The Black Eyed Peas Announce Ludacris Opening Act For E.N.D. World Tour

SANTA MONICA, CA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Grammy Award winning recording artist, The Black Eyed Peas announced that Ludacris will be joining opening act LMFAO on their world tour. Described as the ultimate Black Eyed Peas party experience, it also marks the first time that the group – will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie – is united for a North American headline tour since their 2006 Monkey Business world tour.

2009 was a monumental year for The Black Eyed Peas, starting with the March release of "Boom Boom Pow" – not only the group's first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 but one of the top dozen or so longest-charting singles in Hot 100 history, 12 weeks at the top. They bumped themselves out of #1 with their second single, "I Gotta Feeling" (released in June), surpassing their own success with a 14-week stay at #1 (only the fourth group in Hot 100 history to replace itself at #1). Their 26 consecutive week run at #1 has now become a new all-time benchmark in Hot 100 history (for groups or solo artists).


Meanwhile, flush with three massive hit singles, The E.N.D. (released June 2, 2009) debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the highest first-week sales of The Black Eyed Peas' career. The E.N.D. has sold over 5.2 million cds worldwide. The fourth single, "Imma Be" is climbing the charts at Top 40 radio and is top 5 on the iTunes chart.


Ludacris has sold over 20 million albums worldwide with each release being certified platinum or multi-platinum by the RIAA. His upcoming album, Battle of The Sexes, is set to be released March 16, 2010. To date, he has won three Grammy Awards (including Best Rap Album for Release Therapy) and appeared in two Academy Award-winning films. In addition to his creative endeavors and business ventures, Ludacris serves as Chairman and CEO of The Ludacris Foundation, an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people achieve their dreams through the encouragement of "Principles of Success."


Tour dates:


02/04 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena

02/06 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena

02/09 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena

02/10 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum


02/12 Nashville, TN Sommet Center

02/13 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena

02/16 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center

02/17 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena

02/19 Raleigh, NC RBC Center

02/20 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena

02/22 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum

02/23 Washington, DC Verizon Center

02/24 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

02/26 Boston, MA TD Garden

02/27 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun

03/01 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum

03/03 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center

03/04 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena

03/09 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills

03/11 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center

03/13 Chicago, IL United Center

03/19 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center

03/20 Tulsa, OK BOK Center

03/22 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

03/24 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

03/25 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena

03/27 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

03/29 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center

03/31 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena

04/02 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose

04/7 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena

04/10 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome

04/11 Vancouver, B.C. GM Place

–by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers