Ten years out of the spotlight didn't put a damper on [artist id="1287"]Sade[/artist]'s shine, as the runaway success of her latest LP, Soldier of Love, proves. The British songstress owned the Billboard charts earlier this year with a collection of signature soulful cuts, which spent weeks at the top spot and scored more than 800,000 scans within a month of its February release.
Now the Nigerian-born songstress is packing up her band and hitting the road in support of her sixth studio album. According to a post on Sade.com, the singer will head out on her first world tour in a decade and will launch the North American leg next summer. The "Sweetest Taboo" crooner is slated to hit the stage with 50 arena shows and will kick off the Stateside concerts in Baltimore on June 16 at the 1st Mariner Arena. Dates in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia have also been confirmed. Additional tour stops in cities such as Atlanta, Detroit and Las Vegas will be announced later. Tickets for certain dates will go on sale October 16.
Although a New York City stop was not announced at press time, charity-minded Gotham dwellers will get the chance to check out the Grammy-winning legend onstage on Thursday (September 30): Sade is slated to perform at the seventh annual Black Ball NY, which is organized by Alicia Keys' Keep a Child Alive organization, at the city's Hammerstein Ballroom alongside Jay-Z.
Earlier this year, Keys expressed her excitement about having the soul-music superstar participate in this year's event. "Sade? Jay-Z? Both icons and both major influences of mine," Keys said in a statement. "I am overwhelmed by their generosity in helping us continue the tradition of making the Black Ball the best fundraiser in NYC."
Sade tour dates so far, according to her website:
» 6/16 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
» 6/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Arena
» 6/21 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
» 6/24 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
» 6/28 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
» 6/30 - Montreal, QC Bell @ Centre
» 7/06 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
» 8/05 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
» 8/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
» 8/30 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
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