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Toyota Center Announces October 30 Justin Bieber Surprise

Justin Bieber is coming back.

The 18-year-old singer, who is as much a social-media phenomenon and cultural meme as old-fashioned pop star, will bring his Believe tour to Houston October 30 at Toyota Center, the venue announced Wednesday morning. Canadian tween phenom Carly Rae Jepsen ("Call Me Maybe") will open.

Bieber last visited Houston in November 2010, also at Toyota Center, and the scene outside the venue was the usual pandemonium. "A mass of animated fans piled out of a limousine, many spontaneously embracing one another upon seeing their heartthrob's image on the Toyota Center screen," wrote Rocks Off's Neph Basedow.

"One of the accompanying parents, Maria Kelleher, told us they had collectively traveled from Yucatán and Cancún, Mexico, solely to see Saturday's show."

Bieber will release his second proper album, Believe, next month. There have been acoustic and updated remix versions of his debut, My World, since its 2009 release, and a Christmas album. He performed the first single from Believe, "Boyfriend," at last Sunday's Billboard Music Awards. The song is currently No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The tour is being promoted by AEG. Tickets go on sale June 2, but will be available for Bieber Fan Club members May 23 and American Express members May 24.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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