U.K. garage/rap artist Mike Skinner, aka the Streets, will land in the U.S. March 11 for another tour in support of his debut album, "Original Pirate Material" (Locked On/Vice), with seven shows confi

U.K. garage/rap artist Mike Skinner, aka the Streets, will land in the U.S. March 11 for another tour in support of his debut album, "Original Pirate Material" (Locked On/Vice), with seven shows confirmed through a March 22 gig at Miami's Ultra Music Festival. Skinner will also appear March 12 on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." More dates are expected to be added to the outing in the coming weeks.

"It's quite a kind of healthy lifestyle, always being on the go," Skinner tells Billboard.com of his intense promotional schedule in the wake of "Original Pirate Material," which was released in March 2002 to widespread critical acclaim and has sold 50,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set peaked earlier this month at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart.

But Skinner adds that he has been able to find the time to begin working on his sophomore album as the Streets. He said the newer material has a lot in common with "OPM." "Simplicity, I think, is always good," Skinner explains of his style, which blends minimal garage beats with rapping. "But the messages will change with whatever I'm thinking about at the time, and the beats will change with whatever I'm listening to at the time."

As previously reported, the Streets are nominated in four categories for tomorrow night's 2003 Brit Awards -- best British male, urban artist, and breakthrough artist, and best album for "Original Pirate Material."

Here are the Streets' tour dates:

March 11: Los Angeles (El Ray Theatre)
March 14: San Francisco (Bimbo's)
March 15: Seattle (Chop Suey)
March 17: Chicago (Metro)
March 19: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Warsaw)
March 20: Boston (Paradise)
March 22: Miami (Ultra Music Festival)

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