The 18-year-old -- who became Idol's youngest winner ever last Spring -- will kick-off the 30-date North American tour beginning April 19 in Hampton, VA.
Sparks performed the national anthem at Super Bowl XLII in her native Glendale, AZ earlier this month; won the Outstanding New Artist award at the 39th NAACP Image Awards last week; and also performed at the NBA All-Star game in New Orleans over the weekend.
Sparks' self-titled debut album dropped last November at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 album sales chart, selling only 119,000 copies during its initial week of release. Last week, Sparks' debut jumped from No. 53 to No. 44 on The Billboard 100 -- presumably due to her Super Bowl appearance on February 3. The album has sold a total of 491,000 copies since its release.
In addition, her first single "Tattoo" has been in the Top 10 on Billboard's Pop 100 Airplay singles chart for close to two months and her second single "No Air" -- a duet with Chris Brown -- is in the Top 20 on Billboard's Pop 100, Pop 100 Airplay and Hot Digital singles charts.
Dates and locations for the upcoming "As I Am" tour are:
April 19 Hampton Coliseum Hampton, VA
April 20 Liacouras Center Philadelphia, PA
April 22 Petersen Events Center Pittsburgh, PA
April 24 Allstate Arena Chicago, IL
April 26 Value City Arena at Schottenstein Center Columbus, OH
April 27 Scottrade Center St Louis, MO
April 30 Target Center Minneapolis, MN
May 1 Sprint Center Kansas City, MO
May 5 Venue TBA Los Angeles, CA
May 7 San Diego Sports Arena San Diego, CA
May 9 MGM Garden Arena Las Vegas, NV
May 10 HP Pavilion at San Jose San Jose, CA
May 12 Jobing.com Arena Phoenix, AZ
May 14 Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie Dallas, TX
May 18 Toyota Center Houston, TX
May 22 New Orleans Arena New Orleans, LA
May 24 St. Pete Times Forum Tampa, FL
May 25 American Airlines Arena Miami, FL
May 28 Philips Arena Atlanta, GA
May 30 Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, NC
May 31 U.S. Bank Arena Cincinnati, OH
June 3 Joe Louis Arena Detroit, MI
June 5 Wolstein Center at Cleveland State Cleveland, OH
June 6 Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON
June 8 Bell Centre Montreal, QC
June 11 TD Bank North Garden Boston, MA
June 13 Verizon Center Washington D.C.
June 15 1st Mariner Arena Baltimore, MD
June 17 Prudential Center Newark, NJ
June 18 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
(Photo credit Fox)
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