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Beyoncé, Keys, Elliott to launch divas tour

R&B's top women in negotiations to play 20 cities in spring
/ Source: Billboard

In what is sure to be a hot ticket, final negotiations are underway for a package trek featuring Beyoncé Knowles, Missy Elliott and Alicia Keys. The artists would play arenas in about 20 markets this spring.

Knowles made occasional live appearances but did not tour in support of her solo debut, “Dangerously in Love.” Destiny’s Child grossed more than $2 million from 11 mid-sized arena dates in 2001. As headliner of the MTV TRL tour with Nelly, Eve, Dream and Jessica Simpson, the group hauled in $12.5 million at sheds and arenas that summer.

Knowles will sing the National Anthem before Super Bowl XXXVIII on Feb. 1 in her Houston hometown.

Keys’ headlining tour in 2002 grossed $14.8 million from 89 shows reported, including European dates. Elliott has primarily been a key support act, including at two stadium sellouts with Eminem and 50 Cent last summer in Detroit.