Musiq Soulchild Lands Gig As Badu's Opener

Philly soul man's debut, boosted by single 'Just Friends (Sunny),' approaching gold status.

With a cool debut album that's burning up the Billboard albums chart, satin-voiced singer Musiq Soulchild is taking his show on the road.

The Philadelphia soul man has landed the opening slot on several dates of Erykah Badu's upcoming Mama's Gun tour, which kicks off February 10 in Cleveland (see "Badu To Trigger Mama's Gun Tour Next Month").

Since its release in mid-November, Musiq's Aijuswanaseing (I Just Want to Sing) has climbed the Billboard 200 in leaps and bounds, residing this week at #32 and quickly approaching gold status, according to SoundScan. The album's steady ascension can be attributed to radio's embrace of its first single, "Just Friends (Sunny)," originally found on the "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" soundtrack.

Musiq is currently on a U.S. promotional tour for Aijuswanaseing, after which he'll head to Japan on January 21 for more of the same. On February 1, he'll perform a showcase in London before returning to the States to begin filming the video for his second single, "Love."

Musiq Soulchild dates opening for Erykah Badu:

2/10 - Cleveland, OH @ Allen Theater

2/18 - Philadephia, PA @ Tower Theater

2/19 - Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall

2/22 - Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater

2/23 - Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater

2/24 - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theater

3/1 - New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theater

3/3 - Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall

3/4 - Houston, TX @ Aerial Theater at Bayou Palace

3/6 - Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theater

3/12 - Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theater

3/14 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel — The Joint

3/16 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium

3/17 - Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater

3/18 - Dallas, TX @ Bronco Bowl

3/22 - Greensboro, NC @ Event Center

3/23 - Charlotte, NC @ Ovens

3/25 - Miami, FL @ Sunrise Musical Theater