Keys Takes 'Minor' Songs On Major Tour

Alicia Keys has confirmed dates for a summer concert tour, set to begin July 2 during the annual Summerfest in Milwaukee. The new dates, which are scheduled to wrap Aug. 30 at the American Music Festi

Alicia Keys has confirmed dates for a summer concert tour, set to begin July 2 during the annual Summerfest in Milwaukee. The new dates, which are scheduled to wrap Aug. 30 at the American Music Festival in Virginia Beach, Va., comprise the second leg of touring in support of Keys' Grammy-winning J Records debut album "Songs in A Minor."

"The first half was off the chain! The second half will be even betta!" Keys said in a statement. "I'm lookin' forward to tearin' the house down with everyone that comes out this summer!"

The tour will hit a mix of theaters and amphitheaters, as well as several festivals and state fairs. As previously reported, the artist will be among those performing during the annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans (July 4). Other stops include at the California Mid-State Fair (Aug. 1), Kentucky State Fair (Aug. 16), Iowa State Fair (Aug. 17), Minnesota State Fair (Aug. 23), New York State Fair (Aug. 25), and the Great Allentown State Fair (Aug. 27).

Prior to the tour, Keys will join Jay-Z, P. Diddy, Ja Rule, the Roots, Fat Joe, Ashanti, Musiq, and comedian Jamie Foxx on April 9 at LIFEbeat's UrbanAID 2 benefit concert at New York's Beacon Theatre. That show will be taped by BET for future broadcast.

Tonight (March 20), Keys will be honored with the Sammy Davis entertainer of the year, female award at the 16th annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles. She also leads the field with four nominations -- best R&B album, female, and R&B/soul or rap album of the year, best R&B/soul or rap new artist, and best R&B/soul single, female for "Fallin'" -- and will perform during the ceremony, which will be broadcast in syndication March 30-April 7 (check local listings or the official Soul Train AwardsWeb site for details).

Last month Keys walked away with five Grammy Awards, including best new artist and best R&B album. The single "Fallin'," a former Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 track that she performed during the Grammy broadcast, won the best song, best R&B song, and best female R&B vocal performance awards.

Released last July, "Songs in A Minor" debuted on top of The Billboard 200. The album has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 4 million copies, and has sold a total of 8 million copies worldwide, according to the label.

Here are Alicia Keys' tour dates:

July 2: Milwaukee (Marcus Amphitheatre / Summerfest)
July 4: New Orleans (Essence Fest)
July 6: Detroit (Pine Knob Amphitheatre)
July 8: Toronto (Sears Theatre)
July 10-11: Boston (FleetBoston Pavilion)
July 13: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Casino)
July 16: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 17: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach)
July 19: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center)
July 20: Atlantic City, N.J. (Etess Arena at Taj Mahal)
July 22: Atlanta (Chastain Park)
July 24: Houston (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
July 26: Phoenix (Gammage; rescheduled date)
July 27: Las Vegas (Aladdin Theatre; rescheduled date)
July 30-31: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)
Aug. 1: Paso Robles, Calif. (California Mid State Fair)
Aug. 4: San Diego (Navy Pier)
Aug. 5: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara County Bowl)
Aug. 7: Sacramento, Calif. (Memorial Auditorium)
Aug. 8: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Pavilion)
Aug. 10: Seattle (Key Arena)
Aug. 11: Vancouver (GM Place)
Aug. 12: Portland, Ore. (Theatre of the Clouds)
Aug. 16: Louisville, Ky. (Kentucky State Fair)
Aug. 17: Des Moines, Iowa (Iowa State Fair)
Aug. 18: Kansas City, Mo. (Starlight Amphitheatre)
Aug. 20: Memphis, Tenn. (Orpheum)
Aug. 21: Maryland Heights, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion)
Aug. 23: St. Paul, Minn. (Minnesota State Fair)
Aug. 25: Syracuse, N.Y. (New York State Fair)
Aug. 27: Allentown, Pa. (Great Allentown State Fair)
Aug. 29: Columbia, Md. (Meriweather Pavilion)
Aug. 30: Virginia Beach, Va. (American Music Festival)

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