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Tinashe Announces 'Aquarius' Tour In Support of Debut Album After New York Times Critic Calls Her The Next Beyoncé

by   Nov 12, 2014 21:21 PM EST

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In support of her critically acclaimed debut album, Tinashe has announced her Aquarius tour. The big announcement comes after a New York Times critic called the young Los Angeles-based songstress the next Beyoncé.

According to Rap-Up, Tinashe's North American tour kicks off on December 5 at Power 106′s Cali Christmas in L.A. The "2 On" singer will also make stops in Toronto, New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. with the last announced show on December 19 in Orlando.

Once she completes her U.S. run, she will reportedly head overseas in February for tour dates in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

Tickets are on sale now in select cities and more dates will be announced soon.

A photo posted by @tinashenow on Nov 11, 2014 at 3:18pm PST

New York Times reporter Jon Caramanica reviewed Tinashe's debut album, and in the process he made some bold comments regarding Beyoncé and even threw shade at Jhené Aiko.

It's stunning how in recent years mainstream female R&B has effectively been distilled down to one word: Beyoncé. Yes, there is Rihanna, who has always been more of a pop-minded singer than one inheriting and repackaging soul values, and also Ariana Grande, who is a classic R&B singer hiding out in arena pop. And there are flashes in the pan like Jhene Aiko.  

He goes on to critic Tinashe in comparison to her female R&B counterparts, which Caramanica insists won't be a threat to the young songstress' success. Apparently, not even Beyoncé will be able to fight her off, unless she releases some new music.

That leaves an open lane for Tinashe, then. Factor out Beyoncé and also Rita Ora, who sings the tempestuous hook on Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow," and there's not a single female R&B singer on the most recent Billboard hot R&B/hip-hop songs chart besides Tinashe, who appears both for the extremely durable "2 On" and for guesting on the Kid Ink song "Body Language." Soon, the singles from Beyoncé's most recent album will have come and gone. There will be no one to shout Tinashe down.   

Aquarius Tour Dates 

12/05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (Cali Christmas)
12/11 Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena (Jingle Jam)
12/12 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
12/13 Toronto, ON @ Tattoo Queen West
12/15 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
12/16 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
12/17 Washington, DC @ Howard Theatre
12/18 Baltimore, MD @ TBA
12/19 Orlando, FL @TBA

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