After criticism, Taylor Swift adds Orthodox-friendly dates to tour


Caleb Guedes-Reed | JTA

“You’re On Your Own, Kid” isn’t just the name of a track on Taylor Swift’s newest album; the phrase describes the way many of the pop star’s Jewish fans were feeling earlier this month after she released the dates for her upcoming tour.

Taylor Swift at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. (Photo by Glenn Francis)

Shabbat-observant Swifties voiced their disappointment with the performances, which were all slated for during or just after the end of the Jewish Sabbath, on Friday or Saturday nights. (There was one scheduled for April 2, a Sunday, in Arlington, Texas.)

In response, Swift added eight more shows to the U.S. leg of her tour, all on weeknights, in cities such as Philadelphia, Seattle and Los Angeles. Many applauded the additions.

Swift’s “Midnights” album sold more than a million copies in its first week, and she is now tied with Barbra Streisand as the female artist with the most albums to top the Billboard chart.

The singer will take the Jewish Haim sisters, who feature in the music video for Swift’s song “Bejeweled,” along for part of the tour.

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