Jordin Sparks to open for Alicia Keys on Tour

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    jordin (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         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