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Rhianna brings J. Cole along for North American tour

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    Last month, Rihanna announced a massive world-tour to support her latest platinum-selling release, Loud. Now two Twitter accounts (and The Boom Box) have confirmed who will accompany the “S&M” singer throughout her North American dates: rising star J. Cole. He joins previously announced tour-mate Cee-Lo, who joins Rihanna on select dates.

    J. Cole only recently returned from touring with Drake in Europe, and Ms. Rihanna Fenty-Kaye (wishful thinking?) just showed Australia how she does. The two will begin their cross-continental trek beginning in Baltimore on June 4th. They’ll head into Canada for Toronto, Kanata, and Montreal dates, dip back into the States through Milwaukee, Chicago, and Minneapolis, then once more into the North before hitting pretty much every major American market. Following their July 24th show in Boston, Rihanna will complete her “Loud” tour in Europe.

    The news of J. Cole’s inclusion on the tour comes amidst rumors of slow ticket sales. Word is they’ve been so bad that some dates are on track to be canceled, much as dates were nixed during last years “Last Girl on Earth” tour, eventually leading to Rihanna changing management. LiveNation disputes those reports, however, saying tickets are heading towards selling out.

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    If the rumors are true, maybe having a fellow Roc Nation newcomer like J. Cole on board can save the sinking ship. Both artists will play festivals this summer, as well: J. Cole will visit Bonnaroo, while Rhianna plays Norway’s Bergen Calling, England’s V Festival and Brazil’s Rock in Rio. See Rihanna’s enormous tour schedule below. Tickets are available through SeatGeek.

    Rihanna 2011 “Loud Tour” Dates:
    06/04 – Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena *#
    06/06 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
    06/07 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *#
    06/08 – Kanata, ON @ Scotiabank Place*
    06/10 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell Centre *#
    06/11 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell Centre *
    06/12 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills *
    06/15 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *#
    06/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center *#
    06/18 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre *#
    06/19 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre *#
    06/21 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledoem *#
    06/22 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place *#
    06/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena *#
    06/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena *
    06/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center *#
    06/29 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center *#
    06/30 – Oakland, CA @ Philadelphia, PA @ Arco Arena *#
    07/04 – Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion *#
    07/08 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center *#^
    07/09 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center *#
    07/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheater *#
    07/14 – Sunrise, FL @ Bank Atlantic Center *#
    07/16 – Greenboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex *#
    07/19 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum *#
    07/21 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ IZod Center *#
    07/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *#
    07/24 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden *#
    08/17 – Bergenhus, NO @ Bergen Calling
    08/18 – Bergenhus, NO @ Bergen Calling
    08/20 – Weston Park, UK @ V Festival
    08/21 – Hylands Park, UK @ V Festival
    09/23 – Rio de Janeiro, BR @ Rock in Rio
    09/29 – Belfast, IE @ Odyssey Arena
    09/30 – Belfast, IE @ Odyssey Arena
    10/01 – Belfast, IE @ Odyssey Arena
    10/03 – Dublin, IE @ O2
    10/05 – London, UK @ O2
    10/06 – London, UK @ O2
    10/07 – Liverpool, UK @ Echo Arena
    10/09 – Manchester, UK @ MEN Arena
    10/10 – Glasgow, UK @ SECC
    10/11 – Glasgow, UK @ SECC
    10/13 – London, UK @ O2
    10/15 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
    10/16 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
    10/19 – Lyone, FR @ Halle Tony Garnier
    10/20 – Paris, FR @ Bercy
    10/21 – Paris, FR @ La halle Tony Garnier
    10/22 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis
    10/25 – Munich, DE @ Olypiahalle
    10/26 – Frankfurt, DE @ Festhalle
    10/28 – Herning, DE @ Arena
    10/30 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum
    10/31 – Malmo, SE @ Arena
    11/01 – Stockholm, SE @ The Globe
    11/02 – Stockholm, SE @ The Globe
    11/04 – Hanover, DE @ TUI Arena
    11/05 – Leipzig, DE @ Arena
    11/07 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
    11/08 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arena
    11/09 – Arnhem, NL @ GelreDome
    11/10 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis
    11/13 – London, UK @ O2
    11/14 – London, UK @ O2
    11/15 – London, UK @ O2
    11/18 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
    11/19 – Sheffield, UK @ Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
    11/21 – Manchester, UK @ MEN Arena
    11/22 – Nottingham, UK @ Trent FM Arena Nottingham
    11/23 – Glasgow, UK @ SECC
    11/25 – Dublin, IE @ O2
    11/27 – Newcastle, UK @ MEN Arena
    11/28 – Newcastle, UK @ MEN Arena
    11/29 – Birmingham, UK @ NIA Birmingham
    12/01 – London, UK @ O2
    12/02 – Manchester, UK @ MEN Arena
    12/04 – Hamburg, DE @ O2 World Hamburg
    12/06 – Lodz, PL @ Atlas Arena
    12/07 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena
    12/08 – Budapest, HU @ Sportarena Budapest
    12/11 – Turin, IT @ PalaOlimpico (Isozaki)
    12/14 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau Sant Jordi
    12/15 – Madrid, ES @ Palacio de Deportes Comunidad de Madrid
    12/17 – Lisbon, PT  @ Atlantico Arena
    12/22 – London, UK @ O2

    * = w/ J. Cole
    # = w/ Cee Lo
    ^ = w/ Laugh Out Loud Comedy Tour

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