DTI Management, an inventory-management platform for secondary ticket sellers.


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