Taylor Swift in Nashville
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01/30/2009 at 11:00 AM EST
– who has topped the Billboard
chart for the past eight weeks with her second album, Fearless
– has announced her first headlining tour, which will take her to 52 cities over six months.
Swift, 19, will officially kick off her Fearless Tour 2009, which she calls "a dream come true," on April 23 in Evansville, Ill., immediately followed by Jonesboro, Ark., and St. Louis, Mo. (Tickets go on sale Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. PST. For a complete tour schedule, check her official site
One tour must-have? Her BFF, Kellie Pickler, who will accompany her as a featured artist.
Calling Pickler "the older sister I never had," Swift met her in 2007 when they toured with Brad Paisley. "My mom looks at [Kellie] as a second daughter – it's a family thing at this point," Swift has told PEOPLE.
The singer's show will feature multiple costume changes and an illuminated fairy-castle – and the new country group Gloriana.
Despite the extravagant set, the singer – who just launched a line of affordable dresses
at Wal-Mart – says she's mindful of the tough economy, so she plans to start ticket prices at around $20 in most markets.
"I want to be sure that everyone has the opportunity to come see my show," she said.
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