Taylor Swift announces Asia, Europe 2011 tour

Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:17pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift on Tuesday announced a 19-nation tour in 2011 to support her best-selling album "Speak Now."

The tour will start in Singapore in February and take Swift to Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Hong Kong before moving onto Europe in March, and the United States in late May, tour organizers said in a statement.

Swift, 20, will play 87 shows in 2011 -- expanding her reach beyond the five countries she visited in 2009 and 2010 on her "Fearless" concert tour.

The Grammy-winning singer's "Speak Now" album debuted at the top of the U.S. album charts in October after good reviews and the best first week sales since 2005.

Her previous album "Fearless" -- filled with songs about teen love and the social perils of high school -- was the biggest seller of 2009.

"I can't wait to get back out and play my new music from Speak Now! The fans have been so amazing, and I'm thrilled to play in new cities around the world and meet even more of my fans in 2011!," Swift said in a statement.

In Europe, Swift will play shows in Milan, Paris, London and Madrid. The U.S. leg of the tour will kick off in Omaha, Nebraska on May 27.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney)

 
<p>Singer Taylor Swift performs at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>