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Jordin Sparks Tapped As the Opening Act for The Alicia Keys As I Am Tour

February 24, 2008

Sparks Nabs “Outstanding New Artist” Award At NAACP Image Awards Ceremony

(New York, NY) – 19 Entertainment/Jive Records artist, Jordin Sparks, who recently performed the national anthem to an audience of nearly 100 million viewers at Super Bowl XLII, will be the opening act on the upcoming and highly anticipated Alicia Keys “As I Am” tour. The 18-year old star, who just won the Outstanding New Artist award at the 39th NAACP Image Awards, will kick-off the tour on April 19th in Hampton, VA.

Since the release of her critically-acclaimed eponymous debut, Jordin’s first platinum-certified single, “Tattoo,” shot up the charts and has resided in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Pop 100 Airplay singles chart for close to two months; currently the song holds the #7 slot for the second week in a row. Additionally, Sparks’ second single “No Air,” a poignant duet with label mate Chris Brown, is shaping up to be a smash hit; “No Air” is already receiving major radio support across the country and is in the Top 20 on Billboard’s Pop 100, Pop 100 Airplay and Hot Digital singles charts. The “No Air” video, directed by famed director Chris Robinson, will debut on national video outlets late February.

Jordin Sparks, a native of Phoenix, Arizona and daughter of former-NFL player Phillippi Sparks, rose to fame last year when she became the youngest contestant ever to win American Idol. She has gone to win over critics receiving glowing accolades from the press including Rolling Stone, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly and more touting her indisputable talent.

Sparks will open for Alicia Keys through-out the entire 30-date tour, which is scheduled to end in New York on June 18th.

On-sale dates will be announced locally in each market and show dates are as follows:

DATE CITY VENUE
April-19 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
April-20 Philadelphia,PA Liacouras Center
April-22 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
April-24 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
April-26 Columbus, OH Value City Arena at Schottenstein Ctr
April-27 St Louis, MO Scottrade Center
April-30 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
May-1 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
May-5 Los Angeles, CA TBA
May-7 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
May-9 Las Vegas, NV MGM Garden Arena
May-10 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
May-12 Phoenix, AZ Jobing.com Arena
May-14 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
May-18 Houston, TX Toyota Center
May-22 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
May-24 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
May-25 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
May-28 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
May-30 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
May-31 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
Jun-3 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Jun-5 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center at Cleveland State
Jun-6 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Jun-8 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Jun-11 Boston, MA TD Bank North Garden
Jun-13 Washington D.C. Verizon Center
Jun-15 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
Jun-17 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Jun-18 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

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