Alicia Keys will be joined by Robin Thicke and newcomer Melanie Fiona on "The Freedom Tour" which kicks off March 3rd at Chicago's Allstate Arena and continues with stops in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. New dates have been announced as indicated below.
Prior to her 21-city jaunt, Alicia and Beyonce will head to Brazil to shoot the video for their infectious duet "Put It In A Love Song" from Alicia's critically-acclaimed new album The Element of Freedom. The video will be directed by Melina Matsoukas.
On February 14, Keys will head to the Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, TX to headline the 2010 NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show with a performance of her hits "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart," "Empire State of Mind (Broken Down Part II)," and "No One." The NBA All-Star Game will air live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.
The Element Of Freedom, released December 15th, 2009 on J Records/MBK Entertainment, was the #1 new release on the Billboard Top 200 chart the week of its debut, #1 in Japan and Switzerland, and this week lands at #1 on the UK album chart marking Keys' first ever #1 album in the UK. In only 8 weeks, the album has sold over 1.8 million copies worldwide.
Alicia Keys' "The Freedom Tour" U.S. dates are as follows:
March 03, 2010 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
March 05, 2010 Detroit, MI Fox Theater*
March 06, 2010 Detroit, MI Fox Theater*
March 11, 2010 Syracuse, NY Turning Stone
March 13, 2010 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Casino*
March 14, 2010 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Casino*
March 17, 2010 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
March 19, 2010 Newark, NJ Prudential Centre
March 20, 2010 Atlantic City, NJ Mark Estess Arena*
March 22, 2010 Boston, MA Agganis Arena
March 24, 2010 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
March 25, 2010 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
March 27, 2010 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
March 28, 2010 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times-Forum
March 30, 2010 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena
April 02, 2010 Dallas, TX Nokia Theater (Grand Prairie)*
April 03, 2010 Houston, TX Toyota Centre
April 06, 2010 Los Angeles, CA Staples Centre
April 07, 2010 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl*
April 09, 2010 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay
April, 10, 2010 Oakland, CA Oracle Coliseum
*denotes dates without Robin Thicke