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Jordin Sparks to serve as the opening act on Alicia Keys' tour

By Christopher Rocchio, 02/18/2008 

Jordin Sparks' 19 Entertainment/Jive Records record label has announced the American Idol sixth-season champ will perform as the opening act on Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys' upcoming "As I Am" tour.

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 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

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