Following Tour, Clarkson Goes Into Recording Studio to Complete Third Album, Follow-Up to Multi-Platinum 'Breakaway'
LOS ANGELES, April 13 /PRNewswire/ — Capping off a two-year run that has seen album sales exceed 10 million copies worldwide, four No. 1 singles and numerous awards including two Grammys, RCA Records artists Kelly Clarkson is bringing her galvanizing live show back to the United States this summer to celebrate with a 24-city concert tour beginning June 30th in West Palm Beach, FL. Aptly named the “Addicted” tour, in addition to performing the hits that her fans can’t get enough of, Clarkson plans to preview new material as she prepares to return to the studio later this year.
Following the tour, Clarkson will go into the recording studio to complete her third album, which is scheduled for release in late 2006 or early 2007.
“Breakaway” is an international phenomenon, with sales outside of the U.S. now approaching 4 million units. Kelly took the U.K. by storm this year with her performance on the Brits, a sold-out U.K. tour and a six-times platinum album. The album is also six-times platinum in Australia and Ireland, and four-times platinum in Canada, and is dominating the charts around the world, including Germany, Holland, Sweden, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and others.
The “Breakaway” album has maintained its U.S. chart prominence ever since its debut. With domestic sales topping 5 million, the album has been on the Billboard chart for 71 weeks and has never left the top 30 portion of the 200-position survey. For 61 of its 71 chart weeks, the album has been in the top 20. The album, ranked No. 3 in sales for 2005 and still among the top 15 best-selling albums of 2006, is about to turn six-times platinum.
“Breakaway” has spawned four No. 1 singles so far, starting with the title track and continuing with the hits “Since U Been Gone,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” “Because of You” and Clarkson’s current smash, “Walk Away,” continues to climb the radio charts.
It’s no surprise that Kelly and the “Breakaway” album have won numerous awards since the album’s release, including two Grammys (Best Pop Female Vocal Performance and Best Vocal Pop Album), two American Music Awards (Favorite Adult Contemporary Female Artist and T-Mobile Text-In Fan Award), two MTV Video Music Awards (Best Pop Video and Best Female Video), one People’s Choice Award (Best Female Recording Artist), and an amazing 11 Billboard Music Awards.
The “Addicted” tour, promoted by Live Nation, will find Kelly playing amphitheaters all over the United States. Tickets for all dates go on sale April 22. In an effort to enable fans to purchase quality tickets in the best locations without having to contend with ticket scalpers, a select number of premium tickets for each show on the “Addicted” tour will be reserved for auction through Ticketmaster.com, with $10 from every ticket sold through auction benefiting Komen Race for the Cure breast cancer initiatives.
A complete list of cities, dates and venues follows: DATE: CITY/STATE VENUE Friday, June 30th West Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Saturday, July 1st Tampa, FL Ford Monday, July 3rd Raleigh, NC Alltel Tuesday, July 4th Charlotte, NC Verizon Thursday, July 6th Washington, DC Nissan Friday, July 7th Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Sunday, July 9th Holmdel, NJ P.N.C. Monday, July 10th Buffalo, NY Darien Wednesday, July 12th Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Saturday, July 15th Hartford, CT New England Dodge Sunday, July 16th Boston, MA Tweeter Center Tuesday, July 18th Philadelphia, PA Tweeter Waterfront Wednesday, July 19th Pittsburg, PA Post Gazette Friday, July 21st Kansas City, KS Verizon Saturday, July 22nd Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Monday, July 24th St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Tuesday, July 25th Indianapolis, IN Verizon Friday, July 28th Houston, TX CWM Saturday, July 29th San Antonio, TX Verizon Monday, July 31st Phoenix, AZ Cricket Tuesday, August 1st Irvine, CA Verizon Thursday, August 3rd San Francisco, CA Shoreline Friday, August 4th Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Sunday, August 6th Seattle, WA White River SOURCE Live Nation -0- 04/13/2006 /CONTACT: Roger Widynowski, VP, Publicity of RCA Records, +1-310-449-2638, [email protected], for Kelly Clarkson; or John Vlautin of Live Nation, +1-310-867-7000, [email protected]/ (LYV) CO: Live Nation ST: California IN: ENT MUS SU: KA-KM -- LATH028 -- 9185 04/13/2006 07:00 EDT http://www.prnewswire.com