American Idol star Jordin Sparks is back at work and playing down reports she almost lost her singing voice for good. As Singersroom reported, the R&B singer was ordered to rest her voice last month after it was discovered she was suffering from an acute vocal cord hemmorhage, which, in some cases, can lead to permanent vocal damage. She says, "They were saying I would never sing again, and I knew I could because, well, it's my throat. My career could have been in jeopardy if I hadn't done anything about it. But I knew something was wrong and that I needed to get it checked out." The reigning American Idol champ returned to work and opened for Alicia Keyes in Minneapolis last Wednesday night -- her first show with the Grammy award winning singer on the current tour. Then over the weekend, Jordin shot the video for her new single, "One Step At A Time."
Jive Records artist, Jordin Sparks, who recently performed the national anthem to an audience of nearly 100 million viewers at Super Bowl XLII, announces that she will be the opening act on the upcoming and highly anticipated Alicia Keys "As I Am" tour. The 18-year old star, who just won the Outstanding New Artist award at the 39th NAACP Image Awards, will help kick-off the tour on April 19th in Hampton, VA. Since the release of her critically-acclaimed eponymous debut, Jordin's first single, "Tattoo," shot up the charts and has resided in the Top 10 of Billboard's Pop 100 Airplay singles chart for close to two months; currently the single is holding on to the #7 slot for it's second week in a row. Her second single "No Air" a smash duet with label mate Chris Brown is getting major radio support across the country and is already in the Top 20 on Billboard's Pop 100, Pop 100 Airplay and Hot Digital singles charts. The video for "No Air" recently wrapped and was shot by famed director Chris Robinson.In support of her self-titled debut Jordin will open for Alicia Keys through-out the entire 30-date tour, which is scheduled to wrap in New York on June 18th.On-sale dates will be announced locally in each market and show dates are as follows:April-19 - Hampton, VA - Hampton ColiseumApril-20 - Philadelphia,PA - Liacouras CenterApril-22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Petersen Events CenterApril-24 - Chicago, IL - Allstate ArenaApril-26 - Columbus, OH - Value City Arena at Schottenstein CtrApril-27 - St Louis, MO - Scottrade CenterApril-30 - Minneapolis, MN - Target CenterMay-1 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint CenterMay-5 - Los Angeles, CA - TBAMay-7 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Sports ArenaMay-9 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Garden ArenaMay-10 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion at San JoseMay-12 - Phoenix, AZ - Jobing.com ArenaMay-14 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theatre at Grand PrairieMay-18 - Houston, TX - Toyota CenterMay-22 - New Orleans - New Orleans ArenaMay-24 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times ForumMay-25 - Miami, FL - American Airlines ArenaMay-28 - Atlanta, GA - Philips ArenaMay-30 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro ColiseumMay-31 - Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank ArenaJun-3 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis ArenaJun-5 - Cleveland, OH - Wolstein Center at Cleveland StateJun-6 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada CentreJun-8 - Montreal, QC - Bell CentreJun-11 - Boston, MA - TD Bank North GardenJun-13 - Washington D.C. - Verizon CenterJun-15 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner ArenaJun-17 - Newark, NJ - Prudential CenterJun-18 - New York, NY - Madison Square GardenCurrently, Jordin Sparks is scheduled to perform at the upcoming NBA All-Star Game on February 15th.
Jordin Sparks was among those who did not find MTV Video Music Awards host Russell Brand funny at Sunday's 25th Anniversary ceremony. Sparks became one of the first that night who slammed the British comedian's jokes about Pop/Rock group The Jonas Brothers and their purity rings before introducing T.I.'s performance. "I just have one thing to say about promise rings. It's not bad to wear a promise ring," Sparks told the crowd. The "No Air" singer went on to say "Not everybody -guy or girl- wants to be a slut." Sparks who reportedly wears a "purity ring" symbolizing her virginity was fuming before she hit the stage after Brand had made several jokes about virginity and purity/promise rings at one point suggesting that the Jonas Brothers place their rings on their genitals to capitalize off of their new found stardom. When Brand returned to the stage he issued a quasi-apology for his comments that had offended the singer. "I didn't meant to take it lightly," the host said about purity rings. "I don't want to piss off teenage fans." Still, Brand, whose apology soon morphed into a series of off-color jokes, said, "Promise rings, I'm well up for it. [But] a bit of sex, it never hurt anybody." Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton attacked Brand at the end of the show calling the comedian out on his own sexcapades in Europe. Brand received mixed reviews during the ceremony with many fans and celebrities wishing he had stayed home.
Jordin Sparks, Ne-Yo and Chris Brown can each add another MTV Video Music Award nomination to their growing list of awards nods this year. Sparks, whose single "No Air" continues to hold strong on the charts, earned a Best New Artist nomination for this years MTV Video Music Awards this week. The American Idol winner joins fellow Best New Artist nominees Katy Perry, Tokio Hotel, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus who were nominated by votes in MTV's latest round of online voting. In addition to Best New Artist nominees, fans selected Chris Brown and Ne-Yo as nominees for Best Dancing In A Video. Brown is nominated for his footwork in "Forever" while Ne-Yo earns some credibility for his gentlemanly steps in "Closer." The R&B duo will face off with Madonna (4 Minutes), The Pussycat Dolls (When I Grow Up), and Danity Kane (Damaged) at the award show, which as previously announced, airs on September 7th. Categories open this week for viewer voting are "Best Rock Video" and "Video of the Year."
Jordin Sparks teamed up with "Do Something 101" this week, demonstrating an easy way for every teen to be an American Idol - with no singing skills required. Sparks, whose single "No Air" remains in the top 5 in the UK this week, joined several teen celebrities in a mission to provide school supplies for students in need via DoSomething.org and Staples Inc. Putting aside the microphone and stage lights, Sparks and other volunteers joined forces in Los Angeles to stuff 5,000 bags with pens, notebooks, calculators and binders that will be distributed to local teens, just in time for the back-to-school crunch. "This summer, Do Something teens rallied to bring tens of thousands of dollars worth of office supplies to Staples store collection points," said Sparks. "Today's event is a reminder that the weeks leading up to back to school is a great time to join Do Something 101 and help supply students in need." According to DoSomething.org, there will be several events held throughout the country as the drive continues to build momentum. Every binder and highlighter counts toward a successful back to school for the more than 11 million children in the United States lacking basic school supplies. By simply donating pencils, notebooks and other much-needed items, teens can participate in a national drive that benefits local students in their own communities. These and other supplies are currently being accepted at all Staples locations through Aug. 31. Teens who want to make a difference can go to www.dosomething101.com for ideas on how to run local school supply drives.