NEW YORK, Apr 28, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) — It was announced today that international superstar Shakira will bring her “Oral Fixation” arena tour to 23 North American cities this summer. Beginning August 9 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas and culminating on September 25 with a performance at the Dodge Arena in McCallen, this highly anticipated tour is being produced by Live Nation (NYSE:LYV) and presented by Verizon Wireless. Tickets go on sale beginning on Saturday, April 29.
Shakira is well known for using wireless technology to reach her fans. She was among the first music artists to introduce exclusive content to Verizon Wireless V CAST customers last year. To ensure that as many fans as possible can participate in the “Oral Fixation” tour, Shakira and Verizon Wireless are taking their relationship to the next level by bringing unprecedented interactivity between Shakira and her fans. Details of these initiatives will be announced by Verizon later this week.
Singer/songwriter, five time Grammy-winner Shakira is without a doubt one of the most galvanizing live performers onstage today. A self-taught musician who speaks five languages, Shakira signed her first recording deal in 1991 and has gone on to sell 33 Million albums worldwide. Her U.S. career took off in 2001 with the release of “Laundry Service,” an album that sold more than 13 Million copies worldwide. In 2005, Shakira won three Billboard Music Awards (Hot Latin Song, Best Latin Pop Artist and Best Latin Pop Album), an American Music Award for Favorite Latin Artist and took home the trophy for Best Female Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Her latest work, “Oral Fixation Vol. 2,” debuted on the charts at #4, the third Top Five debut in Shakira’s career, which after the stunning debut earlier in the year of “Fijacion Oral Volume 1,” made her the only artist ever to debut in the top 5 albums in English and Spanish in the same calendar year. Energized by her Top Ten hit “Hips Don’t Lie,” “Oral Fixation Vol. 2” is firmly planted in the Top Ten of the album charts and has already sold well over a million copies in the United States alone.
Not one to rest on her success, Shakira is driven to give back to her homeland, starting her own foundation Pies Descalzos (www.fundacionpiesdescalzos.com) in 1994. Shakira and her foundation have donated over 2000 school kits to the children of her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia. In addition, she has served as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since 2003. In keeping with her pioneering spirit, Shakira has taken the unprecedented step of offering a number of tickets to her U.S. “Oral Fixation” Tour at $19.50, a decision she made to put her show within financial reach of all of her fans.
SHAKIRA ORAL FIXATION NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2006 DATE CITY VENUE Wed 8/9 EL PASO, TX DON HASKINS CENTER Fri 8/11 PHOENIX, AZ US AIRWAYS CENTER Sat 8/12 LAS VEGAS, NV MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER Tue 8/15 LOS ANGELES, CA STAPLES CENTER Wed 8/16 SAN DIEGO, CA IPAYONE CENTER Fri 8/18 ANAHEIM, CA ARROWHEAD POND Sat 8/19 SAN JOSE, CA HP PAVILION Tue 8/22 DENVER, CO PEPSI CENTER Fri 8/25 CHICAGO, IL UNITED CENTER Sun 8/27 TORONTO AIR CANADA CENTRE Sun 8/29 WASHINGTON, DC VERIZON CENTER Fri 9/1 ATLANTIC CITY, NJ TAJ MAHAL -- MARK G. ETESS ARENA Mon 9/4 UNCASVILLE, CT MOHEGAN SUN ARENA Tue 9/5 BOSTON, MA TD BANKNORTH GARDEN Thu 9/7 NEW YORK, NY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Tue 9/12 ATLANTA, GA PHILIPS ARENA Wed 9/13 ORLANDO, FL TD WATERHOUSE CENTRE Fri 9/15 MIAMI, FL AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA Tue 9/19 HOUSTON, TX TOYOTA CENTER Wed 9/20 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX AMERICAN BANK CENTER Fri 9/22 SAN ANTONIO, TX AT&T CENTER Sat 9/23 DALLAS, TX AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA Mon 9/25 MCCALLEN, TX DODGE ARENA
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