Maxwell and Jill Scott: Summer Live Preview 2010
Dates: Through June
Ticket prices: $49-$125 (Purchase tickets here)
This is by far the must-see R&B package tour of the summer. After a seven-year hiatus, Maxwell released his fourth studio album in 2009, "BLACKsummer'snight," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 1.1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Combine that with Jill Scott having a new album on the way, and you have a near-perfect setup.
Outlook: Although some Maxwell fans may have seen the R&B artist perform in theaters last summer, the packaging of another high-level artist in the genre should make this an attractive ticket. "It's an event," Jill Scott business manager Shawn Gee says. "In the R&B and soul music realm, you haven't really seen two artists at the top of their game come together for a package since Luther Vandross and Anita Baker did it back in the day." Sellouts so far include New York, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.