The set list for the concert consisted of sixteen songs, with eight from Lover and eight from Taylor’s back catalog. Compared to the original concert, the official music releases for Lover (Live From Paris) only include the eight songs from Lover.
Taylor released her seventh studio album, Lover
, on August 23, 2019, through Republic Records
. Described by Taylor as a “love letter to love itself”, the album explores the “full spectrum of love”, inspired by her close connections with fans during her “reputation Stadium Tour
To celebrate the album’s release, Taylor held the City of Lover
concert, a one-off concert at the Olympia music hall in Paris, France, on September 9, 2019. Prior to the event, tickets were not available for the public, but were reserved to fans who had bought the album to enter online contests from a select 37 countries around the world. Due to the event’s secrecy among selected fans, there were no widespread promotional campaigns for it.
On May 17, 2020, the concert was aired as a one-hour special, titled Taylor Swift: City of Lover
, on ABC
. The following day, it was made available for on-demand streaming on Hulu
. Media publications opined that the release was due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to Taylor’s planned “Lover Fest
” world tour to support Lover
being postponed, and ultimately cancelled. When she announced the release of the concert footage, Taylor said:
Following the ABC premiere, the live versions of the Lover songs were released to digital music and streaming platforms, except the live version of “The Man”, which had been released to the platforms on February 18, 2020. In February 2023, a limited edition of Lover (Live From Paris) heart shaped vinyls were released on Taylor’s store.
Upon completion, the City of Lover concert received positive feedback from the European media. Most critics were particularly fond of the acoustic session, which showcased Taylor’s songwriting crafts and intimate connections with the audience. Hannah Mylrea from the British magazine NME gave the concert a five-star rating. Also awarding the concert a five-star rating, Sarah Carson from the British newspaper i lauded Taylor as a “confident and commanding performer” with a more laid-back and self-asserted attitude. Carson was impressed by her performance at the 2,000-seat Olympia: “It’s one of the inevitable tragedies of fame that when a singer-songwriter transcends to ‘superstar’, world tours and stadiums and spectacles shove special little gigs like this to distant memory – to see Swift so close, in a historic room, all gilt and deep red velvet, was a privilege.”
The 13,000 available copies of the heartshaped vinyl resulted in Lover (Live From Paris) debuting at No. 58 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Taylor simultaneously charted 10 albums on the Billboard 200 that week, a first in her career. She is only the fifth artist in history to achieve this milestone. Lover (Live From Paris) also debuted at No. 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart. This made it Taylor’s ninth career No. 1 on the chart, extending her record for the most among all acts.