R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo will embark on an 18-date U.S. tour, set to kick off April 19 in Houston. The group is touring behind its latest MCA album "X," which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Top R&

R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo will embark on an 18-date U.S. tour, set to kick off April 19 in Houston. The group is touring behind its latest MCA album "X," which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart last December.

The dates come in the midst of controversy for group member K-Ci (real name: Cedrick Hailey), who earlier this month was charged with 23 counts of indecent exposure and one count of lewd conduct for allegedly exposing himself at Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball concert last December.

An Anaheim, Calif., family has sued Hailey, along with KIIS-FM, and the station's parents, Clear Channel Communications and SFX Entertainment, for infliction of emotional distress and negligence stemming from the incident.

Meanwhile, songwriter Edward Townsend has filed a five-count lawsuit against K-Ci & JoJo, MCA Records, and others, alleging copyright infringement, unfair competition, and violation of the Lanham Act. Townsend contends that K-Ci & JoJo's tune "Just For Your Love" -- which appears on their 1997 multiplatinum MCA album "Love Always" -- bears "striking similarity" to his 1957 copyrighted composition "For Your Love."

Here are K-Ci & JoJo's tour dates:

April 19: Houston (Arena Theater)
April 20: Oklahoma City, Okla. (Myriad Arena)
April 21: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Center)
April 22: New Orleans (U.N.O. Lakefront Arena)
April 26: Miami (Knight Center)
April 27: Orlando, Fla. (House Of Blues)
May 3: Syracuse, N.Y. (Turning Stone Casino)
May 4: New York (Beacon Theater)
May 5: Toronto (Massey Hall)
May 9: Detroit (Fox Theater)
May 11: Merrillville, Ind. (Star Plaza)
May 13: Springfield, Ill. (Prairie Capital Convention Center)
May 16: Washington, D.C. (D.A.R. Constitution Hall)
May 18: Atlantic City, N.J. (Trump Taj Mahal)
May 25: Phoenix (Celebrity Theater)
May 26: Universal City, Calif. (Universal Amphitheater)
June 2: Chula Vista, Calif. (Coors Amphitheater)

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