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News Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Hits the Road
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Written by Robert ID2713   
Friday, 09 June 2006 14:54

Mary J. Blige is still the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. She was anointed the title even before her boundary-breaking, genre-making debut smash hip-hop favorite "What's the 411?" dropped in 1992 and now thirteen years later on the heels of the success of her new album, "The Breakthrough," the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige has announced a summer headlining tour featuring opening acts Jaheim and Latoya. "Mary J. Blige: The Breakthrough Experience" tour will kick off July 1st in Houston, TX (see below for complete itinerary) and hit over 30 cities nationwide.

Released on December 20th, "The Breakthrough" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album Chart. Enormous first week sales of 727,163 earned it the honor of being the best opening week for a solo R&B female artist in SoundScan history. The CD also had the distinction of being the fourth-best debut of all of 2005. "The Breakthrough" has currently sold over 2.3 million copies.

The first single off The Breakthrough., "Be Without You," has been breaking records as well. It remained on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart for 15 weeks which established Mary as having the longest running No. 1 song on this chart since it was reintroduced in 1965. "Be Without You" is the sixth Mary J. Blige recording to reach No. 1 on the R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. The other five were "You Remind Me," "Real Love," "I''ll Be There For You/You''re All I Need To Get By," "Not Goin'' Cry," and Family Affair." Mary's new single "Enough Cryin''" is poised to reach #4 on the R&B/Hip Hop chart.

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul's six prior platinum and multi-platinum hit albums include such classics, "No More Drama," "What's the 411," "My Life," "Share My World," "Mary and Love & Life."

Below is a complete itinerary for "Mary J Blige: The Breakthrough Experience" tour:

    DAY      DATE         CITY                      VENUE

    Sat      6/24         Chicago, IL               Bridgeview Stadium

    Thu      6/29         Atlanta, GA               Chastain Park

    Sat      7/01         Houston, TX               Reliant Stadium

    Mon      7/3          Milwaukee, WI             Summerfest

    Fri      7/14         St. Louis, MO             UMB Bank Pavilion

    Sat      7/15         Indianapolis, IN          Conseco Fieldhouse

    Sun      7/16         Charlotte, NC             Verizon Wireless

    Wed      7/19         Hartford, CT              Mohegun Sun Arena

    Fri      7/21         New York, NY              Madison Square Garden

    Sun      7/23         Philadelphia, PA.         Tweeter

    Wed      7/26         Pittsburgh, PA            Post Gazette

    Thu      7/27         Holmdel, NJ               PNC Bank Arts Center

    Sat      7/29         Cleveland, OH             Plain Dealer Pavilion

    Sun      7/30         Washington, DC            Nissan Pavilion

    Fri      8/04         Atlantic City, NJ         Borgata Casino and Hotel

    Sat      8/05         Raleigh, NC               Altell Pavilion

    Sun      8/06         Virginia Beach, VA        Verizon Wireless

    Wed      8/09         San Antonio, TX           Verizon Wireless

    Fri      8/11         Dallas, TX                Smirnoff

    Sat      8/12         Memphis, TN               Fed Ex Forum

    Sun      8/13         Kansas City, MO           Starlight Theater

    Fri      8/18         Columbus, OH              Germain Amphitheater

    Sat      8/19         Chicago, IL               Charter

    Sun      8/20         Detroit, MI               DTE Energy Music

    Fri      8/25         Ft. Lauderdale, FL        Bank Atlantic Center

    Sat      8/26         Tampa, FL                 Ford Amphitheater

    Sun      8/27         Atlanta, GA               Lakewood

    Fri      9/01         Irvine, CA                Verizon Wireless

    Sat      9/02         Las Vegas, NV             Mandalay Bay

    Sun      9/03         Los Angeles, CA           Gibson Amphitheater

    Wed      9/06         Phoenix, AZ               Cricket Pavilion

    Thu      9/07         Sacramento, CA            Sleep Train Amphitheater

    Fri      9/08         Oakland, CA               Chronical Pavilion

Please visit these web sites for more information:

http://www.GeffenRecords.com/

http://www.mjblige.com/

 
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