After eclectic singer-songwriter Cee-Lo announced that he will be stepping down from Rihanna’s Loud tour, the pop starlett announced that North Carolina-native J. Cole as the official opener for her international tour:
Rihanna announced via Twitter that rapper J. Cole, who was already on the road with the singer, will fill Green’s shoes as her main warm-up act on the tour, which began this month. “#GOODNEWS @JColeNC is our new official opener!” she wrote on Tuesday night. “@CeeLoGreen will no longer be a part of #LOUDtour due 2 commitment with ‘The Voice’ #Cantmissit.” [Source]
Rihanna’s tour ends its US leg in the States on July 24, then makes its way overseas until the end of this year. Talk about heavy touring! Congrats to J. Cole!
JILL SCOTT’S ‘LIGHT OF THE SUN’ SOARS TO THE #1 SPOT
Following the release of her latest album, R&B singer Jill Scott‘s album, The Light of the Sun, has officially landed the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. According to Nielsen SoundScan, she has racked up a total of 135,000 units in first week sales. This is Jill’s fourth studio album to date.
You can catch the Grammy award winning singer as she hits the stage at this year’s annual Essence Music Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Congrats to her! [Source]
ALICIA KEYS TO CO-PRODUCE BROADWAY PLAY
With her many accomplishments in pop culture, singer-songwriter Alicia Keys is moving on to other things, with broadway being her next venture. The 30-year-old musician will co-produce the Lydia Diamond-play Stick Fly, a comedy about an affluent black family that comes together for a weekend on Martha’s Vineyard:
“This is a story that everybody can relate to,” Keys said in a statement. “I’m passionate about this play because it is so beautifully written and portrays Black America in a way that we don’t often get to see in entertainment. I know it will touch all audiences, who will find a piece of themselves somewhere inside this house.” [Source]
It’s not clear whether Keys will be starring in the cast., which was not announced. Stick Fly is set to open on December 8, with its previews scheduled to start in the Fall.