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Drake announces North American tour

- June 17th, 2013

Drake is going to have one hell of a busy fall.

The Toronto-bred hip-hop superstar has booked a three-month, 42-city North American tour, including a slew of Canadian dates.

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The trek, dubbed Would You Like A Tour?, starts south of the border in Portland on Sept. 25, and makes its way to Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Sept. 27, Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome on Sept. 29, Edmonton’s Rexall Place on Sept. 30, Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre on Oct. 2, Winnipeg’s MTS Centre on Oct. 3, Montreal’s Bell Centre on Oct. 21, and Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place on Oct. 22 and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Oct. 24.

Miguel will be the opener for all the shows. Tickets for all Canadian dates go on sale June 21, with the exception of Toronto — that one is June 22.

The jaunt is in support of his upcoming album, Nothing Was the Same, which is due out later this year.

Here’s the full sked:

Wednesday, September 25 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
Thursday, September 26 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome 6/21
Friday, September 27 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Sunday, September 29 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
Monday, September 30, Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Wednesday, October 2 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Thursday, October 3 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre

Saturday, October 5 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Sunday, October 6 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Tuesday, October 8 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Wednesday, October 9 Chicago, IL United Center
Friday, October 11 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Saturday, October 12 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Sunday, October 13 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Tuesday, October 15 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
Wednesday, October 16 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
Friday, October 18 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
Saturday, October 19 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Monday, October 21 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Tuesday, October 22 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
Thursday, October 24 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

Saturday, October 26 Hartford, CT XL Center
Sunday, October 27 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Monday, October 28 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Wednesday, October 30 Boston, MA TD Garden
Thursday, October 31 Washington, DC Verizon Center
Saturday, November 2 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
Sunday, November 3 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
Tuesday, November 5 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Wednesday, November 6 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum
Thursday, November 7 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Saturday, November 9 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
Sunday, November 10 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Tuesday, November 12 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Wednesday, November 13 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Saturday, November 16 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
Monday, November 18 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Arena
Tuesday, November 19 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Thursday, November 21 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Friday, November 22 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sunday, November 24 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
Monday, November 25 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center

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Frank Ocean added to Grammy lineup

- January 31st, 2013

It seems Frank Ocean’s banged up hand will be fully healed in time for the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.

The Recording Academy announced Thursday that R&B superstar will play at the 55th annual event, along with newly added performers Maroon 5 and 14-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys.

Ocean hurt his hand after an altercation with Chris Brown outside a Los Angeles recording studio parking lot last Sunday.

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Ocean and Brown are both nominated for Grammys, so it will make for an interesting red carpet if Brown decides to show up.

Other performers include Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Jack White, fun., the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert, and Ed Sheeran & Elton John.

Six acts are tied for the most nominations with six each, including Ocean, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Kanye West, Jay-Z, fun. and Mumford & Sons.