Taylor Swift Releases Live Version of ‘Cruel Summer’ 

Taylor Swift, the queen of pop, took to social media to share the exciting news of not one but two new versions of her 2019 hit ‘Cruel Summer.’ And here’s the lowdown on what you need to know about this musical treat.

Taylor Swift dropped a live version of ‘Cruel Summer,’ straight from her recently released concert film, ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour.’ She reminisced about the incredible support from fans, and how it led her to kick off her show with this chart-topping hit. The live audio of ‘Cruel Summer’ from the tour is now available for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home or your car. 

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The Grammy award-winner wasn’t content with just one version. She also released a new remix of ‘Cruel Summer,’ the ‘Lover’ classic, courtesy of producer LP Giobbi. The live version and the LP Giobbi remix, along with the original, have all been bundled together in a three-song package titled ‘The Cruelest Summer,’ and you can listen to all of them on your preferred streaming platforms.

Taylor Swift knows that her fans form one of the biggest fandoms. She expressed her gratitude for their unwavering support for ‘Cruel Summer,’ a track from her 2019 album ‘Lover’ that managed to dominate the Billboard charts for an impressive eight weeks. In her Instagram post, she shared her awe at how fans had turned ‘The Eras Tour Concert Film’ into something truly spectacular. Videos of fans dancing, recreating choreography, and creating inside jokes became the norm. It’s this joyful chaos that Swift and her fans are known for, and it’s something she deeply appreciates.

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Swift has a habit of gifting her fans with surprises, and this time is no different. She teased new vault tracks on a video shared on X, revealing four tantalizing song titles: ‘Is It Over Now?’ ‘Now That We Don’t Talk,’ ‘Say Don’t Go,’ and ‘Suburban Legends.’ Fans couldn’t contain their excitement as they unlocked the 1989 (Taylor’s Version) Vault, wondering what’s in store for them.

Not only did the singer-songwriter make waves with her musical releases, but her concert film. ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour,’ directed by Sam Wrench, also made a significant impact. The film raked in a whopping $92.8 million in ticket sales during its first three days, including Thursday night previews. This makes it the fifth-largest opening for any movie this year. 

Playing in 3,855 cinemas across the United States, it boasted an average of $24,073 per screen, with earnings of $37.5 million on Friday, $32 million on Saturday, and $23.2 million on Sunday. The movie also claimed the top spot at the box office in multiple countries, further solidifying Taylor Swift’s reign over the music and film industry.

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In a heartfelt statement, Swift shared her excitement about bringing ‘The Eras Tour’ to the big screen, emphasizing its significance in her life. As a Taylor Swift fan, there’s no better time to relish the music, the memories, and the magic she continues to create. Enjoy the ‘Cruel Summer’ double delight and stay tuned for more surprises from this unparalleled artist. 

-Britney Jones