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Rihanna, one of today's biggest pop music stars, will bring her energetic mix of rhythm and blues, rap and reggae to the New York State Fair this summer.
The Grammy-Award-winning singer will perform at the Fair's grandstand at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, as part of her "Last Girl on Earth" tour.
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, May 1 at 10 a.m. They will cost $55 and $45 and will be available at the New York State Fair Box Office and through Ticketmaster. Admission to the Fair is included with the purchase of a grandstand concert ticket on the day of the show. Sales will be limited to eight tickets per person for the first week of the ticket sale.
"Rihanna has produced more hits over the last few years than nearly any other female artist," State Fair Director Dan O'Hara said. "We are extremely pleased to welcome her to our stage."
The Barbados-born singer has had six No. 1 hits on Billboard Magazine's weekly "Hot 100" list since bursting onto the music scene in 2005. She has won three Grammys, three American Music Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards. In 2007, she was named both the world's best-selling pop female artist and female entertainer of the year at the World Music Awards.
Rihanna's last two albums have both gone platinum, selling more than one million each, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Her hits include "Umbrella," "Rude Boy," "Disturbia," "Pon de Replay," "Don't Stop the Music," "Shut Up and Drive," "SOS," "Hard," "Russian Roulette," and "Take a Bow." She also sang on hits by other artists, most notably "Live Your Life" by T.I. and "Run This Town" by Jay-Z and Kanye West.
A supporting act for Rihanna's New York State Fair performance will be named at a later date.
Tickets to see the concert will be available at the New York State Fair Box Office on Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Box Office, which charges no service fees, will not be opened again until the next on-sale date. Regular hours will begin in late June. No one will be allowed to line up to buy tickets before 6 a.m. on May 1.
Ticket sales will be cash only at the State Fair Box Office as long as there is a line of customers. Credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express) will be accepted after the line is gone.
Fans can also buy tickets online through Ticketmaster.com or order and pay by phone by calling 1-800-745-3000 or 1-866-448-7849.
Tickets for people with special needs - including those who are hearing impaired, use a wheelchair or have difficulty doing stairs - will go on sale at the same time as general seating tickets. They can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the New York State Fair Box Office. Only one companion ticket is permitted for each special-needs ticket. Additional tickets, even if they are part of the same party, must be purchased in the regular seating section.
Rihanna is the fourth announced concert of the seven major shows planned for the 2010 Mohegan Sun Grandstand concert series. Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber and opening acts Sean Kingston and Jessica Jarrell will perform on Aug. 29, and country music star Rascal Flatts with supporting acts Kellie Pickler and Chris Young will perform on Sept. 4. Legendary classic rock band Rush will play on Sept. 2.
Tickets for Justin Bieber and Rascal Flatts are on sale now. Tickets for Rush will go on sale Saturday, April 17 at 10 a.m.
More New York State Fair concerts will be announced as their ticket information is confirmed. The 2010 Fair will run from Aug. 26 to Sept. 6.