Donna Summer colors tour with 'Crayons'
Donna Summer is back with her first collection of new material in 17 years, and she'll support it with a North American tour.
The outing, set to launch June 24 in Nashville, sticks close to the East Coast in July and jumps to the West Coast in August. It includes two-night stands in Rama, Ontario; Atlantic City, NJ; Richmond, British Columbia; Windsor, Ontario; and Los Angeles. Details are listed below.
Summer's forthcoming album, "Crayons," is scheduled to drop May 20. The set marks the pop icon's first full-length studio album of new material since 1991's "Mistaken Identity," and her first new release since the 1999 live CD/DVD "VH1 Presents Donna Summer: Live & More - Encore!," which was taped at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom.
The 12 tracks on "Crayons"--all co-written by Summer--cover everything from pop to world music to retro-modern dance.
"I wanted this album to have a lot of different directions on it; I did not want it to be any one baby," Summer said in a statement. "I just wanted it to be a sampler of flavors and influences from all over the world. There's a touch of this, a little smidgen of that, a dash of something else ... like when you're cooking."
The lead single, "I'm a Fire," is currently holding the top spot on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart. Several sample versions of the song are streaming at Summer's MySpace page.
The five-time Grammy winner rocketed to superstardom in the mid-'70s, when she was dubbed "The Queen of Disco." In 1975, she scored her first international hit, "Love to Love You Baby," which paved the way for chart-toppers including "MacArthur Park," "Bad Girls," "Hot Stuff," "Dim All the Lights," "On the Radio," "Last Dance" and "Enough is Enough" with Barbra Streisand.
Summer, who holds the record for most consecutive double albums to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts (three), has sold an estimated 130 million records and charted 21 No. 1 singles, according to her bio. In 2004, she became one of the first inductees to the Dance Music Hall of Fame.