Exclusive: The Scream Tour Returns With Headliners Kid Ink & Dej Loaf
UPDATE: While Live Nation told Billboard that Jeremih was also a headliner on the new Scream Tour, after this story was published, the singer tweeted that he is not involved. See his tweet below, and stay tuned for further updates.
Kid Ink and Dej Loaf are the first headliners set for the return of the popular and influential R&B/hip-hop franchise the Scream Tour. Promoted by Live Nation, the 24-city Scream Nation: The Reintroduction Tour will kick off on March 12 in St. Louis. Additional performers will be announced shortly for the six-week run, which wraps on April 26 in Detroit.
"I'm excited to be a part of the reintroduction of such a prestigious touring brand as Scream," says Kid Ink. "It's a brand I grew up respecting and admiring. I can't wait to hit the road and get this started." The rapper's "Show Me" featuring Chris Brown, which peaked at No. 2 on Hot Rap Songs and No. 13 on the Hot 100, finished 2014 as the No. 1 Rap Airplay song. Kid Ink's new album Full Speed comes out Feb. 3.
The upcoming tour marks the first project under the new Scream Nation joint venture between Live Nation and Michael Mauldin, the creator and producer of the Scream Tour brand. Under the Scream Nation banner, a diverse array of shows and tours built around urban music and culture will be produced throughout the year. The last formal Scream Tour took place in 2012.
In a release announcing the joint venture, Mauldin stated, "The Scream Tour first came to prominence in 2001 and has since played an integral part in the discovery and promotion of some of the most successful artists in urban, hip-hop and pop music." Those artists include Chris Brown, Trey Songz, T.I., Ciara and Bow Wow.
Added David Zedeck, Live Nation's executive president of global talent & artist development, "The Scream Tour has long been a powerful brand among urban music fans. Live Nation is proud to extend this incredible experience to a new generation of artists and fans."
Complementing the forthcoming tour will be an online DJ talent search in January and February, conducted in association with Mad DJ. Prizes include the chance for contestants to be part of the Scream Tour when it hits their respective hometowns.
In recognition of Black History Month (February), tickets for Scream Nation: The Reintroduction Tour go on sale beginning Jan. 30 at www.livenation.com.
Scream Nation: The Reintroduction Tour:
(All dates, cities and venues below subject to change)
March 12 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
March 13 -- Chicago, IL, Aragon Ballroom
March 14 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
March 17 -- Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium
March 19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
March 20 -- Las Vegas, NV,THE AXIS
March 21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Palladium
March 22 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
March 26 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Ballroom
March 27-- Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center
March 29 -- Nashville, TN, Nashville Municipal Auditorium
April 2 -- Southaven, MS, Lander's Center
April 3 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
April 4 -- New Orleans, LA, UNO Lakefront Arena
April 7 -- Miami, FL, The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
April 9 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
April 11 -- Jacksonville, FL, Moran Theater at the Times-Union Center
April 12 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Special Events Center
April 16 -- Norfolk, VA, Ted Constant Convocation Center
April 17 -- Washington, DC, DAR Constitution Hall
April 18 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
April 19 -- New York, NY, Kings Theatre
April 23 -- Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Play House
April 24 -- Louisville, KY, The Louisville Palace
April 25 -- Kansas City, MO, Independence Events Center
April 26 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
After this story went live, Jeremih tweeted that he is not involved in the new Scream Tour.