The soul superstar hits the road...

ERYKAH BADU, the partial inspiration behind OUTKAST’s forthcoming single ‘MS JACKSON’, has announced a US tour.

The Outkast record is a heartfelt open letter to Erykah’s mother, apologising for breaking her daughter’s heart when he left her.

The couple have a three-year-old son together, Seven, and her last album, ‘Mama’s Gun’, which was released through Universal in the UK and Motown in the US, dealt with the breakdown of their relationship.

Now the soul superstar is hitting the road in the US, and it looks likely that European fans will also get the opporunity to hear her perform live tracks from her critically acclaimed sophomore album, ‘Mama’s Gun’.

The US dates in full are:

Cleveland Allen Theatre (February 10)

Washington DAR Constitution Hall (12, 13)

New York Radio City Music Hall (14)

Boston Orpheum Theatre (17)

Pennsylvania, Upper Darby Tower Theatre (18)

Toronto Massey Hall (19)

Detroit Fox Theatre (22)

Chicago Auditorium Theatre (23)

Atlanta Fox Theatre (28)

New Orleans Sanger

New Orleans Saenger Theatre (March 1)

Austin Music Hall (3)

Houston Aerial Theatre (4)

Phoenix Celebrity Theatre(6)

San Diego 4th & Broadway (7)

California Universal City, Universal Amphitheatre (9)

Oakland Paramount Theatre (12)

Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel (14)

Denver Filmore Auditorium (16)

Montana, Kansas City, Midland Theatre (17)

Dallas Bronco Bowl (18)

In the meantime, NMESOUL.COM can reveal that the album’s first UK single ‘Bag Lady’ will now be temporarily postponed (it was due out on January 15), and will be rescheduled soon.

‘Bag Lady’ enjoyed phenomenal success in the US, where it was released prior to the album and as a result was recently nominated for two Grammy Awards (Best Female R&B Vocal Performance’ and ‘Best R&B Song’).

In related Badu news, its been announced that Musiq Soulchild will provide be her tour support act.His debut CD, ‘Aijuswanaseing (I Just Want To Sing’) has sold a quarter of a million copies in just two months. Check the review section for a full review of that album and look out for’s interview with Musiq Soulchild on Friday (January 19).