Sting's seemingly endless tour in support of 1999's "Brand New Day" (A&M/Interscope) will blast off for a fresh round off 15 dates, beginning May 5 in Washington, D.C. Jill Scott, who was nominate

Sting's seemingly endless tour in support of 1999's "Brand New Day" (A&M/Interscope) will blast off for a fresh round off 15 dates, beginning May 5 in Washington, D.C. Jill Scott, who was nominated for best new artist at last month's Grammy awards, will open all shows.

"Brand New Day" is No. 97 on The Billboard 200 in its 76th week on the chart and was recently certified for U.S. sales of three million copies by the Recording Industry Association Of America. The album looks a good bet to remain on the chart for some time to come, as a new single -- "After The Rain Has Fallen" -- is at radio now. The track is No. 26 on Billboard's Top 40 Adult chart this week.

Last month, Sting won the Grammy for best male pop vocal performance for "She Walks This Earth (Soberana Rosa)," a track from the Telarc album "A Love Affair - The Music Of Ivan Lins." Sting and David Hartley are up for best original song for "My Funny Friend And Me" (from the soundtrack to the Disney film "The Emperor's New Groove") at Sunday's Academy Awards.

Here are Sting's tour dates:
May 5: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
May 6: Roanoke, Va. (Civic Center)
May 8: Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)
May 9: Atlanta (Phillips Arena)
May 11: Dayton, Ohio (Nutter Center)
May 12: Moline, Ill. (Mark Of The Quad Cities)
May 13: Ames, Iowa (Hilton Coliseum)
May 15: Madison, Wisc. (Kohl Center Arena)
May 16: Peoria, Ill. (Civic Center)
May 19: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace Of Auburn Hills)
May 20: Rochester, N.Y. (Blue Cross Arena)
May 22: Wilkes Barre, Pa. (First Union Arena)
May 23: Philadelphia (First Union Center)
May 25: Portland, Maine (Cumberland County Civic Center)
May 26: Boston (FleetCenter)

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