The California singer and production duo will join Usher and previously announced opener Akon on the North American trek for 17 dates, beginning Apr. 28 in Orlando, Fla. The Cataracs will also perform on the tour without Dev on Apr. 30 in Charlotte, N.C. and May 7 in Newark, N.J. (Akon and Tinie Tempah will be the sole openers on two of Usher’s dates, Apr. 27 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and June 1 in Los Angeles.)
Although Dev (real name: Devin Star Tailes) has yet to release her debut album, the 21-year-old singer tells Billboard.com that she and the Cataracs, who will be taking the stage at the same time despite being separate entities, aren’t nervous about playing to arenas across North America.
“The Cataracs and I have a really cool live performance set up, and a lot of our songs are featuring each other, so it works out really well. It’ll be 20 minutes of hotness,” says Dev.
As for hanging out on the road with Usher, whom she met while performing at an event hosted by their shared manager, the singer says, “I definitely f**k with Usher, and it was really cool getting to meet him and see him up close and personal. He has a really cool aura about him — he’s really humble, but you can definitely tell that he’s a huge superstar.”
For Dev, the tour represents her latest mainstream opportunity since a sample of her track “Booty Bounce” was used as the chorus for “Like a G6,” which hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 last October. The singer’s debut single, “Bass Down Low” featuring the Cataracs, has yielded 443,000 downloads since being released in December according to Nielsen SoundScan, and her second single, “In the Dark,” will hit iTunes next Tuesday.
The Cataracs, which consists of Niles “Cyrano” Hollowell-Dhar and David “Campa” Benjamin Singer-Vine, have been working on a new album and spending studio time with artists like 50 Cent and Jason Derulo, after producing and contributing vocals to “Like a G6.” Yet Hollowell-Dhar says that the Cataracs are primarily focused on making Dev a star: the singer is featured on the production team’s latest single, “Top of the World,” and the producers spent most of January in Costa Rica recording Dev’s debut album, which will be called “The Night the Sun Came Up” and be released in September.
“It’s really important that Dev has a great album that gives people an honest version of who she is,” says Hollowell-Dhar. “[The album] won’t be all club songs; there’s going to be a lot of surprises.”
Before joining the tour, Dev will shoot a music video for “In the Dark” in Los Angeles next week. Meanwhile, the singer can be heard on “Backseat,” the Cataracs-produced new single from New Boyz currently at No. 35 on the Hot 100.
Here are Usher’s OMG tour dates featuring Dev and the Cataracs:
Apr. 28: Orlando, Fla. (Amway Center)
Apr. 30: Charlotte, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Arena)
May 1: Columbia, S.C. (Colonial Life Arena)
May 4: Providence, R.I. (Dunkin Donuts Center)
May 6: Atlantic City, N.J. (Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall)
May 7: Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)
May 8: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
May 11: Pittsburgh, Pa. (Consol Energy Center)
May 12: Cleveland, Ohio (Quicken Loans Arena)
May 14: Toronto, Ont. (Air Canada Centre)
May 15: Auburn Hills, Mich. (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
May 18: Columbus, Ohio (Schottenstein Center)
May 20: Rosemont, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
May 21: Minneapolis, Minn. (Target Center)
May 22: Omaha, Neb. (Qwest Center)
May 25: Vancouver, B.C. (Rogers Arena)
May 26: Portland, Oreg. (Rose Garden Arena)
May 28: Sacramento, Calif. (Power Balance Pavilion)
May 29: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion At San Jose)