'DATELINE: ON TOUR WITH TAYLOR SWIFT' TO AIR MAY 31 AT 7 PM
TAYLOR SWIFT PERFORMS ON THE "TODAY" SUMMER CONCERT SERIES MAY 29
NEW YORK � May 14, 2009 � In an exclusive, all access look at one of the hottest artists in the country, "Dateline NBC" will air "Dateline: On Tour With Taylor Swift" on Sunday, May 31 at 7 PM/ET. "Dateline: On Tour With Taylor Swift" is a one-hour special, featuring unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to this summer's hottest concert ticket, Swift's first-ever headlining tour, the FEARLESS 2009 Tour.
Shot on three continents over a period of three months, the hour offers a comprehensive look at the creation and launch of the sold-out Fearless tour, including concert and backstage footage from the US, the UK and Australia, interviews with Taylor and her band and crew, and exclusive looks at Swift's tour bus, dressing room, crew meetings, dancer auditions, and concert performances.
The special edition of Dateline also features video diaries, shot by Swift herself, offering an intimate look at the life of music's newest superstar. NBC News' Hoda Kotb also talks with Taylor and her mom Andrea Swift about the road to fame and life in the spotlight.
That Friday, Taylor will perform live on NBC's "Today" Summer Concert Series, taking the stage in Rockefeller Plaza on May 29.
Taylor Swift has had singles top both the country and pop radio charts, and sold more albums in 2008 than any other recording artist, in any genre of music. The 19-year old's sophomore release, "Fearless," was voted 2009's Album of the Year by the Academy of Country Music, and reached double-platinum in just four weeks. "Fearless" was the year's biggest debut for any female artist, and the fourth highest debut of 2008, over all. Now triple-platinum, "Fearless" has spent more weeks in the #1 position atop Billboard's Top 200 all-genre CD sales chart than any other album this year. Taylor, whose career record sales now top 7 million, currently holds the "Billboard" all-genre record for most Top 20 debuts in a calendar year. Earlier this year, Taylor sold out a show at Madison Square Garden in one minute, and one at Los Angeles' STAPLES center in just two minutes.
Video excerpts from "Dateline: On Tour with Taylor Swift" will be posted on www.dateline.msnbc.com beginning Monday, May 18. Interview excerpts and photos will also be available at a later date on www.nbcumv.com.
David Corvo is the executive producer of "Dateline NBC."