Pink Friday: Nicki Minaj announces North American tour dates

Colorful hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj aims to paint North America pink.

The Trinidadian-born artists announced a series of tour dates this week as part of her summer "Pink Friday" showcase. This will be Minaj's first major North American tour after opening for Lil Wayne and Britney Spears last summer.

Minaj had previously announced dates for the Australia, Japan and Europe leg of the Pink Friday tour, which is set to kickoff the worlwide concert showcase, making stops in big cities such as Sydney, Tokyo, Brussels and London.

The North American portion of Minaj's 2012 tour will begin in July. The 29-year-old revealed that her North American trek will begin in Chicago, IL with an opening show at The Chicago Theatre on July 16th. Minaj has announced a total of 14 North American tour dates for Pink Friday, which is slated to run through August with a final show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC on the 12th of that month.

Minaj's Pink Friday tour will be done so in support of the artist's second studio album, 'Pink FridayL Roman Reloaded'. 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' was originally released in 2011, but a second delux version of the album recently debuted in April.

Produced by big name artists such as Hit-Boy, Dr. Luke, Ester Dean, Rico Beats, RedOne and Oak, 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' features a number of supporting acts, including tracks by hip-hop legends such as Cam'ron, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Nas, Drake, Young Jeezy, Chris Brown and others.

A half-and-half showcase of hip-hop and pop tracks, 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' would eventually debut at No.1 overall on the US Billboard 200 after selling 253,000 copies in its first week of release. As of May 2012, 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' has sold more than 436,000 copies, and has spawned a total of three singles, including the acclaimed "Starships" and other hits like "Right by My Side" and "Beez in the Trap."

Check out the full list of Nicki Minaj 'Pink Friday' tour dates below. For more information on the artists, check out her official website.

“Pink Friday” North American Tour Dates

July 16 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
July 17 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre Detroit
July 19 – Cleveland, OH – State Theatre at Playhouse Square
July 22 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre Atlanta
July 24 – Miami, FL – James L. Knight Center
July 26 – Birmingham, AL – Boutwell Auditorium
July 28 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
July 29 – Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
July 31 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
August 2 – Denver, CO – Wells Fargo Theatre
August 4 – Las Vegas, NV – Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
August 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
August 11 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
August 12 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

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