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Taylor Swift signs up for 'race that stops a nation'

File image of Taylor Swift Photograph:( WION Web Team )

AFP Melbourne Sep 12, 2019, 09.02 AM (IST)

Taylor Swift is heading to Australia to perform at the "race that stops a nation", with the pop superstar strutting her stuff before the Melbourne Cup, organisers announced Thursday.

The Grammy Award-winner will sing two songs from her latest hit album 'Lover' before witnessing the famous horse race that has been run on the first Tuesday of November since 1876.

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The Victoria Racing Club made the announcement on social media, saying it was "super excited" about Swift's one-off public appearance in Australia following the new album release. "Sorry Taylor, we'll try to calm down," it added.

VRC chief executive Neil Wilson told national broadcaster ABC it was a strategic choice to target a younger demographic.

"We're targeting more and more of the next generation coming through," he said of the event that is so important that race day is a public holiday in the state of Victoria.

Swift's appearance is expected to spark a rush for tickets from music fans as well as the usual Flemington race course punters.