Kelly Clarkson announces 2012 tour

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Kelly Clarkson has announced plans for her highly anticipated tour in support of her brand new album, Stronger. The pop star will hit the road for a 40-plus city trek that will swing through Boston for a performance at the Citi Wang Theatre on Thursday, January 26. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $39.50 to $79.50, will go on sale Friday at noon through the venue’s box office and website. Boston’s own Matt Nathanson will open the show.

Clarkson will kick off the tour at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut on Friday, January 13. She’ll also stop in Manchester, New Hampshire for a show at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Tuesday, January 24. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $33.50 to $53.50, will go on sale Friday at noon through Ticketmaster.

Stronger, her fifth studio effort, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 after its release last month. All five of Clarkson’s albums have debuted in the top three. Stronger‘s lead single “Mr. Know It All” has reached #4 on the iTunes Singles Chart and marks Kelly’s 9th Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The video for the hit song is streaming below.

“What separates this album are the vocals,” Clarkson explained in a press release. “They sound richer and fuller, and, for the first time, how I sound when I’m performing live. The producers I worked with just let me sing and be me. They didn’t strip away the personality. And it was one of those things where if the people I’m working with have confidence in me, I have more confidence in myself and that changed everything. I can’t wait to perform these songs on tour. I think that’s the best way to get to know an artist, and where you get to see actual personality, because we can’t hide much onstage.”

In related news, Clarkson recently won a Country Music Association award for Musical Event of the Year with Jason Aldean, for their hit single “Don’t You Wanna Stay”.

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