Multi-platinum and GRAMMY Award-winning superstar Rihanna has confirmed dates for her 2010 North American tour, Last Girl On Earth, which will begin July 2 and make 25 stops including a performance at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, July 17. A dynamic performer renowned for her cutting-edge stage looks and designs, Rihanna promises to create a visual spectacle on a scale unlike anything she has accomplished in her already legendary career. The concert, which will feature rising star Ke$ha, is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
“We’ve never done a tour to this capacity,” said Rihanna in a recent interview with AOL. “The production is unbelievable and the costumes, we just took it to a whole new level. Visually and sonically it’s going to be a big step up from the last time. We just keep growing and this time it is a massive production that I cannot wait for.”
Rihanna is in the midst of her fourth critically acclaimed album Rated R and recently broke a Billboard record with her current No. 1 single “Rude Boy.” She became the only female artist of the past decade to have six No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. The hit song also has remained at No. 1 on the Greatest Gainer/Airplay chart for seven consecutive weeks.
Released in November 2009, Rated R debuted atop the Billboard R&B Albums chart at No. 1 and was the biggest first-week Soundscan tally of Rihanna’s career. The eagerly anticipated album arrived to a chorus of acclaim from critics and fans alike. Rolling Stone raved “one of the best pop records of the year.” The Chicago Sun Times wrote “by far the best, most layered and most heartfelt effort of the 21-year-old artist’s career.” In its year-end recap, Entertainment Weekly named Rated R the Pop Album of the Year.
Rated R was the long-awaited follow-up to the now 22-year-old’s third album, the RIAA double-platinum Good Girl Gone Bad (May 2007), which contained the non-stop string of hit singles including the GRAMMY Award-winning global No. 1 hit “Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z). The hit was followed by “Shut Up and Drive,” “Hate That I Love You” (featuring Ne-Yo) and “Don’t Stop the Music.” Good Girl Gone Bad spent 98 weeks on the Soundscan chart and earned cumulative global sales of more than 36-times platinum in at least 18 territories worldwide. The CD/DVD package Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (January 2009) continued the string of hits with the No. 1 power “Take A Bow,” the No. 1 “Disturbia” and the Top 20 song “Rehab.”
Tickets priced at $130, $90 and $50, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Saturday, April 17 at 10 a.m. and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at (877) 632-7400 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.