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Perry opens her world tour, in a month. Feb. 20 in Lisbon, Portugal, making stops in Europe, the U.K., Australia and Japan before returning home to North America in June.
Yes, Pop star Katy Perry will back her smash 2010 album, “Teenage Dream,” with an extensive tour of North American arenas that gets underway June 7 in the Atlanta area, and will run for more than two months.
The North American outing is scheduled to visit nearly 40 cities in all, wrapping with two shows Aug. 13-14 in her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA. Tickets for nearly all shows go on sale to the general public on Jan. 28 and 29.
The North American tour announcement was made via a live Perry appearance that streamed on Facebook. Perry — a constant presence on Facebook and Twitter — plans to continue to interact with fans via social media networks during the tour. According to a press release, fans will be able to check into the tour’s venues each night to receive “special treats” using Facebook Places/Deals. Fans will also be able to submit photos they’ve taken at Perry’s shows via Twitter, some of which will be used during future shows and on Perry’s website.
“Teenage Dream” has sold 5 million copies worldwide, according to Capitol Records. The album’s lead single, “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg, was the top-selling track of 2010, according to Nielsen SoundScan, with nearly 4.4 million sold. The album also spawned two other No. 1 singles in the title track and current single “Firework.” The next single will be “E.T.”
Perry is nominated for four Grammys this year: Album of the Year, Best Pop Album, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Teenage Dream” and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “California Gurls.” She’ll also perform at the Feb. 13 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
A former Christian artist, Katy Perry rebranded herself as a larger-than-life pop star and rose to prominence during the summer of 2008. Before she topped the charts with songs like “I Kissed a Girl” and “California Gurls,” though, she spent the better part of a decade recording music under a different name. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (or Katy Hudson, as she billed herself on her 2001 gospel album) was born on October 25, 1984, in Santa Barbara, CA.
“I Kissed a Girl” that proved to be her breakthrough hit, topping the charts in 20 countries and pushing its accompanying album, 2008’s One of the Boys, into the Top Ten in America. Perry supported her debut by joining the Warped Tour that summer, where she toured alongside her boyfriend at the time, Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes. Meanwhile, “Hot N Cold” became her second multi-platinum hit, “Thinking of You” (one of the album’s three songs written solely by Perry) cracked the Top 40, and “Waking Up in Vegas” cracked the Top Ten.
Such success meant that Katy Perry had officially become one of the industry’s biggest pop stars, celebrated as much for her outsized behavior and outrageous fashion choices as the music itself. She continued touring through the summer of 2009 (albeit without McCoy, whose boyfriend status had been revoked earlier that year) and found time to tape an installment of MTV Unplugged, which was released in November. Meanwhile, she worked on a new album and started up a whirlwind romance with comedian Russell Brand, eventually becoming his fiancé. Recording sessions for her album wrapped up in early 2010, and Perry scored her second number one single with “California Gurls,” which was released that May. The accompanying album, Teenage Dream, followed in August.