Kelly Clarkson Gives Fans What They Need: Launches ‘Addicted’ Tour for Summer 2006

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, 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

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]