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Thursday, October 25, 2007

R. Kelly to Share Closet Space with Ne-Yo in Oakland

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2007 at 9:18 AM

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This just in! R. Kelly just chose his new pisspal, er, I mean tour opener -- Ne-Yo! I just don't get it though. So you can pee in a toilet and it's okay, but if you pee on a person, it's like, not okay? PR drops knowledge:

In the afterglow of last Thursday's announcement of the nominees for this year's 35th annual American Music Awards -- with Def Jam recording artist and chart topping songwriter Ne-Yo

named in the category of Favorite Male Artist, Soul/Rhythm & Blues -- comes

the news that Ne-Yo will join R. Kelly's upcoming two-month 30-city fall-winter

U.S. tour, along with support acts J. Holiday and Keyshia Cole. The tour

opens November 14 at the Columbus (Georgia) Civic Center, and runs through

January 12 at the Hampton (Virginia) Coliseum. (See tour schedule

below.)

Ne-Yo continues to tour in support of his second album, BECAUSE OF

YOU, which was released on May 1st and earned his second consecutive #1

Soundscan debut. The album, which sold over 200,000 copies in its first week

out, is now in its 24th week on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.

It shot to the top spot on the strength of its title tune hit single "Because Of

You" - Top 10 across-the-board on the Hot 100 (#2), Hot Digital Songs (#2), Pop

100 (#3), Hot Dance Club Play (#6), and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (#7) charts. The

second single pick from the album, "Do You," rose to #3 on the R&B chart and Top

30 pop.

BECAUSE OF YOU is the follow-up to Ne-Yo's RIAA platinum-selling

debut album In My Own Words (released February 2006), which debuted at #1 on the

Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, and was nominated for a Grammy as

Best Contemporary R&B Album. It spun off three solid hits, starting late-2005

with Ne-Yo's debut Def Jam single, the #1 Grammy-nominated "So Sick," followed

by "When You're Mad" and "Sexy Love."

Ne-Yo capped 2006 when he was named Male R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the

Year at the Billboard Music Awards. A month later in January, it was noted that

Beyoncé's hit single, "Irreplaceable" (co-written by Ne-Yo) had scored

second-highest total audience impressions in Nielsen-BDS history (i.e. since

1992). The song with the #3 all-time highest audience total was also co-written

by Ne-Yo - namely Mario's "Let Me Love You" in 2005.

Prior to the release of BECAUSE OF YOU, Ne-Yo spent the last 10 days

of 2006 on the annual "Ruff & Ready, Yung & Sexy: Scream Tour 5," presented by

BET and starring Ne-Yo, Omarion, Yung Joc, Pretty Ricky, Mario, Jibbs, Sammie,

and One Chance. After the album's release, Ne-Yo played an 18-city nationwide

tour from May through July, opened by Trey Songz.

The Las Vegas hometown favorite Ne-Yo (aka Shaffer C. Smith) has

founded The Compound Foundation which is committed to service at risk and

disadvantaged youth. In addition to building two new group homes in the Atlanta

area, The Compound Foundation will sponsor performances, motivational speakers

and mentorship opportunities with leaders and business people within the

community.

R. KELLY ON TOUR WITH NE-YO, J. HOLIDAY, KEYSHIA COLE

Date City Venue

Nov. 14 Columbus, GA Columbus Civic Center

15 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena

21 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center

22 Newark, NJ Prudential Center

23 New York, NY Nassau Coliseum

24 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena

25 Washington DC Verizon Center

29 Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena

30 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena

Dec. 1 Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena

2 Houston, TX Toyota Center

13 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay

14 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

15 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena

16 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena

20 Chicago, IL United Center

21 Chicago, IL United Center

22-23 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena

27 Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum

28 Orlando, FL TD Waterhouse Arena

29 Columbia, SC Colonial Center

30 Jacksonville, FL Veteran Memorial

31 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena

Jan. 3 Louisville, KY Kentucky Expo Center

4 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center

6 St. Louis, MO Scottrade

9 Savannah, GA Savannah Civic Center

10 Greensville, NC Bi-Lo Center

11 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum

12 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum

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