Pop superstar Katy Perry announced today via a live appearance on Facebook that her California Dreams 2011 world tour is coming to North America this summer. The North American leg of the tour sponsored by Schick® Quattro for Women® will start on June 7 in Atlanta, GA and will run through August 14 with two hometown shows in Katy’s hometown Santa Barbara, CA. (partial schedule below).
To support her platinum-selling sophomore album Teenage Dream, Katy will kick off the California Dreams tour on February 20 in Lisbon, Portugal, traveling throughout Europe, the UK, Australia, and Japan before hitting stateside in June.
Katy is planning on interacting with fans through social media networks throughout the California Dreams tour. Using Facebook Places/Deals, fans will be able to check into the venues each night to receive special treats. Fans will also be able to submit their own photos of the show via Twitter which will be incorporated into the live show and also live on her website. In addition, Katy has also partnered with I Love All Access to provide a variety of VIP ticket packages, including premium seats, meet and greets, photo ops, pre-show parties and more. More information can be found online.
As announced last week, Katy will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13. Six-time nominee, Katy is up for four awards this year including the coveted Album of the Year, along with Best Pop Album, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Teenage Dream” and “Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg. Katy has also been nominated for two BRIT awards for International Album and International Female Solo Artist. The BRIT awards will be handed out live on February 15th at the O2 Arena in London.
Teenage Dream was released in August, 2010 and has since sold 5 million copies world-wide. The album’s first single, “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg was the biggest selling song of 2010 according to Soundscan with 4,398,212 tracks scanned. After “California Gurls” spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Katy scored two follow-up No. 1’s, with “Teenage Dream” and her current single “Firework,” making her the first female artist in 11 years to score three Billboard #1 singles from the same album.
Katy is gearing up to launch the album’s 4th single “E.T.” which will impact radio next month. She will soon shoot the video with director Floria Sigismondi (Marilyn Manson, Bjork, David Bowie, Christina Aguilera, Muse, The White Stripes).
Earlier this month, Katy won two People’s Choice Awards for “Favorite Female Artist” and “Favorite Online Sensation” — awards voted on by fans. Katy won a People’s Choice Award in 2009 for “Best Pop Song” with her debut anthem “I Kissed A Girl.” Over the course of her career, she has also won a BRIT Award, two MTV Europe Music Awards, an NRJ Music Award, and two Teen Choice Awards, among other international honors.
Over the past year, Katy has graced the cover of Rolling Stone, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Harpers’ Bazaar, Seventeen, Nylon, and Lucky and currently appears on the cover of Maxim’s January issue.
California Dreams Tour Dates (just California dates listed):
August 5: Los Angeles, Nokia Theatre LA Live
August 12: San Jose, HP Pavilion
August 13: Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Bowl
August 14: Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Bowl