Over the past week, hip-hop/soul powerhouse Mary J. Blige has slowly unveiled plans for a second leg of U.S. dates on the tour supporting...

Over the past week, hip-hop/soul powerhouse Mary J. Blige has slowly unveiled plans for a second leg of U.S. dates on the tour supporting her eighth studio album, “Growing Pains.” So far the soulful singer has booked 17 shows, beginning with a September 13 performance in North Charleston, SC. The last performance is currently set for October 19 in Universal City, CA.

Presales for the new dates began on August 13 for members of Mary J. Blige’s fan club. Highlights of the tour include October 2-3 shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The venue for Blige’s September 30 performance in Chicago, IL, has not yet been announced.

The first leg of Blige’s Heart of the City Tour featured Jay-Z and kicked off March 22 in Miami, FL. The two performed 16 shows across North America, including an early April stop in Canada. Blige then moved on to Europe alone, changing her excursion’s name to The Growing Pains Tour. Several shows in Switzerland, Germany and France were canceled, scaling down Blige’s tour from 12 dates to only six. All summer dates in Australian were canceled, too, when Blige experienced exhaustion. However, statements from Blige mentioned the possibility of rescheduling those dates for sometime in November.

Blige’s “Growing Pains” album has recently been at the center of some controversy. A suit filed on August 7 claims that Dream Family Entertainment Inc. never gave Blige or her production team the rights to use the music on hit track “Work That.” Theron Feemster wrote lyrics for the song, and it is unclear whether Blige knew the music did not belong to Feemster.

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Mary J. Blige itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

September 13North Charleston, SCNorth Charleston Coliseum
September 19Virginia Beach, VAVerizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
September 20Bristow, VANissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
September 21Raleigh, NCTime Warner Cable Music Pavilion
September 26Camden, NJSusquehanna Bank Center
September 27Charlotte, NCVerizon Wireless Amphitheatre
September 28Clarkston, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre
September 30Chicago, ILTBA
October 2New York, NYRadio City Music Hall
October 3New York, NYRadio City Music Hall
October 8Baltimore, MD1st Mariner Arena
October 10Atlanta, GALakewood Amphitheatre
October 11Tampa, FLFord Amphitheatre
October 12Sunrise, FLBankAtlantic Center
October 17Las Vegas, NVPearl Concert Theater
October 18Concord, CASleep Train Pavilion
October 19Universal City, CAGibson Amphitheater

Last Updated on August 16, 2008 by By Allison Reitz