Britney Spears Sets Summer Tour Of U.S., Canada

Teen pop star has scheduled 48 shows at theaters, state fairs, amusement parks.

Teen pop star Britney Spears will launch her first headlining tour -- a

summer-long swing through the United States and Canada -- June 28 in

Pompano Beach, Fla.

Spears will play mostly large clubs, amusement parks (such as Paramount's

King's Dominion in Richmond, Va., and Six Flags in St. Louis) and

state and county fairs, according to a 48-date itinerary announced Thursday (April 8) by Spears' label, Jive Recordings.

The tour is scheduled to end Sept. 5 in Allentown, Pa.

Before it starts, the 17-year-old singer of " … Baby One More Time"

will appear April 25 on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and May 26 on

"Late Show With David Letterman." She's also slated to appear on the

"Rosie O'Donnell Show" and "Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee" in May.

She'll play scattered dates in Europe this spring, a Jive spokesperson


Spears' debut album, … Baby One More Time, is the best-selling

album of 1999, having sold more than 2 million copies since its release in

January. It's currently #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The title track

(RealAudio excerpt) hit #1 on the singles chart earlier this year.

In February, Spears said her pop sound was what young people want to

hear. "There are just lots of teens who totally appreciate fun, good music," she said.

In late 1998 and early '99, she toured as an opener for the pop vocal

group 'N Sync.

As her star has risen, Spears has branched out into other endeavors. She

is set to appear on several episodes of the television show "Dawson's

Creek" and has struck a sponsorship deal with Tommy Hilfiger jeans.

But, she said in February, "Music is my main focus right now. All else I

consider secondary."

Britney Spears Tour Dates:

June 28; Pompano Beach, Fla., Amphitheater

July 1; Atlanta, Ga., Civic Theater

July 2; Myrtle Beach, S.C., House of Blues

July 3; Richmond, Va., Paramount's King's Dominion

July 6; Washington, D.C., Constitution Hall

July 7; New York, N.Y., Hammerstein Ballroom

July 8; Hershey, Pa., Hershey Park -- Star Pavilion

July 9; Scranton, Pa., Montage Mountain -- Pavilion

July 10; Darien Lake, N.Y., Darien Performing Arts Center

July 11; Albany, N.Y., Palace Theater

July 13; Quebec City, Quebec, L'Agora

July 14; Montreal, Quebec, Verdun Auditorium

July 16; Ottawa, Ontario, Civic Center Theatre

July 17; Toronto, Ontario, Amphitheatre

July 20; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Concert Hall

July 21; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Centennial Auditorium

July 23; Edmonton, Alberta, Convention Theatre

July 25; Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Plaza of Nations

July 26; Seattle, Wash., Mercer Arena

July 27; Hillsboro, Ore., Washington County Fair

July 29; Oakland, Calif., Paramount Theater

July 30; Paso Robles, Calif., California Mid-State Fair

July 31; Los Angeles, Calif., Universal Amphitheater

Aug. 1; Las Vegas, Nev., House of Blues

Aug. 3; Brighton, Colo., Adams County Fairgrounds

Aug. 4; Denver, Colo., Paramount Theater

Aug. 6; Dallas, Texas, Six Flags

Aug. 7; Houston, Texas, Aerial Theater

Aug. 8; New Orleans, La., Saenger Theater/University of New Orleans Arena

Aug. 10; Memphis, Tenn., Mud Island

Aug. 11; Nashville, Tenn., Ryman Auditorium

Aug. 13; St. Louis, Mo., Six Flags

Aug. 14; Omaha, Neb., Douglas County Fair

Aug. 15; Sioux Falls, S.D., Sioux Empire Fair

Aug. 17; Chicago, Ill., TBA

Aug. 18; Columbus, Ohio, TBA

Aug. 19; Lewisburg, W.Va., State Fair of West Virginia

Aug. 20; Adrian, Mich., Lenawee County Fair

Aug. 21; Orlando, Fla., Hard Rock Live

Aug. 24; Detroit, Mich., State Theater

Aug. 26; Cleveland, Ohio, Nautica Stage

Aug. 27; King's Island, Ohio, Paramount's King Island

Aug. 30; Essex Junction, Vt., Champion Valley Exposition

Sept. 1; Boston, Mass., Harborlights Pavilion

Sept. 2; Syracuse, N.Y., New York State Fair

Sept. 3; Wallingford, Conn., Oakdale Theater

Sept. 4; Baltimore, Md., Pier 6

Sept. 5; Allentown, Pa., Allentown Fair