Barbados Star Rihanna To Kick-Off July North American Tour

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CaribWorldNews, LOS ANGELES, CA, Tues. April 6, 2010: Barbados-born Grammy-winning star Rihanna is set to kick off her summer with a major North American tour.

But not before a performance on the popular Fox show, American Idol, tomorrow, April 7th. The tour, titled `Last Girl On Earth,` is set to kick off on July 2nd at Seattle`s White River Amphitheatre. Tickets go on sale beginning April 9th at LiveNation.com.

  
Rihanna will be joined on the tour by rising star Ke$ha and female rapper Nicki Minaj, who will open all dates on the Live Nation produced tour.  The tour will make 25 stops, at mix of top amphitheaters and arenas throughout North America this summer, beginning on July 2nd and ending August 25th at the United Center in Chicago, with more dates to be announced soon.

`We`ve never done a tour to this capacity.  The production is unbelievable and the costumes, we just took it to a whole new level. Visually and sonically it`s going to be a big step up from the last time. We just keep growing and this time it is a massive production that I cannot wait for,` said Rihanna in a recent interview with AOL.

The singer is currently in the midst of her fourth critically-acclaimed album release Rated R and a smash number 1 single with `Rude Boy,`  which recently broke a Billboard record as she became the only female artist of the past decade to have six #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

With a total of over 121 million in audience nationwide – up over  25 million this week alone – `Rude Boy` continues its chart onslaught as the #1 Hot 100 Airplay song and the #1 Greatest Gainer/Airplay on the chart for the 7th week in a row.

Rated R is the long-awaited follow-up to the RIAA double-platinum Good Girl Gone Bad (May 2007), which contained the non-stop string of hit singles that began with the MTV VMA and Grammy Award-winning global #1 hit `Umbrella` (featuring Jay-Z), then `Shut Up and Drive,` `Hate That I Love You` (featuring Ne-Yo), and `Don`t Stop the Music.`  Good Girl Gone Bad spent 98 total weeks on the Soundscan chart, earned cumulative global sales of more than 36-times platinum in at least 18 territories around the world.  The CD+DVD package Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (January 2009) continued the string of hits with the #1 `Take A Bow,` the #1 `Disturbia` and Top 20 `Rehab.`

Good Girl Gone Bad was the third album release in less than two years by Barbados native Rihanna, who turned 22 on February 20th.  It followed-up 2006`s RIAA platinum A Girl Like Me, which contained the back-to-back hits, `S.O.S.` and `Unfaithful`; and her RIAA gold debut from 2005, Music Of the Sun, featuring the world-wide smash, `Pon De Replay.` 

Rihanna Tour Dates

Jul 02 Seattle White River Amphitheatre 
Jul 04 Vancouver General Motors Place 
Jul 06 Calgary Pengrowth Saddeldome 
Jul 09 Sacramento ARCO Arena 
Jul 10 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View 
Jul 14 Albuquerque Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque presents The Pavilion 
Jul 15 Denver Comfort Dental Amphitheatre 
Jul 17 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center 
Jul 21 Los Angeles Staples Center 
Jul 22 Phoenix Cricket Wireless Pavilion 
Jul 28 Atlanta Philips Arena 
Jul 30 Tampa Ford Amphitheatre 
Jul 31 Miami American Airlines Center 
Aug 03 Indianapolis Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis 
Aug 05 Toronto Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 
Aug 07 Montreal Bell Centre 
Aug 08 Boston Comcast Center 
Aug 11 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena 
Aug 12 New York Madison Square Garden    
Aug 15 Wantagh Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 
Aug 18 Camden Susquehanna Bank Center 
Aug 20 Bristow Jiffy Lube Live 
Aug 21 Hershey Hersheypark Stadium   
Aug 22 Detroit DTE Energy Music Theatre  
Aug 25 Chicago United Center. 
   

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