Nelly Set To Heat It Up On Tour
Rapper Nelly has begun lining up dates for a fall tour in support of his chart-topping Fo' Reel/Universal set "Nellyville." The trek will kick off Sept. 26 in Worcester, Mass., with dates scheduled thRapper Nelly has begun lining up dates for a fall tour in support of his chart-topping Fo' Reel/Universal set "Nellyville." The trek will kick off Sept. 26 in Worcester, Mass., with dates scheduled through an Oct. 26 finale in Las Vegas. The opening act is likely to be the Cash Money Millionaires, who supported Nelly on tour in support of his debut album, "Country Grammar."
It has certainly been a Nelly summer, with the single "Hot in Herre" having spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "Nellyville" notching sales of 1.8 million units in the U.S. in a month's time, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album track "Dilemma" featuring Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland is making noise of its own, jumping 8-3 on the Hot 100, where it is the chart's fastest-growing track at radio.
"It's about a girl who's in a relationship and she's not happy," the rapper told Billboard of the cut, which is also No. 9 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hop-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. "Sometimes women stay in relationships because they think it's the right thing to do."
As previously reported, Nelly is in talks to star in a comedy for Paramount Network Television, although details are being kept under wraps. The rapper made his feature debut in "Snipes" and also appeared on Fox's late-night comedy show "Mad TV."
Here are Nelly's tour dates:
Sept. 26: Worcester, Mass. (Centrum)
Sept. 27: Hartford, Conn. (Civic Center)
Sept. 28: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
Sept. 29: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Arena)
Oct. 3: Philadelphia (First Union Center)
Oct. 4: Washington, D.C. (venue TBA)
Oct. 5: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Oct. 6: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion)
Oct. 10: Cleveland (CSU Convocation Center)
Oct. 11: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
Oct. 13: St. Louis (Kiel Center)
Oct. 15: Minneapolis (Target Center)
Oct. 16: Kansas City, Mo. (Kemper Arena)
Oct. 18: Denver (Pepsi Center)
Oct. 19: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)
Oct. 22: Seattle (Key Arena)
Oct. 24: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Pavilion)
Oct. 25: Los Angeles (Forum)
Oct. 26: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay)