Snub City

Taylor Swift snubs Houston like it's Spotify: Mega star avoids the city despite strong ties to the area

Taylor Swift snubs Houston like it's Spotify: Star avoids the city

Taylor Swift close up
Taylor Swift's 2015 world tour will make only one stop in Texas, on October 17 at AT&T Stadium. Photo by Chinh Phan

An argument could be made that Taylor Swift is the most popular musician on the planet right now, but on her 2015 tour, Texans will have only one chance to see her in-state: Oct. 17, when she plays at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

That's right, Swift has shaken off almost the entire state of Texas on a tour that will last five months and encompass 57 dates in five different countries. The Houston snub is particularly galling as the 24-year-old mega star's touted her ties to the Bayou City in the past (Swift's mom is a Memorial High School grad and that her aunt Alison still lives in the area).

The tour officially kicks off May 20, 2015, in Bossier City, Louisiana, and will also include a concert a couple of days later in Baton Rouge, giving those in East Texas some relatively close-by options.

Those in Houston, Austin and San Antonio shouldn't feel quite as jilted by Swift as Spotify and its listeners, who are are now living in a Swift-less world after the singer refused demands to stream her new album, 1989, and then removed her entire catalog when Spotify cried foul.

Her tiff with Spotify hasn't hurt sales of the album, though, as it's on track to sell more than 1.2 million copies in its first week, which already makes it the best-selling album in 2014.

Tickets for Swift's concert at AT&T Stadium, which will feature Vance Joy and Shawn Mendes as opening acts, officially go on sale Nov. 14. As usual, though, there are a couple of pre-sale opportunities, as both American Express cardmembers and members can buy tickets starting this Friday.