Country video channel CMT has signed on as the title sponsor of Keith Urban's first headlining arena tour. The first leg of the CMT On Tour: Keith Urban Be Here '04 trek kicks off Oct. 8 in Muncie, In

Country video channel CMT has signed on as the title sponsor of Keith Urban's first headlining arena tour. The first leg of the CMT On Tour: Keith Urban Be Here '04 trek will play 21 dates, kicking off Oct. 8 in Muncie, Ind., and closing Nov. 13 in Cleveland. New artist Katrina Elam will open all dates on the tour, which is being presented by Gain and also sponsored by Sleep Inn.

The tour will launch a few weeks after the Sept. 21 release of Urban's new album, "Be Here." The New Zealander's fifth album and third for Capitol features the single "Days Go By," which is No. 4 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

The album is follow-up to 2002's "Golden Road, which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 11 on The Billboard 200; it has sold 1.7 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set spawned three No. 1s on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart: "You'll Think of Me," "Somebody Like You" and "Who Wouldn't Want To Be Me?"

Earlier this year Urban released the album "In the Ranch," the self-titled debut from a trio completed by drummer Peter Clarke and bassist Jerry Flowers. That Capitol set debuted at No. 34 on the country albums tally and has sold 63,000 copies.

Elam, meanwhile, will release her self-titled debut Oct. 5 via Universal South. Her first single, "No End in Sight," is No. 41 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Here are Urban's upcoming tour dates::

Oct. 8: Muncie, Ind. (Emens Auditorium)
Oct. 9: Peoria, Ill. (Civic Center)
Oct. 10: Cincinnati (US Bank Arena)
Oct. 14: Houston (Jones Hall)
Oct. 15: Austin, Texas (Stubbs)
Oct. 16: Dallas (Nokia Live)
Oct. 20: Birmingham, Ala. (Concert Hall)
Oct. 22: Savannah, Ga. (Civic Center)
Oct. 23: Atlanta (Fox Theatre)
Oct. 25: Lowell, Mass. (Tsongas Arena)
Oct. 26: Fairfax, Va. (Patriot Center)
Oct. 27: New York (Beacon Theatre)
Oct. 29: Pittsburgh (Palumbo Center)
Oct. 30: Atlantic City, N.J. (Etess Arena)
Nov. 3: Champaign, Ill. (Assembly Hall)
Nov. 4: Milwaukee (Milwaukee Theatre)
Nov. 5: Detroit (State Theatre)
Nov. 6: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
Nov. 11: Lacrosse, Wis. (Lacrosse Center)
Nov. 12: Saginaw, Mich. (Wendler Arena)
Nov. 13: Cleveland (State Theatre)

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