Justin Bieber fans got a welcome surprise on Wednesday morning following the announcement of U.K. and European dates for his 2016 Purpose World Tour, in support of his same-named, acclaimed new album.
The additional dates expand on the comeback superstar’s 64-city North American leg, which is already sold out across the U.S. and Canada.
Bieber will play a slew of arenas when European dates begin on September 14, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. France, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands follow before the nine-date U.K leg.
The pop icon kicks off the Brit leg of his Purpose tour with the first of two consecutive dates at London’s 02 Arena on October 11.
— AEG Live UK (@AEG_Live) December 9, 2015
Bieber will then play Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena for dual dates beginning October 17. Two dates at Manchester Arena follow from October 20 then Sheffield on October 26. Glasgow’s SSE Hydro is booked for October 27. Dublin’s 3Arena will welcome the singer on November 1.
Justin Bieber’s announced a UK tour for autumn 2016 pic.twitter.com/b4Op8T8fx4
— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) December 9, 2015
From there, the rest of the European dates include Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, more in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.
Tickets for the U.K. leg go on sale at 9 a.m. on Thursday, December 17. Demand is expected to be sky high. Following the worldwide chart-topping success of the lead single “What Do You Mean?” — Bieber’s Purpose album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 Albums chart last month with 649,000 traditional and equivalent album sales.
The 21-year-old has now debuted six times atop Billboard’s album chart during his career. The feat saw him become the youngest male to launch an album at No. 1 on the chart.
Bieber’s Purpose album also set a new single day, U.S. first week, and worldwide streaming figures on Spotify with 36 million, 77 million, and 205 million respectively. The Canadian singer also beat out The Beatles and Drake’s records when 17 songs from the album entered Billboard’s Hot 100 chart upon the album’s debut.
Along with breaking other chart records, Bieber set a new record as the first living artist to replace himself at No. 1 in the U.K.’s official singles chart since The Beatles in 1963. The Biebs’ current No. 1 single “Love Yourself” unseated his previous U.K. No. 1 “Sorry” last week.
Purpose peaked at No. 2 in the British album chart behind One Direction’s Made in the A.M. but topped charts in Canada, the U.S., Australia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, and Brazil. “Sorry” is at No. 2 on the Hot 100. The No. 4 spot goes to “What Do You Mean?” The Ed-Sheeran-Bieber co-penned “Love Yourself” is at No. 7.
Meanwhile, Justin Bieber fans expressed excitement about the upcoming tour on social media.
“I’m so ready for @justinbieber #PurposeWorldTour!,” one fan wrote, Mail Online reports.
Another Belieber added, “So I get all hyped up when I hear Justin Bieber’s touring the UK next year since when have I been this excited.”
“ARGHHHH asif he’s announced his UK, absolutely buzzinggg (sic),” enthused another.
Meanwhile, Purpose was officially certified platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA. on December 7, less than one month after its November 13 release.
This means Bieber’s album has sold a total of at least 1 million copies. On the singles side, “What Do You Mean?” is certified as double platinum. “Sorry” is platinum in the U.S. and the now Grammy nominated Jack U single “Where Are U Now?” is double platinum. Similar statuses for the singles and album are now certified around the world.
Get ready, the Biebs’ Purpose World Tour cometh.
— RIAA (@RIAA) December 8, 2015
— Ticketmaster CS (@TicketmasterCS) December 9, 2015
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