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Taylor Swift announces headlining tour

Friday, January 30, 2009 – Taylor Swift will launch her first headlining tour - Taylor Swift Fearless Tour 2009 - in late April in Indiana, hitting 52 cities in the U.S. and Canada by the time it ends in October.

Swift is touring behind her second full-length studio release, "Relentless," which has topped the charts for eight weeks since its release in November.

In most markets, ticket prices will start at only $20 plus local fees.

Kellie Pickler and Gloriana will open the shows.

"Headlining my own tour is a dream come true. This way I can play more music every night than I ever have before," said Swift. "Having written my own songs, they are all stories in my head, and my goal for this tour is to bring those stories to life. My favorite thing when I go to a concert is having lots of changing things to look at, so I've been working really hard to make this show as multi-dimensional as possible. I want to be sure that everyone has the opportunity to come see my show, so we have affordable tickets available for every date we do this year."

The intent is to present a theatrical presentation of graphics, sets and visual elements designed by Swift. During each show, Swift will play five different guitars, as well as the piano. Multiple costume changes and a fairy-tale castle illuminated by more than a million lumens of light are just some of the highlights of the three-act show.

Prior to the tour launch, Swift will play three U.S. headlining shows, in addition to several dates in Great Britain and Australia. Swift sold nearly 71,000 individual tickets for her March show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, selling out within 48 hours of going on sale to the public.

Pickler has released two albums and enjoyed several hit singles. Gloriana - Tom Gossin, Mike Gossin, Rachel Reinert and Cheyenne Kimball - sing four-part harmonies. Their first single, Wild At Heart, is at radio now with a debut album due later this year.

The first tickets available to the public will be for the May 22 date at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. Pacific through Ticketmaster. Venues and ticket sales information for other tour stops will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tour dates are:
Feb. 10 San Antonio, TX
March 1 Plant City, FL
March 20 Houston, TX
April 23 Evansville, IN
April 24 Jonesboro, AR
April 25 St Louis, MO
April 30 Charleston, SC
May 1 Jacksonville, FL
July 2 Biloxi, MS
July 14 Spokane, WA
July 15 Seattle, WA
July 16 Portland ,OR
July 17 Yakima, WA
July 21 Phoenix, AZ
July 22 Los Angeles, CA
July 23 Las Vegas, NV
July 24 San Diego, CA
July 26 Salt Lake City, UT
June 4 Enterprise, AL
June 11 Baltimore, MD
June 12 Greensboro, NC
June 24 Oshkosh, WI
June 25 Caddott, WI
July 8 Calgary, Alberta
July 10 Craven, Saskatchewan
July 11 Winnipeg, Manitoba
July 16 Twin Lakes, WI
July 17 Columbus, OH
July 18 Charleston, WV
July 23 Cheyenne, WY
July 24 Rapid City, SD
July 25 Minot, ND
Aug. 7 Detroit Lakes, MN
Aug. 9 Omaha, NE
Aug. 27 New York, NY
Aug. 28 Uncasville, CT
Aug. 29 University Park, PA
Aug. 30 Louisville, KY
Sept. 4 Greenville, SC
Sept. 5 Charlotte, NC
Sept. 10 Lafayette, LA
Sept. 11 Bossier City, LA
Sept. 12 Birmingham, AL
Sept. 25 Dallas, TX
Sept. 26 Little Rock, AR
Sept. 27 Tulsa, OK
Oct. 1 Cleveland, OH
Oct. 2 Grand Rapids, MI
Oct. 3 Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 8 Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 9 Chicago, IL
Oct. 10 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

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