Bumper billing

Tay­lor Swift and Eric Clap­ton to plug in for their own con­certs in Singapore in Fe­bru­ary 2011.

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TWO con­certs to catch in Singapore next Fe­bru­ary are Amer­i­can pop star Tay­lor Swift and Bri­tish blues gui­tar leg­end Eric Clap­ton. The 20-year-old Swift lands in Singapore on Feb 9 while Clap­ton, 65, holds down a con­cert on Feb 14. Both acts will be play­ing at the Singapore Indoor Sta­dium.

Swift, a first-timer to this re­gion, will be the con­cert to at­tract the young pop fans. She has achieved more than any­one her age can dream about. The singer-song­writer from Penn­syl­va­nia, the United States, is to­day’s biggest-sell­ing per­former, churn­ing out chart­top­ping hits since her de­but al­bum in 2006. Swift is a four-time Grammy win­ner and the world’s top-sell­ing dig­i­tal artiste in mu­sic his­tory, with 28 mil­lion tracks sold. Time mag­a­zine has listed her as one of the most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in 2010.

She penned all her al­bums like a mini au­to­bi­og­ra­phy and no­tably said: “If you lis­ten to my al­bum, it’s like read­ing my diary.” From fairy­tales to heart­breaks, Swift weaved her love sto­ries to a mu­si­cal smor­gas­bord that fans the world over can re­late to.

Hot on the heels of her re­cently con­cluded Fear­less tour, Swift will be Gui­tar leg­end Eric Clap­ton has his ac­claimed epony­mous al­bum to strut on stage. on the road again in sup­port of her lat­est al­bum, Speak Now. Singapore will be the first stop in her Asian tour.

Else­where, there is the re­turn of Eric Clap­ton, who was last in this part of the world in 2007. The Singapore Indoor Sta­dium is the venue for Clap­ton’s Valen­tine’s Day date.

This time around, the gui­tar leg­end has his ac­claimed epony­mous al­bum (his first solo al­bum in five years) to strut on stage.

Sound­ing like a back-to-ba­sics out­ing, Clap­ton is in fine form on the new ma­te­rial, which also fea­tured Steve Win­wood, J.J. Cale, Wyn­ton Marsalis, Sh­eryl Crow, Allen Tous­saint and Derek Trucks.

“This al­bum wasn’t what it was in­tended to be at all,” says Clap­ton in a me­dia re­lease. “It’s ac­tu­ally bet­ter than it was meant to be be­cause, in a way, I just let it hap­pen. It’s an eclec­tic col­lec­tion of songs that weren’t re­ally on the map – and I like it so much be­cause if it’s a sur­prise to the fans, that’s only be­cause it’s a sur­prise to me as well.”

This em­brace of his­tory isn’t di­rectly heard on Clap­ton but it’s cer­tainly felt, ex­tend­ing to how Clap­ton re­lies on old tunes – blues and coun­try, but also pop and R&B – for the bulk of his world tour setlist.

Clap­ton has as­sem­bled an im­pres­sive band for the 2011 tour which will con­sist of long-time tour­ing part­ners: Steve Gadd (drums), Wil­lie Weeks (bass), Chris Stain­ton (key­boards) along with Michelle John and Sharon White as back­ing vo­cal­ists. n Con­cert and ticket de­tails for Tay­lor Swift on Feb 9 and Eric Clap­ton on Feb 14 in Singapore are avail­able at www. sis­tic.com.

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