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According to Pollstar, in 2011, Taylor Swift‘s Speak Now world tour grossed a whopping 104.2 million bucks — but now she’s getting ready to add quite a few million more to that total. 

The final leg of Taylor’s Speak Now tour gets under way Friday night in Perth, Australia, and will wrap up March 18 in Auckland, New Zealand after 12 dates.  When all is said and done, Taylor will have performed in about 20 different countries, from China and Belgium, to the U.S. and Canada, to Japan and England, to Norway and the Philippines.

The North American leg of Taylor’s tour was notable because it featured her performing cover versions of songs made famous by an artist who hails from whatever city or state she happened to be in — for example, she’d play a Bon Jovi song in New Jersey.  She also brought out a string of special guest stars, including Justin Bieber and rapper Nicki Minaj. 

Explaining why she chooses to add special elements like that to her tour, Taylor told ABC News Radio, “I just really want people to feel like if they paid for a ticket to my show they got what they paid for.  And whether that’s doing spontaneous cover songs or bringing out special guests and making them feel like they saw four different artists in one night, I’m all about that.”  She notes, “The fans are the reason why we’re here.”

Can’t make it to Australia to check out Taylor’s tour?  Go see her — or at least hear her voice — in the new movie The Lorax, opening Friday.  She lends her voice to the lead female character in the animated flick, which is based on the Dr. Seuss classic. 

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


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