Rihanna announces 2013 Diamonds World Tour
Live Nation has recently announced a world tour from one of music's biggest names, Rihanna. Rihanna's 2013 Diamonds World Tour is scheduled to kick off next year on March 8 in Buffalo, NY at the First Niagara Center. The tour will run until May 4 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The Barclays Center seems a fitting location to end the tour due to Rihanna's mentor Jay-Z's involvement with the arena scheduled to open September 28.
The tour will consist of 27 dates in North America in cities. A few notable stops include Boston, MA on March 10 at TD Garden, Hartford, CT on March 15 at the XL Center, and in Montreal on March 18 at the Bell Centre. While Rihanna continues to be a popular artist, it is too soon to tell how well tickets to her will sell. "It really depends on what they set the prices at," explains Jim Holzman, the CEO of Ace Ticket.
Rihanna's previous tour, Loud became the 7th highest grossing tour of 2011, according to Masslive.com, after it grossed $90 million. It "solidified Rihanna's status as one of the top female solo artists of this century," reports Talktunesworld.com. Ten of the concerts in the 02 Arena in London, which were part of the Loud tour, sold out entirely. Some of Rihanna's additional achievements include her 6 Grammy Awards. She has also sold 37 million albums and 146 million digital tracks. Rihanna shows no sign of slowing down and has maintained her fan base, "Rihanna Navy" throughout the years through her candid use of social media. Forbes named the singer the number one social networking superstar of 2012.
Rihanna grew up on the Caribbean island of Barbados. She released her debut album in 2005, which included "Pon de Replay," her first single. In November of 2009, she released her fourth album Rated R. The lead track from the album was "Russian Roulette," which went on to become the 12th Rihanna single to make it on to the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rihanna has gone on to release two more albums, Loud in November 2010 and Talk That Talk in November 2011.
According to reports from Billboard.com Rihanna may continue the November trend with the release of a seventh album this November.
Most recently, Rihanna performed a remix of her song "Cockiness (Love It)" and "We Found Love" as the opening act at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. Not only did she perform at the Music Awards, but she also walked away with the night's top honors, the award for "Video of the Year."
Rihanna has a few performances lined up before the Diamonds Tour begins, starting with the iHeart Music Radio Festival this Friday, September 21 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In October, Rihanna travels abroad to Azerbaijan for two performances.
Tickets for Rihanna's Diamonds Tour began selling to the public on September 14, but there are a handful of shows that will be released this upcoming Friday, September 21. For more information about the Diamonds Tour, you can visit www.rihannanow.com.