R&B sensation Ashanti will be the opening act on the North American leg of Mariah Carey's Charmbracelet World Tour.

R&B sensation Ashanti will be the opening act on the North American leg of Mariah Carey's Charmbracelet World Tour. As previously reported, the 21-date trek will kick off July 18 in Anchorage, Alaska, and wrap Sept. 21 in Manchester, N.H.

The two artists will actually hook up prior to the tour, as both are slated to perform June 1 at WHTZ New York's (Z100) Zootopia concert at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. As previously reported, Kelly Clarkson, Third Eye Blind, and Jewel are also on the bill, which will boast the first and last performance by TLC's Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozanda "Chili" Thomas as a duo without late founding group member Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes. Britney Spears will serve as guest host of the event.

Ashanti will touring behind her sophomore album, "Chapter II," due July 1 via Murder Inc. The set is led by the Chink Santana and Irv Gotti-produced single "Rock With U (Awww Baby)," which is No. 22 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and No. 35 on the Hot 100.

Released in April 2002, Ashanti's self-titled debut debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The set has sold 3.3 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here are the Carey/Ashanti North American tour dates:

July 18: Anchorage, Alaska (Sullivan Arena)
July 26: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Center)
July 29: Chicago (United Center)
Aug. 1: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
Aug. 4: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
Aug. 7: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
Aug. 10: Atlantic City, N.J. (Boardwalk Hall)
Aug. 13: Cleveland (CSU Convocation Center)
Aug. 16: Dallas (American Airlines Arena)
Aug. 19: Phoenix (America West Arena)
Aug. 22: Sacramento, Calif. (Arco Arena)
Aug. 24: San Jose, Calif. (HP Center)
Aug. 27: Los Angeles (Staples Center)
Aug. 30: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay)
Sept. 3: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Office Depot Center)
Sept. 6: Tampa, Fla. (Ice Palace)
Sept. 9: Atlanta (Gwinette Arena)
Sept. 14: Philadelphia (First Union Center)
Sept. 17: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Sept. 20: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
Sept. 23: Manchester, N.H. (Verizon Wireless Arena)

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