It's been a big month for pop music in Dallas. A lot of that has had to do with homegrown talent, thanks to no fewer than three artists with local ties all making it to the top of the Billboard Top 100 chart: In back-to-back weeks, Selena Gomez and Pentatonix both made it to No. 1, while Demi Lovato — fresh off an appearance on Saturday Night Live — made it to No. 2, then announced a local show with Nick Jonas. And, of course, before that there was megastar Taylor Swift playing a sold-out show at AT&T Stadium.
Speaking of Swift, she was joined in Arlington last month by none other than English singer Ellie Goulding, and Goulding is back in the news already for local music fans. If you were one of the four people in Dallas who missed Goulding's surprise cameo at Swift's concert, then dry your tears because she just announced her Delirium world tour dates and she's coming to Grand Prairie in April 2016. (And don't worry, we won't even make an Ed Sheeran joke. Not this time, anyway.)
You know English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding for her songs like "Anything Could Happen, "Explosions" and "Love Me Like You Do" — Goulding's song for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, as well as the song she sang with Swift a few weeks ago. She's a bit more popular in the U.K., but with each song released, she's becoming more and more well known in America. Her current single, "On My Mind," seems to be playing on pop radio every other song, so there's plenty of time to learn it, love it, get sick of it and love it again before April 18 when she stops at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.
All of this comes as good news because while Goulding is on the lineup for 106.1 KISS FM's Jingle Ball on December 1 at American Airlines Center, there's a good chance she'll probably just play her big hits. With her coming to Grand Prairie on her own tour, fans will be able to hear most of her catalog and some of her more hidden gems, like, "I Know You Care" and "My Blood."
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Years and Years, an electronica trio, who sing "Eyes Shut" and "Shine" will join as Goulding's opening act. Tickets for the concert go on sale this Friday, November 6, at 10 a.m. at axs.com.