Taylor Swift announces North American tour. Ed Sheeran to open.

Taylor Swift announced tonight that she will launch a North American stadium and arena tour in early 2013 in support of her blockbuster new album, RED. Taylor made the special announcement in partnership with ABC News on tonight’s primetime TV special “All Access Nashville with Katie Couric – A Special Edition of 20/20.” RED was released this week to widespread worldwide critical acclaim and has already topped the iTunes album sales charts in 40 countries.

On The RED Tour, Taylor is currently slated to headline 58 shows in 45 cities in 29 states and 3 provinces in 2013. The tour will kick-off on March 13 in Omaha, Nebraska and continue through September. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, whose duet with Taylor from her RED album, “Everything Has Changed,” has already reached the #1 position atop iTunes all-genre Top Songs chart, will be a special guest on all of the shows on the tour.

The 2013 dates will include nine stadiums – Detroit’s Ford Field, Dallas’s Cowboys Stadium, Toronto’s Rogers Centre, Winnipeg’s Investors’ Group Field, Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, Foxborough, Mass.’s Gillette Stadium and Chicago’s Soldier Field.

The RED Tour will be produced and promoted by The Messina Group (TMG). At Taylor’s request, every show will include tickets priced at under $50. The first tickets will go on sale on November 16th, and on-sale information is available now at www.taylorswift.com and www.abcnews.com. TMG is a partner of AEG Live, one of the top live entertainment companies in the world, which produces world tours featuring internationally renowned artists and regional concerts and festivals.

Taylor’s RED Tour is set to be one of the most-anticipated musical events of 2013, as Taylor’s live shows are renowned worldwide for bringing her music to life with what Variety has dubbed “supreme spectacle” and Billboard has hailed as an “overwhelming experience…that blended the pacing, the music and the artist’s personality in a way that transfixed.” During the course of every show, Taylor plays a variety of instruments and performs her biggest hits and fan favorites from her four Big Machine Records albums.

“I didn’t think I could be any more excited about my RED album, but then I start thinking about how I’m going to put the new show together for The RED Tour,” says Taylor. “I have so many ideas about how to really bring this music to life, and I can’t wait to share the new show with all my fans!”

The TAYLOR SWIFT RED TOUR will include the following:

DATE CITY

March 13 & 14 Omaha, Nebraska

March 18 & 19 St. Louis, Missouri

March 22 Charlotte, North Carolina

March 23 Columbia, South Carolina

March 27 & 28 & 29 Newark, New Jersey

April 10 Miami, Florida

April 11 & 12 Orlando, Florida

April 18 & 19 Atlanta, Georgia

April 20 Tampa, Florida

April 25 Cleveland, Ohio

April 26 Indianapolis, Indiana

April 27 Lexington, Kentucky

May 4 Detroit, Michigan

May 7 Louisville, Kentucky

May 8 Columbus, Ohio

May 11 & 12 Washington, DC

May 16 Houston, Texas

May 21 Austin, Texas

May 22 San Antonio, Texas

May 25 Dallas, Texas

May 28 & 29 Glendale, Arizona

June 1 Salt Lake City, Utah

June 2 Denver, Colorado

June 15 Toronto, Ontario

June 22 Winnipeg, Manitoba

June 29 Vancouver, British Columbia

July 6 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

July 20 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

July 27 Foxborough, Massachusetts

August 1 Des Moines, Iowa

August 2 & 3 Kansas City, Missouri

August 6 Wichita, Kansas

August 7 Tulsa, Oklahoma

August 10 Chicago, Illinois

August 15 San Diego, California

August 19 & 20 Los Angeles, California

August 27 Sacramento, California

August 30 Portland, Oregon

August 31 Tacoma, Washington

September 6 Fargo, North Dakota

September 7 & 8 St. Paul, Minnesota

September 12 Greensboro, North Carolina

September 13 Raleigh, North Carolina

September 14 Charlottesville, Virginia

September 19, 20 & 21 Nashville, Tennessee

NOVEMBER 16 (10am local time) ON-SALES INCLUDE:
Detroit
Dallas
Toronto
Pittsburgh
Chicago
Foxborough *
Newark
Miami
Atlanta
Tampa
Columbus
Washington DC
Kansas City
San Diego
Los Angeles
Sacramento
Charlottesville
*Foxborough onsale is November 17

Two-time BRIT Award winning singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has become one of the biggest musical success stories in the UK over the past year and is already a fast-rising star in the U.S. Sheeran’s debut single, “The A Team,” was Britain’s highest-charting, biggest-selling debut single of 2011; his debut album, “+”, entered the UK Albums Chart at #1 and has since been certified 5x-platinum. “+” debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 upon its stateside release via Elektra Records this past summer, with “The A Team” continuing to climb the radio charts.